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 →

Halloween Countdown Competition!

As we're counting down to the creepiest night of the year I'm offering a FREE Paperback copy of one of my horror short story collections. All you have to do is reply to this post with the headline, "Competition Entry..." followed by the title you'd like to win - either: Cellar Stories:  A collection of... 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 →

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 →

Newcastle Noir…Coming Soon

From the 3rd-5th of May this year, Newcastle Noir, the North East's very own crime writing festival will be running at its new home of Newcastle City Library. Now in its sixth year, the festival is going to be offering over 25 talks, panels, screenings and workshops featuring more than 80 authors from around the world.... Continue Reading →

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