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ABSENCES – Dark Matters: Volume 2



Give heed to predictions of impending apocalypse! Inspired by two classics – The Birds, by Daphne du Maurier (and Alfred Hitchcock) and John Christopher’s cosy catastrophe The Death of GrassDark Matters: ABSENCES presents a pair of tales in which unexpected loss signals the imminent end of the world we hold dear.

In The lines, the trees, the cliffs, the eaves, catch four glimpses of a world in which the disappearance of one little thing – or billions of them – leaves humanity changed forever. And in The Blade, you’ll discover first-hand the pain suffering unleashed by a dying world is as nothing compared to the pain we can inflict upon ourselves.

These are stories that step out from the light,
where only the dark matters..

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Dark Matters, the first in a series of short ebooks, is now available. Each volume will contain a pair of themed stories with an oppressive edge, taking in genres including psychological horror, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, weird alternate history and classic ghostly tales.

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Dark Matters is available at half price only through March – go to Smashwords and purchase with the code:


The second and third volumes will be out in April and May, with more to follow after the summer! And finally, a reminder: if you’re on my mailing list when they come out, you’ll get a better deal than just 50% off…


Dark Matters presents two disturbing stories of contemporary horror with a bleakly humorous edge:


You know the story: Guy Loves Girl, Girl Marries Guy, Life Is Beautiful, Crime Of Passion. Now ask yourself: what do you do if temporary insanity crosses over into the real thing? And would you even know when it has?

The Hungry Dark

Everyone loves a clown – well, that’s just a damn lie, but we do all like a good stand-up comedian, someone to help us laugh at the human condition. Maybe clowns cry behind their paint, and lots of comics are desperate inside, but they need an audience in the dark. Until they find the dark is in the audience…

These are stories that step out from the light,
where only the dark matters..

Farewell, Musa

At the end of last week, I received a little sad news. But let me set the scene.

At the beginning of 2013, I was casting around the internet looking for writing inspiration when I came across a sort of submissions call: a small press called Musa Publishing were announcing a steampunk shared world project called The Darkside Codex, and their description of the setting sparked my interest.

theglasssealing-200I’d been tinkering with a steampunk idea for a while, but it wasn’t going anywhere, so I contacted the co-creator, Celina Summers, to request a copy of the story-world bible. Skip to the end – about nine months later I submitted a manuscript, and nine months after that, in May 2014, my first novel was published… this one:

Since mine came out, two more TDC titles have been added, one just last month, so it was a surprise to learn on Friday that Musa Publishing is closing down at the end of February – nine more months after my book came out. The doors will shortly shut for good, and that’s a shame.

Musa made every effort to put their authors first: contracts and royalties were always transparent processes, and now they are wrapping up their operations they are maintaining that philosophy, reverting rights to the writers and ensuring their organisation persists post-mortem long enough to pay everyone what they are owed. I’d like to thank all the people involved, but in particular the TDC team: Celina (and Richard C. White, her co-creator), series editor Damien Angelica Walters, Kelly Shorten for the cover art and our promotions wrangler Dianna Gunn.

As well as enabling me to call myself a published author, The Darkside Codex has also introduced me to the other series contributors, something else I’m grateful for. I wish Chris Pavesic, Eric Spannerman and Daniel Ausema all the best for the future (and, if you want to know something about each of them, why not follow those links to short interviews I’ve done with each of them).


What all this means for me and my novel isn’t yet clear. One way or another, The Glass Sealing is likely to become unavailable for a while, starting in March. But, one way or another, not forever.


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