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« Reply #210 on: August 03, 2015, 04:26:15 pm »


My horror novel Moloch's Children will be free on Thursday the 6th August for one day only.

Please feel free to write a review if the urge is there.

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amazon.com   $9.99

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amazon.co.uk  £2.99 - free for the 6th August
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« Reply #211 on: December 16, 2015, 08:31:13 pm »


My zombie story, Dead Ronnie and I, is today's offering on the Vault of Evil's Advent Calendar. I hope anyone who downloads it enjoys the ride! This story is published here for the first time.

Dead Ronnie and I: http://vaultofevil.proboards.com/attachment/download/496

Vault of Evil's Advent Calendar: http://vaultofevil.proboards.com/thread/6164/vault-advent-calendar-christmas-doomed

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« Reply #212 on: November 03, 2016, 09:53:48 am »


The Gal in the Blue Mask blog just published a lengthy interview with me. For anyone interested, the link to it is here:

http://the-gal-in-the-blue-mask.blogspot.com/


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« Reply #213 on: November 03, 2016, 01:32:32 pm »
That interview contains my new favourite typo ever! Johnny Maims;D
Interesting to read about why Beyond folded. The exact same thing happened to Far Point, which featured my other half,  Jilly paddock's second ever story sale in the second issue. W.H. Smiths ordered 12,000 copies, sold 3,000, pulped the rest without even bothering to notify the publisher & left him with a huge printing bill. He managed 4 issues, before packing it in.

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« Reply #214 on: November 03, 2016, 10:00:25 pm »
Oddly enough, it was Far Point that gave me the inspiration to start up Beyond serveral years later - though if I had known its experience with Smiths I might have had second thoughts - or not been conned by them into printing and sending them as many copies as I did!

I had a story accepted by Far Point, but unfortunately the magazine folded before it was published.

It was a good magazine while it lasted.

Ha ha. Yes, Johnny Maims!  :o

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« Reply #215 on: November 08, 2017, 12:04:27 am »
Just learned that Gallery of Curiosities podcast has accepted a reprint story of mine, After Nightfall, for an audio transmission.

This will be the 7th time this story has been published:

1970 - in a slightly different form - Weird Window 1, published by Shadow Publishing, edited by David A. Sutton
1971 - The Year's Best Horror Fiction 1 - Sphere Books and Daw Books, edited by Richard Davis
1985 - Fantasy Tales #15, edited by Stephen Jones and David A. Sutton
1992 - Tayaschiysya Horror 2, (Таящийся ужас 2) published in Russia, translated by Vladimir Vladimirov (This was an unauthorised reprint which I didn't find out about till years later)
2011 - Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! published by Vintage Books, edited by Otto Penzler
2012 - Zombies: A Compendium of the Living Dead, published by Corvus/Atlantic Books, edited by Otto Penzler
2013 - The Lurkers in the Abyss & Other Tales of Terror, published by Shadoiw Publishing

I have also just had a story published by Mythic magazine (issue 4): A Grim God's Revenge.


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« Reply #216 on: May 14, 2018, 12:01:35 pm »
Just discovered, while looking at my isfdb, that two of my more Lovecraftian stories have been translated into German and published in the book shown below, totally without my knowledge. H. P. Lovecraft's Gotter des Grauens is the book's title, edited by someone called Roman Sander. The only other author whose name I know in the book is W. H. Pugmire. My stories are Lock-In and Fish-Eye.
It's not, alas, the first time something like this has happened.
I have emailed the publisher, who seems genuine, and asked them to look into this for me, which they are. Hopefully, we'll get to the bottom of this soon.
The cover artwork by Mark Freier is outstanding.

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« Reply #217 on: August 10, 2018, 03:07:02 pm »
An update on this. Blitz have now paid me 50 euros for the two stories published in this collection and I believe the other writers too, who were not paid via Uwe Luserke when they should have been, will be reimbursed by the publisher. From what Blitz emailed me, I believe, also, I'm being sent a couple of copies of the book too.


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« Reply #218 on: October 25, 2018, 11:46:08 am »


I am pleased to reveal that my story, Romero's Children, will be translated and published in the next issue of the Russian webzine, Darker.

Romero's Children will be in their zombie issue - http://darkermagazine.ru/

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« Reply #219 on: October 26, 2018, 01:10:29 pm »
You can now listen to one of my earliest short stories, After Nightfall, being read on The Gallery of Curiosities by Vic Mullin.

This story first appeared in David A. Sutton's fanzine Weird Window, and was reprinted the following year in Sphere Books' The Year's Best Horror Stories, edited by Richard Davis.

It was last reprinted in Otto Penzler's Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! (Vintage Books) in 2011.

https://gallerycurious.com/2018/10/26/69-after-nightfall-by-david-a-riley/




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« Reply #220 on: December 10, 2018, 09:10:20 am »




There's a brilliant review in Phantasmagoria Magazine by Trevor Kennedy of my collection The Lurkers in the Abyss & Other Tales of Terror.

THE LURKERS IN THE ABYSS AND OTHER TALES OF TERROR by David A. Riley.
A collection of rather dark horror tales from David A. Riley spanning almost fifty years with each tale originally appearing in now considered genre classic publications such as the Pan Book of Horror series, Fantasy Tales, FEAR Magazine, World of Horror and many more.
I absolutely adored this book! The type of old school (trust me, that is a compliment) horror I grew up reading and still crave for to this day, the influences to Lovecraft and perhaps the likes of M. R. James and Poe (and maybe even Tales From The Crypt), are apparent but certainly not overdone. Riley’s own grim style shines throughout always, compelling and descriptive, though once again never over doing the descriptiveness. The haunting images his words created in my mind’s eye were vivid and lasting.
A couple of my favourite stories would have to be ‘Terror on the Moors’, a creepy, tense and atmospheric witchcraft-related yarn, and ‘Winter on Aubarch 6’, at first a mild science fiction tale that gradually evolves into full-blown, deeply disturbing body horror.
I don’t personally know what the sales figures are for this book, but I am certainly of the opinion that it should be read by as many people as possible, especially those with even a passing interest in horror or the short story form - of which Riley is one of the masters!
Hugely entertaining and great fun, I urge you to go out and purchase you own copy to experience for yourself the dark joys that lie within.
The Lurkers in the Abyss and Other Tales of Terror is available from Shadow Publishing and Amazon.
Trevor Kennedy.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Phantasmagoria-Magazine-Issue-Trevor-Kennedy/dp/1790917867/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1544386759&sr=8-8&keywords=phantasmagoria+magazine&fbclid=IwAR19RC_faK0yuJkqJixG1AIT_nR8PxCEvf18SxW3XBE9IjzHlqT9gkjXOGY

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« Reply #221 on: April 20, 2019, 08:50:46 pm »
Below is my review of The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors which has been published in the current issue of Phantasmagoria Magazine.

THE ALCHEMY PRESS BOOK OF HORRORS
Edited by Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards

Anthologies like this used to be commonplace once, back in the day when they were a regular part of the output by major publishers like Pan, New English Library, Sphere Books and Corgi, etc., often by editors like August Derleth, Peter Haining, Kurt Singer, Michel Parry and others. Today it is virtually only the small independent presses that keep the flag flying, though few come close to The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors for giving us such a bumper crop in nearly 400 pages of 25 outstanding stories. Congratulations must be offered to the editors for achieving this!

It would, I’m afraid, be too lengthy a task to discuss every single story, and some worked for this reader better than others, though I would vouch for there not being a single dud amongst them, so I will just highlight a few that I particularly liked. Ramsey Campbell reliably opens proceedings with Some Kind of a Laugh, which is different to but inevitably brings to mind his brilliant novel The Grin of the Dark, where laughter becomes menacing and the make-believe world of entertainment hides a terrifying horror. Samantha Lee goes visceral with a vengeance with The Worm, which would have been a worthy entry into any of the old Pan Books of Horror (of which she was once a contributor!) Marie O’Regan’s Pretty Things very soon belies its name, where masks play a key, sometimes gut-wrenching part. I’ve always enjoyed Mike Chinn’s stories, and Her Favourite Place, which is SF horror,  is one of his best, set in an undersea farm. Tony Richards’ The Garbage Men has an engrossingly claustrophobic nightmare effect and a great climax. It’s a while since I read anything new from Stephen Laws but Get Worse Soon is a cleverly plotted tale about an overly thrifty pound shop customer who literally gets more than he bargained for! It’s a very cleverly told tale. Scarecrows are often frightening creations, and Adrian Cole’s Broken Billy uses one to great and horrifying effect. John Grant’s Too Late shifts reality and perception of what is going on to great effect – and has a truly grand guignol twist at the end. These are just a few of the stories which for me stood out, though the standard throughout is consistently high. It is definitely one of the best anthologies I have come across for quite some time and I would highly recommend it.

If the stories weren’t enough, the book is also illustrated throughout with finely drawn headers for each of the stories by the talented Jim Pitts, adding that extra touch of quality to this book, which concludes with an informative set of Contributor Notes.




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« Reply #222 on: June 16, 2019, 05:21:24 pm »


As well as two great reviews for my novels The Return and Into the Dark, I also have a lengthy interview in the current issue of Phantasmagoria Magazine.

Check out my blog for the interview.  http://davidandrewriley.blogspot.com/2019/06/interview-in-phantasmagoria-10.html


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« Reply #223 on: July 16, 2019, 04:55:22 pm »
https://paralleluniversepublications.blogspot.com/

Started the process to get A Distasteful Horror Story by Johnny Mains published within the next few days. Providing there are no unexpected glitches the book should be available in paperback on amazon later this week, priced £11.99.

"A darkly humorous, satirical look at the tight-knit world of horror writers - and their fans. Contains no scenes of violence against actual books, only their authors”

Johnny Mains has been prominent in the horror genre ever since his 2010 debut anthology, Back from the Dead: The Legacy of the Pan Book of Horror Stories, which won the British Fantasy Award in 2011 for best anthology. Mains has been at the forefront of the UK’s new wave of horror, editing Best British Horror (Salt Publishing and NewCon Press), Dead Funny: Horror Stories by Comedians (edited with Robin Ince), and The Screaming Book of Horror.
 
Mains has also written several collections of his own stories: With Deepest Sympathy (2010), Frightfully Cosy and Mild Stories for Nervous Types (2012) and A Little Light Screaming (2015).
Mains has also written the introduction to Stephen King’s 30th anniversary edition of Thinner, and has discovered ‘lost’ works of fiction by Algernon Blackwood, Edith Nesbit and Daphne Du Maurier.
 
"Johnny Mains is the Herbert van Thal of our age" - The Independent
"Mains' knowledge of fantastical fiction is enormous" - Robin Ince
"Mains is the Minister For Horror" - Charlie Higson"