Book reviews

Book: Cannibalism, Blood Drinking & High-Adept Satanism (2019)

Cannibalism, Blood Drinking & High-Adept SatanismI discovered this book while researching a novel that I am currently working on. It involves secret societies and I wanted to know more about how they operate before attempting to write about them. Like most people, I have no idea whether the events described in this book actually took place. The author even acknowledges as much himself, but encourages the reader to approach the subject with an open mind. That is very sound advice given the dark and graphic nature of the subject matter. (more…)

Introducing my first book!

Of Flesh & Blood coverI have been a fan of Gothic horror for as long as I can remember. Old Hammer horror films initially and more recently nineteenth century stories, so when I started to experiment with fiction, it came as no surprise to me that I ended up writing my own.

Of Flesh & Blood is a Gothic horror novella that tells the story of a Romanian countess who settles in the small village of Bramley, West Yorkshire in the early twentieth century. The story is heavily influenced by Dracula and the 1932 film The Vampyr. It is the first in a series of stories following the adventures of Victorian/Edwardian gentleman turned reluctant paranormal investigator Marcus Worthington. He visits the village of Bramley on business and ends up being confronted by a beautiful and deadly vampire.

If you like all things creepy and Gothic, you can buy now on Amazon. There is a very low-priced Kindle edition and for the more patient and discerning reader, a 65-page paperback edition. I appreciate any and all support I get from this project. It has given me a break from my teaching career and musical activity. As much as I love making music, it requires a lot of team effort and logistics. What’s great about writing is I can do anything I want and work from home at my own pace without having to compromise.

I hope you enjoy reading Of Flesh & Blood as much as I did writing it.

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Book: The Magician – W. Somerset Maugham (1908)

The-Magician cover  “And what else is it that men seek in life but power? If they want money, it is but for the power that attends it, and it is power again that they strive for in all the knowledge they acquire.”

It could be argued that reviewing a book from 1908 is a sign that I am not exactly up to date with today’s current crop of bestsellers. You’d be right to think that, but it doesn’t matter. I tend to review books that are new to me, regardless of when they were published, and The Magician is one such book. (more…)

Resistance and The War of Art

The War of ArtFor the past twelve months, I have been writing a novel, which I intend to self-publish. I spent the previous twelve months jotting down ideas in a notebook – these notes got me to the stage I’m at now: five chapters in, and progress has slowed. The thing is, I have a story with a beginning, middle and ending. What I am finding difficult, is sitting down to write it.

Last year, I bought a book by author Steven Pressfield called The War of Art, and I’ve finally got round to reading it (apparently I was too “busy” until now). The book promises to help readers “break through the blocks and win your inner creative battles.” Pressfield does this by defining the invisible force that causes creative people to procrastinate: Tweet, check Facebook, masturbate, smoke, drink coffee, play computer games (Steam, anyone?) – ANYTHING but writing!. He calls this force Resistance:

“Resistance cannot be seen, touched, heard or smelled. But it can be felt. We experience it as an energy field radiating from a work-in-potential. It’s a repelling force. It’s negative. Its aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.”

Chances are, if you have broken off from your daily routine to read this post, you are experiencing some level of Resistance right now. So what can be done about it? (more…)