Tag Archive: Anthology Submissions

Great news in my inbox yesterday, after the sad demise of Pill Hill Press earlier this year the newly formed Embry Press have now released Use Enough Gun: Legend Of The Monster Hunter III


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Originally due for publication late 2012 by Pill Hill, the Monster Hunter series is now under the Embry Press umbrella. Miles Boothe – who runs Embry – also plans to release another anthology – Both Barrels – later in 2014 that will feature stories from parts I and II of the Monster Hunter series. This collection will feature my first published short story Groundhog Day. As and when I have publication news I’ll share.

Use Enough Gun features stories about hunts that have gone wrong, hunts where the hunter has to visit dark places within themselves to survive. My short story titled Jack features with its pages.

Really pleased to be published again.


Bits Of News

I read a lot of blogs by other writers, and I’ve noticed that at one time or another all of them have been visited by the Not Worthy Monkey. That devious little bastard that sits on your shoulder, whispering in your ear about how bad a writer you are, how no-one will ever be interested in what you’re doing. He always comes visiting when you’re at your lowest and so more open to his bogus “advice”. The little bugger turned up on my doorstep about a week or so ago, totally unannounced he plonked himself into by chair, pulled my laptop over and started reading, giggling as he went.

My current WiP had been going well, part one wrote and with beta readers, and part two progressing better than I’d thought. But he was doing his utmost to put paid to that feeling of wellbeing that has been with me for the most part of this year. That feeling that finally I’d hit on something that might just do it, might just get people interested in what I had to say. In the space of a couple of days I hit snag after snag. Characters wouldn’t behave and the flow stalled. Since he came calling my writing has been hit and miss, going from everyday to every other day, and then every other other day. I was despondent, finding excuses not to open the file up and start writing, the Not Worthy Monkey was winning.

Then last night that all changed. It’s amazing how effective two emails can be to lifting the spirit.

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I submitted a short story to the third in Pill Hill Press’ Monster Hunter anthology collection – Use Enough Gun – close to a year ago. I’d already had my story Groundhog Day published in the second volume and was over the moon to be accepted again. Then things went a bit awry at Pill Hill, the result being the site closed and all the authors were told the rights to their stories had reverted back to them. But then came Miles Boothe like a veritable knight in shinning armour, he took up the challenge and created Embry Press, a new publication house that would be specializing in stories about monster hunters. Whilst he was sorting things out he told all authors accepted by Pill Hill that he would be carrying on with publication of the third volume.

Last night I had an email from him, it had attached the edits for my story Jack, he’d indicated some changes that helped the pace and tone of one of the action scenes. He also put a note on the email saying he felt that this story was the best work I’d done. Four little words, best work I’d done, that’s all it took and the Monkey was riled, his grip on me weakened and he was starting to become dislodged. But I wasn’t out of the woods yet, he was still in my head, his case still unpacked.

Then I had a second email, this one was from Douglas Strider – author of the brilliant Space Danger: The Deadly Planet of Death -, Doug is someone I’ve know for about a year on Twitter, his a fellow budding authour, and he kindly accepted my request to beta read the first part of my current WiP. He’d done a great job, he’d given me lots of comments, ideas and a huge barrel of encouragement. He liked what I’d done and how I’d done it, and what’s more he wanted to find out what happens next. I was high on praise and my back sore from all the clapping. The Monkey, he was on the doorstep his case in hand, a dejected look on his face as he went on his way.

Now I have my laptop back, now I have my mojo back, the Monkey banished – for now – but I’m not complacent cos I know if I’m not mindful he’ll be back.

To Miles and Doug I’d like to say’s thanks, you’ve lifted a flagging writers spirits a thousandfold.

Submissions for the Fantasy Faction Anthology closed in May, since then the team of readers have been working their way through 1,700 entries, the aim to whittle them down to the six winners that will appear in print alongside established authors such as Michael J Sullivan, Myke Cole, Mark Lawrence, Jon Sprunk and Adrian Tchaikovsky. The reading process has been a mammoth task, according to estimates the three readers have read over 10million words between them – or the so far published five books in GRRMs A Song Of Ice And Fire six times over.

They have so far narrowed the 1,700 down to a long list of 30, what they have been doing this week is posting the titles and author names of this list over on their site – http://fantasywritingcontest.com/category/judges/ – for the world to see. Once this has been done they face the task of reducing that list to the final six.

As an added bonus, yesterday they posted the finished cover artwork for the anthology.


Looks very impressive, of course it still need the anthology title, author names and cover quotes adding.


Looking forward to seeing the rest of the names posted, so far 15 titles have been revealed, so we’re halfway. This is a pretty selfish interest on my part because I’ve submitted to the anthology, watching the names go up everyday is nerve wracking, but appearing on the long list – and the possibility of being in the final six – would be a massive boost to any author.




Adventures In Writing

Been a busy couple of weeks writingwise. First some updates…

My short story Jack has been accepted for the forthcoming last part in the Pill Hill Press Monster Hunter anthology. The last instalment is entitled Use Enough Gun and yesterday Miles Boothe posted the final table of contents.

One Less by Steven Gepp
Shame of the Huntress by Gregory Casey
Viral by Dev Jarrett
The Demon and the Manuscript by Marc Sorondo
Red December, 1879 by Brian Panowich
In the Dark and Quiet by Joshua Reynolds
Vermin by Blaise Torrance
Jack by Philip Norris
The Shape of a Cage by J.W.Whalen
Victims by Mike Phillips
Blood Devil by Eric Scott de Bie
Night of the Wolf by Nathan J.D.L. Rowark
Cautionary Tales by Jennifer Barnes
The Bear Trap by Daniel Durrant
Arrival by Christopher Nadeau
The End of Things by T.W. Garland
Hell Knight by Angel Propps
The Longest Night by Helen Yates
Weapon of Choice by Paul Starkey
House Hunters by William Wood
Second Chances by H.J. Hill
Soot by Jireh Smith
The Predators of Winter by E. Dagforth
Skin and Bone by Jonathan Templar
Hell’s Ambush by Derek Anderson
Fail and Cry by Miles Boothe

See me near the top. This is not the final line up for publication but the order in which they were accepted.

Next up is something I have known about for a few weeks now but was asked to keep under wraps whilst other writers were contacted. I recently submitted a short script – about 7 minutes – for the Twisted Showcase second season, I’m pleased to announce that my script has been picked up and filming will commence over the summer.

I’m really pleased about this as this is my first attempt at writing a script and has come out well. As yet there is no title, the original title didn’t really fit with the theme so the producers are considering other options.

So this leaves me in a good position, in the coming months I’ll have two short stories in print and a script filmed. Still in hand is the fantasy short I have in with The Fantasy Faction anthology.

As soon as I have publication/release dates for the above I’ll post.

Short Story Acceptance

Had an email today from Pill Hill Press telling me they had accepted my short story Jack for the third in their monster hunter series called Use Enough Gun: Legend’s Of The Monster Hunter III.

This is my second story for them, my first is Groundhog Day which appeared in the previous anthology called The Trigger Reflex.

Very chuffed about this, this makes my third short story in print – the third is Death Rides A Pale Horse due to appear in the  Dead Rush anthology being put out by Wicked East Press.

As soon as I get publication dates for both these anthologies I’ll put them up.


Adventures In Writing

Seems like ages since I did any sort of update on the various projects I have boiling, simmering and just gathering ingredients for. So please excuse the lack of information on my part.

So, did I tell you I’d had another short story accepted? No? Well I have, its called Death Rides A Pale Horse and is in the forthcoming anthology called Dead Rush being put out by Wicked East Press. Its a collection of stories with the theme of the Old West. I’ve had the galley proofs so am guessing publication should be pretty soon.

There are still two months to go until the deadline for the Fantasy Writing Contest being run by Fantasy Faction. I got my submission called You Can’t Avoid A Little Blood submitted soon after subs opened, I also opted for the Entry Plus service where I’ll get a detailed critique from one of the judges. Not sure if I get this if accepted or not? Doubtful I’ll hear anything from this until after the closing date, there was a post on their forum saying Entry Plus subs wouldn’t be going out till then so that people couldn’t revise their entry and get it back in.

I’m waiting on an email from Pill Hill Press for my submission to the last in the Monster Hunter trilogy anthology they are putting together. According to their forum they have read all stories submitted so far and acceptance/rejection emails are going out as we speak. One person has posted saying they’ve had their’s so its a waiting game now.

I submitted a short script – about 7 minutes – for the second season of Twisted Showcase. The first season is up on line with a great selection of weird, creepy and scary stories. Not sure when I’ll get any news on that but from Twitter I know they’ve filmed the first episode already and are still considering other submitted stories.

I’ve only just (yesterday) submitted a short story to 2000AD for a Judge Dredd competition. Only 2,000 words, short and sharp with blood and guts. Deadline is May 23rd so nit sure when will hear anything.

I’ve finished the polish on the stories I’ve collected together that I aim to self publish on Kindle. I’ve settled on three stories that cover horror and steampunk. I’m sending them out to a couple of readers next week and am at present working on a cover design.

That’s it, all up to date now. I’m now project free for the first time in ages, but I have begun research and note making for a planned novel set in the same universe as one of the stories in my anthology. Its early stages at present so doubt I’ll even have the first draft ready until later in the year.


I finished another short story last night and submitted it to Pill Hill Press for consideration in their forthcoming anthology Use Enough Gun.

This anthology is the last in the Monster Hunter trilogy, the publishers project to re-boot the monster hunting genre.

I now plan to return working on my own anthology that I aim to self-publish on Kindle in the summer. I already have five short stories earmarked for inclusion and am writing a sixth. The title of the collection is Beyond The Event Horizon, and will contain a mix of genre stories covering zombies, horror, steampunk and urban fantasy.



Submission Acceptance Received

Had an email from Wicked East Press – https://sites.google.com/a/wickedeastpress.com/wicked-east-press/ – yesterday informing me that my short story Death Rides A Pale Horse has been accepted for their Dead Rush anthology.

The anthology will feature horror stories in an Old West setting.

Really please with this, I will now have two short stories and three flash fiction shorts in print.

publication news to follow.

Further Adventures In Writing

I had that email from Pill Hill Press last night regarding my submission to their Steampunk anthology. I had been building my hopes up seeing they’d kept hold of it for so long. But the pain of rejection was softened by some personal feedback from the publisher.

They’d had my story on the shortlist for a while, they were looking for more military/war themed stories to come in, but unfortunately none did meaning my story was on it’s own. Because of this the direction of the anthology veered away from my story resulting in it not making the cut.

They did say that it would fit nicely with a publication called Steampunk Tales – http://www.steampunktales.com/ – which looks like a great place for stories of that genre. But only draw back I can see is their submission policy has a word count of 4,500 and my story is 6,602 words. That’s a hell of a lot to prune off for a short story.

Unsure what I’m going to do yet, I am working on a anthology of my own that I plan to self publish on Kindle, I might put my story in there. But as it is due to other project’s I’ll let my steampunk story sit for a while and take a look at it in a couple of months.


Fantasy Writing Contest # 2

A while ago I posted about the Fantasy Factions planned writing contest for an anthology due out later in the year. At midnight February 1st the submissions opened for this book and earlier today I submitted my short story You Can’t Avoid A Little Blood.

The anthology will be a mix of new and unsigned authors who’s work will appear alongside established writers such as Mark Lawrence, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Jon Sprunk. Myke Cole and Michael J Sullivan. There are other authors planned but not announced as yet.

Submissions will remain open until June 30th.

Anyone interested can find the details on the Fantasy Writing Contest website – http://fantasywritingcontest.com/ – and join in the conversations over on the Fantasy Factions forum via the main site – http://fantasy-faction.com/ – and lastly both can be followed on Twitter @FantasyFaction or @FantasyContest