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Oh dear, I have neglected this of late. But I have good reason. Life has been very busy lately, although now with the onset of the school holidays releasing me from my day job, I can be a writer 'full time' ... sort of. So, what has been taking up my time?
1. Horror Tree's Trembling With Fear online magazine. As you know this is my weekly editorial stint but involves me checking in almost every evening to look for new submissions, respond and read and also deal with any admin stuff. This takes several hours a week ... and sometimes more. Please note this is a voluntary role, done to support a very worthwhile cause, ie The Horror Tree!
2. DeadCades. The soon-to-be published anthology from The Infernal Clock. I am currently in editing mode with a couple of authors and awaiting three outstanding submissions. At present, I have formatted the book and it is pretty much ready to go on to the next proof-reading stage with David Shakes, once I have those last stories in. Publication Date: 1st October.
3. My Playground. Some time ago I started twisting nursery rhymes to show their darker side. I have now compiled these with a selection of my darker verse and hope to publish that within the week. Subject to me getting to grips with amazon and Kindle!
4. WIP, The Five Turns of the Wheel. My folk horror novel which needs a little rebalancing but which has become a world I love to visit. A spin-off short story, The Way of the Mother, will feature in Nosetouch Press's anthology Fiends in the Furrows, published September 2018.
5. What else? My industrial horror, Live, is currently at the start of that horrible process of trying to get an agent. I have had a few extremely positive rejections for short story submissions lately so am also looking at finding alternative homes for the stories concerned. There is beta reading to be done for Horror Addicts' Emerian Rich's Quillz group as well as reducing my own TBR pile. I am also hoping to create a more 'professional' website this summer.
So, who said holidays were a time to kickback and relax?
A writer - I think that says it all.