I write books, plays and screenplays
I am currently completing the first of a series of novels for the YA market about a truly extraordinary psychic detective who looks 17 but is greatly older, inspired by invokers of unexplained phenomena such as Matthew Manning, Doris Stokes, Nella Jones (who I once met), Uri Geller, Peter Hurkos, Doris Collins, and such inexplicable-yet-real occult happenings as recounted in The Scole Experiment.
Plus a liberal dash of invention of my own. Each story will be an adventure into the unknown, at times scary, belief-challenging, always intriguing, dealing with real human issues – starting with this one in which the slow-ageing investigator into paranormal matters, known as DandiDaemon, returned from exile, sets out with a companion on the trail of a spirit child-snatcher from long ago who is interacting with the here-and-now in a potentially lethal way and must not only be stopped, risking his own death, but dealt with compassionately from the deep reserves of several lifetimes of human understanding and experience. Oh, and it’s fun too.
‘Fell asleep but man, woke up superhuman.’
[A novel of 60,000 words]
Casebook One of the New Era:
If all the various kinds of supernormal cognition were
exercised by a single person, their possessor would excite
the stupefied amazement of other men. Yet such a being,
superhuman to our ideas, is a logical possibility.
Dr. Eugène Orty
Director of the Institute Métapsychic Internationale, Paris (1928)
My Published Books Include:
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The Life and Times of a Doctor Who Dummy, published by Greenwave Editions in Kindle format (2014) and in print (February 2015). It describes how the Beatles inspired my first novel, which led to further novel and screenplay authoring, and stints as an animated Doctor Who Dummy (thats me in the picture). Oh, and there’s much more. More Auton anecdotes HERE
The Mystery of the Stolen Brides – An Inspector Dearborn Case, a Victorian detective novel published by Little, Brown Book Group in August 2014. Originally published as A Portrait of Barbara, this story is now revised, with a new ending to establish it in the crime genre, in Little Brown’s Crime Vault.
Lavender Days A touching and aromatic romantic novella, based on a forgotten diary re-found after twenty years. Incredibly, some stalks of lavender found with this little record of events still retained their fragrance after two decades, aromatically evoking those dazzling days. But why had these musty handwritten pages, and the little bag of memorabilia they were in, been so completely blotted from the Englishman’s mind since that time? Perhaps not for the reasons that might be assumed. The surprising end is an inspiration to all those stirred by The Bridges of Madison County. Lavender Days is published by Greenwave Editions in Kindle and paperback.
(Click the images to read extracts. A revised version of Portrait of Barbara was published by Little, Brown as The Mystery of the Stolen Brides)
The Unmaking of a Britflick is a memoir in diary form. It is a screenwriter’s wryly real viewpoint of how one particular British film got made against a backdrop of cynicism, chicanery, muddle-mindedness and a curious form of madness that appeared to affect almost everyone connected with it. Paralleling the ongoing insanity is the true story of how the writer meets a beautiful ukulele-playing songstress and starts duetting at gigs with her, making complete the overall sense of crazy discovery and confusion.
Mabel at Hastings is a historical teen holiday diary from 1930 with period photographs. A detailed account of Mabel and her best friend Dorrie’s visit to Mabel’s aunt in Hastings, during which Mabel turned 14. A charming cameo, wonderfully evoking the atmosphere of the era. Fascinating reading to compare with teenage holidays today.
A Portrait of Barbara The wildest nightmare will seem tame beside the bizarre and unforgettable climax of this alarming but beautifully written novel. Who is the shadow from the past who stares like a dead man and moves like a ghost? What family secret darkens the family village wedding in the heart of Victorian England? Charlotte, the bride, is plunged into a hell of fear. Far from husband, friends and loved faces she finds herself in an isolated world of shock and putrefaction, enmeshed ever more inextricably in a web of horror, intrigue and dread. Sour ghosts and wraiths undreamed of rise as she gradually discovers the appalling reality behind the baffling silences of her childhood. A revised version of this novel was re-published by Little, Brown Book Group titled The Mystery of the Stolen Brides – An Inspector Dearborn Case. Extracts are from the latter.
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In the long ago, when the world was in black and white and the Beatles were young, I wrote this novel which was published by W.H. Allen & Co in London, and in paperback by the New English Library. It was the first of my books to be published. Taken from the real-life experiences of an ex-manager of a group called ‘The Cyan Three’, the book tells the gritty tale of a photographer who forms a pop group in the hope of fame, but…
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