Thursday, 26 February 2015

Death by a Mother's Hand - R.I.P.

I think I started doing an obituary for my stories when no one wanted them. Thankfully I sell a story here and there now, but it's tradition. You can't buck it. 

So, 'Death by a Mother's Hand'. I wrote the first draft in two days, but only got round to finishing the final draft today. Which is pretty good timing. It's a Mulrones' novella. Next month another Mulrones' novella is out from Darkfuse, Flesh and Coin. The month after that will see the rerelease of the first Mulrones' story, 'A Scarecrow to Watch over Her.' 

Flesh and Coin, Kindle and Limited Edition Hardback, 10th March.

Anyway, that's that, then.

Death by a Mother's Hand, R.I.P.

11th November 2014 - 26th February 2015

Love you.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Why science makes people just as miserable as religion and other answers to the world's problems...

Wondering about depression, the sheer hopelessness of it all that people feel, all the time or just sometimes when things get tough. But because I'm a wordy twat, then I started wondering just what it is that causes this common dissatifaction in people's hearts and mind.

I think it's science's fault, just as much as it is society, religion and all the other constraints we put on our understanding of the wider world around us.

Science tells us it has the answer. But it doesn't, of course it doesn't. It's a panacea, no better than the Daily Mail telling a hopeful elderly audience that there's a cure for dementia, cancer, arthritis...just around the corner.

Science tells us it can answer the fundemental questions of the does religion.

And that's the problem, isn't it? That we want answers. We want to know. People don't want to sit in the pub of life any longer, bemoaning the state of the world and musing on the rights and wrongs of life. No, we want to look it up on Google. We want to know.

And in this endless quest for answers, we seem to forget that element of chaos that surrounds us all. We strive for a happiness that isn't always there, read books with dumb titles like 'Secrets of Happy People!'

All the time, looking for answers, wanting that sure thing, we've lost our sense of fascination. Isn't there, sometimes, something wonderful, something liberating, about not knowing? Wasn't it more fun, in the pub of life, when people talked and mused and wondered instead of looking for answers on Google?

Anyway...thought for the day and all that. I'm like fucking Reader's Digest, me.

Love you!

Monday, 23 February 2015

Flesh and Coin and the Mulrones

With the release of my third novella with Darkfuse, Flesh and Coin, just around the corner, I thought I'd write a blog about the Mulrones. The Mulrones feature in this story, as they have in other stories...and will again.

Flesh and Coin
Released March 2015 
Pre-orders from Amazon, or, directly from

As a reader, I always enjoyed Stephen King stories when they returned to Castle Rock. That recurring theme, place, or character appealed to me. When I read Gemmell's Drenai stories I saw that you could continue stories, with a larger theme, without those stories ever having to be sequential. The first time I met the Mulrones, in 'Scarecrow' (released Blood Bound Books, reissued as 'A Scarecrow to Watch Over Her') I knew I'd come back to them. I just didn't know how. They never were central to the story. I haven't written anything entirely from the Mulrones' viewpoint...I don't think I will. But they're the pillars that these stories revolve around. 

In Deadlift, they're present. In the background, certainly. But that story concerns a mask, a rather evil artefact, and that mask concerns the Mulrones. One Mulrone in particular - Ma Mulrone. 

Deadlift - Amazon wherever you are, or direct from

To us, Ma Mulrone would seem, I think, inherently evil. But she isn't. She simply has a different perspective. She's not, after all, quite like us. She's very, very old. She probably hails from the original travelling people, the Romany, but nowdays she's something else. She's the matriach and the driving force behind her clan, the Mulrones. Her intentions, her thoughts, can't ever be clear to us, but she's driven mainly by a stern sense of what's right, and what's wrong. The fact that people like us, with our comfortable houses and smart suits and our cornflakes for breakfast can't understand her idea of right and wrong is irrelevant to her. 

She's more about balance, I think. If anything, she's the scales. For there to be balance, though, there has to be something to weigh...and it's the Walkers who weigh in. Not against her, specifically...just, again, a different people. 

The Walkers are featured in a novel, 'The Noose and Gibbet' (originally published by Anachron Press, to be reissued soon by Darkfuse as 'Hangman'). They are, perhaps, the ones that plant things like hope, and redemption, in humanity. Ma Mulrone's more of a farmer of people. She's the one that cuts down them down when they get out of hand. 

Available from Amazon.

So, that's the present. The future of the Mulrones? A novel entitled 'Highwayman', set in the same universe, that deals with the Walkers, but with the mask from Deadlift, too. And I'm just putting the finishing touches to another Mulrones' novella, 'Death by a Mother's Hand'. 

Available from Amazon/Pre-Orders.

Thanks for reading. 

Love you! x