Yearly Archives: 2021

The Unfamiliar

My first ever anthology is now available! The Unfamiliar & Other Stories is a collection of ten bite-sized tales of terror, most of which were written during the many lockdowns we endured during 2020. I’ve always been fond of writing short

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New Release…

On the 08/08/21 my anthology, The Unfamiliar & Other Stories, will be released. Creating an anthology is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but never got round to. Thanks to lockdowns and short bursts of inspiration that

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Viking Warlords & A Spooky Tunnel in the Woods – The Ideas & Inspiration Behind The Cundy

As with Emergence and Cribbins, I brought the horror back to my hometown in my fourth supernatural suspense novel, The Cundy. But first thing’s first, what is the cundy? It’s a water conduit. A concrete tunnel that runs beneath Horden’s

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The Night the Wall had a Heartbeat – The Ideas & Inspiration Behind Cribbins

Ronnie Cribbins is the ghostly antagonist in my novel Cribbins. But who is he? A fictionalised blend of two men I knew in the past. You don’t need to know who. Would it matter if you did? Let’s just say

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Women Horror Writers Need Love Too: Part 2

One of my favourite writers is Shirley Jackson. I won’t go into a lengthy description about her or her works, though. WIHM has to be much more than the obvious choices like Shirley Jackson and Mary Shelley, after all. It’s

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How Many Ravens Are in a Storytelling? – The Ideas & Inspiration Behind A Storytelling of Ravens

A Storytelling of Ravens began with the title. I’d bought a new handbag with illustrated ravens on the front. When I opened the flap, I was delighted to see the words ‘A Storytelling of Ravens’ printed in quirky type. It

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A Decade in Horror: Part 2

What I’ve learned in my decade in horror is that horror is nowhere near as popular as I’d first imagined. Don’t get me wrong, it has a large, passionate fan base, just not in the same league as, say, thriller

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Women Horror Writers Need Love Too: Part 1

Are there any women authors on your list of favourite horror writers? If not, why the hell not? Perhaps it didn’t occur to you to notice. Because here’s the thing, two years ago I decided to make a list of

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Ghosts of a Broken Old Village – The Ideas & Inspiration Behind Emergence

Location played a big role in Emergence. Before I’d even figured out what the story was going to be about, I knew it would be based in Horden; the ex-coal-mining village on the northeast coast of England in County Durham;

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A Decade in Horror: Part 1

It’s February, which means it’s Women in Horror Month (WiHM). But what is WiHM? It’s a time to show our support and encouragement to women in all areas of the horror industry. Sounds crazy because this should happen all year

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