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?

In the Steps of Hemingway

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

Carnival of Words 1st Prize Winning Story ‘Two Days’ by Marie Anne Cope

‘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

What a Difference a Year Makes

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