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Free Entrance to the Lunatic Asylum…

At the turn of the nineteenth century, England and France combined had only a few hundred individuals in asylums, but by 1900 this number had risen to the hundreds of thousands. The United States housed 150,000 patients in mental hospitals by 1904 with the average number of patients jumping by 927%. Germany housed more than 400 public and private […]

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Inspiration for Belle Vue – 3: Satanic Orgies

Any mention of satanic orgies makes most people’s ears prick up. And so it was with mine. I heard about the Hellfire Caves in West Wycombe where such practices had taken place and duly paid a visit. The caves, excavated between 1748 and 1752 for Sir Francis Dashwood, were used as a meeting place for his notorious Hellfire […]

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Inspiration for Belle Vue – 2: Murder at the Asylum

Intrigued by the nearby apartments that had been converted from the old Leavesden Asylum, I researched to find out about its history. What I hadn’t expected was that a murder had taken place there in 1899 and reading about it gave me an idea… Mary Ansell was found guilty of poisoning her sister Caroline who […]

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Inspiration for Belle Vue – 1: the Asylum

Writers are often advised ‘write what you know’ but given Belle Vue is about murder, satanic orgies and mistreatment in Victorian lunatic asylums I am not putting my hand up to any of these! However I was inspired to write about each aspect from visiting and reading about the three, the connections between them and from there my imagination took over… […]

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BELLE VUE COVER REVEAL

Thrilled to share the cover for my first full-length novel, BELLE VUE which will be launched on August 25, 2020. The paperback is now available for pre-order here – and will also be available in ebook and audio formats.   Cover Artist: Michael J. Canales of MJC Imageworks Jealousy, betrayal, murder and a hunger for […]

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POWEЯ is number one on Amazon!

Thrilled to announce that POWEЯ is now number 1 on the Amazon Hot New Releases in Historical Fiction Short Stories! So that’s up from my number 2 slot a week ago. There are 76 other entries listed so I am over the moon!

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POWEЯ is now out!

I have finally got my first work published and I couldn’t be more pleased!  Power was particularly interesting for me to write as I love to do the research around the story subject matter. Since Power encompasses the world of freaks, the growing proliferation of smutty photographs particularly in the famous Holywell Street in London […]

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PUBLISHING DEAL

I am thrilled to announce I have signed a publishing deal with Crystal Lake publishing who specialize in tales from the darkest depths and are one of the world’s leading indie book publishers of Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Dark & Speculative Fiction, and Suspense books with a Dark Fiction edge. My novelette POWEЯ will be published […]

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