My short story "Nor Left Behind" will appear in Love Beyond Death, an anthology of unusual perspectives on love that transcends mortality, funding now via Kickstarter. Drawing on both British police dramas and cosmic horror, “Nor Left Behind” tells the tale of a police detective who sees an opportunity to do a good deed and … Continue reading Love Beyond Death Kickstarter
The submission window for Fears of a Clown is now closed and I've emailed an acknowledgement for all the stories I've received. So, if you've submitted but haven't had an acknowledgement yet, then let me know so I can confirm whether I received your story. Now the hard work begins for me. Because I've received … Continue reading Time to Be Serious
Alexander mixes an engaging crime thriller with questions on the morality of vengeance to create a novel that is both gritty and thought-provoking. Detective Inspector Brian Fisher gets results; good enough results without proof of wrongdoing that review boards tend toward a favourable theories of events. But, rather than the binary of “good” or “bad” … Continue reading Goodcopbadcop by Jim Alexander
I've received a few questions about my submission call for Fears of a Clown, both while drafting it and afterwards. I added the ones clarifying the call to the call itself, but wanted to share some of my process in drafting the call for anyone who wanted to try compiling an anthology themselves or was … Continue reading Brushing Away Sawdust
Toward the end of last year, Misha Burnett challenged the Nasty, Brutish, and Short writing group to each compile and release an anthology this year. As Fauxpocalypse, a project he conceived, marked the start of my career as a professional author, it felt right to not only accept but dive in. So, I'm issuing a … Continue reading Call for Submissions: Fears of a Clown
All three volumes of Millhaven Tales (including Millhaven's Tales of Suspense, featuring a story by me) are on sale until 25th December 2018. Fill the gap in your wonder, suspense, or terror collections here.
Happy Birthday to Lovecraft. To celebrate, have a rather fine short film that echoes "From Beyond" without pastiching it. https://vimeo.com/joewhite/thebrainhack I feel Lovecraft would approve. The steady build of nothing being inexplicable followed by a sharp rise to a reveal fits his common story shape. Found footage is the 21st Century's version of a box … Continue reading Hack or Heirophant?
I like short stories. I like reading them and I like writing them. And, whether you’re here for my reviews or to find out more about the stories I write, I suspect many of you like a good short story too.
So, I wanted to share this new project from the talented Misha Burnett: a repository of magazines and anthologies featuring short fiction.
That shared, I’m off to read something weird and abrupt.
This is something that I’ve been meaning to do for a while now. If you got here from my other blog, you know that I feel passionately about the need for a healthy market for short fiction. To this end I have been actively seeking indie magazines and anthologies that publish short genre fiction.
The market is growing fast now, and I’ve gotten to the point where I need a way to organize all the links I have into one place.
This is the place. Please pardon my dust, this is a work in progress.
Millhaven's Tales of Suspense, featuring one of my short stories, is now available. While there are a range of tones, from straight out vigilante action to cosy investigation (complete with cup cakes), all the stories feature protagonists who take action rather than sitting back. A group of muggers discover appearance isn't everything. When the police … Continue reading Millhaven’s Tales of Suspense
My short story "Bad Beat" appears in the latest edition of Millhaven's Tales of Suspense, the latest edition of Millhaven's themed short-story magazines. In addition to my tale of poker games gone wrong, hard-headed debt collectors, and just a smidge of weirdness, there are seven other tales of mystery, crime, and espionage, each packed with … Continue reading New Pulp Action Story Available