Emergence: Hartlepool Central Library & Horden Field Trip

Hey folks, so Emergence has been out almost a month already. On it’s first day of release it climbed up to number 29 on UK Amazon’s best-sellers chart for British Horror! How cool is that?

On Saturday, just gone, I hosted an event at Hartlepool Central Library. Thanks to those who turned up, I enjoyed speaking with you all!


For those who weren’t able to make it, I read a couple of excerpts from the book and talked quite a bit about my influences and inspirations for the story, quite a lot about main character John Gimmerick and I covered parts of the writing process itself.  I’m more than happy to discuss any of these points on a one-to-one basis, so if you have any questions you can contact me and I promise I’ll get back to you.

John Gimmerick’s hometown is Horden and it’s no coincidence that it’s also mine. It was a great place to grow up and I always wanted to weave it into one of my stories. My parents still live in Horden and although I visit them often I hadn’t been to some of the places mentioned in the book in years, so I felt this in itself would lend Emergence a sense of honesty and realism, that by me going back to visit such places as the beach and the dene and the cundy, I would see things as John would see things on his return.

Here are some of the images I took during my field trips, while in the planning stages of Emergence:

Horden beach (taken from part-way up the beach banks, when I went for a climb to see if the machine gun turret was still there from World War II):


Horden beach (the six-foot shelf the sea has created along the shoreline):


The tank blocks from World War II:


Inside the cundy:


The cundy from the outside (looks like somewhere Pennywise the clown might hang out):


The cundy from the other side:


The viaduct (also known as Gregory’s Leap):


If you’ve already read and enjoyed Emergence could I ask that you please post a review on Amazon. It would mean SO much!

To make it super easy, here’s the link (just click and sign in): Emergence

Next month I’ll be back with my take on Freud’s Silence, so watch out for that. Till then enjoy Emergence and please help spread the word.

Thank you!

2 thoughts on “Emergence: Hartlepool Central Library & Horden Field Trip

  1. Deborah Long

    Enjoyed looking at your pictures of Horden Beach. We used to play jumping across the tank blocks when I was a kid in the 1950s. There were a lot more in the dene – you really had to take a run at those. My parents had a Grocer shop/Newsagent on Warren Street. Thanks for the memories.


    1. Pleased you enjoyed them 🙂


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