Sunday, March 12, 2023

Do you dare visit Nightmare Abbey?


I'd like to give a shout out to amazing new publication Nightmare Abbey, whose third issue is currently being planned! The first one appeared on the horror scene last year and featured such names as Ramsey Campbell and Robert Bloch (so it's not messing about here...) as well as many others including Steve Duffy and Lynda E. Rucker, either of whose stories are always a spine-tingling treat. Oh, and a tale by me, about a mountaineer whose near-death experience in the snowy Scottish hills is just the first of his woes. Nightmare Abbey is richly illustrated, including brilliant pulp fiction style covers, as you can see (left). Altogether a welcome addition to the bookshelf.

Issue two came out in November 2022 and again featured one of my stories - "The Wynd", about a curious type of city alleyway, and what lies at the end of it. It was inspired by the many wynds and vennels I have seen whilst wandering around Scottish cities. I think a "wynd" sounds so much more sinister than a "lane", don't you? If you fancy experiencing this tale to see whether you think the type of thing appearing in Nightmare Abbey might be up your street (groan), there is now an audio version of it on YouTube, superbly read by David Longhorn.

As mentioned, issue 3 is currently in the works but if you fancy reading either of the first two issues, they are available via Amazon as well as some other bookstores (eg. Barnes and Noble in the States). Rumour has it that there will be a new Steve Duffy story in issue 3 so I'm very much looking forward to that!

You can also read an interview with Tom English, who created Nightmare Abbey, here:

Sweet dreams...

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