From 1859, with love

I wanted to share a quick post tonight as it’s been a really exciting couple of days for me. I’ve well and truly returned to the world of Dr. Blessing and Panacea, et al, and it’s coming out at a pretty good rate. Around 1500 words yesterday and well over 2000 today.

What’s exciting about that? You may well wonder. A writer wrote something, so what? Well, this particular story became one of those that I thought about so much it was turning into a thing I couldn’t  write. At least that’s how it felt to me.

Perhaps I just needed a little break away from that world, and stray into a couple of other projects for a while. Whatever it was that was going on, it worked!

I’d love to share an excerpt, but I can’t. Even giving the title of this one will blow some of the secrets of The Cabinet of Dr Blessing. The idea is that when you’ve read the cabinet, you come on to this one and you’ll just be blown away by the revelations and cameo appearances.

It’s making me sick with excitement because I know so many people who love the Dr Blessing stories are just going to go insane when this one is ready for the world!

Until then, I’m keeping it all under my top hat!



A couple of days ago we were treated to that rare celestial event – the Super Blood Moon. Horror writers and fans can easily see how this event slides right into the themes of all things that go bump in the night. The moon has long been associated with the genre, be it a lunar transformation into a blood-crazed beast, or the moon’s gravitational pull distorting the fluids in the brains of the insane, presenting us with murderous lunatics – the very word itself deriving from lunar, of course.

Sam Gregory saw the signs, she knew this was coming, and planned a month-long event to tie in with both the blood moon, and the coming of Hallowe’en. What better time for a celebration of new horror fiction? She came up with the Facebook event Blood Moon Rising 2 (she must have done another one of these sometime ago, before I was acquainted with her). The event kicks off today 1st October 2015, and runs right up to Hallowe’en.

I registered immediately to participate and, gulp, I get to take control of the event page this Saturday, 3rd October. I’ll be active from around 9am London time, and I plan to do a full, day long marathon session answering questions, posting some facts about my work and having some fun meeting all of the horror fans who come to get involved.


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