ON WRITING A NOVEL IN A MONTH…

  Entered the National Novel Writing Month(NaNoWriMo) last year, quite reluctantly. I didn’t really believe in pumping a novel out in thirty days just because. But I did think, well, who the hell am I to criticize unless I try it? So I did. Did the novel got the T-shirt. It did help though, that … Continue reading ON WRITING A NOVEL IN A MONTH…

The thought gave her strength

...and she reached up towards the writhing, bouncing body that kept her under the water. She followed one of the legs, and found what she was looking for. A bulge at the apex of the legs. She gripped this bulge as hard as she could, and pulled down. The effect was immediate. The weight slid … Continue reading The thought gave her strength

Carl was taut with the intensity of what he saw…

'I see them now, Prof, I see them...'. Crichton turned and stared at the water. 'What is it..what do you see?'. Amanda's voice was trembling. But the two men ignored her, their eyes following some movement in the water. Alistair shook his head.'Prof's at it again – water wraiths or some-such...' But then Alistair tensed, and … Continue reading Carl was taut with the intensity of what he saw…

What the hell was that?Jenna gasped

...with alarm. They stopped, and looked at the ground, which was behaving like jelly under their feet. Then it came again, and they could see the pools of marsh water shaking. 'Let's get the hell out of here..!',Carl shouted, urging Jasper forward, as he was blocking the path. Jasper stood transfixed, staring at the shivering … Continue reading What the hell was that?Jenna gasped

‘Mutations?’, Tim queried.

' Certainly. A number of the bone and fossil finds here show mutated structures, between related species - we're trying to find out why it's endemic to this area'. Tim, if not the others, was fascinated. 'What do you think causes them?', he asked. Jussi laughed, a strange and almost warning laugh. 'If I knew, … Continue reading ‘Mutations?’, Tim queried.

Outside,a fractured and waxing moon slid up through the darkness

The eye of the spring that created the dank and spreading marshlands, was now troubled. Its waters heaved and bubbled, steaming their discontent over the low-lying restiads and peat bogs. A figure moved out in the clinging mist. It was a silhouette of tangled hair and fur, and it was crawling and standing alternately, as … Continue reading Outside,a fractured and waxing moon slid up through the darkness

Once she was sure he was asleep…

She slipped from the bed, and gathered the two babies in the next room, wrapping them tightly, each in a bedsheet. Then she stole from the house, and out onto the moor.She had given them each a little painkiller syrup. She didn’t want them to wake up screaming halfway across the windy and mist covered … Continue reading Once she was sure he was asleep…

It wasn’t a blind date, it was a blind weekend…

Arranged by their mutual friends, Carl and Jenna. And so Tim and Amanda found themselves at a rundown old resort in the middle of an eerie marshland. That was okay. Until they had to share a room on their first night. And even that was okay. Until a squat and malformed creature, with a melted … Continue reading It wasn’t a blind date, it was a blind weekend…

Why the leopard is more dangerous

How can that be? This is a cat that retreats from danger, that is shy and secretive, often only nocturnal. There is a reason. A leopard is solitary. If it is injured, even slightly, it may not be able to hunt, and if it can’t hunt, it will die, sooner rather than later. So. It … Continue reading Why the leopard is more dangerous

COVER STORIES:Growing up with Superman and Dan Dare

I was lucky. Superman, Dan Dare, Beano, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, Flash Gordon, and many more comics were being delivered to our postbox when I was a kid. I was exposed to some of the great comics, and great stories, of all time. It’s no coincidence that many of them have been, or are now being, … Continue reading COVER STORIES:Growing up with Superman and Dan Dare

The joy of feedback from readers

When I started out writing books, I was terrified of feedback from readers, worried that they would tear my work, and indirectly, me, apart. Now, with feedback coming in regularly from readers, I have to say I am in awe. Readers have taught me some very valuable lessons: 1. Readers are very forgiving. They want … Continue reading The joy of feedback from readers