A couple of recent updates to The Word might interest you, dear reader.

Firstly, I’ve added my short story The Night Bus to the Dark Shorts page. Most of you that are interested will probably have already read this last month at The Harrow, where it was published in the December edition. However, now you can find it here as well if you have a mind to read it again or let anyone else know about it. Of course, it will still be available in the archived December issue of The Harrow – there’s a link to them in the Fantastic Fiction box on the left.

Secondly, I’ve decided to give you all something for free, just for being you. The content of this site has so far been stuff that has been previously published, like the short stories and flash fiction on the Dark Shorts page, or stuff you have to pay for, such as my novel, RealmShift. I wanted to give all you good people something for free. I’m just a big hearted guy, I suppose.

I’d been working on a short novella for a while and wasn’t really sure what to do with it. Would I self publish it, try to get it traditionally published as a book, try to get it serialised somewhere? I couldn’t decide. Then I thought to myself, Why not give it away through my website? So that’s what I’m going to do. New material, previously unpublished, available to you all for nothing.

If you look to the Navigation panel on the left you’ll see a new button marked: SERIAL NOVELLA A ‘Verse Full of Scum. This is the page where I will be posting the story in weekly installments.

A ‘Verse Full of Scum is the story of galactic Bounty Hunter, Ghost, and his efforts to track down a rogue magic user who seems to simply be running as far away as he can, killing anyone that gets in his way.

The story is written in thirty four short chapters. One chapter will be posted each week and I’ll put a reminder here in the blog whenever a new chapter is uploaded. I’ll make an effort to post each chapter on the same day each week. How about Mondays? Give you all a bit of quality reading to ease yourself into the week.

So watch this space for news on the first chapter, coming soon. Don’t forget that you can also Subscribe to The Word by filling in the details in the sidebar on the right. This is a completely safe sign up and your details won’t be shared with anyone. You will, however, receive a note every time this site is updated.

So the first chapter will be up soon and then the whole story in a further thirty three weekly installments. Be sure to let me know what you think in comments or email.