A Review of Amazon Reviews…

I spent the last two years actively trying to improve my Amazon Reviewer ranking. So from starting at a ranking of something like 2.656.832 I've now (as of November 2021) reached the dizzying heights of 526. That gets me a little badge, and, recently, entry into the Vine Voice programme. (For those of you not... Continue Reading →

Writing Horror for Young Adults Part 1

"I wrote a few children's books... not on purpose." - Steven WrightI'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 be... Continue Reading →

Newcastle Noir 2019: An Interview with Luke McCallin and Paul Hardisty

I was lucky enough to be invited to facilitate a session at this weekend's Newcastle Noir Literary Crime Festival, held in the Central Library in my old home town of Newcastle. The session was entitled, 'The Men in Black' - due to the fact that the authors interviewed write novels firmly entrenched in the 'real... Continue Reading →

SPECIAL OFFER: BURNING ANTHOLOGY.

As I've previously mentioned I have a short story 'The Five Votive Candles of Joe Wray' published in a rather fine collection entitled 'Burning: An Anthology of Short Thrillers' published by Burning Chair. The good folks at Burning Chair are running a very special price countdown now readers in the UK and the US: From... Continue Reading →

Designing a Book Cover

NOTE: THIS POST IS ORIGINALLY FROM THIS SITE'S SISTER BLOG RAGTAGMAGPIE.COM Visit RagTag for ideas around arts and crafts, bios on famous artists from all media and genres, and the projects my wife is currently working on. It's updated daily and contains a huge amount of material. Here's the post- enjoy, and if you want... Continue Reading →

January 2019: a recap

New for 2019 I thought I'd do a brief recap of what's happened each month. It's likely gratuitous self-promotion, and if anything major has happened you can be pretty sure it's already been mentioned elsewhere, but I'm using this as a bit of a self-check to ensure I'm keeping busy and 'doing stuff'. Main points... 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 →

A busy week ahead…

Just a quick update to say it's been a busy couple of weeks, but am hoping the effort is all going to be worth it over the coming days with not one, but two new publications: one all my own work, one I'm honored to have been a part of it, and my first writing... Continue Reading →

Coming Soon…

One last post today - I promise. Just to give a heads up that there'll be a few changes on the blog coming soon. Some design tweaks, some exciting news about new publications, and a new series of posts I'm excited about writing and sharing with you. A couple of people have pointed out I... Continue Reading →