Mortal Curse

A strange thing, to write a will. An inherent acceptance of mortality; a signing off one’s allotted portion of time. Life is dark, when you consider it, flanked at either end by black curtains – at birth and death – and one can do no more than stagger forward blindly with a candle flame that illuminates only as far as faith commands. I have turned to thinking perhaps a little too deeply on things, I cannot help myself. I relate to a strange series of events happened long ago…. My friend has just died. Spare no consolations for me; we fell from communications long ago, and he has died of admirable age. I know all too well the pangs of grief, having lost – like many – peoples of whom my life has been so deeply rooted. No, I feel I won’t cry for the man, at least not yet, but a peculiar circumstance surrounding his demise has tickled a rather macabre fancy in my oft drifting mind; a sort of sinister darkness of memory I had not recalled since my youth. At my age the mind starts to play tricks; happenings that once seemed so real I must now remind myself of their tangibility, whilst reminding myself that other monsters are just dreams. But no, the events of this tale are true – of that I pledge with utmost surety.

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Tenebrae Manor – Free Amazon Download Beginning 1st February

It’s a new year, and time for another Amazon giveaway! Tenebrae Manor will be free to download from Sunday 1st until Thursday 5th February. If you haven’t had a chance to read this gothic novel yet, now is your chance! Stay tuned for more information and kick start your reading year with a good book!

If perhaps you were looking for something a little lighter, be sure to check out A Boy Named Art, an illustrated poem also available on Amazon.

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Coming Soon! – A Boy Named Art [Paperback]

I hope that everyone is getting into the Christmas spirit! I am pleased to announce the release of the short story / poem – A Boy Named Art. Illustrated paperback copies will be available on Amazon from 1st December 2014. This special edition of the dark and quirky poem is full of illustrations by the author and would make the perfect Christmas present for kids and adults alike. Kindle editions will also be available. Until then I’d love to invite you to add A Boy Named Art to your Goodreads shelf by clicking the image below. Merry Christmas and stay tuned for more information!


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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?’