Shen and Fantasycon by the Sea

Monday, 26 September  02016 There’s a thing in Chinese medicine called Shen.  You see it in people, it’s a light in their eyes,  a glow in their face and it means that they are totally alive. Well my Shen was well and truly lit this weekend! I met some amazing and lovely people in Scarborough […]

The loss of secret places.

I wrote a short story called  Devil’s Door  a while ago. It’s about an antique door that has a sinister past and a life of it’s own.  I’ve written about where I got the idea for the door, before, but this place (see the piccies below) was where the idea of a reclamation yard was born. […]

Fantasy … a rambling Chat about genre and Story Types

This is by way of a rambling  chat – it isn’t an introduction.  This is more the kind of thing you’d chat about with a mate who likes reading Fantasy novels, or one who  might be interested…. I can’t give you a definitive answer as to what Fantasy fiction is, I think it’s too broad […]


Confessions The blue star turns in the hallway, slowly as you stand  before the  unmarked stone door, she begins to speak slowly as if to herself: “Theocrates has told me somewhat of the Aes Sidhe. I thought that Kharon was the greater enemy. When he escaped  – aided by his Mistress Sthenno, one of the […]

Episode Three: Strange Meetings

Episode Three: Strange Meetings and Confessions (PDF Version with illustration) Night had fallen and Theocrates was exhausted. He had been walking for days pondering his next move and trying to put as much distance between himself and trouble as possible. Things had not gone well since he and Atticus had deserted from the army and […]

Episode Two: Danger in the Dark

Logan, Yanis and Atticus found themselves standing in the entrance to a large, dimly lit room. The thin grey light filtering in through an arrow slit to their right revealed a clutter of fallen masonry and detritus which seemed to be concentrated in the far corner. From ahead came a faint noise, which might have been […]

Episode One: Stars in the Deep

Here’s the first episode in our Story Game: Time of the Gorgons YANBUS 12TH   1508 Yanis ‘the sly’, a renegade Sorceror Logan and Atticus (a mercenary from the north of Makedonia) meet in Taverna Stefanos, a restaurant bar in the village of Valtos. The three have taken shelter out of the howling winds and […]

Meme stories

Stories are a kind of mutation engine. There are evolving story memes and they change in the night, when you aren’t looking or when you tell your child a fairy story you were told when you were little. This morning I was telling my son about Theseus and the Minotaur. I’m sure I got half […]