Well, that was a weird fucking year, wasn’t it?!
Writing provided a welcome distraction from the pandemic last year, so I wanted to compile a self-indulgent list of my 2020 publications.
Two short story collections, one novelette, four short stories and three pieces of flash fiction, as well as chapters in two separate Exquisite Corpse projects.
As always, there are a handful of unfinished projects still gathering dust, but I’m pretty happy with my output.
The Good Book: Fairy Tales For Hard Men (All Due Respect, January 2020)
Ten Pints of Blood: The Paignton Noir Case Files (Close To The Bone, June 2020)
Slop Shop: A Paignton Noir Mystery (self-published, August 2020)
49,000 Ways To Die (All Due Respect, February 2020)
Demonology (Shotgun Honey, June 2020)
Recalibration (Pulp Modern Flash, August 2020)
The Heart’s Filthy Desire (Liars’ League, October 2020)
The Proper Disposal of Body Parts (Bristol Noir, October 2020)
Bone Train (Punk Noir Magazine, October 2020)
Ignorance & Want: A Paignton Noir Christmas Fable (Bristol Noir, December 2020)
The Exquisite Corpse: Volume 1
The Exquisite Corpse: Volume 2
Looking ahead to 2021, I’ve got stories upcoming in a couple of cool anthologies, there will be at least one new Paignton Noir novelette and I have got a new book lined up with one of my favourite crime publishers. I’m working on some really exciting material at the moment, so I may even be able to squeeze in an extra book at some point. Watch this space for more information!
P.S. Early on – before the scale of COVID-related devastation was apparent – I started work on a new pandemic-themed mystery, in which I posed the question: what would Joe Rey be doing during a national lockdown? It was called Sick City. Ultimately, releasing it felt inappropriate, so I kicked it into the long grass. When we have finally turned a corner, the e-book might see the light of day, but for now it will remain a lost gem – the story that never was! (In the meantime, here’s the artwork, so you can ponder what could have been…)