Those devilish girls, of Sigma Tau Nu — there’s simply nothing they wouldn’t do!
DRAG NOIR: this is where glamour meets grit, where everyone’s wearing a disguise (whether they know it or not) and knowing the players takes a lot more than simply reading the score cards. Maybe everyone’s got something to hide, but they’ve got something to reveal, too. Scratch the surface and explore what secrets lie beneath — it’s bound to cost someone…a lot.
Fox Spirit Books, October 2014.
White Rabbit. Fox Spirit Books, April 2014.
Disgraced former police detective James Draygo has sunk as low as his habit allows, working as a fake psychic despite his very real talents. When a media mogul’s trashy trophy wife gets gunned down at his tapping table he has to decide whether he can straighten up long enough to save his own skin. He may not have a choice with Essex’s loudest ghost bawling in his ear about cults, conspiracies and cut-rate drugs. Oblivion sounds better all the time…
Hard-Boiled Witch: Charms O’erthrown
Book three in the series
Print Length: 25 pages
Publisher: Women’s League of Ale Drinkers
Hecate Sidlaw finds herself in a wild storm of shady folks all looking for a priceless artifact that’s gone missing. With all the double dealing and surprising murders, it’s a wonder she and Henry can find out what’s really going on — and what this precious treasure could be. An ancient alchemical text may hold the answers if only Hecate and Henry can live long enough to get to the library!
Hard-Boiled Witch: Toil and Trouble
Book two in the series
Print Length: 27 pages
Publisher: Women’s League of Ale Drinkers
Hecate Sidlaw finds herself caught between a wannabe witch and one of the oldest hereditary powers in the land. When she and her familiar Henry end up as seconds in a magical duel, will anyone be left standing at the end of the shootout? Enter the dark streets and weird magic of HARD-BOILED WITCH and your life will never be quite the same. This is the second episode in the short story series.
Hard-Boiled Witch: Hocus Pocus, You’re Dead. Women’s League of Ale Drinkers, May 2014.
Hecate Sidlaw eats punks like you for breakfast — at least that’s what her familiar Henry claims. When someone needs a protection spell or a nasty hex, they knock on her door. Hecate can handle most magical problems, but what happens when a new crime kingpin gets a magic man of their own?
A Cut-Throat Business: A Chastity Flame Adventure
Tirgearr Publishing: October 2013
There’s a killer loose in London, protected in high places. Chastity Flame needs to look in the places the police can’t — or won’t — while a rogue colleague dogs her steps, looking for the key to secrets in her past. Can she find the killer before his bloodlust rises again? Will she expose her bitter rival before he targets more innocents? And how will she cope with the most dangerous mission of all — moving in with Damien.
Dark’s Carnival has already left town, but it’s left a fetid seed behind. There’s a transgressive magic that spooks the carnies and unsettles the freaks. Beyond the barkers and the punters, behind the lights and tents where the macabre and the lost find refuge, there’s a deformity that has nothing to do with skin and bones. Where tragic players strut on a creaking stage, everybody’s going through changes. Jongleurs and musicians huddle in the back. It seems as if every one’s running, but is it toward something—or away?
The carnies bring you stories, a heady mix of shadows and candy floss, dreams gone sour and nights that go on too long. Let them lure you into the tent.
Carnival: whether you picture it as a traveling fair in the back roads of America or the hedonistic nights of the pre-Lenten festival where masks hide faces while the skin glories in its revelation, it’s about spectacle, artificiality and the things we hide behind the greasepaint or the tent flap. Let these writers lead you on a journey into that heart of blackened darkness and show you what’s behind the glitz.
Underneath, we’re all freaks after all…
Lush Situation: a Chastity Flame Adventure. Tirgearr Publishing Mar 2013.
This time Chastity has to deal with human trafficking, a rogue insider and that biggest challenge of all: falling for her colleague.
“Lush Situation is a bawdy highly enjoyable romp through the sexual adventures of its incongruously but aptly named heroine Chastity Flame… There is humour here, sharply observed depictions of London life, and many climaxes, but none to match the ending. Watch out for more Lush.” ~ Richard Godwin
Weird Noir. Anthology from Fox Spirit Books (31 Oct 2012).
Edited by K. A. Laity and including stories by Richard Godwin, Joyce Chng, Paul D. Brazill, Jason Michel, Andrez Bergen and more.
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.
“Step aside, 007, and make room for Chastity Flame. Ms. Flame outwits, out-spies and definitely out-sexes James Bond in this rollicking, witty and exceptionally well-written erotic spy thriller. If you’re a fan of British comedy, look for the in-jokes. If you’re not, there’s more than enough humor, action and hot sex to satisfy any lover of romantic suspense!”
– Dana Fredsti, author of Plague Town, Plague Nation, Ripping the Bodice, Champagne and Murder for Hire.
“Chastity Flame is one thrill ride after another. [Laity] amazes me with her wonderful writing talent.”
– Coffee Time Romance (5 “cups”)
“Chastity Flame is my kind of woman — smart, savvy and always ready for a romp with the guy of her choice. I wish I’d created this character, but in [Laity]‘s capable hands you won’t be disappointed. Erotic and witty, this is a page-turner.”
– Philip Nutman, author of Wet Work
(Originally published as erotic romance: see the wide range of erotic romance titles from ‘C. Margery Kempe’ here.)
“Algernon Blackwood and Dennis Wheatley, make room: Kate and Elena are here, and their heroine Jane Quiet is taking no prisoners in the occult wars.” — Steve Bissette
“Jane Quiet is my kind of woman: smart, sexy (it’s the smart that makes her sexy), fearless when fighting monsters…and, well, she doesn’t say a lot but she knows how to kick monster ass!” — Philip Nutman
★ SHORT WORKS
Love is a Grift. Novella. forthcoming.
“Madonna of the Wasps: Ch 1 – Love.” The Blood Red Experiment vol 1, 31 Oct 2017.
“Spirits in the Night.” Short story. Spelk Fiction, 2 Jun 2017.
“Copped It.” A Twist of Noir. 27 Mar 2017.
“Repetition.” Short story. Spelk Fiction, 20 Feb 2017.
“Somewhere in Slovenia.” Short story. Near to the Knuckle, 8 Feb 2017.
“These Toys are for Tough Boys.” Featured short story. Alibi-Fest.com, 5 Feb 2017.
“Bloody Collage.” Pulp Metal Magazine, January 2017.
“Elf Prefix.” Short story. You Left Your Biscuit. Fox Spirit, Dec 2016.
“Just Waiting.” Short story. Close to the Boneyard 2012, Sep 2016.
“The Oven.” Short story. Spelk Magazine, 27 Jul 2016.
“The Cabal.” Short story. Pulp Metal Magazine, 21 Jun 2016.
“Nenn’ mich nicht Liebling.” Short story. Pulpcore: Horror und Crime Anthologie, May 2016.
“Broken Bicycles.” Short story. Drunk on the Moon: A Roman Dalton Anthology. Blackwitch Press. 15 Mar 2016.
“Inevitable.” Short story. Paladins: Stories for Henri. Mar 2016.
“It’s a Curse.” Short story. Drunk on the Moon: A Roman Dalton Anthology. Ed. Paul D Brazill. Blackwitch Press: March 2016 (new edition).
“Groteska.” Short story. Translated by Filip Cieślak. Polski Noir. Nov 2015.
“Masquerade.” Short story. Near to the Knuckle Halloween Extravaganza: 31 Oct 2015.
“Life Just Bounces.” Short story. Murder Under the Elms: Bouchercon 2015 Anthology. Art Taylor, ed. Down & Out Books: Oct 2015.
“Mesquite.” Short story. Protectors 2: Heroes, ed. Thomas Pluck: Sep 2015.
“Pink.” Flash fiction. Spelk Fiction. June 2015.
“Bonkers in Phoenix.” Short story. Rogue: A Near to the Knuckle anthology. April 2015.
“Toy Monkey.” Short story. Pulp Metal Magazine. Jan 2015.
“30 Versions of Warm Leatherette.” Short story. Pulp Metal Magazine. Dec 2014.
“Don’t Call Me Darling.” Short story. Near 2 the Knuckle. Sep 2014.
“Nenn’ mich nicht Liebling.” Short story. Pulpcore: 22 Aug 2014.
“The Tender Trap.” Flash fiction. Exiles: An Outsider Anthology. Blackwitch Press: Jun 2014.
It’s a Curse: A Roman Dalton, P.I. Yarn. Blackwitch Press, Nov 2013.
“Losing My Religion.” Kwik Krimes. Ed. Otto Penzler. Thomas & Mercer: August 2013.
“Á la Mort Subite.” Short story. Atlantis eBooks/Lite Editions. July 2013. [English/Italian language editions]
It seemed a simple hit for Symington, the only catch being he had to go abroad. Surely nothing untoward could happen in quiet Belgium; he could do the job, sample the beer and visit the Atomium like a tourist. The only complication was her…
“Noir Goddess: Ida Lupino.” Pulp Metal Magazine. 27 Jan 2013.
“Grotesque.” Short story. Thrillers, Killers ‘n’ Chillers. 21 Jan 2013.
“Spider.” Flash fiction. A Knife and a Quill. 31 Oct 2012.
“Boo.” Flash fiction. Flash Flood Magazine. 12 Oct 2012.
“Guide Me Soft.” Flash fiction. Shotgun Honey: 2 Oct 2012.
“The Bride with White Hair.” Short story. Off the Record 2: At the Movies. Eds. Luca Veste & Paul D. Brazill. Guilty Conscience: 26 September 2012.
“ASBO Bambi.” Flash fiction. Pulp Metal Magazine. 4 August 2012.
“The Claddagh Icon.” Short story. Atlantis eBooks/Lite Editions. 21 July 2012. [English/Italian language editions]
“Losing My Religion.” Flash fiction. Spinetingler Magazine. 29 June 2012. Reprinted in Kwik Krimes. Ed. Otto Penzler: forthcoming.
“Just Waiting.” Short story. Near to the Knuckle, 5 June 2012.
“Horse Clock.” Short story. Burning Bridges: A Renegade Fiction Anthology. Ed. Heath Lowrance. Renegade: April 2012. Free at Smashwords / 99¢ at Amazon: 100% of authors’ proceeds will be donated to Literacy for Incarcerated Teens.
“Bill is Dead.” Flash fiction. Pulp Metal Magazine, Spring 2012.
“Mandrake Anthrax.” Short story. A Twist of Noir, 14 Dec 2011.
“And It Felt Like a Kiss.” Flash fiction. Blink|Ink 8 (Sep 2011): 13.
“A Charming Situation.” Short story. Written for the Sherlocking fan site: now free on Scribd (Nov 2010).
“High Plains Lazarus.” Short story. Rotting Tales. Ed. Jessy Marie Roberts. Pill Hill Press, 2010.
“A Case of Dead Faces.” Short story. Nocturnal Illuminations. Ed. Kerry Morgan. Pagan Imagination (Jan 2010): 73-84.
“Eating the Dream.” Short story. Femspec 8.1/2 (2008): 108-117. Winner of the Femspec 2nd Five Years Creative Writing Award for Fiction, 2010. Reprinted in The Best of Femspec’s First Ten Years Creative Writing Awards Anthology (2012).