Three books re-released on Amazon!

February 18th, 2017

covers2017 marks the twenty five year anniversary of my first short story publication. In that time, I’ve had three books published. My novel CARNIES was first published in 2006 by Lothian Book and Hachette Livre, and was subsequently republished by Cohesion Press in 2014. My short story collection, LIVING WITH THE DEAD, and my novella, ROPE, were both published in 2012 by Dark Prints Press. Sadly, all three of these books are now out of print.
 
Or, more accurately, WERE out of print.
 
To celebrate my quarter century in the business, I’ve gone through and re-released (or, in the case of CARNIES, re-re-released) all three books as ebooks on Amazon. All three books have been cleaned up and updated, though only in very minor ways, but the main thing is that all three are now available again from now on. They even have new covers, inexpertly but lovingly created by myself. So if you’ve never gotten around to buying any or all of them, now is the perfect time to do so.
 
And, if you HAVE bought them and read them before, please feel free to give them reviews and/or ratings on their Amazon pages. The more people who do that, the more might be tempted to buy them for themselves.
 
These are all books I’m immensely proud of, and I’m thrilled to have them available again. I hope you enjoy them as much as I’ve enjoyed putting them together for this release!
 
The books are available at the following links:
 
Carnies
AU$3.99
 
Living With the Dead
AU$3.99
 
Rope
AU$0.99

Dead of Night and Hell’s Bells now available on Amazon!

December 18th, 2016

Both Dead of Night and Hell’s Bells are now out on Amazon! I have stories in both of these collections, “Stillegeist” in Dead of Night and “Tradition” in Hell’s Bells. Get them here:

https://www.amazon.com.au/d/B01N7HEXIG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1482028066&sr=1-1&keywords=dead+of+night+the+best

https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01MRYJM3F/ref=zg_bs_2529866051_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=WXTYPYQJDMB67QFDEQK9

One past and two upcoming stories!

November 5th, 2016

Well, it’s been nearly a year since I’ve posted here, so I thought I should have a little update.  So hi, and sorry, and yeah, it’s been an uneventful year publication-wise.  I’ve mostly been working on novels, none of which are in the pipeline for actual publication, but even so, I’ve still had a couple of little pings in the short story field to make sure I’m not completely forgotten!

Firstly, earlier this year, my story “Boxing Day” was published in At The Edge, a great collection of Australian and New Zealand speculative fiction.  It’s a fantastic book, and I’m really very fond of the story I have in it, so if you get a chance, check it out.

Secondly, my story “Stillegeist”, originally published in Midnight Echo Issue #10, is being reprinted in a Best Of Midnight Echo anthology.  Dead of Night should be available later this year as an ebook, with print to follow.  So keep your eyes peeled.

And thirdly, and perhaps most excitingly, my story “The Circle Line” has been picked up for the upcoming anthology Between the Tracks, a train-themed horror anthology already featuring such great writers (and friends) as Alan Baxter, Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray, along with fresh-faced newcomers like Christopher Golden, Ramsay Campbell and Clive Barker.  I’m sure they’ll do great things one day.  *blink*

Interestingly, all three of these tales are ghost stories, in one form or another.  Okay, perhaps not that interestingly!

Aaaaaand… that’ll do.  Hopefully I’ll post again before the same time next year, but, well, depending on who wins the US Presidential Election in a few days, I’ll either see you next time, or may the odds be ever in your favour.

MJL2016

“The Death of a Cruciverbalist” – available now on Smashwords!

December 1st, 2015

Just a quick one, first post since before November since I spent it busily NaNoWriMo-ing the hell out of a novel… but my short story “The Death of a Cruciverbalist” is available now on Smashwords for US$0.99.  All author proceeds go the the Sanctuary Australia Foundation to help real life refugees who have lived real life horror stories.

You can find the book here:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/593963

Happy Halloween 2015!

October 31st, 2015

Hi all!

Well, it’s Halloween again, so I thought I might share a couple of things.  This year I’m doing something slightly different, and I’m putting up a couple of audio recordings of stories I wrote for Antipodean SF.  I made the audio recordings myself, so please don’t expect professional level quality here!  But I hope you enjoy them anyway!

 

“Sweetheart”

 

“Closer to God”

 

“A Red Mist” – how it (barely) came to be…

September 21st, 2015

I foolishly open up about the process of writing “A Red Mist” for Ticonderoga Publications’s BLOODLINES here, and reveal the horrible mess that is my writing process in the, er, process…

http://amandapillar.livejournal.com/224634.html

FAT ZOMBIE now available!

January 29th, 2015

fatzombieThe anthology Fat Zombie by Permuted Press has now been released in ebook format, and is available from Amazon.  Le blurb:

With the theme of unlikely survivors of the apocalypse, the stories in Fat Zombie will enthrall you and have you rooting for the little guy.

Featuring tales of the elderly, the disabled, the developmentally challenged as well as losers, geeks, and social outcasts, all trying to survive in a world where the rules have changed.

With an introduction by Bram Stoker Award winner and bestselling zombie author, Joe McKinney, Fat Zombie includes stories by award winning authors of the weird and the horrific such as Martin Livings and Dan Rabarts. This is a unique collection that steps away from the usual conventions and tropes of apocalypse fiction.

I’m very fond of my story in this book, “El Caballo Muerte”, so I hope you enjoy it too!  The link to purchase is here:

http://www.amazon.com/Fat-Zombie-Unlikely-Survivors-Apocalypse-ebook/dp/B00SS5TKCS

New review of Carnies!

November 12th, 2014

There’s been another nice review of Carnies, this time at Horror Addicts.  It’s always great to see people enjoying the book!

https://horroraddicts.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/review-carnies-by-martin-livings/

Free flash story for Halloween – “Party Games”

October 31st, 2014

To celebrate Halloween and Free Fiction Friday, here’s a flash story!  Enjoy!

 

“Party Games”

Martin Livings 2014

 

“These are the dead man’s eyes,” Alvan tells the blindfolded children. They’re passed from tiny hand to tiny hand, each child flinching at the round, sticky objects.

One boy doesn’t flinch, though. “Aw, they’re just peeled grapes,” he whines loudly.

Alvan ignores him, gets the next object. “And these are his brains.”

The children shudder as they take it in their hands, making disgusted noises.

“It’s just a wet sponge,” says the boy. “Lame!”

“And these are his intestines.”

They stretch all the way across the children, slick and slimy.

“Sausages,” the boy yawns, hands sliding across them. “Big deal!”

Alvan leans forward, whispers in the boy’s ear.

“Take off your blindfold.”

The boy does, and looks at what’s in his hands. The ropy tube is laid out across all the little laps, pink and lumpy and covered with blood. It leads to a gaping wound in the stomach of a little girl, slumped back in her chair, party dress soaked red. Next to her, a little boy sits limp, eye sockets hollowed out, leaving a complicated mess behind, and another boy has the top of his head sliced clean off and placed on the table in front of him like an ashtray.

“Your turn, lad,” Alvan whispers, and a pungent-smelling cloth is pressed across his face. He’s unconscious before Alvan opens the boy’s mouth and reaches inside with one hand, shears in the other.

“And this,” he says to the remaining children, “is the dead man’s tongue…”

Carnies cheap for Halloween!

October 28th, 2014

I’m sure everyone already owns a copy of Carnies by now, but if not, the ebook is going to be discounted from $4.99 to $2.99 for Halloween.  What better way of spending this dark day than by reading about werewolves?  Don’t bother trying to think of an answer, for there is none.  None, I tell you!

The link is http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JPFB0QO.

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