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BBC School News Report Interview

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Hi all

At the invitation of English teacher Mr Green, I recently took my creative writing workshops into Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College.

After a fun day of plotting stories and creating characters with the students, I was lucky enough to be interviewed by budding reporters Holly and Amy, who are taking part in the BBC School News Report project. Holly and Amy came up with some interesting questions and you can hear my responses by clicking on the audio below. Together we covered what my inspirations are for plots and characters, the history of my writing (including comic books), and my new book Jekyll’s Mirror.

You can also visit the school’s BBC report page by clicking this link

Many thanks to Holly, Amy, Mr Green and the school for allowing me to use this clip.

Exclusive preview of JEKYLL’S MIRROR chapter titles!

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Hi all

Only a few weeks now until my new psychological thriller JEKYLL’S MIRROR hits the shelves!

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You can pre-order the book by clicking this link, and as a taster of the scares to come here’s a rundown of the chapter titles:

1. Wrath & the Fire Girl

2. The Gorgon’s Invitation

3. Blazing in the Wasteland

4. The Devil Behind His Eyes

5. Gathering of the Four

6. The Experiment Begins

7. This Hungry Path

8. Reach of the Puppet Master

9. A Family of Liars

10. Through the Forgotten Ways

11 Hideously Human

12 Drawn by the Bad Man

13 The Boy and His Troll

14 Dark Revelations

15 Sam Inside the Mirror

16 The Face of Something New

17 Hyde Unbound

18 Secrets Told, Secrets Kept

19 A Curious Confession

20 The Talented Mr Tooms

21 They Are Here

22 Down Among the Monsters

23 Chaos Swarms

24 Retched Ratface

25 Tooms’ Gift

26 The Truth of Flames and Serpents

27 Into Madness

28 His Hellish Game

29 The Secret Potion

30 Sam Unmasked

Mirror Mirror…

Friday, October 31st, 2014

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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

 

Haunted Quote 4

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

I hope you all enjoyed the first look at the HAUNTED cover last week, and that you all gorged yourselves on Easter eggs over the weekend! I’m on a diet at the moment, and so there was no chocolate for me. Now there’s a REAL horror story for you ; )

Anyway, it’s time again for another random/intriguing line or two from ‘Haunted’. This time there’s something a little meatier on offer – a taster of the infamous Phantasmagorium! This warehouse of horrors, this unimaginable trove of terrors, this store of supreme scariness will play an important role in the book. And so here’s a glimpse…

‘They hurried on past iron maidens with eyeholes full of blood; past the mummified heads of things half-human, half-animal; past a huge water tank in which the tentacles of some leviathan horror swooped and swirled. On, on. On down passages lined with…’

And we’ll leave it there!

Hurry back next week for more teasers!

HAUNTED Quote 2

Monday, March 18th, 2013

It’s Monday (boo!) and time for another random/hopefully intriguing quote from my next nerve-shredding novel HAUNTED (out in September). So without further ado here is a glimpse of Chapter 5:

‘Emma caught sight of an egg-shaped head with little holes where the ears had been; goggle eyes staring out of lidless sockets; skin ridged white and scarlet, like the contours left by lava on the face of a volcano…’

See you next week for more frightsome snippets!

Summer’s Demon

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

The Rabicus - based on an evil squirrel!!!

During the first Witchfinder Tour back in 2010 I ran a very special competition in each of the schools I visited. Children were challenged to invent their very own demon or monster! I wanted to know loads of facts about this grisly beastie – its name; what it might eat; whether it had scales or slimy skin; razor-sharp teeth or terrible tentacles; could it fly or did it slither along the ground like a snake? The most creative, inventive character would be chosen from the top 10 entries and would then become a proper character in Witchfinder 3: The Last Nightfall!

I received loads of really great monsters through the post – some of them were even from kids entering the competition! Seriously, though, all the wonderfully witty and beautifully bizarre characters really blew me away.

But there could be only one winner…

And that clever young lady was Summer Furniss of Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Alford! Summer’s demon is called ‘Rabicus’ and appears about halfway through the finished book. He even has a chapter named after him – ‘Rabicus on the Road’. Rabicus was exactly what I was looking for – scary, vicious, gruesome, and downright nasty. A great little adversary for Jake Harker and his friends. Summer is given full credit for her creation at the front of Witchfinder 3, where it says – ‘The first ever Rabicus was created by Summer Furniss’!

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