About (& publications)

Not quite a thousand monkeys

This amused OneMonkey a few years ago in the Louvre. I’m the one on the right.

I’m a member of Ilkley Writers, and I review books at The Bookbag and Luna Station Quarterly. Links to most of my published writing (mainly the stuff that’s free to read), from twitter fiction to novel length works, are below.

See my first post, Welcome to the Cheap Seats to get an idea of where I’m coming from, and my second if you want to know where the name came from. If you want to see where I sit and write, have a look at a photo of my desk, with a handy guide to the important elements (actually, in the Spring of 2012 I got rid of the bureau and started using a table: with the advent of attempting to write detective novels I found I was sitting with A4 printouts, a notebook of ideas, and my laptop, and there wasn’t room for all of them at once on the bureau. The important elements remain the same).

Page last updated 17th August 2016.

Edited highlights of my writing career

Books and comics

  • October 2014: Cracks in the Foundations, sci-fi and fantasy short story collection (download here and pay what you feel like)
  • March 2013: The Little Book of Northern Women, short story collection (download here and pay what you feel like)
  • August 2012: Wasted Years, novel (download here and pay what you feel like)
  • November 2011: The Moon of Endine 40-page comic, from Ostragoth Publishing (buy the printed comic here or read it for free here, or download the free pdf)
  • November 2010: Boys Don’t Cry 80-page graphic novel from Ostragoth Publishing (printed book has sold out but you can download free pdf here)

Short fiction

  • October 2015: Down to the River in What Lies Beneath, Ilkley Writers’ anthology, and performed at Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe (listen to me reading it here along with the story I didn’t use)
  • July 2014: Reawakened Passions, in Romance Magazine (buy the ebook here)
  • May 2013: Self-Aware and Living in Bradford, in Kzine Issue 6 (buy the ebook here or read it in Cracks in the Foundations)
  • October 2011: The Dovedale Affair in Comets and Criminals issue 1 (read it for free here)
  • February 2011: The Fan-boys on Tour in issue 32 of The View From Here (buy the magazine or electronic version here)
  • October 2010: All the Room in the World in Bards and Sages Quarterly (buy the magazine in print or e-book from Amazon)
  • December 2009: Psyche and the Soul at Everyday Weirdness (read it for free here or buy the exclusive one-page comic from Ostragoth Publishing, with original art by Mark Pexton)
  • December 2009: The Mist Wolves in issue 5 of Silver Blade
  • October 2009: The Day the Circus Came to Town in Morpheus Tales flash fiction special (download it for free)
  • September 2008: Windows to the Soul on 365 tomorrows (read it for free here)
  • Shortlisted for New Writing in Mslexia, March 2007

Ultra-short and micro fiction (less than 500 words)

  • forthcoming, 2016: Transfixed, in issue 8 of Firefly Magazine
  • July 2016: Breakfast in Bradford, at The Flash Fiction Press (read it for free here)
  • June 2016: King Of All I Survey, at FlashFlood (read it for free here)
  • October 2015: Indigo and Show Off in Nailpolish Stories (read them for free here)
  • June 2015: untitled hint fiction at Tiny Bites (read it for free here)
  • June 2015: Guilt By Association at FlashFlood (read it for free here)
  • April 2013: Alone Again Or at FlashFlood (read it for free here)
  • September 2012: Last Night in Las Vegas in The Rusty Nail (read it for free here)
  • June 2012: Flight of Fancy and Naked Truth in Nailpolish Stories (read them for free here)
  • June 2011: Domestic Abyss in Summer 2011 edition of Boston Literary Magazine (read it for free here)
  • May 2011: Faster than light travel on One Forty Fiction (read it for free here)
  • January 2011: Only Human in issue 59 of Short, Fast, and Deadly (read it for free here)
  • November 2010: Letting Go, Destination Unknown, English Breakfast in On a Narrow Windowsill: Fiction and Poetry Folded onto Twitter anthology from Folded Word (buy the book or electronic version on Amazon, or the book direct from the publisher)
  • October 2010: The silent vacuum of space on Six Sentences (read it for free here)
  • October 2010: Renton, Patented Robot Butler on 50 to 1 (read it for free here)
  • September 2010: Leaf Encounter on Six Sentences (read it for free here)
  • March 2010: England 1 Sweden 0 in issue 14 of Short, Fast, and Deadly (read it for free here)
  • November 2009: Destination Unknown, English Breakfast and Letting Go on PicFic  (read them for free by following each link)
  • June 2009: Not Such a Cold Fish on Every Day Fiction (read it for free here)
  • July 2007: alternate ending 1 (of 3) for BBC7’s Chain Gang Picture This, published on BBC7 website (read it for free here)
  • May-June 2007: 2 shortlisted entries for episode 2, 1 for episode 4 and 1 for episode 10 of BBC7’s Chain Gang Picture This (read the Wikipedia entry about the series)

Non-fiction, reviews, guest blogs etc

  • August 2016: essay on the Bradford Female Educational Institute, at University of Edinburgh Dangerous Women Project
  • July 2016: review of The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, at Luna Station Quarterly
  • May 2016: review of Apothecary Melchior and the Ghost of Rataskaevu Street by Indrek Hargla, at The Bookbag
  • April 2016: Down the Rabbit Hole, an Ilkley Writers radio programme on Chapel FM – discussion, stories and poems with JY Saville, Andrea Hardaker and Rosalind York (listen here, from 15 minutes into the file)
  • April 2016: review of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick, at The Bookbag
  • April 2016: review of The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan, at Luna Station Quarterly
  • April 2016: review of The Bursar’s Wife by EG Rodford, at The Bookbag
  • March 2016: review of Hester and Harriet by Hilary Spiers, at The Bookbag
  • February 2016: review of The Murdered Banker by Augusto De Angelis, at The Bookbag
  • January 2016: review of The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K Le Guin, at Luna Station Quarterly
  • December 2015: review of The Last of the Bowmans by J Paul Henderson, at The Bookbag
  • December 2015: review of Nova by Samuel R Delany, at The Bookbag
  • November 2015: review of The Mystery of the Lost Cezanne by ML Longworth, at The Bookbag
  • October 2015: review of Clementine by Cherie Priest, at Luna Station Quarterly
  • September 2015: review of Police at the Funeral by Margery Allingham, at The Bookbag
  • August 2015: review of Confluence by Paul McAuley, at The Bookbag
  • August 2015: review of Lives of the Monster Dogs by Kirsten Bakis, at Luna Station Quarterly
  • August 2015: review of The Affinity Bridge by George Mann, at The Bookbag
  • July 2015: review of The Artificial Anatomy of Parks by Kat Gordon, at The Bookbag
  • April 2015: review of The Left-Handed Hummingbird by Kate Orman, at Luna Station Quarterly
  • October 2014: review of David Almond event at Ilkley Literature Festival, at The Pickled Egg
  • October 2014: MOOCs, a piece of the higher education jigsaw, entry to the NUHA blogging prize 2014
  • October 2014: review of Bryan and Mary Talbot event at Ilkley Literature Festival, at The Pickled Egg
  • October 2014: review of Noontide Toll by Romesh Gunesekera, at The Pickled Egg
  • September 2014: review of Bricks & Mortals by Tom Wilkinson, at The Pickled Egg
  • September 2014: review of The Tightrope Walkers by David Almond, at The Pickled Egg
  • September 2014: Number Fumbling at the Telegraph Short Story Club
  • June 2014: Letter-writing and story-titling at the Telegraph Short Story Club
  • January 2014: Borrowed Traits and Memorable Characters at the Telegraph Short Story Club
  • June 2009: review of From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain by Minister Faust, on SFReader
  • June 2009: review of The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor, on SFReader
  • April 2009: review of Brain Wave by Poul Anderson, on SFReader
  • March 2009: review of Shadowmarch by Tad Williams, on SFReader
  • March 2009: review of City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers, on SFReader
  • Trade directories: a mine of information in Bodkin, the Journal of the Bradford Family History Society, June 2008
  • In praise of unoriginality in Bodkin, the Journal of the Bradford Family History Society, December 2006

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