Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am an author of crime, horror, and other dark fictions. I have written six books as well as featured in several others. The two novellas, "Hell Ship" and "Slaughter Beach", are firmly rooted in the horror genre, while "Ride the Dark Country" collects my weird western tales. The collection "Skewered and Other London Cruelties" contains crime, horror and stories in which the lines between the two are blurred. My neo-noir private eye novel "Pennies for Charon" and "The Devil's Brew" are solidly hard boiled crime with some occult undertones.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called Hell Ship. It was inspired by a combination of research into massacres during world war two by the Japanese navy and by classic horror films such as Hellraiser and Event Horizon.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
None that I can think of – but maybe they are all odd!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
In terms of my crime stuff I'd say authors like Chester Himes and Jim Thompson really helped to shape the way I use language in a sparse clipped style. For horror it'd be the two big ones – King and Barker. But there are so many authors that feed into my stuff it would be hard to identify all the influences. At the moment people like Adam Nevill, Rich Hawkins and Tom Leins are writing stuff that makes me think and aspire to be a better craftsman with my stories.
What are you working on now?
I've finished the new Charlie Bars crime novel; "The Gingerbread Houses" and hopefully that will be out later this year from Crime Wave Press. As well as that I have been working on various collaborative projects with some really exciting writers.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Probably Facebook simply for the depth of interaction that it can allow.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep at it. What you write now will probably seem appalling to you in a year or two's time – but you have to go through that; write the bad so you can also write the good.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Not sure how good a piece of advice it is but I have always loved the following from Kit Marlowe; "You must be proud, bold, pleasant, resolute. And now and then stab, when occasion serves."
What are you reading now?
I've just finished a book about the mercantile system in Tudor London called "London Triumphant" and have just started "The Wolf's Hour" by Robert R McCammon.
What’s next for you as a writer?
As I mentioned earlier there's quite a few collaborative projects in the works at the moment and some of them are really exciting. I'm considering stuff for another long Charlie Bars story as well as getting some work done on a standalone novel.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Very difficult question! Different books mean different things to me but some of my all time favourites would be; "Tai-Pan" James Clavell, "The Killer Inside Me" Jim Thompson, "All Quiet on the Western Front" Eric Maria Remarque, and "The Damnation Game" Clive Barker.
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