The Fruit Cellar Technique

There are two kinds of scary; Jump scary, and Fruit Cellar scary. Allow me to explain. The Jump is pretty self explanatory and limited to movies. Think about the hapless blonde wearing very little while walking backwards away from a weird noise, usually one emanating in a woods. The camera is composed in such aContinue reading “The Fruit Cellar Technique”

Lovecraft Virgin

10 things I’ve learnt about HP Lovecraft having never read his work before: 1. His stories are mostly told using the apostle perspective, by that I mean the main character is never the narrator, and as such gains a mysterious quality that adds to the whole myth/supernatural-ness. 2. Save for the Cthulhu, narrators can rarelyContinue reading “Lovecraft Virgin”

Pros and Cons with Self Publishing

If you’ve read my earlier post, Getting in Bed With the Devil, you’ll know I’ve recently embarked on a journey into self publishing. While still in its infancy, I thought I’d provide regular updates to what I’m discovering along that route, the benefits as well as the pitfalls to avoid should you decide take upContinue reading “Pros and Cons with Self Publishing”

3 Books Giveaway!

I’ve got a new novel out. I want you to read it. I want to give you that new book for FREE. With that in mind, I’m not giving away just my new novel, BAD PEOPLE. Oh, no. I’m giving away three of my books! So to win, BAD PEOPLE, THE SOUND OF LONELINESS, andContinue reading “3 Books Giveaway!”

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murder – Book Review

As lead prosecutor in the Manson trail, Vincent Bugliosi proves to be an invaluable source into the atrocities that happened on August 8th/9th 1969, that involved the brutal murders of seven people, the most well known of whom was Sharon Tate. While the cast is many, which at times becomes disorientating as most of theContinue reading “Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murder – Book Review”

Radium Girls by Amanda Gowin – Book Review

Radium Girls is the debut collection of shorts from Amanda Gowin. That needed saying first off, because as soon as you begin this book, you slowly forget it’s a collection of stories. It becomes more a journey through amazingly crafted lives that are connected by a profound need to be coupled. And I don’t meanContinue reading “Radium Girls by Amanda Gowin – Book Review”

Getting in Bed with the Devil

Recently, I did something I thought I would never do as a writer. I self published a book. Today, that doesn’t seem like a huge deal, right? Vanity publishing has been around for a long time. Edgar Allan Poe paid a printer to publish fifty copies of Tamerlane and Other Poems. L. Frank Baum publishedContinue reading “Getting in Bed with the Devil”

Goodbye Crabtree

In 2013, my first novel, The Sound of Loneliness, was released. Those that read the book appeared to enjoy it. For some, the events of protagonist Daniel Crabtree resonated, even if they didn’t quite like him. The majority of reviews on Goodreads and Amazon were five stars. Respected authors like Dan Fante (May he restContinue reading “Goodbye Crabtree”

BLACKWATER by Michael McDowell – Book Review

I have lived with the Caskey family now for so long I feel part of it, like a long distance cousin, or nephew by marriage. I know every lane, and sawmill in the tiny Alabama town of Perdido, every water oak and grain of sand on the Casky land. The feminine brogue of James, theContinue reading “BLACKWATER by Michael McDowell – Book Review”