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Ghost Stories Review
Myk Pilgrim is a horror writer, or at least that's what he likes to tell people. He lives in a tiny village just north of the wall, where he spends his time sharing cappuccinos with his inner demons, binge watching bad horror movies,
shaving his head, annoying the locals,
and generally just counting down the days until Halloween.
Also, sometimes, he writes stuff.
13th December 2018
Bloody Stockings: Bite-sized Horror for Christmas
Yule is somehow a far more sinister time, and in Bloody Stockings, the chill has fully set in.
Between these blood soaked pages you'll find
a less than conventional advent calendar,
Hobos that smell like seasonal cake,
dodgy gifts from Uncle Nelson,
what lurks in the spaces between the tolling of the church bells, flaming turkeys,
humbugs looking for a place to nest,
and an Elvis impersonator with a wardrobe malfunction to end all wardrobe malfunctions.
So, sit down in front of the fire with the ones you love the most (and your family too), gorge yourself on mince pies, guzzle down all the eggnog you like (remember it’s 150% organic), and enjoy our ode to the second most wonderful time of the year.
26th October 2018
DARK PLACES, EVIL FACES Volume II
Dark Places, Evil Faces is Volume 2 in this Horror and Dark Suspense anthology series.
Including works of fiction by Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, Graham Masterton, Joe R. Lansdale,
Jack Ketchum and many more.
All the proceeds raised from the sale of this book will be donated to Rethink Mental Illness.
25th October 2018
Poisoned Candy: Bite-sized Horror for Halloween
Have you checked your Halloween sack for Poisoned Candy? Take a twisted journey through 100 bite-sized Halloween horror stories.
Discover the disgusting, depraved, and downright diabolical things people get up to on Halloween.
In a world where the only thing scarier than the monster under your bed, is the person tucking you in. Where pumpkins bite back, and the thing that lives in the sink doesn’t eat just your leftovers.
Come door to door with us and enjoy a deadly, delectable offering of short fiction with a vile sense of humour to make you moist in all the wrong places.
Please discard all decency before reading this book - we did whilst writing it.
Poisoned Candy Interview with the Gal in the Blue Mask
3rd September 2018
In which the Deadlings review Ghost Stories.
Written and directed by Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson it was adapted from their stage play of the same name.
But we're too soaked in cider to care about that so we spoil the shit out of it!
7th June 2018
Getting drunk and playing Slash Cards.
17th February 2018
GoIndieNow's Live Panel Discussion The History of Horror
Are you someone who says, "I can't do horror?" Well this might be the panel that changes that for you. You see we all have that dark place within us. You can deny it all you want, but its there. Some would argue it helps you appreciate the good within you and bring love more prominent into your life.
27th October 2017
GoIndieNow's Live Panel Discussion The History of Horror
As part of The Dark Realm Diaries' Halloween Hell Week GoIndieNow and The Writer's Edge partnered up for a special 2 night event.
Live Panel covered the 1960's era up until Modern Day Horror.
1st October 2017
In celebration of the most wonderful time of the year (*spoilers* it's NOT the one with the mince pies) I've put together a Halloween Horror Movie Marathon.
It's a pretty wide list of horrors both old and new that I think you will all get a kick out of. Click here to see the full list and download the PDF.
Happy Halloween boils & ghouls!
28th July 2017
TONIGHT @ 22:00 EST - Join me, Joe Compton, Joseph Murphy, Joshua Robertson, Kristina Rienzi, Sunshine Somerville & the unflappable Christie Stratos on
the Writer's Edge Podcast for a good 'ol fashioned chinwag about Uncommonly Common Writing Questions.
There will be booze, shenanigans, and me desperately biting my lip try not to swear on camera. Good times!
12th June 2017
So far (and defiance of expectation) I've been managing to keep up with the weekly vlogs. I'd say that they're getting easier (and that would be true) but as I get more savvy (I use that word loosely, very loosely) they are getting a little harder too.
Oh brain gremlins, how ever do I put up with you.
5th June 2017
Myk gets hammered on Palinka (Tequila's bigger uglier Hungarian cousin) and then takes the Sorting hat quiz on the Pottermore site.
There's never been THIS MUCH cursing at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry.
26th May 2017
At long last got around to doing J.D. Estrada's epic Unpopular Opinions booktag.
Click here to see J.D's original video
Beware kiddies there's a lot of Twilight, a dash of incest & a bucket of swearing.
8th May 2017
Monday Vlog: Great news everyone - I'm still here!
In which a particularly pasty looking Myk shows off his new Harry Potter mug, raves about how great the Void was and then runs off to write in the sun.
24th March 2017
Series can be a distinct draw for readers, so how do you go about turning your single novel into a series? Should you? Join The Writer's Edge in discussing all the ins and outs of creating a series - or an alternative to one.
22nd March 2017
New blog post - 5 Things for February 2017
26th January 2017
Chuffed to announce that later tonight (22:00 EST) will be joining in on The Writer's Edge with Jay Norry, Joseph Murphy, Kristina Rienzi, Sunshine Somerville & the unflappable Christie Stratos to discuss outlining and the crazy things we put ourselves through to get it done.
24th January 2017
Here's the first vlog of what I'm hoping will become a regular thing. Also did I mention that my new office is beyond awesome?
Oh I did.
3rd January 2017
A new blog post up with a full list of all the Horror I watched last year - did you see any worthwhile horror movies in 2016?
Bloody 2016 - my year in horror movies
31st December 2016
22nd October 2016
27th June 2016
New Blog post: Goodbye Old Plank (& video tour of my old writing desk)
6th May 2016
Before any more time passes or anything else goes off the rails I would like to make a long overdue induction into the League of Imaginary Friends.
The lady in question is a wonderfully sick-minded bird, who is sharper than a fist strapped with razor blades and more twisted than a corkscrew factory floor.
You can read her blog which updates with sickeningly efficiency or pick up her Sci-fi novellas that comprise Clara's Creep Mesquite Anthology while you wait for her forthcoming adult novel Cleanerman (due out later in 2016)
So without further waffling or fanfare, I present to you the newest addition to the League;
Wild woman of the wolves, breeder of words, completer of projects and all round awesome person:
Arise Lady Clara!
Now back to your desk! You've got books to write!
22nd April 2016
Been keeping a video diary of my attempt of camp NaNoWriMo
(National Novel Writing Month - yes I know that's a mouth full.
Short story long, folks from all over the world get together to write.
You can set your own wordcount goal (mine is 30k this month although in November 50K is compulsory)
It's been interesting so far, in taking the time to talk to myself I've learned a lot about my process and what's more I have a way to look back on the train wreck that was my April because - this is the black box.
So come on in and join me for the ride, have linked the playlist below!
3rd January 2016
In other news, I have a festive flash fiction piece featured on ParagraphPlanet.com today. Thank you everyone for the amazing response!
Check out the flash fiction section for more coffee break sized reads.
25th December 2015
Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you're feeling festive even if you're not celebrating. Thank you everyone for a wonderful year!
5th December 2015
Got some flash fiction published this October.
Two drabbles (100 word stories) in the 2015 FWG drabble collection:
Frightful Tales for All Hallows' Eve
and three shorts in Zen of the Dead. (My story "Sleeping Oaks" which opens the collection.) Ain't gonna change the universe but gosh darn it made me happy. Check them out if you're feeling the post Halloween depression.
I know I am.
3rd December 2015
Movember 2015 raising round up - and also a shaving.
Make a donation and do your part to help change the face of men's health at http://mobro.co/baldandfuzzy
11th November 2015
Week #2 of Movember and things are starting to get hairy.
Not the biscuits though, cause that would be gross.
Did I mention that when we hit £200 I'll dye my #moustache luminous pink AND video the whole process?
Make a donation, add to my embarassment and help change the face of men's health at http://mobro.co/baldandfuzzy
24th October 2015
October has been an amazing and terrifyingly busy month so far.
LittlePlasticCastle.com turned one! - I know right?
I couldn't believe it either.
I've had shoes that haven't even lasted that long!
Had my short story 'Dave' published in Awethology Dark.
A book which is considered to be the deformed, lecherous and evil twin of it's much softer more feathery sibling the Awethology Light anthology.
49 original stories from as many authors spread across two volumes & did I mention that you can pick up both right now - and for FREE?
All links below!
Never say uncle Myk never does anything for ya.
Happy Halloween kiddies!
4th September 2015
It was suggested (threatened at knife-point) by Lucy Jayne (don't worry it was a plastic knife) that I should post this here cute flying piggy video on the site so that it may be consumed by the masses.
Or just the folks who got lost on their way home from Facebook.
18th August 2015
Just posted my first blog post in nearly three months and it feels awesome.
I really do use that word a lot.
Should probably get that looked at.
Anyway here's the link to the new post: A Backlog of Happies
15 July 2015
Been meaning to post an update for about a month now and every time I get all set, the internet conks out. I've even gone as far as to type up, edit, click publish and well, let's just say that it didn't work out so good.
Have been pretty much balls to the wall otherwise.
Been working on a few short audio fiction stories which will be available to the crazy nuts who join the little plastic mailing list (link here when it goes live)
Otherwise, I'm well into revisions for Broken Pumpkins, getting covers all plotted, preparing a few other projects for publication, I even got my first professional edit done. Surprisingly it wasn't even nearly as traumatic as I thought it was going to be.
There has also been a very secretly secret project which is in fact so very secret that not even I'm fully aware of what it is.....more on that later.
25 April 2015
Yes I'm still here, despite all evidence to the contrary. The book edit has been moving forward at a much slower pace than I'd hoped, I'm still learning what process works for me. There have been lots of other projects coming together all at once including a few shorts which I'll be publishing on Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo & iBooks before too long.
Very, very excited to reveal the covers.
Have been working on some other "ideas" with some really great artists but as I said before details and announcements will follow soon-ish.
22 March 2015
Apologies to anyone whose been waiting on new posts.
I haven't been quite as on the ball as I would have liked to believe I was.
For the past month blog posts have been almost non existent, and reviews, well let's not open that can of worms shall we?
Took a week off of work work to get try and get a grip on the size of my first large scale edit. During that week I learnt a few things. The first being that I have a Twitter addiction, the second, there are a one hell of a lot of words and only one of me. Mind crippling, cold sweat inducing odds of 220 000 to 1.
So to counteract, I've begun learning how to stack the deck in my favour.
Regimented time management, divide and conquer, that kind of stuff.
Blogs will continue to be sporadic at best until the end of April (He says with hope in his heart) but I will be posting snippets of my current
Work in progress which will be equal parts amusing, horrific and touching.
Although I'm not promising in that order!
Click on the warning sign to check them out.
13th March 2015
My third 75 word flash fiction piece featured over at ParagraphPlanet.com. Again, I couldn't believe the wonderful response from all of you, have been humbled by the support. Thank you everyone. Check out the flash fiction for more teeny teenie bite sized reads
3rd March 2015
Sorry blog will be late this week because of intensive editing activity and I do mean intensive!
23rd February 2015
That's me commencing with a week of solid editing. On holiday from day job, no obligations, no distractions, no excuses - this one is all on me.
Now if you'ill excuse me I've got some high octane word murdering to do.
20th February 2015
My second 75 word flash fiction piece featured at ParagraphPlanet.com
Thank you all for the amazing response!
Check out the flash fiction section for more coffee break sized reads.
18 February 2015
I'm now an author on Goodreads!
Come on over say hi, you can mock me for the drivel that I enjoy reading in my scant free time. It's a hell of a community over there. Starting to wish that days were at least 12 hours longer, could pack in a third more awesomeness in my 'routine'.
11th February 2015
And Disquis is down for the count!
The Weebly commenting system still sucks but it sucks less ( if only a little less) than Disquis. So there you have it folks, Weebly the winner of the comment board deathmatch. Talk about anti-climactic.
4th February 2015
Apologies to all you wonderful people who have commented on the Blog. After more than one complaint about the native weebly commenting system have decided to give Disquis a try.
If you like it please say so.
If not, say so too.
There will probably be a fight to the death.
At least i'm hoping there will be.
1st February 2015
Am proud to welcome writer, blogger & fellow migrant Joanna Maciejewska
into the esteemed League Of Imaginary Friends!
Arise, Mad @Melfka!
29th January 2015
I've been with wrestling with myself over this for a while and have made a decision. I love writing Reviews every week but the thing is they seem to be taking precedence over the actual stuff that will move my real projects forward. I'm always using reviews as the excuse to not be doing the one thing that I should be doing. I could get more organised, but the truth is, it's still time not spent on submissions, book editing sessions and the actual downtime that I need to sharpen my mental saw.
It feels like it's only a matter of time before I begin to resent them for it and they begin to feel like work instead of a labour of love.
I'd rather break up now while we still love each other instead of later when the hatred of compulsion has started to seep in and colour the experience of writing them. So, to get to the point, from here on out Unspoiled Reviews will be posted every other week. (Next week being the 'Other')
Now if you'ill excuse me I've got some writing to do!
17th January 2015
Computer has returned from exile, so I'm back to work editing the book and also working on various other short stories for submission. Am most excited about a story which for the moment have been referring to as 'The Lot'.
It's not what you think - I promise.
Otherwise have been playing with other stories which seem to have the unified theme of ships and sailing. I can smell a new world coming on, salty air, moonlight and very very big fish. One word hint: Barblewhale
1st January 2015
Happy new year! There I said it, now let us onward into the madness of 2015 to find more words, ink more stories and kill many many many more darlings with this here savage red pen.
11th December 2014
Am editing at the moment, wildly wielding a red pen in one hand, a machete in the other (known as 'panga' if you come from the African continent).
Also finishing up some long standing promises in the form of beta reading
and trying to run off the gut I developed during the highly concentrated beer/chocolate/shortbread/cake/burger/milkshake/choc fudge sundae indulgences of Nanowrimo.
Run chunky boy run! Edit chunky boy edit!
15th November 2014
New Drabbles (stories of exactly 100 words) added to Flash fiction section
check out the demented goodness go on, its quicker than a shot of napalm espresso.
6th November 2014
Synopsis of Nanowrimo novel via LittlePlastiCastle at NaNoWriMo
Tim hates his life, he has a family that loves him, a talented older brother who has always has his back, a sister who despite the obligatory insults does cover for him and a mother who cooks his favourite meal specially for him every Thursday night.
It's just a million shades of suck.
But Tim is going to change all that, the world will know his name, they will fear him, desire him, cower before his might. He will bend the gibbering inhuman abomination in the basement to his will, he'ill sacrifice a virgin to raise the ancient ones from their waking slumber, he will become his true self - the high priest of the great old ones.
First though he must get to work, the drive through won't run itself, maybe he'ill put up an advert during his lunch break and see if he can find members for his cult.
November 5th 2014
So after one hell of a crazy (and I DO mean crazy) week have started slowly chipping away at my Nanowrimo word count - see evidence in the side panel.
Movember has been just about as slow other than the spiky caterpillar of 4 day growth creeping in beneath my nose. Still at that silly stage.
Check out Movember & NaNoWriMo 2014 for more updates. Also remember to remember the 5th of November lest it also be forgot
enjoy the fireworks everyone!
October 29th 2014
MeLikeBook Winners - The rise of the book nerds.
After all the votes were in, it was very clear who won.
1st place went to Dee & her book bath but since she also shares a bed with the administrator of this here competition, ill buy her some chocolates, rub her shoulders & take her out for dinner somewhere nice.
Maybe some flowers too - but only if she behaves herself.
No nepotism here, the podium shifts down a space.
So I proudly present the three winners:
Congratulations Joe, Jo & Charlotte!
October 24th 2014
The lead up to Movember & NaNoWriMo 2014 - seems like it's going to be one hell of a busy November!
October 22nd 2014
Have had some amazing submissions for the MeLikeBook competition.
Thank you everyone who entered you are all incredible!
October 15th 2014
Boils & Ghouls you're running out of time to enter #MeLikeBook competition
we're giving away wordy shirts & Amazon book vouchers
Only a few more days left to enter! go go go!
October 2nd 2014
Well here it is! the site is up, the leaves outside are changing to countless shades of amber. The year is flying into that fantastic time of year when monsters of all types prowl from door to door in search of free sweets,
I'm told that sometimes they even bring their kids along too.
A quick thank you to everyone who has helped me to put this site together,
be that with beta reading, idea input or just putting up with me while I've talked/tweeted/written/raved about little else over the last few months
- again thank you!
(Most of whom you can find in the League Of Imaginary Friends)