A fair bit happened, just for me personally (I'm not even going to try to summarise the year's political upheavals or all the cool people we lost.) It went something like this:
I got an agent (properly speaking, I signed with the Ki Agency last year, but couldn't officially announce it, for Reasons, till well into this year.) I'm still with Ki and looking forward to more excitement in 2023, but now represented by agency founder Meg Davis, as Anne Perry has moved on to become the new commissioning editor at Jo Fletcher Books. Anne has been an absolute star and I hope we get to work together again in the future.
I had a novel published under a new pen name, to excellent reviews and pretty good sales.
I wrote two complete novels in 2022, and am partway through a third. That took up the bulk of my time and energy work-wise this year, but I also managed to place three stories with publications due out in 2023: 'Are We Going Under?' will appear in ParSec Magazine, 'Kingbreaker' in Shakespeare Unleashed, and 'The Flight Of Ravens' in Unknown Superheroes Vs The Forces of Darkness.
On top of all that, I started a podcast, No Darkness But Ours, with my friend and colleague Gemma Files, in which we discuss horror in all its forms. Topics so far have included snowbound horror, the work and legacy of M.R. James, and Folk Horror. We're currently in the middle of a discussion on Queer Horror, with more to come. You can check our work out here.
Under my own byline, the following was published this year:
Nemesis of Wire (Phantasmagoria #20, ed. Trevor Kennedy)
Bait (Book of Extraordinary Femme Fatale Stories, ed. Maxim Jakubowski)
Mummy Calls (Classic Monsters Unleashed, ed. James Aquilone)Work published on Patreon:Short fiction:
This Life, This Death
The Night of the Dog-Headed Man
The Death of Norma Lake (fragment from early draft of Bonewalker)
Low Over Water
The One You Feed
Adaptive Evolution In The Lancashire Grindylow: A Report By Alexandra Thraves Ph.D
The Christmas Kiss
In addition, my story 'Redwater,' from The Alchemy Press Book Of Horrors 3: A Miscellany Of Monsters, was reprinted in Ellen Datlow's The Best Horror Of The Year #14, making three years in a row that my work's appeared there.
Thank you to all the editors who've published me this year, to Anne and Meg, to Gemma for her support on the podcast, and to all readers and listeners who've supported my work by reading or listening to it.
Finally, and most of all, to my lovely wife, Cate, without whom none of this would have been possible.
Happy New Year, everybody.
Good luck for 2023.
A busy year for sure Simon, I hope to read more of your work in the future.
If things go as planed I should be at Fantasycon next year.
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