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July 15, 2020

COVID related bother has forced me to postpone the publication date of The Pillow Knife until August. By way of apology, I've some Audible promo codes for the excellently narrated The Censor's Hand on offer. Available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you'd like o...

October 28, 2019


Toilet humour in the most literal sense, Cleaning the Dark was a fantasy parody  featured in “It’s A Living”, a 2018 anthology of fantasy stories based on the idea of high-fantasy characters with ordinary jobs. 

Blood makes me queasy, so I tried not to look a...

February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's day.

I'm pleased to announce the inclusion of a new comedic short story in the upcoming anthology: 'It's A Living', a collection of fantasy tales about protagonists with unglamorous day-jobs. Mine is about a pair of dwarven sewer-cleaners, and their un...

October 3, 2018

Good news for audiobook fans: The Censor's Hand is out now on Audible. It's narrated by the brilliant Michael Troughton (Enigma, Poldark, The New Statesman) who has done an amazing job capturing so many different characters (and their regional accents). Enjoy.

August 22, 2018

This first foray into straight horror ended up far more disturbing than anticipated. A visceral mix of Bret Easton Ellis and Dennis Wheatley.  Reader discretion is advised.

Fifty inch wheels slap the tarmac and the airliner slews to the right as the pilot hits the...

July 22, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, Agnes Meszaros posted a lovely blog on how she defines literary fantasy [1]. She approached the question in terms of where emphasis lies within the text; highlighting the relative importance of plot, prose, characterisation, themes and the human...

April 11, 2018

Much like public transport, I have no news for ages, and then three things happen at all once...

~ The Pillow Knife's cover is done...

~ For which Miranda's story has been written, and...

~ the audio book of The Censor's Hand is in production.

My Christmas deadline is st...

January 31, 2018

Wildly ahead of schedule, Sergey has completed the frontispiece for The Pillow Knife.  It offers a glimpse of the Brotherhood of Censors' High Seminary at Tiburn, in Lundenwic.  The coach is delivering a principal character whose identity I am not at liberty to reveal....

November 23, 2017

Genre tags have their uses, otherwise they wouldn’t exist.  My suspicion has always been that they are born mainly of commerce, promoted by publishers to the detriment of authors and readers.  They communicate an offer of familiarity – essentially “more of the same” -...

November 15, 2017

A likely winner of the most incomprehensible blog post title ever, for those of you who are not "in the know", that unwieldy acronym stands for the "Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off, 2017", which is a marvellous competition organised by renowned fantasy author Mark Lawr...

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