Attic Archives

I should explain that I don’t have a bookcase at home. I have a shelf where I put my most recent reads, but I incarcerated all my rare first editions and collectibles in yellow straight jackets in the attic. Visitation rights are limited, but I sometimes go up there and allow them some air fromContinue reading “Attic Archives”

Nip and Tuck

Editing is that stage where you have a big lump of a story, one grotesquely malformed and freakishly repulsive, and it’s time to whittle away the imperfections and smooth out the edges. Depending on how well you write that first draft, this part of the process can just be as protracted as conceiving the book.Continue reading “Nip and Tuck”

The Unholy Trinity

I’m going to forewarn you. If you’re squeamish, especially around anything surgically related, then perhaps refrain from scrolling too far down. However, if you’re of a disposition where the sight of a few metal clips holding together a large incision will not put you off your cornflakes, then read on! Are we good? Okay, thenContinue reading “The Unholy Trinity”

The Void

I’m unsure how effective these updates are, or if anyone is reading them, but if you are, thank you. Writing is a solitary sport, but it requires spectators to make it worthwhile. The concept of speaking into the void without my words reaching anyone is a depressing thought. So again, thank you for jumping inContinue reading “The Void”

The Unpredictable Labyrinth

“At its best, life is completely unpredictable.” You know who said that? Christopher Walken. Profound stuff, right? Well, let’s hold off plans just yet for a twenty-foot bronze statue in his name, because he also went on to say “One day you’re saving the rainforest, the next you’re chugging cock.” Hardly Aristotle. Nonetheless, Walken hadContinue reading “The Unpredictable Labyrinth”

The Exorcism of Craig Wallwork

“What an excellent day for an exorcism.” ­­- The Demon from The Exorcist. I’m possessed… Okay, maybe I’m not possessed in the Regan-head-spinning-levitating-off-the-bed-throwing-up-pea-soup type of possession, but there’s something definitely inside me. I haven’t consulted with the clergy yet (a letter has been drafted to the Vatican, but the post office is a good twentyContinue reading “The Exorcism of Craig Wallwork”

Cover Reveal & Interview at Night Worms

I had a great time recently being interviewed by Ben over at Night Worms. It’s probably the most compressive interview I’ve ever done. I talk about my own influences, how I got started, my writing practices, Stranger Things, and of course, Tom Nolan. The interview was also used to exclusively reveal the new cover forContinue reading “Cover Reveal & Interview at Night Worms”

Putting a Label On It

Here’s the rub; for a long time I’ve struggled to label my own work in the confines of one particular genre. This is okay for 90% of the time, but it does prove more troublesome when you need to submit your work. It would be easy to strip my stories or novels down to aContinue reading “Putting a Label On It”

Interview and Review: Kendall Reviews

J.A. Sullivan over at Kendall Reviews interviewed me recently about Bad People and the sequel Labyrinth of the Dolls, so if you want to know more about what inspired me to write a horror crime novel, or anything about the new novel (no spoilers, promise), then go check it. {Book Review/Interview} (In the frenzy ofContinue reading “Interview and Review: Kendall Reviews”

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”