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Strange Spotlight: The Birthday Cake

Strange Spotlight: The Birthday Cake

Let’s examine this cake!


Hi folks- time at last for episode 3 of Strange Spotlight, taking a look at another story from Strange Matters: The Birthday Cake.

Strange Matters is my collection of short stories of fantasy, myth and magic. The eBook’s available from AmazonSmashwordsGoogle Play and more, with the hardcopy on Amazon and Drive Thru RPG (where it’s cheaper!).

I opted to look at The Birthday Cake this time, because it was inspired by a Neil Gaiman story and today happens to be his birthday! HB, NG!

Strange Matters New Printing and Halloween Sale!

Strange Matters New Printing and Halloween Sale!

Spooky and thrifty!


Yes, it’s that time of year again. Halloween, All Hallows Eve, Samhain, Ghostober, whatever you call it.

How could a self-respecting author of strange and sometimes rather dark fantasy not put his book on sale during such a time? When the veil between wallet and checkout is so thin?

You can grab Strange Matters in many eBook formats (including mobi for Kindle) from Smashwords RIGHT HERE, using code RK77F to get 66% off (that makes it $0.99 or £0.81). This offer is only on until the 1st November, so grab a new Halloween read to give you some chills during the strange nights of Samhain!

Strange Matters is a collection of short stories. I recommend ‘They Found Him Weeping’ for something on the horror end of the spectrum.

But wait! What if you like books in paper format? Strange Matters can’t get much cheaper via Amazon, sadly, but it can get and did will have got cheaper on Drive Thru Fiction!

That’s right, Strange Matters has now joined the independent online bookstore Drive Thru Fiction, part of the Drive Thru RPG network. Not only is it cheaper there (£6.49, compared to £8.99 on Amazon) but it’s also a whole new printing format, using Lightning Source. This version of the book has a gloss cover and it’s a chunk thinner and lighter. I’m really pleased with the quality- check it out!


Enjoy and have a good Halloween-


Strange Spotlight: Torc

Strange Spotlight: Torc

Having a little look at Torc.


Hello all! High time I returned to my Strange Spotlight series and did episode 2, which will take a look at Torc.

Returning visitors to Doing Words will know that I wrote a collection of short fantasy tales, called Strange Matters. The eBook’s available from AmazonSmashwordsGoogle Play and more, with the hardcopy on Amazon. Strange Matters contains 20 pieces of fiction and poetry that all contain a glimmer of magic; for some it’s overt, for others it’s subtle. Some are high fantasy, some are modern.