If Heyer did horror?

Georgette Heyer never did write horror, of course, but some of her more light-hearted crime novels came surprisingly close, and they've always been big favourites of mine. So when I came to write Got Ghosts?, it was to those titles that I turned for some inspiration. To find out which books those were, and how [...]

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Where there’s a ghost…

...there's often a crime. After all, ghosts are people who died, and not all those deaths are natural. To read more about this rather weird subject, head for Ellie Sisson's blog, where she's been kind enough to lend me a soapbox and hand me a microphone for my latest "guest ghost post". This time it's [...]

Friday Five: favourite first lines

A fistful of Fs for today's title, and a fistful of first lines that have caught my attention, one way or another, over the years. In sort of reverse order, they are: The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." Not the most descriptive or earth-shattering [...]

A summons to read…

...my 75- word flash fiction 'The Summons', which is appearing on the Paragraph Planet website. The story is based on an old myth from Thirlmere in the Lake District. The villages of Armboth and Wythburn were drowned (having been evacuated first, I should add - I'm not that much of a ghoul!) during the creation [...]

Ghosts getting closer

Yesterday was edits day on my latest book Got Ghosts, which is due out from Fox Spirit just in time for Halloween. Sometimes the editing process can be distinctly fraught, but this time it was, relatively speaking, a doddle.  No more than a few typos, a couple of awful howlers, and a general scrape-and-polish. Whilst [...]