Monday, 27 August 2018

Incubate Initiate

I'm delighted to announce my latest story, Incubate Initiate is out now at Dark Fire Fiction.

Go read it here 

Monday, 20 August 2018

Dystopia by Aphotic Realm

It's landed, the fourth instalment of Aphotic Realm and this may just be their best issue yet!  There's a stellar line up included in here of awesome writers and for the first time there's now comics included, more interviews, including one with the legendary Kevin J.Anderson and even book reviews!

The theme for this mighty issue is Dystopia! In here you'll find tales of of broken worlds, dismantled societies and lost hope. Few remain and they will fight by any means for survival.

It seems Aphotic Realm keep outdoing themselves with each issue. I for one cannot wait for the next issue: Eldritch!

The Red Umbrella by Brian Black

Dystopia gets off to a cracking start with The Red Umbrella by Brian Black. A really gripping tale set in a post apocalyptic world where nothing is what it seems.

Interrogation by Anoop Anthony

A great tale warning of the endless cycle of carnage and bloodshed. Can humanity work together in a crisis or will they rip each other apart?

May it Pass by Bo Chapell

A scientist father and his daughter team up to save the world by heading out to space, but will she find the salvation for humanity or something much worse?

Flake John F.Leonard

What are these strange flakes falling out of the sky? Why won't they melt? Is is a harmless freak weather pattern or something more sinister?

Soul Sisters by Pegi Eyers

Billions have died during "The Waves," but a few remain. How did they survive? And what's their purpose now?

Hungry Little Things by S.J.Budd

My little tale about a reclusive mother desperate to get her son home. Is she right to want to stay indoors? What's really out there?

Frostbyte by Kevin Holton

A heart braking tale when a doctor's bedside manner is removed to make way for extra efficiency. The world is being taken over by machines and Dr Vy Phrazian is trying to hold on to humanity. A really emotional tale.

Fix Me by Lachlan Watt

Definitely the scariest story in this collection. A young mechanic finds herself trapped in darkness with no way out. She can't remember how she got here or what's gone on, but is there any point in remembering? The truth won't set you free.

8-Bit Rebellion by A.A.Medina

Arnold Jones is locked into a world of slavery to the machines who have overtaken humanity as the ruling force. Many people just give up, but can Arnold find a way out of this hell? This is a really cool story with a message of hope.

The Day the Towers Rose by S.E.Casey

If the end of days were approaching how would you react? Would you fight back, kill yourself or try to survive in any way that you could?

Shards of Yesterday by Mandi Jourdan

The world has been saved by a secretive company known as Lazarus who worked out the ancient secrets to life, magic and the soul. But have they really made the world a better place?

Perfecting Humanity by Michael J.Wyant Jr

A really cool mind bending story of a young woman with a special abilities, but is it a gift or a curse?

Ruby by Jonathan Boon

There are many ways in which we are destroying our planet and over-population is just one of them. A theme explored with heart braking reality in Jonathan Boon's Ruby.  This is the tale of Ruby is just too good at school and soon atractts unwanted attention. Very thought provoking 

Perforator's  Run by Cameron Kirk

In his Grandad's legendary Chevrolet the Captain is returning to Dead City, a landscape of blackened towers and the roaming undead. There's a great foreboding atmosphere in this bleak portrayal of a post war world.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher by Jason Sizemore

This is the hilarious account of how Jason Sizemore had a mid life crisis and decided to launch his own publishing company, Apex, which needs no introduction.

Reading this book has given me so much respect and admiration for small independent publishers. The struggles of a writer are very well documented but for the first time you get to see the trials and tribulations of an editor.

Jason Sizemore recounts his journey of becoming on of the top indie publishers with pure charm and sincerity. I was really rooting for him and long live Apex. It's a very honest account of his struggles and shortcomings with brilliant anecdotes of book con shenanigans. I've never been to a convention but after reading this I'm dying to try them out! Bring on StokerCon 2020!

Sounds of the Night

Sounds of the Night is the latest anthology to be released by the super awesome Alban Lake Publishing crew due out Oct 18.
My story, What The Eyes Cannot See, will be included. This is my first novelette to be published!

You can pre-order Sounds of The Night now from Infinite Realm Book Store here

New Story! Fliggy-Wibbit hits Mystic Blue Review

You can read my latest tale, Fliggy-Wibbit in issue 5 of The Mystic Blue Review. My first non horror tale to be published, but it is still spooky!

You can read it here is Issue 5

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

The Siren and The Specter by Jonathan Janz

Hands down this has got to be the best book I've read this year, and I've read some very good books! If I'm honest when I first started to read this book I thought it would be your standard haunted house story but this book is so much more than that.

It starts off slow, but creepy, there's an ominous undercurrent and not unlike the epic TV series of 24 it kicks off and takes you on an adrenaline packed adventure. It became one of those book where I had to keep reading, even if it meant staying up all night. I was genuinely scared reading this book which isn't something that happens often.

When David Caine, a celebrated skeptic of the supernatural, is invited by an old friend to spend a month in “the most haunted house in Virginia,” he believes the case will be like any other. But the Alexander House is different. Built by a 1700s land baron to contain the madness and depravity of his eldest son, the house is plagued by shadows of the past and the lingering taint of bloodshed. David is haunted, as well. For twenty-two years ago, he turned away the woman he loved, and she took her life in sorrow. And David suspects she’s followed him to the Alexander House.

This is so much more than a horror story, this has some really powerful themes of lost loves, death and the true nature of evil. It's not just monsters who are evil but us and lurks in everyone one of us. There comes a time in everyone's life where we have to deal with our past, take responsibility for the mistakes we've made.

I really warmed to the main character David, a good guy who made some bad decisions and his past actions haunt him as much as the ghosts in this book. What I found interesting with this book is that there were two ghosts, a Siren and a Spectre as well as the demons David harbours inside. He has been invited to the haunted house in a bid to convert him and I loved the extreme efforts he goes to, to not believe in the paranormal.

The Siren and the Spectre is so thrilling as all the secondary characters have their own brilliant plots. I don't want to say too much and spoil the book for those who've not yet read it but there's loads of characters you will really hate and loads you will love.

If this is the sort of fiction that Flame Tree Press will be releasing from now on I think the horror genre is going to get huge.

I'd like to say a really big thank you to Flame Tree Press for giving me an ARC of The Siren and The Spectre.

About the Author

Jonathan Janz is the author of more than a dozen novels and numerous short stories. His work has been championed by authors like Joe R. Lansdale, Jack Ketchum, and Brian Keene; he has also been lauded by Publishers Weekly, the Library Journal, and the School Library Journal. His novel Children of the Dark was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Horror Book of the Year. Jonathan’s main interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children. You can sign up for his newsletter (http://jonathanjanz.us12.list-manage....), and you can follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Amazon, and Goodreads.