Aokigahara – Something Wicked 2017 – now available


Something Wicked 2017 from FutureQuake Press ( is now available for purchase from the FutureQuake Press webstore! Featuring many fantastic tales, including on from myself and artist Luigi Criscuolo. Follow this link to check it out.

The full list of stories appearing in this issue include:

  • Aokigahara by writer Travis Stunt and artist Luigi Criscuolo
  • Dark Net by writer Jimmy Furlong and artist Andrew Hartmann
  • He calls you home by writer Roddy McCance Sharp and artist Denis Vermesse
  • Hurt by writer Matt Sharp and artist Aileen Oracion
  • Jotun Fury by writer Karl Brandt and artist David Parsons
  • One Hell of a night by writer Chris Redfern and artist Johnathan Scott
  • Regular Deposits by writer Dave Wednesday and artist Kristian Carstensen
  • Sky Burial by writer Alec Robertson and artist Brian Corcoran
  • St@lked by writer Umar Ditta and artist Daniel Bell
  • Stupid Fuzzy Thing by writer Steven Fraser and artist Brian Rankin
  • The Civilised Hunt by writer Dan McKee and artist Carlos Angeli
  • The Coffin by writer Jason Brawn and artist David Spickett
  • The Cottage In The Woods by writer Alec Robertson and artist Rui Mendes
  • The Runaway by writer Marcello Bondi and artist Mattia Marini
  • The Void Of by writer Rodd McCance and artist Denis Vermesse


Preview Art: The Joy of Motherhood

Art by Eran Aviani
Instagram Eran Aviani

Here are a few rough page layouts for a piece I wrote some time ago now. It’s called ‘The Joy of Motherhood’ and was to be published in ‘Decay’ by Dark Oz Publishing here in Australia. Unfortunately I have lost contact with Eran and haven’t heard anything for a while. Pity, because he absolutely nailed the feel of the script. Still, Eran did volunteer his time for the project, and, for that, he has my everlasting gratitude and admiration! Enjoy!

Rambling Words – The Newsletter!

Introducing – Rambling Words The Newsletter!

As you may have noticed (if I have set it up correctly) when you logged into the Rambling Words site, you got a pop-up asking you to sign up to the brand spanking new Rambling Words newsletter, written by yours truly!

I would really appreciate if you would consider signing up. The newsletter will be a fortnightly update of news, updates on my current projects, preview art, reviews, links and anything else pop-culture related that has caught my eye.

The first newsletter will be out shortly (when I have ironed out some of the kinks in my understanding of how these things work). If you don’t like the newsletter, it is easy to unsubscribe (or better yet, just delete it when it arrives), or you can email me on and tell me my newsletter stinks and how I can improve it. Hopefully none of that will be necessary, but it is good to have all bases covered!

Hope to see most, if not all, of you on the subscriber list shortly!

Shameless self promotion: Fractured Scary Tales

Time for some shameless self promotion (if that isn’t what a blog is for, I don’t know what is!).

My short ‘Undead Poet’s Society’ is about to land! Issue two of ‘Fractured Scary Tales’ from Scary Tales Publishing will feature my print debut. Art is by Jeff Sadzinski (Jeff Sadzinski Deviantart link).

Fractured Scary Tales features 40 pages of horror parodies of famous movies by various artists and writers created by publisher (and horror movie producer) Kevin M. Glover. Fractured Scary Tales is on the website now (Fractured Scary Tales) and will be available in print soon for only $US10.

Previews of the other stories can be found on the Fractured Scary Tales website, but here is page one of ‘Undead Poet’s Society’ for your enjoyment. Don’t forget to order your copy today.

Undead Poets Society Pg 001

More exciting news!

I’m not sure how much I can give away at the moment, but I’m so excited, I have to tell something, cryptic as it will be …

I submitted an eight page short to a major, small press publisher in the UK. Not expecting much, I sort of forgot about it. About two weeks ago, I received an email from the editor saying the story had been accepted (no edits required, first piece submitted!). It was placed in the accepted pile, awaiting an artist and official commission.

I did some research, trying to work out the possible turn around time for an artist to get assigned. I sent a message to another writer who I know also has had stuff published by this publisher, and he said it could take a long time, and suggested I attempt to find my own artist.

This was a bit disappointing. I had no artist contacts and really didn’t know where to start. I figured a message board like Reddit would be as good as any, so I popped a post on, asking for an artist who would be willing to work on the story – unpaid. Not expecting much, I was utterly floored by the response.

The artist I ended up choosing has been published by one of the ‘big three’ comic publishing companies and is an absolutely fantastic artist. I couldn’t be more excited to be working with an artist of this calibre and experience.

The publisher accepted the artist for the script (no real surprise there!) and received official confirmation that the story would appear in print sometime in 2017 (as previous issues were already pretty full). There is a possibility it may come in 2016, but 2017 is looking most likely at this stage.

Can’t wait – it may be a while off, but this is the biggest break I have had so far, so it is still massive news for me!


I have finished the synopsis for the Monsters! story I have been working on. The original plan for for a single issue of 22 pages, but that has changed. It will now consist of three issues of 22 pages each. The storyline evolved in a way I didn’t foresee, with some twists and turns that weren’t originally anticipated. So, the single issue story is now a mini.

Not sure if the Kickstarter campaign is the best option at the moment. My writing time is extremely limited. I have another important project I am working on with a very talented artist, and I really need to spend some time working on it. As such, I don’t think I could devote enough of my time to promoting a kickstarter campaign to the extent required.

The other option is to directly submit the completed synopsis and issue one to a company like Dark Horse. That way, if accepted (which, in reality, would be a very, very small chance) it could be properly edited, and a professional artist I wouldn’t need to pay could be found. But, from my understanding, Dark Horse would be very unlikely to take on an unheard of writer for a miniseries.

Hmm, decisions.

New Years Resolutions 2015 style

I’ve seen a lot of people posting New Years Resolutions (NYR from now on). Inspired, I figured I look at my year in review and plans for 2015.


This year was the first time I have actually made a serious attempt to get my writing career off the ground. I made several submissions this year:

Decay (Dark Oz publisher) – I completed a three page horror zombie story for submission which was accepted by the editor (after a few changes). The editor stated he hoped he may be able to find an artist for the story and get it in the April edition (Decay #19). Still waiting to see what happens, but, fingers crossed. This was my first comic submission and it would be absolutely fantastic to see it published.

Flux Fiction – they requested a writing sample, which I supplied (via this blog) and was accepted. This was to be a paying gig (only $US25, but still). My name went up on their website, but I have never heard anything further from them. They stopped replying to emails, and I now see the website has changed completely and the Flux Fiction Anthology has disappeared completely. Disappointing, but that’s part of life, I guess.

Monsters, Mutants and Mayhem – a comics anthology based, strangely enough, around monsters, mutants and mayhem. I submitted a five page story which was accepted by the editor. The entire anthology was unfortunately plagued with problems finding sufficient artists of the appropriate standards, and several months later, the editor was forced to pull the plug on the whole endeavour. Again, another disappointment.

I submitted an eight page horror short to an open call for another horror anthology advertised via the Digital Webbing forums. This is probably the story I am most proud of for this year. It is a psychological horror story based around the Aokiahara forest in Japan. I really like it a lot. If it doesn’t make the cut, I post it here.

TOR Publishing: I submitted a 11,000 word short story (prose) to Tor for consideration. It’s a fun fantasy romp based around the main character I use when writing fantasy. I haven’t heard anything back from them yet.

Future Shocks (2000 AD): I submitted a short five page story back in March, but, as yet, no word has been heard. Not holding my breath on this one though. Looking back, it wasn’t my best. The formatting is very basic and completely different to the far more professional format I am using now. Still, you never know.

I am about to submit a crime-noir story for a Somer Art Studio. It’s not my best work, so I am still debating whether to submit and rewrite. I don’t want to risk missing out either way.


At this stage of my writing career, it is really hard to make concrete plans as to what I want to achieve. I guess there are a few things I would like to see happen soon, so that seems to be the best place to start.

This is the working title of a graphic novel I am currently developing. I have a basic (read here: very basic) outline of the story, but I am struggling with the ending. Once that is worked out, I may write it as a three or four issue mini for submission to Dark Horse or similar. I really, really like the story. I think it is original and from a unique point of view. It is now a matter of working on the synopsis to get it as perfect as possible before the first issue can start.

Heaven’s Yesterday
This is the first full issue I have completed. I like the basic premise behind the issue, but I think the issue would struggle to hold the readers attention. I have written A LOT since completing issue one, so I think a re-think and re-write will be on the cards. Tighten the story and characters a lot, then maybe submissions or an artist search can begin.

I would love to get to know a few artists, editors and writers in the comic industry. Living in Australia makes this a little difficult as we don’t have a particularly strong Con scene here (they do happen, though). That, combined with my social anxiety/awkwardness, make networking difficult. Still, this is probably the area I want to work on the most, and is going to be the most difficult. Not sure what I am going to do with it yet.

I’m really happy with Rambling Words at the moment. There are a steady stream of visitors, which is gratifying to the ego. Even if the visitors aren’t reading what I am writing, just seeing the stats is enough to keep me jotting down more random thoughts.

Published?? – hopefully this dream can come true.

Hopefully everyone can make realistic and achievable goals for 2015. Good luck and hard work will get you there.