2018 was a good year for my writing career. My third book, Jack the Ripper Suspects:The Definitive Guide and Encylopedia, was published in March. For the first time, you can assess 333 suspects in an accessible narrative and reach your own conclusions. Two weeks later I was honored to feature in Rippercast. I also contributed two articles to Ripperologist. The first looked in detail at John Rees who claimed to know the still unidentified victim, Mary Jane Kelly who remains unidentified. The second reprinted, for the first time in over a century, the autobiography of William Onion. I hope that my own biography of this remarkable man will see print in 2019.
Four new short stories appeared, taking my published total to 57. I was most proud of my contribution to the Doctor Who charity anthology, Time Shadows 2. Sadly, this volume is no longer available. “The Crimean Centaur” was my first Doctor Who story in over a decade, and all for a good cause with profits going to CODE. Staying with Doctor Who I decided, last New Year, to watch every episode in order at the rate of one a week and have reached the second season. It is already my favorite New Year’s resolution with the 2019 target of reducing caffeine intakes being more mundane.
This year I finished eight stories, one novella, one novel, one screenplay, and two articles. In 2019 I have three pieces of work provisionally accepted and six awaiting a decision. Subject to family commitments and the real job, I hope to increase my output.
Happy New Year to you all and a big thank you to those who have supported this blog. Finding new content to keep it interesting and relevant in 2019 will be another challenge.