Thursday, 8 January 2015

Star Trek Book Cover Reveal

There's no lovelier or more exciting way for me to start the new year than finding that the cover of my forthcoming Star Trek book, Shadow of the Machine, has been revealed over on the website!

And it's a real beaut.

Not only do we have Admiral James T. Kirk dressed in his Admiralty uniform from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, but we also have a naked (sans cloud covering disguise) V'Ger hovering over the Earth.

The back cover blurb for the book reads:

"After its recent encounter with V’ger, the U.S.S. Enterprise has returned to dry dock to finish its refit before commencing its continuing mission. The crew has been granted a two-week period of shore leave before preparations for their next voyage begins. Shaken by their encounter with V’ger, Kirk, Spock and Sulu travel to their respective homes and must reflect upon their lives—now forever changed."

Star Trek: The Original Series: Shadow of the Machine,
an eNovella, will be released on March 9th this year and will cost $3.99.

You can pre-order copies at, and iTunes 

Monday, 8 December 2014

Incoming Books for 2015

Rather excitingly I have four books scheduled for publication so far in 2015, ranging from horror, to Hard SF, to Film/TV tie-in.
The first is Whispers in the Dark, a book of four Cthulhu novellas by Alison Littlewood, Johnny Mains, Thana Niveau and Me, all set in different decades and different countries around the world, which will be released by Snowbooks in both paperback and eBook formats on 15th February.
The second is Shadow of the Machine, a Star Trek novella I wrote for Simon & Schuster / Pocket Books, and begins with the Enterprise back in drydock, just four days after the events of The Motion Picture. The novella will be released as an eBook on 9th March.
The third is a hard SF book called Fall of Tithonus. I can't say any more about it at the moment, but the publisher should be announcing more details in the new year. The book will be published somewhere in mid-2015.
The fourth is an, as yet, illustrated short novel which, although is to still be confirmed, should be published somewhere between mid-to-late 2015.
Obviously I will let you know more information as and when I can.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

SOMETIME NEVER wins an award!

Crikey, blimey and shiver me timbers, if it hasn't just gone and happened again!

For the second time in the space of a month another project I have worked on with SpokenWorld Audio has only gone and won another bloomin' award!

My audio play, SOMETIME NEVER, starring SIMON JONES and ROSALYN LANDOR won the Best Drama Award at the New York Awards last night. I'm sure I don't have to tell you how excited, thrilled and downright gobsmacked by this I, and everyone involved, is.

The audio play, which was directed and sound designed by the mighty NEIL GARDNER, with music by the fab JAMES DUNLOP, is the first in a series of 'own brand' audio dramas that I'm writing for SpokenWorld, and was an absolute blast to work on from start to finish.

I'd like to thank Neil, Simon, Rosalyn, James and everyone involved for doing such a wonderful job, and for making it something that I am truly proud of.

We are currently turning our attention to the second audio play, so watch this space for more details as and when!

I'd also like to offer Neil's other company, Ladbroke Productions, a huge and hearty congrats for winning a Gold New York Award for their documentary Living With Memory In Rwanda. A well deserved win, my friend! A double celebration for Mr Gardner tonight!

Meanwhile, I'm just off to crack open a bottle of bubbly!

Friday, 20 June 2014

Incoming News - Part 2: THIRTEEN Wins An Award!

Secondly, I am very excited, not to mention totally stunned (in a good way) to announce that THIRTEEN, the portmanteau audio horror anthology I edited and wrote for, has won the Award for Best Original Work at the 2014 Audie Awards in New York last month!

A massive thank you to all thirteen writers who provided such wonderful stories and all the narrators who brought them to life so brilliantly – and special thanks must go to the mighty Neil Gardner, producer and director of the anthology, and Barnaby Edwards, who’s reading of my linking story Hidden Track was just spot on in every conceivable way!

Splendid fellows, all of them!

You can find out what all the fuss is about by getting your hands on a copy of THIRTEEN either over at the SpokenWorld shop or on Amazon.

Incoming News - Part 1: Beside The Seaside Anthology Available Now!

And after a month of radio silence, I return with two bits of wonderful news on the blog today…

First off – Beside The Seaside, the third in an ongoing anthology range I’m editing for UK publishers Snowbooks, has now been released out in the wild and is available to buy in all good high-street bookshops and online stores.

The book features a stunning introduction by Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin and A Bit of a Do creator David Nobbs as well as a selection of brand new stories by writers such as Alison Littlewood, Trevor Baxendale, Sadie Miller, Gary McMahon and me!

You can buy it online at a dozen places, including Amazon, Guardian Bookshop (at £2 off!), Mail Book Shop and Blackwell’s.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Beside The Seaside - Cover Reveal and Full ToC

Delighted to be able to reveal the front cover artwork for "Beside The Seaside", the third anthology I have edited for UK publishers Snowbooks.

The book contains stories all set along the Yorkshire coast and written in a variety of exciting genres, including Science Fiction, Horror, Spy Thriller and General Fiction.

It also features an introduction by bestselling novelist and scriptwriter David Nobbs, who is probably best known for creating and writing Reggie Perrin and A Bit Of A Do as well as writing scripts and gags for The Two Ronnies, Frankie Howerd, Kenneth Williams and Les Dawson.

Published in paperback in just a few weeks time, Beside The Seaside features stories by some of today's most exciting and talented writers, and can be pre-ordered over on Amazon HERE

Here is the full ToC of the anthology:

Introduction    by David Nobbs
On Scarborough Sands   by  Alison Littlewood
Landlady Interface  by  Lee Harris
Scarborough In July  by  Sadie Miller
The Last Train To Whitby  by  Scott Harrison
The Woman In The Sand  by  Trevor Baxendale
She Who Waits  by  Gary McMahon
The Girl On The Suicide Bridge  by  J.A. Mains
Scarborough Warning  by  Sue Wilsea

Published by Snowbooks
Price: £7.99

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

THIRTEEN - Audies Awards Finalist!

I'm unbelievably proud and excited to be able to announce that THIRTEEN, the portmanteau horror anthology I edited and co-wrote, has been chosen as a finalist in the prestigious 2014 Audie Awards!

As regular readers of this blog will know, THIRTEEN was released in August last year and, being chocked full of new stories from bestselling authors such as Stephen Gallagher, Kim Newman, Dan Abnett and Simon Clark, the audio anthology immediately began pulling in some amazingly fab reviews -

"...this is a great collection of supernatural tales, with a mournful and melancholy tone. They feel very much like old fashioned ghost stories and are genuinely chilling...those who like their spines chilled will be very pleased with Thirteen." rating - 9/10 - Starburst Magazine

"There are no clunkers in the anthology...A deliciously dark collation."  rating - 8/ 10 - SciFi Bulletin

Obviously I am very honoured, not to mention incredibly thrilled, for THIRTEEN to be nominated for an award, and a huge thank you must go to all 13 amazingly talented writers who contributed to the anthology, not to mention the producing / directing genius that is Mr Neil Gardner.

The presentations will be held on May 24th in New York, so please keep all fingers and toes crossed for us until then!

You can read the full list of all 2014 audio finalists HERE