Writing Competitions: Pay to Play?

I saw a competition advertised yesterday that actually looked as if it might be worth entering -the 16th Annual Screenwriting Challenge. It's a well-established event (in its 16th year), and is a time-based knock-out competition organised by NYC Midnight Movie Making Madness with an interesting concept - write a short screenplay around a number of given subjects/ elements... Continue Reading →

Number Seven

The following story is taken from Basement Tales. See afterword for details on how to order from Amazon, or direct from the author. You can find other free fiction over in the Fiction section of the site including stories from You Could Make a Killing - If you like horror/ dark fantasy go for Basement Tales,... 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 →

Christmas Countdown Commercialism…

If you're stuck for an idea for a loved one's Christmas gift or looking for a Secret Santa gift, I'm pleased to offer my second collection of short stories - 'You Could Make a Killing ' at the budget-bargain price of only 99p (and I believe the equivalent in local markets). Yes, that's right -... Continue Reading →

2019 Calendar – free download

Here's a post and resource shamelessly stolen from my wife's blog 'RagtagMagpie' where she looks at a variety of art, crafts as well as showcasing some of the things she has been working on...including this - a calendar using some of the iconography from my site. If you're looking for a quick calendar reference and... Continue Reading →

Clive Barker and a story for Bonfire Night

The Forbidden - Clive Barker It seems to me there are a million and one short stories in the horror/ fantasy genre written around Halloween. I've written a few myself - including a couple for my young nephews just last week...(but that's a whole other story about 'acting like an adult' and 'why did you... Continue Reading →

A Movie for Halloween

So it's that time of the year again, and once I've finished scaring the bejesus out of the local kids (I'm on a strict warning to tone things down, after 'the-night-no-one-came because 'what the hell was that you put in your window?-incident-of-2016....') and doling out enough sweets to push Cadbury's shares up by another 2%,... Continue Reading →

The Trick or Treat Perspective

A bit of Halloween free fiction...notes at the end... The Trick or Treat Perspective The man watched surreptitiously as his son approached the door. The boy walked forward tentatively and the man, from his hiding place, willed him on. Tommy had insisted on the sack-cloth looking latex mask – the one with stitched over lips... Continue Reading →

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