Dual Wielding

For writers, getting published is like veritable catnip, although those addictive doses, like buses, tend to be rather infrequent. So when two come along at once, it’s cause for celebration.

First up, The Hotwell’s Horror & Other Stories, a collection of 14 short stories from friends and admirers of the late great David J Rodger. I was fortunate enough to count myself as one of both the former and the latter and it was a real honour to go down to Bristol last month and read “Faster, Love, Die” at the launch. Great work from Pete Sutton and Chris Halliday on getting this anthology together and it was instructive to be amongst David’s many friends and fans, I wonder if he ever knew how much he truly brought people together? My own contribution, Dead Reckoning, is set in David’s intriguing Yellow Dawn universe and it’s the tale of a unwary expedition exploring a savage Dead City, who are guided by a strange otherworldly girl. It’s always fascinating to play in other writer’s worlds, especially ones so vividly imagined and I hope he would have liked it, and deployed that trademark wry grin at an anthology in his honour. Oh, and all proceeds go to MIND too, so a good cause to support.

Elsewhere, a very short story called Performance in Jason Brick’s cracking Flash! A Celebration of Short Fiction. This one’s a bit more grounded in reality and explores a migrant’s experience on the streets of London.  It was inspired by the walk I used to take from Paddington to Marleybone stations in my old days of working for the man in London. It’s a bit more real world and socially conscious, and perhaps offers a rather different perspective in these dark, intolerant days we find ourselves in.

A few new projects have also appeared on the horizon which I’ll update separately, and there’ll be even be a chance to catch me live in London at another Virtual Futures event in April – details coming soon.


#30 Into the (British) Abyss

  “Morning Abyss.” “Oh, good morning, sorry I didn’t see you there for a moment.” “Mind if I take my usual stare into you?” “Be my guest, but I hope you won’t mind me staring back?” “Oh, of course not, please do.” “After you then..” “Are you sure?” “Please, I absolutely insist.”  


Reading: Short Story Carers

Here’s the live reading of Carers at Future Fictions Volume 3, with a few photos from the event. It was really splendid to have such an enthusiastic and engaged audience and huge thanks to Viraj Joshi‏ @virajvjoshi who was live drawing each story and produced the pictures of Amber, Molly and Bernard.


Short Story: Carers

Carers John Houlihan This story debuted at Near Future Fictions Volume 3 at the Lights of Soho, 2nd May 2017 Resentfully, Molly watched the smile light up Bernard’s face. Why was he always so polite with that thing, when he was so rude and tetchy with her? She dipped her brush and scooped up another […]


“Carers” reading at Virtual Futures: Near Future Fictions volume 3

I’m really delighted to have been invited to read my new short story “Carers” at Virtual Futures: Near Future Fictions volume 3 at the Lights of Soho on Tuesday 2nd May, from 7pm onwards. Looks some pretty august company too, so I’ll have to be on my mettle. It should be a really fascinating experience, […]


Before the Flood in print! + Read a FREE sample for yourself

It’s been quite the 2016, and despite the wider notes of resounding despair and impending apocalypse, it’s ended on something of a personal high. I did my first gig in about 25 years (solo, singing with guitar, rather than just playing as in the old Zookeepers of Deviancy days) and finally have managed to get […]


Before the Flood releases, plus free copy of Trellborg!

Well, it’s finally here, I really pleased to say Before the Flood is now released and available on Kindle or Kindle app on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com and all Amazon online stores. It’s the fourth adventure for Major Seraph, and the first full length novel in the series and there’s definitely a change of direction with this one, […]


Before the Flood – finished and cover reveal!

  Well that took a bit longer than I was expecting, but finally … finally Before the Flood is complete and the cover is ready to be revealed. As always, it’s a fantastic piece from Spanish artist Borja Pindado, whose covers have adorned all the previous books in my Seraph series. I must say I […]


Best sci-fi and fantasy books August/September 2016

Heading for the beach and  need to escape the piercing glare of the August sun? Or more likely, need to spend some time indoors and hide from a rainy September? Never fear, here’s the second of my picks of the best sci-fi and fantasy books this August and September 2016. Don’t forget, if you want to read […]


Best sci-fi and fantasy books July 2016

It may have passed you by, but I write the regular Reading Matters column for the splendid Geeky Monkey magazine, which is pretty much an essential read if you’re a sci-fi or fantasy fan, or just love geeky/nerdy stuff in general. It’s a rare pleasure and a massive treat to combine my profound love of […]