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I dropped the ball.

But it’s not a bad thing.

I’m totally late to the party on this one. I didn’t realise the Strange Aeon 2022: Hopeful Monsters anthology came out in October!

Strange Aeon: 2022: Hopeful Monsters

Tales by international authors:
Brett Venter, John Wolf, S. Cameron David, Damir Salkovic, Aaron Beardsell, Katie Marie, Tim Mendees, M. Stern, Victoria Dalpe, Conor Powers-Smith, Miguel Fliguer, Tias Teng andRoelof Goudriaan. With your host, M. Keaton and original art by Joel Martin.

Featuring my short story… The Painted Lady

It was accepted, by all who knew him, that my uncle, Marcus Finch, was an odd man.

His neighbors, when I had asked, described him as the quiet sort, the neighbor who might smile at you as you passed but who rarely spoke a word. He was small and fussy and never seen in the company of anyone. His curtains never opened, but his windows were clean. He never relaxed in his garden, but his lawn was well kept. He dressed in bland clothes and shuffled quietly when he walked, rarely speaking beyond the occasional polite acknowledgement.

In short, Marcus Finch gave no other human being a reason to notice or pay him any attention.

Until he died.

Then he became something of a local celebrity, and then an urban legend. So much so that when my history lecturer demanded we write a paper about an interesting ancestor, I immediately thought of my uncle.

Pick it up on Amazon.

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Water: Selkies, Sirens and Sea Monsters COVER REVEAL!

Lookit this beautiful cover!

I recently had a story accepted for publication in the upcoming Water: Selkies, Sirens and Sea Monsters anthology (guess what one of those mythical creatures I wrote about).

I am now at liberty to share the cover design & table of contents!

Cover by: Ashley Walters

Water is the most yielding of all elements, changing to fit its container, whether that be a thimble or a lake bed. At the same time, anyone who has ever watched the unrelenting progression of a tsunami understands its raw power. Associated with mutability, transformation, and the subconscious, water is both the tranquil azure of a tropical sea and the tumultuous waves and whitecaps of an embroiled ocean. As many faces as water may wear, the creatures within and associated with it have even more.

Featuring: Catherine MacLeod; Kevin Cockle; Greta Starling; Elise Forier Edie; Kate Shannon; Sara Rauch; Katie Marie; Rebecca Brae; Colleen Anderson; L. T. Waterson; Chadwick Ginther; Julia Heller; Marshall J. Moore; Joel McKay; Elizabeth R. McClellan; Eric M. Borsage; Laura VanArendonk Baugh; Josh Reynolds; Liam Hogan; Mari Ness; Davide Mana; Sarah Van Goethem; Valerie Hunter; and Kelly Sandoval.

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The Table of Contents has now also been released!

  1. The Diviner by Catherine MacLeod
  2. Hidden Depths by Kevin Cockle
  3. Creatures of Water and Salt by Greta Starling
  4. After Ariel by Elise Forier Edie
  5. in the bog where we are walking cautiously by Kate Shannon
  6. Blazing Stars by Sara Rauch
  7. There’s Something in the Water by Katie Marie
  8. Adventures in Hut-sitting by Rebecca Brae
  9. Siren’s Song by Colleen Anderson
  10. Sarah McKenzie by L.T. Waterson
  11. Midnight Man versus Carrie Cthulhu by Chadwick Ginther
  12. Treasure of the Sea by Julia Heller
  13. Nure-Onne by Marshall J. Moore
  14. Number Hunnerd by Joel McKay
  15. Amphitrite Finds a Confidante by Elizabeth R. McClellan
  16. In the arms of the Oceana by Eric M. Bosarge
  17. Depth Charge by Laura VanArendonk Baugh
  18. Bruno J. Lampini and the Song of the Sea by Josh Reynolds
  19. Mano Kanaka: The Eater of Lost Souls by Liam Hogan
  20. And the Wind Steal her Vibrant Call by Mari Ness
  21. The Man Who Speared Octopodes by Davide Mana
  22. A Knot of Sea Wives by Sarah Van Goethem
  23. Going Home by Valerie Hunter
  24. Love is a Locked Box and the Ocean on her Lips by Kelly Sandoval
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Katie’s Stories: Haunted Life Anthology

Last year I had a story accepted for the Haunted Life Anthology publish by Alban Lake.

I can’t believe I forgot to tell you!

I was published by Alban Lake last year, in the Haunted Life anthology.

We fear what we do not know and death is our ultimate fear. We do not know what lies beyond, or if there is a beyond, but some of us have ideas. Some of us have had experiences. Strange noises that can’t be explained. Objects moving on their own. Whispers of people who aren’t there. Slips of forms barely seen. Objects that are never to be touched. Words that are never to be spoken. Places that are never to be visited. All of these form the stories you’ll find within the soul-touched pages of The Haunted Life. Do you have the courage to find out what lies beyond?

My contribution was Call for Help.

Synopsis: When Jenkins starts receiving strange calls in the middle of the night, he is in a unique position to investigate a long forgotten cold case.

The anthology can be picked up on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

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Katie’s Stories: Awesome news!

I don’t normally write to you mid-week, but I got some lovely news that I had to share.

I sold a short story last year, it has been placed in an anthology and yesterday I received an email, they have a blurb from Owen King!

“This collection of ghost stories is fresh, varied, and entertaining. Perfect company for long a winter’s night.” — Owen King, co-author of Sleeping Beauties