Do You Tell Ghost Stories on Christmas Eve?

Perhaps you should........ For many moons the ghost story has been the festive treat on Christmas Eve. The Victorians used to go crazy for a yuletide ghost tale, as they did for most tales of the dark and supernatural variety. But, the tradition for telling ghost stories on what is now a festive and joyful … Continue reading Do You Tell Ghost Stories on Christmas Eve?

What’s In a Name?

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other word would smell as sweet. So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called,  Retain that dear perfection .….” (Romeo and Juliet Act II Scene II) In this world famous quote, Juliet argues that it doesn’t matter to her that Romeo is from … Continue reading What’s In a Name?

Scarily Influenced……..or Just Plain Mundane?

In deciding what to write for my Hallowe’en blog post, dear reader, my gaze alighted on my numerous bookshelves and began to roam the volumes, soon settling on my collection of classics. Four titles jumped up and down to get my attention and I found myself nodding in agreement and pondering their origins. Where did … Continue reading Scarily Influenced……..or Just Plain Mundane?

Dick Turpin or Henry VIII – Who Would You Prefer in Your Family Tree?

Do you really and honestly want to know who hides in your past, dear reader? Assuming the answer is yes, given the obsession with family trees, I have to ask, why? What is it you are hoping to find? Would your life be enhanced to find out that you are a descendent of Henry VIII? … Continue reading Dick Turpin or Henry VIII – Who Would You Prefer in Your Family Tree?

Guest Blog – Jan Kiermasz (John Jelly) – An Unusual visit

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

From Writing to Binding…….Books, That Is!

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!

How Far is Too Far When Straying Into The Dark Side?

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?

Guillermo del Toro Fest

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

What is Horror?

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?