Diabolica Britannica

This week saw the publication of the charity horror anthology, Diabolica Britannica. Available as an ebook only, it has been written by a group of British authors to raise funds for the NHS. Amongst these writers are Tim Lebbon and Adam Nevill and the master himself, Ramsey Campbell has created a thoughtful analysis of British…

Infernal Thoughts

A few years back, I joined up with writer friend David Shakes to produce the first of the Infernal Clock anthologies. The idea was Shakes’ and I came onboard to help see it to fruition. We have so far produced 3 anthologies: The Infernal Clock, CalenDark and DeadCades, although last year was a hiatus due…

The Woodcutter

Yesterday marked the end of quite a long journey – for me – to get this novel telling the story of The Woodcutter finished. It has now been sent to my first beta reader. The original idea came from a short story I wrote for Fright Club, the then HWA Online Writing group. I had…

Dark Divinations

This lovely anthology, Dark Divinations, was published recently and contains my story, Romany Rose. If you wonder why I chose the fortune teller automaton, it was inspired by the Milestones museum in Hampshire which contained a real Penny Arcade with a number of machines of differing ages. Graveyards, haunted houses, guillotines and creepy dolls were…

Filling Time

The lockdown continues and although I’m not going into work – I’m on standby, whilst my husband is still working – my time is very much occupied. In fact, think it’s been a revelation to me how much I’ve been cramming into each day for the past couple of years since I started giving my…

Free Story: The Woman in Slacks

It’s February, it’s cold and grey and has been raining pretty much non-stop in the UK. My week off is almost over and I’ll be back to school on Monday – although counting down to the move into my new library! To celebrate the latter and cheer up those suffering from the misery of the…

Latest Releases

It’s still early in 2020 and I’ve been living the writer’s life of write, submit, get rejected, resubmit and on and on. It’s the usual swings and roundabouts which, although you might not like it, is part of our chosen profession. As a generally glass half-full kind of person, this little round up is my…

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Like so many, 2019 has not been an easy year for me as a writer. At one point, I thought the trough into which I had plunged was bottomless. So many stories had gone out and only a few had garnered any response – mostly rejection. It also seemed that whichever press I submitted to…