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Whether you've pitched up by accident or on purpose - welcome to my website. Have a rootle around... Hopefully, nothing will bite or inappropriately sniff your ankles. I mostly write science fiction and fantasy, but love reading nearly anything that can be crammed between two covers. I also teach Creative Writing at Northbrook College in Worthing, West Sussex.

The Arcadian Chronicles Synopsis

Mantivore Dreams

Jessob Brarion is 16 years old before he discovers that everything he has grown up believing is a lie. Even Vrox, his imaginary mantivore companion is more than he appears - a lot more...

Mantivore DreamsAll Jessob has to do is hang on. Keep nursing his crippled gandfather and drudging for his mother. Because her pitiful ability with the Node nexus means that, sooner or later, she'll be forced to resign as village Brarian and Jessob can take over.

Except one sleepy afternoon, Jessob sneaks into the Node and discovers a forbidden Music site. That single rash act rips him away from everything he's ever known, forcing him to leave. At least he isn't alone. Seth Priest, the village outcast, decides to accompany him. Oh - and there's Vrox, of course. Half mad and brutalised, he's been breaking into Jessob's mind a lot, recently. But Vrox befriended him when he was little - he's bound to be on his side... isn't he?

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Mantivore Preys

Faith PreysFelina Keeper has had enough. Responsible for storing and maintaining produce in poverty-stricken Cnicus village, her daily duties are bleakly confining.

Depressed and grieving for Jessob, whom she realises, too late, she loved as a son, Felina’s grip on village affairs slips as she increasingly turns to her little treats to get through each day.

Until Cnicus is engulfed in a tide of unwelcome publicity as news flyers - literally - crash into the village. Felina finds herself the de facto leader as she battles to limit the damage, both physical and emotional, on her fellow villagers.

Will she succeed? Or will starving Cnicans find themselves begging on the streets of Reseda as the village finally succumbs to the terrible pressures it has laboured under for a whole generation...

Chapter 1

 

Mantivore Destiny

Mantivore DestinyWhat does God want from him? This question burns through Seth Priest’s life. Synaesthetic and a visionary, he must have been saved from his ten-year alcoholic haze for a purpose - but what? Seth resolves to return to Cnicus to help his former best friend, Jessob. And walks into murder and violence.

Can he help Jessob escape from Vrox, without getting them all killed? Seth doesn’t think so – and he isn’t the only one...

Chapter 1

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SHORT STORIES
How Words Were Invented (Fantasy) - Abandoned Towers
Picky Eaters (Fantasy) - Every Day Fiction
Damned Flies (Science Fiction) - Everyday Weirdness
The Ghost of Preston Manor (Science Fiction) Feature story - Abandoned Towers (print version) #3
On Why I Joined SFReader - The Shovel and Me (Humour) - Abandoned Towers (print version) #4
Went to Bed and Bumped His Head (Science Fiction) - Abandoned Towers (print version) #7
A Boy's Best Friend (Science Fiction) - Every Day Fiction -
Hit the Button (Science Fiction) - While the Morning Stars Sing anthology
A Drop of the Hard Stuff - Every Day Fiction
Picky Eaters - Every Day Fiction podcast

POEMS
Love Leaks, The Tudor Key, Sea Songs - Abandoned Towers
The Road - Every Day Poets
Miss Pottifer and the Passion Fruit - Every Day Poets
Ghostly Revenge - Fear and Trembling
Easter Hymn - Every Day Poets
Post-Salvage Stress Syndrome - Every Day Poets
These Are the Babies That I Bore - Every Day Poets

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Born the same year as the Russians launched Sputnik, I confidently expected that by the time I reached adulthood, the human race would have a pioneer colony on the Moon and be heading off towards Mars. So I was at a loss to know what to do once I realised the Final Frontier wasn’t an option and rather lost my head - I tried a lot of jobs I didn’t like and married a totally unsuitable man.

Now I've finally come to terms with the fact that I’ll never leave Earth, I have a lovely time writing science fiction novels and teaching Creative Writing at Northbrook College in Worthing. I live in Littlehampton on the English south coast with a wonderful husband and a ridiculous number of books.