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Coldwater Cottage – 1: The Surface

Welcome to the promised new serialisation from the Eclectics, which will post at the same time every Monday for the next few weeks. I have fond memories of outlining Coldwater Cottage in a bar in Dahab, in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula,

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Shutters

I open the shutters and let the night in. Night knows me. Night is my friend. The night hides me and for the few hours we live in its hemisphere, the night allows me to be me. I open the

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Inspirations: Can we bomb our readers into euphoria?

We use horror and suspense in fiction because people love to be afraid. JT MacCurdy described psychological responses to being bombed during World War Two. ‘Near misses’ were emotionally devastating, but ‘remote misses’ made people feel invincible. Does reading or

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Greater Minds: George RR Martin interviews Stephen King

George RR Martin interviewed Stephen King in Albuquerque. Their early influences, particularly HP Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe. Stephen King submitted his first story at 12 and got his first acceptance at 19. They both believe that true evil is

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Inspirations: Celebrating the bicentennial monster in the Infinite Monkey Cage

This year is the bicentennial of the first draft of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. She wrote the first draft at eighteen, as a guest in Lord Byron’s villa in Switzerland. She had spent her childhood surrounded by writers and scientists.

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Steel in the Morning is available in Paperback

Steel in the Morning, my collection of reprinted short stories, is now available in paperback. It’s the same as the version I released on Kindle a couple of years ago, plus Foreclosure which was yet to be published at the

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Peppermint Tea in Electronic Limbo returns in hardcopy

Last week, my short story, Peppermint Tea in Electronic Limbo, was republished in Quickfic Anthology 2 in the Kindle store. If you’re like me and prefer cellulose to fluttering electrons, Amazon has now made it available as a hardcopy on

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Peppermint Tea in Electronic Limbo returns

The kind people at Digital Fiction have posted the full text of Peppermint Tea in Electronic Limbo, and included it in the Quickfic Anthology 2 of stories below 3,500 words. It was first published a couple of years ago in

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Greater Minds: Stephen King’s opening sentences

The first sentence turns a potential reader into a concentrating reader. Stephen King’s first sentences hook the reader with tension and introduce his voice. If the first sentence doesn’t do its job, later sentences won’t be read. King says, ‘to

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How I write: Horror

The horror writer co-opts the reader’s imagination to scare the pants off them. Violation, possession, mutation, confinement and insignificance are all terrifying. Engaging the character’s senses engages the reader’s emotions. The protocols of horror can be adopted for other genres.

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