Dead Letters Teaser #7

The Wrong Game, Ramsey Campbell I must have dozed despite the image that wouldn’t leave my mind or grow clearer, because I awoke at a few minutes past two. I had a sense that I’d heard something not especially substantial on the move in the dark. The only light came from the scrawny digits of […]

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Dead Letters is alive!

It’s always a thrill to receive a box of books in the post. And it was especially satisfying to open this parcel, if only because it meant it hadn’t gone missing (which I was convinced was going to happen). The books are lovely; Titan have done a beautiful job. It seems like such a long […]

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Primed for Darkness

The splendid Ali Karim has posted an in-depth interview he conducted with me for The Rap Sheet, the essential, award-winning resource for readers seeking information about what’s new and interesting in the world of crime fiction. You can read it here. Thanks to Ali and The Rap Sheet for their interest and support.

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Dead Letters: the cover

I’m pleased to be able to reveal the cover to the new anthology, scheduled for publication next year. Credit to Titan for agreeing to list every author on the cover. None of that ‘And Many Others’ nonsense here! It was a privilege to work with so many talented writers. I hope you’ll be as impressed […]

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Dead Letters

Coming in April 2016 from Titan Books… Dead Letters An anthology of the undelivered, the missing, the returned… Edited by Conrad Williams The Green Letter – Steven Hall Over to You – Michael Marshall Smith In Memoriam – Joanne Harris Ausland – Alison Moore Wonders to Come – Christopher Fowler Cancer Dancer – Pat Cadigan The Wrong […]

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Shadows & Tall Trees

On October 7th I posted a blog about the Gothic Manchester Festival, and how I was hoping to write a new short story in time for a reading I was scheduled to perform at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation along with Ramsey Campbell and Stephen McGeagh. I intended to write something “brisk and baleful”, around […]

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Hit me with your Twitter stick

As part of the Gothic Manchester Festival I’ll be reading (alongside Ramsey Campbell and Stephen McGeagh) at an event run by the excellent Twisted Tales people (27th October). The evening is an opportunity for us to talk about why we have chosen to set so many of our stories in Manchester. It was lovely to […]

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…from my cold, dead hands

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Dylan Thomas Many of us have jobs. Full-time jobs, part-time jobs, weekend jobs, holiday jobs. I’ve done my fair share of grim jobs. I’ve delivered pizza. I’ve worked in […]

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Head Injuries

In 1993 I started the novel that would become Head Injuries. It was called Dust back then. Heavily influenced by M John Harrison, Ramsey Campbell and Clive Barker, it was my attempt at a modern British ghost story. It’s a flawed novel, but one for which I have great fondness. I wrote it on an […]

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