Well, it’s about that time again,
Folks: the release of another novel.
It’s been a busy year since I sat
down to write my first foray into the horror genre, ‘Maria’s Walk.’ On 27th
June my fourth title, ‘Maypole,’ will take its place among the growing
As a child at a small Kent
primary school in the 1970s, country dancing classes were a regular part of our
curriculum. Weaving together a new tale that folds in a lot of different
folklore about Maypoles and their origin has been a great joy. These traditions
are found across Europe and consequently travelled to the new world. I’ve
examined associations from the Axis Mundi to dubious claims of phallic symbolism
and everything in between. In the book, I draw out links with Yggdrasil and
Norse mythology upon which to ground the mythos that leads to the inevitable,
dramatic climax. And what a climax it is. I had a lot of fun with this one; not
least of all because I got to blow stuff up. There are chases, escapes, a helicopter
crash, Demonic imps manipulating children in a state of temporal flux, and an inter-dimensional
showdown with a mythical spirit dragon. All that wrapped in a love story
sitting on a theme of loss and transience that dispels the illusion of
If you’ve not read any of my work before but enjoyed titles like ‘The Magic Cottage’ and ‘Creed’ by the late, great James Herbert, you might find this story entertaining. However, if the magical environments, energy blasts and multi-dimensional transforming monsters of those books gave you a problem, ‘Maypole’ probably won’t be your cup of tea either. I know some people prefer tales of a more subtle nature and are quite concerned with their horror feeling ‘believable.’ I understand that, and like a well-written, subtle ghost story myself. What’s scarier than something so very close to the everyday, yet just beyond it in a way that feels like it might happen to you? Great stuff. However, I also enjoy outrageous fantasy horror (albeit set in the real world) with pace, action and heart. That’s more along the lines of my work in the genre.
For readers of my previous books: if you loved the magic battle at the pond in ‘Nevermere,’ then this new title should be right up your street.
As with its predecessors, ‘Maypole’ will be available in Paperback and Kindle formats.