Halloween Release

Out tomorrow!

‘On the gritty backstreets of a crumbling city, tough dames and dangerous men
trade barbs, witticisms and a few gunshots. But there’s a new twist where
urban decay meets the eldritch borders of another world: WEIRD NOIR.

Featuring thugs who sprout claws and fangs, gangsters with tentacles and the
occasional succubus siren. The ambience is pure noir but the characters
aren’t just your average molls and mugs—the vamps might just be vamps. It’s
Patricia Highsmith meets Shirley Jackson or Dashiell Hammett filtered
through H. P. Lovecraft. Mad, bad and truly dangerous to know, but
irresistible all the same.’

K.A.Laity introduces and edits this exciting treat of anthology released on 31st October 2012 by Fox Spirit Books. Happy Halloween

With stories by: Chloë Yates, Richard Godwin, Karina Fabian, Hector Acosta, Jan Kozlowski, Andrez Bergen, Carol Borden, Paul D. Brazill,  Jennifer Martin, Katherine Tomlinson, Jason Michel , Asher Wismer, Michael S. Chong, Leeyanne Moore, Christopher L. Irvin, Joyce Chng, W. P. Johnson

For information on this or any or our titles, review copies or interviews with Fox Spirit authors please contact adele @foxspirit.co.uk

Available now

Officially released on Monday 22nd October but if you are sharp eyed you may have noticed it already up on amazon is Alec McQuay’s exciting debut novella ‘Spares’


Nun & Dragon Paperback is now available in very limited numbers via our friends at Anachron Press


Spares Press Release

Monday 22nd October sees the official launch of ‘Spares’ a novella by Alec McQuay, through Fox Spirit.

No-one dies anymore. Ever.

In the wake of the virus wars you are either undamaged and whole or a walking corpse, animated by no-one knows what and cobbled together out of odds and ends by doctors who don’t really bare thinking about. In this world a surgical scar too many is the difference between a sheltered life of privilege with the Untouched and banishment to the dark, dangerous streets, where it’s every lurcher for themselves and gang culture is rife.

When one of their number is injured in a terrorist bombing, one such gang finds themselves with a large medical bill and a rapidly dwindling list of options, ultimately leading them on a collision course with the Untouched that could change humanity’s course forever.

Parts break, wear out, fall off or get stolen as humanity turns on itself for the one thing it needs in order to keep going:


Alec has created a vivid world in this post apocalyptic cyberpunk novella, where a good surgeon is the ultimate accessory.

Cover art is by Sarah Anne Langton http://www.secretarcticbase.com/

Alec McQauy blogs at http://theidiotlaureate.wordpress.com/

Fox Spirit Books https://www.foxspirit.co.uk/

For review copies of any of our books or more information please contact adele@foxspirit.co.uk


Three for Free winners

The draw has been done and our winners are

Katherine Tomlinson



Congratulations, I shall be in touch about your choice for the third title.

Welcome to everyone who has signed up for our newsletter so far, the first one will be coming out for Halloween.

Three for Free

Sign up to our newsletter before the 15th October 2012 to be entered into our prize draw. Three names will be selected at random from the list and they will each recieve free copies of our novellas ‘Oasis’ by Joan De La Haye and the upcoming ‘Spares’ by Alec McQuay along with your choice of a copy of either the first Bushy Tales anthology ‘Tales of the Nun & Dragon’ or the upcoming ‘Weird Noir’ edited by the fabulous K.A.Laity, on it’s release. All books are available as epub or mobi and winners will be contacted for their preference.

Our newsletter will be quarterly or at absolute maximum, monthly, if we just have too much exciting news to wait.  The newsletter will contain information on releases and exclusive opportunites and promotions.

You can sign up using the box in the sidebar on this page.

Don’t forget all our title are available as ebooks from amazon worldwide and Wizards Tower Press. We will be making this years titles available as print on demand later this year.

International Talk Like a Pirate Day winning stories.

Here are the winning flash fiction stories, I hope you enjoy them as much as we did and once again, the quality of all the entries was very high. They are all uploaded as pdf’s so you can read them on your screen or download to enjoy on your kindle later. The stories all came in at just under 1,000.

These authors are all being invited to take part in the upcoming Bushy Tales anthologies so I hope to be bringing you more of their work early in 2013.




By T F Grant

 I’m writing this on the back of an old telephone bill, yellowed with age; the only paper I can find. I’m writing this with the stub of an old pencil, which I found behind a sofa in my parents’ house. I kept it as a keepsake of the old world we made over, but it will do to write my last testament. I write this the old way, with no digital files for you to steal from me.

This is mine.

Geronimo – Click to view the whole story



by Chloe Yates 

            Anne the Bone was no fool.

            Red Johnny Bootleg might be hung like a well-fed donkey, but he was a good for nothing bully of a blaggard and she was done with him. She’d been thinking with her cunny for too long, acting like a sex-starved old salt. Talented in the bedchamber he might be, but Red Johnny was the most incompetent captain she’d ever sailed with. No sooner had they stepped on that fucking island than they were in all kinds of hellish bother. No treasure was worth the kinds of shit they’d seen that day. Now, the black spot was upon him and there would be no running this time. He may have come within a breath of dancing with old Jack Ketch a hundred times – if you believed his tall tales – but Red Johnny’s voyage was near its end, the devil take him.

 Leave the Pistol Behind – Click to view the whole story


by Margrét Helgadóttir

Nora stood on deck waiting for the other ship to come closer. The sails flapped over her head, eager to let the wind take hold. The air was thick with ocean mist and drizzling wet snow. She held her ship steady, standing upright, never letting the other ship out of her sight.

It was an old wooden sail ship, heavy in the sea. It glided towards her, majestic and elegant despite the high waves. The wind strained the massive sails to their limits. People ran to and fro on the deck, adjusting the sails. She counted five. All men. She shivered and huddled deeper into her fur coat.

Pirate Flash_Nora – Click to view the whole story

Pirates Arrr!

It is done. We are ready to announce the winners of our International Talk Like a Pirate Day flash fiction contest.

In no particular order

Chloe Yates with ‘Leave the Pistol Behind’

Margret Helgadottir with ‘Nora’

Stephen Godden with ‘Geronimo’

The stories will be posted on the website in the next couple of weeks, all three will receive a hard copy on Nun & Dragon later in October when they arrive and they will all be invited to submit to the next Bushy Tales anthologies.

Many thanks to everyone who entered, we were delighted by the high standard across the board.

Alt.Fiction does Everybody’s Reading

In 2013, provisionally the third weekend of May  Alt.Fiction will once again bring the proud purveyors and fans of genre fiction to Leicester. Under the supervision of Writing East Midlands the 2013 event will be run by Fox Spirit’s Adele Wearing and the omnipresent (at last years) Alasdair Stuart of Pseudopod and also ALL THE THINGS in geekdom. Having helped out so much on the weekend last year Al is now fully in place as co-cheese.

However if you really can’t wait for next year, or you’ve never done alt.fiction and want to test whether it’s for you before shelling out on tickets, we are having a small taster session as part of Leicester’s ‘Everybody’s Reading’ festival.

The event is on Saturday 6th October from 12:30 – 4pm at Leicester Central Library on Bishop Street. Nearest car park is probably the Newarke Street multi story and Bishop Street runs down one side of Town Hall Square so if you are new to Leicester it’s not too hard to find.

The event will feature a panel with Kim Lakin-Smith, Joseph D’Lacey, Nicola Valentine and Damien Seaman talking about publishing, their various experiences and taking questions. If there is time we may also discuss favourite and important titles in genre fiction, kicking off at 12:45 until 1:45.

After the panel Kim and Joe are offering 45 minute workshops, these are ideal for new writers honing their craft or people wanting to address particular concerns and are always very popular at our events. 2pm – 2:45pm

After the workshops, there will be some 10-15  minute readings and a chance to chat before we close. 3pm – 4pm

The authors have been invited to bring books to sell and sign so some time will be allowed for that, Damien’s novel ‘The Killing of Emma Gross’ is an ebook, so if you are a fan he can always sign your kindle.

This event is totally free and will be a really good friendly opportunity to get a feel for the sort of things that happen at our main weekender so do come along and bring your friends. There will even be free baked goods (a fine altfiction tradition is the baking table).

This was team Hagelrat at alt.fiction 2012 in March.

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

The Pirate Flash Fiction contest is now closed. We hope you all had a fabulous International Talk Like a Pirate Day and thanks to everyone who entered.

The winners will be announced on Wednesday next week to give us time to read the entries and make a decision.

The three stories we select will be posted on the website and the authors will, once they arrive with me, receive ltd edition copies of Tales of the Nun & Dragon. They will also be invited to submit for one of the next Bushy Tales anthologies.

All our books, the horror novel Shadows, zombie novella Oasis, thriller Requiem in E Sharp and the anthology Tales of the Nun & Dragon are all available on all flavours of Amazon and Wizards Tower Press.