Arcane II

Arcane II now available!Arcane II is now available, featuring one of my short stories, His City, a strange tale of contemporary urban mysticism meets traditional fairy tale.

Arcane II includes twenty-one unsettling stories, designed to sit in the back of your brain and chew at things! And it’s available right now via Amazon (UK), Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Print edition coming soon.

Grab a copy and feel free to leave some feedback in the comments below. Happy reading!

Interzone #241

Interzone #241 has just hit the shelves and I’m chuffed to say that I have a mention in the review section with my short story ‘Incarnate’ (as featured in the Rocket Science Anthology edited by Ian Sales). The reviewer has these kind words to say:

“…the saddest tale was probably Craig Pay’s ‘Incarnate’, telling the story from one parent’s perspective of what happens when the other parent won’t let go and tries to put right the untimely death of their teenage daughter.”

This is the same story that received a favourable mention in the Guardian back in April. And this is a setting that I’ll be exploring later this summer once I’ve finished up with my current projects. With a novel.

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Rocket Science Anthology

This week sees the launch of ‘Rocket Science: Science Fiction and Non-Fiction’  a collection of hard science fiction stories and non-fiction essays on near-future space exploration. I have a short story featured in the anthology and I’m still reeling from the positive review we received on Friday in the Guardian with my story being picked out for a mention . . .

The strength of the collection is that the best of the stories – and the standard is very high – are about the human condition. Standouts include Craig Pay’s “Incarnate”, a harrowing account of a mother and father’s response to their cloned daughter’s desire for suicide on Titan …

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Lantau Island and the Big Buddha

Quick blog post today as I’m now back at my hotel and waiting for the airport transfer to arrive.

I mentioned yesterday that I had wanted to visit the Big Buddha at Lantau Island, but with the announcements on the MTR that the cable car was out of action I decided to wait. This morning I walked along to Causeway Bay, my local MTR station, to see if the situation had changed. It hadn’t. Mmm, what to do with my last day…

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Guangzhou

I’m back at the hotel after a 14-hour, 360-kilometre round trip between Hong Kong and Guangzhou via catamaran, bus and train. As a few of you know, one of the main reasons for this trip was to visit Guangzhou (or ‘Canton’ as it used to be called by early Western visitors) to research the novel I’ve been writing. It’s been an interesting and exhausting day.

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