Showing posts from June, 2017

Unidentified Fatherly Object by Calvin Demmer

Unidentified Fatherly Object is the latest tale in Calvin Demmer's extraordinary Dark Celebrations series; Prom Screams ,  She Will Rise,  Hungry Ghosts,  Labor Day Hunt,   Thanks Sinning,   Trick or Death,   Three Dead Men    Happy Dark Year   and  Spring Outbreak . They are all available on Amazon for less than a pound or dollar depending where you live! In the 11th instalment of this epic Dark Celebrations Series we meet Fred Garcia a young man in the throes of bereavement but what he needs most are answers. His father passed away in mysterious circumstances, an accident at work in a top secret military bunker. His aunt and uncle tell him to leave it alone, to accept what has happened and move on with his life, surely that's what his father would have wanted for him? But Fred just can't let things lie, he has to know, he has suspicions that just won't go away. One night he decides to go out into the desert and see for himself the strictly prohibited  a

Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter

How often is it when you blindly come across a new book and fall under a spell within the first few paragraphs? That you must read it in one go, cover to cover in one sitting? How often do you feel shivery knowing you've just read one hell of a book and it might have just changed your life? That you can't wait to read it again and again. OMG! How amazing is this cover! By Anna and Elena Balbusso. This is exactly how I felt when I read Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter. (I can't believe, to my shame, it's taken me until now to discover this wonderful author?!) I picked up this book after reading that  another equally amazing author Gwendolyn Kiste really admired her. I didn't know anything about the book before starting it but was absolutely delighted to find out it was about witches! I've long harboured a deep fascination with witches and sorcerers. There's just something so uniquely enduring about the lure of strong powerful women who are abl

Monsters Exist

Super excited to announce the upcoming release of Monster's Exist, by Deadman's Tome which features one of my stories, the Murder of Crows. Along with a bunch of other great writers, we aim to explore what is monster, what forms do they take, their methods they employ, but more importantly do they exist? Monsters Exist is officially released in July 2017 but is available as a pre-order here via Amazon Here's the official line-up; Master Vermin by Wallace Boothill Legend Trippers by Theresa Braun The Murder of Crows by S.J.Budd Wicked Congregation by Gary Buller Playing Dead by S.E.Casey Lake Monster by Mr Deadman Never Sleep Again by Calvin Demmer The Voice from the Bottom of the Well by Philip K.Cleaver Eclipse at Wolfcreek by Sylvia Mann No.7 by William Marchese Criatura by John Palisano Bitten by Christopher Powers Kelpies by Leo X.Rovertson Bloodstream Revolution by M.R.Tapia If anyone would be interested in receiving a ARC in exchange for a r

How to Get an Agent The Lazy Way

These days I barely have enough time to write let alone pester people to publish my stories in their magazines. I've got some longer manuscripts but these are even harder to pester people with as most publishing companies only accept submissions through well connected literary agents. (Psst there are a few that still accept direct subs, click here to see who they are.) But there is a way in which you can get the agents to come and pester you. In many a conversation I've with other writers significantly higher up the ladder, ones lucky enough to have novels and story collections published with very respectable publishers, I've noticed something strange. The agents and publishers pestered them! I didn't realise this happened I thought it was us writers that did all the hard work. So I'll let you in one a secret that I've learned. Now, gather round we don't want everyone to know. Most publishing companies seek out new talent by buying all the lat

Sparkles and Sunshine by S.J.Budd

Very pleased to announce that my latest tale, Sparkles and Sunshine, is out now at Liquid Imagination    where reality and fantasy blur.  Dave makes a pilgrimage back to his mother land with his young son and ever distant wife. As they catch sight of the beach where he spent most of his childhood, she drops a bombshell that rips his world apart. All he wants to do is take his son to the beach and make sandcastles. Image by Sue Babcock at Liquid Imagination You can read Sparkles and Sunshine here About the Author S.J.Budd is a writer of all things weird and creepy. Previously her tales have been featured on Deandman's Tome,  Sanitarium Magazine, Dark Gothic Resurrected, Liquid Imagination, Aphotic Realm, Aurora Wolf, Aphelion, Blood Moon Rising Magazine, The Wild Hunt, Danse Macabre, Shadows at the Door, Inner Sins, Bewildering Stories, Siren's Call and many more. She lives at   and   @sjbuddj  Spells and Persuasions, her debut collectio