Elements of Horror #5: Vampires


In honor of this wonderful annual season – being October, the month of Halloween, scary scares, frightful frights and ghoulish fun that will send waves of goosebumps honking in terror across your skin – I launched a new series of articles called Elements of Horror! In what will probably be the last horror special in this series for 2019, I’ll unpack various characters or elements I used in some of my horror stories – this time, our topic is the dreaded vampires! More

Elements of Horror #4: The Giant Spider Thing


In honor of this wonderful annual season – being October, the month of Halloween, scary scares, frightful frights and ghoulish fun that will send waves of goosebumps honking in terror across your skin – I launched a new series of articles called Elements of Horror – in which I’ll unpack various characters or elements I used in some of my horror stories! This time, our topic is the giant spider thing from “Life Signs“! More

Elements of Horror #3: Haunted Objects


In honor of this wonderful annual season – being October, the month of Halloween, scary scares, frightful frights and ghoulish fun that will send waves of goosebumps honking in terror across your skin – I launched a new series of articles called Elements of Horror – in which I’ll unpack various characters or elements I used in some of my horror stories! This time, our topic is haunted and cursed objects! More

Elements of Horror #2: Ghosts


In honor of this wonderful annual season – being October, the month of Halloween, scary scares, frightful frights and ghoulish fun that will send waves of goosebumps honking in terror across your skin – I launched a new series of articles called Elements of Horror – in which I’ll unpack various characters or elements I used in some of my horror stories! This time, our topic is ghosts – the restless spirits of the dead! More

Elements of Horror #1: Zombies


T’is the season to be scary, fa-la-la-la-la-la! Oh, hi there, friends! Guess what – it’s October – the month of Halloween, scary scares, frightful frights and ghoulish fun that will send waves of goosebumps honking in terror across your skin!

In honor of this wonderful annual season, here’s a new series of articles called Elements of Horrorin which I’ll unpack various characters or elements I used in some of my horror stories! This time, our topic is zombies… the lurching, restless dead! More

FAQ’s Answered #6: What’s So Scary About “Panic!” Anyway?


Today in a series of replies to FAQ (frequently asked questions) sent to me by fans (and sometimes not so much), I answer the question “What’s So Scary About “Panic!” Anyway?“, asked by Fran.

This is a question one of my readers asked me recently, and one that I really don’t mind answering! (Fran, I hope you don’t mind! 😉 I’m not picking on you, I promise!) Anyway, ‘what’s so scary about “Panic!“?’  By that I mean, naturally – my series “Panic! Horror In Space“!

Well, for starters, “Panic!” is a horror series set in space – and space is dark and dangerous, and well, scary! Now, hang on a moment – I know that sounds a little silly if not actually vague – but it’s true! Of course, being set in space is only a tiny part of the whole thing – but a setting can make or break a story – and I think you’d have to go a long way to beat space for its inherent scare factor!

Think about it: A billion things could go wrong out there, and each of them might kill you if they had the chance – radiation, vacuum, micro-meteorites, temperature extremes, asteroids, black holes – equipment failure – and even, as in “Panic!” – the paranormal.

The para-what?

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New Short Story Completed!


In case you’re wondering what I’ve been up to the past few days, “Space Vacation” is the longest short story I’ve ever written (so far!) – at 14,067 words and 41 A4 pages! I started writing this from scratch on Monday and finished the edit this morning… that’s three days!

It’s the first ‘short’ in a long time. Considering I always used to battle to write longer stories to novel length, I’m happy to be stuck with the opposite problem! It will be included in the re-release of Space Sux, a compilation of shorts in the Galaxii Series, probably next year.

This was one of the short stories I’ve enjoyed writing the most. 🙂 In fact, I’ve had nothing but good feedback from friends I asked to read it to give me feedback.

One of them said: “You started my day with a boom with that fun read – and I was kinda running late. I started in bed, in the bath then on the bed and then half way out the door LOL I COULDN’T STOP!”

[“Space Vacation” was subsequently improved, lengthened and included in “Life Signs” – book 2 in Panic! Horror In Space. (2019)]

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