Stories for Henri: Cal Marcius

The next teaser image. Our editor Aidan Thorn says, ‘The Caller is a brilliant and creepy tale from Mr Cal Marcius… This one really gets under the skin.’

Coming in February!

Inevitable - Stories for Henry


Coming Soon: Paladins

About the end of February there will be a new anthology put together by Aidan Thorn to honour of the courage of Henrietta Furchtenicht. These gritty stories have one other thing in common: they’re all about people who step up to the fight because they see someone in need. All proceeds from the sales will be donated to Myeloma Foundation.

From Henrietta’s foreword:

A few years ago I would have never imagined myself writing these words on the night before Christmas 2015. When my oncologist first diagnosed me with Multiple Myeloma in June of 2012 he only gave me 6 months to live. I was already in the last stage of this rare form of blood cancer that attacks the plasma cells found in the bone marrow. At the time of my diagnosis I had seven broken ribs on my left side. He told me that there was no cure for my type of cancer. We could only treat it to the point of remission with high doses of chemotherapy and stem cell transplants. This is when I was first introduced to Dr. Guido Tricot, the finest oncologist that Belgium has ever produced. He has kept me alive, though at times I thought he was trying to kill me in the process…

Table of Contents

Foreword – Henrietta Furchtenicht
Heir to the Throne – Keith Nixon
Jabs and Uppercuts – Jason Beech
Free Fall – Bill Baber
Strangers in Vegas – Aidan Thorn
Regarding Henri – Darren Sant
Uncle Jim – Ryan Bracha
The Caller – Cal Marcius
Deathsmell – Linda Angel
Pass the Parcel – Robert Cowan
Then Tommy Came Home – Craig Furchtenicht
The Burned Earth – Gareth Spark
Take My Pain – Matt Mattila
Inevitable – Graham Wynd (Kate Laity)
Low and Outside – Christopher Davis
Balancing the Scales – Dave Jaggers
Back in the Day – Gabriel Valjan

My story ‘Inevitable’ is a creepy tale of nuisance neighbours that gets more and more dangerous as the hours pass by and the vengeance escalates. Yes, of course it’s also a Fall song title.

In the coming days I’ll give some more teasers of what’s in store from this great slate of writers, writing from the heart — and kicking you in the gut.


Rogue: Cal Marcius

Cal comes with an eyepatch and this ominous advice: when you’re doing DIY, wear goggles! I suspect some sort of caper behind this really…

Who’s your Rogue?

Something Rotten is about Barnes, a single father who wants nothing more than to live a quiet life with his son. He’s not a rogue as such, just a father who will do anything to protect the things that are close to him, at whatever cost.

What crime would you really want to get away with?

When it comes to children, wouldn’t we all like to be a little bit like Barnes?

What author can’t you do without?

Arthur Conan Doyle. Thanks to his Sherlock Holmes stories I became obsessed with reading mysteries, and later crime in all its many forms. My parents gave me a kid’s version of his collected stories when I was about nine, and my cousin and I would send each other letters as Holmes and Watson. Now, I read anything by Michael Marshall, Christopher Fowler and J.A. Kerley. The list could go on, but I can’t name everyone.

What movie best captures the criminal life?

Wild Bill, a depressingly realistic British film by Dexter Fletcher, well worth watching. On a more light hearted note, RocknRolla by Guy Ritchie. [Ed: a fave of mine too]

Are you a criminal mastermind or just a mild-mannered dreamer?

A dreamer, but there’s still time to become a criminal mastermind.

Twitter: @CalMarcius

Buy it at Amazon US or UK.

Out Now: Bonkers in Phoenix

Rogue Bonkers in Phoenix

Get your Rogue on! Yes, the hard-hitting anthology of 22 killer tales is out now from Near to the Knuckle. Watch the trailer and check out the list of names included —

You find yourself on the wrong side of town. It’s late and your only option is to walk down a narrow pitch-black alley. Your heart is pounding. You’re sure that you can hear footsteps, but there’s no one in sight. The sound of soft feet approaching, is getting ever closer. You start to break into a jog. There’s a light at the end of the alley but suddenly a figure steps from the shadows. He is smartly dressed and smiling and yet you have a bad feeling about this. He reaches into his pocket…

Rogue the second anthology from the Near to the Knuckle website brings you a whole host of talent all bringing you their best stories featuring Rogues. This anthology was brought to you by this list of Rogues:
Gareth Spark, Tess Makovesky, Gabriel Valjan, Craig Furchtenicht, Paul Brazill, Richard Godwin, Aidan Thorn, Gary Duncan, Dave Jaggers, Walter Conley, Cal Marcius, T Maxim Simmler, Mark Cooper, Bill Baber, Robert Cowan, Ryan Bracha, Matt Mattila, Graham Wynd, Benedict J Jones, Liam Sweeny, Alan Griffiths and Keith Nixon

Buy it at Amazon US or UK. Listen to the Fall song that inspired my story.