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East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai


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The 2022 Scribe Awards nominees are in

… and it looks like I’m one of them.

The Scribe Awards are assigned every year by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, in a number of categories including novels, short stories, audio-drama, etc.
Past winners include the likes of Alan Dean Foster, Max Allan Collins and Guillermo del Toro, among many others.

The list of the 2022 nominees has just been published, and here’s the “Short Story” section…

Short Story
Arkham Horror The Devourer Below: “All My Friends Are Monsters” by Davide Mana
Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda – “Bon Temps” by Harlan James
School of X: “Kid Omega Faces the Music” by Neil Kleid
Voices of Varuna: “Distress Signals” by Jean Rabe
Voices of Varuna: “Stepping Stones” by Marsheila Rockwell

I am extremely proud of having made the shortlist, and I wish all the candidates, in all the categories, the best of luck.
Here you find the complete listing.
The winners will be announced during the next San Diego Comicon.
Let’s wait and see…


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Sherlock Holmes, Thomas Carnacki and friends

Just a quick post to share the news that two stories of mine are out in two volumes edited by John Linwood Grant for Belanger Books.

The haunting of Fox Lanes is one of the 18 stories in The Book of Carnacki the Ghost Finder, a collection of Carnacki apocrypha.

And in the third volume of the (at the moment) four-volume series Sherlock Holmes & the Occult Detectives, I bring back occult detective and adventuress miss Valerie Trelawney (as seen in The case of the Manchester Mummies) for a second outing in The adventure of the Stealer of Souls. Who would have imagined that a character I invented when I was in high school would appear in two stories published internationally forty years later!

Incidentally, thanks to Belanger Books, I have so far written stories about Holmes, Carnacki and colonel Sebastian Moran. Not bad, if I do say so myself.


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The Devourer discounted

Short public service announcement: because it’s the month of May, and because this is my birthday month, you can get The Devourer Below, the lovecraftian horror collection which includes my short story All my friends are monsters, with a massive 60% discount on DriveThruFiction.

Just follow this link.


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On the couch with Grace

When I flew out of New York City in 1951 for Karachi, Kabul, and Delhi, I planned to write a
book about the famous mountains that stretch across northern India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. The Himalayas, the Karakorams, and the Hindu Kush-all geologically one-had long fascinated me.

William O. Douglas – Beyond the High Himalayas

A new, 70-years old book for my collection – I just got me a digital copy of William O. Douglas’ Beyond the High Himalayas. That sounds quite promising.

Douglas (1898-1980), that was a SCOTUS judge since 1939 and a prominent proponent of environmental justice, spent the 1950s traveling in the Middle and Far East, and he wrote a lot of books about his experiences. Beyond the High Himalayas was his second book, published in 1952.

I knew nothing about Douglas and his book, but today during lunch time I re-watched for the umpteenth time Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, and there, right at the end, I caught a brief shot of Grace Kelly, sitting on a couch and reading a book.

I always try and spot the titles of books that appear in movies – especially movies I love – and I was quite surprised when I realized the book Kelly’s reading is somewhat connected with my general interests.
A freeze-frame allowed me to get the title, and then I did a quick search – and found out the book’s available for real cheap as an ebook on Amazon.
And I know I said I would not spend more money on books in 2022, but I’ve just got a gift card for my forthcoming birthday and… well, I did it.

One more for the to-be-read book pile.


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A story a day (again)

I’m currently editing a new short story that should come out by the end of the year in a new anthology. And I am waiting for an answer by a publisher about a pitch for a novel that I have submitted. And there are two more stories I plan to write and mai – the deadline being September.

But in the meantime, because life is too easy as it is, I have joined the StoryaDayMay adventure. I did the challenge last year, and one of the stories I wrote not only sold nicely, but it was also longlisted for an award. And really, what I need is a little fun – I have been writing with very specific targets for so long, this runs the risk of becoming a job.

And I guess my long-suffering Patrons will benefit from a sudden burst of short fiction shenanigans on my part.

As the guy said… stay tuned.