The Horror Tree interview

In my third (and final – for now) interview to promote The Lamppost Huggers, I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Lional Ray Green for The Horror Tree. We talked about a whole range of stuff, including writing with kids (a theme that crops up in the collection), my love of making music, and how I’m missing the daily commute during lockdown.

The Horror Tree is a fantastic resource for genre writers, providing comprehensive listings of all the latest opportunities, as well as a wealth of reviews, interviews and original fiction.

His book, The Lamppost Huggers and Other Wretched Tales, is an awesome collection of unsettling flash fiction horror.

Lionel Ray Green, The Horror Tree

Ginger Nuts of Horror interview

Writers have blind spots – that’s why we can read the same typo a hundred times and not see it. Sometimes we make mistakes. This is why it’s so important to have beta readers and editors who are at the top of their game, and why we need to listen to their feedback.

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Ginger Nuts of Horror (“Christopher Stanley is hugging lampposts”). As with all great interviews, some of the questions were thought-provoking and hard to answer. I enjoyed having the opportunity to reflect on why horror has the reputation it does, and what horror movements might emerge as a result of the current pandemic – and also which of my characters I’d least like to meet.

Gwendolyn Kiste interview

Christopher and I discussed favorite authors, inspirations, and what’s next…

Gwendolyn Kiste

Gwendolyn Kiste is the multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Rust Madiens, And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe, and Pretty Marys All in a Row. She’s also really nice. I’m a big fan of her short stories, and The Rust Maidens was one of my favourite novels of 2019.

Gwendolyn was kind enough to interview me for her blog. We talked about a lot of things, including the launch of The Lamppost Huggers, The Forest is Hungry, and what I have coming up next – check it out.

Ginger Nuts of Horror review: The Lamppost Huggers

There’s even a spooky appliance story which gives Stephen King a run for his money…. 

Ben Walker, Ginger Nuts of Horror

The next review of The Lamppost Huggers is from Ben Walker at Ginger Nuts of Horror. I was a bit nervous about this one as I don’t know Ben well, but he’s written a cracking review with some fantastic lines, like: “…if you want to talk range, you’re in for more variety than a week-long jumble sale here.” Love it – check it out.

…the book takes you on a worldwide tour of dangerous destinations, and a range of diverse characters get pushed through Stanley’s weird wringer. 

Ben Walker, Ginger Nuts of Horror

STORGY review: The Lamppost Huggers

I know, I know, it’s odd to read a review where the reviewer doesn’t tell you anything about the stories held within the collection, but that is just what I’m going to doing, and for good reason. You see the stories held within this collection need to be discovered by you…

Ross Jeffery, STORGY

Fellow Bristolian and horror-writer, Ross Jeffrey, has written a cracking review of The Lamppost Huggers for STORGY magazine – check it out.

Ross was kind enough to provide blurbs for both The Lamppost Huggers and The Forest is Hungry, and I really appreciate his support and enthusiasm for my writing.

On the same day The Lamppost Huggers was published, STORGY published an ‘anthology of hope and isolation’ called You Are Not Alone, to help people affected by homelessness. The anthology features my flash fiction story, Canyonlands, as well as stories by Ross, Tim Lebbon, Gemma Amor and many, many others – check it out.

The Lamppost Huggers creates a tsunami of macabre delights…

Ross Jeffery, STORGY

Aphotic Realm review: The Lamppost Huggers

…there is a terrible darkness held within these pages.

Morgan Tanner (Aphotic Realm)

Morgan Tanner has written a fantastic review of The Lamppost Huggers, including a summary of all his favourite stories, for Aphotic Realm magazine’s review corner – check it out.

Aphotic Realm is a print and online magazine, which publishes “short stories of any genre as long as they are dark, sinister, or eerie in tone.” I’ve had a few stories published in Aphotic Realm over the years, including the debut and first anniversary print issues, and one of the tales in The Lamppost Huggers (Two Weeks to Wolf) first appeared in issue #5.

Little Black Holes was probably my favourite story. People become obsessed with the darkness (aren’t we all??). Shadows and blackness become things of great intrigue. One woman, whose son becomes one of the afflicted, tries her hardest to be strong and resilient and not look. But little black holes appear everywhere…

Morgan Tanner (Aphotic Realm)

S J Budd review: The Lamppost Huggers

What really shines out from this collection is the scope of Christopher Stanley’s imagination and his ability to draw upon a huge variety of terror…

S J Budd

Reviews are starting to trickle in the The Lamppost Huggers so word is obviously getting out, which is very exciting! I wanted to share the reviews as they appeared, starting with Sarah Budd’s review in her blog, Come and Behold My Dark World. She was kind enough to give The Lamppost Huggers five stars on Goodreads, so I had a feeling it would be a good one…

Each tale featured in here is amazing. I didn’t find one that was below par.

SJ Budd

Create50 blog: Lamppost hugging for beginners

Back in December 2018, I won Create50’s ‘The Singularity’ competition with a story called Hive Mind, about robot bees. I found out that I’d won during a lavish award ceremony at the Cinema Museum in London, and it was an incredible night!

I wrote a blog for Create50, talking about my journey from that once-in-a-lifetime night to the publication of The Lamppost Huggers – and here it is: Lamppost hugging for beginners.

Create50 is a “creative writing and filmmaking community” whose aim is to “platform the talent of tomorrow by uniting our collective resources, creativity and talent to breakout 50 new creatives at a time.”

The Singularity is “a collection of 50 science fiction stories from the most thought provoking voices in new SciFi literature”, tackling the question: “What will happen when technology surpasses humanity?” Check out the video to find out more.

Publication Day!

It’s here! It’s now! The Lamppost Huggers and Other Wretched Tales has finally been released to the wild where it belongs. If you haven’t done so already, I hope you’ll buy it or seek it out in your local library. And I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

My thanks, as always, to Josh, Andie and Patrick at The Arcanist who have made this a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. They’ve all gone above and beyond, and I really appreciate it. Thanks also to Kealan for the wonderful artwork, Christina for the thoughtful introduction, and to all the fine authors who have said such kind things about it.

It has been a wild ride, and it’s not over yet.

Stanley proves himself a master of modern horror in the short form. From tales of domestic betrayal to stories of the absurd, this debut collection of terrifying flash will leave you wondering if you’re safe in your own home. Not to be missed!

—Christina Dalcher, Sunday Times bestselling author of VOX

Kendall Reviews interview and review: The Forest is Hungry

Demain Publishing has put out so many stunning releases with their stellar Short! Sharp! Shocks! series that you’d be hard pressed to pick out an absolute best. Saying that – what I read with ‘The Forest is Hungry‘ would be a strong contender in that category.

Steve Stred, Kendall Reviews

Kendall Reviews have posted Steve Stred’s glowing review of my year-old novelette, The Forest is Hungry – check it out.

Below the review, you’ll also find my recent interview with Kendall Reviews, where I discuss The Forest is Hungry in a lot more detail. It was a challenging interview, with some fantastic questions that really probed the story to gain a better understanding of the more speculative aspects, and I thoroughly enjoyed taking part.

My heartfelt thanks to Steve and everyone at Kendall Reviews for their kind words and support.