The buzzard started off as a prologue, but after finishing it I could see it was a story in itself, and deserving of greater status. It's vital to setting the scene for the rest of the book. The next challenge (and crucial to its identity) was to decide a title. It had a working title … Continue reading Chapter notes | Dark Farm | 1. The buzzard
I've had some awful nightmares. A few years ago, there was a period of a few weeks when I dreamt of being attacked by sharks almost every night. It got to the point where my worry about having the nightmare seemed to be what initiated it. The only way I stopped it was by realising … Continue reading Nightmares do come true
Kragn is the new cosmic threat in my Z’garh Khrl’ur trilogy. I can't give too much away - I'll save that for my second instalment, Kragn Rises - but here's an explanation from Chapter 2 of Dark Farm. It's a conversation between 17 year old Dylan Gates and the elderly Wilfred Waite. The exchange happens … Continue reading What is Kragn?
When I re-read Treasure Island recently, it struck me what a powerful storyteller was Robert Louis Stevenson. I was so impressed, I kept a running list of the things I was learning about the art of storytelling as I read this masterpiece. Here they are, in the order in which I came upon them: Make the story seem compellingly real.Create … Continue reading What Treasure Island taught me
My new novel, Dark Farm, is is now available in full on this site. If you're a beta reader - or just someone with an interest in fantasy and horror - I'd love you to read my story and give me your honest feedback. Departing from the social satire of Remember My Name, Dark Farm … Continue reading Dark Farm – now available