“The Magpie” is Coming for you… In New Anthology

My home-based horror story “The Magpie” (penned under my pseudonym JM Connors) is coming out shortly in the Under The Stairs anthology by Ossuary Press.

It’s currently available for pre-order on Kindle, and paperbacks will become available shortly after the launch date on December 1st.

An author copy is on the way. I’ll be sure to post some photos when it arrives.

Don’t be too afraid to pick up a copy. It should be a bloody good read all around (Sorry for the awful Crypt keeper pun there. Okay, not sorry).


“The Roller Coaster” to be published soon in Litro

Photo by Somruthai Keawjan on Unsplash

If it’s been a little quiet on the blog lately, it’s because there’s unfortunately only so many hours in a day (and of those hours, only so many that are leftover for maintaining things like this site…)

A short literary fiction piece I wrote earlier this year titled “The Roller Coaster” was just picked up by Litro – a literary magazine / website that has readers in the UK and USA.

It’s a bit of an odd story, one that I wrote to be fairly open-ended and maybe a little unsettling. It has to do with a university student whose close bond with a young woman falls apart after he discovers she harbours a secret fear of roller coasters.

My lightly speculative story “Brian Bumps His Head” about a man who wakes up from an accident with remarkable powers was previously published there in 2021.

I’ll update the post when I have a publication date from the editors.


Summer Falls Was Briefly on the Coverfly Red List (October 2023)

Another autumn, another round of ranking at the competitions and festivals I submitted to back in the spring.

This year came with a nice, if short-lived surprise – Summer Falls, the 1-hour horror tv spec script that I co-wrote with Jocelyn Baxter a few years back, made it to Coverfly’s Red List:

The Red List is basically the top 20 horror scripts per interest and ranking on the site at any given time.

We got a nice little boost as the script made official selection at the HorrOrigins film festival.

Nice to see that it shaped up fairly well next to the other submissions, even if it didn’t crack into the finalists.