New article on Jack the Ripper suspects

Today the sixth edition of the history and politics journal, garrison, contains a feature on 17 Jack the Ripper suspects. I contributed a piece on James Kelly and am looking forward to reading what the other writers have to say on their chosen suspect, not least because any new arguments will need to be incorporated […]

Coming Through in Waves

Coming Through in Waves, an anthology of crime fiction inspired by Pink Floyd is now available for preorder. It concludes with “Waiting for the Worms,” my 62nd published story. There are not many bands that could inspire a collection of short fiction and fewer that might inspire writers to contribute. Rolling Stone once described Pink […]

Facebook Live event

I’m pleased to announce that I will be participating in a Facebook live event on Saturday 6 February, to discuss my contribution to the anthology The Best New True Crime Stories: Small Towns with the editor Mitzi Szereto. “The Doctor, the Dentist and the Dairyman’s Daughter,” is a true account of the Carmarthen Mystery of […]

Reviews Matter

This week I came across a positive review of one of my books. I really appreciate it when people take the time to write comments about my work, even if I don’t agree with them. Everyone has different opinions and I respect their right to form and voice these in public forums.   Most readers […]

Gender justice?

I have recently been researching the famous criminal Charles Peace. This has challenged my assumption that a legal system designed and developed by men was generally prejudiced against women. On 13 January 1879 Peace’s wife Hannah appeared at the Old Bailey charged with receiving stolen goods. There is little doubt that she acted as a […]

Forthcoming publications

I’m pleased to announce the following new publications in 2021. Murder and Machinery: Tales of Technological Terror and Mechanical Madness, from Black Beacon Books contains my story, “Fargan’s Termination.” Coming Through in Waves, from Gutter Press, contains my story, “Waiting for the Worms.” The Best New True Crime Stories: Well-Mannered Crooks, Rogues and Criminals, contains […]

My Writing Progress in 2020

The end of the year is a good time to review progress and objectives. There are three ways of assessing your achievements as a writer; financial, output, and productivity. The first is self-explanatory but better done at the end of the financial year to link with a tax return. Output is the number of publications […]

Strange Inspiration

I am writing this in a hotel room in Rockhampton. Writing was a portable trade long before technology gave us instant publication. I recently read an interview with popular author Lee Child, who lives in on a large estate in Wyoming with no near neighbours. Some writers prefer an isolated environment, others surround themselves with […]

Pink Floyd and Crime Fiction

Some guidelines are just so good that you must submit. Coming Through in Waves features stories with the title of a Pink Floyd song that capture the mood of the band’s music and are defined as crime fiction. Even better, some of the proceeds going to charity. Six years ago, I featured in Ominous Realities […]