Here I am accepting the British Fantasy Award for Best Novella for The Nine Deaths of Dr Valentine at the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton last November. It was a genuine surprise to win the award and I hope I didn't scare too many people with my acceptance speech, kicking off as it did with some of Edward Lionheart's dialogue from the Vincent Price movie THEATRE OF BLOOD. My sincere thanks to all the wellwishers who besieged me afterwards and to all those who offered their congratulations later on - all your comments were all very much appreciated.
As well as the above, Lady Probert and I were busy at the Convention. Major thanks to everyone who came to The Cabinet of Dr Probert on the Friday night and Dr Probert's House of Horrors on the Saturday. Special thanks to Angela Slatter, Alison Littlewood, Reggie Oliver and Ransey Campbell who agreed to take part in two nights of tales of terror.
Short Story News
PSYCHOMANIA is out from Constable Robinson now. It contains a framework story from me that tops, tails and pops up in between nearly forty stories from some of the best and most respected writers in the horror and crime genres. It was a genuine pleasure for me to be involved with this project and you can order it here.
CTHULHU CYMRAEG is out now. It kicks off with my Lovecraftian story What Others Hear and you can order it through Amazon
WORLD WAR CTHULHU is out. This ebook from Cubicle 7 features my story The Death House. You can download it from the Cubicle 7 site here.
THE TENTH BLACK BOOK OF HORROR is out, and includes my story The Best Christmas Ever. You can order it from the Mortbury Press site here.
I'm very pleased to announce that my story The Secondary Host from EXOTIC GOTHIC 5 will be reprinted in Salt Publishing's THE BEST BRITISH HORROR 2014
In other forthcoming story news:
The Girl With No Face will be appearing in the NewCon Press crime anthology LA FEMME
The Best of Luck will be appearing in the anthology STRANGE FORTUNE
Girlfriend School will be appearing in the Gray Friar Press anthology NIGHT SCHOOLS
The Lucky Ones will be appearing in the Gray Friar Press anthology HORROR UNCUT
Learning the Language will be appearing in Gray Friar Press anthology TERROR TALES OF WALES
THE HAMMER OF DR VALENTINE will be published by Spectral Press a little bit later this year. I'll be posting more news, including the cover, as soon as I see it myself!
SUICIDE BLONDES, the third Parva Corcoran novella is nearly finished. The plot concerns murders at an exclusive and isolated girls' school. It will be out from Endeavour Press as an ebook soon.
I'm seriously delighted to announce that I've written the introduction to the new Valancourt re-issue of Charles Birkin's short story collection THE SMELL OF EVIL. I'm sure many of you know Birkin is one of the many authors who have influenced my work and it was lovely to be asked to do it. You can order THE SMELL OF EVIL here.
My article The Darkest Part of the Midnight Sun: Arthur Machen and the Fiction of Ramsey Campbell has been published in the Autumn 2013 issue of Faunus: The Journal of the Friends of Arthur Machen. I'm very proud to have had an essay published in this eminent journal. The intention is that it will be the first in a series of articles examining Machen's influence on modern fiction and film.
My essay Grinning in the Dark: The Humour of Ramsey Campbell is included in this lovely hardcover volume which will be published by Scarecrow Press on 1st Februavry 2014. Like many of their books it's a bit pricey, but you can order it here.
…and finally, I've written an essay entitled Adapting Aickman for Johnny Mains' forthcoming book on the author. This will look at the film and television adaptations of the works of author Robert Aickman.
And that's it for now. I'll try not to leave it so long next time but as you can see, I've been quite busy!