DO YOU LIKE STORIES? I do. Mostly I like made-up stories (not the kind of made-up story that gets people into trouble, oh no, the kind with aliens and dragons and spaceships and magic in them) but sometimes I like true stories as well (not the kind of true stories that get people into trouble, oh no, the kind with soldiers and explorers and scientists and famous folk in them). Sometimes I write stories too, usually made-up ones. But tonight I am going to write you a true story about the time I met the Devil in a scrapyard.
Now, writers know a little bit of magic, and I can tell by the way your eyes are moving over these words that you don’t believe me but I swear it’s true: I came face to face with Satan and lived to tell this tale.
Fantastic news! Mark J Howard’s first collection of SFF stories, A Future Past Present, is now available to buy.
We are really excited to present this collection that includes stories of the supernatural, featuring Merrily, Merrily and Snailam’s Watch—a classic tale of the supernatural set in WWI—as well as stories set in the far future featuring humanity’s response to alien invasion, to building the perfect super soldier, and a humorous look at man’s first landing on Mars!
We hope you’ll enjoy reading all these stories as much as we have. And look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Choosing a title for a short story collection is difficult enough, never mind getting the artwork just right for the cover. Which throws up its own set of problems. Do you choose one story from the collection as a theme, and focus on that for a cover? Which can be easier to do. But, as we all know, because we do judge a book by its cover, it’s imperative the cover reflects more than just one aspect, or one story.