New worldwide links for horror/dark fantasy shorts.

Hi guys, I’ve had an issue with my links before, they were restricted to one country per link and short of having long lists of links, it made finding my work difficult from other countries. Now my friends from all over the world, I am glad to tell you I have found a way to make one short link that will automatically take you to the correct site based on what country your click comes from.
The new links are:

The Killing Angel

Out of the Frying Pan

Alone in Torment

Now hopefully you will be directed to the correct site and have access from wherever you are.  Please let me know if there are any problems with the links and I’ll iron out the creases.  Happy dark reading times guys.  🙂

Hunters and Gatherers- The FUBAR files. a brief introduction.

Hunters and Gatherers- The FUBAR files is a series of stand alone stories, some of which may be posted as one short story, some of which may be posted as parts of a complete story. They are horror/dark fantasy tales of a young man’s exploration into a dark and scary world. His name is Erasmus ‘Raz’ Hunter and he is the latest in a long family line of Hunters to inherit the title of ‘The sword of God’. He’s a bit of a geek and would rather be reading his comics or graphic novels than hunting some of the most terrifying entities in existence, but it is his destiny handed down to him. His father is a typical hero and the second most successful holder of the title ever; holding high hopes for Raz when he comes of age, but Raz isn’t so confident that he’ll measure up. Raz’s great grandfather was the greatest ‘sword’ ever and his last kill was a young lady by the name of Layla. She was a hundred year old vampire who caused quite a stir. She had killed thousands in her time, but had rebelled against the vampire code and restricted her kills to when her thirst was unbearable and when it became necessary to kill, she only killed rotten souls; those of rapists, murderers and child abusers. When Raz’s great grandfather ‘staked’ her, her soul was sent to the devil for processing, but he decided she had been too good a spirit. She had certainly sent him plenty of souls to stoke the fires of the pit, but she herself had denied the evil within her as vehemently as possible. She had been sent to God for processing and he had decided she was not a good enough spirit to enter heaven, rendering her a problem. Never before had God and the Devil had such a dilemma, so she was sent to a holding cell in the suburbs of hell until she swayed their decision one way or another by showing her truest devotion to good or to evil. Great grandfather speaks with God about Raz’s predicament and offers a solution to every-ones problem and God agrees it does indeed seem like a good plan. A rescue party is sent to the suburbs of hell to release her (as the devil would not be happy about letting her go as he holds out hope of claiming her once she has proven to be the evil he knows is in her) Her soul is sent back to earth to prove her worth and to assist Raz in his position as the sword of god. He is the nerdy brains of the outfit, with practically unlimited information resources and she is the strength and the killing machine. Even though she can do most of the physical work, the killing blow, once these monsters are tracked, must be his. They first meet (in the first of their escapades together) in episode one which will hopefully be published in a few days time; entitled The Wroxham Werewolf. Raz is fast approaching his 18th birthday with trepidation and fear as he knows his first task as the sword of god is upon him. His great grandfather appears to him in a dream and tells him of Layla, but Raz puts it down to a wishful dream. Once Raz is on the hunt, he soon realises he is out of his depth and facing the real possibility of dying on his first mission. That is when Layla arrives in a whirling fury to save Raz’s life and start the long road to redeeming her soul. Once the devil realises she has gone and what god has done he is mightily pissed and steps up his reign of terror by sending more demons, ghouls and monsters than ever before to destroy the sword of god. Once that guardian (Raz) is dealt with, the devil can move in on the world unchallenged and god will lose his winning edge! The tales are dark and twisted, sometimes emotional and disturbing and occasionally amusing and with deep descriptive passages, but I will be focusing on the fear and scare factors rather than the gore factor (although there will of course be certain amounts of splatter!) If a geeky antithesis of heroism and an ex vampire who has a grudge against the family sounds like your kind of thing, then come join me in their world of horror where things that go bump in the night are the target and everything is definitely Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition. Follow this blog and sign up to receive notifcations of new posts (There is no obligation, there will be no spam, I will NOT give your details to anyone and posts will be irregular between a couple of weeks and monthly (ish) 🙂 I look forward to seeing you soon.

A new FREE series coming soon. The FUBAR files

I’m writing a series of stand alone stories that will form an ongoing tale and will be free to read on my blog. The adventures of a geeky demon Hunter and his ex vampire sidekick. If this sounds like your kind of thing,why not follow my blog and sign up for notifications to find out when it starts 🙂

Why we chose to write?

Sometimes my blog posts are quite short, this is intentional and this post is no exception. The general reasoning behind this is that a) I want you to read all of it, not just skim it and fall asleep half way through,  b) I try to be concise so it can be read in a coffee break or just a few minutes of your lunch break so I can get my point (or rant!) across without stealing your valuable time and c) The spare time I get is also pretty limited so I have to keep it short and sweet our I won’t have time to post a often. Anyway, todays post is very short and maybe even abrupt; I’ve been asked by several friends, why I chose to write and I’ve been thinking about it recently. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember and I’ve never really thought about why. It’s just who I am? It’s something I feel compelled to do? I’m a creature of habit and this has been my fix for more years than I care to mention? All of the above actually, but I’ve looked back at my writing peaks and troughs (in content and style; I haven’t actually peaked in sales and acclaim…..yet!) and I’ve noticed a pattern. I won’t bore you with details, but needless to say the traumas my family and I have been through have served me well. During tough times I have used those experiences to gain material for better writing; more effective and believable description and quite probably as a coping mechanism at the time (grasping at anything that can be seen as an advantage in a distinctly inauspicious time is sometimes the only light that can be seen) but it makes for good horror, tense drama and hopefully enthralls people. But after all is said and done, I have discovered that I write to create a world. To feel a sense if control where there is none. To escape from a world that often makes me despair into a world, that while it contains horror, fear and darkness, is in my control and of my making. I can make the bad stuff come and go at will. Life in my world of words can be whatever I want it to be. In a nutshell (nut being the operative word!) THAT is why I chose to write; to make sense of the nonsensical to express the moments of breathless beauty and treasure them, to explore the darkness from the safety of my nest and shut it down at a whim. Writing IS life, life is writing and I LOVE both (can you tell?)
So now the punchline; your turn. Tell me why YOU write?

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The cover art reveal!

Well, the time is almost upon us. My intended release date for TALES OF THE MYSTERIOUS AND MACABRE was halloween last year but life got in the way and for a while there, I didn’t get any writing done at all, but here it is, this is the cover that will go on my book when it is released later this week!

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It’s relatively simple, but quite striking I think, even in it’s thumbnail version. What do you think? I’d love to get you opinions.
Let me take this opportunity to thank everyone for their help and support so far, very much appreciated and long may it continue. I’ve started a new twitter account purely for my writing (my other stream was getting a little clogged!) If you fancy taking a look, stroll on over to find me @horrorword, it’d be great to see you at My “Horror Author Simon” twitter.

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Links to my horror shorts

For those of you who have asked (and for those of you who haven’t but are interested) here are the links for my horror/dark fantasy shorts already available on amazon. I have more coming soon and they will also be available on Smashwords in the near future.
The Killing Angel
Out of the Frying Pan
Alone in Torment
I hope you enjoy them. Please feel free to comment and feedback on here and it’d be great if you would leave a review on amazon for me. Thank you 🙂

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