Saturday, 14 November 2020

New Gods, Old Monsters by Bill Davidson

 

We at Dark Lane Books are pleased to announce the publication of Bill Davidson's short story collection 'New Gods, Old Monsters'.

We will be giving away free PDF review copies of Bill's book until 31st December 2020.  If anyone would like a copy, please send an email request to darklanebooks@gmail.com.

Anyone wishing to purchase a copy of the book, can do so from Lulu or Amazon.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Table of Contents for Dark Lane Anthology Vol.10

We are pleased to announce the final table of contents for Dark Lane Anthology Vol.10.  Thank you to everyone who submitted a story.  Vol.10 will be released in spring 2021.

THE ONE ON THE ABYSS SIDE by Rhonda Eikamp.

IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST by Edward Ahern.

ALI AND THE BLACK EGG by Matt Cartmell.

BROADCAST OF THE FOXES by David Hartley.

THE EPIPHANY ENGINE by Zandra Renwick.

LEST THE KRAKEN WAKES by Bill Davidson.

GALATEA by Emma Diemling.

ONE HEADLIGHT by Peter Damien.

TROUBLED CHILD by J. Rosina Harlow.

HEARING IS BELIEVING by Robert Pope.

SKULLS LIKE THESE Carolyn Stockdale.

DREAM SPECIES by Timothy Granville.

THE LADY IN THE DEVIL'S EYE by T.J. Miller.

PEEL ME WITH YOUR FISH FINGERS by Camillius John.

HUNGER AT THE LAST STAR HOTEL by Charles Wilkinson.

BLACK HOLE IRL by Suzanne Garcia Pino.

THE OBJECTIVE by Merl Fluin.

TOWN PLANNING by Timothy Dodd.

CONCEPTION by Louis Rosenberg.

A REAL CHARACTER by Paul Murgatroid.

DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH by Paul D. Coombs.
















Monday, 5 October 2020

Best Horror of the Year

 Dark Lane 8 got a special mention in Ellen Datlow's upcoming Best Horror of the Year Vol.12.



Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Submissions OPEN for Dark Lane Christmas

 Submissions now open for our first Christmas-themed anthology of short fiction.  See guidelines here.



Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Submissions now CLOSED for Volume 10

A big thank you to everyone who submitted a story.  Table of contents to be announced soon.


Thursday, 12 March 2020

An Interview with Sam Hicks

Sam Hicks' story, 'Old Sylvester', will be opening the forthcoming Dark Lane Anthology Volume 9.  Her short fiction has previously appeared in the anthologies The Fiends In the Furrows, Nightscript, and The Best Horror of the Year Vol. 11.


Q: What are your working methods?  Do you sit down every day to write?  Do you have a designated place to work?
A: I write every day when I’ve got a story on the go, but I rarely have one ready to start when one’s finished, so days if not weeks can go by without me doing anything much. I tell myself that inactivity is an important part of the process. When I do have an idea, I ‘ll only do a couple of hours a day on the first draft, because I find it so hard. But when that’s done I’ll spend as many hours as I can on the subsequent drafts. I write in our spare room, where I also do a bit of woodcarving.

Q: Tell us about one of your favourite short stories and why you like it (not one of your own).
A: I immediately think of Seaton’s Aunt by Walter de la Mare. That story haunts me. De la Mare was a master at conveying the mystery beneath the surface. I quote:  “We don’t even know our own histories, and not a tenth, not a tenth of the reasons.”

Q: Tell us about one of your favourite short stories (done by you).
A: I can’t bear to read them once they’re done, to be honest. I always want to change them. But I’ll say Old Sylvester because it’s the only one inspired by my walks in Dartford that anyone has published. Thanks for that.

Q: Where do your ideas come from?  Do you go looking for ideas – for example by brainstorming, or do you wait for inspiration?
A: I get ideas by wandering around in a receptive state, taking notes about random things. I go walking around the less picturesque parts of Kent, because it’s easily accessible by train from south east London. The degraded marshland and the industrial end of the Thames. The strange isolated housing estates. But sometimes a phrase will  just occur to me and inspire an idea.That’s almost always when I’m wandering about though.

Q: Are you a full-time writer? If you have another job, what is it and would you like to become a full-time writer if you could?
A: I retired (early) from my Civil Service job three years ago, and have certainly devoted myself more to writing since then. I did write bits and pieces before that, but with no real seriousness.

Q: What is the most difficult part of your creative process?
A: The first draft. Just not giving up on it, because it’s always so bad. I have to force myself to carry on, telling myself I can make it better in the second and third draft. But I don’t always manage to do that, of course.

Q: If you could go back in time, what would you say to your younger self about becoming a writer?
A: Even the writers I love have written things that leave me cold. But they’ve also written things that have lodged in my mind forever. So I’d say don’t be dispirited when you’re producing stuff you know isn’t brilliant, because every now and then something will work. You don’t have to be consistent. Even the greats couldn’t manage that. Actually, that’s the advice I’d give to myself now.

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Table of Contents for Dark Lane Anthology Vol.9

Twenty-one wonderful stories have been chosen for Volume 9.  Many thanks to everyone who submitted.  It was a pleasure to read your work.

1. OLD SYLVESTER BY SAM HICKS
2 AMPLIFICATION BY WILLIAM SQUIRREL
3 NIGHT ORDERS BY MATTHEW CHABIN
4 LONESOME ROAD BY ARIEL DODSON
5 LORD TUMBA BY ROBERT POPE
6 THE SKIPPED STONE BY T.J. MILLER
7 THE PRIVATE THINKER BY CHARLES WILKINSON
8 BETWEEN HIGH AND LOW TIDE BY JOSHUA STORRS
9 THE DISSOLUTION OF THE SPECIES BY HELEN POWER
10 UNBECOMING BY KATE CARNE
11 CRATERS OF PERPETUAL DARKNESS BY ROBERT KAYE
12 KENDALL AINSLEY: UNEARTHING THE ATACAMENOS BY DAMON KING
13 TARA'S TRUMPET BY ROBERT POPE
14 DIANE AND THE POLAR BEARS BY TOMAS EKLUND
15 PARASOMNIA BY K.W. TAYLOR
16 DAMAGED GOODS BY BRYN FORTEY
17 LA MADRUGADA BY J. ROSINA HARLOW
18 MEANWHILE ON A DIFFERENT EARTH BY ANYA PENFOLD
19 THE STATION HOUSE EMPEROR BY STEPHEN MCQUIGGAN
20 BLANCHE NEIGE BY EDWARD AHERN
21 GAMMA ORIONIS BLUES BY GEORGE KEARSE