Friday, 15 May 2015


I'm currently working on a story for this collection, edited by Aaron J French, which has a provisional pub' date for this November. I'm delighted to hop and shamble amongst so many fine writers, and it's my first direct dabble into the Lovecraftian mythos in a short story (few noticed but THE RITUAL, to my mind, was a Lovecraftian story).

Deadline's looming so I better stop dreaming and just pull my tentacle out ...

"SAN FRANCISCO, May 8, 2015 – JournalStone Publishing (JSP) President, Christopher C. Payne is pleased to announce The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft, a brand new anthology that collects the twelve principal deities of the Lovecraftian Mythos and sets them loose within its pages. Featuring the biggest names in horror and dark fantasy, including many NY Times bestsellers, full of original fiction and artwork, and individual commentary on each of the deities by Donald Tyson, author of Grimoire of the Necronomicon and Alhazred.
About the book, Lovecraft’s bestiary of gods has had a major influence on the horror scene from the time these sacred names were first evoked. Cthulhu, Azathoth, Nyarlathotep, Yog-Sothoth—this pantheon of the horrific calls to mind the very worst of cosmic nightmares and the very darkest signs of human nature. The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft brings together twelve all-new Mythos tales from:

  1. Cthulhu (Adam Nevill)
  2. Yog-Sothoth (Martha Wells)
  3. Azathoth (Laird Barron)
  4. Nyarlathotep (Bentley Little)
  5. Shub-Niggurath (David Liss)
  6. Tsathoggua (Brett Talley)
  7. The Mi-Go (Christopher Golden)
  8. Night-gaunts (Jonathan Maberry)
  9. Elder Things (Joe Lansdale)
  10. Great Race (S.T. Joshi)
  11. Yig (Douglas Wynne)
  12. The Deep Ones (Seanan McGuire)
  13. With commentary on each deity by Donald Tyson
And coming in October 2013, my story DOLL HANDS will be reprinted in Ellen Datlow's MONSTROUS. The contents page makes me clatter my ceramic hands with delight.

"Take a terrifying journey with literary masters of suspense, including Peter Straub, Kim Newman, and Caitlín R. Kiernan, visiting a place where the other is somehow one of us. These electrifying tales redefine monsters from mere things that go bump in the night to inexplicable, deadly reflections of our day-to-day lives. Whether it’s a seemingly devoted teacher, an obsessive devotee of swans, or a diner full of evil creatures simply seeking oblivion, the monstrous is always there—and much closer than it appears."

Here’s the table of contents…

  1. “A Natural History of Autumn” by Jeffrey Ford
  2. “Ashputtle” by Peter Straub
  3. “Giants of the Earth” by Dale Bailey
  4. “The Beginning of the Year Without Summer” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  5. “A Wish From a Bone” by Gemma Files
  6. “The Last, Clean, Bright Summer” by Livia Llewellyn
  7. “The Totals” by Adam-Troy Castro
  8. “The Chill Clutch of the Unseen” by Kim Newman
  9. “Down Among the Dead Men” by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
  10. “Catching Flies” by Carole Johnstone
  11. “Our Turn Too Will One Day Come” by Brian Hodge
  12. “Grindstone” by Stephen Graham Jones
  13. “Doll Hands” by Adam L. G. Nevill
  14. “How I Met the Ghoul” by Sofia Samatar
  15. “Jenny Come to Play” by Terry Dowling
  16. “Miss Ill-Kept Runt” by Glen Hirshberg
  17. “Chasing Sunset” by A.C. Wise
  18. “The Monster Makers” by Steve Rasnic Tem
  19. “Piano Man” by Christopher Fowler
  20. “Corpsemouth” by John Langan (original to the anthology)

Thursday, 14 May 2015


The editor who blew the dust of a manuscript called Down Here With the Rest of Us, back in 2009, and helped me turn it into Apartment 16, and then took on another seven of my novels was Julie Crisp, and she has just gone freelance as an agent and script doctor.

Among many others, Julie published China Miéville, Anne Cleeves, Peter F Hamilton, Paul Cornell, John Gwynne, Mark Charan Newton, and Adrian Tchaikovsky. You can find her new home and expert services here:

Tuesday, 5 May 2015


A true mouse horror story, writing tools, marginalised characters, poverty as horror in NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE, writing erotica, and other curiosities in a curious interview over at DEAD MAN TALKING.

Sunday, 3 May 2015


If my publicity hound braying has not convinced you to try No One Gets Out Alive, or you've somehow missed it (how is that possible?), here are a few more reviews to drive you even further away:

"the tension was so high I almost jumped off my seat every time someone as much as entered the room"

At the risk of a mass unfollow, I'm throwing this one out there too:

"No One Gets Out Alive is the kind of horror read I crave: one that keeps me up at night, freaks me the heck out, and keeps me on my toes. Not only that, but the twist and big reveal were totally unexpected even for a seasoned haunted house fan such as myself. Top marks all around for Nevill’s latest."

Thank you Becky Lejeune. I even writhed in my own chitin.

This one had me tap dancing on all four hooves:

"No One Gets Out Alive is a unique spin on a haunted house story that kept me up all night and freaked the crap out of me. Yeah, this one's definitely one I happily recommend for horror fans and the 4th entry on my 2015 favorites list!"



As a man psychologically unsuited to public speaking, I did enjoy doing this interview on Friday - my first on an American radio station and a phone interview with Dan and Don at KTOE in Minnesota. Apparently, I don't sound like a guy who writes horror novels! I'm always happy to breathe heavily through a dead skin mask though; people only have to ask beforehand.

This was also live and I messed up the time difference, but checked into the radio station an hour before the slot (or so I thought) only to be told that we were three minutes away from being on air and I was desperate for a wee! The interference you may hear in the background was the sound of me writhing on the carpet like a snake ... In future I will be doing all panels and interviews with a full bladder. I liked the edge.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015


Brothers and Sisters! Those "tiny regal curtains of hell" have opened in Canada and the United States of America today. NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE is rustling its polythene and stretching out its withered arms for you.

Heartfelt thanks to all who check the book out, and to those who have supported it on here and elsewhere. Without WORD my books are ghosts with nobody to haunt, so I salute thee all with my small, bony hand ...


Monday, 27 April 2015


My publicity flatulence will not abate, so until I receive some charcoal tablets by first class post, here's another good one:
"A fantastically cool read from start to finish, this author makes you turn on your lights and keep reading; a bit of an increase to the electric bill seeing as that there are over six hundred pages in this unforgettable story. But if there were six stars to be given instead of five, this one deserves them!"
Suspense Magazine. Mary Lignor, Professional Librarian and Co-Owner of The Write Companion