Andy’s returned to the salt and shingle of the Hollow Shore. There are whispering reeds that grow from from boggy earth, and honking v-shapes of Canada geese overhead. It’s winter; or, a new ice age. In the distance, out to sea, are icebergs. Glaucous gulls and arctic terns in the air, the water's surface breached by leopard seals.Read More
So Hollow Shores is very nearly reaching completion. Last few tweaks and edits are being made – cover reveal and general announcements coming soon!
In the meantime here's a very short extract from a brand new story in the collection called 'The Wrecking Days'. Enjoy.
The vampire hunter lived in our town, pedaling its small streets on an antiquated bicycle. He’s famous, I remember my mum whispering to me as a kid. I saw him once during the Oyster Festival, standing on the beach just staring at the little ones as they constructed the oyster cairns, shell grottoes lit from within by flickering candlelight. On the Hollow Shore we had our own way of fending off the darkness, a darkness I could always sense. I saw my friends, my family, the relationships I entered into, as bursts of brief pyrotechnics or slow flickering flame that lit up the endless night. All to be ultimately extinguished, but that was not the point. The fight against the void, that’s what life was about. That’s what the wrecking days were to me. Our doomed resistance.
I'm interviewed by Dan Carpenter on the latest episode of The Paperchain Podcast, talking Chuck Tingle, Hookland, An Unreliable Guide to London and why characters in short-fiction drink whisky rather than gin and tonic.Read More
I have a new story out as part of the Galley Beggar Singles series. It's called 'We are Nothing but Reeds'. It's a story of seals and selkies, failing relationships in London, C.L. Nolan, sea giants and the redemptive power of the coast.Read More
'That final tumble. The impact of bone on earth. What happens to the self on impact?'
Happy to say that I have new story in the inaugural issue of Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel – it's called 'Our Own Archipelago', based off of some memorable time spent in Finland in 2014.
Read it here: