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 →

Elevation: A Review…of sorts

A short review for a short book... Stephen King's new one has kicked up a bit of controversy, and not for its grisly content (it doesn't have any). First things first, a review of the content: is it any good? Yes, it is. Story-wise it is a lighter (no pun intended...well, maybe a leetle) version... Continue Reading →

Writing Resource 8/100: Telling Lies for Fun and Profit

I've said before that some of my favourite cultural items are quite possibly not on my shelf. I'm a fool to myself for 'lending' my most treasured possessions to friends who have not had the chance to encounter them. I think the three things I've given away (and repurchased) most often are Joe R Lansdale's... Continue Reading →

Review: The Book of Henry

  Another in an occasional series of movie reviews. Generally I’ll go for the new movies out on current release, but occasionally I’m going to review things I’ve come across that I think are worth a mention. As usual; a before and after summary but this time with an added ‘bonus’ of critical reaction to... Continue Reading →

Talk Radio Part 2: The Broadcast

Earlier this week I wrote about my upcoming appearance on Stratford Words - a weekly show ran and hosted by Nick Le Mesurier on Welcombe Radio: a community internet station based in, well, duh, Stratford-Upon-Avon. That's right - Stratford; home of Shakespeare and all that good stuff. And check me out - I did a... Continue Reading →

Where have you been all this time? Editing a long-sort-of-lost novel

I've published two collections of short stories (did I ever mention Basement Tales and You Could Make a Killing?) to test the waters in self-publishing, Kindle and so forth but these have been, in a sense, warm ups before I start publishing novels. I have a number of novels in various stage - one fully... 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 →

Talk Radio Part 1

This afternoon, Sunday 4th November at 4pm UK time, I'm going to try something different: I'll be appearing on an internet radio show entitled Stratford Words : (http://www.welcomberadio.co.uk) I've never done a radio show about writing in general, or my writing in particular. It's going to be a one hour interview with the show's host,  Nick... 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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