My latest story is out now at Black Hare Press. Another Dark Moments drabble, the theme for this story was AI.
Read it here:
It’s that time of the year when authors put together their eligibility posts to highlight work they published throughout the year. These posts are important because the horror/science fiction/fantasy award season is just around the corner, and posting links to publications helps readers find the stories they loved, and the stories they missed.
Below is a list of the stories I’ve published throughout the year. I still have a couple of pending releases, and I’ll add them to this post when they come out. Some stories can be read online for free, and others are in anthologies. If you’d like a copy of anything to consider for your recommended reading list, please contact me.
Day 33 (Horror) – Black Hare Press/Patreon – January
The Happiness Man (Horror) – Tales To Terrify Podcast – February (Listen Online)
The Dig Tree (Dark Historical) – The Casket of Fictional Delights – March (Read/Listen Online)
The Now Effect (Science Fiction) – Etherea Magazine – June
Security Upgrade (Horror) – Black Hare Press/Patreon – July
The Killing Pen (Horror) – Black Hart Publishing/That is TOO Wrong – August
Drabbles (100 words)
The Greatest Show on Earth (Horror) – Black Hare Press/Dark Moments – January (Read Online)
Twice the Pleasure (Horror) – Black Hare Press/Dark Moments – February (Read Online)
New Sight (Horror) – Black Hare Press – Punk: Cyber/Bio/Diesel/Steam – March
Blindsided (Horror) – Black Hare Press – Punk: Cyber/Bio/Diesel/Steam – March
A.M.A.N.D.A. (Horror) – Black Hare Press – Punk: Cyber/Bio/Diesel/Steam – March
Dead Promise (Horror) – Black Hare Press – Punk: Cyber/Bio/Diesel/Steam – March
Dressed to Kill (Horror) – Black Hare Press/Dark Moments – April (Read Online)
A Pact with the Devil (Horror) – Black Ink fiction – April (Read Online)
Pinch (Horror) – Black Hare Press/Patreon – April
Petals Don’t Lie (Horror) – Horror Tree/Trembling with Fear – April (Read Online)
Gone Fishing (Horror) – Black Hare Press/Dark Moments – June (Read Online)
Breathe (Dark Fantasy) – Iron Faerie Publishing/The Four Horseman/Plague – August
Bon Apetit (Horror) – The Horror Tree/Trembling with Fear – August (Read Online)
Fallen Angels (Dark Fantasy) – Black Hare Press/Dark Moments – September (Read Online)
Drained (Horror) – Black Hare Press/Dark Moments – September (Read Online)
Mrs Nagalot (Horror) – Black Hare Press/Nom Nom: Hallowe’en Dark Drabbles– October
Payback (Horror) – Black Hare Press/Nom Nom; Hallowe’en Dark Drabbles – October
The Devil’s Breath (Horror) – Black Hare Press/Dark Moments – October (Read Online)
First Person, Present Tense (Horror) – Black Hare Press/Dark Moments/AI – December (Read Online)
Destiny (Dark Fantasy) – Black Hare Press – Eldritch & Ether – May
Ascension (Dark Fantasy) – Black Hare Press – Eldritch & Ether – May
The Fox’s Cry (Speculative) – Black Hare Press – Eldritch & Ether – May
Reprints (not award eligible)
The Secret Keeper (Fantasy) – Metaphorosis/5X5x3: Changes – August
Renascent (Horror) – PseudoPod – August (Read/Listen Online)
Other writing things I did this year was to help judge the 2021 Australian Shadows Awards in the poetry category. Reading all the fantastic entries was a pleasure. I’ve put my hand up to judge the awards again this year and I’m thoroughly enjoying reading and assessing the collected fiction and non-fiction entries.
I also threw myself into the query trenches for the first time with my debut novel. That was a soul-crushing experience I’d rather not repeat, and for a while there, I considered printing out my novel, tucking it under my pillow, and keeping it all to myself. But I’m not one to give up, not after all the years of hard work I’ve put in. So I persisted, and I’m pleased to say my efforts paid off. I found the perfect publisher for me, and my novel is due for release in early 2023. Stay tuned for the cover reveal.
Finally, thank you to everyone who has supported my stories throughout the year. And thank you to the publishers for giving my stories a home. I wish you all happy reading for the rest of the year. I look forward to sharing new stories in 2023.
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IFWG is very pleased to reveal the cover of our upcoming anthology, Killer Creatures Down Under: Horror Stories with Bite, edited by Deborah Sheldon. We gave the artist/designer, Greg Chapman, an ambitious concept to work with, and he delivered what you see here perfectly!
Australia: the land where everything wants to kill you. A continent filled with some of the deadliest animals in the world.
From creepy-crawlies to crocodiles, you’ll have plenty to fear in this anthology penned by Australian authors. Killer Creatures Down Under: Horror Stories with Bite offers disturbing tales that range from the action-packed and visceral, through the historical and futuristic, to the phantasmagorical and supernatural.
Prepare to confront your animal phobias… And perhaps develop some new ones.
The authors/short stories that will be included in the anthology (in alphabetic order) are:
Geraldine Borella, ‘No Frills Holiday’
Tim Borella, ‘Nineteen Hours on Deep Creek Station’
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I have another story released with Black Hare Press for their monthly Dark Moments drabble call. The theme this time was ‘How to stop a zombie apocalypse. My character tried. He really did. His idea worked, too. It just needs tweaking.
I have a new story out today: “Fallen Angels”, a Black Hare Press Dark Moments drabble.
This story was written for the monthly theme challenge: Nephilim
Read it here:
August was a busy month for reading and writing. I kicked it off with the release of The Killing Pen, a short horror story featured in ‘That Is TOO Wrong: An anthology of Offbeat Horror: Vol 11’, edited by Jan-Andrew Henderson, Black Hart Publishing.
This is the second instalment of Jan’s horror anthology trilogy. The first volume, ‘That is SO Wrong’, was released in June, and the third instalment ‘That is ALL Wrong’, will be released later this year. To kick off the release of ‘That is Too Wrong’, we held a book launch at Avid Reader. You can listen to the event here: Avid Reader: “That is Too Wrong” Panel with Pauline Yates, Pamela Jeffs, and Jan-Andrew Henderson.
My next release was Breathe, featuring in Plague (4 Horseman Book 3), published by Iron Faerie Publishing. This anthology is part of a series that contains stories about the Four figures in the Book of Revelations and showcases the evils to come at the end of the world, in just 100 words. The anthology is available here: Plague (4 Horseman Book 3) – Iron Faerie Publishing
My next release was Renascent, a horror story I originally sold to Aurealis. It’s been turned into a podcast with Pseudopod. They did a terrific job bringing this story to life in a podcast. You can listen to the episode here: PseudoPod 824: Renascent
My last release in August is Bon Appetit, a bite-sized serving for horror lovers. It can be found in Trembling With Fear, The Horror Tree. You can read it along with other great stories here: Bon Appetit – Trembling With Fear, The Horror Tree
I shouted myself a new book this month: Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. A movie trailer featuring this story caught my eye, but I wanted to read the book first. I really enjoyed this book. It kept me reading late into the night because I didn’t want to put it down. I even fastened a head torch to my bedhead to keep reading long after I should have gone to sleep. That said, I finished the book in two nights. In the early parts of the story, I worried that the dialogue would bog me down. The tone reflected through the prose, and it wasn’t quite to my liking. Surprisingly, as the character developed, so did the tone; if this was intended, the author did a great job. By the end, I felt like I’d grown with the character and this has now become my favourite book.
Another story I read was Bluebells by Leanbh Pearson, published by Black Hare Press. This is a vampire, paranormal romance, historical fiction, and thriller, all rolled into one exciting story. I really enjoyed the flicks between characters and getting all points of view. I also enjoyed the jumps back and forward in time which showed the broader story. This was another story I read in two sittings. If you’re looking for a 5-star read, you’ll find it here: BlueBells by Leanbh Pearson.
That brings me to the end of August. Looking ahead, my submission list is empty so it’s time for more writing and less reading and hopefully bring forth some more stories to share. In the meantime, I look forward to sharing new releases later this year, and early into next year, including the release of my debut novel. If you’re keen to keep in the loop, you find me everywhere here: https://linktr.ee/paulineyates
I have new stories to share this month, plus some exciting new anthologies to announce. Stories first:
My love affair with drabbles continues with my latest acceptance in Black Hare Press’s Dark Moments Monthly challenge. The theme for June was Killer Flamingos and we were challenged to write exactly 100 words featuring the theme. Creating a suitable story required some deep thought, but I’m pleased to say my effort was rewarded. Only twelve drabbles are chosen for publication each month, mine being one of them. Here’s the link to my Flamingo drabble:
My next short story just released is also with Black Hare Press. This story was chosen as the winner of their Patreon Monthly Short Story challenge. The beauty of supporting a small independent press via Patreon is the access to writing opportunities not open to everyone. Becoming a Patreon is a win/win for both publisher and writer/s. Supporting a small independent press through a teeny monthly contribution helps to keep the publisher afloat so they can continue to provide paid submission opportunities to all writers, Patreon or not. In return, Patreons receive various benefits ranging from early access to writing opportunities, monthly competitions, and early access to a variety of publications.
My winning story is a thrilling horror including teenage vandals and futuristic guard dogs. It’s available now on Patreon (that’s the early access benefit) but it will also be published in an anthology at the end of the year. But why wait, right?
On to new anthology releases:
This anthology takes 15 stories from Metaphorosis authors, including mine, and shows the revision process from submission to publication. Each story includes the final published version, the original submitted version, and an author and editor summary detailing the feedback during the revision process. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to get a story published, this anthology is for you. It includes a bonus section about common writing flaws, what to avoid, and how to fix them based on the included stories.
The anthology is available for pre-purchase now and it launches on 23 July, 2022. Click the link above for details.
Last but not least, I’m featured in another anthology release and this one comes with a book launch.
This anthology includes stories from award-winning authors and is due for release August 6th, 2022. To celebrate the release, we’re holding a free event at Avid Reader, Brisbane, on Monday 8th August, 2022. All the details are below and we’d love to see you in person or via Zoom. Register your interest here:
I’ve given you plenty to read this month, but there’s one more book I’d like to give a shout out to:
Elena is the author of “All We Buried” and earlier novels titled “One Dead, Two to Go”, “Two Heads Are Deader Than One” and “Three Strikes, You’re Dead.” Her latest book is about the craft of writing, and having worked with Elena, I’m certain there will be pearls of writing wisdom within these pages. My copy is winging its way to me and I can wait to get a refresher course on everything she taught me but I’ve probably forgotten. The Foundation of Plot is out now and you’ll find it via the link above.
Happy reading everyone, and thanks for stopping by.
My latest short story, The Now Effect, is available to read in Etherea Magazine Issue 11.
Including a time loop and cosmic effects, this was a fun story to write. On a deeper level, I hope it highlights what we too often take for granted – time.
The Now Effect sits alongside a stellar list of stories written by a fabulous lineup of authors and is coupled with great story art created by Etherea editor Aidan Wilson. This issue is available now and you can find it here:
Eldritch & Ether (Poetry Book 1) by Black Hare Press is a collection of beautiful horror and speculative fiction featuring a stellar lineup of authors, and includes three poems from me.
E. Mery Blake
Maggie D. Brace
Vonnie Winslow Crist
Sarah Jane Justice
Ngo Binh Anh Khoa
Shawn M. Klimek
John C. Mannone
S. Jade Path
Dorian J. Sinnott
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During April, Writers Victoria runs a fun micro-fiction competition. Each day, they release a word prompt, and writers are asked to write a story up to 30 words incorporating the prompt. They choose a daily winner, then an overall winner at the end of the month who receive a free Writers Victoria workshop of their choice.
The event is run over Twitter using the relevant hashtags, and each year has an overall theme. Previous themes were: 2019: ‘Grit’; 2020: ‘Focus’; 2021: ‘Unfold’. And this year, the theme for 2022 was ‘Glimmer’.
I’ve participated in the last two years and love the daily challenge. Last year I created 30 different stories over 30 days, and while it was fun, it was also the most exhausting month of writing I’ve ever experienced. You can read about that experience HERE.
This year, I placed no expectations on myself and joined in the fun with the intent to have a go, be creative, and see where the prompts took me. What I didn’t expect was the ‘unexpected’ arrival of two characters with a story to tell. They took over after Day 3, and my challenge changed from creating individual stories to writing one large story, with the added pressure of fitting in the daily word prompt, incorporating the earlier stories, and ending the story before I ran out of days. I don’t know how I pulled it all together but below is one story told in 30-word segments, with the daily word prompt attached. I hope you enjoy it.
Day 1: Hint
A hint of red on the moon; the only evidence blood was spilled tonight. I wish I could erase the memories, too, but they linger—my lover in another’s arms.
Day 2: Pyrite
Glittering gold flecks on the river bed inspire visions of buying a dream beach house until the tour guide announces, “It’s pyrite. Not worth a dime.”
Day 3: Glow
The glow from his cigarette reveals a handsome face as he considers my midnight proposal. Finally, he nods. “Next time we meet—and we will meet—you’ll be a widow.”
Day 4: Fortune
We meet again at midnight.
“Is it done?”
“It’ll cost you more for that answer.”
“Are you a fortune hunter, Mr. Jones?”
“It’s not money that interests me, Mrs. Marks.”
Day 5: Idol
I slap him, hard. “Your compliance did not make you my idol, Mr. Jones.”
Unflinching, he lights a cigarette and blows perfect smoke rings.
“I beg to differ, Mrs. Marks.”
Day 6: Intermittent
I hurry home, emotions conflicted from Mr. Jones’ proposal. Is he another problem that needs fixing? Distracted, I don’t see the intermittent blue and red light until the siren sounds.
Day 7: Bright
I stand with the officer beneath a bright streetlight and explain my reason for speeding.
“My husband is missing. I’m frantic.”
“Yesterday. He was meeting a man.”
Day 8: Moon
Constable Peters files the missing person report.
“Your husband purchased a yacht?”
“The Suzannah.” Named after his mistress. Not that she’ll ever board it.
I smile, recalling the crimson moon.
Day 9: Perceive
“The yacht was purchased after a recent windfall?”
“Gold. The tour guide said it was pyrite. Fools.”
“You don’t sound pleased, Mrs. Marks?”
“Do I perceive an accusation, Constable Peters?”
Day 10: Twinkle
“Gold doesn’t make my eyes twinkle, Constable Peters. I’m wealthy in my own right.”
“Would that explain your sizeable life insurance?”
“A million-dollar payout should you die.”
Day 11: Sequin
I recall the sequin caught on my husband’s jacket, the clue to his infidelity. If he planned my death because I discovered his affair, I need to confirm he’s dead.
Day 12: Shimmer
Constable Peters offers an escort home. Needing to see Mr. Jones, I decline. As I speed along the empty streets, an unfamiliar car follows, its headlights making the mist shimmer.
Day 13: Altar
The strange car continues past when I pull into my driveway, but lyrics from an Alter Boys song drift from the house. I didn’t leave the radio on. Someone’s inside.
Day 14: Horizon
Nothing’s disturbed except the box containing my gold nuggets—empty, meaning my husband’s still alive. I can’t let him sail off into the horizon with my share of our windfall.
Day 15: Subdued
A floorboard creaks. Turning, I face a gun.
“Thank goodness,” I say, feigning relief. “I was so worried about you.”
Mr. Marks smirks. “Don’t pretend to be the subdued wife.”
Day 16: Oasis
Sadness strikes. “Why? I was your oasis.”
“You dried up years ago, darling. Now, hand over your gold.”
Mr. Jones appears behind him. “She can’t give what she doesn’t have.”
Day 17: Dapple
A dapple of light falls across Mr. Jones as he strolls into the room, highlighting his handsome features.
My husband glowers. “You were meant to kill her, not rob her.”
Day 18: Faint
Heart pounding, I stare at Mr. Jones.
“What are the odds I hired the same hit-man as my husband?” I ask, feeling faint.
“Short, Mrs. Marks,” he says. “Very short.”
Day 19: Blink
“I thought you weren’t a fortune hunter, Mr. Jones.”
“No one blinks twice at ten percent of a million dollars.”
He turns up the radio’s volume, then produces a gun.
Day 20: Waver
“Don’t kill her here, you fool,” my husband growls.
Mr. Jones smirks. “I don’t leave a mess.”
He aims the gun, no waver in his hand.
Music muffles the gunshot.
Day 21: Gold
My husband staggers. A red patch blooms on his chest.
“You traitorous gold-digger,” he splutters.
“It’s not gold I’m after, Mr. Marks.”
Slumping, my husband aims his gun and fires.
Day 22: Scintillate
I jump in front of Mr. Jones, taking the bullet meant for him. Not my most scintillating decision, but he stole my gold. Or was it my heart?
Day 23: Hope
Mr. Jones cradles me, one hand pressed against the bullet wound.
I smile ruefully. “I’d always hoped to die in a man’s arms.”
“Only one will die today,” he says.
Day 24: Inkling
I wake to a bandaged, throbbing shoulder, an empty house, and no inkling of what Mr. Jones did with my husband. Hearing a car, I peek outside. It’s Constable Peters.
Day 25: Sparkle
Constable Peter’s badge sparkles in the sunlight, filling me with dread.
“Did you find my husband?” I ask.
“Your husband’s dead. High-speed car crash. I’m sorry, his body was incinerated.”
Day 26: Neon
Neon lights cast a golden hue over the yacht, but my future is dull. It appears Mr. Jones has fled with my gold, playing me as easily as my husband.
Day 27: Soft
A soft touch on my shoulder lifts my melancholy. Turning, my world brightens.
“Just one question,” Mr. Jones says, returning my gold. “Did you jump for money, or for love?”
Day 28: Flash
Love or money? Easiest question ever. I toss the bag into the harbor—a gold flash in the dark water then that future is gone.
“There’s your answer, Mr. Jones.”
Day 29: Eye
Mr. Jones pulls me into his arms. “Should we sail into the sunset?”
“I’ll never board that yacht.”
He looks me in the eye. “Then I’ll never leave the shore.”
Day 30: Glimmer
She watches the love-struck couple from a distance, a murderous glimmer in her eye.
“You should’ve confirmed I was dead, Mrs. Marks,” Suzannah says. “Now it’s your turn to die.”
Or is it?