‘Wolf Song’

Published by: ‘trans lit mag’, (October 2012)‘Men in Horror’, Sirens Call Publications (April 2013)Broken, Thirteen O’ Clock Press (March 2014) The babies are coming and Friedrich is not there. After everything they have been through; the heartache, the treatments, he’s not going to miss this moment. He puts his foot down on the accelerator. The sigh of…

Featherbones by Thomas Brown

Originally posted on readful things blog:
Featherbones by Thomas Brown Felix walks the same way to work through Southampton every morning, and the same way home again in the evenings. His life up to this point feels like one day repeated over and over; a speck of silt caught in the city’s muddied waters. Sometimes…

Writing Is Weird

Writing is weird. You can spend months fumbling through a first draft like a child with wet clay and no supervision. Sentences slip through your hands. The chapters won’t stay together. You get an awful lot of it under your nails, and around your mouth. (The carpet’s ruined.)

What Is Pen Of The Damned?

“We read,” he says quietly, remembering an old quote from a book buried now beneath a grave marked Lewis, “to know we are not alone.” Then he opens his mouth, draws breath, begins reading from the pages in his hands, and twelve people listen patiently, and for a chapter or two in a cold, dark…

This Year In Writing

“If something burns your soul with passion and desire, it’s your duty to be reduced to ashes by it. Any other form of existence will be yet another dull book in the library of life.” Charles Bukowski A year can be defined by many things: days, weeks, months, lifestyle changes, and zodiac animals. To the…

Some Reading….

Originally posted on The Angry Grey Cat Reads:
The Good Wife by Stewart O’Nan is a book that I saw featured on a List Challenges list (of course, I can’t remember which one) .Years ago I read another book with the same title by Jane Porter.  Jane Porter’s book was a straight up romance/women’s fiction,…

FEATHERBONES

I’m absolutely delighted to be able to say that my second book, FEATHERBONES, is finally flapping its tattered wings for take-off. Paperbacks will be available from February 2016, but you can expect e-books some time before then. If you have appreciated my writing in the past, and would be so kind as to write a…

Monarch-Man

Originally posted on Pen of the Damned:
“I am a winged creature who is too rarely allowed to use its wings. Ecstasies do not occur often enough.” Anais Nin It has gone midnight when I cross the park but he is quite visible by the street lamp. Stick limbs. Wild hair. The sickly-sweet scent of…

“If the writing is honest…”

“If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it. It isn’t so much his mirror as it is the distillation, the essence, of what is strongest and purest in his nature, whether that be gentleness or anger, serenity or torment, light or dark. This makes it deeper than the…