Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Currently I'm doing the final edits on the five stories that will comprise my forthcoming "mini collection" AT HOME IN THE SHADOWS.

I'll make an official announcement about this at the appropriate time, but for now I'm rather excited about because it's got me writing regularly again.

Three of the stories have been published before, in slightly different forms, and two of them (the lengthier pieces) are brand new, and were written specifically for this project.

Three of the tales are loosely connected, but they all share a theme: home, or houses, or domesticity. I've been calling them my "domestic sequence".


It’s a funny word, isn’t it? Use it in one context, and it suggests safety and security; family. But use it in another context, and it becomes unwelcoming, even a little disturbing.

“I’m tired, so I’m going home.

“She went mad, so they put her in a home.”

See what I mean?

As a horror writer, I’m attracted to such conflicting meanings. I also like to look for the darkness that sits at the heart of the familiar, the welcoming, and in this case the homely.

That’s what I set out to do in this sequence of stories: dig until I found the horror at the heart of the domestic. The terror that dwells within the spaces in the places we call home.

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