Happy Halloween?

Some might call wishing someone Happy Halloween an oxymoron. Readers of my less dark fiction may well be surprised to hear how much I love Halloween and so many things spooky. In keeping with the season, I thought to leave you a little scare this week. Some will find this funny, some may jump. Everyone’s…

The Grimm Truth

I wrote this article for a West Country community newsletter that I used to contribute to regularly. Subsequently, this piece was also accepted for publication by Gothic Fairy Tales. However, little was I to know that its publication in a small Devon paper would result in my receiving fan mail…all the way from South Africa!…

Of Fairy Tales and Lost Things

In keeping with the season, I thought I’d rehash (and tweak) an old review of The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. No doubt better known for his crime novels, this may suggest a peculiar departure for the writer, but if so one he more than adequately explains in the last quarter of the…

Thanks for the memories, James

As it’s October I thought it suitable to mention a writer who has ‘been with me’ since my teens. True, one of the first horror books I ever read was by Stephen King. The book was Salem’s Lot if anyone is wondering. But for a long time, my favourite ‘horror writer’ was James Herbert. When…

Lethbridge-Stewart Series Five Announced

PRESS RELEASE 18/09/2017 LETHBRIDGE-STEWART SERIES FIVE ANNOUNCED   Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce the latest titles in its Lethbridge-Stewart range of novels are now available for pre-order! Series five opens with The New Unusual by first-time novelist, Adrian Sherlock, who wrote the short story, The Playing Dead, in 2016. It is followed by…

Good News

First, this will be the last post for at least two or three weeks. I’ve had some ill health and the days ahead are busier than usual…for an excellent reason. When I return it will be from a new address. Yes, I’m moving…again! Seems to be all I do in recent years, but after several…