“Kuro no Ken” (“The Black Sword”) To Be Published by Alban Lake Press

I am thrilled to announce that I just signed a contract with Alban Lake Press earlier today for the sale of my story Kuro no Ken.

“Kuro no ken,” by the way, is Japanese for “The Black Sword” or, if you prefer alliteration, you could say it’s “The Black Blade.”

This tale is the second story in my Age of Asmodeus series. For details of the first story, click here. Don’t worry, though, you don’t need to read them in any particular order to understand what’s going on. They’re designed to be standalone experiences.

Kuro no Ken will be released in Alban Lake’s April issue of Outposts of Beyond. I’ll post more details once the issue is published.

Readers of “Outposts” should also look out for The Library of Ice, my action-packed sci-fi story set on Ceres, which will be released in the upcoming January issue.

2018 is shaping up to be a year with lots of my stories being released – brace yourselves for more blog posts as various anthologies, magazines, and comics are published!

Thanks for reading, and a very Merry Christmas to everyone.

And, in the spirit of this latest short story: 明けましておめでとうございます!

That’s “Happy New Year” to all you non-Japanese-speakers out there. 🙂


Reverse Horror Story Released in Alban Lake’s Bloodbond Magazine!


Last month saw the release of my tale, Reverse Horror Story, in Alban Lake Publishing’s biannual magazine Bloodbond.

Reverse Horror Story is the first story in a series of interlinked tales, which will hopefully all see the light of day. The stories are known collectively, in my head at least, as The Age of Asmodeus.

This opening installment was printed in the November 2017 edition of Bloodbond.
For more information about this wonderful, very well put-together magazine, click here.

The story is set in the British city of Stoke-on-Trent. I can personally swear to the accuracy of the setting since I lived in Stoke-on-Trent for about 12 years. “Stokies” may appreciate the numerous in-jokes throughout the story.

The central idea of The Age of Asmodeus is: What would the world be like if magic were suddenly made real? How would this fundamental change in reality affect people? What would their experiences and lives be like? Would they be happy at the change or horrified?

In Reverse Horror Story, we see this situation from the point of view of Vincenc, a vampire forced to work on a construction site. Yes, you read that right, the humans are making him build a tower block.

But don’t only expect vampires in this tale – there are all kinds of other creatures of the night featured along with the vampires, along with one or two nasties that only came into existence once magic was unleashed on the world.

It’s a whole new Earth in this story, and the vampires aren’t any happier about it than the humans.

Click here for the page dedicated to this story, which includes a full list of contributor’s to this excellent magazine.

A Spider Queen in Every Home Now Released

My story, A Spider Queen in Every Home, is now available as part of the new science fiction, post-Trump anthology, More Alternative Truths: Stories from the Resistance.

For more details about this excellent, highly rated anthology, edited by Bob Brown at B Cubed Press, click here.

And to order the print copy from Amazon, click here.

Wow – that is one stunning book! I am very proud to be a part of it.

What’s my story about? In a nutshell – giant spiders! Because who doesn’t love a story with giant spiders? Oh, OK, there’s a deeper point to it, too. But don’t panic, there’s an equal helping of fun to go along with that dose of seriousness. When you’re faced with a world where Trump is president, you have to go looking for the humour in the situation…

Hope you like the story, and thanks for reading.



The Man Who Killed Computers Now Out in New Anthology

Disharmony of the Spheres - J Alan Erwine

One of my longest published stories to date, The Man Who Killed Computers, is now available in the new anthology Disharmony of the Spheres, released today by the publisher, Nomadic Delirium Press.

Here is a link to their product page, where you can find more details: http://nomadicdeliriumpress.com/blog/product/disharmony-of-the-spheres/

The story is a near-future thriller.

For a taste of the story and additional details, such as a list of fellow contributors and links to Amazon, etc., click here.

Thank you for reading!


“The Library of Ice” to Be Published in Outposts of Beyond in Jan 2018

And… that’s another contract signed!

Imagine me doing a happy dance right about now.

My story, The Library of Ice, has been accepted for publication in January 2018’s issue of Alban Lake Press’s Outposts of Beyond magazine.

As we get closer to the publication date, I’ll be sure to post details of how you can buy the magazine.

As a reminder, upcoming releases featuring my stories include:

  • The Man Who Killed Computers in Nomadic Delirium Press’s Disharmony of the Spheres anthology (October 2017, or thereabouts)
  • Reverse Horror Story in Alban Lake’s Bloodbond magazine (November 2017)

There are a couple of other projects in the works too, but I’m loathe to announce anything without a firm publication date. Hopefully, I’ll be able to announce these other stories shortly, once the details are firmed up.

Looking back at recently released books, you might also want to check out The Best of Both Worlds Vol 1, released jointly by Alban Lake Press and Nomadic Delirium; a great collection that reprinted the first of my Titanville stories, The Tulku of Titan.

Thanks for reading!



Publication Date Announced: The Man Who Killed Computers to Be Released in Disharmony of the Spheres Later this Year

The contract has been signed and the intended publication date is announced – my story The Man Who Killed Computers will be released as part of the anthology Disharmony of the Spheres through Nomadic Delirium Press in October 2017!

I’ll post more more news as I have it. I’m looking forward to this story coming out – it’s my first published action—thriller tale! I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.

There are a couple of other projects moving toward completion, too. I’ll post about them as soon as things get closer to release.

Thank you for reading.


The Unofficial Doctor Who Limerick Book Is Now Available For Order

Unofficial Doctor Who Limerick Book cover art

Exciting news just in! Mere seconds ago, I found out that The Unofficial Doctor Who Limerick Book, edited by Jenny Shirt and Christopher Samuel Stone and released through Long Scarf Publishing, is now available for order. I am pleased to confess that this book raising money for the charity MIND contains a limerick by me.

For more information and to pre-order the book, click here.

I will post more details as I receive them. This book looks like enormous fun. Order while you can – it’s for a good cause!


Thanks for reading.

New E-Story Published: The Wall Is Beautiful

The Wall Is Beautiful

March was another busy writing month for me, seeing the release of another of my stories, The Wall Is Beautiful, as an e-book through Nomadic Delirium Press. The Wall Is Beautiful is the second story in Nomadic Delirium’s Divided States of America series, which explores life after the collapse of the USA. My installment is set in Texas, mostly along the Texas—Mexico border, and imagines a new Texan republic surrounded by a massive, eighty-foot-tall concrete wall.

Here is the blurb for the e-book:

Border patrol agent Rick Moreno is one of the few Mexican-Americans left in the heavily fortified nation of Texas, a token non-Anglo paid to catch immigrants tunneling under the great country’s defenses. He faces bigotry and loathing on a daily basis, not least from his patrol partner, Mitch. As Rick’s frustration and anger intensifies, he is shocked to discover Texas’s famed border wall is no longer keeping the outside world at bay. But the thing that has blundered into the borderlands is more disturbing than anything Rick has seen before. He and Mitch must find a way to deal with the intruder and the future it represents, before that future deals with them.

When I came to the US as an immigrant in 2006, Texas was the state I lived in. I stayed there for roughly eight years, before relocating to Iowa. Many of the thoughts and feelings I experienced during those eight years bubbled to the surface during the writing of this story.

I think it’s safe to say I don’t like the idea of walls between nations. The thought that the current administration of the US seems determined to build one now makes me sick to my stomach. Walls can keep out some things, but they can’t keep out ideas and they can’t keep out the future.

When the editor at Nomadic Delirium responded to my story submission, his acceptance email began with a one-word sentence: “Wow.” I hope this story elicits the same reaction from you.

The e-book is available for purchase through Nomadic Delirium’s own site here, and through Amazon here. If you prefer using Smashwords, you can buy it here.

I was a student at university when the Berlin Wall fell. People across the world celebrated that event, regardless of political doctrine. Now I’m in my mid-forties, I find myself in a world where some of those same people think building a new wall is a good idea. This fills me with sadness.

I hope we all live long enough to see a day when walls are again torn down.

Further details, including the usual behind-the-scenes section, can be found here on the page dedicated to this story.

My First Magazine Sale!

It had to happen – I’ve finally sold a story to a magazine. As you can imagine, I’m very excited!

The magazine is the biannual Bloodbond published by Alban Lake, and my tale Reverse Horror Story is slated for inclusion in the November 2017 edition.

The story is set in my old haunt, Stoke-on-Trent, and features monsters aplenty. This was the first story I wrote, and the first to be published, in a loose series I call The Age of Asmodeus. With any luck, some of the other tales I’ve written in this world will see publication too.

I’ll post more details about Bloodbond as the publication date draws nearer.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go do a happy dance.

The Best of Both Worlds Now Released


My Buddhism-in-the-future story, The Tulku of Titan, is now available again in print as part of the Nomadic Delirium Press and Alban Lake Press co-produced anthology, The Best of Both Worlds.

Click here to access the relevant page on the Nomadic Delirium site to purchase the book or to learn more about it. The book, edited by Tyree Cambpell and J Alan Erwine, is also available on all the usual book-ordering sites, such as Amazon and Smashwords.

This story is the first of the Titanville tales, and the second installment – The Terror of Titan – is still available as an e-book through Nomadic delirium. Click here for more details about The Terror of Titan, an off-kilter look at murder in the unrelentingly hostile environment of deep space.

I hope you enjoy these Titanville tales. I certainly hope to have more of them published in the future!

Thank you for reading.