August 13 I will be a guest on David Driver’s radio show The Writers’ Bookshelf…

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AUG 13

Author Alyson Faye

  • Tuesday, 13 August 2019 from 19:00-22:00
  • Drystone Radio

    82 Keighley Road, Cowling, BD22 0BA Keighley
  • Hosted by Drystone Radio, The Writers Bookshelf
    I will be talking about my latest publications, upcoming news for the autumn of new creative writing classes, a charity anthology and how to get published in it, open mics – the perils and pitfalls of reading aloud and how Marilyn Monroe inspires me.

Pre sales are now live on amazon for Night of the Rider…

Amazon were a bit slow loading them up-

Book 18 – Night Of The Rider by Alyson Faye
At 99p it won’t break the bank!
Night Of The Rider (Short Sharp Shocks! Book 18) by [Faye, Alyson]
I have plans to do a couple of radio slots and an open mic evening in Silsden near me, where I will be reading from Rider- a preview if you like –
on Monday June 10th 7.30pm
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A second blog post hot on the heels… lovely review from Gingernuts of Horror reviewer for my Trio of Terror…

Available to buy from 99p on amazon, click image below- my trio of tales set in Yorkshire locations where I live or where I’ve holidayed.

Kim over at Gingernuts has kindly read and reviewed Trio and posted a wonderful review over on Goodreads:-—supernatural-tales#other_reviews

which I was so overwhelmed to read- a highlight being the last lines :-

“I really enjoy Alyson’s writing style. Her tales have a great pace for short stories, and characters become very much 3D even within the short span of the story. This collection is very much worth the read.”

A massive thank you to Kim for this review.

and a thank you to Horror Tree editor and horror writer Stephanie Ellis for being I think, the first person to review Trio. Here’s a link to Steph’ own horror short story collection:- The Reckoning.


Contract with Demain Publishing for e book stand alone pub for my Victorian gothic horror story, – Night of the Rider…

It’s official! I’ve signed with Demain Publishing – the driving force behind Demain being writer/editor/film producer Dean Drinkel, to publish on May 10th, my longish short story, , as a stand alone e book in Demain’s Short Sharp Shocks! series. Mine will be Book 18.

The talented artist, Adrian Baldwin, has designed the series covers-  in black and red with white titles and authors’ names; the effect being reminiscent of a pulp magazine from the 1960’s.

Here’s the cover for Night of the Rider:-

Night of the Rider cover

I am delighted with the cover and how well the illustrator has captured The Rider, the cursed human who is forced to hunt for eternity until . . . Read the story and find out.

There will be paperbacks later in the year and the possibility of the story appearing in an anthology.

Various talented, well known and amazing horror writers have already been published in this series by Demain- the ebooks come out in batches of six-  here is an eg of some of the titles:-


all available from amazon.

I want to give a special shout out to a story which appeared in the first batch, by Horror Tree editor Stephanie Ellis, whose Asylum of Shadows, I had the pleasure and privilege of reading in its pre publication stage and thoroughly enjoyed and was creeped out by it.

This series is garnering excellent reviews –

and sales in the amazon kindle best sellers category for horror.

A bargain to download and read at 99p each, they are ideal for reading in one swift succulent bite scaring yourself before bed.


News… publications/charity anthology/2 horror films/ a contract…

March saw me have get back some of my writing mojo – hurrah- and have 2 pieces of flash fiction accepted- one bys The Casket of Fictional Delights and one by Siren’s Call; I also got a royalty payment from the super supportive editor/founder of the Horror Tree, Stuart Conover, for my story appearing in Horror Tree’s anthology Trembling  many thanks for all his hard work.

Trembling With Fear: Year 1 by [Conover, Stuart, Ellis, Stephanie]

This smart looking paperback anthology includes all the long short stories and all the drabbles from the Horror Tree site for it’s first year. It’s great to dip into and showcases many talents.


Christopher Fielden’s anthology ( see below for the amazon link) came out at the end of March – it’s to raise funds for the literacy charity First Story and I and a few writing mates have drabbles in it, where the aim is to use as many adverbs as you possibly uniquely and positively can do to tell a story. A fun exercise.

The anthology has made it into a top ten best seller list on amazon too-

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I have been to see not one but 2 horror films in the last 3 three weeks – Jordan Peele’s much anticipated follow up to his hit Get Out, was Us.

I enjoyed it hugely and thought like many critics that the lead actress Lupita Nyong’o gave an intense, focussed and layered performance in dual roles. Quite startling in fact.

Lupita Nyong'o in Us (2019)

Then today I’ve been to see the new version of Pet Sematary Pet Sematary Poster -. I’ve read the King novel and seen the 1980’s TV movie as well so this was familiar terrain, however it’s a well acted, creepy remake which I’d recommend.

Horror is having another moment it seems- back in main stream cinemas, pulling in the audiences, getting respectable and respectful reviews and making money.


Reading wise I’ve just finished Laura Purcell‘s second novel, (I saw her talk on a panel at Sledgelit, Derby last year- a quiet, sweet faced youngish woman too!) The Corset, a Gothic chiller with a seamstress as one of the lead protagonists and a middle class female prison visitor as the other. A novel idea.

The Corset: The captivating new novel from the prize-winning author of The Silent Companions

I love Victorian gothic chills and spills and this had the added interest layer of the sewing shop/seamstress apprentices and the glorious fabrics stitched into the narrative.


I have some more publishing news, which I’ve just heard about concerning one of my longer short stories verging on a novelette in length, but I am holding fire for a little longer before breaking the full news, partly because I haven’t signed the contract yet and we’re still finalising the details. I am so delighted though.