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Gunboy by Leighton Dean is published today…

Very excited to confirm that Gunboy,  a completely plausible near future fast-paced, brutal techno thriller is published today. It’s a great story, uncompromising, and brilliantly written.

This is the first novel for author, Leighton Dean and it is a wonderful story. So plausible in fact, it’s quite worrying.

If you’d like to buy it click here. Paperback will follow on later today and the dust-jacketed signed hardback is available here.

Alex Laybourne joins Space Dock…



19th October 2016 | Worldwide

Visit www.ticketyboopress.co.uk/ or www.space-dock.co.uk for contact details, review copies, submission-calls, and more.

Paul Corcoran is said to be delighted at his second acquisition as editor of Space Dock. Alex Laybourne has signed a 3-book deal which starts with Lost and Found and will be published early 2017


Alex’s novel follows Glenn Hawke’s tragic past which forged him into a fearsome bounty hunter, but when a job takes him to the edge of the free systems, Glenn is forced to into a confrontation with the man who changed his life, so long ago.

He’s about to learn that sometimes when you start chasing ghosts, they don’t hide – they lie waiting…


Alex is the author of thirteen novels. He was born and raised in the coastal English town Lowestoft, it should come as no surprise (to those that have the misfortune of knowing this place) that he became a horror writer.

From an early age Alex was sent to schools which were at least 30 minutes’ drive away and so spent most of his free time alone, as the friends he did have lived too far away for him to be able to hang out with them in the weekends or holidays.

He’s been a writer as long as he can remember and has always had a vivid imagination. To this very day he finds it all too easy to just drift away into his own mind and explore the world he creates; where the conditions always seem to be just perfect for the cultivation of ideas, plots, scenes, characters and lines of dialogue.

Alex is married and has five wonderful children; James, Logan, Ashleigh, Damon and Riley. Alex’s biggest dream for them is that they grow up, and spend their lives doing what makes them happy, whatever that is.

For people who buy Alex’s work, he hopes that they enjoy what they read and that he can create something that takes them away from reality for a short time. For Alex, the greatest compliment he can receive is not based on rankings but by knowing that people enjoy what he produces, that they buy his work with pleasure and never once feel as though their money would have been better spent elsewhere.


Announcement: Table of Contents for Aliens: The Truth is Coming

aliensThe time has come to reveal the final Table of Contents for Tickety Boo Press’ inaugural Aliens anthology, The Truth is Coming.


Foreword and Acknowledgements by Andrew Angel


In Plain Sight by Juliana Spink Mills

Geometry by Alex Davis

Gods of the Ice Planet by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Island Visit by Nathan Hystad

Even the Klin Are Only Human by Bryn Fortey

A New Dawn by Liz Gruder

Rent by Steven Poore

Salvage by MJ Kobernus

The Devil’s Rock by William Anderson

The Man Who Wasn’t Dead by Terry Grimwood

We Three Remain by Stewart Hotston

Welcome to Cosmic Journey by Michael Chandos

The Zoo of Dark Creatures by Leslie J Anderson

Here by Tim James


We’re exceedingly proud of each of these tales and we’re looking forward to publishing this anthology; there really is something for everyone in this book, with many different explorations of aliens and their effect on humanity.

Look out for posts spotlighting each author and story in the run-up to publication – the 20th of October is a bit too close for comfort, so we’ll be releasing this anthology on the 30th. Keep an eye on the site and on our Facebook Page for pre-order details.

Tickety Boo Rises!


PP Corcoran joins Tickety Boo Space Dock as acquiring editor…

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07 September 2016 | Worldwide

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Paul P Corcoran Joins Tickety Boo Press – Author of ‘The Saiph Series’ Will Head Space Dock Imprint

Tickety Boo Press’ Space Dock Imprint Gains Paul P Corcoran


d1tcbzns7qs-_sl250_fmpng_Paul P Corcoran, author of the Amazon best-selling ‘Saiph’ novels, will be taking over as Editor of Tickety Boo Press’ Space Dock Imprint. The imprint, dedicated to finding and publishing new and established authors writing Space Opera, Military SF, Post-Apocalyptic, Time Travel and ‘Alien Worlds’ tales, is perfectly situated to bring exciting, hard-hitting, character-driven novels to a constantly growing market.

Paul Corcoran is ideally suited to running Space Dock­ – not only has he served in the military in various roles, including security and intelligence, but his knowledge of the military and his love of Science Fiction have already combined into becoming a full-time career as a writer of action-packed SF.

Dave de Burgh, Acquiring Editor for Tickety Boo Press, said, “Paul brings a wealth of expertise and experience to Tickety Boo Press, and I’m looking forward to reveal all the wonderful authors he’ll discover.”

Gary Compton, Managing Director of TBP, said, “I think when you are a fan of someone as a writer and a person, to then work with them is amazing. With Paul’s contacts and fans, I have no doubt he will be a great asset to Tickety Boo Press Ltd.”

Paul had the following to say regarding his appointment to Editor for the Space Dock Imprint:

“I’m really excited about the prospect of finding new up and coming talent and, with the help of the team at Tickety Boo Press, introducing their work to a worldwide audience.”

The Space Dock Imprint is currently open to submissions see here

Tickety Boo Press is a proud Speculative Fiction publisher of quality novels and anthologies. Find out more at http://ticketyboopress.co.uk

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Paul P Corcoran is the author of several books, including the Amazon best-selling science fiction Saiph Series: Discovery of the Saiph, Search for the Saiph, Hunt for the Saiph and the forthcoming Legacy of the Saiph.  The first three books in the Saiph series are currently available on ebook, paperback and audiobooks. ‘Legacy of the Saiph’ will follow in all of these formats in 2016.

At the beginning of 2016 Paul collaborated with three other British military science fiction best-selling authors to release a four-novel anthology entitled ‘The Empire at War’ which became an Amazon best-seller within weeks of it’s release.   He is currently working on ‘Invasion’ the first instalment of the K’Tai War trilogy.  This trilogy will be published over 2016 and early 2017 and all three books will again be available as ebooks, paperbacks and Tantor Media, the largest independent audio book publisher in the US, has already optioned the trilogy.

Most recently Retropunk have optioned the Saiph Series and will soon be publishing the ebook and paperback in Portuguese.

Paul grew up in the British Army having joined at just 17 ½ years old and spent the next twenty plus years there while devouring any and all science fiction he could get his hands on. Post army he stayed in the security and intelligence worlds and with more time on his hands put his military skills and experiences to good use by combining them with his lifetime love of sci-fi to create stories of space marines, space battles and fantastic technologies for his reader’s enjoyment (and his own).

With the success of his début Saiph series Paul has turned his one-time hobby into a career and now concentrates on writing, much to the horror of his wife who puts up with him at home on a full-time basis.

You can visit him at:

Space – The Zeborian Singularity…

So the first of the Space books: Space – Houston We Have a Problem is in the bag. The last batch of stories will be read by next week and authors will be notified.

So what next – good point?

Space – The Zeborian Singularity.

Premise is:

“In 1947 an alien craft crash-landed on Earth and the spaceship and its occupants were quickly taken to Area 51. Sadly, the aliens died but not before revealing who they were and what they stood for.

Over the next forty years NASA engineers back-engineered a device found onboard.

On January 28, 1986 the system was loaded onto the Shuttle Challenger and would be tested in space by the crew. The experiment was highly classified.

Sadly, the unconnected explosion activated the Zeborian Matrix and a singularity close to Earth formed. The wormhole provided an easy and quick way to move across galaxies and find new worlds but also it made it more accessible for Alien races to visit and possibly attack Earth.”

So once your ship either goes through the singularity or a ship comes to Earth – your story can start from there. No lines to include in this one.

Submissions to space@ticketyboopress.co.uk

Deadline November 16th 2017, length 2-5K

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Venus Ascending Signs a New Fantasy Novel

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For our second acquisition of the year at Venus Ascending I am proud to announce a darkly romantic fantasy by debut novelist Suzanne Jackson .

Rebecca Vasteer has a dangerous secret: she’s a witch.

Witches like Rebecca fear Rangers — men with an ability to repel their magic — because Rangers capture witches and hang them. At least, that’s the law. But not all those convicted of witchcraft end up on the gallows. Traders secretly sell them. Rangers take others to be drained of their magic — a slow and painful death for the witch.

Betrayed by her own brother, Rebecca flees the village . . . only to fall into the hands of Traders. Instead of taking her back to face the gallows, as she expects, they spirit her away to Tarmain, a luxurious estate in the country.

Nicholas Jarrett —Trader, failed Ranger — insists that Rebecca remain there as his guest. But Rebecca knows better: she is his prisoner, and Nicholas her gaoler. He intends to train her in a magic more powerful, less easy to detect. His reasons, however, are hardly altruistic. Rebecca will be sold: profit for himself and money for the Rangers.

But will his growing attraction to Rebecca, and hers to him, destroy them both?

Look for it in late spring or early summer.


darker-spFollowing the official transfer of rights between Simon Marshall-Jones and Tickety Boo Press Ltd, the latter imprint has now taken over all rights and the outstanding costs to the anthology DARKER TERRORS edited by the multiple award-winning team of Stephen Jones and David A. Sutton.

The limited edition hardcover and trade paperback editions will now be sold through the Tickety Boo Press website and other trade outlets, while an e-book edition will be available soon.

“I am delighted that Tickety Boo Press will now be involved in the publication of such a wonderful anthology,” says Gary Compton. “The original books from Gollancz undoubtedly defined the horror genre in the 1990s, and this new volume presents some of the very best stories to appear in that series.

“Also, this transfer of rights has effectively reduced Simon Marshall-Jones’ outstanding debts by a significant amount, which is good news for everyone concerned. Now the hard work begins.”

“After serious consideration,” explains co-editor Stephen Jones, “David Sutton and I decided that this would be the best course of action to not only help our friend Simon and support all that he achieved in creating Spectral Press, but it would also allow the anthology—which we are extremely proud of—to reach the widest possible readership.”

Edited by the World Fantasy Award-winning team of Stephen Jones and David A. Sutton, DARKER TERRORS collects together nineteen memorable stories by such authors as Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Ramsey Campbell, Poppy Z. Brite, Michael Marshall Smith, Christopher Fowler, Brian Lumley and Gwyneth Jones, amongst others, along with new reminiscences by both the editors and an exclusive Index detailing the authors and stories that were included in the original anthology series.

“Very creepy stuff!” —John Landis, director of AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON and Michael Jackson’s THRILLER.

All customer orders will now be fulfilled by Tickety Boo Press Ltd., and copies are available to buy directly from the website at ticketyboopress.co.uk and selected specialist booksellers.

For more information contact: gary.compton@ticketyboopress.co.uk

Dan Weatherer joins Tickety Boo Press’ Spectral Imprint…

12341064_887742204648974_2697003780286330967_nGary Compton of Tickety Boo Press is delighted to announce that Dan Weatherer has joined Tickety Boo Press’ new imprint, Scarier 51.

His collection of tales, Neverlight will be released as a limited hardback and ebook in the spring. Then followed by a mass-market paperback.

Gary said. “He had watched Dan Weatherer from afar and was impressed with his talent and drive to succeed. With his following on social media growing everyday, it was an easy decision to make.”

Award-winning author Dan Weatherer  was first published by Haunted Magazine in Spring, 2013. “The Legend of the Chained Oak” was an immediate success and was made into a short film which won the award for ‘Best Horror’ at the Portobello Independent Film Festival (2014), ‘Best Short’ at The Bram Stoker International Film Festival (2014) and also the ‘Best UK Short Film’ award at the Stoke Your Fires Film Festival 2014. The film featured at numerous film festivals around the world during 2014. The premiere screening took place in his hometown of Cheadle, Staffordshire, where he kindly donated all of the proceeds to local charities.

In 2015 Dan was shortlisted for the prestigious position of Staffordshire Poet Laureate 2016-2018.

Aside from the publication of numerous short stories with a multitude of presses, his next major project was a solo collection of short stories titled ‘The Soul That Screamed’ (Winner of the Preditors & Editors™ Readers’ Poll ‘Best Anthology 2013’.)

A further two collections “Only the Good Burn Bright” and “Neverlight” quickly followed.

His first non-fiction book titled ‘What Dwells Within’ is due to be released in the Autumn of 2015 and details the life’s work of paranormal investigator Jayne Harris.

An accomplished playwright, interest in Dan’s stage plays is high. Expect to see Dan’s work on stage very soon.

He lives in Staffordshire, where is married to his wife Jenni and is a (proud) full-time dad to his daughter Bethany and his son Nathan.

Visit www.fatherdarkness.co.uk for more information.


“The Soul That Screamed”  – Winner of the Critters Writers Workshop ‘Best Anthology  of 2013.’

“Legend of the Chained Oak” – Winner of Best Short award at Bram Stoker International Film Festival 2014

“Legend of the Chained Oak” – Winner of the ‘Best Horror’ award at the Portobello Film Festival 2014

“Legend of the Chained Oak” – ‘Best UK Short Film’ award at the Stoke Your Fires Film Festival 2014.

 “Ta Skoulikia”Finished in the Top 3 in the 2013 Screen-con Horror Writing Competition

“One and Free”March 2014, Runner-up in Spring Flash Contest, Massacre Magazine.

“Only The Good Burn Bright” – Sep 2014, Winner Autumn Flash Contest, Massacre Magazine.

Shortlisted for Staffordshire Poet Laureate 2016-2018

Top Ten Finalist in “Best of the Best 2015 Sweet n Sassy Book-a-holics Best Horror Author 2015” Poll

Published Books:

“The Soul That Screamed” – October 2013 (Horrified Press) Winner of the Preditors & Editors™ Readers’ Poll ‘Best Anthology 2013’.

“Only The Good Burn Bright” – February 2015 (James Ward Kirk Fiction.)

“What Dwells Within – A Study of Spirit Attachment” – June 2015, 6th Books


 “Beige” – Performed as part of the Blackshaw Theatre New Writers Night and the Wandsworth Arts Festival, May 2015

“Beige” – Performed at Left Coast Theatre, San Francisco, May. 2015

“The Release of Theodore Marlow” – Produced/aired by Shoestring Radio Theatre, San Francisco, 2015

Song and Music:

“Maude” by The Dead Certs. October 26th 2015

Published Short Stories:

“The Legend of the Chained Oak” – May 2013, Haunted magazine.

Once a Butchers Wife” – June 22nd, 2013, Hell Whores Volume 2 (Horrified Press)

“Pride and PowerPoint” – via Kindle Self-Publishing (13/3/13)

“Florian” – August 2013, Haunted Magazine

“The Lazarus Stratum” – September 2013, Suffer Eternal vol 3 (Horrified Press)

“The Curse of Colyton” – September 2013, Suffer Eternal vol 3 (Horrified Press)

The Fall of Silas Galloway” – September 2013, Suffer Eternal Vol 3 (Horrified Press)

The Fall of Silas Galloway” – October 2013, Daylight Dims (Stealth Fiction)

“Gyll’s Whel” – Schlock bi-monthly/Nightmare Illustrated (Horrified Press)

The Fall of Silas Galloway” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWo_qR4h0Gk ( Chilling Tales for Dark Nights)

“Gilbert’s Well” – February 2014, Reginald and Friends (Colin Evans Press – In aid of Acorns Children’s Hospice )

“Gyll’s Whel” – June 2014, Silent Scream, (Blood Reigns Anthology)

“One and Free” – March 2014, Massacre Magazine

“Agnes” – May 2014, Serial Killers Quattuor, (James Ward Kirk Fiction)

“Kleevar – The Prophets of Profanity” – July 2014, Torched, (Nocturnal Press Publishing.)

“Kleevar – The Prophets of Profanity” – November 2014, Axes of Evil Vol 2 – Rise of the   Metal Gods (Morbid Books)

“Birth Of The Blackguard” – Autumn 2014, The Black Hand Supremacy (Horrified Press.)

“The Heart Of The Matter” – October 2014, Sick As Fuck (Madwriter Press)

“Only The Good Burn Brightly” – September 2014, Massacre Magazine (Massacre Publishing)

“Falworth Manor” – October 2014, Flashesinthedark.com

“Kleevar – The Prophets of Profanity”, April 2015, HorrorMetalSounds.com

Girl, Soiled,” – April 2016, Infernal Ink

The Fall of Silas Galloway” – Supernatural Magazine, June 2015

“The Thing By The Fireplace” – Supernatural Magazine, July 2015

“The Dybbuk Box” – Supernatural Magazine, August 2015

Education and Public appearances:

Excel Academy, Stoke on Trent (July 2015) – 5 Creative writing workshops

“Scribe” Middlewich Literary Festival (October 2015) – Meet the Author

“Sledge-Lit” Derby (November 2015)  Script workshop/Horror Panelist

City Central Library  (October 2015)  – Meet the Author

University of the 3rd Age (March 2016) – Meet the Author


Sledge-lit – “Is Horror ready for a new golden age?” With Charles Stross, Simon Marshall Jones, Thana Niveau and Marie O’ Regan

Scribefest – “Writers in the real world” with Catherine Green, Paula Manely and Gill Hoffs.


Instigator of the “Arnold Bennett Award for Literacy.”

Radio and Podcasts:

“Exit” – Dark Dreams Podcast (Oct 2013)

“The Dolly Who Is My Friend” – aired as part of Signal One’s Halloween Breakfast Broadcast, Oct 30th 2015.

Numerous interviews on BBC Radio Stoke regarding my work

Film work:

Writer and co-producer of the movie “The Legend of the Chained Oak” (Weatherer/Maynard Productions) Winner of the “Best Horror” at Portobello Film Festival, “Best Short” at The Bram Stoker International Film Festival and “Best UK Short Film” at Stoke Your Fires Film Festival 2014.


“Legend Of the Chained Oak”  – 3rd September 2014, Portobello Film Festival

Shown as part of the Bram Stoker International Film Festival, October 2014

Shown as part of the ‘Novella Showcase’ Television show, Michigan, 2014

Shown on 19th April 2014 @ Lulworth House, Cheadle, Staffordshire. £474 raised for the Cheadle and District Food-Bank/Cheadle Discovery Centre

Shown as part of the Phnom Penh international film festival, Cambodia, 2014.

Shown as part of the Tri-Cities International Fantastic Film Festival, USA, 2015

Shown as part of the Molise Cinema Film Festival, Italy, 2015

Shown as part of the First International Film Festival, China, 2015

Shown as part of the Fanter Film Festival, Spain, 2015

Shown as Battle Creek’s, Access Vision, Comcast Channel 16 and
Lansing’s Public Media Center, Comcast Channel 16
Both air at 11:00 PM, Fridays.
Comcast Channel 21 is in Haslett, Okemos, and East Lansing. And is also seen on AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 in 17 communities.

“Legend of the Chained Oak – A voice from the past” Shown as part of the Five Lamps Film Festival, March 2015