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Mirror Mirror…

Friday, October 31st, 2014

JM2

Something very dark has decided to make an early appearance this Halloween, bursting from the cold, dead earth of the local cemetery…

I’ll have to wait until midnight and try to rebury this gruesome treasure.

It isn’t due to be born until January 2015!

But you can preorder it by clicking this link

 

Ghostly Goings On

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

In support of my brilliant local library in Skegness, I recently held a HALLOWEEN STORIES BY CANDLELIGHT event. Basically, it was me acting out some classic ghost and horror stories, including MR James’ terrific chiller ‘Oh Whistle and I’ll Come To You, My Lad’ and ‘Some Children Wander By Mistake’ by modern master of the macabre, John Connolly. I also penned an exclusive Halloween story of my own for the event, a mysterious piece which only makes sense when you hear or read the very last word of the story! I called it ‘Turn Her Face to the Wall’.

Anyway, the evening went really well. There were props and atmospheric lighting and some very creepy introductory music for each story. I’d also arranged for a few surprises to take place during the tales, with librarian Sarah suddenly appearing at key moments in some spooky and really rather gruesome disguises! Another terrific librarian Sue had her  cameo at the end of ‘Some Children…’ when she suddenly sprang from nowhere in a very freaky clown mask! It was great fun, especially when one of the kids in the audience jumped so high he almost landed in his mum’s lap!

But one thing still puzzles me. Towards the beginning of the evening, before the audience had arrived, librarian Ben took a photo of the empty stage area. Imagine our surprise when, viewing the photos at a later date, this strange figure seemed to have appeared out of nowhere. You see, even ghosts enjoy being spooked at Halloween!

The Scariest Thing in the Entire WORLD!

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

The Witchfinder General - a glorified bully

Top children’s horror writer Barry Hutchison recently asked me a very interesting question: What were you most afraid of as a child? Here’s my (perhaps rather unusual) answer:

Lots of COOL things scared me when I was little: the thought of vampires crawling in through my window and draining every drop of blood from my body; nuclear radiation turning me into a cannibal frog beast (did that mean I ate people or just other frog beasts? Hmm); the massive spider-badger that absolutely, definitely lived under my bed, no matter what my dad said (one day I’ll tell you exactly what a spider-badger is. As Sherlock Holmes used to say, the legend of the spider-badger is ‘a story for which the world is not yet prepared!’).
 
But there was one real life thing that scared me more than anything else.
 
He was called Martin, and he was the school bully.

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