This post has been a long time coming and I am very grateful that is now, when I am sat in Cornwall when I've been told the best news...
So guys, It looks like I've become a published author today.
My short story "A Single Wolf, Grey and Gaunt" is one of many of the short stories curated by Nicole Petit from 18thWall Productions.
Here's the description:
Award-Winning curator Nicole Petit presents the ginchiest look into the supernatural world of the 1950s.
Between poodle skirts and white picket fences, there should be only one place to meet a monster: at the local drive-in. Captured by technicolor, these creatures of the night are banished by hanging up the speaker.
But there are other forces at work in the night. The ghost of a wooden roller coaster haunts the theme park that tore it down. Hot-Rodders race a particularly hellish speed demon. An American P.I. in London braves the fog to find a man chasing lights in the sky. A small town boy detective takes on three impossible, eldritch cases. There’s no telling what’s out there, beyond the drive-in’s screen.
Sockhops & Seances features stories by Kara Dennison, Sophie Iles, Jaap Boekestein, Richard Sheppard, James Dorr, Josh Reynolds, Joshua Wanisko, Jackson Kuhl, David M. Heonig, M. Lopes da Silva, and Jon Black.
I started pitching for this story for 18th Wall in February last year, aching to write original fiction.
The only thing I was truly sure about was setting my story in Cornwall. A few weeks earlier I was visiting family in Fowey, before my parents then moved here early this year and i considered what a great setting it would be for a supernatural story. Fowey in particular felt like a great place for a mystery.
Whilst we were on the beach together, laughing and joking my brother was playing fetch with his dog Roxy on Par beach and that image wouldn't leave me head, and even now, was the biggest inspiration for the first scene.
Everything started to click into place after that, and was a joy to write, and re-write with the help of the wonderful editors and curators at 18th Wall.
Whilst I am determined to not reveal any spoilers, if you're into anything regarding old British legends, wise-cracking New Yorkers, deer-hounds, and 1950s television then you'll probably enjoy this story!
Last thing but really not least, my fictional Cornish harbour town was named after my Nan, Mena Trethewey, who passed away four years ago this January coming. I miss her every day.
Want to find out more? The best links to purchase the story is here:
Ebooks - PDF, Kindle, & EPUB (US, UK, & CA)