Interview – Bristol Literature Festival

Here’s my recent interview with Sophie Davies of the Bristol Festival of Literature. I’m on of the authors involved in the Kraken Rises open story-writing event, which should be a lot of fun. ~ 1. First of all, we’re massively … Continue reading

Friday Flash – Mother is Late

Mother is Late At a time like this. On days like this. Gehena peered down the empty street then stepped away from the window. The thin curtain fell into place. Gehena subsided into her chair hunched with worry. Shadows swung … Continue reading

Friday Flash – Mexico

Mexico ‘Ready, my Lord?’ It was Lord Ustral now. That was less of a laugh than a sick joke. Ustral scowled at the burning keep across the immense breadth of the turbulent river. His keep. Down on the quay ships … Continue reading

Cover Art – Mick van Houten

Yes, Jack Vance is one of my favourite authors, and Mick van Houten‘s evocative and romantic illustrations added enormously to the editions I owned. To my mind Mick is one of the finest cover artists there is, his covers always … Continue reading

This is where it all began…?

The latest ideas that the appearance of the dog star, Sirius, for the first time in their history inspired the temple builders of 11,000 years old Gobekli Tepe, the world’s oldest known temple, are fascinating. It’s a site I’d love … Continue reading

Friday Flash – She Likes Shoes

She Likes Shoes She likes them a lot. Clip-clat; the sound, the shape, the different ways you walk. The aroma, the textures of shoes.  She likes shoes much more than feet – her own, yours, mine. Much more than Cara’s … Continue reading

Honest blurbs – the what and the how.

When I was a young reader I soon learned to trust – or not trust – the reviews on the back of books. My default weekly selection at the local library was one anthology, one book with a bright yellow … Continue reading

Kraken Rises at Bristol Festival of Literature

Running over 9 days, featuring over 50 authors, the Bristol Festival of Literature runs 19-27 October at various locations city-wide in Bristol This year I’m one of the six writers involved in the Kraken Rises! event on the 19th October. … Continue reading

Friday Flash – A Second Chance

Number nine in the ‘Beyond the Streets’ sequence. The audio version is available here. A Second Chance If she had one regret it was that she had never experienced conversion. Not wanting to know, not needing, just curious to understand … Continue reading

Friday Flash – Mission Creep

Mission Creep Frozen with shock Grant stared at the new prisoner – it was Skorzaney. Frightened and confused, Grant returned to his cell. Head in hands, he sat on his bunk and tried to think calmly. Skorzaney would only be … Continue reading