Shadows: The Audio Edition

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

I am incredibly happy to announce that I signed a contract with Audioshelf this week to turn Shadows into an audio book.

It’s going to take a couple months for it to be available, but as soon as it is you will be the first to know.

But in the meantime, here is the stunning new cover for the audio edition:


New Interview

Morning my Freaky Darlings,

Nadine Maritz interviewed me, about Burning, over on her blog  – My Addiction.


Due to my crazy day job work schedule poor Nadine had to wait quite a few months for me to finally answer her questions. I have to say, she was very patient. Thanks Nadine!

Inkitt’s “Darkest Place” Horror Contest

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

Inkitt’s “Darkest Place” Horror Contest starts today!

What is Inkitt?
Inkitt is a free platform for writers to cultivate ideas and watch their stories grow. On our site, users collaborate with fellow writers and readers to give each other feedback and improve their work. Our vision is to help writers get the exposure they deserve and the publishing deals they covet without having to jump through the fiery hoops of traditional publishing, or wade in the shark-infested waters of self-publishing.

What is the theme of the horror contest?
“You are in the darkest place in the world.” (This theme can be interpreted literally or figuratively.) We want writers who will submit their blood-curdlers, spine-tinglers,
skin-crawlers, and hair-raisers; writers who will make it their duty to scare and shock their readers; writers who can really take us to the darkest place in the world.

What are the guidelines?
It’s all about fiction: flashes and shorts up to 10,000 words, written from any point of view. Entries must be posted on the Inkitt contest page to be considered eligible.

The contest opens on February 2nd and closes on February 28th. The contest is completely free to enter, and authors will retain all rights to any and all work submitted in the contest.

What are the prizes?
All entrants will have the chance to show their work to a growing community of authors and readers hungry for high-quality fiction and win the following prizes:


1st Prize: $25 Amazon gift card, Inkitt custom mug, Inkitt custom notebook, custom cover design for the Inkitt story of their choice (created by Inkitt’s designer).

2nd Prize: $20 Amazon gift card, Inkitt custom mug, Inkitt custom notebook.

3rd Prize: Inkitt custom mug, Inkitt custom notebook.

Contest URL:

Twitter Handle: @Inkitt

Hashtag: #DarkestPlace

What not to say to authors (and what to say instead)

Joan De La Haye:

This is so true I just had to share it.

Originally posted on AUTHOR ALLSORTS:

NOTE: I LOVE being an author. I feel like the luckiest THING ever. This post is not a sign of my unhumbleness.

…However, since the wonder of being published, I’ve got one niggle. Whenever I talk to anyone about my books, people say the same things to me. Over and over. There are obviously a lot of myths out there about authors, so I’d thought I’d answer the main ones here, all in one go.

Myth one: Authors are all filthy rich…like JK Rowling

What not to say: “Wow, you’re an author? So, where’s your castle then, JK Rowling?”

The reality: Honestly, I’d make more money if I was paid a pound for every time someone brings up JK Rowling when talking to me about my career, then I’d ever make from selling books.

Here is the basic maths…

An average book costs, say, £7.99.

An average…

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And so it begins

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

2014 was a crazy year, and I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t get as much writing, or blogging, or reading done as I should have and chances are this year will probably not be any different. So don’t say I didn’t warn you.

2015 has begun and as far as any plans for the year … well … I only have one project that I absolutely have to get done and that is to finish Fury. I’m not going to make any resolutions because I’ll only end up breaking them and then end up feeling like a complete and utter failure, and that is never a pretty sight.

But on a bright note, European Monsters, with my tale – Black Shuck, was recently released and you can pick your copy up from Amazon. It’s an incredibly beautiful book filled with bloody and fantastic tales of those things that go bump in the night.

European Monsters

The year also started off with a bang in the guise of a fantastic review of Burning over on Tentacle Books!

I wish you all a bloody fabulous 2015.

Open Mic Mondays: No More Freebies by Joan De La Haye

Joan De La Haye:

One from the vaults.

Originally posted on The Man of Words:

Joan De La Haye is one of the hardest working authors I know. She’s also one of the only authors capable of turning in horror that genuinely unsettles me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m an enormous wuss and will jump at anything, but Joan twists the knife in a way very few others can. Her work is effortlessly intelligent, inventively horrifying and consistently excellent. I’d recommend starting with recommend starting with Requiem in E Sharp but everything she’s written to date is well worth your time, especially her work in Noir Carnival, the recent anthology from Fox Spirit. Check her site for details of these and everything else she’s done so far.

But, one of the perils of being hard working is you tend to take some professional knocks along the way. For short story authors, there’s a particularly big obstacle to get over and when Joan and I started…

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Interview with Joan De La Haye

Originally posted on The intangible world of the literary mind:

Today I am pleased to present a guest to the blog.

Joan De La Haye

Fellow author Joan De La Haye joins us to in a blog interview. Pull up a chair and your favourite cup of tea, glass of wine, or whatever, and let’s join Joan for a few questions.

Joan has written Burning, Requiem In E Sharp, and Shadows.

  1. Is there an author or book that inspired you to write, whether to become a writer or just to write a specific story?

      That’s a tough question. I grew up in a household full of books. Both my parents were avid readers and I grew up with a love for books and stories. My Grandmother once said that I was writing stories before I could even walk properly. Writing was something that I always wanted to do. When I was about 12 or 13 I wrote a fairytale and forced everybody in…

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