Tag Archives: Simon Dillon

What do I find scary?

As someone whose writes horror stories, I often ask the question, what do people find scary? Of course, scariness is very much in the eye of the beholder. For some, the prospect of being stalked by a serial killer is … Continue reading

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In the shadow of Nineteen Eighty-Four: Writing my current novel

I have recently re-read George Orwell’s dystopian milestone, Nineteen Eighty-Four. As ever, I came away from it stunned by the satirical and chilling narrative, and deeply alarmed at its prophetic insights. However, I also experienced something I hadn’t expected: intimidation. … Continue reading

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Love vs Honour – Did I fail?

In 2006, I wrote Love vs Honour, which I then self-published nearly ten years later, in 2015. The novel is a sideways step outside of my usual world of thrillers, horror, science fiction, fantasy and children’s adventures. Teenage romance isn’t … Continue reading

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My Five Favourite Gothic Mysteries

As regular readers of this blog (and indeed my novels) will know, I absolutely love a good gothic brew of mystery, melodrama, thrills and horror. To date I have written five novels of this kind, including The Birds Began to … Continue reading

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Why do I write?

Someone recently asked me why I write. It’s a fair question, and after stating the obvious reason (to silence the voices in my head by putting them on paper), I came up with three additional reasons, all of them beginning … Continue reading

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Download Children of the Folded Valley FREE – for five days only!

Anyone who grew up in a cult, or amid a stifling religious atmosphere, may find my most successful novel, Children of the Folded Valley, resonates with their own experience. Certainly I’d be lying if I claimed my own rather peculiar … Continue reading

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Book reviews: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Obviously it is gratifying to see my books being appreciated by reviewers on Amazon and in other places where they are sold. However, I get a similar, arguably masochistic pleasure from bad reviews. In that spirit, here are excerpts from … Continue reading

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Download The Birds Began to Sing FREE – for five days only!

I love a good, satisfying, emotionally resonant twist ending in a thriller, especially one that you immediately realise ought to have been obvious all along, yet somehow you didn’t see it coming. My mystery thriller The Birds Began to Sing … Continue reading

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Coming soon, later and perhaps never…

Here’s an update on all the unpublished novels I have written, and when you can expect to read them. The Spectre of Springwell Forest – This 1970s set ghostly and gothic nail-biter for grown-ups will be my next release, one … Continue reading

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Download Love vs Honour FREE – for five days only!

Teenage romance isn’t a genre I generally dabble in, but I did write Love vs Honour – a tale of star-crossed teenage lovers with a religious twist. It begins as a conventional romance, with a holiday attraction leading to something … Continue reading

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