Frightening Is Coming
After 13 collections of short stories I swore I’d never write another – particularly after my disastrous decision to go with small press for ‘Red Gloves’, a massive double-sided book which look stunning but which never reached bookshops.
However, with the approaching arrival of my backlist of 19 books as e-publications it made sense to round up all my remaining uncollected stories, write a bunch of new ones, and turn this into the 20th book. The books all come with new matching covers, and if any sell well they’ll reappear in print to keep the style. Design freaks will notice that the short story collections are cleverly separated from the novels by a simple visual device. The 20th volume is ‘Frightening’, and the running order of the 13 stories it contains will look like this. The ones which have run in (often obscure) publications have been rewritten. The subjects range from a twisted new version of ‘Cinderella’ to a historical moment that changed the world, to a rare SF outing for me. The last is a play script which will be performed in the spring of next year in london.
The Ash Boy
Oblivion By Calvin Klein
Anything Can Happen
The Girl Who Loved French Films
The Corruption of Simon Montfleury
The Well of Seven
The Caterpillar Flag
The Scent of Roses
The Lift: A Play for Hallowe’en