Stories from the Near-Future!

Released yesterday, Darkhouse Books’ Stories from the Near-Future contains my short story “Terminal”.


The publisher describes the anthology as: Twenty-one stories exploring our world in the Near-Future! Smart phones, smart cars, smart toasters, where can this lead? Will our new, interconnected life deliver on its Bellamyian prophesies, or will we find ourselves in an Uber-tech, Orwellian world? Such is the nature of the stories in this anthology. We asked our authors for stories envisioning life in the Near Future – a future recognizably related to the world in which we live today, but a smattering of years from now, and extrapolated from our present.

Links to paperback and Kindle versions of the book can be found on my Publications page.

5-star review for Sanitarium Mag Issue 33

Issue 33 of Sanitarium Magazine, containing my tale “Vicious Circle,” has garnered its first review over at Goodreads. The reviewer provides a comprehensive run-down of the issue’s contents, clearly having enjoyed them. About my own contribution, she says, “This a great tale with a truly macabre ending.” Suppose I’ll have to forgive her for calling me Stephen…

Another friend of our heroes

I just came across a great story-by-story review of Hero’s Best Friend over at Dogwatch Press, done back in May. Awesome to see that my tale is a favourite of the reviewer. Click here to check it out.

First Amazon UK review for Hero’s Best Friend antho

I’m extremely pleased that my samurai/akita story “The Masterless” is cited as one of two standout stories in the anthology’s first review at

Click here to check out the review.

Why not pay the Sanitarium a visit?


Out today is Issue 33 of Sanitarium Magazine, containing my horror story “Vicious Circle” as well as several other dark tales and verses.

As mentioned in the last post, my story is set in and around Glasgow’s subway — which, incidentally, is the third oldest underground metro system in the world, behind those in London and Budapest (I know, I wouldn’t have guessed that one either). And old places often have some interesting inhabitants…

Links to the various platforms carrying the Issue are on my Publications page.

“Vicious Circle” – Story acceptance

I’m chuffed to bits that my horror short story “Vicious Circle” will appear in Issue 33 of Sanitarium Magazine, out in late May.

Set in and around Glasgow’s subway, the tale should make you think twice before descending under the streets of a city ever again…

Goodreads reviews of Hero’s Best Friend/”The Masterless”

It’s gratifying that two of the three readers who’ve reviewed Hero’s Best Friend over at Goodreads have cited “The Masterless” as a favourite/stand out story.