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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... 2021 in review

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I'm not the first person to observe that the last twelve months have been particularly difficult, and I won't be the last. As we've all struggled to deal with the impact of a global pandemic, it's sometimes been hard to focus on the positives. After all, for many of us this is probably the most challenging year of our generation. As well as dealing with all the uncertainty, and anxiety, and frustration, and loss, writers have found it hard to get their work noticed in a world where many of the usual outlets are closed or inaccessible - unless you were already a bestseller when the pandemic started, it's hard to see how to make an impact. I'm pleased to say, though, that 2021 has been a relatively good year for me, on paper at least. It may not have been as productive as some other years (blame home schooling for that), but the last few months have been particularly good for me, and include some of the best work I've done. First, we had the release of Out of

Books News - Writing the Uncanny with Dead Ink this September!

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Despite the effects of our various lockdowns, school closures and self-isolation, this past year has been surprisingly fruitful. I have an anthology coming out with Unsung Stories at the end of the summer, Out of the Darkness , raising funds and awareness for mental health charity Together for Mental Wellbeing. I also have a brand new story coming in Mark Morris's excellent, high-profile anthology Beyond the Veil , published by Flame Tree this October. Earlier this month, another long-term book project was finally announced. Alongside Richard V. Hirst, I've co-edited a book called Writing the Uncanny for Dead Ink Books. Published this September, it works as a guide for both the reader of the Uncanny and the writer wanting to write strange stories. There's an intro from Richard and myself, essays from some of the best writers of weird, unsettling fiction, and lists of suggested further reading for those wishing to expand their knowledge of the genre. You can see more detail