Book Reviews – Hunter’s Chase & What Happened To Coco

Hunter’s Chase – Val Penny The first book in Val Penny’s Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series gets down and dirty as it follows Detective Hunter Wilson and his team as they work to stop the flow of cocaine into Edinburgh, only to stumble onto a murder when a body is discovered on a local golf course.Continue reading “Book Reviews – Hunter’s Chase & What Happened To Coco”

The Roots of Badlands #2 – Goddard

Welcome to the second blog post about the roots of the characters in Badlands. The first post looked at the creation of the book’s protagonist, Willow and can be read here. In this post, I’ll look at how I created the main antagonist, The Reverend Richard Goddard. Most of my ideas come from places IContinue reading “The Roots of Badlands #2 – Goddard”

Influences – Anne Rice

If Bram Stoker gave us the granddaddy of all vampires, Anne Rice gave us their most famous bratty cousin. I am, of course, talking about Lestat, vampire, actor, rock legend and general all round undead superstar. He first appeared as the antagonist in Interview with the Vampire, but in The Vampire Lestat and The QueenContinue reading “Influences – Anne Rice”

Influences – Iain Banks

I went through a period in my twenties when every new author I read seemed to be called Ian or Iain. At that time I was working through the back catalogues of Messrs Banks, Rankin & McEwan. While I enjoy reading all three, Iain Banks (with or without the M) is the one who hadContinue reading “Influences – Iain Banks”

Influences – James Herbert

My love of James Herbert began with Shrine, a story about a little girl who claims to see divine visions and ends up being a vessel for evil. After Shrine I quickly worked my way through Herbert’s back catalogue; Moon, Magic Cottage, Haunted, Ghosts of Sleath, Sepulchre, Domain, The Fog and of course, his classicContinue reading “Influences – James Herbert”