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Competition Winners!

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

A BIG thank you to all who entered the Witchfinder Christmas Competitions!

And the winners (selected at random) are:

Phyllis and Gerry Ellett who found me on Twitter at WitchfinderBook. They win a signed copy of Witchfinder 1: Dawn of the Demontide.

Beth Williams who found me on Facebook at William Hussey Witchfinder. She wins a signed copy of Witchfinder 2: Gallows at Twilight.

And Sarah Webster, who posted a comment on this site. She wins a signed copy of Witchfinder 3: The Last Nightfall.

If I could ask the winners to send me their address by email their prize will be in the post ASAP. My contact details can be found by clicking onto the Author Visit and Workshops section.

Please come back again – more competitions will be posted in the very near future!

Masters of Horror!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Hi guys,

Just a reminder that KJ Wignall and I will be at the Bath Festival of Children’s Literature this Friday (30th September) from 6pm at the Guildhall. We”ll be chatting away about all things grisly, ghostly and ghastly, reading particularly creepy extracts from our books, taking questions from the audience and generally having a spine-tingling laugh!

I’ll also be demonstrating some of the more gruesome methods of torture used by the 17th Century witchfinders. You know, piercing with sharp objects and near-drowning! Audience participation is a must! Be there or be yellow!

I’ve almost finished reading Mr Wignall’s new Young Adult vampire novel ‘BLOOD’. As we used to say back in my young day, it’s ACE! Go straight to Amazon/Waterstones or your friendly local indepedent bookshop and order your copy right now!

For further details of the Bath Fright Night events click HERE

Should be a brilliant evening!

Something Special

Friday, August 26th, 2011

To celebrate publication the final book in the Witchfinder series (the official release is next week but it’s available at Amazon etc right now!), my friend and gifted website designer Tom Latham put together this frankly freaky trailer for The Last Nightfall. Right, enough gabbing from me, crank up the volume, sit back, and prepare to be creeped out!


If you want to contact Tom for web design or trailer queries he can be contacted here

With thanks to David Wyatt for his brilliant Witchfinder artwork and Carol Kemp for the trademark calligraphy.

The End is…. HERE!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

A morning of long, tedious but ultimately necessary research was stretching out ahead of me (I’m in the thick of preparing all the material I’ll need to write my new set of supernatural thrillers for Oxford University Press – more news about those to follow in the next few months) when I heard the postie coming down the lane. Now, postie’s been delivering proof pages and ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) of my five published books since 2008 and he knows when a new one’s in the offing. He was also aware that the Witchfinder series was drawing to its close. The last book was on its way…

The doorbell rings.

The post is handed over with a knowing smile.

I tore open the package stamped ‘Oxford University Press’. Inside, a slip of paper from Helen Bray, office administrator at OUP children’s books, confirming ‘here is the FINAL instalment of the Witchfinder trilogy!’ And so it proved to be. The last book, in which we journey into the bleakest regions of the hellscape, accompanying Jake Harker on his final desperate quest to defeat the Demon Father and discover the ultimate truth about himself and the mysterious source of Oldcraft. Here it was: almost two years of work in my hands. Over 1,100 pages and in excess of 260,000 words. The tale is told, the journey is over. To quote a famous Hobbit, I’d been there and back again…


Paul’s Petrifying Pics

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

While studying for a Master of Arts Degree in Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University (where I took part in Jane Roger’s brilliant ‘novel’ class with the now acclaimed writer Marina Lewycka of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian fame) I had the good fortune to share a house with artist, architect and all-round visual arts genius Paul Bower. In the early days of Witchfinder I asked Paul if he would be interested in putting together some art for the project which we could then forward to potential publishers. As it turned out we didn’t get round to using Paul’s beautiful designs but I thought it was about time they were shared with the world. I hope you love these early design pieces as much as I do!