Spring is here... and so is Green Fingers!

I'm thrilled to say that my mini-collection of short stories, Green Fingers, has just been published by the mighty Black Shuck Books. It's part of their Shadows series - no. 19, to be precise - and collects six of my stories of horticultural horror: four previously published and two originals. Like all of their Shadows series, it's only £4.99 for the paperback, and a fine way of sampling new authors.

I've been interested in gardening for a while now, as well as wandering the common near our house and researching ancient trees - and this book is the culmination of all those threads. The stories span seven years and include everything from killer fungi to sentient trees, as well as a couple of stories that approach the theme from a more obtuse angle. I think it's fair to say that it's weird and unsettling rather than stomach-churning horror, so hopefully there's something in there for everyone. Unless you hate plants, of course. (Although it might just give you a reason to fear them too...)

It's already had a couple of lovely reviews, including one on the Ginger Nuts of Horror website which says that 'These six unsettling stories will slither and ooze themselves into your subconscious' (you can read the full review here). There's also a very nice review over at the Into The Gyre blog, where Paul Gorman says that 'we gleefully anticipate the inevitable horror that will follow' (read Paul's review here). 

There's more to come, including a brief video of me reading from the book - so keep an eye on my Twitter and Facebook pages. In the meantime, please check out more details of the book (and maybe buy a copy?) on the Black Shuck website.

Now, where did I leave that packet of seeds...