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A nice, juicy update…by JD’L

Bad Moon Books are soon to publish two JD’L novellas in one gorgeous volume!

SNAKE EYES contains ‘A Man of Will and Experience’ and ‘A Trespasser in Long Lofting’. Between them, the stories span Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy and both were an absolute blast to write. Something about the novella form really fires me up.

Jacket designs and release dates are yet to be agreed but I’ll let you know the moment there’s more news.

In addition, my novella ‘The Failing Flesh’ will appear in a Dark Prints Press collection titled ‘Surviving the End’. Those of you who enjoyed The Kill Crew  may be pleased to hear that ‘The Failing Flesh’ is set during the same cataclysm but focusses on new characters trying to stay alive elsewhere in the world. I plan two more novellas in this series with the aim of collecting all four in one volume.

For horror readers in America, Garbage Man launches Stateside in April and MEAT will follow six months later. This is VERY exciting indeed!

If you want to comment or ask about any of this you can find me on Facebook and Goodreads or you can just leave a message right here.

Finally, watch out for Alan Kelly’s upcoming interview with Shannon Lark – coming soon on Horror Reanimated to celebrate Women in Horror Recognition Month…

Add comment February 14th, 2011

E-Book news by JD’L

You can now beat the January credit card blues by spending even more money!

But at only £1.59 the Kindle edition of MEAT will, at the very least, take you to a world even grimmer than this one.

Enjoy that rancid flesh…

2 comments February 1st, 2011

Blood on Bridlesmith Gate – A Christmas horror event at Waterstones, Nottingham featuring Paul Kane, Gary McMahon and Joseph D’Lacey

On Friday 10th December Paul Kane, Gary McMahon and Joseph D’Lacey will be haunting Waterstones in Nottingham to spread a little festive fear. Each of us will read some chilling horror fiction with a Q&A session to follow. We’ll be signing books (and body parts) and all our latest titles will be on sale.

Copies of other titles by each author will also be available.

Tickets are £3 – redeemable against books on the night – and the first twenty ticket purchasers will receive a free book on arrival!

Gore-off is at 6:30 pm…


Waterstone’s Nottingham Bridlesmith Gate
1-5 Bridlesmith Gate

To reserve tickets call: 0115 948 4499 or email:

Add comment November 10th, 2010

Short Fiction News by JD’L

So far, I have stories appearing in four anthologies this year.


Here’s a little inside information about each book, its publisher and editor, as well as what my contribution amounts to in each case.


First off is When the Night Comes Down released by Dark Arts. darkartslogo3-130This is an approach to horror collections I hadn’t come across before. The four contributors to the anthology provide four or five stories totalling 20-25,000 words each. The other writers in this volume are Nate Kenyon, Bev Vincent and Robert Weinberg. Editing the collection is Bill Breedlove, closely assisted by John Everson and Martel Sardina. I’ve come to like Bill very much just through our email communications. He is a wise and free-thinking editor and I’ve welcomed his comments on my work. Happily, I’ll be meeting Bill, some of the contributors and the rest of the DA staff at WHC 2010 in Brighton – When the Night Comes Down will launch on Friday 27th March in Bar Rogue between 10pm and midnight. I’ve contributed five stories to this collection.


darckarnivale1Longer in the making but probably to be released well before WTNCD is Darc Karnivale published by The Evil Nerd Empire. The editors, David Byron and Corey R. Scales have put a great deal of time and effort into collecting and organising the stories for the anthology. The artwork has been provided by the talented Nick Rose. The image he’s created for my story ‘The Food of Love’ is superb. Other contributors include Paul Kane, Ralan Conley and Jeremy C. Shipp. With luck the anthology will be available at WHC 2010 in the dealer room, but failing that, it will be stocked by all the usual online suspects.


Next up is Holy Horrors. To give you an idea of how long this anthology has been in the pipeline, I submitted my tale ‘The Germ of His Ideas’ to Matt Cardin and T. M. Wright on 8th September ’06. It was accepted about ten months later. Since then, watching the ups and downs has been quite disturbing. At times, I was convinced – and so were the editors, I think – that the book would never be published. However, we’re finally on course for Holy Horrors to be released in two volumes by Ash Tree Press. Volume 1 in spring and Volume 2 before the end of the year.ashtree-jvhlogo_small62


I include both TOCs because they excite me so much



1) “Sanctuary.” Jim Rockhill.

2) “The Dreams of Cardinal Vittorini.” Reggie Oliver. Reprint.

3) “Bavel II.” Jens Rushing.

4) “Saviour.” Gary Braunbeck.

5) “Vom-Beist.” Mike Norris.

6) “Magog and I.” Craig Holt.

7) “Darshan.” William R. Eakin.

8 ) “Ezekiel Remembers.” Kurt Dinan.

9) “And You Shall Be Adored.” Regina Mitchell.

10) “Sicarii.” Andrew Tisbert.

11) “Porta Nigra.” Darren Speegle.

12) “The Dead Must Die.” Ramsey Campbell. Reprint.

13) “At the Feet of the Forest Primeval.” Randy Chandler.

14) “The Editor.” Pamela K. Taylor.

15) “Behind the Bathroom Door.” Sara Joan Berniker.

16) “The Hands of God.” Michael McBride.

17) “Cold to the Touch.” Simon Strantzas.

18) “Anubis Has Left the Building.” Tim Waggoner. Reprint.

19) “On This Day of Reckoning.” Joseph Nassise.

20) “Rapture.” Robert Morrish and Harry Shannon.



1) “Abandon.” Adam Browne.

2) “In the Name of God.” Stuart Young.

3) “The Sect of the Idiot.” Thomas Ligotti. Reprint.

4) “The Shaft.” Brian Hodges.

5) “Waters Dark as a Raven’s Wing, Flames Bright as a Dove’s Breast.” Dru Pagliassotti.

6) “Uncaged.” Paul Finch.

7) “Intentions.” William Freedman.

8 ) “The Tattoo Artista.” Eric S. Smith.

9) “Redemption.” David Niall Wilson.

10) “The Bishop Receives a Visitor.” Marion Pitman.

11) “A Prayer for Captain La Hire.” Patrice E. Sarath. Reprint.

12) “Purifying Vows.” Kim Paffenroth.

13) “The Temple.” Quentin S. Crisp. Reprint.

14) “The Monsters We Defy.” Karen Williams.

15) “The Wound of Her Making.” Gerard Houarner. Reprint.

16) “Bad Religion.” Douglas M. Chapman.

17) “The Germ of His Ideas.” Joseph D’Lacey.

18) “Darkness.” Jude Wright.


Finally – but only for the moment, of course – Mark Deniz of Morrigan Books asked me for a story to complete a pet project of his. Scenes From the Second Storey was The God Machine’s debut album. Released in 1993, it has been hailed as one of the best albums of that decade. It’s one of Mark’s favourites of all time, so the collection bears the same name. Each of the stories in the anthology takes the title of, and is inspired by, one of the songs. Mine was track eleven: Seven. It was a pleasure to write and I’m happy to note that Mark will be giving himself the book for his 40th birthday present! Other authors include Carole Johnstone and Gary McMahon.

For those of you who’d like to see a free JD’L horror tale right now, the gruesome ‘Read my Lips’ is in Ecelcticism #9.

2 comments January 15th, 2010

The sound of MEAT!

MEAT coverWhen MEAT first came out, Bloody Books made an unabridged recording of the text. The reader was Sorcha Cusack who has the most amazing voice – it really fits the tale. I heard she was white with shock at some of things she had to say whilst reading! Apologies to you, Sorcha!

The downloadable audio version of MEAT was released last year but was never well publicised. It has now been re-released on iTunes and at and is currently on offer for a lot less than the book.

It might make a unique Christmas gift or just scare the hell out of you during the season of goodwill…sorcha_cusack

(SORCHA CUSACK is probably best known for her long running role as nurse, Kate Wilson in Casualty. She has also appeared in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Playing the Field and Eureka Street. She has appeared in many radio plays including The First Witch, The Real Charlotte and The Day Daniel O’Donnell Got Married as well as stage productions such as The Vagina Monologues, A View From the Bridge and Feast of Snails.)

Add comment December 19th, 2009

JD’L talks to 3:AM Magazine plus changes to pre-christmas signing schedule…

I was interviewed by Alan Kelly for the brilliant 3:AM Magazine. It was a real pleasure to talk to him.

In other news, since Borders has gone into administration, my 19th December signing in their Leicester branch has been cancelled. It’s a real shame because I’ve had some great times in that store and the staff are all lovely people. I hope someone can save Borders and keep their way of doing things alive.

I do have one more signing left before Christmas at Waterstones, Northampton on Saturday 5th December between 11AM and 3PM. I should be on BBC Radio Northampton talking about it sometime this week. There will be copies of MEAT, Garbage Man and The Kill Crew available.

See you there!

Add comment November 30th, 2009

Joseph D’Lacey wins British Fantasy Society Best Newcomer Award and while we’re at it, let’s get metaphysical…

FantasyCon 2009 was one of the best weekends of my life.

I rubbed shoulders with many creators and purveyors of fantastic fiction and art. Some of them have appeared on Horror Reanimated already, others I hope to see here soon. Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror are arteries in the body of the world’s imagination and you can be assured these arteries are healthy and well supplied, pulsing with magical blood.

Among the heroes of the world’s imagination whose hands I shook, and in no particular order, were the following:

Graham Joyce, Simon Bestwick, Conrad Williams, Marc Gascoigne, Lee Harris, Carole Johnstone, Gary McMahon, Tim Lebbon, Mark Morris, Ramsey Campbell, Sarah Pinborough, Mark Deniz, Guy Adams, Chaz Brenchley, Adam Nevill, Allyson Bird, Andrew Hook, Peter Crowther, Mathew F. Riley, John Lenahan, Lee Thompson, Rio Youers, Andy Remic, Raymond Russell, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Andy Barker, David Flint, Geoff Nelder, Raven Dane, Vincent Chong, Peter May, Alex Davis and several others I can’t remember on account of being variously over-stimulated.

I was nervous about attending the convention even though I wasn’t taking part in any panels or readings. I shouldn’t have been. The warmth of the atmosphere and the obvious camaraderie that goes back generations was a welcome embrace. Like an orphan reunited with its family, I relished every second of it.

There were so many stories about young or inexperienced authors (now renowned) receiving invaluable help and support from those who have gone before them. Similar expressions of gratitude came from established authors who still need the encouragement of their peers to stay on course. It’s so easy to go around thinking about yourself, worrying about your own work and career or the lack thereof. But at Fantasycon, you meet publishers whose sole passion and mission is to bring small voices like your own to the fore, even though it means they will never be wealthy. You meet authors who will write until they die – published or not – because there’s a fire inside them which cannot be extinguished.

All this both humbled and inspired me. The most humbling thing of all, however, was the beautiful shock of winning The Sydney J Bounds Best Newcomer Award. When you consider that my BFS membership had lapsed and that, having had a superb curry instead of attending the deadly banquet, I was half intending to nip to the cinema to see District 9, it’s a wonder I was even there to accept it! But friends in the know steered me to the double doors of the banqueting hall and there we stood, watching the awards ceremony from afar, sometimes barely able to hear the nominations. I remember little of what happened after I heard my own name announced, merely the heart thumping overload as I walked to the stage and made a few stumbling remarks of gratitude. You can see the moment for yourself right here.

And here’s Tim Lebbon winning the award for Best Novella (The Reach of Children)

Not to mention Allyson Bird scooping the award for Best Collection (Bull Running for Girls)

And William Heaney/Graham Joyce accepting the award for Best Novel (Memoirs of a Master Forger)

Whether I’d won an award or not wouldn’t have changed the impact FantasyCon had on me. I discovered something far greater than myself (no mean feat when your ego’s the size of Jupiter), something worth giving to not just for my own sake but for that of others. In our rush to be discovered, get deals, be on the shelf – something writers enjoy – to get bigger deals and to advance, it’s easy to forget what writing is for.

Writing is for magic. Writing is magic. I can’t pretend to understand how or why but I know that much about it.

Whether we’re just starting out, languishing in a slump or at the top of our game writing will always be our attempt to reach out to something greater than ourselves. And there are few pleasures in this world as lasting or as true as knowing you’ve grasped a tiny thread of the beyond and brought it back for others to touch.

This suits me because, in essence, I function on a mystical level. When writing, I am certain of nothing from one day to the next. What was true yesterday may no longer be true today. Mostly, I take my cues from the mythic voice of nature. No path, artistic or otherwise, leads anywhere worth visiting save that path which appears from direct contact with the mystical, with the unknown and the unseen.  Writing is a way of stretching into the abyss. Somehow, The British Fantasy Society works in exactly the same way.

I hope therefore, having found my spiritual kin within the ranks of the BFS, that I will be able to give something back to the society, something that will bring value and richness to its many members.

Or perhaps I can just buy everyone a drink. Like this one…


Joseph D'Lacey celebrating with a very nice cocktail

21 comments September 25th, 2009

Download Echoes for free!

hr-echoesThe 200 numbered hard copies of Horror Reanimated I: Echoes are gone.

Bill, Mathew and I had mixed emotions about where they went. Some of them did find their way into the hands of horror enthusiasts, collectors and those few lost souls who count themselves among our fans. I suspect more of them, however, ended up in the bin unread. We handed copies to anyone who talked to us on the Horror Reanimated UK tour – those were the rules.

Some of those folks took the chapbook and bought copies of either Bill’s or my novels. Others just took the chapbook and walked away delighted, knowing they’d got something for free. A terrifying number hadn’t mastered spoken English, let alone the written kind. Beings who had no place in a bookshop. Men with missing teeth and unwashed hair barely contained by black baseball caps. Yeah, see me? Yeah? I fucking love horror, me. Saw. Hostel. Fucking love it. Then these dirt encrusted individuals would about face with our rare, precious volume and leave the shop without another word. And you just knew they were taking it home to use as a crossbow target in the backyard because all the local cats were already dead.

So, if you managed to get one, great. And if you didn’t, well, all is not lost. We’re now making the chapbook available as a pdf download. Right here. Right now. And we sincerely hope you enjoy it for things other than target practice.

Let us know!

Click on the title to download the chapbook: Horror Reanimated 1: Echoes

11 comments August 27th, 2009

JD’L podcasts his net far and wide…


I doubt there’s anything a writer enjoys more than talking about himself and his work at great length…

That’s exactly what I did on the Dread Media Podcast when asked about my early influences, eco-horror, what’s next for me and a plethora of other subjects. Desmond Reddick and I spoke in-depth about Garbage Man and MEAT too.

Last weekend I also talked to John S. Drew for a spotlight episode of The Chronic Rift podcast. Last Year on The Chronic Rift we discussed the development of the Horror Genre but this time it was all about yours truly…chronicriftlogo

Altogether almost an hour and a half of me contradicting myself!

Add comment June 12th, 2009

Announcing the Horror Reanimated Tour, and our first publication!

hr-echoesHorror Reanimated is giving away an illustrated chapbook to all who attend our evening readings on May 6th and May 7th at the Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green and Borders on Oxford Street in London, respectively.

The chapbook is the first of several and could prove to be a nice little collector’s item in the future, when our careers reach heady heights, ahem…

Today, as a teaser we’re revealing the cover (designed by Lee Casey) and contents.

Horror Reanimated 1: Echoes contains 3 pieces of fiction totalling 25,000 words; one from each of us:

  • Joseph D’Lacey’s Rhiannon’s Reach – the victim of a diving accident conquers his fear of the water
  • Bill Hussey’s A Room Thus Stained – a Victorian vigilante loses himself in the streets of Whitechapel
  • Mathew F. Riley’s Part of the Landscape – a disenchanted worker is drawn from the everyday into an underworld of memories which form the fabric and structure of London

We look forward to seeing you on the 6 or 7 May and sharing our nightmares with you…

For those who can’t make it to London, The Horror Reanimated Tour will then continue around the UK with Bill Hussey and Joseph D’Lacey until 23rd May.

Tour dates, times and venues below:

  • 6 May: 6.30 p.m. The Big Green Bookshop, Wood Green
  • 7 May: 6.45 p.m. Borders, Oxford Street
  • 8 May: 1 – 2 p.m. Waterstones, Colchester
  • 9 May: 12 – 2 p.m. Waterstones, Swindon
  • 9 May: (Time TBC) Waterstones, Gloucester
  • 9 May: 7 p.m. Waterstones, Chippenham
  • 12 May: 7.30 p.m. Sandwell Library, West Bromwich
  • 16 May: 1 – 2.30 p.m. Waterstones, Boston
  • 17 May: 12 & 2 p.m. Lincoln Book Festival
  • 19 May: 7 p.m. Waterstones, Nottingham
  • 22 May: 7 p.m. Whitby Bookshop, Whitby
  • 23 May: 6.30 p.m. Borders, York

2 comments April 27th, 2009

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