Coffin Hop 2012

Welcome Coffin Hoppers! For this year’s Coffin Hop 2012 I’ve made the collection Penny Dreadfuls: Halloween Special FREE from October 27th – Halloween Night (31st), on Amazon.


But that’s not all!


There’s also a prize give away. Just head on over and “like” my Facebook Author Page for a chance to win a copy of my gruesome novella The Beast of Park Street for their kindle or kindle app. A winner will be selected randomly from all the “likes” both old and new, and announced on November 1st.

What is Coffin Hop you might ask…well just head on over here for the low down. But here’s the gist: +100 horror authors all holding giveaways and prizes over the week leading up to Halloween. For each stop check back to the hops linky list.

So what ye waiting for, get a hoppin’!

***Authors have full discretion to choose an alternate winner in the event any winner fails to claim their prize(s) within 72 hours of their name being posted or after notification of win, whichever comes first. Anyone who participates in this tour is subject to these rules***

Short Stories – You’re reading them wrong!

A few weeks ago I was having a chat with some friends of mine and short stories came up during the conversation. I got asked why I write them rather than longer fiction or novels. I told them that I do write longer fiction, I’m still working on them…’cause…their long. However I also told the assembled chatters that I liked writing and reading short stories, to which they were confused…as was I by the general distaste at the term.

Had I just mentioned tongue splitting or genital modification?

nope…so why the subtle sneers.

A few glasses of wine and some discussing later the truth was uncovered…

They were reading them wrong (in my opinion).

It seems that many people when they get a collection of short stories they read the entire book, from cover to cover in one go, as though it were a novel. The main issue raised was that just as things got going – were heating up – the story ends.

It’s a tease.

I don’t know who’s stories my friends had been reading, but it seemed to upset them. That isn’t what a good short is supposed to do OR the best way (again in my opinion) to read short fiction.

Think of it like a palette cleanser, a sip of wine before the next mouthful. You read a single short or two and then move on to something else. Short stories are like candy, you don’t gorge yourself all in one go, you savor one at a time in between meals. Short stories are the same.

While trying to decide what novel to read next I often take a night or two to read a few short stories or a novella while I figure it out.

I have dozens of collections, both in print and on my kindle, of short stories from a variety of authors, most of them are half read – not because I gave up, but because I’ve been consuming them slowly, piece by piece. The wonderful thing is that there are plenty more left when I return to them.

Plus I get to follow my rule of not reading the same author’s work in a row (keeps things fresh).

Anyway, this all struck me as odd. It got me thinking that maybe other people out there were approaching reading short fiction in a way that helped neither reader nor the story. So if you’ve never tried read short stories this way give it a bash, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.


Ah Ha!


Figured out how to get my author bio and details on rather than just the UK version! Twas very simple but I just didn’t see it. So an extra special thanks to the authorcentral help desk for their quick and succinct response.

Busy Busy Busy

April and May have been busy months for me behind the scenes. I’ve a whole whack of new ghoulishly delightful treats for you, but there is always one more thing to get right, double check, proof read, spell check, grammar check to make sure that everything is sparkling and perfect.

So rest assured, I have not forgotten you…I do not languish at the bottom of a pit somewhere… No! The gears are ever turning — the machine never sleeps — nightmares are still dreamt, snared and packaged with nice little bow.

Dark wonders wait to titillate, sour the soul, and maybe keep you up at night.


Spooky Sketches

Sometimes you find an artist whose work makes your heart sing. For some people that means Fine Art  like Margritte or Dali…for me it’s David Hartman.

Sexy ladies and grotesque ghouls, what more can ye ask for!

Nifty Interview

Author Nerine Dorman interviews horror veteran Ray Garton on here blog. I’ve seen his name around other established horror authors and have always been curious. This interview has convinced me to take the plunge and read a Garton or two.

Read the entire interview here.