St. Mark’s Eve On The Spooky Isles


My latest Article for The Spooky Isles looks at the strange traditions associated with St. Mark’s Eve. It certainly gives Halloween a run for its money!

Read the article here: https://www.spookyisles.com/2017/10/st-marks-eve/

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My Writing Life


My poor blog has been sadly neglected of late. As those of you who regularly read my updates probably know, back in May I was coming to the end of the final year of my Open University degree. Because the results of my final year were vital to my classification I decided to put the bulk of my focus into that. So, that’s why you didn’t see much of me over those busy months. After the final assignment there was the  (seemingly) endless wait for the results.

Finally, last week this rather attractive piece of paper was delivered:

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Taa Daa!

 

After the results were finally in I had a “What do I do now?” moment. Did I decide to read a book, do some blogging, write a bestseller (I can dream)?

No, I went and signed up for the M. A. in Creative Writing. This was shortly followed by cries of “What have I done?”

On Saturday my M. A. began, funnily enough, on the same day my B. A. certificate arrived.

So far so good but I reserve the right to become hysterical come assignment time.

I found it surprisingly hard to get back to writing after having some time away.  I must confess, this morning I was feeling a bit down in the dumps about my writing future. BUT THEN…

My phone lit up. It was a message from Daniel Foytik over at The Wicked Library and The Lift informing me that I had made this year’s Parsec Award Finals, not once but twice! Yes, I have two stories, The Lost Library – from The Lift and Shadows – from The Wicked Library in the finals of the “Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)” category.

The Wicked Library has also made the finals in the “Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast” category. I wish them the best of luck. They have always been very supportive of myself and the other writers.

So that cheered me up a bit!

You can see a full list of finalists here: http://www.parsecawards.com/2017-parsec-awards/2017-finalists/

The Lift Podcast – The Lost Library


The Lost Library By K. B. Goddard Artwork By Jeanette Andromeda

The Lost Library
By K. B. Goddard
Artwork By Jeanette Andromeda

 

Today I am very excited to be making my debut on The Lift Podcast. My story “The Lost Library” is available to listen to or download now.

It’s 1925 and a young woman must decide whether to marry a good man she doesn’t truly love or pursue her dreams; it’s down to Victoria and The Lost Library to help her decide.

Just click here to listen. I hope you enjoy it!

Shadows at the Door animated poster- Artwork by Brian Coldrick

Book Launch Event!


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Shadows at the Door. Artwork by Abigail Larson Image courtesy of Shadows at the Door

Hello, all. I am very excited to share this with you. The Shadows At The Door Anthology, which features one of my stories, is having a book launch party! The launch is taking place in the UK at Newcastle Castle on the 19th of November starting at 6.30pm.

Regrettably I can’t be there in person but some of the other writers from the anthology will be, and I’ll be there in spirit (no pun intended). I will be online that night sharing any updates that come through from the launch.

This is the blurb for the night’s event:

“To celebrate the launch of ‘Shadows at the Door’ a collection of original ghostly horror edited by Mark Nixon, the Moss Troopers will host a night of ghoulish terror at the Black Gate!

Seven of the authors of stories from the book will be present to start the night with a panel discussion along with illustrator Barney Bodoano.

The Moss Troopers will then present a series of eerie stories of all things that go bump in the night, including a reading of Quem Infra Nos, Mark Nixon’s sinister tale of what lies below Durham Cathedral…

So for those of you we haven’t seen for a while, come on down to the Castle – what’s the worst that could happen?

We will have refreshments on sale, and for those whose bones are truly chilled, the Black Gate is surprisingly warm and cosy for a medieval gatehouse…

Authors that will be with us:
Mark Nixon
Caitlin Marceau
Kris Holt
JC Michael
Mark Cassell
Christopher Long
Pete Alex Harris

And illustrator Barney Bodoano”

So, if you are in the Newcastle area I know my fellow authors would love to see you at the launch. This is my first anthology project and I’m very excited to see it released to readers.

Tickets for the launch night are on sale here

The Wicked Library, Shadows by K. B. Goddard, Artrk by Alex Murd

My Second Episode With The Wicked Library


Hello, folks. I’m pleased to let you know that my episode, Shadows, is now available to listen to or download on The Wicked Library. Just follow the link to listen. Happy Halloween!