Wednesday, 3 April 2019

I'm leading a workshop on writing science fiction at the end of this month. Check out this link for more information and details of how to book a place.  I don't think the photograph is very flattering though!

For anybody who's come here via the link from Oldham Library - hello. While I mostly write crime and thriller fiction these days, I started out my writing career in the sf and fantasy genre and I've published a lot of short fiction, and a fantasy novel. If you want to check some of it out, have a look at my short story collection Maniac & Other Stories. You can probably even read a couple for free as part of the 10% sample online or on your ereader, so it won't even cost you anything ... If you've signed up for the workshop, feel free to email me at the address in the panel on the right and I'll send you an advance link to a page of resources that I plan to make available after the workshop.

Monday, 22 October 2018

Alchemy Launch

The Alchemy Press book launch in Chester on Saturday. I seem to be sharing a name with Tina Rath, but I'm the one on the right in a rather lovely little velvet dress I bought just for the weekend. The book is a horror anthology - but I don't write horror. Really, I don't. And don't let the name put you off; this is a collection of dark, strange and weird tales. Mine is called The Fairest of Them All and if you couldn't guess from the title, it's about mirrors ... The rest of the stories are pretty good, too!

You can get the book here.

Monday, 1 October 2018

The Undercover Soundtrack

Yes, I'm still alive.

In case you were wondering.

In reality, I've been somewhat tied up with other events these past nine months or so. We sold the house in the summer - one of the hardest things we've done and yet also one of the best. We were stagnating, marking time, not wanting to leave our beautiful custom-renovated cottage. Now we have downsized and it's not been easy, but we are through the worst of it, I think, and ready to move on. And I don't miss the view - I really don't.

We also bought a small flat in the village, which has doubled as a large storage container so far, but is another project we have on the go. Not sure what we'll do with it once it's finished - rent it, maybe? Or sell it. Or sell this house and move into it? Who knows?

In the meantime, writing has taken a backseat. But I did a writers' fair last Saturday. And of course it's FantasyCon later this month which is always good for kick-starting the creative side of my brain. And I've just agreed to do a radio slot next week, for which I need to find some appropriate music.

So in the spirit of music-for-writing, here's a link to a post I wrote years back which deserves another airing in anticipation: The Undercover Soundtrack.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Full Of Resolution

So it's January and I’m supposed to be full of resolutions and renewed energy, taking stock of the past 12 months and gearing up for the next.

Well, I’m not. Not really.

Read more ...

Thursday, 23 November 2017


Standing: David J Hose, Sam Stone, me, Andrew Mark Thompson
Seated: Damaris Hayman, Keith Barnfather

Sheffield book & DVD signing. And look at the queue outside Galaxy Four ...

Sunday, 29 October 2017

White Witch Update

Updated appearances for the White Witch book tour... how cool does that sound?

Friday 10th November. 
Forbidden Planet179 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8JR

Saturday 11th November.
Galaxy Four, 493 Glossop Road, Broomhill, Sheffield S10 2QE

Sunday 26th November.
Waterstones, Arndale Centre, Manchester M4 3AQ

And possibly Birmingham on 2nd December and Derby on 2nd February 2018. Watch this space!

Feel free to come along and buy a book - signed by any/all of the attending contributors. Or just pop in and say hello ...

Friday, 29 September 2017

Return to Devil's End!

It's all happening this Autumn. November will finally see the launch of the White Witch project that I've been involved with for so long. This is a DVD in which Olive Hawthorn, the White Witch of the title, recounts her life since the days of the Daemons and her encounter with the mysterious man known as The Doctor. Olive is played by Damaris Hayman, the original actress who appeared in the 1971 tv adventure The Daemons and the episodes were written by myself and other writers.

In addition to the DVD, there will be a book - a novelisation of the film scripts, which is published by Telos Publishing. This expands on the stories on the DVD and is proving to be a collector's item already, judging by the number that have already sold on pre-order via the Telos website.

And we are going on tour! The DVD and book launch at Forbidden Planet in London on November 10th - click the link for more details. On 11th November, we'll be at Galaxy Four in Sheffield and on Sunday 12th, we hope to be at Waterstones in the Arndale Centre, Manchester. Damaris herself will be at some of the events, as will the film's producer and director Keith Barnfather and some/all of the other writers and editors.

So if you're around those venues in November, pop in and pick yourself up a signed DVD and/or book. Or say hello. Or both!

I'm thrilled to be involved in something with a Dr Who link. It's such an iconic series with legions of fans of all ages around the world. Even people who don't watch it now, or have never watched it at all, have at least heard of it. It's amazing to be a part of it.