Wednesday, 3 December 2014

EFGH

I've published my fourth novel, Escape from Ghey Heights, which I've billed as Paradise Towers meets Escape from Alcatraz. It was inspired by my love of prison escape stories, principally the wartime classics of Colditz Castle and Stalag Luft III, but also more modern and/or fictional ones, like the TV drama Prison Break. As for Doctor Who's Paradise Towers, though the settings are somewhat similar, the plots are quite different, so it's neither a retelling of that, nor of any of the classic prison escapes per se.

Amazon (UK)
Amazon (US)
(Kindle too)

And I have to inform you, ladies and gentlemen, that I have no plans for any further large-scale works of fiction, so in a manner of speaking, this is the end.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

One step away from the Kindle store

I'd like to drop the name of the best unknown writer I've found since I went public, who's in a similar boat to mine. He's called Edd Rose and he's got several eBooks out, including in the Kindle store. On the basis of my admittedly incomplete knowledge of his output to date, I recommend the following stories:

Unemployed!

One Step Away from Carefree Goo

Night of the Shadow Fruit

I also wanted to mention the horror writer Rebekah Webb, in particular her Story Tweets, which are highly entertaining and original. I'm not a twitter user myself, but if I ever sign up, hers will be the first stream I follow.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Butchery

About a year ago, I had an idea for the plot of a crime story. This idea has now been actualised in the form of a novella - The Butcher of Old Biscuit - which you can inspect via the following links.


My family don't rate the cover, and I agree that a better one could be produced, so if you have any ideas, shoot.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Sunday, 23 February 2014

To Hell and back

Newsflash: I intend to re-write the first chapter of my first novel Ned Ludd: He-Goose from Hell, although I don't know when I'll be doing it. The overall content of the chapter won't change - it can't - but it will be shorter and a smidgen less incongruous. End of newsflash.

Update: having re-read the chapter, I find myself stumped as to how to alter it, so because it isn't very long and because I still like it, I've decided to leave it as it is until further notice.

Friday, 15 November 2013

More short stories

I've released two more short stories on Wattpad, namely:

Death by Plum Deprivation
Each to His Home

I've also got a couple of pieces of flash fiction that I'm hoping will achieve fame and glory in the Flash500 competition, although based on the discrepancy between what I write and what their judges generally choose, I expect that these too are destined to premiere on Wattpad.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Computer games

There's a great deal of creative writing to be found in the world of computer games, both in the form of text and spoken dialogue. I asked myself a while ago which game, of the ones I've played, has the funniest and most original content, and I realised there was one that stood head and shoulders above the rest. It is, as the picture below has already given away, The Operative: No One Lives Forever.



The game is crammed with conversations, not only between the main characters, but between inconsequential enemies. It is these latter, which are generally overheard and which end if you show yourself, that make NOLF the funniest game of all time for me. When I played it a few years ago, it became my habit that whenever a couple of enemies starting talking to each other, I stopped playing to listen, only running in and killing them when they were finished. The range of topics, the voice acting, and the originality of the material, are equal to - or greater than - what you get from most comedy movies.

If you want to read more, here's a good NOLF interview with Craig Hubbard

And by the way, contrary to popular opinion, I consider this game to be slightly superior to its sequel in terms of gameplay, and far superior in terms of humour.