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Exquisite Aberrations – out now!

September 6, 2019

It’s launch day for Exquisite Aberrations!

I’m so excited for this book to finally be out. It includes my story ‘Flaymire’s Light’ which is the longest story I’ve had published by a third party publisher to date and the first story I’ve had out a in a hardback book (I’m so excited!!!)

‘Flaymire’s Light’ is a gothic melodrama of wind-whipped battlements, ship wreckers, ghosts, murder, intrigue and queer romance.

Flaymire Hall was built on the headland, cannibalised from the very stone it stood upon and the timbers of wrecked ships. A ghastly edifice: staring, with a hundred blank-eyed windows, out to sea. Every winter the waves took another bite from the cliffs of Dislendowr, pulling Flaymire ever closer to their wet maw. But the house brooded unmoved, inching – from the moment it was raised – towards its doom.

If that sounds up your street and you’d like to read me fully get my goth on, you can order a copy from the Fundead shop or e-books are available via Amazon.

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What’s more, Fundead are donating $1 from every book sold to the ACLU, who support the fight against abortion bans in the US, amongst other worthy causes.

From the Fundead website:

A familiar chill runs down your spine. You’ve been here before: the abandoned house on the hill, the dark hallway with the creaking floorboards, the ancient cemetery veiled in mist, the rutted pathway to a lonely place. You know these stories, or do you? These are the tales not told; the words pushed to the margins. These figures have been shrouded, forgotten, locked behind a creaking door, but now their stories will be told.

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Hard Lines – zine out now!

August 22, 2019

620C5078-B743-47EE-AF65-DE60C9B76505 I’ve made another mini zine and it’s called Hard Lines.

It follows on from Matchbook and Flashcard Riot.

Each tiny A7 zine contains 20-odd six word flash stories written by me. Each page is fully illustrated by me. I assemble every one by hand – fold, staple, razor cut, and block print the colour on the covers with ink stamps I’ve custom made for the project.

I love writing stories and I love every project I do, but there’s something particularly satisfying about these zines for me. Getting to imagine, conceive and create a fully-formed little book from start to finish in just a couple of weeks is a rare kind of joy in a vocation where it’s often long and isolating hours of poring over a computer screen.

If you’d like a copy of Hard Lines, email me at die.booth[at]gmail[dot]com and let me know. If I see you in person, you can have one for free. If you’d like it posting then I’m charging £1.50 for within the UK and £2.50 outside the UK (+50p each for additional zines), to help cover materials and increasingly outrageous postage costs! If you email me and let me know your address to post to, I’ll let you know my Paypal address.

Queer Sci-Fi – I won!

July 26, 2019

Migration - the new anthology from Queer Sci Fi

Once a year, Queer Sci Fi  runs a flash fiction contest around a one-word theme. In their own words, “We receive hundreds of entries with almost as many possible interpretations, and we choose some of the best for this annual anthology.” And this year, I was the overall winner!

The 2019 contest theme was ‘Migration’ and I am absolutely honoured that my story ‘Mettle’ was selected as the overall contest winner.

The anthology of 120 flash stories is available to buy now, and from what I’ve read of it so far, it is absolutely brilliant. I’m so happy to be included in this collection, and so excited to have won. Thanks to everyone at Queer Sci-Fi for organising the contest and producing such a gorgeous book.

MI-GRA-TION (noun)

1) Seasonal movement of animals from one region to another.

2) Movement of people to a new area or country in order to find work or better living conditions.

3) Movement from one part of something to another.

Three definitions to inspire writers around the world and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell. Here are 120 of our favorites.

Migration feaures 300 word speculative flash fiction stories from across the rainbow spectrum, from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.

If you’re not intrigued yet, here’s some excerpts from some of the featured stories:

“Darkness has substance. It is tangible; different shades within the black, sounds, a taste. It is accompanied by self-awareness of time and thoughts, even when other senses fail.” —Hope for Charity, by Robyn Walker

“The sky has been screaming for five straight days when the shrimps come to take us away. They’ve been boxing up the others and hauling them off. Now they’re here for us, soaking wet, dragging cords and crates behind them.” —Shrimpanzee, Sionnain Bailey

“Agnes is eight when she first sees the river. Cutting its way through town, the only thing she knows not coated in coal dust. She sticks her toes in, comes home with wet socks and a secret. See, the river hadn’t been there yesterday.” —Stream of Consciousness, by Ziggy Schutz

You can get hold of your copy here:

 

Rendez-Vous issue one – exciting free fiction

July 3, 2019

I’m so excited to have a new flash fiction out with Short Édition. It’s part of the first ‘Rendez-Vous’ collection of stories they’ve published, and I’m honoured that my story was the inspiration behind the graphic design for the first collection!

If you’re near to one of their Short Story Dispensers (you can find your nearest one worldwide on their website – and trust me, they are a seriously cool idea) you might get my story ‘Cracks in The Wall’ dispensed to you for free if you push the ‘3 minute read’ button.

Or you can read it online for free. I’d love it if you could give it a ‘like’ or even a comment!

You can read all of the first issue of ‘Rendez-Vous’ for free online as well.

I hope that you love it as much as I’ve loved taking part!

Gingernuts of Horror LGBTQ+ month

January 8, 2019

To prove how truly rubbish I am at keeping up this blog, this blog post is pretty much just going to link to a couple of blog posts I wrote for another website!

I’m delighted to have an article and an interview with me included as part of Gingernuts of Horror’s LGBTQ+ focus month, which is running for the whole of January 2019 and aims to spotlight LGBTQ+ horror writers, who are so often underrepresented in the genre (as in writing in general).

It’s really great to see such a popular and respected site run a feature like this, and to commit to better representation of diverse creatives in general.

You can read more about the LGBTQ+ month in an interview with site owner Jim McLeod here.

You can read my article ‘The Struggle: writing transgender representation’ here.

You can read an interview with me (in which I talk about my horror loves and what makes me write) here.

The Creative Artist -new documentary series

October 20, 2016

Lighting and camera set upYesterday I was fortunate enough to take part in the filming of a new documentary series ‘The Creative Artist’. Photographer and director Adam Pestridge of Portrait Films Ltd is producing this six-part mini-series to explore the creative arts in the Flintshire and Cheshire area – from writing, to music, to art and everything in between.

I’d like to thank Adam again for giving me the opportunity to be involved in this fascinating project. I’d never been filmed for an interview before, so the whole process was particularly interesting to me – and I now have a much greater appreciation for the film industry where the slightest change in natural light can affect a whole shot!

Each interview consists of ten questions and the end result for each episode will be made up of clips featuring the six interviewees for the particular creative art in question. I’m excited to see the finished series when it’s all finalised.

Photo still by Adam J Pestridge

Get Gothic for free this October!

October 4, 2016

Just a quick reminder that as part of the Chester Literature Festival, I’ll be reading a story from My Glass is Runn in the splendid gothic surroundings of Chester Town Hall on Friday 14 October 2016.

The event is ‘Gothic’ – readings from Chester Writers exploring the dark recesses of the genre – and it’s from 4pm til 6pm (but as I understand it, I’m first in the running order, if you want to hear me read.)

It’s a free event but places are limited so if you’d like to come along then please book your free ticket here.

There’ll be copies of my books on sale afterwards (for anyone who’d like to avoid shipping fees!) and there might even be an extra little free-of-charge surprise for anyone attending… I would love to see you there.