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Has 'Found-Footage' had its day?

There was a time, way back in 1999, that 21 year old me though that 'The Blair Witch Project' was the most amazing and innovative thing he had ever seen. The use of the camera as a character, this illusion of reality, drew me into the story in a way that few films had for a long time.

 Flash forw…

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Body Horror (For Real)

I am a week behind with a blog. Last week I was planing a blog about my favourite haunting movies, but illness got in the way. My son, who is two and a half, recently started nursery and he caught hand, foot and mouth disease. It made him a little grumpy for a few days, but nothing major, he barely …

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Interview: Rich Dutton

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing the very talented indie filmmaker and writer Richard Dutton, who is getting ready to unleash his very ambitious debut movie 'Shadows of a Stranger' on the world. Rich and I have been friends for a long time now and I have worked with him on several projec…

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What's in a Name?

The more accurate title of this week’s blog should be what's in a title? As yes we are looking at that awful and oft feared topic of writers, what do I call my book? And when do I pick my title?

Let's face it one of the two first elements that are going to sell your book are the title and the cov…

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The 3rd Most Commonly Asked Question to Horror Authors

This weekend I went to a convention, whilst there I spoke to quite a few people, and took part in an all author panel Q+A session. It got me think about all the other people I have spoken to, for interviews, at other signings, and even just on a night in the pub.

I have titled this post the 3rd mos…

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Techno-Horror: Technology as the new supernatural

Today we have a very special guest blog from the extremely talented author Michael Brookes, he will be talking about how technology, and fear of it, is making itself the new supernatural threat in horror.


Techno-Horror: Technology as the new supernatural

Horror stories are tales about fear, as…

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My First Signing Event

Hello everyone, 

Well what a few weeks it has been. First there was the release of my new novel 'The Wilds' - available here - which did very well on it's first week of release, and has garnered several five star reviews already. Then last Saturday I attended my first signing event at a memorabili…

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A Nightmare on Promotion Street

Hello everyone,

So this week sees the release of my latest novel, 'The Wilds'. It feels good to get a new novel out into the world, but of course now I am faced with the seemingly impossible task of promoting the book.

There are scores of books available on Amazon that tell you how to market you…

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Interview - Dead Pixels Photography

Well Hello everyone.

This week I have had the pleasure of interviewing the very talented Brad Bourne of Dead Pixels Photography. Brad is a horror photographer who specializes in the dark and the macabre. I have had the pleasure of working with him several times, he did the photograph for the cover …

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R.I.P. Harold Ramis

I was going to write this week about the three horror novels that have influenced me most. However, just a few minutes ago I learnt the awful news that Harold Ramis has died at the age of 69. 

I am 35 years old, In my life many celebrities haved passed away, many that I truly admired. Yet this i…

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Odd Thomas Movie


Ever since I first read Dean Koontz's wonderful novel Odd Thomas, I have been waiting for a film version. There was something special about that book, and the rest of the series too, that screamed great movie at me. The central character, Odd, is just so likeable and his adventures so intriguing…

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You Always Remember Your First Horror Movie

I often get asked why I choose to write horror? There is often a derogatory implication in the question. Whether this is in the person asking the question or just the insecurity of a writer working in such an oft reviled genre I don't know.

The answer I usually give is that I love horror and always…

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The House of 200 Demons

There has been a lot of coverage on the internet, and in the news, over the last few days about the story of Latoya Ammons and her family, and the the torment they suffered at the hands of over 200 demonic entities in their home.

Let me start off by saying that I do, to a degree, believe in the pos…

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10 Tips For Generating Story Ideas

Today's blog is a few tips for generating ideas for horror stories or novels.

As a writer you will probably have days when the ideas just drop into your mind like a gift from the gods of horror. However, there will probably be those other times when you are bashing your head against the wall, hopin…

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Why Self Publish?

One question I am frequently asked is this. Why are you self published?

It is a question that I’m sure many self published authors have been asked countless times. I have seen answers about how other authors were fed up of rejection, and thus self published their work. Other authors have stated tha…

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Well a Happy New Year to you all.

2013 was an interesting year for me, and hopefully for you too. Now it’s time to look forward to 2014, and wonder what this year will bring us. I personally have quite a few projects going on already this year. My new novel, ‘The Wilds’ was delayed from its planned…

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Welcome to the first in a new, regular series of blogs dealing with horror icons. These will be posts about actors, directors, and characters. The feature will appear every two or three blogs.

To start things of I decided to look at one of the most enduring characters in modern horror cinema.


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The Dread Of Rewrites

The inevitable part of the writing process is rewrites. This task is as sure a thing as death, taxes and student nurses ( or so I'm told). The monumental feat of completing the first draft of a novel is an amazing accomplishment in itself. I know that each time I have reached this milestone I feel a…

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Hello All, 

Firstly I must apologise for how long it has been since my last blog. I have been very busy and a little under the weather, plus I have given up smoking which is my current excuse for everything.

However, I am back now. I am still hard at work on my new novel ‘The Wilds’ and was amaze…

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 Hello everyone, firstly apologies for it being so long since my last blog I have been incredibly busy. Secondly thank you to everyone who made the free promotion on my books such a success last month.

 This week I wanted to share with you my top ten favourite horror movies of all time, and th…

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