Thursday, 24 January 2013


2012 was a great year, releasing two novelettes as eBooks, which are selling well and the praise has been great. So thank you all for taking the time to look at my work.

Now for 2013, which will be a very challenging and busy year for me, as I have many projects in store. And I plan to build my readership.

Here they are:


A romantic ghost story, which I'm currently writing and I promise you that it will be a marriage of both horror and romance. This is a project that I have never done before, so I am really committing myself to this story. Hopefully, it will be a novella, the way the first draft is going.


This novella has been an on and off project since releasing STRANDED and REFUGE. But, I am dying to finish this book off, and I had a peek of what I've written and it looks great. This is also my first foray into the metal music genre, merged with folk horror. Just think of THE WITCHFINDER GENERAL two-timing with HOSTEL and BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW. So excited about this project. It was originally a screenplay, which no one wanted to touch because of its graphic scenes and it made them feel unsettled, despite loving the story. I agree with them, it will work better in prose.


My debut short story collection, featuring all of my 59 and counting published short stories, during the past five years. They will be re-edited and the cover will shock people.


A novelette about an ambitious journalist, who moves to a sleepy town with her boyfriend, while working on a book about a witch and soon unearths satanism and human sacrifice amongst the townfolks.


Another novelette about a student who wins a beauty contest and the prize is a photo shoot in a gothic mansion, in the middle of the desolate countryside where the real prize is her life.

That's about it for now. But will keep you posted in the coming months.

So long.

J xxx

Wednesday, 2 January 2013


The previous year was my most productive period of my writing career, publishing tons of short stories, poems and a few film reviews for a forthcoming book on Eighties British horror films. But, I needed to direct my career to the next level, and therefore my main aspiration for 2012 was to have my first ever book released.

This is what happened.

Novelettes, REFUGE and STRANDED were completed and submitted to a few publishers. One of them did like REFUGE and it made the shortlist, but failed to make the final cut.

After a long discussion with fellow horror/fantasy author, GR Yeates I made the bold decision of self-releasing them as kindle eBooks. The result was exciting and successful, launching two eBooks just in time for Halloween.

Horror readers flocked to download them and read them with pleasure. To me, writing and having people purchase your work and enjoying them is the greatest reward for any writer or artist. It shows their appreciation, and it's proof that there's always a reward for hard work and dedication.

So far my sales figures are building steadily in the UK, America and have just sold a unit in Germany this week. My other half always says, "mighty oaks from small acorns grow". And she is damn right!

To add to this, I have appeared in many interviews/blogspots and have had four short stories and a poem accepted for five different anthologies.

I would like to thank the following people who have made this happen:

Dolores Harrington
GR Yeates
Paul Mudie
Teri (Edit Fairy)
Tim Marquitz
Jim Mcleod (Ginger Nuts of Horror)
Simon Marshall-Jones
Arcevia Services
Dean M. Drinkel
Adrian Chamberlin
Mark West
Mandi Lockley
David Bernstein
Anna Taborska
Dave Jeffrey
Emma Ennis
Dark Gothic Resurrection Magazine
Dorothy Davies
Static Movement
George Wilhite
Patricia Anabel
Dale Eldon
Jaidis Shaw
Mallory Anne-Marie Haws
David Fingerman
Sheri A. Wilkinson
Christopher A. Ridge
Steve Blackwell

Please accept my apology if I've forgotten anyone.

Fast forward 2013. I plan to release a few more books, which will explode the scene as both traditionally published and self-published. So you have all been warned.