I'd like to give a warm welcome to the lovely Jan Kiermasz from John Jelly, to tell us a little about her ghostly experiences. Over to you, Jan :-): It was late evening. My young baby was tucked up in bed. My husband was working away. I was sat quietly watching a spot of TV … Continue reading Guest Blog – Jan Kiermasz (John Jelly) – An Unusual visit
When I heard that my good friends Phil and Cath were going on a book-binding course, I fell over myself in asking if I could tag along and I'm so glad I did. As most of you will know, I am rather odd and I hold my hands up to having a serious fetish for … Continue reading From Writing to Binding…….Books, That Is!
Is there such a thing as going too far when straying into the dark side when writing, dear reader? This is a question I ask myself a lot. Why? For many reasons, if I’m honest: What will people think of me? Will I get arrested? Will I lose my readers? Will I gain the wrong … Continue reading How Far is Too Far When Straying Into The Dark Side?
And what a ‘fest’ it was, dear reader; fantastic day! If you’re a fan of horror, which you must be if you read my stuff, then get over and follow Grimm up North, as these are the guys who put this on and there’s another coming up on 19 August for John Carpenter. It’s well … Continue reading Guillermo del Toro Fest
Horror. When you say that word, most people wrinkle their nose and recoil like they’ve just smelt a decomposing corpse or been told that a limb requires amputation. Horror, in many circles, is seen as the black sheep of the family; the child that is kept locked away in the attic so no one can … Continue reading What is Horror?
We all have places we long to go in the world; places friends have visited; places told to us by strangers; places that are part of family tradition; places revealed to us in films; places glimpsed on TV; places made famous by a celebrity; places made infamous by a legend. It was the latter for … Continue reading In the Steps of Hemingway
‘Goodbye, my love, my dear Katharine. One day, I will see you again. Until that day, I will carry your love and this image of you in my heart. It will sustain me in the hard days ahead, I know it will. I have to believe it will. I have to.’ Katharine raised her hand … Continue reading Carnival of Words 1st Prize Winning Story ‘Two Days’ by Marie Anne Cope
As I sit here in my study with my flask of coffee, as my electric is off for the next few hours, I have decided to write a long overdue blog – inspired by John Jelly’s Blogging for Authors workshop. The trouble is, with no electricity, whilst I have the battery life in my laptop, … Continue reading What a Difference a Year Makes
When you see or hear the word “Hallowe’en’, what image does it conjure up for you, dear reader? Do you see children dressed as their favourite superhero, jumping with excitement as they go door to door asking for sweets? Do you see arrogant teenagers, not even bothering to dress up, going door to door expecting … Continue reading The Diaphanous Veil of All Hallows’ Eve
It was an absolute delight to receive the nomination for The Liebster Award from the lovely Aimee Coveney. Thank you Aimee. Aimee has worked with me this year to rebrand my internet presence, creating a fantastic website for me and linking to it Scary Ramblings plus my social media, enabling them all to be accessed via … Continue reading Scary Ramblings Receives the Liebster Award!