It’s been a little while since I did an update post and it feels like quite a lot has been going on. Here’s the lowdown…


New book!


Flying on the Ground, a collection of my published short fiction, with three previously unpublished tales, now has a release date—Monday 2nd December. The ebook is now available to preorder on Amazon worldwide at a bargain price, if I may say so. There will be a paperback version too, but Amazon is a bitch and doesn’t let you list them for preorder. So that’ll be available a few days before the official release to allow time for printing and posting.

Most of my short fiction is scattered across eZines, journals and anthologies, making them difficult to read. So for the first time I’ve brought them together in a single volume.

There are twelve stories in all, from the genres of fantasy, historical fiction, general fiction, horror and crime, exploring myriad themes including loneliness, fear, pride, familial love, creativity and the cycle of addiction, to name a few. Certainly something for everyone.

If you feel so inclined, I’d be sincerely grateful if you could pre-order a copy. Us writers need to eat too, y’know!

Amazon US

Amazon UK

And if you’re interested, why not take part in my competition…



To tie in with the release of Flying on the Ground, I’m giving you the chance to win a FREE T-shirt featuring Mark Vernall’s brilliant cover. Here’s what they look like…


To enter the comp, all you have to do is join my mailing list using the form below. It’s important you use this form and no others on my site—you have to tick the special box to let me know you’ve entered.

The first-round winner will be announced this time next month!


Short stories

I’ve been cracking the proverbial whip on the short story front these past couple months. It’s something I feel I should definitely do more of, and I really enjoy writing them. Next year my focus is going to shift almost entirely to the short story format with the release of a fantasy series called The Hills of Moragon. If you like morally-grey characters, orcs, twisted humour and harsh and brutal settings, this book will be for you. Also in the works is a series of horror stories set in my hometown of Liverpool. Think cults and demons à la Lovecraft. There’s talk of a Viking-inspired children’s book too, but I can’t say too much on that as of yet.

Back to the now. In the past few weeks, I’ve had a number of short stories accepted for publication. Some are reprints, and one is previously unpublished. Details below…


Forgotten was the first short story I ever had published (all the way back in 2017), and it’s set to be reprinted by Scarlet Leaf Review in February 2020. It’s a tale of familial love, heartbreak and courage, and one that’s very close to my heart. If you wanted to check it out before then, you can read it here.

The Monster of Grug

I’ve invested a lot into this little story. I could never get it quite right and after a pile of rejections, I at last found a home for it. It was published in August by Liquid Imagination. If you like swords, monsters and intrigue then you may like this. Click here to give it a read.

Into the Eilgar

Into the Eilgar is a story very much connected to my novel, Pariah’s Lament, set for release in Spring 2020. It serves as both the epilogue to the novel and prologue to the next story in the series. Not only that, it’ll give you a flavour of the world of Soria, the people who call it home, and a glimpse into its scarred histories. It’ll be published by Fiction Vortex as part of the Of Metal and Magic anthology hopefully next month!

The White of the Canvas

In its original form, this story was known as A Light in the Dark, a general fiction piece I wrote for Art in Liverpool for the Independents Biennial 2018. Unfortunately, the story can only be read in a paperback anthology, which is a little restrictive for my liking, so I’m thoroughly delighted to announce that Bewildering Stories will soon publish a revised version under the title The White of the Canvas. This is a story about creativity and how it resides in all of us, waiting to be sparked to life. It’s about that moment when the flames of passion ignite and how it can change a person’s life forever.

Death of the Empress

Another one set for reprint, this time by The Magazine of History & Fiction. This is a flash fic piece about a ship, The Empress of Canada, which sunk while docked in my hometown of Liverpool. It’s action-packed and thought-provoking, I hope. It’ll be published again in December 2019, but if you wanted to read it now, just click here.


Opportunities for you

Sadly I don’t get as much time to blog as I used to. Ah, Time, remember how good we were together? As a result, I’m turning to you, the writers and readers of this chaotic world, to contribute.

Do you have an idea for a post you think my readers would love? Have you always thought of blogging and want to, at last, give it a go? Are you looking to expand your current readership? The Writers’ Tool Shed is all about the craft of writing and the fantasy genre. If you have an idea, I’d love to hear from you. Just fill out the form below and we’ll take it from there.

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