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I wrote a story in honour of JRD


Time for celebration!

A few days ago, I had an idea burst free from my head and onto the virtual page. It was a short story in honour of James Roy Daley, an amazing author and the man behind BOOKSoftheDEADPRESS.

It featured mostly narration by a serial killer looking back on the first time he killed, and the circumstances surrounding it. It was nasty, graphic and featured very explicit sex and sexual swear words. I was very proud of it, and I sent it to JRD, who thought it was great. Incidentally, the story is entitled Doing it for JRD (Justice, Revenge and Deliverance).

Another friend of mine, author M.C. O’Neill read it too, thought it was awesome and suggested that I submit it to James Ward Kirk at to see if it would be accepted for his upcoming Serial Killers Tres Tria anthology. Following his advice, I submitted the story, taking care to read through all of the submission requirements, and then I left it at that, hoping that I might be lucky enough to be accepted, but quite content in the knowledge that even if it didn’t make the cut it wasn’t the end of the world, because there are thousands of places to submit to.

To cut a long story short: tonight I got a reply from James Ward Kirk who said he loved the story and that he wanted to use it in his Sex, Drugs & Horror anthology which is to be published during the first week of July. He actually said that if I preferred for it to feature instead in the Serial Killers Tres Tria anthology, he’d send over a different contract, but thinking about it now, there’s a lot of horror and a lot of sex in the story, and because it’s about a killer’s first kill, it would be more suited towards the Sex, Drugs & Horror anthology.

Needless to say, I’ve written a bio and the contract has been signed and returned to JWK by electronic carrier pigeon, so next month will see me as being a published author in at least one anthology, if not two, as i have another story coming out shortly in an anthology that has been written in collaboration with some of my friends and fellow writers from the Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse  collective.

Things are looking up for me, folks, and now i’ve got my foot on the first rung of the ladder there will be no stopping me!

It’s been so long…

Normal service has been resumed

Normal service has been resumed

…since i blogged anything at all. I checked the date, and it was May 5th. Things just seem to have slipped away for a while, plus i have had some family issues to deal with.

I had a bad case of writer’s block, and to those who say they don’t believe in it i say that you have never had it. I could not even write out a shopping list! This feels like deja-vu to me. i swear i’ve said it before!

You’ll be glad to know that i’ve managed to ride through it and am writing again. There’s an apocalyptic-themed story that i’ve completed for an anthology, Echoes of the Wasteland, entitled All Sunshine Makes the Desert which i am very pleased with and which hopefully will be released quite soon; i’ve submitted a short story to James Ward Kirk at his website about a serial killer’s first kill, entitled Doing it for JRD that i just might expand into a novel, and i’m still working on my fantasy piece The Magic of Music for the Neverland’s Library anthology, which i hope to finish and submit before the closing date for submissions on June 20th.

Oh, and of course, there’s the debut novel that i never seem to get time to do anything with because of all the short story ideas i keep having that need to be written down before my clunky old brain forgets about them!

I’ll keep plodding on in the hope that people are still interested in reading my stuff. I’m not sure they’re bothered about the blog though, because my traffic seems to have more or less dried up since i left to be a self-hosted WordPress site. It’s a fucking shame, because my stories are pretty good, even if i do say so myself! And I’m not the only one who has noticed that people just aren’t reading blogs any more. I have friends who are established authors who have also noticed a huge drop in their site traffic. Do them, me and yourselves a favour; go visit their blogs and their websites and read some quality writing. We all would benefit by it, and you would have our deepest gratitude.

Turn off your games consoles, get outside in the sun, go and play some real games with your children, have a little fun, leave off the TV, and go and read some books while you’re at it, too!

Rant over. It’s good to be back and writing. Show us writers some love and go read us. We all need some love!

I’m guesting on another blog, guys!


Click on the image to visit Danielle’s site and read The Final Lesson, or click on one of the links below.

The lovely, talented Danielle Tauscher asked me to write a story for her, and so i did, when i managed to find the time to do so.

It’s a 500 word piece of flash fiction written in 2nd person point of view, as per her challenge. It’s called The Final Lesson, and you can find it both on her blog at and here on my blog too, but i do urge you to go and visit Danielle’s site, because there’s some great stories on there, and while you’re at it, why not take up some of Danielle’s challenges and write something of your own. I’m sure she’d love to see your efforts and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to be selected to guest on her site, as i have.

Thank you, Danielle! It was a pleasure to write for you.

Josh Hewitt Made Me Do It!…


…well, he inspired me to write Bad Luck, to be correct.

For those poor unfortunate souls who have not read or do not follow Josh Hewitt on Twitter or on his most excellent blog A Beginning, An End and All That Lies Between, you’re missing out, let me tell you!

At the moment, Josh has an amazing project going on at his blog called #WorldsEnd. This is how it came about:

“Tomorrow, we find out that a giant planet (bigger than Jupiter) is headed towards Earth.  It will arrive in twenty years.  We can’t stop it, we can’t do anything about it.  In 20 years, the world will end.

“Your story will take place 18 years after this announcement.  What is life like?  How do people interact?  Do they still have jobs?  Do kids still go to school?  Has new religions sprouted up?  Has contingency plans?  Tell me your story–what do you think happens in this world.”

This was the task Josh set for some of his writer friends, the only constraint they had was that they could not save the Earth. You simply must visit his blog and read the stories there. They’re so diverse, and the quality is superb (apart from the odd typo, which i have noticed).

Reading these stories inspired me to write a little something this morning, but as i am not part of the project, i thought i would share my story with you here, and hopefully some of you who have been reading the #WorldsEnd stories will read and appreciate this one too. So, without further ado, i present to you all my homage to the #WorldsEnd project, to the wonderful Josh Hewitt and to all of the writers that have taken the time to create some fantastic stories for us all to read. Enjoy! Bad Luck (A #WorldsEnd story).

Sumtin’ Ta Keep Ya Sweet!


Here’s a story for your delectation. It’s called Darke Times, and it’s a little something that i wrote a few weeks ago and was holding back, but i’ve decided to let the world see Calvin Darke, Rastafarian pixie in all his glory. You’ll love him, i’m sure. All who have had the homour of reading this short story have just loved it, and i hope that you all will too, so get comfortable, roll yourself a huge spliff and laugh your socks off at Calvin, because what he gets up to in this tale you just won’t believe! I loved writing this, so don’t think you’ve seen the last of Calvin Darke!

Everything You Do Is Research!

Do your research

It’s been a crazy week of writing and then not writing; a real mixed bag of things have been happening here, but even if you’re not sitting diligently at your desk or wherever it is that you write, it doesn’t mean that you’re not working–if you’re doing something that relates directly to your writing, that is.

If you’re surfing the web, don’t just sit there playing games; use the time to do some background research, whether it be on a current work in progress or a future project. If, however your work in progress happens to involve online gameplaying, you’ve got it made!

If you’re reading a book, then it’s bound to be about something that interests you and is therefore a valuable source of information to help you in your writing. The more you read, the better your writing will become.

Movies and TV are another essential tool to the writer; they impart information that you did not have before you started viewing. For instance, just think about how much you have learned about forensic science simply by watching shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Not much use if your work in progress is a high fantasy epic, i know, but i think you get the point.

Whatever we do when we are not writing, we are still learning and remembering pieces of information that sooner or later will be of use to us. We just don’t know it at the time! I’ve spent lots of time pushing a shopping cart around the supermarket while thinking of possible names for characters and plotlines. My mind is always on the go, but to onlookers, i’m probably just “vegging out” as i perform what lots of people consider to be a boring task.

Admittedly, there are times when i do genuinely “veg out” and i can’t think of a single thing to say or to write, but those times are getting fewer the more that i read and write, and i’m going to make the effort to do more, because the ideas just keep on coming, and i don’t like to disappoint my readers! Or myself!



Latest News

Just the usual happening here at home, but i did both start and finish a new short story today, The Final Lesson that hopefully will be featured on a fellow writer’s blog, so I’ll keep you posted on that. It’s a 500 word piece, written in the second person point of view, so there’s lots of “you” in there.

Meanwhile, work on The Magic of Music, a fantasy piece i’m working on for possible submission continues. Time to introduce a few Fae to the story, methinks.

Also, Darke Times, another “fantasy” short continues to get great comments from all who have read it, and no, it’s not available for general reading…yet!

What does your writing “Batcave” look like, if you have one?

My creative "Batcave"

My creative “Batcave”

I often wonder just what a fellow writer’s place of work looks like, so i’ve taken the time to show you just what my little “Batcave” is like.

I have 3 machines, each doing different things at any one time: a laptop, an all-in-one and a netbook, and i use multiple external hard drives for those all-important backups that you should all be making to prevent a potential disaster!

As well as making complete backups, i suggest that you configure your word processor of choice to make incremental backups.

Note the essential caffeine supplies in the form of diet cola and coffee!

The rest of my bedroom need not concern you, unless you are a potential burglar! If you are, please make note of the fact that there is always a strung and ready Hoyt recurve bow with Easton arrows close to hand, and an array of other sharp implements. I do like my “tools”!

Have a nice day, you beautiful people!

Bartender, Keep ’em Coming! New Story!


It’s been a while, i know, what with the madness that was Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse, but now that the flying fur has settled, here for your enjoyment is a story that i wrote just for you, my followers. It involves alcohol, and it’s called Bartender, Keep ’em Coming! And if you like it, or even if you dislike it, leave me a comment and let me know. I would appreciate it greatly!

Oh, and while i’m here i may as well tell you that i received my first rejection today, with regard to a short story i submitted. They praised my talent and writing style and said they enjoyed the story, but it was not what they were looking for. I found out later via a good friend and amazing author M. C. O’Neill that they were asking for a specific theme for their fantasy anthology, something i had not spotted, and neither had he, so i’m in good company!

I have another chance at being successfully chosen for this anthology, so i shall put on my thinking cap and this time come up with a story that has relevance to their needs!

And i have been invited back to submit for further anthologies, so that says something for me!

The cup’s half full, guys, not half empty!