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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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Happy New Year!

Exciting news! The insanely cool horror site Tales to Terrify have featured my story ‘The Hole in the Wall’ on their podcast today! What a great way to kick off the new year! 😁 You can listen to it here:

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Looking Ahead…

The gloom doesn’t fully dispatch with the light. There are too many shadows to be thwarted, no obvious source except for that of the space itself. This section of the cottage seems too disjointed. Shouldn’t belong. – The Muse I haven’t

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Women in Horror Fiction…

This year I have a new reading system in place. I started with a book by a female writer, followed by a book by a male writer, then another female, then a male… so on and so forth, you get

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