Cross Genre Novels and the Problem of Choosing Categories: and Two Authors who Created a New Genre for Popular Fiction

A lot of promotional advice for authors emphasizes the importance of placing your books in the right category in order to maximise sales. These categories always strike me as being unnecessarily rigid, though I believe they follow conventional bibliographic categorising.  They would seem rigid to me, as I write cross genre stuff. Typical of me … Continue reading Cross Genre Novels and the Problem of Choosing Categories: and Two Authors who Created a New Genre for Popular Fiction

Review of ‘The Tryst’ by Michael Dibden (1989)

"'One of my patients thinks somebody’s trying to kill him,” Aileen Macklin says to her husband over breakfast. A psychiatrist with a fading marriage, Aileen is haunted by the glue-sniffing lad who comes to her in a panic, begging to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital for protection. Gary Dunn clearly needs help: ravaged by … Continue reading Review of ‘The Tryst’ by Michael Dibden (1989)

‘A Vampire in Time’ Out and Wishing All My Readers a Spine Chilling Halloween

  I hope all my readers have a good Halloween. I  also hope that readers have got themselves into the right mood for general spookiness and ghostly terrors by some suitable reading.In previous years, I have cursed myself (very appropriate) for not having a short story ready for Halloween myself…It’s…And this year I have one … Continue reading ‘A Vampire in Time’ Out and Wishing All My Readers a Spine Chilling Halloween

‘The Villainous Viscount Or the Curse of the Venns’ is free on Amazon today and tomorrow

  As above, my Gothic Historical darkly comic tale of a family curse 'The Vilainous Viscount Or the Curse of the Venns' is free on Amazon today, 5 September, and tomorrow. It features the eponymous wild, fortune hunting viscount, a sensible but warm hearted heroine, a family curse and of course, a  haunted castle with … Continue reading ‘The Villainous Viscount Or the Curse of the Venns’ is free on Amazon today and tomorrow

‘Umbra Magic’ by Christina Herlyn : Review: Four and a Half Stars for an Excellent Dystopian Story Enlivened by Humour

  Four and a half stars for an excellent read - with a hero I really like (despite my last few posts, this can happen now and then with me). Andromeda Bochs, the original ‘kick arse’ heroine - that’s my British spelling coming out – who refuses to be known as anything but Andee– is … Continue reading ‘Umbra Magic’ by Christina Herlyn : Review: Four and a Half Stars for an Excellent Dystopian Story Enlivened by Humour