Clive Barker and a story for Bonfire Night

The Forbidden - Clive Barker It seems to me there are a million and one short stories in the horror/ fantasy genre written around Halloween. I've written a few myself - including a couple for my young nephews just last week...(but that's a whole other story about 'acting like an adult' and 'why did you... Continue Reading →

Talk Radio Part 1

This afternoon, Sunday 4th November at 4pm UK time, I'm going to try something different: I'll be appearing on an internet radio show entitled Stratford Words : (http://www.welcomberadio.co.uk) I've never done a radio show about writing in general, or my writing in particular. It's going to be a one hour interview with the show's host,  Nick... Continue Reading →

A Movie for Halloween

So it's that time of the year again, and once I've finished scaring the bejesus out of the local kids (I'm on a strict warning to tone things down, after 'the-night-no-one-came because 'what the hell was that you put in your window?-incident-of-2016....') and doling out enough sweets to push Cadbury's shares up by another 2%,... Continue Reading →

Writing Horror for Children

"I wrote a few children's books...not on purpose." - Stephen Wright So I wrote a story and a half over the weekend. That's not bad going - it was, in a sense, another attempt at speed writing, with a reason for the deadline... I have my two young nephews, Bartholomew and Theodore down for a... Continue Reading →

The Dangerous Life of a Writer…

Following my physiotherapist's assertion that I really need to find a better stance for writing (I think she meant physically, rather than any political leanings), I was reminded of one of my favourite Monty Python sketches that hints at exactly what sort of physical and emotional turmoil the writer can go through... https://youtu.be/rQDeU6dHX-c   Clearly,... Continue Reading →

Latest Release…Update

I'm really pleased to  be able to pass on a couple of bits of news. Well, five to be exact.. My new collection of short stories, You Could Make a Killing, is as of today available in both print and Kindle on Amazon. Even better - Amazon have included the print version in their Prime... Continue Reading →

Kindle Unlimited: A Reminder

A second post of the day, as it is a promo piece, but just a reminder, that if you have Kindle Unlimited you can read any of my two and a half books for free on Amazon. (I say 'and-a-half' because I have a story in the new anthology 'Burning'). It's £7.99 a month, and... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction of a Different Kind: An exercise: Part 1

I've previously written about flash fiction: stories of 1,000 words or less, I even included a few versions of my efforts in the subsection of it - micro fiction (100 words), and sudden fiction (750 words) elsewhere on this here site somewhere. Today I thought I'd try a different version of 'flash fiction' - although... Continue Reading →

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