Joseph Sale

Joseph Sale - Editor

Guildford, UK

Writer and editor with 20+ books published (fiction under his own name, non-fiction ghost-written). Helps you get from good to great.

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Overview


Joseph Sale is an editor, novelist, and writing coach. His first novel, The Darkest Touch, was published by Dark Hall Press in 2014. Since, he has authored ten novels, including his duology Gods of the Black Gate and Beyond the Black Gate. He grew up in the Lovecraftian seaside town of Bournemouth.

He edits non-fiction and fiction, helping fledgling authors to realise their potential. He has edited some of the best new voices in speculative fiction including Ross Jeffery, Emily Harrison, Christa Wojciechowski, and more. He uses a tried and tested Five Act Structure to help writers resolve issues with their narrative. His short fiction has appeared in Tales from the Shadow Booth, edited by Dan Coxon, as well as in Idle Ink, Silver Blade, Fiction Vortex, Nonbinary Review, Edgar Allan Poet and Storgy Magazine. His stories have also appeared in anthologies such as Technological Horror (Dark Hall Press), Burnt Fur (Blood Bound Books) and Exit Earth (Storgy). In 2017 he was nominated for The Guardian’s ‘Not The Booker’ prize.
Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Fantasy
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Horror
Non-Fiction
Technology

Certifications

  • English with Creative Writing BA First Class
  • Advanced Creative Writing (with Richard Thomas) (2018)
  • Novel In A Year (with Richard Thomas) (2019)

Awards

  • Nominated: 'Not the Booker Prize' (2017)
  • Sundress Award for Literary Excellence (2014)

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
December, 2017 – Present (almost 2 years)

The Mindflayer is a professional editor, content-creator, ghost-writer, and writing coach. He can help you turn your scrawled notes into a fully-fledged non-fiction or fiction book. Or else, edit your 150,000 word behemoth into something slim, sleek and fit for publication. He has worked for several blue-chip companies, but loves working with indie-authors, independent businesses, and radical game-changers looking to share their message with the world.

Editor & Creative

Storgy
January, 2018 – Present (almost 2 years)

STORGY was founded in 2013 by Tomek Dzido and Anthony Self as a means by which to explore the short story form and engage with readers and artists alike. An online literary short story magazine consisting of a core group of dedicated writers, STORGY aims to inspire artistic collaboration and provide opportunities for creative minds to meet. My role is to work collaboratively with the team to produce some of the finest anthologies and novel-series out there.

Project Lead

Self-employed
September, 2017 – Present (about 2 years)

†3Dark is a unique project that will showcase both the written and visual artwork of some of this century’s greatest hidden creatives. The aim of †3Dark is to feature work that will explore the sacred and profane, the holy and damned, the beatific and the demonic. It is inspired by the work of Craig Clevenger and television such as Lynch's Twin Peaks and True Detective. After a rocky start, †3Dark acquired funding via an IndieGoGo campaign, and released its first issue in September 2017. It released its second volume in 2018.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Gods of the Black Gate

Joseph Sale

“There are those who bow to darkness. And there are others to whom darkness bows.” In 2060 Caleb Rogers and his partner Tom Marvin put away one of the most dangerous serial killers Texas has ever known: Craig Smiley, an ex-infantry mental patient who believes he can summon seven gods through a series of disturbing rituals. Caleb and Tom secured him a life sentence in Mars's toughest prison. Th... read more

“There are those who bow to darkness. And there are others to whom darkness bows.” In 2060 Caleb Rogers and his partner Tom Marvin put away one of the most dangerous serial killers Texas has ever known: Craig Smiley, an ex-infantry mental patient who believes he can summon seven gods through a series of disturbing rituals. Caleb and Tom secured him a life sentence in Mars's toughest prison. Th... read more

Beyond the Black Gate

Joseph Sale

Once, he killed in the name of the gods.Now, he’ll kill the gods. Following on from the events of Gods of the Black Gate. Craig Smiley was once one of the most dangerous serial killers the world had ever known. He killed in the name of seven dark gods. Now, betrayed and offered up as a sacrifice by the very deities he served, Smiley finds himself transported to a mysterious realm beyond the Bl... read more

Once, he killed in the name of the gods.Now, he’ll kill the gods. Following on from the events of Gods of the Black Gate. Craig Smiley was once one of the most dangerous serial killers the world had ever known. He killed in the name of seven dark gods. Now, betrayed and offered up as a sacrifice by the very deities he served, Smiley finds himself transported to a mysterious realm beyond the Bl... read more

The Meaning of the Dark

Joseph Sale

Pilot 93 has been cut off from New Babylon, lost through a wormhole. Communications have stopped. He is alone at the edge of the universe in a one man ship. With rapidly dwindling oxygen, food and fuel, he must find a way to survive, but what will prove even harder is finding a reason to. Haunted by visitations from an infamous serial killer and with only a black box of recordings and his ship... read more

Pilot 93 has been cut off from New Babylon, lost through a wormhole. Communications have stopped. He is alone at the edge of the universe in a one man ship. With rapidly dwindling oxygen, food and fuel, he must find a way to survive, but what will prove even harder is finding a reason to. Haunted by visitations from an infamous serial killer and with only a black box of recordings and his ship... read more

Nekyia -- the Collected Four Horsemen and the Fifth Horseman

Joseph Sale

Across time, across worlds, the dark prophets are surfacing. And above the rabble of maniacs and heretics are four supreme lords. A weaver of illusions. A life-drinking mastermind. A psychotic scientist breaking with reality. And, highest of all, The Prince with his hypnogogic eye. Where the horsemen go, hunger, death, terror and sickness follow. As their dark plots unfold, their paths will co... read more

Across time, across worlds, the dark prophets are surfacing. And above the rabble of maniacs and heretics are four supreme lords. A weaver of illusions. A life-drinking mastermind. A psychotic scientist breaking with reality. And, highest of all, The Prince with his hypnogogic eye. Where the horsemen go, hunger, death, terror and sickness follow. As their dark plots unfold, their paths will co... read more

The Darkest Touch

Joseph Sale

In the aftermath of a world-wide nuclear conflict, dark forces have taken control in New York City. Gifted with powers beyond reckoning, the Touched have inherited the after world, instating their own notion of order, and killing all who oppose their rule. But rebels are gathering, along with strange voices that sound in the deep, and the dark city is about to go even darker.

In the aftermath of a world-wide nuclear conflict, dark forces have taken control in New York City. Gifted with powers beyond reckoning, the Touched have inherited the after world, instating their own notion of order, and killing all who oppose their rule. But rebels are gathering, along with strange voices that sound in the deep, and the dark city is about to go even darker.

Dark Hall Press Techno-Horror Anthology

Oliver Smith, Michael Bray, DJ Tyrer, Tim Jeffreys, Brett J. Talley, Gerry Griffiths, Josh Strnad, Kierce Sevren, Patrick Lacey

Dark Hall Press is proud to present our Techno-Horror Anthology - ten tales of technological terrors from some of the most talented voices in the field. In the vein of such seminal works as Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN, H.G. Wells's THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, and Ira Levin's THE STEPFORD WIVES, these stories depict the horrific consequences of man's desire to subvert the natural order through sc... read more

Dark Hall Press is proud to present our Techno-Horror Anthology - ten tales of technological terrors from some of the most talented voices in the field. In the vein of such seminal works as Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN, H.G. Wells's THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, and Ira Levin's THE STEPFORD WIVES, these stories depict the horrific consequences of man's desire to subvert the natural order through sc... read more

EXIT EARTH

STORGY BOOKS

From Trumpocalypse to Brexit Britain, brick by brick the walls are closing in. But don’t despair. Bulldoze the borders. Conquer freedom not fear. EXIT EARTH explores all life – past, present, or future – on, or off – this beautiful, yet fragile, world of ours. Final embraces beneath a sky of flames. Tears of joy aboard a sinking ship. Laughter in a lonely land. Dystopian or utopian, realist or... read more

From Trumpocalypse to Brexit Britain, brick by brick the walls are closing in. But don’t despair. Bulldoze the borders. Conquer freedom not fear. EXIT EARTH explores all life – past, present, or future – on, or off – this beautiful, yet fragile, world of ours. Final embraces beneath a sky of flames. Tears of joy aboard a sinking ship. Laughter in a lonely land. Dystopian or utopian, realist or... read more

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