Born in Bristol. Raised in Somerset.I was born in Bristol in 1972 and quite early on developed an unhealthy interest in ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night. When seven, my family and I moved to a remote seventeenth century farmhouse near Taunton, Somerset, rumoured to be haunted by the ghost of a little girl.
The HobbitAt the age of eight, my class teacher, Mrs Jones, read my class The Hobbit. I can still remember the moment very clearly. I’d never known, let alone heard, anything like it. The language, the scenes, the characters, they all seemed to talk to me. I knew exactly what Tolkien was trying to say, as if I too inhabited his world. It was as if a light had gone on in my head. I knew after that what it was I wanted to do with my life. Write stories.
Fed on a literary diet of ...Growing up on a diet of Tolkien, David Eddings and 2000AD comics, I attended art college, spending most of the year writing when I should have been drawing. I've rarely stopped writing since.
3 book publishing dealIn 2014, I was offered a three book deal with Duckworth Overlook and Overlook Press (in the US and Canada). The Darkest Hand trilogy is my 'epic work of dark fiction', featuring the flawed but brilliant Inquisitor Poldek Tacit.
My novels to date
The Darkest Hand trilogy and prequel
- The Hunted - free prequelIn the bustling streets of Sarajevo in June 1914, the dead body of a priest lies, head shattered by the impact of a fall from a building high above. As the city prepares for the arrival Archduke Franz Ferdinand, grim-faced inquisitor Poldek Tacit is faced not only with the challenge of discovering why the priest has been killed but also confronting other menaces: the demon rumoured to be at large in the city and the conspirators of the Black Hand organisation who plan to assassinate the Archduke. With terrible danger only ever one step away and his private demons silenced only by strong drink, THE HUNTED introduces us to the damaged soul that is the unorthodox Catholic inquisitor Poldek Tacit.
- The Damned - book 1 of The Darkest Hand1914. The outbreak of war. In the French city of Arras, a priest is brutally murdered. The Catholic Inquisition-still powerful, but now working in the shadows-sends its most determined and unhinged of Inquisitors, Poldek Tacit, to investigate: his mission to protect the Church from those who would seek to undermine it, no matter what the cost. Yet as Tacit arrives, armed forces led by Britain and Germany confront each other across No Man's Land.
- The Fallen - book 2 of The Darkest Hand1915. As the second battle of the Isonzo Front rages on the Italian Austro-Hungarian border, war threatens to engulf the Inquisition as dark forces muster amongst the most fanatical servants of the Catholic Church. Shortly before he is murdered, a desperate priest sends a secret letter to his brother serving in the Italian Army. Now this young soldier, destined for the horrors of a frontline high above the clouds, carries with him a letter which reveals why terrible satanic rituals are being committed, and by whom.
- The Risen - book 3 of The Darkest Hand1917. As war and revolution consume the world, the End Times have arrived. With the apocalypse imminent, the world needs a hero to push back this tide of darkness and save all from the return of the Antichrist. But where is Poldek Tacit, the only Inquisitor able to compete against such daunting odds? Old allies unite in a desperate race to unmask and stop the Antichrist before he can assume dominion over all lands and nations, while the Darkest Hand squeezes any remaining hope from those who wish to find an end to the war which has already claimed countless lives.