Archive for November, 2014

I write because I love to write. I have so many stories in my head to write, stories I’m in the middle of writing and ideas which constantly occur to me. I write the type of things that I myself love to read. Consequently, I write horror, the type which occasionally gets called such things as grindhouse horror, or splatterpunk, even old school horror and tags along those lines. It is what I love to do, and what I’ve always wanted to do. From a very young age, it was a goal of mine to become a horror writer, and a goal I have successfully achieved, but of course, I’m only just starting. Ultimately, I will be writing full time and making a career of it, but essentially having only been in the game for a year (in terms of published output), means I’m not quite at that point yet.

My debut novel Plebs came out in January of this year and has been very successfully received, garnered a host of excellent reviews and sold steadily over a variety of different countries, which has been absolutely awesome, thrilling in fact. Since then I’ve appeared in Axes of Evil 1 with my story Sinister Cavan, Terror Train with Training the Unfortunate, Rejected For Content: Splattergore with There Goes the Neighbourhood and Autumn Burning: Dreadtime Stories For the Wicked Soul with Creepy Green Light, as well as being part of the six author collaborative novel Feral Hearts. I have a collection of shorts/novellas With Tooth and Claw in final edits, due out some time shortly after, as well as another novel Undead Fleshcrave: The Zombie Trigger in with the publishers. My brand of sanguinary ink splatterings will also be surfacing in the likes of Floppy Shoes Apocalypse, Axes of Evil 2, Rejected For Evil 2, Teeming Terrors and Ghosts to name a few of the other projects shortly to emerge, and another multi-author collab has also been largely completed, following some rejigging of the various components.

As you can see, I like to stay busy, I aim to be prolific, and reiterating my opening line, I just love to write.

So while writers love to see reviews of their various works, it is always completely awesome, humbling and a wonderful honour when things like what happened yesterday occur.

My publisher J. Ellington Ashton have a series of awards which are presented each year, and this year, I ended up with an award which looks something like this


To take this out in a field of absolutely brilliant authors, loaded with talent, imagination and supreme writing skills is an honour indeed and it was definitely a tight contest, runner up award went to Mark Woods who is the author of the smash hit novella Time of Tides. With a multitude of other great writers also in the mix, indicates it is no mean feat.

Further to this were the following awards presented:

RFC Award

Feral Hearts Award

I’m proud to say I was involved in both of these books as well, as is Mark and several of the other authors in the running for awards, and again, it was an honour to have been part of them. Rejected For Content is a prime example how simple ideas and discussion can blossom from mere seeds of notions and suggestions tossed out there to ponder over, into a fully fledged creation, laden with stories both disturbing and thought-provoking at the same time. Feral Hearts is a unique creature, a project both incredibly fun and challenging to undertake, and a seamless blend of multiple authors different styles.

Plebs is certainly the book which carried me to this, but naturally I didn’t sit back after completing that, I love to stay busy writing, always have and always will, hence the relatively prolific output. I’m currently 80k words into the follow-up to Plebs, and loving writing it just as much as I’ve enjoyed writing everything else which spills out of me in the late hours of the night.

So, in closing, cheers to all of those folk involved with the awards, the various books, projects, upcoming things and everybody concerned with J. Ellington Ashton press, staff and authors alike.

And, you should probably buy all the JEA books.

Links for the award related books below