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…
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…
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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
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
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
For midwinter, I couldn't have wished for better. The sun was shining warmly, and everyone sat out on the lawn.The best part was, they all came there to hear about my new book. Even better, most of them bought my book. Thanks everyone. The Adventures of Alien Vets, in hardcopy, is book one and two … Continue reading It was a great day for my book launch!
I'm starting off in my home town, amongst family and friends, in the little riverside village of Henley on Klip, South Africa. Saturday 30 June, 10.30 am. I've decided to do it at the local library, to do my little bit to promote reading. Last night, I was speaking at one of the local … Continue reading My Book Launch this Saturday
In the not too distant future, after the Wastes of 2066 to 2092, the population of Earth has been decimated by famine, disease and war. Having lost almost the whole of humanity, a new will is in place to avert war and overpopulation. Whilst some of the idealism doesn't work, amazingly, the planet recovers rapidly … Continue reading My new book is ready for takeoff!
For some of us, it was our first overnight sleepout in wild country. Not camping. Sleeping on a bedroll with a sleeping bag, under the stars, while lions and elephants roam free, nearby. The way our forefathers did it. To do this, someone stands watch while the others sleep, and you take turns. It was … Continue reading HOW TO STAND UP IN A SLEEPING BAG
Where the Zambezi river widens into a vast floodplain some distance after it has been held in check by the now crumbling dam at Kariba, it provides a parklike floor that flows between stands of tall acacias and jackal berries. On these miles of open parkland, vast herds of African wildlife provide amongst the best … Continue reading The True Music of Mana Pools
The African bush doesn't get much more remote than up on the Chizarira Plateau, northern Zimbabwe, in 1991. On a freewheelin' camping holiday that took us through South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana, six of us crazed advertising types crammed into a Landy and set off. To date, we had seen enthralling sights, and met interesting … Continue reading WHY CURIOSITY WON’T KILL THE CAT