Fiendish Christmas Quiz Answers

#1. The gift: it's five pounds of veal! Given to a young Frank Cross by his father in Scrooged. Much better than the choo-choo train he wanted... #2 The gift; the bear that came to the party...or sat in the Limo. John McClane's festive offering from Die Hard #3 The gift: what the f***k is... Continue Reading →

Noir from the Bar Press Release

International crime writers join forces to support NHS with new Crime Anthology Features shorts from best-sellers authors including Neil Broadfoot, Roz Watkins, Sharon Bolton and Zoe Sharp Newcastle-Upon-Tyne based literary group, Noir at the Bar, has brought together some of the best crime writers from across the globe, to publish a collection of short, fictional crime... Continue Reading →

Unfilmable stories

The following is an abridged section of an essay from my collection of screenplays and 'bonus material' Off-Script. It's a weird little collection: four short scripts, ranging in technical difficulty to film, a bunch of notes, and a few glossaries. It was never going to be a best-seller. I adapted a couple of previously published short... 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 →

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 →

The Chicken Run

              Tonight’s the night I have my test.               The test to get into the gang.               If I pass the test, I’ll be part of The Nostromos – the toughest tribe in the sector.               If I don’t pass the test? I’ll be part of a much bigger club…but I don’t like to think... 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 →

Adventures in Babysitting

This is a story that didn't make it into You Could Make a Killing, but could have done...if you want to read more like this, you'll find them in that collection - available in paperback, Kindle, or if you have Kindle Unlimited, as part of your free allowance.   * I arrived five minutes before... 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 →