The beast from the east

Cumbria - or at least the western half of the county - seems to have escaped the worst of the wintry weather that Siberia has kindly sent our way. However, it's still been bitterly cold (the maximum temperature so far today has been minus 1c) and with three inches of snow lying on the ground, [...]


Ghoulies and ghosties…

A good few years ago now I bought my first ever property - a small, brand-new flat in Birmingham. With much excitement I moved in, decorated, filled it with oddments of furniture and books, and settled down... only to find some very strange goings-on. These included sudden temperature drops, an unpleasant atmosphere, and even physical [...]

An appreciation of cover art

Following a rather too-public spat between a well-known author and his cover artist, yesterday was 'cover artist appreciation day' on Twitter. A good cause, because too often artists get scant recognition or credit for their work. And it reminded me that I haven't said nearly enough about the artwork on my own book cover, since [...]