Hello there, how have you been?
First of all, welcome to my new sparkly website! My old site had been active with very little change for a few years and to be honest, it was starting to feel a little stale. It was also a representation of a person that I no longer am. That probably sounds a little deeper than it was meant to; what I mean by that is that I'm essentially looking to start afresh with my writing, and a new-look website is a small and yet still important cog in that greater machine.
I think that it's highly important that I take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who has purchased or reviewed my previous work, even if you've just dropped me a quick message through my 'Contact Me' page. Every piece of feedback that I've received has helped me in some way and for that, I am hugely grateful.
Moving on now though, it's time for a refresh; a renewal if you will. I need to start over to be able to grow, and I hope that you - that's you, reading this right now - will walk with me on this new exciting path. Whether you've been with me from the start, are reading some of my writing for the first time, or just stumbled across this page by accident, the fact that you're reading this means the world to me.
I write for me - of course I do, every author does; if you're writing on behalf someone else, then it becomes a job rather than simply a passion - but that doesn't mean that it's not for you as well. I'm a reader of horror fiction, a consumer of the art just as you are. Therefore, while I'm writing stories and situations that I'd like to read about, I hope that they are also things that will pique your interest and that you will enjoy reading.
I published the first volume of my short story collection Darkness Calls a few years ago. It was a short and relatively sweet collection of some early stories that I had re-edited and self-published electronically for no real other reason than I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. The reaction that I received was almost universally positive and that was a surprise to me. Following this, I wrote a further two stories - Frankensteve, a more ambitious-length dark comedy tale, and Martha's Tree, another short piece - and put these out in electronic format again. The reaction was slightly less stellar this time but I didn't mind, there was positives to take from the feedback and I was very proud of the two pieces.
As I sat down to begin putting together the second volume of Darkness Calls, I think that I became distracted; I started trying to produce work that sat comfortably in a niche so that I could market my work effectively. Almost wanting to recapture the positive feedback that I had received from the first volume. The result of this was work that didn't feel like mine, the spark wasn't there and I wasn't comfortable putting my name at the top of it. Hence, all of the work that I had produced for Volume 2 was scrapped, and I stopped writing.
Recently, I was thinking again about the work that I had done for the second volume and the simple truth occurred to me: the ideas behind the stories were sound, the imagination behind what I had mapped out was still there and working well. What I had considered and dismissed as an inability to write, turned out to be an inability to write for me. My notes on volume two have been refreshed now and I'm writing again... this time though, I'm writing for me, and hopefully that means that I'm also writing for you.
This brings me nicely on to the second part of this update: I've made the decision to reissue volume one of Darkness Calls. Shortly, I'll be removing all of my current works from sale and Darkness Calls: Volume One will be republished as a revised 2nd edition.
There will be changes to the structure and the stories in the 2nd edition, primarily:
While I appreciate that this use of my writing time may be frustrating for anyone who is waiting for the second volume of Darkness Calls to come out, I strongly believe that my work should be consistent, both in quality and tone. By updating Volume One to bring it up to a similar standard that I am aiming for in the future volumes, each body of work will feel like a continuation of the previous rather than three disparate parts.
Anyway, that's probably enough from me for the time being - after all, I've got some major editing to do! Suffice to say that I'm excited about getting the 2nd edition of Volume One released back into the wild soon, and then focusing all my attention on making Volume Two the best it can be. In the meantime if you want to get in touch with, head on over to my 'Contact Me' page and drop me a message. I'll be here, in the dark, waiting.
Thanks as always for your support.