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...