The best Halloween night out – ever

Tastes and Tales Halloween

Don’t miss it!

The first Tastes & Tales was graced with the talent of Rod Duncan – recently of The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter fame – and thriller author Sam Hayes.

Rod told an eerie but raunchy fairy tale, Sam chilled everyone with a horrific crime scene investigation and I read the opening scenes of The Book of the Crowman.

The event was a sell-out. Delish was packed with a lively audience, who ate and drank their fill and went home thoroughly entertained.

This Halloween, we’re doing it again – this time with even creepier readings from three of the UK’s best-known authors of dark fiction: Sarah Pinborough, David Moody and me. Each of us will read a nightmarish tale to haunt you for the rest of the winter.

Meanwhile, Claire and her staff will serve round after round of delicious, freshly made canapés and ply everyone with unique wines and local craft beers.

I cannot wait!

Book now – tickets are selling fast!

The Mahe Mailshot – BANANAS

Map of MaheIn March 2003 My wife and I went to live on a small island in the Indian Ocean. We stayed there for a year of tropical delights and frustrations.

As a break from fiction – and to help maintain my sanity in the midst of a strange culture – I wrote a series of emails to folks at home…

—– Original Message —–
From: JD’L
To: Undisclosed Recipients
Sent: Monday, April 28, 2003 5:03 PM
Subject: bananas

Me Hearties, Continue reading

The Mahe Mailshot – RAIN

 

map of seychelles

In March 2003 My wife and I went to live on a small island in the Indian Ocean. We stayed there for a year of tropical delights and frustrations.

As a break from fiction – and to help maintain my sanity in the midst of a strange culture – I wrote a series of emails to folks at home…


 

 

—– Original Message —–
From: JD’L
To: Undisclosed Recipients
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2003 3:46 PM
Subject: don’t worry, it rains here too…
Continue reading

Cheap Roadkill – get it while you can!

Joseph-D-Lacey-Roadkill

Clearly it’s bargain season on the Horror Freeway.

Right now until September 20th This Is Horror have reduced my chapbook ROADKILL to 99p or 99c – whether you’re in the States or the UK, this is ridiculously good value.

Want a white-knuckle ride? This one’s for you.

“Do you see Post Apocalyptic fiction as a great way to explore Horror elements in a setting more associated with the Science Fiction branch of the Speculative Fiction tree?”

I was originally asked this by Rob Bedford and answered it on SFF World  in February, 2014…

I danced around this hulk of a question for ages trying to find its weak spot. It was like boxing a Decepticon.

After a couple of weeks, dodging and feinting without landing a single blow, I was tired, thirsty and needed a hug. There was no one around so, in desperation, I embraced the gargantuan, titanium-hulled battle-conundrum’s ankle. He turned out to be a real sweetie.

He said:

“You know, Joseph, this question just relates to genre and how you feel about it.”
“It does?”
“Sure. Relax and enjoy yourself. You don’t even have to answer it.”
“Not even a ‘yes’ or ‘no’?”
“Erm…just a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ might not go down too well…”
“What should I say then?”
“Anything. Whatever you want.” He leaned down. “But make me look mean, OK? Ferocious. Know what I’m saying?” Continue reading

The Kill Crew, now popping heads in Spain

I love translation deals.

They’re a wonderful confirmation of your work’s appeal and, from a financial point of view, they mean you get paid again without having to do more work. Bonus!

This one came out of the blue. When my agent told me about it, I was quietly but delightedly stunned.

The new publisher is Alianza Editorial, their SF/F/H imprint being Lee Runas. There’s a buzz on Twitter and Spanish book blog sites and I hope the novella will be well-received – especially as there’s already a sequel!

Anyway, just for fun, here are the old and new covers.

The Kill CrewLa Brigada de la MuerteAll that remains for me to say is:

“Mucha Suerte a La Brigada de la Muerte!”