Killing It Softly

Wow, I seem to be all about the promo at the moment. I’m certainly not complaining that I’ve been able to announce a new publication for three consecutive months. That is fricking awesome. *grin* But I always intended this blog to contain other stuff too… writerly ramblings, pedantry, geekiness.

I’ll get back to that stuff. Promise.

But in the meantime, Killing It Softly, the all-female horror anthology featuring my story, ‘Rule of Five’, is now out!


Killing It Softly: A Digital Horror Fiction Anthology of Short Stories (The Best by Women in Horror Book 1) by [Fiction, Digital, Cunningham,Elaine, Holder,Nancy, Sydney,M.J., Rose,Rie Sheridan, Boudreau,Chantal, Blackthorn,Rose, McBride,Tracie, Gill,Carole, Rath, Tina , Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert]



This is my fifteenth fiction publication. Fifteen. *checks again to be sure* Yep. Amazing. It’s my second anthology sale. And it’s the third time ‘Rule of Five’ has been published. That little story has certainly done me proud. As I’ve mentioned before, it was the first story I ever sold. I love the fact that it’s still with me now, making sales and getting promoted, like a faithful friend along for the ride.

This is a story about OCD, a term that is bandied about far too often with complete disregard for its real implications. Having particular standards isn’t OCD. Liking things a certain way isn’t OCD. That ‘D’ stands for ‘disorder’, and those things are not disorders. If this story in any way manages to shed some light on what it feels like to have obsessive compulsive disorder, I’m happy.

It’s also scary. It is a horror story, after all.

And in the lead-up to Halloween, the Kindle version of the anthology is available for only 99 cents! After that, it goes up to $5.99, so I highly recommend grabbing a terrific bargain while you can. There are 32 stories here, written by some amazingly talented women. All for 99 cents, people. What are you waiting for?

It’s time to get spooky. Snuggle up on the couch, keep the lights on, and get reading.

Happy Samhain, everyone.


Mutual Success

My very first piece of published fiction was my psychological horror story, ‘Rule of Five’, which appeared in Bete Noire in May 2012. Oddly enough, horror isn’t normally my genre of choice. I’m too much of a wimp. I read the occasional short horror story, write even fewer of them, and hardly ever watch horror movies. I do enjoy fiction with a dark edge, but full-on horror rarely appeals. My imagination is just too damned active to allow me to enjoy jolts of harmless fear.

So, naturally, my first fiction success finds its home with a horror market. (Maybe I should write more horror…)

Anyway, this story is not only my first fiction sale, it’s now officially my first fiction resale! On top of that, it’ll also be my first audio publication, as I’ve recently sold it again to Pseudopod, the wonderfully twisted podcast magazine. This story’s previous publication is only available in print format, so I’m really looking forward to sharing the audio version when it comes out. Watch this space.

In other gleeful publishing news, my friend Emma Osborne (the Superpoet) has a sci-fi poem featured in the current issue of Apex Magazine. It’s stupendous and beautiful and deserves a shout out, so go and read it for free here: Crashdown.

I’m in awe. I can’t write decent poetry to save my life.