bookcoverpreview-tmtI’ve been meaning to put this little collection on Amazon & Kindle for quite some time, but other projects kept on getting in the way. The stories were written over several years and came together only by chance, and the co-incidence of murder, implied or actual, being present in all of them. I guess you could carp at ‘murder’ in the case of Darkbury and Contributory Culpability, but they too are pushing at the door.

Several of the stories have been performed by Liars League in London, and others have been Highly Commended in competitions. The opening story, Stump, won a Sentinel competition prize.

The Turkey Cock was first read aloud to an ‘audience’ round a New Year’s dinner table, for which I think, several years later, I have been just about forgiven. It was then more formally performed to the original Speakeasy crowd in Carlisle. Since then it has divided opinion – which is probably the best thing a story can do – having been butchered by an editor (search back through the archive if you want the full story) and subsequently withdrawn by him (it was rubbish anyway, he told me), Highly Commended by HISSAC and included in their Winners anthology, and used elsewhere. Based on a real-life event in which a soft word turned away wrath, but only just, I picture it taking place on the taxi stand at Carlisle’s Citadel Station (which does not quite conform to the description given in the story!).

There’ll be a chance to buy books by authors local to Carlisle this coming weekend on 7th & 8th of October when Facets of Fiction Writers Workshop & the Carlisle Writers Group mount a pop-up bookshop at Waterstones! Coma along and hear us read, and buy our wares: the craft brewers and artisan bakers of the literary world!