Software engineer living and working in Scotland. Writes mostly SF&F, some horror.
Debut fantasy novella. Ashlin Smith is the supervisor of the Badger Survey, a pointless branch of the bureaucracy of the Regency of Atlar. He is bored and frustrated, and wants to quit his job. But before he leaves to become a blacksmith, he agrees to perform one last pointless task.
It turns out that his job is a lot more important and a lot more dangerous than he knew, when the Badger Survey become entangled in monsters, legends and political intrigue.
Science fiction novel. Miasma is a human colony world isolated from the rest of humanity's galactic expansion. Permanently-clouded skies even conceal its location from the colonists, and on the surface, communication is made more difficult by the need to maintain complete radio silence or suffer attack from the orbiting “kill moons”.
Still, communities get by, and adapt to their unusual constraints to make a life for themselves. But not everyone is happy.
Lanton, the packet-runner, wants a mystery to solve. Emi, the librarian, doesn't exactly know what she wants, but she suspects it may not be allowed. Mokan, the inventor, an “unexpected child” wants answers, and the recognition he is due, but would settle for love.
An escape from danger through the frozen ruins of Amsterdam; an inconveniently worded wish, warfare both magical and informational, romantic crushes, demons, ghosts, and a lamentable lack of both cutlery and propriety.
A collection of thirteen short stories, including five brand-new ones, plus two preview chapters from the novels The Source of Fire and disOrder.
Joint winner of Movellas' Historical Fiction competition. It's a The Count of Monte Cristo fan-fic following one of my favourite dysfunctional families: Eugénie Danglars and her horrible father.
Read Reunion on Movellas
A bit of gothic pastiche. A loyal servant keeps the castle of his masters free of monstrous vermin for generations, until the last true heir dies and the castle falls into the hands of an interloper: an illegitimate daughter who doesn't belong there.
Read The Rat Catcher in the Walls on Shadows at the Door
A vending machine on a remote railway station platform in Japan dispenses disturbing and macabre items.
Read Nuesugi Station on Shadows at the Door
Three friends on a hunting trip spend the night in a cabin to wait out a blizzard. In the night, they begin to hear sounds under the floor.
500 word flash fiction. Karen is organising a party, and hopes that the randomly-mislabelled goods she has bought will provide a quirky theme and something to talk about. However, of course it's not that simple.
Read Labels on Movellas
A woman tells how an invisible harbinger of death pursues her. She has found a way to stay ahead of it, and make a life for herself.
Read No Rest on Shadows at the Door
A bittersweet little story about a difficult relationship.
Read Nothing Else is That Colour on Movellas
Ball lighting strikes the home of a busy scholar, leaving no mark except bizarre and unsettling changes to one book.
Read Whickerton's Dictionary on Shadows at the Door
Sequel to The Silk Mind. Twelve years later, a reckless adventurer sets out to make a name for himself by bringing back an artefact from a tropical island halfway round the world, and hires a clever but troublesome young woman who can speak the local languages to help him.
The statue he steals soon proves to be a powerful and inexplicable entity of unknown origin, and what follows them home may be a threat to their entire civilisation.
An SF novel. Calnor Dale is a monk who has completed his term of vocation and wants to retire to Ascension, a remote planet with exotic lifeforms. He has a brain implant that enhances his mathematical ability, which suits him to a quiet office job as a project planner.
However, his own plans go badly wrong when he tangles with the stubborn and greedy governor of the colony, and tries to help his brattish but bullied daughter. Calnor is arrested, and his implant is removed.
And then he remembers why it was put there in the first place.
disOrder is not a descent into madness—it's an awakening into vicious, bloody clarity.