Category: Writing

‘Worship Me’ by Craig Stewart

Worship Me In a quiet country church, a Sunday service becomes a living hell for a group of unsuspecting parishioners. When an ancient entity takes over the congregation claiming it as its own, the horrified churchgoers are shown the power of the Behemoth in all its ghastly detail. With the threat of losing everything –…

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‘Sleep Savannah Sleep’ by Alistair Cross

Sleep Savannah Sleep Recently-widowed Jason Crandall moves his family to the sleepy town of Shadow Springs, hoping it’ll give them all a better life. However, starting a new business as a massage therapist gets off to a bad start when Jason is confronted with man-eater and local socialite Savannah Sturgess, prompting her hulk of a…

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Standing with Hemingway

A while back, I wrote about the advantages of standing up to write. Ernie Hemingway famously did it, as did Philly Roth and Ginny Wolf. And though I’ve had a standing desk at my work for a couple of years it was only when I moved to a new house recently that I got around…

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‘Four American Tales’ by Jack Messenger

Four American Tales Jack Messenger’s first collection of stories throws up an eclectic mix of characters and situations, binding the tales together with themes of love and loss, struggle and ambition. The possibilities of starting again feature in the first two stories: ‘Wichega’ finds a classic automobile prodding a child into imagining what might be…

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‘Speaks the Nightbird’ by Robert McCammon

Speaks the Nightbird (Audiobook) 1699. A magistrate and his clerk journey to the remote community of Fount Royal in The Carolinas, intending to put on trial a woman accused of witchcraft. But the young clerk, Matthew Corbett, isn’t convinced of the woman’s guilt and when the magistrate falls ill, takes on the task of putting…

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‘London Large: Blood on the Streets’ by G & R Robson

London Large: Blood on the Streets Top cop DI Harry Hawkins finds himself stuck in the middle of on an international gang war in central London, but his past and the media conspire to get in the way of catching the bad guys. With a possible conspiracy in the offing and a level of violence…

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‘The Third Man’ and ‘The Fallen Idol’ by Graham Greene

The Third Man and The Fallen Idol In post-war Vienna, Graham Greene’s struggling novelist Rollo Martins, arrives to visit old friend Harry Lime. But something has happened to Harry, and Martins is soon drawn into a web of intrigue and drug-dealing as he tries to uncover the truth. The Fallen Idol is the tale of…

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‘One Punch’ by Keith Dixon

One Punch When former cop Paul Storey takes a job with ex-boxer Bran Doyle, it’s obvious nothing is going to be straightforward. But as Storey begins to dissect the politics and relationships within his new employer’s household, he also learns that Doyle is of interest to the police. Working out what’s really happening, and why,…

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‘Blood Bath’ by Stephen Leather

Blood Bath (Audiobook) Supernatural detective Jack Nightingale faces a demonic killer when he investigates a series of gory deaths in a Brighton hotel. Along with his sidekick Jenny, Nightingale must find a way to tempt the monster into a trap, but what will the shrewd sleuth use for bait? Stephen Leather is a bestselling thriller…

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On Not Writing

If you’ve read any of my posts about writer’s block, you’ll know I don’t believe in such things, but it isn’t only the lack of inspiration that can get in the way of creativity. A few months back, my father was taken into hospital and I drove down to my native Northumberland to see him.…

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