Congratulations To The Winners

A big congrats to the two Goodreads users who have won themselves a copy of Tenebrae Manor or A Boy Named Art. Your winnings are in the mail and should reach you shortly. For those who missed out, don’t fret; to celebrate Halloween, both my books will be free to download for 5 days starting 27th October 2015. So get into that spooky Halloween spirit and get yourself a great new read (or two!) for your Kindle! More information to come in the following days.

Spiders On The Lawn

A Poem – Halloween

Orange and black,
The night attacks.
The ghosts snear,
The sun sets in fear.

Brown and gold,
The year is old.
Don’t try and reason,
It’s a frightening season.

Yellow and red,
Dance with the dead.
Faint hearts cower,
Vampires devour.

The colours of ‘ween,
An unsettling scene.
Yet I feel content
In this sick temperament.

-2007

Halloween – The Aftermath

Well, what a week. I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who participated in my free giveaway of Tenebrae Manor. The amount of books pushed out the door was phenomenal. To give some perspective – I ran a 5 day giveaway back in May; this Halloween giveaway saw twice as many downloads of Tenebrae Manor ON DAY ONE ALONE! Needless to say I am very grateful to get my novel to new readers. I only hope that you enjoy reading it; if you do, let the world know! Post a review on Amazon or Goodreads, tell your friends, or even lend your copy to someone else.

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Amongst the celebrations of Halloween week I was privileged to attend the inaugural Lane Cove Literary Awards, where I had two works receive great accolades. Tower Of Fog made the shortlist in the short story section, while Gull & Leviathan took out the award for poetry. Again I say thank you to the organisers of this new event, and hope this program moves on to greater things next year.

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How was your Halloween? Did you dress up? Did you watch a scary movie? I adore this holiday, if last week was any indication. So allow me to close out the Halloween festivities with my costume for this year; from my favourite video game The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, here I am as the Skull Kid. Happy Halloween! See you next year!

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‘You’ve met with a terrible fate, haven’t you?’

Halloween Week Day 5 – Tenebrae Manor FREE Download

A little over 24 hours remain to download a free copy of Tenebrae Manor from Amazon. Don’t miss out! Click the image below to get your copy now:

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“May the night know no end!”


As we get closer than ever to Halloween, I’ve saved my best costume for today. Here is 2011’s costume, Edward Scissorhands:

Scissorhands

“I’m not finished”


Here is a poem from yours truly; it’s a bit of an oldie, I wrote this way back in 2007. Hitherto untitled, but in the spirit of the season, let’s call it ‘Halloween’:

Orange and black,
The night attacks.
The ghosts snear,
The sun sets in fear.

Brown and gold,
The year is old.
Don’t try and reason,
It’s a frightening season.

Yellow and red,
Dance with the dead.
Faint hearts cower,
Vampires devour.

The colours of ‘ween,
An unsettling scene.
Yet I feel content
In this sick temperament.


Happy Halloween for tomorrow! Don’t forget to download your free copy of Tenebrae Manor!

Halloween Week Day 4 – Tenebrae Manor FREE Download

Only 2 days left to download Tenebrae Manor for free. Click the image below to get your copy now:

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“Incorrigible fiend! You will not see the moon rise again! I will pry your heart from its dark cage! I will wrench that vile thing from the very pit of your ashen soul!”


Some characters just brim with the sinister. Across all kinds of media one can be given a fright. For those who enjoy a good video game, have a bash on some of my spooky favourites – Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, Super Metroid or Castlevania. If you really want a scare, try Amnesia: The Dark Descent –  you have been warned! Yesterday I mentioned The Simpsons, whose Treehouse Of Horror episodes are among the best! And 2013 saw me dress as their classic cartoon villain, Sideshow Bob!:

Sideshow Bob

“Attempted murder! Now honestly, what is that? Do they give a Nobel prize for attempted chemistry?!”


Any episode of The Simpsons featuring Sideshow Bob is always a special one. Kelsey Grammar portrays his famous eloquence perfectly:

“So sorry, Mr. Simpson, but your house is blocking construction of our new Matlock Expressway. Now, I am a fair man. You may have 72 hours to vacate. After which time we will blow up your house and any remaining Simpsons.”