Fighting the heatwave with creativity…podcasts/open mic/flash fiction…

I debuted a new gothic prose poem at the open mic in Ben Rhydding – Raven Girl- pic below shows me listening to the music makers up at the mic in a wonderful evening organised by Natural Voice teacher and composer Keely Hodgson; who wrote “The audience were treated to wonderful stories: “A Can of Beans, A Bag of Apples” by Linda Fulton; “E-Quality” by Andrea Hardaker & a Gothic poem, “Raven Girl” by Alyson Faye.

The Purple Room runs every month on a Thursday and always has a headliner- here’s the facebook link:

Thank you to Kath Wharton for coming along with me and my husband and son too.

cover photo, Image may contain: one or more people, people sitting, table and indoor

In other news:- I had a piece read out online as part of the debut podcast from the Ladies of Horror Fiction site – Run, Ruby Run which can be heard here:-

This is a fantastic site for those ladies amongst us who write/listen/read horror/dark fiction- really worth checking out. Ops to submit on there too.


Joanna Sterling at The Casket of Fictional Delights published one of my gentler pieces of flash fiction, Timeslip

with a nod to my interest in Roman history, fostered and encouraged by my  late Dad.

I was thrilled to be back on her site, again, as she was one of the first to publish my work years ago at this my 2nd go round at the whole writing for fun and getting published gig.


I’ve got more news in the pipeline – magazine acceptances, and other stuff, but have to keep it under my hat for the moment- but 2020 is looking exciting already for me. Hoping some of you will be there to support me.

I have also booked myself on another horror/fantasy writing residential this time in Nottingham

and will be going there with Otley writers Alex Williams (here is her amazon author’s page where she lurks under her writing pen names – as the best selling children’s author of——

go click on and find out-

but here’s a picture clue:-

and Martin P Fuller whose dark dark fiction appears on the Horror Tree site and with me in DeadCades,

which shortly will be available to borrow from Bradford Libraries. Thanks to the ever supportive Dionne Hood who organises creative writing workshops (more news of one I am running later in the year) and buys in local writers’ books).


A Moment to Reflect

Here is Stephanie Ellis’s latest blog post, which is both a summation of where her work is available to read upcoming or just out but also lists submission ops for creative folk. Steph is co editor at the Horror Tree and is very supportive of writing folk. I can highly recommend her story, The Choir, in Siren’s Call, it is chilling and clever. Seek it out.

Stephanie Ellis

I have been waiting for a number of decisions on many submissions for a while now, mainly because I have submitted to publications with either far ahead closing dates or long turnaround times. This gets depressing … BUT there is always a silver lining and this is one of those moments as works long in the pipeline have emerged – or are emerging – into the light. This month has seen:

Thread of the Infinite

Thread of the Infinite (Snowbooks) is an industrial horror anthology containing my story, Transcending Nature. Due out 1st August, it is now available for pre-order. This story was written a few years back and accepted for publication but the initial press folded. Dean Drinkel, the editor, was however, determined it should see the light of day and pushed until he found a home for us all. Transcending Nature focusses on the drive of humans to become ever…

View original post 467 more words

Got a 75 worder up on Paragraph Planet today…

PP was one of the first sites I ever had a piece published on when I re started my writing journey 6-7 years ago during my Otley WEA class and learnt about flash fiction and drabbles from my lovely tutor James Nash. I was so thrilled with PP editor, Richard Hearn accepted my 75 worder, I remember having the lap top page open all day and making my husband and son look at it repeatedly. It was such a boost.

Here’s a screenshot of my paragraph already it’s received some lovely comments on twitter.Screenshot from Paragraph Planet 2019-07-10 10-19-09.png

You can follow PP on twitter @paragraphplanet

The editor is always looking for submissions.


Two Horror Tree anthologies are out and a podcast with submission ops; a Nativity anthology and a gruesome folk horror film all over one weekend…

I’m having a really good run of publications at the moment- to paraphrase the poetess Wendy Cope :-

“Bloody men are like bloody buses
You wait for about a year
And as soon as one approaches your stop
Two or three others appear.” or

in my case – “Bloody submissions are like bloody buses
You wait for about a year
And as soon as one approaches your stop
Two or three others appear.”

Image result for images of buses queuing

So here I am sitting at my pc tapping away creating murder and mayhem when not one but two Horror Tree anthologies arrive in all their horrific glory on amazon- courtesy of all the hard work of editor/founder Stuart Conover and co editor Stephanie Ellis.

I have several shorts ie drabbles and longer stories in both of them and you can buy them on kindle or in paperback.  They contain work from many up and coming as well as more established horror writers who also blog and run presses – so it’s worth checking out.

Here are the amazon links:-


Last week I had the good news that Gill James of Bridge House Publishers has accepted my humorous story (note not horror) a spoof on the theme of Nativity for her anthology-

Sharing Mary

More info to follow re publishing /launch date.

Christmas Crib Figures, Christmas, Arts Crafts


I have been following the Ladies in Horror Fiction blog for a while now

and they had a call out recently for submissions for their new podcast- Stories of Horror – debuting in July on the theme of Creature- my flash fiction story has been accepted which I am delighted about.

They are looking for submissions of poetry/flash and short stories and next month’s theme is Body Horror- follow them on twitter @LOHFiction for updates;

I am really looking forward to hearing my story read out online.


The gruesome cert 18 film I watched this weekend, very much inspired by The Wicker Man is Ari Aster’s latest, Midsommar

Set in an apparently idyllic countryside community in Sweden with white garbed members (I did wonder about their laundry and how they kept their clothes so Persil white?) a group of post grad anthropology American students rock up with their Swedish mate, for a fun summer (they think) of drugs, drink, sex, fun and observing the community’s quaint historic rituals and absorb the atmosphere. They have no idea what will happen.

No wifi, no car to get away, no landline, in the middle of a huge forest, riven by jealous rows within their group and drugged up, they are lambs to the slaughter.

It does get brutal, so not for faint hearts this one.

This is a long film, well over 2 hours so be warned – but it does saturate you in the community and its life, and I was gripped.

Run you want to scream at them, just get the hell out of there.

Florence Pugh in Midsommar (2019)