2018 The Year of the Short Story

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Here we are at the start of another year.

I’m feeling optimistic and excited to get started. Although, I will confess that after heading straight back to work for a couple of days after traveling back from visiting family for the holiday season has actually left me feeling shattered.

Excited and optimistically shattered, mind you.

I’m really excited about the projects that I’m working on this year, both writing and in my working/day job and personal life.

I considered doing the traditional ‘first of the year’ blog where I talk about my plans, resolutions and the efforts that I’m going to make to try and make 2018 the best year ever. But to be honest, I’m getting a little tired of those blogs. They’re not that interesting for you to read and after writing one every single year for the last however-many years I’m getting fed up writing them as well.

But I still want to talk about something I’m excited about this year, and that is my plan to get more of my short stories published!  I managed to get a few published in 2017 and I want to get more written and published in 2018.

I love writing short stories, and here’s why.

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FREE GIVEAWAY Secrets of Hidden Places

Due to the popularity of the Haloween Giveaway, I have decided to expand it!

It will now include SECRETS OF HIDDEN PLACES!


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People always disappear during the festival. Every year the island holds the festival but among the ancient rusted iron rides and wooden stalls, Melanie discovers an ancient secret. One that may cost her her life.


Secrets of Hidden Places will now be available for FREE from 27th October 2017 until Haloween night (31st October).

Download your own Free Copy Here



Haloween Giveaway!

As a someone who loves horror, Haloween is my favourite time of year! When we spend a whole month celebrating everything spooky, terrifying and macabre.

So this year to try and spread my joy for the haunting season I’m giving away one of my favourite, brand new short stories, Faithful Shadows.

What do you do when the shadows come alive?



Secrets of Hidden Places

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Secrets of hidden Places

The Festival was held in the dying days of summer.

The personality of the Island changed during the Festival, opening the gates for all things to pass. All women were beautiful, and all men were prosperous. It was a time for magic. People found long lost brothers, great treasures and made dangerous promises. Not all who saw it start would see it end.

Melanie took a deep breath through her mouth to avoid smelling the rank stench of the water and almost choked when she tasted it instead. The boat tipped on the grey water, leaning as if to capsize before rolling back. Hanging over the railing Melanie spat out the bile that rose up. When she was confident that the sour taste and the burn in her throat were all that remained she leant back. The wind blew multi-coloured hair into her eyes and worked its way down her back, raising goosebumps. She pulled her artistically ripped leather jacket tighter around herself. It was big enough to fit around her and then some; it had belonged to her father before he had died and was nearly as old as she was. She pulled it up and buried her nose in its sweet smell of leather, perfume and an unknown scent that Melanie was confident was her dad. Her pocket buzzed. She reached in, felt the sweet wrappers and change for her phone, knowing full well who the message was from.

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‘In The Shadows’ Appears in The Horror Zine

The Horror Zine is now on sale!

My Short Story ‘In The Shadows’ appears within!

Since 2009, The Horror Zine has published exceptional 51nIxFSuZnL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_horror fiction by emerging talent and today’s leading authors. Editor Jeani Rector selects only the most inventive and captivating tales for each issue.

In addition to short fiction, The Horror Zine features amazing poetry and artwork. Now The Horror Zine brings yo
u the dark delights from the ezine into a print magazine.

The Summer 2017 issue features James Ward Kirk, Justin Boote, Geoff Nelder, Peter Ferguson Swarr, Liz McAdams, Jonathan Chapman, Aspen deLaney, Ariana Carlso
n, Shawn P. Madison, Donald Glass, Katie Marie, Joseph Rubas, David Draper, Gerald E. Sheagren, Emily Jones, David Subacchi, Mathias Jansson, Teresa Frazee, John Frazee, Charles Gramlich, Denny E. Marshall, Edmund Stone, Eve Dobbins, Ashby McGowan, Robert Beveridge, Tony Daly, Christopher Hivner, Lori R. Lopez, Stephanie Smith, NajuZaith Zahell, Kim Lennard, Vitaly S. Alexius, Shahan Keuork, Anna Pitkänen, DarkSena and Dimitra Papadimitriou.