Credit: Enrique Meseguer I love gothic novels. Everything from Edgar Allen Poe to Laura Purcell, Bram Stoker to Carlos Ruiz Zafon – I find the blend of dark romanticism, ominous characters, decaying grandeur, curses and the supernatural simply irresistible. My favourite novel as a teenager was Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Set on the desolate… Continue reading Betwixt – A gothic short story
Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild With a faery, hand in hand, For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand THE STOLEN CHILD William Butler Yeats This poem has been knocking on the door of my subconscious for quite a few years now and I’m proud… Continue reading Come Away
Up until this week, my novel was a manuscript bound by little more than hope and a dream. But now, The Story Collector has been enveloped by a design that I have to say, I love! So without further ado, here it is… I am not exaggerating when I say my publisher (Urbane Publications) was… Continue reading My Book Has A Face!
Life is funny. I never thought I’d find myself down an old country lane, asking a tatooed mechanic, “Is this the right way for the portal to the Otherworld?” Only in Ireland, as they say. But wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. As anyone who has read my stories will know, I have a bit… Continue reading Finding The Otherworld
In a recent Irish Times article, I read that library staff voted against co-operating with the new government initiative of ‘staffless’ libraries. Many authors have come out against the scheme and at first, I thought I agreed, but having considered the benefits, now I’m not so sure. The other day, I was in town and thought,… Continue reading The Future Of Libraries
Ah yes, it’s that time of year again when the hope and expectation of beach barbeques, ice creams and bikinis is dashed by plummeting temperatures, howling gales and NEVER-ENDING rain! If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, then call us crazy because we keep searching… Continue reading Summer In Ireland
Feel the fear and do it anyway, that was the self-help battle cry of the 90’s. And when it comes to politics, it’s a maxim that voters need to live by. With the UK’s EU Membership Referendum (or Brexit) looming ever closer, I’d like to send a little message from Ireland to our neighbours across… Continue reading Dear Britain…
It’s summer. You all want a good read. Something you can really get your teeth into, historical fiction with a modern twist? I’m only too happy to oblige! Get your peepers over to Amazon UK and Amazon US where you can download a copy of my novel, The Cross Of Santiago for only 99p/c until… Continue reading Ye Olde Kindle Countdown Deal
Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona Daoibh! It’s that time of year again when the Irish culture is both celebrated and bastardised the world over by well meaning ambassadors and not-so-well meaning drinks companies. Contrary to popular belief, our national pastime isn’t drinking porter and it frustrates me that with every passing year, our day to shine… Continue reading Token Paddy’s Day Post
‘What are you wearing?’ Those four words will never again have the same tone of innuendo for me, not if I can get my hands on one of these bad boys! Let me set the scene: I’m on the sofa, eating my favourite strawberry granola, cup of tea in hand, when I rather absently flick… Continue reading Writer’s Wardrobe – Problem Solved!