At the risk of sounding like a nauseating Oscar acceptance speech, 2018 has been an extraordinary year for me, and I am very happy to have made a number of significant breakthroughs with my writing.
Novels and Short Stories
Firstly and most emphatically, my first novel ever released by a traditional publisher is out now. Courtesy of Dragon Soul Press, Spectre of Springwell Forest, is a ghostly gothic nail-biter with a creepy central mystery guaranteed to keep you turning the pages… until the horrible truth is revealed. You can order your copy here (in the UK) and here (in the US).
Dragon Soul Press is a US based independent publisher specialising in fantasy, science fiction and horror. They also publish anthologies. One of these, a horror anthology called All Dark Places, featured my short story Once in a Lifetime. They’ve got another anthology coming soon, a romantic fantasy volume called First Love, for which I have sent another short story entitled Paper Cut. I am waiting (fingers crossed) to see if I made the, er, cut…
Works in progress
I have also been occupied with these two novels, outside of my “comfort zone” thriller/horror genres. I didn’t write these concurrently, because obviously my poor brain can only cope with one thing at a time (walking and talking can be a challenge). Anyway, fantasy I find particularly tricky. I love to read it, but writing it requires a very different level of focus.
Said fantasy novel, Ravenseed, is a brooding, melancholy tale of knights, sorcerers and enchantment, set in the Dark Ages, simmering with love, lust, betrayal and revenge.
The other genre I’ve dabbled in this year, is dystopian future-shock. Peaceful Quiet Lives is set in a future America, satirising both sides of the so-called culture wars. I’m going to stay tight-lipped on further details, for now.
On the blog
This year I’ve enjoyed covering lots of different topics. It’s always great to write on subjects I am passionate about, and hopefully spark a bit of debate. If you fancy giving any of these a re-read or missed them the first time round, here are some of my favourites.
The Lord of the Rings: book versus film
My Five Favourite Gothic Mysteries
Book reviews: the good, the bad and the ugly
Horror and Weepies: Two sides of the same coin?
The Power of Resurrection Narratives
The Tangent Tree
If you hadn’t already heard, I co-host a film podcast called The Tangent Tree, with Samantha Stephen.
You can find the website here, and you can listen on iTunes, Spotify, Podcast Addict and so on (or on the website itself).
There have been many people who helped and supported me this year. Thank you. You know who you are. 🙂
It only remains for me to wish you all a Merry Christmas!