All-round good bloke Steve Dillon is co-ordinating the effort again this year to put together Trickster’s Treats, a Halloween magazine to raise money for charity. The theme is year is The Seven Deadly Sins, and the charity raises money to supply clean and drinking water to developing communities. I’m delighted to play a small part in this project, reading submissions for one of the sins (and no, I won’t tell you which one!).

Everything you need to know about submitting to the magazine can be found here, and the website for Charity: Water is here.

Happy writing ! (Or if you’re not a writer, happy buying-and-reading-of-the-magazine-in-October, and/or donating-to-Charity: Water).


Aussie micropress Things in the Well have released a new anthology of seaside-themed horror stories, and it includes a tale from me called “New Year, New You”. The story starts with one woman having a mundanely unpleasant time at the beach with a demanding preschooler, a husband with a wandering eye and the mother-in-law from hell – and things go weirdly, murderously south from there.

The paperback is on special on Amazon for US$10 for a limited time. Get it while it’s hot.

IFWG Publishing Australia

IFWG is very pleased to have acquired a short fiction collection by Melbourne based author, Tracie McBride. It’s working title at this time is ‘Drive, She Said, and Other Stories’. This collection will be released in the first half of 2020.

McBride profile

“We’ve been eyeing Tracie’s fiction for some time,” said Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of IFWG. “Our interest was particularly piqued with her contribution to Cthulhu: Land of the Long White Cloud anthology, ‘The Shadow Over Tarehu Cove’, and her reputation in the Antipodean dark fiction community. Acquiring her collection is a highly satisfying result for us.”

This collection of horror and dark fantasy short stories spans nearly nine years of published work as well as some original pieces. The themes and settings are diverse, but one common thread runs through the stories – they all feature women. Women as protagonists. Women as doomed heroines. Woman as villains. Mothers and…

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