Halloween Short Story Sprint…

Just a short one today, because things could get busy. Mr Pumkin up there is looking pretty pristine at the moment, but over the next eighteen hours, that could change. To celebrate the very best of days of the year I'm setting myself a challenge - just comment with a word/ phrase/ theme (not political... Continue Reading →

Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley, born on this day in 1797, had a life as Gothic as her novels: her mother died when she was less than a month old, she engaged in a romantic relationship with a married man whose wife committed suicide, the death of three children, and her husband's death by drowning, before she died... Continue Reading →

A Review of Amazon Reviews…

I've spent the last six months or so actively trying to improve my Amazon Reviewer ranking. This means I've been writing reviews on the books, music, tv shows and to a lesser extent other products I've been purchasing. You can find a list of my reviews here - take a look and if you agree with... Continue Reading →

Writing Horror for Young Adults Part 2

  Yesterday I wrote a bit about my forthcoming collection of short stories for ‘Young Adults’: a bit of background about how it came about and a little about my initial thoughts or lack thereof of what constitutes YA. Today I thought I’d look at a few general questions I’m now starting to consider (or... Continue Reading →

Writing Horror for Young Adults Part 1

"I wrote a few children's books... not on purpose." - Steven Wright I've been thinking about that joke from Steven Wright a bit recently and it's not as funny as it used to be... So here's the deal: I'm releasing a new collection of short stories - exact publication date to be confirmed but it'll... Continue Reading →

The Overrated Nature of Crime Fiction

Saturday morning started well: I woke up early, enjoyed a bit of reading (my newly delivered copy of Warren Ellis' The Authority) while listening to a new album (Red Hearse - a new discovery for me, and after a couple of listens recommended)  and planning a week up at the Edinburgh Fringe. Then I picked... Continue Reading →

Music to Write By…

A very quick one, image free and hastily written today because I need to get back to writing real stuff... I saw a post earlier today from Georgia Springate, author of Beyond (a book I've previously recommended - and which you should check out), who put down some of the music she listens to while... Continue Reading →

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