Thursday, 13 December 2012

That Sound

It's that time of year again. Time to count down the days until it's safe to brave the roads and shops again. (Honestly - when will the rest of the world catch up and learn to do their Christmas shopping online???) Well, until they do you can settle in each night and read about terrible things happening to undeserving people. Or maybe not so undeserving...

Yes, it's the Vault of Evil's advent calendar of short and unashamedly horrible stories! I should have posted this 2 weeks ago but that just means you don't have to worry about feeling guilty for cheating and peeking to see what's behind the next door. You can gorge yourself on the evil already on display.

Today it's my turn. I'm Number 13 and you can read my unpublished story "That Sound" right here. As a bonus, you get to see John Llewellyn Probert menace me with a chainsaw in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre house.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

The Next Big Thing

Time to play...

THE NEXT BIG THING is a chain of book and author recommendations. You know how it goes: one author tags five others, who then each tag five others until the Elder Gods are satisfied that we are all hard at work telling their stories and you're all hard at work reading them. Adam Nevill tagged me on his blog and now it's my turn.

1) What is the working title of your next book?

It's gone through so many already I daren't presume this will be the last one but currently I'm vacillating between The Needing and The House of the Unwanted.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

Like everything I write, it's a combination of my personal fears and obsessions.

3) What genre does your book fall under?


4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

That's always a tricky question. I like quirky actors and my main characters are a young couple, so can I have Sara Paxton and Jake Gyllenhaal?

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Nick and Elisabeth are happily married and don't want children - but the house they've just moved into does.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I'll let you know when it's finished!

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

See no. 6.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

As it's a haunted house story, comparisons with classic haunted house stories are inevitable: Hill House, Hell House, etc. But throw in a touch of Rosemary's Baby and perhaps a bit of Lovecraft.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The initial inspiration came from the flat my partner (now husband!) John and I bought. It's part of an imposing Victorian gothic building and it has some striking and unusual features. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be haunted. So I've made it so in my story. Quite horribly too.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?

If you like haunted house stories, ghost stories or supernatural horror in general, I think you'll like this one. At least I hope so.

And now for the tagging... You can read their answers to the same questions next Wednesday.

Go for it, Angela Slatter, John Forth, Stephen Bacon, Ray Cluley and Carole Johnstone!

Saturday, 3 November 2012

the fourth ghost

Just revealed: the gorgeous gothic cover of Spectral Press' first Christmas ghost story annual! I'm proud to say it features my first-ever Christmas story.

Where the Stones Lie - Richard Farren Barber
A Taste of Almonds  – Raven Dane
All that is Living - Nicholas Martin
And May All your Christmases...  – Thana Niveau
Carnacki: A Cold Christmas in Chelsea – William Meikle
Concerning Events in Leinster Gardens - Jan Edwards
December  – Paul Finch
An Odd Number at Table - John Costello
We are a Shadow  - Neil Williams
Lost Soldiers - Adrian Tchaikovsky
Ritualism - Gary McMahon
Now and Then - Martin Roberts
The Green Clearing by John Forth

Monday, 24 September 2012

Fantasycon 2012 signings

It's going to be a busy Fantasycon for me! I've got quite a few stories in various books that are launching and I'm doing my first-ever panel, as well as being raffle slave for the ebullient duo of John Llewellyn Probert and Guy Adams!

So here's my timetable for those of you who want to stalk me...


10pm - 11.30pm: 
the Fabulous FantasyCon Raffle


10am - 11am 
Panel: What Makes a Good Ghost Story (Fitzherbert Room)
With John Llewellyn Probert, Alison Littlewood, Joel Lane and Tony Richards

2pm - 3pm 
Book launch: Magic: an Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane
(featuring my story "First and Last and Always")

3pm - 4pm 
Book launch: The Ninth Black Book of Horror
(featuring my story "The Things That Aren't There:)

4pm - 5pm 
Book launch: Best New Horror 23
(featuring my story "White Roses, Bloody Silk")

And of course I'll be around all weekend to sign copies of my own book (sadly, with no formal launch but it should be available from the PS Publishing table in the dealer room), From Hell to Eternity.

Monday, 10 September 2012

From Hell to Eternity

Now available from Gray Friar Press: my debut short story collection!

While there won't be an official launch at Fantasycon, Pete Crowther of PS Publishing has very kindly offered to let my humble little book share space on his table in the dealers' room. And of course I'll be around all weekend if you'd like me to sign your copy. Just grab me and insist!

The lovely cover is by Steve Upham and if the exploitation film style of the blurb sounds familiar, you can probably guess who wrote it for me.


The Curtain
The Coal-Man
The Cutting Room Floor
Ultrasound Shadow
The Death of Dreams
The Pier
The Scouring
Under the Skin
A Time of Choice
Strange Games
Bruised Fruit
White Roses, Bloody Silk
Stolen to Time
From Hell to Eternity

Thursday, 6 September 2012

The Victorian giallo lives on!

I'm delighted to announce that my Hanns Heinz Ewers tribute story "White Roses, Bloody Silk" is reprinted in Best New Horror 23.

I can't summarise it any better than Demonik over on the Vault of Evil:

"Lady Elizabeth Rossiter and her equally vile entourage fancy themselves the last word in decadence. But their guest, Dr. Wilhelm Krauss, recently exiled from the Fatherland for his part in a society scandal, is the real deal - some even believe he's the Devil himself - whose treatment of personal maid Anna, leaves the company in little doubt as to his sadism. It all proves too much for doolally Aunt Florence, who goes berserk with the knitting needles."

He adds kindly:

"Lady Probert's forthcoming début collection is looking more of a must with each passing hour."

Yes, From Hell to Eternity is coming soon from Gray Friar Press. I'll post the cover as soon as it's finished. Needless to say, I'm very excited!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Esoteric and arcane

Be careful what you wish for...

My story is called "First and Last and Always" and I suppose you could say it's a love story. Does it have a happy ending? I suppose that depends on your point of view.

The Wrong Fairy by Audrey Niffenegger
If I Die, Kill my Cat by Sarah Lotz
Shuffle by Will Hill
Domestic Magic by Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem
Cad Coddeau by Liz Williams
Party Tricks by Dan Abnett
First and Last and Always by Thana Niveau
The Art of Escapology by Alison Littlewood
The Baby by Christopher Fowler
Do as Thou Wilt by Storm Constantine
Bottom Line by Lou Morgan
Mailer Daemon by Sophia McDougall
Buttons by Gail Z. Martin
Nanny Grey by Gemma Files
Dumb Lucy by Robert Shearman

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Tentacles and steam

I'm thrilled to announce that my story "Tentacular Spectacular" will be featuring in a new Chaosium anthology - Steampunk Cthulhu! Here's a peek at the gloriously creepy cover designed by Daniele Serra.

Edited and compiled by Glynn Owen Barrass and Brian M Sammons and featuring these stories:

Those Above – Jeffrey Thomas
Blackwold Horror – Adam Bolivar
No Hand to Turn the Key – Carrie Cuinn
The Reverend Mr. Goodworks and the Yeggs of Yig – Ed Erdelac
Carnacki – The Island of D. Munroe – William Meikle
Pain Wears No Mask – John Goodrich
Before the Least of These Stars – Lee Clark Zumpe
The Promised Messiah – DJ Tyrer
Unfathomable – Christine Morgan
The Flower – Chris Geeson
Tentacular Spectacular - Thana Niveau 
Fall of an Empire – Glynn Owen Barrass & Brian M. Sammons
The Baying of the Hounds - Leigh Kimmel
Mr Brass and the City of Devils – Josh Reynolds
The Source – DL Snell
Happy Birthday, Dear Cthulu - Robert Neilson
The Strange Company – Peter Rawlik
Steel and Bones – Lois Gresh

Thursday, 2 August 2012

A Ghostly Gathering

Simon Strantzas posted a link on Facebook to a Kindle version of one of his stories, reprinted by Mammoth Books from the Best New Horror series. So out of curiosity I typed my name into Amazon and there I was!

I'm part of a quartet with Mark Morris, Angela Slatter and Ramsey Campbell, three writers I like very much indeed. The stories are all reprinted from Best New Horror 22 and I heartily recommend all of them! (And Simon's too, although his is in a different eBook altogether.)

Thursday, 19 July 2012

L’Homme de Charbon - Ténèbres 2012

That's my story "The Coal-Man", translated into French and keeping company with 16 other "meilleures nouvelles de fantastique, d'horreur et de terreur" in the annual anthology Ténèbres by DreamPress editor Benoît Domis.

If you can read French, there's a pdf of the story on the DreamPress site.

And if (like me) you can't read French, the original English version still lurks in the shadows of The Eighth Black Book of Horror.

(But I think it looks pretty glamorous in French!)

Friday, 24 February 2012

Scouring the Cotswolds

cover art by Steve Upham
I'm really excited to be a part of the "Terror Tales" series. The second volume has just been released into the wild and it features my story about the Uffington White Horse, "The Scouring". I'm delighted to be in such good company. I only hope my author companions can protect me from the evils they've unleashed into this picturesque area of Britain!

The Cotswolds – land of green fields, manor houses and thatched-roof villages, where the screams of ancient massacres linger in the leafy woods, faeries weave sadistic spells, and pagan gods stir beneath the moonlit hills …

The flesh-eating fiend of St. John’s
The vengeful spirit of Little Lawford
The satanic murders at Meon Hill 
The ghastly mutilation at Wychavon
The demon dancers of Warwick
The cannibal feast at Alvington
The twisted revenant of Stratford-upon-Avon

And many more chilling tales by Ramsey Campbell, Simon Clark, Alison Littlewood, Reggie Oliver, Joel Lane and other award-winning masters and mistresses of the macabre. 

The book contains 12 works of original horror fiction set in the Cotswolds, and two classic reprints. It also features numerous anecdotal tales concerning supposedly true incidents of Cotswold terror. 


In the Dark And In the Quiet by Alison Littlewood
Fury From Beyond
Straw Babies by Gary McMahon
A Bizarre And Terrible Event
Charm by Reggie Oliver
The Grimmest Castle In England
Hoxlip And After by Christopher Harman
The Undead Who Wander The Wye
The Shakespeare Curse by Simon Clark
Oxford’s Black Assize
The Scouring by Thana Niveau
The Cannibal Feast
Wassailing by Steve Lockley
Bloodbath Under A Spectral Sun
The Silent Dance by Joel Lane
What Walks In Ettington Park?
Waiting For Nicky by Antonia James
The Satanic Slayings at Meon Hill
The Horror Under Warrendown by Ramsey Campbell
Worcester’s Most Odious Relic
The Lurker by Gary Fry
The Beast Of St John’s
The Cotswold Olimpicks by Simon Kurt Unsworth
God’s Dire Warning
A Taste of Honey, A Horror Of Stone by John Llewellyn Probert
Lovell’s Long Wait
Bog Man by Paul Finch

Available from Gray Friar Press, Amazon UK and!

Friday, 10 February 2012

Pure, unadulterated horror

I had a very nice review of my story "The Coal-Man" in The Eighth Black Book of Horror:

Charles Black promises "pure, unadulterated horror", and is true to his word. There are very few laughs in Thana Niveau's The Coal Man, about a childhood demon that leaves coal in your pillow, or scatters lumps "like a rank of chess pieces." Niveau keeps us guessing until the last page, whether the monster is real or a manifestation of her protagonist's disturbed imagination, but though the final truth doesn't come as a complete surprise, it hardly detracts from the power invested in the terrifying Coal Man, one of a host of memorable, original supernatural monsters in this volume that make a refreshing change from the endless rehashes of the vampire and zombie myths cluttering the nation's bookshelves.

You can read Tom Johnstone's full review of the book on the Zone-SF website..

Thursday, 2 February 2012

The Scouring

Ever been to the Cotswolds? That picture-postcard English Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? You wouldn't think anything bad could happen there, right?

(Actually, if you're reading this blog you probably would. And you'd be right.)

Following on from the excellent anthology Terror Tales of the Lake District, Gray Friar Press and editor Paul Finch will soon be releasing a follow-up anthology, Terror Tales of the Cotswolds.

My story is called "The Scouring" and it's about the awful truth behind one of Britain's oldest landmarks, the Uffington White Horse.

More detailswhen I'm allowed to share...