Saturday, 14 April 2018

DeadCades – Anthology Announcement and Flash Fiction Submission Call

Here it is, everybody, the last of our time-themed anthologies at The Infernal Clock. Until now, you have only had hours and days but this time we give you DeadCades. This book weaves its dark stories from the 1880s through the Swinging Sixties and desolate Seventies, and then sprints into the future, finishing at 2020.

From across the globe, Australia, the USA and Europe and from the Bram Stoker nominated to newer contributors to the world of dark fiction, you will find a wealth of talent in this latest anthology. We are pleased to announce our author line-up as follows:

1880s     Deborah Sheldon
               Drabble: Christopher Stanley
1890s     Martin Fuller
               Drabble: Michael Carter
1900s     R. J. Meldrum
               Drabble: Andrea Allison
1910s     Sian Brighal
               Drabble: Sean Fraser
1920s     Alyson Faye 
1930s     Chris Milam
               Drabble: Dominic Davis
1940s     Sal Page
               Drabble: Ewan Smith
1950s     ChristopherLong
1960s     Robert Lupton
               Drabble: Bart Van Goethem
1970s     StephanieEllis
               Drabble: Voima Oy
1980s     StuartConover
               Drabble: F.E. Clark
1990s     David Shakes
               Drabble: Marc Nash
2000s     Ruschelle Dillon
               Drabble: Stella Turner
2010s     Marie McKay
2020s     AJ Walker
               Drabble: Catherine Connolly

In addition, we are inviting all our flash friends to contribute a drabble for each decade. If you would like to be included in this anthology, send your drabble (100 words exactly, excluding title) in to us at As these slots are filled, we will update the Infernal Clock website so you can see where the gaps remain.

Deadline – June 30th 2018

Expected publication date - October 1st 2018

Content: nothing extreme or gratuitous please.

This anthology is non-paying (our future intention is to pay writers) but each contributor will receive a copy of the ebook and will retain all rights to their story.

Steph and Shakes

Friday, 22 December 2017

Merry Christmas from The Infernal Clock

So, we did it. The year is almost over and we saw the publication of not one, but two, anthologies: The Infernal Clock and CalenDark, The Infernal Almanac. At times it was tough as both Shakes and myself have demanding jobs, demanding families and the need to write for ourselves, yet despite this we somehow managed to pull things together and produce what we both regard as quality publications. Yes, we've made mistakes as we've gone along - this publishing lark is a huge learning curve - but we've gone on and done it (and hope to continue). But we couldn't have done it without the following:

 CalenDark, The Infernal Almanac
CalenDark, The Infernal Almanac

Christine Dalcher
Ewan Smith
Mark A. King
Marie McKay
Sal Page
Clive Tern
Catherine Connolly
Sian Brighal
F.E. Clark
Craig Anderson
Christopher Stanley
AJ Walker
Chris Milam

The Infernal Clock

 The Infernal ClockKaren Gray
Sean Fraser
Emily June Street
C.R. Smith
Tim Kimber
Brian S. Creek
Chris Milam
Karl A. Russell
Andrew Patch
Mark A. King
Marie McKay
James Knight
Dickon Springate
Carlos Orozco
Eric Martell
David Southwell
David Parkland
Voima Oy
Bart Van Goethem

So, to all the above who helped us create The Infernal Clock, a huge and heartfelt thanks. And to those who've read the results of their endeavours, again our thanks.

If you haven't read either book yet, why not check them out,

Merry Christmas,

Steph & Shakes


Friday, 1 December 2017

CalenDark, The Infernal Almanac is here!

This is the moment when both Shakes and I can sit back and breathe a collective sigh of relief - for a little while. Over the past couple of weeks we have been able to show you the author listing and the cover. Now, we have the completed product and are both really proud to present the second of our publications, CalenDark, The Infernal Almanac, to the world at large.

It contains sixteen stories by some very talented writers, their tales reaching into many of horror's darker corners. Some of these writers inhabited the pages of the inaugural Infernal Clock anthology, others are new additions, either way we hope you will enjoy their offerings and would love it if you got in touch with them to let them know what you thought of their stories. A contributors page at the rear of the book contains links to the writers. Get in touch and show them some love - they deserve it.

The book itself is available from Amazon in both Kindle and print formats.




The US BOOK LINK will follow

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Cover Reveal

David Shakes and Setphanie Ellis extend their infernal thanks to artist Tim Youster for following in the footsteps of Tam Rogers and delivering an awesome cover for our second anthology. Release date to follow...

Monday, 6 November 2017

CalenDark, The Infernal Almanac TOC Reveal

The Infernal Clock is proud to announce that CalenDark, The Infernal Almanac is almost here. For the past few weeks I have been working with the anthology's contributors to craft the book into a product of which all can be proud - and I may be biased, but it does contain some rather wonderful stories. And who are these writers? Well, it's about time we let you into our little secret:

CalenDark, The Infernal Almanac

Table of Contents

The Hazing of Philip King – Christina Dalcher
The Presentation in the Temple – Ewan Smith
The Blessing of the Throats – Stephanie Ellis
The Wind of the Hurricane – Mark A. King
Last Laugh – Marie McKay
The Dance – Stephanie Ellis
Revels with the Devil – Sal Page
The Green Man’s Fete – Clive Tern
A Question of Lila No Name – Catherine Connolly
The Exile’s Harvest – Sian Brighal
Mabon – F. E. Clark
Punky Night – Craig Anderson
Crying the Neck – Chris Stanley
Soul Searching – AJ Walker
Neon Hearts – Chris Milam
The First Visitor – David Shakes

What next? The majority of the stories are now safely tucked up in the master draft of the anthology and I have just a tiny number of stories to finish editing in conjunction with their creators. I am also waiting on one submission. Once these are incorporated into the master, there’ll be another proof-read/edit to pick up any little glitches and it’s off to preparing the anthology for release into the digital and print worlds. Over to Shakes at that point.

Most bios have been submitted – if you haven’t sent in yours, could you please email one in (100 words max).

Art work? Well you’ve seen Shakes playing around with images on twitter and we do have someone working on the cover but you’ll have to wait and see for that.

Yes, timescale has been shunted slightly BUT not by much. Definitely in time for a few Christmas stockings!

Infernally Yours,


Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Emerian Rich presents Dusk's Warriors

This week, The Infernal Clock is pleased to welcome Emerian Rich announcing her latest publication, Dusk's Warriors. Over to Emerian:

I’ve always been fascinated with libraries and research centers. If I knew more about them as a child, I probably would have ended up a research assistant!

In Dusk’s Warriors, one of my favorite parts is when Reidar gets to tour the Vampire Artifact Museum. It must be odd seeing your own items on display as museum items. Maybe one day people will be touring your home or your gravesite wondering how you lived and what you might think of them studying your life.

Here is an excerpt of Dusk’s Warriors that will inspire many questions. What items might be placed in a “you” museum? Your journal? Your hair brush? Your crushed soda can?
Behind a door with a sign that read, “Vampire Artifact Museum,” Reidar found himself staring at a large oil painting of himself. In the painting, Reidar stood atop a snowy mountain ridge, a bloodied corpse at his feet and wolves by his side. He looked quite Viking-ish with fur and leather covering him, a massive Mj√∂lnir in his hand and his mouth open, showing elongated canines. At first sight, Reidar chuckled.
“Painted by one of our scribes. Grandfather always wanted you to see this to tell him if it was an accurate depiction of events.”
“Not so dramatic, but yes, I suppose I might have appeared as grisly when emerging from battle.”
“He thought you may think it was over the top, but wondered if he got the amulet right.”
Reidar’s eyes fell to the left side of the painting where his twin clutched an amulet in his hand.
“My word, it’s spot on.” A sharp pain twinged in his heart.
“He would’ve been very proud to hear it.”
Taking a deep breath and swallowing hard, Reidar let the pain in his chest subside. Memories of his sister could still shake him to the core. It had been hundreds of years, but he still couldn’t let the pain of her passing go.
“Through here is the screening room with a video my grandfather made for new agents. NOSS agents and those recruited by our sister agencies all over the world who are assigned to Vampire Studies must complete his vampire course before they serve their first day as an agent. For years he trained students in New York, but in 1997 it was decided New York was too risky a place to keep our knowledge and we were moved here to Chicago.”
“When did Salvador pass on?”
“It’s been eight years now. He held on as long as he could. He worked right up until his ninety-first birthday. Three months later, he was gone. The work kept him going. I am sure if he could have still managed to walk these halls, he would still be writing away in his journals. His body gave out before his brain did.”
Remorse flooded over Reidar as he thought of Salvador. Reidar had never looked in on old Salvador, although they were friends for so long. He could have tended to him in his last days. He could have turned him. It was too late.
Matteo led Reidar into the next room which held an array of vampire artifacts under glass cases. Weapons, letters, jewelry, and a full suit of Victorian dress on a mannequin stood on display. Reidar gave due respect to each object. He found several of his own items he had left with Salvador and chuckled when he saw a bottle of ‘Real blood wine bottle from Reidar Per Hogberg’s collection’. His discarded bottle as an artifact was comical. Only did he take real pause when he saw a set of iridescent bejeweled peacock colored hair accessories labeled, ‘Hair combs, circa 1923. Commissioned by Severina Santos by local jewelry artist in Manhattan, 1923. These combs were never retrieved from the shop. The vampires left the area before completed.’
“Tell me about these,” Reidar said as he watched the glint of the jewels in the light and imagined them in Severina’s red wavy locks.
“Oh, yes, when our researchers went into the Manhattan apartments after the three, Severina, Julien, and Markham left the country, we found many things. One of them was a package addressed to Severina Titian. When we questioned the artist, he said Mrs. Titian was very kind and requested this design specifically. She’d paid in advance and called again and again at his shop to inquire about how they were coming along. He couldn’t believe she’d left the country without them. Our researchers found they were indeed Severina’s, although she was going by Titian at that time, we presume to match Julien’s assumed name. They were known as the ‘it’ couple back then in New York society, you know?”
“May I take them back to her?”
“Take them?” Matteo’s face showed concern and confusion. “I don’t know. I don’t have the authority to give away one of our artifacts.”
“They are hers. She paid for them.”
“True...” Matteo hesitated.
“What if I were to give you a piece of jewelry, older and with much more meaning?”
Matteo did not speak as Reidar pulled a leather pouch from his belt and produced the amulet from the painting at the museum entrance. Matteo’s breath caught in his throat.
“You don’t mean...”
Reidar nodded.
“But this means so much to you. I’ve read the recount of your sister’s tragedy in my grandfather’s journals. Are you sure you wish to part with it?”
“I am. For Severina’s combs.”
“I’m not sure I...” Matteo looked about ready to explode from excitement.
“A piece of jewelry owned by a vampire for years, cherished by his sister, dating back to the ninth century, in exchange for combs not even touched by vampire hands?”
“Uh…let me get the proper approval.” Matteo stood. “I’ll return as soon as I can. Feel free to look around.”

by Emerian Rich

Heaven has opened up and welcomed the vampires of Night’s Knights into a new reality. As they struggle to find their place in their new world, trouble brews on Earth.

Demon servant, Ridge, is causing havoc by gathering up all the souls on Earth that have been touched by immortality. When he injures one of the Night’s Knights crew, he launches a war between the vampires of Heaven, the Big Bad in Hell, and a mortal street gang of vigilante misfits.

Will Julien, Markham, and Reidar be able to defeat the evil that’s returned, or will they once again need Jespa’s help?

Praise for Dusk’s Warriors:
“All hail, the queen of Night's Knights has returned! Emerian Rich's unique take on vampires delights my black little heart.” ~Dan Shaurette, Lilith's Love

“A world of horror with realistic characters in a fast paced thriller you won't be able to put down.”
~David Watson, The All Night Library

Praise for Night’s Knights: 
“Fresh, original, and thoroughly entertaining.” ~Mark Eller, Traitor

“Emerian brought the Vampire Novel back from the dead.” ~C. E. Dorsett, Shine Like Thunder

Emerian Rich is an artist, horror host, and author of the vampire series, Night’s Knights. She is the hostess of the internationally acclaimed podcast, Under the name Emmy Z. Madrigal, she writes the musical romance series, Sweet Dreams and she’s the Editorial Director for the Bay Area magazine, SEARCH. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Tick, Tock - CalenDark, The Infernal Almanac

The summer has passed and the nights are drawing in, and now The Infernal Clock is swinging back into action. As the time nears the deadline for our CalenDark anthology call—30th September, hint, hint—we thought it would be a good idea to give out a little update on what we have received so far. Remember submissions will be accepted on quality rather than just because you were the only one to submit for that particular day.

CalenDark, The Infernal Almanac 
  • (Twelfth Night/Lord of Misrule - Christina Dalcher)
  • Imbolc/St Brigid’s Day/Candlemas – 1 submission
  • (Blessing of the Throats - Stephanie Ellis)
  • St. Valentine’s Day
  • April Fool’s Day
  • Ostara/Eostre/Vernal Equinox
  • Walpurgis Night
  • Beltane/May Day – 1 submission
  • Midsummer’s Day/St John’s Day/Summer Solstice
  • Lammas Day/Freyfest - 1 submission
  • Mabon/Autumnal Equinox
  • Punky Night - 1 submission
  • Samhain/Halloween
  • All Soul’s Day/Day of the Dead
  • Yule/Winter Solstice
  • (New Year’s Eve - David Shakes)

I hope this helps you decide which day you wish to write for. In addition, if we do not receive enough entries we may extend the deadline—but it would be great if we could produce it as planned.

Re length of story and editing. We have indicated 5000 words maximum, however if it is slightly over we won’t worry too much. There might be some editing involved which will remove some extra words or it may be that we accept as is. Minor edits, eg typos, will be carried out by ourselves, other edits that may be required will be worked on with the author of that story.

Now we'll leave you alone to get on with your writing.

Steph and Shakes

DeadCades – Anthology Announcement and Flash Fiction Submission Call

Here it is, everybody, the last of our time-themed anthologies at The Infernal Clock. Until now, you have only had hours and days but...