Nozomi Okumura & The Book of Demons

Nozomi Okumura adores fantasy of every shape and style, and they long to write stories in that vein for as long as humanly possible. They crawled out from the depths of their Twitter feed long enough to string some words together, and ‘Solomon’s Prime Key’ (in The Book of Demons) is the result – a... Continue Reading →

Introducing… The Book of Demons

The Book of Demons “Dedicated to every woman, person or animal who has suffered persecution or demonization for who they are.”A group of researchers from Middlesex University, working with prize-winning creative writers from the UK, the USA and Canada, have produced this exciting new book that explores the history of demonology, and what it is... Continue Reading →

Writing Lesson: Levelling Up Short Stories 1/3

Today, I'll be posting a crime fiction story that I wrote for my MFA a couple of years ago. It is imperfect and a creative failure, precisely because it is and always was intended to be... an homage. It might read well, it may entertain you, but it is a failure because it's a straight... Continue Reading →

Introducing Something Wicked… ‘The Book of Witches’

Dedicated to every woman or person who has suffered persecution or demonization for who they are.The Book of Witches A group of researchers from Middlesex University, working with prize-winning creative writers from North West England, have produced this exciting new book that explores the history of witches in the UK, and what it is to... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction: ‘The Incident in Downtown Miami’ by Michael Conroy

It was just a colour out of space—a frightful messenger from unformed realms of infinity beyond all Nature as we know it; from realms whose mere existence stuns the brain and numbs us with the black extra-cosmic gulfs it throws open before our frenzied eyes.H.P. Lovecraft The Incident in Downtown Miami by Michael Conroy Palm... Continue Reading →

Rules for Crafting Fiction

Brevity is the soul of wit.William Shakespeare Crafting a compelling story, be it a novel, short story, or flash fiction, takes discipline. Great writing isn’t so much about impressing the reader with wit or clever description as brutalising your raw prose until the final product is taut and powerful – until each word becomes a... Continue Reading →

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