A personal review for my story in Feral – The Foundling …

Here’s a review of my story, from an early reviewer – this has made my day- so lovely when you feel your story has been enjoyed.

“With The Foundling Alyson Faye, the queen of spookery, tells a story of depth and intrigue. With shades of Romulus and Remus we discover a boy unwilling and unable to change his past. With trepidation one is on tenterhooks waiting for the moment when the plot dips again into the abyss of fear, a masterly tale of twists and turns. Bravo!”

 

New drabble up today on the Horror Tree’s site, in their Trembling with Fear section:-

https://horrortree.com/trembling-with-fear-08-30-20/#more-566775

Camping in the Woods by Alyson Faye

He constructed his den deep in the woods, near the river where Ma had drowned Teddy, on their last day together. He’d loved Teddy. Ma less so. She was always punishing him.

Sitting inside his tent, he tossed eels of orange peel onto his sleeping bag. Then he climbed into his home-made straitjacket pyjamas, with the legs and arms sewn up. It kept him from nighttime wanderings.

‘I miss you Teddy,’ he whispered. ‘You were my best friend in all the world.’

Tomorrow he’d check the rat traps and find himself another Teddy to befriend.

Mama couldn’t stop him now.

 

Travel, Adventure, Camping, Night, Dark

Image courtesy of pixabay.

 

Nearly here … the latest horror anthologies from Horror Tree… and the new anthology Feral is out with my story in…

Nearly out to buy/download on amazon, coming from 1 September, are the 3 latest Year 3 anthologies from Horror Tree’s editors, Stuart Conover and Stephanie Ellis:-

Trembling with Fear Yr 3/Serial Killers/ and More Tales from the Tree

I will have my short stories and many drabbles in two of these volumes and the 3rd one is dedicated to the relatively new column for serial stories …

 

Screenshot from amazon TWF 3 2020-08-27 17-12-08

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Below is the list of stories and authors:- including Horror Tree writers like Steph Ellis, RJ Meldrum, Stuart Conover and the editor/publisher himself, Robert Lupton.

My story, The Foundling, is set in Victorian times, in a manor house, on the moor, where two unusual brothers discover how blood ties are not the only ties that matter.

 

Screenshot from Feral TOC 2020-08-27 23-59-15

Black Out Poetry and Saltaire Writers…

On Tuesday via Zoom Saltaire Writers met and we did a fun writing exercise, on black out poetry using articles, newspaper cuttings, flyers, a local free mag etc as our found text.

Here’s my effort, from the Guardian and an interview with Louis Theroux about his wardrobe.

https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/aug/25/louis-theroux-on-his-favourite-outfit-this-was-a-wool-cotton-blend-i-thought-i-looked-quite-roguish

I wore this cream jumper for a publicity shoot for Weird Weekends. I had never done any publicity stills before, so we did a whole bunch that in different ways spoke to the themes of the programme: one of me looking at the camera and waving a crucifix to promote the episode that was about evangelical Christians, and one that lurks on the internet where I’m wearing a feather boa but otherwise naked, to promote the one about the porn industry.

This was the neutral one that would work for any of the programmes. Looking back, it’s hard to imagine what was in my mind but, as far as I can recall, it was severe conviction. That was supposed to be a normal photograph. That was me trying to look professional and presentable. “BBC presenter excited to talk to you about his new series.” But it obviously isn’t quite coming off.

Let’s study it. I’d bought this jumper at Gap. Combined with a leather jacket I supposed it looked quite roguish, a bit like Bodie in The Professionals. It was a wool-cotton blend – they tend to lose their shape a bit so I remember early on there began to be some drift. In this picture around the neckline it’s sort of OK, but the sleeve is dangling down.

Early on I was trying to cultivate a relaxed, off-duty kind of air. It wasn’t like I wanted to be a correspondent; I was there almost to have an adventure, see people in their homes, from militiamen in Idaho to those working in porn, who would not themselves have naturally worn a suit. So I was just looking for presentable and not making too big a statement.

So what’s left is the poem below:-

 

Don’t look at the camera!

it lurks –

where I’m naked –

neutral.

Imagine me normal

(imagine me) excited

Roguish in wool-cotton

adrift

dangling

off-duty

adventurer

no suits

and no statement . . .

New review of Diabolica Britannica from Storgy-

https://storgy.com/2020/08/22/diabolica-britannica-a-dark-isles-horror-compendium-by-various/

Diabolica Britannica is a charity anthology that is raising funds for Covid 19 research, such a worthwhile project, not only will you be helping raise funds for this cause you will also be getting a collection with some astonishing talent, with stories that will ensnare you, terrify you and also destroy you – such is the caliber of writing on show from some established greats (Tim Lebbon & Adam Nevill) and also a whole host of talented emerging writers in the horror genre.
I didn’t know what I was expecting when I started my journey into this anthology, I recognised many of the writers and have read most of them previously, but there were a few new writers that I’d not read before. But as is always the case with anthologies and why I love them so much is that I get to discover new writers alongside the seasoned professionals!
Diabolica Britannica is an anthology to be proud of, with many of the stories hitting home like an axe to the head.
So, I’m going to touch briefly on each of the stories within the collection, it’ll be brief as I don’t want to spoil the enjoyment of this for anyone that is going to pick this up or who might be part way through reading, so here we go!

 

A wonderful review on amazon.com of the debut Ellis/Faye publication Shadow Bound…

Lionel Ray Green

Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2020

 

Out today on amazon – Renewal – anthology of poetry and flash with a poem in by me..

This collection is centered around the theme of renewal. It consists of flash fiction and poetry from writers around the globe. We hope you enjoy Written Tales Volume I as much as we did reading all the brilliant work presented here for your reading enjoyment.

You can visit us on the web at www.writtentales.com to sign up for our newsletter or become a Written Tales writer.

Thank you again for reading the work from these amazing writer’s.

My poem Stone Boy is inspired by the stone statues you see in gardens of old houses – what if one came to life?

Black And White, Statue, Boy, Thinking Boy, Sad Boy

Image from pixabay

Guest Book Tour: Alyson Faye

An interview with me on writer Paula Readman’s blog today-

From Funeral Birds to Stone Angels

Welcome to my guest page. Here, every few days, I’ll be sharing a conversation, over tea and cakes, or maybe a glass of something stronger, if they are not driving, with a friend about their work in progress, or latest book release. I’ll be talking to all sort of writers and authors at different levels of their writing careers.

Welcome to the Clubhouse Tearoom, Alyson. It’s lovely to chat to you though our work as appeared together and we do have two publishers in common. I’m looking forward to finding out how you got started and what drew you to your chosen genre?

Well, Paula in the 1990’s I began writing for children and poetry. I worked with children as a tutor and would run my story ideas past them. Thumbs up! Thumbs down! I had some success getting published e.g. with Collins and Ginn. My current genre, horror, is…

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