MIME: Chapter 1 (preview)

Oily and bitter, the lingering odour of burnt flesh lodged in the back of Elliot’s throat. If he hadn’t known where the smell came from, he might not have thought anything of it.

Fifteen minutes had passed since the first reports had hit social media. Ten minutes since “spontaneous combustion” had started trending and flagged up on Elliot’s searches. Mostly third-hand accounts, but he’d found enough supposed eyewitnesses to convince him it was worth investigating.

Seven minutes since he’d left the Weird News office to drive down Whiteladies Road and across the city centre to the scene. Now, as he approached the waterside edge of Castle Park, that hint of charred human on the breeze made the whole situation more real. He pressed his lips together, swallowed, and headed closer.

A couple of patrol cars were parked on the roadside, alongside a grey Ford Mondeo he suspected was an unmarked police vehicle from the radio equipment visible on the dashboard. Rows of curious people gathered behind railings strung with blue-and-white striped tape. Some held phones above their heads like digital periscopes, trying to glimpse the focus of all the activity before the daylight faded. People loved a morbid circus.

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Gravewatcher (PREVIEW)

My (long) short story Gravewatcher appears in the newly released Tales from The Graveyard from North Bristol Writers. Here’s a sample from the opening. Carina watched from the cemetery gate. Her new arrival tried to shove the gardener’s shoulder, passed straight through, and stumbled to his knees. Those who died | Read more…

Microfiction: Berries

“Mummy, I picked some berries.” She kept her eyes glued to her phone screen as she tapped out a message. “That’s nice. Make sure you share them with your sister.” “Okay.” When she found them later, their lips and fingers stained deep purple, eyes glazed, she would think, what message? | Read more…

Review: Infamous Reign by Steve McHugh

An adventure full of the stuff nightmares are made of. Infamous Reign fills in another chapter from the past of Nathaniel Garrett, hero of McHugh’s Hellequin Chronicles which so far include novels Crimes against Magic and Born of Hatred. While the novels are principally set in the present day, the | Read more…

Gabriel Cushing at the Carnival of Sorrows – A Video Appeal

Hi everyone. Updates are likely to continue to be a bit sporadic over the next few months as I work on Gabriel Cushing at the Carnival of Sorrows with the rest of the production team from The Great Escape. The new eight part web series will be shot this summer | Read more…

Gabriel Cushing at the Carnival of Sorrows – New web series from The Great Escape

Things have been a bit quiet around here lately because I’ve been busy with my film maker’s cap on. The Great Escape are gearing up for another large scale production this summer; Gabriel Cushing at the Carnival of Sorrows, and I’m acting as both producer and special effects supervisor for | Read more…