#New release Vengeance Island

Am I permitted to say McBloggy Blog face? Too late. There it was, the island of Gozo, smaller than many British cities, but set like a jewel in a caerulean sea under a near-permanently blue sky. What a fantasy island for rain and grey-soaked Brits and the...
The Chaos of Mokii released

The Chaos of Mokii released

THE CHAOS OF MOKII Imagine a city which exists only in the combined minds of its inhabitants. There’s everything you’d expect in a real city including fun and trouble. Olga, has to get past the bouncer then in Mokii she finds an intruder. He is trying to usurp the...

Don’t bite my finger…

A group of writers mainly in the UK Authors forum have produced a new release collection: Personal Bests Journal. I interloped into UK Authors years ago in order to travel on their UKAway writing retreats and so I experienced such exotic writing resorts as Greece,...
ALIEN EXIT #SCIFI

ALIEN EXIT #SCIFI

Exit, Pursued by a Bee is my first science fiction novel and was published by Double Dragon Publishing way back in 2008 and came second in a Readers’ Poll competition for best SF novel of 2008 with over 1,000 votes. The publisher is closing down so titles return to...
#Slavery perspective

#Slavery perspective

Quite rightly, there’s a focus on Black Lives Matter after the appalling killing of George Floyd in America and the slave origins of many black people in the Americas. On July 2nd 2020, the BBC aired a documentary about the UK Slavery Abolition Act 1833 , which...

Maybe I’m an anarchist

Genre stereotyping is something I strenuously try to avoid. Are the worlds in my science fiction stories exploring right-wing or left-wing governments? No. Most if not all countries and the world are governed by authoritarian regimes by definition, but my stories...

#Lockdown on Malta then and now

The Maltese islands on which Xaghra’s Revenge is based is faring well in these times. My friends there tell me tourism between Gozo and Malta has reopened so that will help to stimulate their economy a little. Of course in the main they need overseas tourists but I...
Writing news in the lockdown

Writing news in the lockdown

Yeay, I am an April Featured Writer in The Horror Zine with my COTARD short story set in Venice. I’m honoured also because the Bram Stoker Award winner Elisabeth Massie is in there too. Cotard is a real syndrome where people think they are already dead –...

Row your boat

This excerpt from XAGHRA’S REVENGE illustrates the actual movement of the rowers on galleys in the 16th century. Contrary to what you might see in movies of galley slaves rowing while always sitting down, they stood for part of the cycle. It makes sense. For one thing...
Sexcerpt from Suppose We

Sexcerpt from Suppose We

After spending 1500 years, taking turns in hibernation on their spaceship, SUPPOSE WE, the four humans crashland on Kepler-20h. Sadly, the natives are so far ahead of Earth in technology and evolution, they ignore the humans, who need help. This excerpt is in a...