The Proverb Zoo – a short story collection, out May 2018

I am very truly delighted to say that my short story collection The Proverb Zoo will be published this May in Ireland by The Penny Dreadful Press.  There even was an official announcement and everything, so it’s real.

The book collects fifteen short stories, a good number of which have been published in magazines (in I think something like five different countries!) over the last few year. Those stories vary in length (three of them must be a couple of pages long, while others are definitely on the chunky side) and styles. There are minute miracles, shipwrecks, gameshows, IKEAs, kite-flying, severed legs… now, now*. Enough. I just hope it’s a Zoo you’ll want to visit. Spend time with those beasts.

Exact date of publication is yet to be announced, and for those of you in Ireland,  there WILL be a launch, and you’re all invited.

The Proverb Zoo Cover

*This is my sales pitch. I am new at this.


Haunted Futures: new stories by Jeff Noon, Tricia Sullivan and Warren Ellis


My story “Salvation is a one-time offer” has just been published in the brilliant Haunted Futures anthology (Ghostwoods Books, edited by Salomé Jones). I’m very proud of it, first of all because I think it’s a pretty good story, but also for the cast I share pages with: Jeff Noon (his Vurt is brilliant), Tricia Sullivan, Warren Ellis…

So if you’re into reading (about) the future(s), the bad bad wolf species yet unborn, do head to this here virtual shop and get thee an auld buke.


Hell of earth


Thought I’d share this mad, quite unsettling photo here. You can find more details here, and if you’re on Twitter you could do worse than follow Darran Anderson (@Oniropolis), author of Imaginary Cities (Influx Press – check them out, their ebooks are dirt cheap for December) and all-round pictorial blower of Twitterers’ minds.



TFW Fame Comes Knocking At Your Local Lowtown Branch – Unsung Stories


I’m fierce delighted to have a new story up at the great Unsung Stories. It’s about what happens when a lowly burger-flipper gets to meet his idol. It’s a bit wild, and half told through social media, so you’ll be right at home, you screen monkey. It goes like this:

“I’m getting to 9.2 on the boredom scale (not that I’m casting it, of course, but then I wouldn’t bet an arm that the feed isn’t tapping my meat for emotional data), placing trays on the counter and loading them with wax-paper parcels of food as fast as I can, when I glimpse Stuart Mafokate’s perfect face on the screenwall that lines the entrance…”

You can keep reading it here. Go on it’s only short. And if you don’t know Unsung Stories, you should definitely have a look around their website. In addition to publishing SF/weird short stories every fortnight, they publish great books in the same genres.





Your Summer submissions (no, we are not talking BDSM here)

Why go out in the sun, frolic in fields or on beaches when you could be sitting at you kitchen table, blinds drawn, in your favourite kickers, emailing strangers strange stories you made up, right?

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Me and my personal manuscript sender.


Here’s who to pester this Summer:

  • The Stinging Fly : one of Ireland’s best magazines opens for online submission for the first time this August. Well worth buying an issue or subscribing if you don’t know them. They’re the folks behind short stories all-stars such as Kevin Barry, Danielle McLaughlin, Claire-Louise Bennett…
  • Gamut : So new they don’t have a website yet. They’ll launch in August, and open to submissions then. Editor is Richard Thomas, who is also Editor-in-chief of Dark House Press, and what he wants is “neo-noir, speculative fiction”. So ready your weird-ass shit, folks. Will pay handsomely.
  • Geometry : a brand-new online lit mag with a nice, clear look is looking for submissions for their inaugural issue. They’re based in New Zealand, but have an international outlook, and they pay! Deadline is September 1st.
  • Slice : this ever beautiful American magazine is open until August 1st to submissions on the theme “Corporeal”. Pays $250 for stories and $75 for poems.
  • DEAD INK BOOKS : also with a deadline on August 1st, this relatively new publisher is looking for stories between 5,000 and 30,000 words on the them of “Exile”, to be published as e-books as part of a series.


So, that should keep you busy, and away from beaches and sun-lit streets, these locales of loose morals and looser garments. As usual, do your homework, buy magazines, don’t be a dick, etc.




Review: Beastings, by Benjamin Myers

The cover of 'Beastings' by Benjamin Myers'.

My review of Benjamin Myers‘s brilliant Beastings is up in Briefly Noted, the short review section of the Prairie Schooner’s blog. Check it out here.

Then buy it there.

Or just buy it and don’t read what I have to say about it, you ungrateful bastards.


(Isn’t Bluemoose Books‘ logo one of the coolest in publishing?)


The bee-loud glade

I just finished reading The bee-loud glade by Steve Himmer (who edits the cool Necessary Fiction when he’s not writing). It’s a mad, funny meditative story of a billionaire and his hired hermit, and much more. In borrowed words, its “a postmodern pastoral about the nature of nature and the nature of work, and the limits of solitude in a networked world.”

It’s a clever novel full of images, biblical allegories, and great thoughts on what we, average First World (wo)men do and think we do, and our part in the fuckupness of the world.

Go on, read it. It’s published by Atticus Press (purveyors of the Atticus Review) and it’s very handsome, and you get it through them or with free shipping through the Book Depository for €10.

What? You want more hyperlinks? No, you’ve had enough for now : go read that book and come back tomorrow.