Suspended in Dusk 2

My story in the first Suspended In Dusk anthology was called “Shadows Of The Lonely Dead” and it won an Australian Shadows Award, and was reprinted in a couple of Year’s Best anthologies. So I’m very proud of that yarn. Late this year, Grey Matter Press will release my novel, Devouring Dark, which is a direct a sequel to that story. I think it’s good book and I can’t wait for it to come out. But meanwhile, GMP are publishing Suspended In Dusk 2, a follow-up to the first wildly successful volume. This second volume is packed full of dark yarns, including a new one by me. And it’s truly an honour to share the pages with the other amazing writers in the book. Check out the official publisher announcement below, and all those amazing names at the end. It comes out in July, so watch out for it!

Sometimes Seconds are More Than You Can Handle…
The Suspense is Over.
Dusk Returns this Summer.

Life is change. And change is coming. The much-anticipated second installment in editor Simon Dewar’s horror franchise arrives on July 10th from Grey Matter Press. Suspended in Dusk: Volume II ushers in the change that’s needed as a truly diverse anthology of modern horror draws you into the light and plunges you into darkness.

Suspending conventional belief that diversity in anthologized fiction is irrelevant, Dewar ends the discussion as he assembles a selection of both emerging and established voices from at least four continents. A prime example of what could be termed “world horror fiction,” the group of accomplished authors in Suspended in Dusk II includes both men and women, writers whose first language is not English, those of varied sexual identities, followers of different religions and those who ignore them all equally.

Suspended in Dusk II erases the boundaries and demolishes the roadblocks to inclusion in modern dark fiction, providing readers with a book that’s exactly what they’re looking for in an inclusive anthology of horror. And Grey Matter Press is honored to play a role in this much-needed change.

Suspended in Dusk II arrives this summer and features masterful fiction from Ramsey Campbell, Stephen Graham Jones, Damien Angelica Walters, Alan Baxter, Paul Tremblay, Sarah Read, Nerine Dorman, J C Michael, Benjamin Knox, Letitia Trent, Paul Michael Anderson, Gwendolyn Kiste, Bracken MacLeod, Dan Rabarts, Annie Neugebauer, and Karen Runge. And the volume also includes a very special Introduction by Angela Slatter.

http://greymatterpress.com/new-releases/suspended-in-dusk-2/

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The Sydney Writers’ Festival – Live and Local

I’m excited to be part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival Live and Local event in Wollongong on Saturday May 5th. As per the description on the website:

Sydney Writers’ Festival is Australia’s largest forum celebrating books and ideas in the southern hemisphere. The Festival brings the world’s finest authors and esteemed thinkers to together in real time through the Live & Local project.

Streamed LIVE by Sydney Writers’ Festival to The Music Lounge, Live & Local offers regional and national audiences access to new ideas from great minds, with the opportunity to participate in Q&A sessions at each event by sending questions direct to the Sydney stage.

This year in addition to the live streaming, Merrigong Theatre Company in collaboration with South Coast Writers Centre, Shellharbour City Libraries and Wollongong City Libraries present four local authors live on stage and a workshop to bring this event to life!

There’s lots of cool stuff happening. For my part, I’ll be reading from my latest novel, Hidden City, and doing a Q&A, at 11am, then running a workshop on writing speculative fiction from 1.30pm. All the details are here. And it’s very cheap. Only $20 for an all-day ticket, plus an extra $15 for the workshop if you wanted to attend that. Should be great fun!

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StokerCon 2018, Providence, RI

Where do I even begin? I decided last year that I want to go to at least one convention outside Australia every year. I chose to start that tradition with a visit to StokerCon, the official convention of the Horror Writer’s Association. A few things made me choose this – one was my pal from NZ, Lee Murray. She’s been kicking my arse to go to a StokerCon for ages. Another was that it was to be held in Providence, which is Lovecraft country, and that Providence is close to New York City, and I’ve always wanted to go there. Then the guest list tipped me over the edge.

The con was absolutely fantastic. Full credit to James Chambers and the committee for putting on an amazing weekend of panels and events, including the Bram Stoker Awards ceremony and banquet, that was heaps of fun. I got be on a few panels – one on Knock Out Fight Scenes, with Teel James Glenn, James A Moore, J H Moncrieff, and Tim Waggoner, ably moderated by Lee Murray. That was a great and vibrant discussion with lots of different viewpoints.

Then I was on a panel called Beyond The Borders: Writing and Reading Outside the US, which was fascinating fun and I got to share a space with the legendary Ramsey Campbell! Also on the panel were Chris Marrs and Lee Murray, with my other NZ pal Dan Rabarts doing the moderating.

Later on I got do a reading and it was an absolute pleasure to share that spot with Paul Tremblay, a writer I’ve long admired, and S K Nash. I read from HIDDEN CITY which had just come out the week before.

Then on the Saturday I moderated a panel called How To Choose Good Markets, with Meghan Arcuri-Moran, Jennifer Brozek, Erik T Johnson, Brian Kirk, and Jeff Strand. That was another interesting and vibrant discussion. None of these things were really long enough, we could have discussed all of them for twice as long, but that’s often the way with good convention panels.

While those were the things I was booked in for, I attended a heap of other panels and events, far too many to list. Among my favourites were the Monster Mash with all the Guests of Honour, the Paperbacks From Hell presentation by Grady Hendrix, who also won the Stoker for that amazing book, and the Stoker Awards ceremony itself. I got to hang out with so many cool people. With that in mind, here’s an attempt to recognise everyone who made this such a wonderful trip for me:

Huge thanks especially to Lee Murray for kicking my arse, and to David Murray for hanging out with all us crazy writers. And to Dan Rabarts for completing the Antipodean writing trio at StokerCon. I’m so glad I got to share the experience with you guys.

Massive shout out to everyone else who’s part of this incredibly friendly and talented tribe, many I met for the first time, some I knew well online and finally connected with in meatspace, and many more I have the pleasure of calling my new friends. Especially thanks to David Wood, who wasn’t at the con but met me in NY afterwards and showed me around. We’ve been friends for over a decade, written four books together so far, and finally met in person. What a great guy. And we talked about our next book, the sequel to Primordial. Watch this space.

Huge thanks to Paul Tremblay, for his friendship and a fantastic guided tour of Providence. Always an advantage to have local knowledge. It was great to share a reading panel with Paul (and with S K Nash). To Victor LaValle, an absolute gentleman who I’ve long admired and I’m so glad to have met. And now I have a signed hardcover of The Changeling. Ellen Datlow, always great to talk to and so generous to invite me to the SF panel in New York after StokerCon, which was a fantastic night and I got to meet Samuel R Delany. Bracken McLeod, who’s work I’ve long admired and with whom I shared a unique late night rescue mission! To James A Moore, another pal I’ve known online for a long time and had the absolute pleasure of spending a lot of time with at the con. A smart and talented man. Tim Waggoner, again someone I’ve known fora while online and who was kind enough to say wonderful things in a blurb of HIDDEN CITY. It was a pleasure to be able to give him a copy by way of thanks.

Man, I could go on and on, but let’s see if I can just list all the other wonderful souls I connected with this trip. I’m bound to miss someone – I’m sorry! – but here goes. Huge love to Christopher Golden, John F D Taff, Doug Mourano, John Palisano, Angel Leigh McCoy, J.H. Moncrieff, Theresa Braun, Jennifer Barnes, John Edward Lawson, Kate Jonez, Linda D Addison, Jeff Strand, Lynne Hansen, Meghan Arcuri-Moran, Danel Olson, Jennifer Brozek, Erik T Johnson, James Chambers, James Ebersole, JD Barker, Lisa Morton, Jeff Strand, Danny Rhodes, Frazer Lee, Cherry Weiner, Patrick Freivald, JG Faherty, Teel James Glenn, Chris Marrs, Craig DiLouie, Pete (Bloodshot) Kahle, Larissa Glasser, Jeff Menapace, John McIlveen, Glenn Rolfe, Matt Bechtel, Stephanie Wytovich, Lisa Kroger, Robert Payne Cabeen, Thersa Matsuura, Brian Kirk, Grady Hendrix, Will Errickson, Jonathan Lees, Brian W. Matthews, S K Nash, Rena Mason, Kathleen Kaufman, Ed Kurtz, Doungjai Gam Bepko, and probably so many more I’ve missed. I’m jetlagged and overwhelmed, but this trip was so worthwhile, mostly because of all those people listed and all the others I haven’t mentioned. You all rock so hard. Until next time!

I took loads of photos. If you’re friends with me on Facebook, I’ve put an album there. If not, here’s a key few to give you a flavour:

My first sighting of the Biltmore Hotel, from across the river.

The day before the con I visited the Providence Capitol building.

And then me and Dan Rabarts made the pilgrimage to the grave of H P Lovecraft in Swan Point Cemetery.

When I got back, the first copies of HIDDEN CITY had arrived. It was published less than a week before.

I did a reading from HIDDEN CITY, which seemed to go well.

Here’s Lee Murray and Dan Rabarts reading from Hounds of the Underworld.

I got to be on a panel with living legend, Ramsey Campbell. (Also legends Chris Marrs and Lee Murray.)

Here’s the Stoker Awards Banquet in the Biltmore Ballroom. A great night!

Here I am with wonderful humans Linda Addison and Ellen Datlow.

Me and Victor LaValle.

Me and Paul Tremblay.

Me and Bracken McLeod.

Me and James A Moore.

Me and John F D Taff.

Me and Danel Olson.

On the tour of Providence with Paul Tremblay, this shop was great.

Outside the Fleur-de-Lys house, the house that H P Lovecraft made the residence of his character Henry Anthony Wilcox, in “The Call of Cthulhu”.

Paul Tremblay outside the house that Lovecraft used for his story, “The Shunned House”. Apparently, in his time, Lovecraft’s aunts lived there.

So that’s that! So much more happens at a con than could ever be adequately covered in a blog post, but hopefully this gives a good idea of how things went. I had a truly fantastic time and can’t wait to go again.

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Two book deal with Grey Matter Press

I’m just back from StokerCon in Providence, RI, and I’ll be putting up a big post about that soon. What a mad time I had, it was fantastic. But in the meantime, I need to quickly blog about this, as it’s huge news and was officially announced while I was away. I’ve been sitting on this for a while, so it’s exciting to finally be public about it: I’ve just signed a two book deal with US-based powerhouse Grey Matter Press. GMP are one of the finest independent publishers working today, consistently putting out quality work from great authors, so it’s an absolute honour to join their roster. The two books are a novella (though at almost 40,000 words it’s really a short novel) and a full length novel that’s basically a sequel to my Australian Shadows Award-winning story, “Shadows of the Lonely Dead”. Here’s the official announcement, which includes a description of each book:

Two New Supernatural Thrillers Coming in 2018 from Urban Horror Master Alan Baxter and Grey Matter Press

CHICAGO, March 1, 2018 —Two new supernatural thrillers from multi-award-winning author Alan Baxter arrive this year for fans of his dark-themed, high-octane style of urban horror and crime noir fiction. In a two-book deal announced today, Baxter’s Manifest Recall and Devouring Dark are scheduled for release in 2018 from Chicago-based independent publisher Grey Matter Press (GMP).

“I’m so excited to be working with Tony and GMP on these two books. Grey Matter has been developing into one of the premier independent presses working today and I couldn’t be happier to be part of their future,” said Baxter, the critically acclaimed author of several novels, including the popular Alex Caine dark fantasy series, and over seventy short stories and novellas.

First out of the block and arriving this spring is Manifest Recall, a contemporary southern gothic novella with alarming supernatural undercurrents that explores the tragic life of a hitman who finds himself on the wrong side of his criminal syndicate. Baxter’s adrenaline-fueled approach to storytelling is in full force in Manifest Recall as it draws readers into Eli Carver’s downward spiral of psychosis and through the darker aspects of lost memories, human guilt and the insurmountable quest for personal redemption.

Following a psychotic break, Carver finds himself on the run, behind the wheel of a car that’s not his own, and in the company of a terrified woman he doesn’t know. As layers of ugly truth are peeled back and dark secrets are revealed, the duo find themselves in a struggle for survival when they unravel a mystery that pits them against the most dangerous forces in their lives.

Devouring Dark is Baxter’s full-length urban horror novel about a man plagued since childhood by a malevolent darkness that threatens to consume him. After a lifetime spent wrestling for control over this onslaught, Matt McLeod has learned to wield his mysterious paranormal skill to achieve an odious goal: retribution as a supernatural vigilante.

When one such hit goes bad, McLeod finds himself ensnared in a multi-tentacled criminal enterprise caught between a corrupt cop and a brutal mobster. His only promise of salvation may be a bewitching woman who shares his dark talent but has murderous designs of her own. The gritty thriller Devouring Dark is based on Baxter’s award-winning short story “Shadows of the Lonely Dead” and is scheduled for release this fall.

“These new thrillers from Alan Baxter exemplify his pure storytelling genius,” said Anthony Rivera, publisher at Grey Matter Press. “There’s plenty to love in these truly spectacular tales, and Baxter is going to once again electrify fans of horror, crime noir and supernatural fiction with these two releases.”

When Manifest Recall and Devouring Dark are published the titles will be available from Grey Matter Press at booksellers worldwide in both trade paperback and common ebook formats.

HIDDEN CITY is out now! Signed book giveaway.

Today sees the release of my latest novel, HIDDEN CITY. New book day is always nerve-wracking, but early reviews have been excellent, so I’m cautiously optimistic. I’m proud of this book – it’s my homage to all the great noir I’ve loved, wrapped up with horror and dark fantasy. At the end of this post is a giveaway, but meanwhile, here’s the blurb:

When the city is sick, everyone suffers.

Steven Hines listened to the city and the city spoke. Cleveport told him she was sick. With his unnatural connection to her, that meant Hines was sick too. But when his friend, Detective Abby Jones, comes to him for help investigating a series of deaths with no discernible cause, Hines can’t say no. Then strange fungal growths begin to appear in the streets, affecting anyone who gets too close, turning them into violent lunatics. As the mayhem escalates and officials start to seal Cleveport off from the rest of the world, Hines knows the trouble has only just begun.

And here’s what some people have been saying:

“A grim and gritty fantasy noir with razor-sharp humor. I loved it!” – Tim Waggoner, author of TEETH OF THE SEA.

“Hidden City is a delicious supernatural noir, the song of a city of the lost with both Chandleresque and Lovecraftian undernotes and distant echoes of Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden. But it is very much its own thing, razor sharp, dark, compelling, cosmic and strangely touching all at once. Highly recommended.” – William Meikle, author of The Ghost Club.

“Poisonous fungi? Check. Murderous transformations? Check. Deep-down, bad-to-the bone evil? Check. Good old-fashioned horror? Check. Enter Hidden City at your peril.” – Angela Slatter, World Fantasy award-winning author of The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings.

Creepy. Visionary. Catastrophic. Apocalyptic. These are words occurring frequently in discussions of horror. But Alan Baxter’s Hidden City encapsulates them all to an unusually high degree. His protagonists, including the sentient city of Cleveport; his multi-level villains; his dark, rain-soaked landscape, inimical to all attempts to understand and defeat an unseen enemy; and the enemy itself, unfathomable and ubiquitous—all embody the best of familiar tropes and make them newly horrific.” – Collings Notes.

“The second half of the book is action-packed and the ending worked really well for me, in fact, I loved it. Alan Baxter continues his good form and Hidden City is a must read for any fans of Alan’s work and definitely for fans of Jim Butcher.” – The Grim Reader

I really hope you take a chance on this one and give it a read. If you do, I really hope you enjoy it. I think you will! But you’re wondering what the giveaway is, right? Well, here’s how it works. Buy a copy of HIDDEN CITY (paperback or ebook), then take a selfie with the book (or your e-reader showing the cover), or take a cool picture of the book or e-reader in a funky place. Then post that photo to your social media and tag me in it. I’ll share all the pics I can, and I’ll save up all the people who posted to do a random draw at the end of March. Three names, drawn randomly at the end of March, will receive a signed copy of ANY of my books. You want a signed HIDDEN CITY, no worries. You want any of my other books signed, no worries either. Pick whichever one you want. When the winners are drawn I’ll contact you to find out which book you want. This is open to anyone, anywhere in the world. So, to recap:

– Get a copy of HIDDEN CITY;

– Take a photo of you with it, or it in a cool location;

– Post that photo to your social media and tag me;

– Hope you’re a winner.

That’s it. Simple. All the links to buy are here: HIDDEN CITY. And if you do read HIDDEN CITY, thank you! If you enjoy it, I’d love it if you told people about it, and maybe you’d take a moment to rate and/or review it on Amazon, Goodreads, etc. because that stuff really helps.

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Stokercon 2018

I’m excited to be going to the US for the first time ever in a couple of weeks. I’m especially excited because I’m going there to attend Stokercon, the official horror convention of the Horror Writers Association. There are some amazing guests of honor and a whole selection of cool things going on. I’m looking forward to meeting lots of people I’ve only ever interacted with online before, and hopefully making a bunch of new friends. I’m also doing a reading and a few panels while I’m there. Here’s my full schedule:

PANEL – Knock Out Fight Scenes – Friday – 12:00 PM

This how-to panel will dissect the elements of a kick-ass fight scene, with insights and suggestions from real-life experts to have you writing visceral, realistic action. Covering all manner of weapons from ball-points to ballistics, and arming you with blow-by-blow writing techniques, this panel will give your hero all they need to know to take on a soldier, a section, or a supernatural being.

Panelists: Alan Baxter, J.H. Moncrieff, James Moore, Lee Murray (Mod.), Teel James Glenn, Tim Waggoner

PANEL – Beyond the Borders: Writing and Reading Outside the USA – Friday – 3:00 PM, State Suite B

Join our panelists as they discuss the challenges, pitfalls and opportunities of writing outside in the U.K., Canada, and the far-flung edges of the planet, namely New Zealand and Australia, and learn how the experience of an outside perspective can help writers in the U.S. broaden their own horizons.

Panelists: Alan Baxter, Chris Marrs, Dan Rabarts (Mod.), Lee Murray, Ramsey Campbell

READING – Friday, March 2, at 4 p.m. in L’Apogee on the Seventeenth Floor of the Biltmore.
I’ll be reading from my new novel, HIDDEN CITY, with S Kay Nash and Paul Tremblay. Afterward, we’ll be at an autographing table in the Dealers Room.

PANEL: How to Choose Good Markets, Saturday 2:00 PM

Horror authors face a broad spectrum of publishing possibilities from fanzines to pro-markets. Choosing the right market involves many considerations: payment, reputation of the publisher, contract terms, distribution and promotion, editorial expectations, and more. The panelists will discuss what authors should weigh when submitting their work or accepting a publication offer, with insight into researching publishers, finding the right market for your work, and why you should avoid “for the love” markets.

Panelists: Alan Baxter (Mod.), Brian Kirk, Erik T. Johnson, Jeff Strand, Jennifer Brozek, Meghan Arcuri-Moran

All such cool stuff, I really can’t wait. Outside of the things listed above, I’ll be trying to get to as many panels as possible to see what I can learn, and I’ll otherwise be in the bar. I’m at the Biltmore from Thursday through to Monday morning, so please come and say hi. I’m terrible at recognizing people from profile photos, so if we know each other but have yet to connect in the meatspace, please introduce yourself. Now, I’d better start getting organized!

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A little piece to camera

I was kindly invited by the Sydney Mechanic’s School of Arts to do a little piece to camera about my books and writing in general. Kindly hosted by Dymocks in Wollongong, it’s only a few minutes long and it’s on YouTube here:

HIDDEN CITY cover reveal and excerpt

Check out that amazing cover! Done by the insanely talented Christian Bentulan at Covers by Christian. Click on the cover for a higher resolution version and see it in all its horror noirish glory. The book should be up for pre-order soon, so watch here or sign up to my newsletter so you don’t miss that. There’s a page all about the book here, and that will be updated with links as soon as they’re available. HIDDEN CITY is officially released on February 20th, so not long to wait now. Exciting times! Meanwhile, HIDDEN CITY pre-order for Kindle is live! Price is only US$2.99, but that will go up on release day, so get in early.

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078YH5G4F/
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B078YH5G4F/
AU – https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B078YH5G4F/

Alternatively, this link will take you directly to the Kindle store for your country.
http://hyperurl.co/hiddencity

Some early comments are coming in about the book too, and they’re seriously encouraging:

“A grim and gritty fantasy noir with razor-sharp humor. I loved it!” – Tim Waggoner, author of TEETH OF THE SEA.

“Hidden City is a delicious supernatural noir, the song of a city of the lost with both Chandleresque and Lovecraftian undernotes and distant echoes of Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden. But it is very much its own thing, razor sharp, dark, compelling, cosmic and strangely touching all at once. Highly recommended.” – William Meikle, author of The Ghost Club.

“Poisonous fungi? Check. Murderous transformations? Check. Deep-down, bad-to-the bone evil? Check. Good old-fashioned horror? Check. Enter Hidden City at your peril.” – Angela Slatter, World Fantasy award-winning author of The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings.

When the city is sick, everyone suffers.

Steven Hines listened to the city and the city spoke. Cleveport told him she was sick. With his unnatural connection to her, that meant Hines was sick too. But when his friend, Detective Abby Jones, comes to him for help investigating a series of deaths with no discernible cause, Hines can’t say no. Then strange fungal growths begin to appear in the streets, affecting anyone who gets too close, turning them into violent lunatics. As the mayhem escalates and officials start to seal Cleveport off from the rest of the world, Hines knows the trouble has only just begun.

 

New deals and a new book in February!

First of all, Merry Christmas! However you do or don’t celebrate, I hope this time of year finds you well. And if you do get presents, I hope lots of them were books! A couple of things to chat about here – a new novel coming early next year, and special deals on the Alex Caine Series, which is finally available everywhere in the world.

Let’s start with Alex Caine. Here are some links for the individual books in the trilogy, but look to the end for a special deal on a boxed set of all three ebooks.

BOUND
US Kindle
UK Kindle
AUS Kindle

OBSIDIAN
US Kindle
UK Kindle
AUS Kindle

ABDUCTION
US Kindle
UK Kindle
AUS Kindle

And of course, if your preference is another store or a paperback, they’re all available in all the usual places. You can start your search here and give me a shout if there’s anything you can’t track down (that goes for all my books, of course.) If you want a signed set of the trilogy in paperback, drop me a line and we can organise that too.

ALEX CAINE TRILOGY BOXED SET

Now this is currently only available in ebook and not available in Australia or NZ (sorry about that – different publisher), but everywhere else in the world can get all three Alex Caine books in a single omnibus Kindle volume for only US$8.99 (or £6.69 in the UK). Bargain!

You can get that here in the US and here in the UK.

Search your local stores if I haven’t included the link here.

And if you’ve enjoyed these books, your honest review at Amazon and Goodreads would be hugely appreciated.

New Book – HIDDEN CITY

And now news of my next novel. Gryphonwood Press will be releasing Hidden City some time around the middle of February 2018. Cover art is being done right now, but meanwhile, here’s the blurb:

When the city is sick, everyone suffers.

Steven Hines listened to the city and the city spoke. Cleveport told him she was sick. With his unnatural connection to her, that meant Hines was sick too. But when his friend, Detective Abby Jones, comes to him for help investigating a series of deaths with no discernible cause, Hines can’t say no. Then strange fungal growths begin to appear in the streets, affecting anyone who gets too close, turning them into violent lunatics. As the mayhem escalates and officials start to seal Cleveport off from the rest of the world, Hines knows the trouble has only just begun.

I can’t wait for this books to hit the shelves. It’s a standalone novel, mixing up urban horror, neo-noir, and dark urban fantasy tropes. Early reviews have been incredibly encouraging, which only makes me more excited. Watch my social media feeds for more news and pre-order links which should go up soon.

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News, of old books and new!

You may or may not be aware that I’ve had nightmares with publishers lately. Ragnarok Publications, publishers of my Alex Caine books in the US and UK, and Cohesion Press, publisher of Primordial, both ran into trouble. Well, I’m happy to announce that Primordial is back up in ebook and audiobook, with print to come any day now, thanks to Adrenaline Press. And the Alex Caine trilogy has been picked up by the good folks at Gryphonwood Press and all three books should be back up in ebook and print at all the usual vendors with a week or two. And there’s more good news! Gryphonwood Press are also publishing my new standalone novel, HIDDEN CITY, early next year. Best described as urban horror/supernatural noir, I can’t wait for it to be out in the world. Here’s the blurb:

When the city is sick, everyone suffers.

Steven Hines listened to the city and the city spoke. Cleveport told him she was sick. With his unnatural connection to her, that meant Hines was sick too. But when his friend, Detective Abby Jones, comes to him for help investigating a series of deaths with no discernible cause, Hines can’t say no. Then strange fungal growths begin to appear in the streets, affecting anyone who gets too close, turning them into violent lunatics. As the mayhem escalates and officials start to seal Cleveport off from the rest of the world, Hines knows the trouble has only just begun.

So after months of spinning my wheels trying to fix problems, it finally feels like things are moving forward again. Watch this space for updates!