I’m delighted to announce that my tenth novel, One Who Was With Me, will be published this Halloween by Earthling Publications, who did such a great job on my last Earthling novel, The Unblemished. Many thanks to Paul Miller. This book would not have happened without his gentle and patient prodding. You can find out more about the book here.
Ben and his family move to France. There is an accident. There is death. There is rain. Much rain.
Rain, the novella originally published by Gray Friar Press in 2007, is now available to purchase for the Kindle. The novella is currently priced at 99 cents in the US and 75 pence in the UK. Rain was shortlisted for Best Novella at the British Fantasy awards in 2008. Also available for the same price are a couple of novelettes, Footprint on Nowhere Beach, which first appeared in The Mammoth Book of Future Cops and A Door Opens and Closes, from a past issue of Cemetery Dance magazine.
‘[Rain is] a short but strong story, like a summer storm, and it left a powerful mark on my mind.’ Dark Wolf’s Fantasy Reviews
In 1993 I started the novel that would become Head Injuries. It was called Dust back then. Heavily influenced by M John Harrison, Ramsey Campbell and Clive Barker, it was my attempt at a modern British ghost story. It’s a flawed novel, but one for which I have great fondness. I wrote it on an Amstrad with a 10″ screen bought from Morgans near Manchester Piccadilly train station. As I paid for it (I think it was about fifty pounds), the salesman asked if I wanted to upgrade to a 12″ screen for an extra tenner. I said I couldn’t afford it and he said not to worry. ‘There’s a free set of binoculars comes with with it so you can see what you’re typing.’ Chortle.
The novel is partly set in Morecambe, which is where I stayed while I wrote the novel (I was taking the Creative Writing MA at Lancaster University at the time). Much of what happens in the book happened during my stay, but I’ll leave it to you to decide what is fact and what is fiction because the book, for so many years out of print, is available again, for the Kindle. You’ll find it on Amazon pages in USA and UK as well as the rest of the world.
I pondered for some time about releasing the book in 2013, as it would have been fifteen years since its publication (the novel was published one day before my 29th birthday) but other than me, who really gives a toss? So I thought I’d get it out there now, before Christmas. And just for you, for being such wonderful people, it’s available at a low price for a limited period. Included with the novel is an introduction by me and two related short stories. Bargain.
I hope you like it. Drop by and tell me what you think!