Friday 29 September 2017

Gamebook Friday: The Wicked Wizard of Oz at Dragondaze

This Saturday, 30th September 2017, I will be one of the guests attending Dragondaze in Newport.

Dragondaze is all about playing games, dressing up, having fun and raising money for charity. It's a one day convention celebrating all things gaming - including adventure gamebooks, in the form of The Wicked Wizard of Oz.

If you live in, or near, South Wales, and you're planning on going to Dragondaze, maybe I'll see you there.

Monday 25 September 2017

YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2 correction

When compiling my history of Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, I always strive for accuracy. However, sometimes, mistakes do creep in.

As a result, I must apologise to Alex Siddy for describing him in YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2 as an amateur artist, whereas he is in fact a professional, working as a concept artist and illustrator, something he has been doing for the last five years.

Not only that, but I also neglected to include his website address in the book. You can find his online portfolio, and how to contact him, at

Thought for the Day

“When it comes to the past, everyone writes fiction.”
~ Stephen King, Joyland

Thursday 21 September 2017

Steampunk Thursday: Steampunk Essextraordianaire III

This Sunday, 24th September, I will be attending the Steampunk Essextraordianaire III, at the Museum of Power in Langford, Essex, from 10:00am until 4:00pm.

I shall be selling my Pax Britannia steampunk novels, and my latest ACE Gamebook, The Wicked Wizard of Oz.

Since the books weren't actually delivered to the what was supposed to be the official launch at the UK Games Expo, I suppose that means that the Steampunk Essextraordianaire III will actually be the official launch.

Maybe I'll see you there. Are you ready to return to Oz?

Tuesday 19 September 2017

International Talk Like a Pirate Day and NEVERLAND

Ahoy, me hearties!

Every year, I mark International Talk Like a Pirate Day with a blog post about my fourth Fighting Fantasy gamebook Bloodbones.

However, this year I am breaking with that tradition - shiver me timbers! - as rapidly approaching on the horizon is a new writing project featuring pirates, and one well-known pirate in particular.

While the Kickstarter page is still being set up and the project prepped for launch next month, you can join the NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters! Facebook group to be kept up to date with developments.

Now batten down the hatches and heave ho - there's a storm comin'!

Monday 18 September 2017

Thought for the Day

"After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world."
~ Philip Pullman

Friday 15 September 2017

Gamebook Friday: NEVERLAND

I am currently busy posting out rewards for backers of my YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2 Kickstarter, and I'm very pleased to say that the book has already received it's first 5-star review.

However, as one Kickstarter comes to an end, as is my wont, I am currently preparing to launch the next one. Having tackled Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz, I am next going to take on turning J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan and Wendy into an ACE Gamebook.

To be among the first to hear about developments with the Kickstarter, join the NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters! Facebook group.

Sunday 10 September 2017

Would you like a signed copy of YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2?

Last weekend, YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2 was launched at Fighting Fantasy Fest 2, five months and a day after the Kickstarter to crowdfund it finished.

Backer copies have started to go out over the last week, but if you would like a signed copy - either hardback or softback - drop me a line at

I also have copies of the reprinted YOU ARE THE HERO Part 1 - both hardback and softback.

Monday 4 September 2017

Thought for the Day

“The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”
~ Thomas Jefferson