Reflections on 2018

I’m writing this blog post just a few-hundred metres from the great Cathedral of Cologne while on holiday in Germany. One of the great things about my day-job as a teacher is the regular holidays I’m entitled to every year. Every Christmas, my beautiful partner and I get to travel, and we usually go to …

Why we need a faithful new adaptation of Lord of the Flies

William Golding’s classic exploration of the darkness inherent in all of us, Lord of the Flies, is generally seen in one of two lights. It’s either that boring book packed as densely with prose descriptions of the rainforest as its figurative jungle is with liana vines and ferns, or it’s a timeless classic that drags humanity’s hidden evils …

Scolopendra: Coming soon

My short story Scolopendra has been picked up by Kyanite Press for their forthcoming Halloween issue. I'm pretty excited about this one. It started as an exemplar short story for students at school, but I've since reworked it to incorporate more elements of body horror, extra gore, a few swear-words and a greater smattering of …