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Tales of the Damned: An Anthology of Fortean Horror

Tales of the DamnedTales of the Damned is a brand new anthology of Fortean-themed horror fiction, edited by the CFZ’s zoological director, Richard Freeman. At 354 pages it contains 25 stories by 21 different authors, including such well-known Fortean names as Neil Arnold, Andy Roberts, Lars Thomas and Dr Karl Shuker. As Richard put it, “Who better to pen a collection of weird tales than those who hunt monsters, search for ghosts and study anomalous phenomena? For the first time ever here is an anthology of bizarre horror written by those who actively seek the strange, occult and disturbing. Herein lie what Charles Fort, the first eclectic paranormal researcher, would truly describe as a parade of the damned.”

Tales of the Damned has just been published in trade paperback format, with a Kindle version scheduled for next month. To get your copy, click on the appropriate link below (or search your local Amazon store if you are outside the UK or US):

Kate Kelly talks about the Scribbling Sea Serpent

The Scribbling Sea Serpent by Kate KellyToday sees the official launch of Kate Kelly’s short story collection, The Scribbling Sea Serpent. Here is what Kate has to say about the book in her own words:

Like many authors I started out by writing short stories. There’s something special about the short form – short stories allow you to experiment, to try out new things and explore different ideas in a small space. Short stories are the perfect way to hone your craft. Most of my short stories fall in the science fiction and weird fiction genres and, fortunately, this is one of the areas for which there is still a fairly healthy short fiction market. So I started sending them out and it wasn’t long before I had made my first sale. To date I have had over fifteen short stories published. I thought it would be good to have them all together in one place, and then, in a chance conversation with my colleague and friend Andrew May, he suggested that Jon Downes at CFZ Publishing might be worth a shot. I checked them out and soon realised that many of the ideas I explore in my stories have a fortean theme to them, aliens, sea monsters, carnivorous plants among others. In short this was a publisher that looked like a good fit for my stories, and, happily, they thought so too. And so here they are, some previously published and some new to this volume, I hope people enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.

If you’d like to buy your own copy of The Scribbling Sea Serpent, either as a paperback or a Kindle ebook, here are the links you need:


Launch of new Fortean Fiction title

Scribbling Sea SerpentThe latest title in the CFZ’s popular Fortean Fiction imprint is The Scribbling Sea Serpent, a collection of science fiction and weird tales from Kate Kelly. Ancient ruins, lost civilizations, alien visitors and restless ghosts; sinister technology, environmental disasters, dark secrets of the past and the mysteries that lurk beneath the ocean waves… There are tales here that blend the past with the present, explore the possible futures we are creating and touch on the darker side of the world we think we know.

The official book launch is on Thursday July 2nd, but the book is already available for purchase from Amazon in either paperback or Kindle format:


ATCO & Grass now out on Kindle

ATCO & Grass Kindle version
Jim Jackson’s collection of short stories ATCO & Grass, which was published as a paperback last November, is now out as a Kindle ebook as well.

From Orpington to Australia, from inner space  to outer space, lovers, millionaires, scientists and fugitives from justice are just some of the characters the author paints for us with colourful precision. Every narrative is a miniature masterpiece in a great storytelling tradition.