Announcing the Cover of the Second Issue of Latchkey Tales – Children of Water

I’m really excited to show you the cover of our second edition of Latchkey Tales. Once again, I have had the immense pleasure of working with Luke Spooner, who has outdone himself once again with this cover. The theme for the second issue is Children of Water, and submissions are currently open. It will be out at the beginning of August, so if you’d like to get your hands on it, run don’t walk to Patreon and subscribe. Subscribers get them before anyone else, and significantly cheaper. I’m working on a couple of special rewards for subscribers too that will be backdated to anyone who has supported us, so get in quick! There are still 21 of the early adopter rewards available, which means you get this amazing journal for just $1 every two months. SO GO GO NOW AND SUBSCRIBE!

And without any further ado, let me show you the beautiful art Luke has created for our second edition:

 Latchkey - August version 1


Latchkey Tales 1.1: Elementals: Fire and Ice

I am thrilled to announce the very first edition of Latchkey Tales – Elementals: Fire and Ice!

For those who don’t know, Latchkey Tales is an experimental project playing with the idea of a subscription model for a fiction and poetry journal. I am very lucky in that I have access to some incredibly talented artists, writers and poets who have been willing to explore this rather experimental form of crowdfunding with me, and now all we need is readers!

You can subscribe to Latchkey Tales at our Patreon page. If you’re among the first 25 subscribers to the electronic journal, you’ll be able to snap up our early adopter discount, meaning that you will get not only this edition but all subsequent editions of the journal for one single small change measly dollar per issue.

The first edition will be released on the 1 June, which is less than two weeks away, so you need to get in soon! You have to have subscribed to the journal BY THEN in order to receive it.

The cover was designed and illustrated by Jeremy Jayme, and it is beautiful. Let me show you!

latchkey cover (corrected)
The Table of Contents: 

Strays by Tom Trumpinski
After Flames by Chloe Clark
The House Off Wedgemere Road by John Grey
Exile on Portage and Main by Dean MacPherson
The Urn by Holly Day

Bursts by M. Kate Allen
Dragon Tamed by Jax Goss
Songs in the Air (The Ice Queen Lights My Fire) by Ian Loughran


Once again, get in early and net yourself this and future editions for a discounted price by being one of our first 25 subscribers to the eJournal. 

Women’s Day Giveaway!

Solarwyrm have partnered with Indiegogo for Women’s Day, which means that for every $25 we raise in the next 24 hours, we get an extra dollar. So if you have been dithering about when to get the book(s), TODAY IS THE DAY.


As further incentive, I will offer a piece of flash fiction based on a prompt of your choosing to every single person who contributes to the campaign for the next 24 hours, no matter how big or small your contribution, provided you come back here, and tell me you contributed. I won’t promise to deliver right away, because my folks are visiting, but you will get your ministory by the time the campaign closes.

As further incentive, anyone who shares this link anywhere on the internet in the next 24 hours, and comes back here to tell me you did so and point me to where will go in a draw to win an ebundle of my book “The Edge of the Map”, “Fae Fatales”, “Allusions of Innocence”, “Amok”, AND Dom’s novel “Adrift”. That’s the entire Solarwyrm catalogue, PLUS my book from pre-Solarwyrm days. PLUS, said person will also get a custom story by me based on a prompt of your choosing.

So go forth, internet people! Buy books! Spread the word! Remember that to be entered into the draw, you have to come back, comment, and show me where you linked it!

The covers for our new anthologies

Both covers for our anthologies are ready! Those of you who follow us on Facebook will already have seen them, because neither of us could wait to share them! But here they are here too, for the rest of you.

The cover for Allusions of Innocence was illustrated and designed by Luke Spooner from Carrion House. He did an amazing job, in my not-so-humble opinion, of capturing the mix of childlikeness and total creepiness that I was after. Here it is!

Allusions of Innocence

The cover for Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction was designed by Jun Hun Yap, who has done an incredible job on it. Have a look:

Cover of Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction

We’re absolutely thrilled with the work both these artists have produced for us, and hope you love them as much as we do! Now that the covers are ready, it will be only a couple of days before we launch our crowdfunding campaign for these two books. So watch this space!