October Newsletter

New book release today and general writing news in the newsletter this month. AMAZON AMAZON UK SAMPLESMASHWORDS My latest book, THE GREEN AND THE BLACK launches today. Before I go on, I'd like to ask a favor. If you could spare a moment, head on over to my Twitter and retweet the pinned tweet at …

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The Ghost Club Launches

My new book, THE GHOST CLUB is now live on Amazon and available in both ebook and paperback, and I'm hoping at least some of you will be interested enough to give it a try. It would help me out enormously if you could tell your friends today, and spread the news. Hell, tell your …

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NEW BOOK DAY: CARNACKI: THE EDINBURGH TOWNHOUSE

My third collection of Carnacki stories based on William Hope Hodgson's character is out now from Lovecraft Ezine in paperback and ebook CARNACKI operates in shadowy occult realms, on the fringes of science, in places out of sight and out of mind of normal everyday people. But sometimes the darkness touches the lives of others …

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The Watchers trilogy is back

My Scottish historic vampire fantasy is back! These new editions come from Gryphonwood Press, with shiny new covers by the great Wayne Miller In my Watchers series I am dealing with a retelling of the Bonnie Prince Charlie story, where romantic myths have already subsumed the harsh reality of a coup gone badly wrong. I …

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BERSERKER now in paperback and ebook

My Vikings versus Yeti novel, BERSERKER is now available in paperback for the first time and there's also a shiny new ebook edition, both with the new cover by Wayne Miller. For Tor and Skald this is their first viking raid. Their minds are full of thoughts of honor and glory. What awaits them are …

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A new home for some old favorites

I've been juggling with rights issues for some time concerning some of my books, but I'm very pleased to announce that I've found a new home at Gryphonwood Press for them. Gryphonwood Press already have a few of my other books, and did a great job with the new paperback of ISLAND LIFE, so I'm …

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DARK MELODIES – Lovecraft and music

I discovered the writing of H P Lovecraft back in the very early Seventies. I came to him, not looking for horror, but for Science Fiction as that was where my prime interest lay back then. I believe the first story I read was THE DUNWICH HORROR in one of the cheap UK paperback editions. …

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Sherlock Holmes and Me

Nowadays there is a plethora of detectives in both book and film who may seem to use the trappings of crime solvers, but get involved in the supernatural. William Hjortsberg's Falling Angel (the book that led to the movie Angel Heart) is a fine example, an expert blending of gumshoe and deviltry that is one …

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Why I wrote THE EXILED

My novel THE EXILED is a fusion of several different life threads. Firstly there's Edinburgh. A lot of my work, long and short form, has been set in Scotland, and much of it uses the history and folklore. There’s just something about the misty landscapes and old buildings that speaks straight to my soul. Bloody …

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Want to see what’s coming in 2016?

Here's a sneak peek ahead to 2 novels I've got coming from DarkFuse in 2016. Both of these novels are set in my new home, Newfoundland, and reflect the growing influence this place is having on my writing. It might never supplant Scotland, which is etched into my bones, but it's getting there. First up …

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