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 →

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 →

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 →

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

Last night I downloaded a Kindle book - '100 Word Horrors Part 2: An Anthology of Horror Drabbles (100 Word Horror Collection)' edited by Kevin J Kennedy.   It features a story by Terry West, a writing acquaintance whose writing I enjoy a lot. It has a fantastic cover (if, like me, you remember the '80's... Continue Reading →

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