Detectives of the occult – hanged, drawn and quarterly

I wasn’t really aware of just how enduringly popular the Occult Detective is in literature and other art forms until recently. It was through fellow writer and aficionado of weird fiction and long dogs, John Linwood Grant, that I had my initiation into the genre. John, with Sam Gafford, edits a new publication that promises…

Eighteen-eighty – Fiction

Last night I dreamt of 1880. I know why. They’d been taking pieces of me away. 1880 was when I lost the biggest piece. Not mast, or keel, or frame – they can be replaced. 1880 was when I lost my Captain. In truth I don’t know where I end or they begin. I feel…

Stealing the editor’s chair

My co-editor JA Ironside has already given a fascinating account of the process of editing the anthology A Seeming Glass on her blog here, so I shan’t go over ground she has so ably covered. That said, I thought it might be interesting to add my perspective on how this collection of stories came into…

New anthology – A Seeming Glass

The anthology of short stories I have co-edited with J.A. Ironside will be published on 7 August A Seeming Glass – A Collection of Reflected Tales ‘How can I read the futures if I cannot see your skin?’ Six mysterious swans glide on a holographic pond in a totalitarian capital city. A terrified girl awaits…

Free short story – ‘Ascent’

The short story ‘Ascent’ can be downloaded here for free in honour of the first successful ascent of the Eiger Nordwand, on this day in 1938 AscentMWillis240714 The short story collection ‘A Seeming Glass’, co-edited by me and JA Ironside will be published next month. See The Random Writers website for more details A Seeming…

A longlisting, and a new collection

A project I have been working on for some time with a group of very talented writers is nearing readiness, and the time has arrived where we can come out of the closet. A Seeming Glass – A collection of Reflected Tales, by the Random Writers, will soon be available. I think, even though I…

Matthew Willis story in ‘A Test Of Time’ anthology

The Matthew Willis story ‘The Ascent of Man’ has been published in the anthology A Test of Time, which appeared in November and is raising money for the Foodbank charity. Buy A Test Of Time from Amazon in paperback or on Kindle (the paperbacks look gorgeous and would make a wonderful present) Excerpt from The…

Stories for Homes anthology – supporting Shelter

Several very good friends of mine have stories in this very exciting anthology, just released today. Stories for Homes is a collection of stories inspired by the theme of ‘home’, and all the proceeds will go to the charity Shelter. If that weren’t reason enough, early feedback suggests that this is an amazingly good collection…

The chase – a story of a spy in the sky

Since he arrived in Malta, it had been drummed into Pilot Officer Peter Ross that using your radio in the air was “a wonderful way to commit suicide.” Air Commodore Frank had snapped that at him on his first day. “The enemy has stations only a handful of miles away. They’ll have a fix on…

The Whitsuntide Mummers – a story of May

The mayor’s response was the same as everyone’s. “A newcomer as May King? Never!” Kristjan redoubled his efforts. He informed the mayor that it had once been customary for an outsider to take the lead role in the Whitsuntide mummery. It may even have been true. He suggested that the Lord’s new gamekeeper, Juhan, was…