Little-known fact: all of my published long fiction began life as either short stories (Blighters / You Don’t Belong Here) or as an entirely different novel (Carus & Mitch).
My guest blog post, in which I advise never to discard any of your writing, is up now at The Writers’ Greenhouse.
A new review of Carus & Mitch is now available to read on the Urban Fantasy Magazine website. It’s a lovely review. I’m pleased that the response to the central mystery is to ‘immediately start it over again, desperately piecing together the clues’ and that ‘Carus & Mitch will haunt you and leave you strangely wanting more’.
You can now read David Dubrow’s review of Carus & Mitch over on the Ginger Nuts of Horror blog. I have to confess that this review made me wince a bit…
An updated micro-post, just to point you towards a few more (positive!) reviews of Carus & Mitch…
Head on over to the THIS IS HORROR website to read a recent ‘Meet the writer’ interview (with me, that is).
Along with Carus & Mitch, my answers cover subjects such as writing routines, gore vs psychological chills, upcoming projects and favourite authors.
Read the full article.
Today on the dark fiction website, Wag the Fox, you can read my post about children in horror fiction.
I wrote Carus & Mitch while my wife was pregnant, so it makes sense that children were on my mind back then. Children and parenthood have featured in most of the stories I’ve written since, too.
But there’s another reason why my favourite scary stories happen to feature children. I like the kind of horror that arises from everyday situations. There’s something about the unpredictability of children that seems ripe for exploitation in horror fiction, allowing scenes to lurch from tenderness to terror.
Here’s the article.
Look what just arrived! (Amazon Prime, you are FAST.)
I hadn’t really thought about how it might feel to hold a physical copy of Carus & Mitch. It turns out that it feels very, very good. It’s a satisfying, neat little package. I’m so grateful to Kate Jonez at Omnium Gatherum for taking a chance with an unknown author, and for producing such a lovely little book.
Also nice: Carus & Mitch is picking up positive reviews. Here’s a new one from Horror After Dark, also published at Char’s Horror Corner.