New Novel Word Cloud


Chapter One ‘Word Cloud’


ATDT Ch1 Word Cloud

Current Project ‘Blog Hop’ … All The Dead Things

This post is part of a “blog hop” titled “My Next Big Thing”. Participating authors are answering ten questions on their latest work in progress, with insight into how and why they write. Please feel free to comment and share thoughts.  At there bottom of the post there are links to other authors who have already completed their posts …

1. What is the working title of your book?

All The Dead Things.

 2.  Where did the idea come from?

It started with the idea of Death going on strike. What would happen if nobody died? Why had he/she gone on strike? It broadened out into a mythology of Death having helpers called Deathlings and strike breaking demons running picket lines … and then whole idea crumpled under the weight of the mythology. I came back to it when I found another story running around my head – a boy stuck in a day that repeats over and over for everybody in the world but him.

 3. What genre does your book come under?

Horror(ish) Children’s Fantasy … did I just invent a genre?

 4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Stan Wisdom: Oliver Woollford (Grant in Utopia) because of his understated vulnerability shot through with feral energy.

Sergeant Moses: Paddy Considine (loads of great stuff incl Dead Man’s Shoes) because he’s brilliant and does great facial hair, which is essential for the Sarge.

Lucy Wisdom (Stan’s Mum): Maxine Peak (loads of great stuff incl The Village) because she’s one of the few actresses that can do broken, fragile and tough all at once without it seeming forced. Best British actress at the moment.

Kalina Kowalski:  don’t know … stuck on this one.

Gabby: Maisie Williams (Arya in Game of Thrones) because she can do gaunt, spiky intensity standing on her head.

5. What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?

A teenage boy, trapped in an endlessly repeating day, is hunted by a ruthless supernatural creature desperate to kill him before his destiny as Death’s heir is revealed.

 6. Is you book self published, published by an independent publisher or represented by an agency?

I’m represented by Julia Churchill at AM Heath.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

The first draft took about a year. I have a really demanding job that eats up much of my time and so I write when I can – on the train commuting into work, early weekend mornings etc … if I could write full time I think I could write two books a year.

8.  What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

It’s a children’s book that features lots of characters that are dead and a hunted boy with a hidden history, so it shares some similarities with Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. But I wouldn’t dare actually to compare it to this book – which I adore.

 9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Nothing specific inspired this book (that I am conscious of). It shares the same general inspiration for everything I have written. A mixture of all the influences that shape a young malleable mind – parental guidance, history books in the house, adventure films on the TV (The Longships, The Vikings, The Scarlet Arrow etc …), trips into the East Midlands countryside revealing history and mystery, then books … books .books … I read the Lord of the Rings when I was eleven and nothing was the same for me after that.

10.  What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

They’ll have to read the book to find out … !

Linda Talbot at

Halloween, Halloween

English: A frightful Halloween pumpkin Español...

Halloween, Halloween 

Halloween, Halloween

It makes you ever so keen,

For moonlight and spiders

Big  monsters beside you

Pumpkin grins in your dreams


Halloween, Halloween

See how the vampires teeth gleam

They’re made out of perspex

But look nearly perfect

And he keeps them ever so clean


Halloween, Halloween

The banshee’s screech is supreme

It’ll make your blood curdle

Over hedges she’ll  hurdle

Her bad breath making you scream


Halloween, Halloween

Ghosts can be ever so mean

They’ll steal all your hair

Leaving your head bare

And replace it with a wig that is green.


Halloween, Halloween

It makes you ever so keen,

For moonlight and spiders

Big  monsters beside you

Pumpkin grins in your dreams

Planet of the Monster Eyes

Eyeball birdhouse glow

(Photo credit: Peter Baer)

Planet of Monster Eyes. 

The Baleful Eye of Zenom

Cried tears of fire & venom

It floated in acid

Remaining quite placid

While brushing its teeth with a lemon.


The Clockwork Eye of Zuldean

Had brushes to keep it so clean

With its fifteen gears

That worked just like ears

It could smell just whatever you’d seen


The Concrete Eye of Mactar

Could see both near and afar

With lashes of iron

That look so good with dye on

It wanted to be a Kung Fu movie star.


The Stardust Eye of Maptap

Was always in such a  great flap

He couldn’t find his pants

With its belt of felt ants

And in jeans he just looked such a prat.

Ghost in the Washing Machine


Ghost?! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ghost in the Washing Machine

My mate Ben is a ghost you know,

I’m telling you that for true.

I saw him walk through our living room wall,

And straight into the loo.


My nan was on the bog just then,

Carefully reading her horoscope.

The next thing she knew she wasn’t alone

And started screaming for the pope.


Her glasses clattered into the pan

All she could see was a blur.

Ben reappeared through the living room wall

Trouble was heading his way for sure.


Nan emerged like a hurricane

Her glasses on upside down.

Where’s that bloomin’ ghost, she shouted

I’m gonna fix that flippin” clown!


Ben hid in the washing machine

Fearing her terrible rage.

But Nan set it spinning in a deep scrub wash

And read her horoscope page.


“Wednesday is a very strange day

Today you may suffer a fright.

But don’t be afraid you’re sure to triumph

And everything will turn out right. “


The wash cycle ended with a click

And Ben floated into sight.

He’d shrunk in the wash to the size of a cat,

But he was ever so clean and white !!

ALL THE DEAD THINGS Review by Oliver Thompson (aged 12)

I’m working on a rewrite of my new children’s novel titled ALL THE DEAD THINGS.

What better way to get feedback than ask a 12 year old with a voracious reading habit to give you their opinion.

Many thanks to Oliver Thompson for taking the time to read the book, write a review and to illustrate it.

He like the book – this boy will go far!!

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China Miéville and Monsters: “Unsatisfy me, frustrate me, I beg you.

China Miéville

China Miéville (Photo credit: Squirmelia)


A highly recommended interview with China Mieville by Jeff VanderMeer on the wonderful


China Miéville and Monsters: “Unsatisfy me, frustrate me, I beg you.” | Jeff VanderMeer | Weird Fiction Review.