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 New Music For Old Rituals

 

​(Black Shuck Books, 2018)

New Music For Old Rituals brings together a selection of stories that illustrate the pervasive power of the past in the present. Together they present a strange yet familiar country where cautionary tales still serve a purpose; where sacred sites of sea, forest, valley and forts hold power, where old legends live, and where new myths are born.


Within the pages of New Music for Old Rituals, bog bodies sleep, contagion rages, ancient rituals are enacted, battles are fought, ghosts linger, and time stutters, fails and turns back on itself.

 

 

 

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 The Unheimlich Manoeuvre 

 

​(The Sinister Horror Company, 2018)

The Unheimlich Manoeuvre is a collection of short stories based around ideas of the domestic uncanny – the Unheimlich. The stories in this collection don’t fall into the conventional ‘haunted house’ bracket, but explore the psychological horror that occurs when home is subverted as a place of safety, when it becomes surreal, changes, and even disappears… In these stories, a coma patient awakes to find herself replaced by a doppelganger, a ghost estate reflects doubles of both of houses and inhabitants, a shared paranormal experience abroad haunts both protagonists on their return home, a woman looks for the site of a Gothic atrocity, a housing estate takes control of its trespassers, and a beaten woman exacts revenge.

 

Just as the Heimlich Manoeuvre restores order, health and well-being, the Unheimlich Manoeuvre does quite the opposite.

 

 

 The Girl In The Fort 

 

​(Fox Spirit Press, 2017)

‘Your actions affect others; you are very powerful.’ For a second her eyes seem to glaze over, her voice deepens. ‘You hold a great fate in your hands, and no-one can tell what way it will turn. It is all within you, but there are dark shadows around you…’

 

After her father takes a job abroad, eleven year old Vivian is sent from Dublin to stay with her grandparents in their ramshackle family home in the countryside. At first she fiercely resents abandoning city life and her friends – but reluctantly finds herself becoming attracted to the strange fairy fort in a nearby field, and the odd secrets it holds. But spending too much time in the fort can be a dangerous thing, as Vivian and her new friends Katie and Tommy find out. As the long, hot summer unfolds, Vivian sees her grandmother’s folk tales come to life, experiences the complicated joys of witnessing the past, and forges new relationships with her family.

 

 

 

 

Complete List of Publications:

‘Listen To My Skin’ (2019) in After The Sirens Have Faded (Tulsa: A Murder Of Storytellers) (ed. Ryan Bradley)

‘The Cure’ (2019) in Songs for the Elephant Man (Leicester; Mantle Arts Press) (ed. Matthew Pegg)

‘Sin Deep’ (2018) in Supernatural Tales Vol. 40 (ed. David Langhorn)

New Music For Old Rituals (2018). Single author short story collection. (Kent: Black Shuck Books)

‘The Woman in the Moon’ (2018) in Uncertainties III (Dublin: Swan River Press) (ed. Lynda Rucker)

‘The Black Dog’ and companion essay (2018) in Spooky Isles Book of Horror, The Spooky Isles (ed. Andrew Garvey)

‘Come Away’ and companion essay (2018) in Spooky Isles Book of Horror, The Spooky Isles (ed. Andrew Garvey)

The Black Room Manuscripts 4. Anthology co-edited with J.R. Park. (Bristol: The Sinister Horror Company).

‘That Thing I Did.’ (2018) in The Black Room Manuscripts 4. (Bristol: The Sinister Horror Company).

The Unheimlich Manoeuvre (2018). Single author short story collection. Second edition with additional material. (Bristol: The Sinister Horror Company).

‘The Thing Upstairs’ (2017). Pocket Guide to the Sinister Horror Company. Commissioned short (Bristol: The Sinister Horror Company).

‘Fingertip-to-fingertip’ (2017). Commissioned fiction piece for MA in Art and Process show catalogue, Future Marginalia, the Crawford College of Art, CIT.

The Girl In The Fort (2017). Novel. (Leicester: Fennec, Fox Spirit Press)

‘All Our Rooms Are Ensuite’ (2017) in Women in Horror Annual 2, (ed. C. Rachel Katz)

‘The Wrong House’ (2017) in Imposter Syndrome, Dark Minds Press (eds. James Everington and Dan Howarth)

 ‘The Woman Next Door’ (2017) in Mrs. Rochester’s Attic, Mantle Press (ed. Matthew Pegg)

‘Playing In Their Own Time’ (2017) in Cold Iron, Iron Press (eds. Peter Mortimer and Eileen Jones)

‘The Green Road’ (2017) in Into The Woods, Hic Dragones Press (ed. Hannah Kate).

The Unheimlich Manoeuvre (2016). Single author short story collection. (Derby: Boo Books Press).

 ‘The Crow War’ (2016), in digital companion to Tales From The Lake Vol.3, Crystal Lake Publishing (ed. Monique Snyman).

‘Your Flight Time Has Been Changed’ (2016) in Now Playing in Theatre B, A Murder of Storytellers (ed. Jack Burgos)

‘Scarecrow, Scarecrow on the Hill’ (2016) in Dystopian Express, Hydra Publishing (ed. Frank Hall)

‘The Cillini’ (2016) in Piercing the Vale, Fox Spirit Press (ed. Adele Wearing)

‘Wherever You Go, There You Are’ (2016) in In An Unknown Country, Fox Spirit Press (ed. Adele Wearing)

 ‘Something Nasty in the Woodshed’ (2015) in Onyx Neon Shorts Presents: Horror Collection, Onyx Neon Press (eds. Jacob Michael King and Jeffrey P. Martin)

‘Walking the Borderlines’ (2015) in Darkest Minds, Dark Minds Press (eds. Ross Warren, Anthony Watson)

'Under the Whitethorn' (2015) in Faed, A Murder of Storytellers, (ed. Adrean Messmer)

 ‘I Look Like You. I Speak Like You. I Walk Like You' (2015) in United Jotters Lit-zine Issue 10, Loose Fit 

 ‘Long Shadows' (2014), in Where Dreams and Visions Live (ed. Mary Blowers)

 ‘The Changeling’ (2014) in Drag Noir, Fox Spirit Press (ed. K.A.Laity)

‘Ghost Estate, Phase II’ (2014) in Hauntings, Hic Dragones Press (ed. Hannah Kate)

‘Coming Back’ (2014) in Girl At The End Of The World, Fox Spirit Press (ed. Adele Wearing)

‘Looking for Wildgoose Lodge’ (2013) in Impossible Spaces, Hic Dragones Press (ed. Hannah Kate)