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Bloody Parchment, The Root Cellar and other stories

Every year around Halloween the Book Lounge is taken over by hideous fiends who come out the shadows to share bloodcurdling stories of horror and macabre.

The event is Bloody Parchment, the brainchild of horror writer Nerine Dorman, which forms part of Horrorfest.

I take part every year. What can I say? I love dressing up (…and horror stories, and horror-themed food and and and…)

Bloody Parchment has released three anthologies to coincide with its popular short story competition and Book Lounge event. I’ve contributed stories to volume one and volume three, which was released in June this year.

You can read my short story Apartment 415 from the first volume here.

(Don’t click if the idea of dead roommates causes sudden eruptions of goosebumps. Do click if you’ve ever wondered what living with a ghost would be like.)

Volume three in the series, Bloody Parchment, The Root Cellar and other stories, features terrifying short stories by myself, Diane Awerbuck, Chris Limb, Toby Bennet, Icy Sedgwick and others.

If you love horror stories with a local twist, you’ll love this collection.

My story Jethro Mackenzie and the Devil is about a conspiracy theorist blogger who has a conversation with the devil.

Intrigued? Get it for Kindle here.

Nerine, who also edited the anthology, recently hosted me on her blog to chat about my story and other odds and ends.

Here’s a teaser.

What planted the seed for your story?
I guess the idea stemmed from my love of the X-Files, which is my favorite show ever. The story also features a personification of the Devil, which is my little imagining based on classic representations from film, like the forked tail. It’s a fun little story that I enjoyed writing and I hope that carries across to the reader.

What are some of the themes you treated in your tale?
Conspiracy theories, theology, the social media revolution and the changing face of the media itself. I think the three tie together so well. I wanted to write a story that captures the here and now.

Read the rest of the blog here.


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