Two Nights in New Orleans – A Snippet

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I’m currently revising some of my short stories for a collection I’ll be releasing later this year, and I thought I’d post some unedited snippets here. This is from Two Nights in New Orleans, a story that was originally published in a magazine produced by the British Fantasy Society… Two Nights in New Orleans Annabel held her breath, “Are you a vampire?” The man stared at Annabel, the smile returning to his lips. This time she managed to hold his gaze. The world around her faded to nothing and Annabel thought they might sit there all night, but after a few seconds he looked away, out across the stone sea of the cemetery. Belinda shifted position, rearranged the black lace of her new dress and leant back against the tomb, “So what’s your name?” “Ah. That’s an interesting question.” Belinda looked unimpressed, “Is it?” “What do you think my name should be?” Annabel shook her head, “I’ve no idea.” “Go on, indulge me. Christen me.” Annabel looked at him for a moment before latching onto a name, “Simon.” “Really? I look like a Simon? Well I can’t say I’ve ever been called Simon.” “You look like a Versailles to me,” said … Read More

“Dress me like the front of a casino”

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I’m pretty sure the last music video I posted was Alexandra Savior, but Mirage has been on regular rotation on my playlist since it was released and I make no apologies for posting another one. I’m still looking forward to hearing the full album, Belladonna of Sadness, once it’s finally released. Sign up for my newsletter and get four free ebooks. CLICK HERE to get started. [“Dress me like the front of a casino” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 22nd March 2017]

Last Call

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Today is the last day to get all three books in the Leah King Trilogy for 99c each. The Girl in the City is always 99c, but tomorrow The Girl in the Wilderness and The Girl in the Machine will be going back to their normal price of $2.99. So, save yourself four bucks and pick them up today. Of course, you can also read all three books completely free on Kindle Unlimited. With the oppressive Transport Authority controlling every aspect of their existence, Leah and her father do what they can to carve out a good life for themselves. Leah spends her nights scavenging, risking capture as she hunts for salvage her father can trade for food and clothing. When Leah takes a bag of salvage from a dying stranger, she and her father are plunged into the world of Transport and its war against the terrorist organization, TRACE. As Transport closes in, Leah will need to decide who can she trust, and how far she’s prepared to go so save her father’s life. Get All Three Leah King Books for Just 99c Each The Girl in the City The Girl in the Wilderness The Girl in the Machine Sign … Read More

F is for February (and Flu)

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It’s probably ironic or something that the first year I get a flu shot is also the first year I get the flu (although I may have had it 25 or so years ago, maybe). I don’t think those two things are related – the shot was months ago and isn’t 100% effective. It is something that makes me smile though. It’s a bitter smile, but a smile nonetheless. I’m just entering my third week of being ill. I’m past the sweating, fevering, coughing up bits of odd coloured gunk stage and into the annoying cough with a mild headache and bunged up ears stage that shows no sign of letting up. It’s no longer enough to stop me functioning at something close to my normal levels (such as they are) but it’s annoying. How anyone puts up with long term illness I have no idea. I was going stir crazy within a couple of days. The first thing being ill did was completely derail my writing plans. I kept up my writing streak but that was about it. I was planning on revising Zombie Book 2 and then starting Zombie Book 3. I did the revisions, very slowly, and a bit of … Read More

Out Now – Pod Fifteen

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It’s been an action packed couple of months here at chez Harris and the thrills keep coming with the release of Tales from the Canyons of the Damned in Space 3 featuring my story, Pod Fifteen. As you can probably guess from the cover, Pod Fifteen is a creepy science fiction tale. It features ship’s pilot Ellis, an AI and a cargo hold full of corpses. I don’t want to spoil anything about the story, but suffice to say, things don’t quite go according to plan. This Fourteenth issue of Tales from the Canyons of the Damned consists of Four sharp, suspenseful, thought provoking short stories—each from a different featured master of speculative fiction. Philip Harris invites us on a journey with Pod Fifteen. Ernie Howard takes us to court with Cosmic Jury Duty. In his tale Historic, Paul K. Swardstrom shows us that the past is always near. And Daniel Arthur Smith shares the third episode of The Off World Kick Murder Squad Dark Sci Fi Slipstream Tales like you’ve never read before. I’m a big fan of Paul, Ernie and Daniel’s writing so it’s a real pleasure to have a story appear alongside them in the latest in this fantastic series of publications. … Read More

Out Now – The Girl in the Machine

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Today’s the day. Two years after the launch of The Girl in the City, the third and final book in the Leah King Trilogy, The Girl in the Machine, is available on Amazon. In a lot of ways, The Girl in the City was an accidental book. I hadn’t planned on writing it, but an idea centred around an event in Michael Bunker’s Pennsylvania series stuck in my mind. At that point, it wasn’t much more than the image of a young girl fleeing the city. I didn’t really know why she was running or what she was running from, and I can’t go into what appealed to me about the idea so much without entering spoiler territory. Suffice to say, Ethel the Muse was quite taken with this little scenario and wouldn’t shut up about it. Eventually, I gave in and wrote a novella in the hope it would scratch that particular itch and I could get back to working on Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet. I wasn’t even going to publish it, but Michael encouraged me and in the end I went ahead, got a cover, had it edited and proofread and published it. Back then it had a different cover. I thought that would be it, … Read More

Is it Really February Already?

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My January 2017 update is only eleven days late compared to the thirteen days it took me to get to the January 2016 one so I’m going to call that a win. January was a busy month for me. First up, I got to trade in cold and wet Vancouver for warm and wet San Francisco for a few days (thanks day job). While I was there I got to experience delayed flights (booo), a California storm (wet and windy), San Francisco traffic (ugh), good food (two thumbs up) and Uber (got off to a shaky start but then two thumbs up). The trip ate into my writing time significantly (although I kept my writing streak up and reached 1312 days of writing) which isn’t helping me hit the aggressive schedule I have laid out for the beginning of this year, but I did get both Zombie Book 1 (working title) and Zombie Book Prequel (working title) finished and off to my editor. That was pretty much all the writing I did, apart from a final editing pass on Pod Fifteen, a science fiction short story which will be published in Tales from the Canyons of the Damned later this year. Total word count for the month was a … Read More

One Week to Go

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There’s just one week to go before The Girl in the Machine launches. This is the point in an author’s life when the tension starts to mount. Will people like it? What if they aren’t happy with the way I ended the series? What if there’s a really bad typo on the first page? Did I get the name of Leah’s mother right? Only one week to go until I find out the answers to all those questions. For teenager Leah King, the war against the authoritarian Transport Agency is personal. With her home destroyed and her family dead, only TRACE gives her life any meaning. Under the mentorship of Sergeant Alice Williams, she’s learning how to travel through the virtual reality networks and is finally discovering her place in this dangerous new world. But a key TRACE operative has been captured. With TRACE leadership reluctant to act, Alice, Leah and the rest of their squad are forced to take matters into their own hands and attempt a rescue. The mission brings Leah face to face with a new and deadly enemy, who just may hold the secrets to her past. But time is running out, and Leah will be forced … Read More

Get Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet for 99c

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My short story, Glitch Mitchell and the Island of Terror, has just been published in the new Future Chronicles anthology – The Jurassic Chronicles. (Currently on sale for just 99c!) To celebrate the launch, I’ve put the Glitch’s full length adventure – Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet – on sale for 99c as well. That’s 75% off its normal price.   A gateway to another world. A lucky contest winner. An adventure across the cosmos! Dwayne “Glitch” Mitchell has always been obsessed with space. When he learns that NASA has discovered an alien gateway, he’s the first to enter a contest to see the incredible phenomenon. Glitch wins and he travels deep within the Colorado Rockies to get a peek. He’s in awe, but he’s also in danger. As project head Dr. Zheng discusses the gateway, an armed man calling himself John Smith takes Zheng hostage and causes an explosion. When the rubble clears, Glitch is alive but trapped with Air Force Captain Scarlett Anderson on the other side of the gateway! Far from home on an alien world, Glitch and Anderson must find Zheng before the planet’s inhabitants can eat, crush, drown, or execute them. Even if they can escape in one … Read More

The Jurassic Chronicles Q&A: Terry Maggert

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My short story, Glitch Mitchell and the Island of Terror, has just been published in the new Future Chronicles anthology – The Jurassic Chronicles. (Currently on sale for just 99c!) To celebrate the launch, I’m running a few interviews here on the site. Today, I’m talking to Terry Maggert about Noble Savage. What attracted you to the Jurassic Chronicles project? Other than the quality of Samuel’s work? It was a chance to play– without rules– and use dinosaurs with no limits. That’s too tempting. I was in. What was the inspiration for your story? Naturally, I had a teacher who inspired fear and terror in even doses. This was the fourth grade, and when combined with a love of dinosaurs, it seemed like a logical conclusion to marry time travel, dinosaurs, a matriarchal revolution, and school into one narrative. In other news, I don’t sleep much and this seemed quite a good idea at the time. I’ll let the readers decide. Where do you stand on the whole “dinosaurs had feathers” issue? They did. We have the evidence, the feathers are real, and I for one am thrilled. The vibrancy of those animals must have been something akin to magical. What are you … Read More