Wednesday, 19 December 2012


My friend and fellow author, Emma Ennis, tagged me last week to take part in her blog tour of ‘The Next Big Thing’. I know this is the second time, but I’m more than happy to take part and talk about another project I’m working on.

What is the working title of your book?

Common Grave

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The book will be a collection of my published short fiction, now re-edited to my standard. It will feature stories of ghosts, demons, werewolves, vampires, serial killers, monsters, ghouls and other children of the night. So you have all been warned.

What genre does your book fall under?

Horror and dark fiction. Although there are a few science fiction tales.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I feel that the book would make a great homage to classic anthology films, like Creepshow and From Beyond the Grave, or The Dead of Night. As for the actors, I am not entirely fussed, as long as they can pull it off.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A book of a thousand tales for anyone who wants to be scared or enthralled, that refuses to hold back.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

The book will be self-published on kindle.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

The stories have been written during a three year period, when I was writing and submitting shorts to many publications. All of them have either been accepted, with most of them already published.

But my first short story, The Interview, was written in 2006 and accepted in 2008 for BHF Book of Horrors 3. Today, the book still hasn’t been published, which is a shame.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I try not to compare my book to others, but this is my very own Books of Blood.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I wrote short stories to prepare myself for attempting my first novel. Originally, I intended to only write five short stories. Now I have written over seventy shorts and still writing them. I guess I have the short fiction bug.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

There are many flash fiction tales and also featured are a few that resonate the classic Amicus tales, The Twilight Zone episodes, Robert Bloch, Richard Matheson, an Edgar Allan Poesque story and Hammer House of Horror.

That’s me done!

Thanks for reading this post.

Thursday, 13 December 2012


Fellow author, Emma Ennis who's a big talent has just done her piece on the 'next big thing'.

Emma and I have often had stories appearing in the same anthologies, and I'm so pleased to mention her on this blog post.

To view, please click here.

Monday, 10 December 2012


My good friend and fantastic editor/author, Tim Marquitz, was tagged by me for the next big thing. Here's the link to his blog.

Thursday, 6 December 2012


Just learned that I have been named as one of the best new discoveries of 2012, by Ginger Nuts of Horror, a well-respected blogger/reviewer.

Here it is.


My short tale, MAN IN THE MIRROR, will be appearing in Static Movement's DEMONOLOGY anthology, featuring tales by G.R. Yeates, Sandra Norval and Emile-Louis Tomas Jouvet. The editor, Dean M. Drinkel is a film-maker and well-respected anthologist. He's the brains behind Dark Continent's Phobophobia.

Here's the cover art.

Monday, 3 December 2012


I am thrilled to announce that I have raised £355 for Movember, which will help with prostate cancer and other male cancer and associated charities. So a well done to everyone who took part, and for their generous support and donations.

I also would like to thank the following donors:

Dolores Harrington, Peggiann Chevailler, Julie Reynolds, Martin Smallwood, Miranda Brawn, Dave Hawley, Susan Corbett, Norman J. Warren, Des Bradley, Caroline Ward,Wil Leonard, Christine Binns, Carol Finch, Victoria Cottrell, Linda Callan, Barry Knight, Marisa Beccarelli, Joe Gaffarena, Cathy Toms, Patricia Burton, Fiona N√≠ √Čalaighthe, Anna Taborska, Andrew Bailey, Sandra Pitt, Mike Phillips, Michael Needham, Roxanne Hopper, Tom Aizenberg, Jackie Fishleight and everyone who spurred me not to shave off my tache.

Without your generosity this would not have been possible and you are part of the reason why we've raised over £65 million, making this Movember the most successful.

So a well done!