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 […]

Mythos and Worlds

How to create fantastic worlds that everyone can relate to. Today I’m writing about Worlds, I’m writing about Mythos.  The Godfather, Lord of the Rings, Shogun, the Caller in the Dark, Titus Groan,  Dune, Gaunt’s ghosts. They all have something in common, they all have deeply immersive worlds like nothing else you’ve ever experienced before.  […]

Ghost Books

When I was  eleven years old, my aunt got me  this book: It’s a book of short stories,  and it’s from Marks & Spencer  (US readers that’s a department store) and it has a really cliched cover.  I love it. I totally adore this book. The cover looks tacky now, but aged 11 in 1982  […]

Contents Page for Ghost Stories

The Music of Erich Zann    H P Lovecraft The Ghost in the Bride’s Chamber    Charles Dickens A School Story    M R James The CantervilleGhost    Oscar Wilde The Tell-Tale Heart    Edgar Allen Poe The Cat Room    R. Chetwynd-Hayes The Monk’s Story    Catherine Crowe Laura    Saki Smoke Ghost    Fritz Leiber The Phantom Ship    Captain Marryat An Adelaide […]

Cutting edge vampire stories

These were recommended by a friend @BooktalkBmth,  if you are looking for Non Fluffy Vampires (R) you could try: The Vampire Quintet by Jasper Kent  (period Russian vampires, I think I’ll give this one a go) The Strain by Guillemo del Toro A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness Have you read Night Watch by Sergei […]


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 […]