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 →

Off Script available for FREE for 48 HOURS ONLY!

For this weekend only, (22-24 March 2019)  I'm making my new publication 'Off Script' available for FREE on Kindle. Just click on the cover link below anytime during that period and you can download the book free. Why am I making it available for free? Well, I wrote in detail elsewhere about  Off Script and am fully... Continue Reading →

‘Off Script’ – available now

A while back I wrote about my planned new publication 'Off Script' I'm pleased to say it's now available at Amazon - currently on Kindle and, if you have it, Kindle Unlimited. The paperback version will be available within the next week or so. After publishing two collections of short stories (Basement Tales and You... Continue Reading →

Comic Relief: Charity Donations and a Free Read…read on for details.

So Friday 15th March is Red Nose Day. For those who aren't familiar, it's the day every two years where money is raised for charities by Comic Relief. You can read all about it here.  This year I've decided to do something active for it - not as active as running a marathon or climbing... Continue Reading →

March: the Month of Merch.

Over the last eight months or so I've been casually promoting my two collections, You Could Make a Killing and Basement Tales. This site is part of that, albeit in a 'grab bag' of everything else included too. I've decided I'm going to use March as a full-on promotional assault. Why? Well, it would be... Continue Reading →

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