Author Biography

My life was changed by a book I read when I was around ten years old: The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, by Alan Garner. So, if you don’t like anything I write, blame Alan. I know I do. I’d loved reading before I wandered into that particular world of myth and magic, but it was in those pages, I believe, that I found myself thinking, ‘I want to do this with words as well.’

As to my love of horror? It starts with Dr Seuss. Combine his book, What was I scared of?, with the Vug Under The Rug, from There’s A Wocket In My Pocket, and the creature the two children find ‘in the park, in the dark’, from One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, and I think that’s where the seeds were set. What followed was, and is, an unholy mess of all of the following, and more: Sam Rami’s Evil Dead; HP Lovecraft’s cosmic horror; Hammer films; the Bible and growing up in the church; Susan Hill’s The Woman In Black; Clive Barker’s The Hellbound Heart & the Hellraiser movies; Dark Matter by Michelle Paver; Jake West’s Evil Aliens; Sid James in What A Carve Up; that 80s movie Angel Heart; Coffin Joe; all of Rob Zombie’s movies; Stephen King; Gary Braunbeck; my good friend and writer Paul Edwards (trust me, he’s very, very good), and goodness knows what else. Oh, and I’ve seen a few ghosts.

In 1992, my first book was published. I was 18. These two things combined with all the calm of a tube of Mentos in a bottle of Coke and I never lost the bug of seeing my stuff in print or of being involved in publishing. A few more books, a number of publishing jobs, and many years later, Hodder Children’s published my Dead trilogy. Since then I’ve written for publishers including Puffin, Random House, and OUP, worked as a ghost-writer, had a good number of short horror stories published, and even appeared on a special edition DVD box set about Hellraiser to talk about Clive Barker’s amazing writing. The journey now continues with Padre, a rather more grown-up horror series, following the descent into darkness of an ex-special forces soldier turned military chaplain.

So that’s me, really. And when I’m not doing any of the above, I’m probably hanging out with my two boys, my partner, and our daft dog, making homemade pizza, training for a triathlon I swore I’d never do, having Nerf Blaster battles, camping, wild swimming, SUP-boarding, or cooking up some sausages on a little Firebox Stove on Hive Beach, Dorset.

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