Author, podcaster, peddler of nightmare fuel. I write weird fiction and host the horror serial The Gotobed Diaries.
“There’ll be food and drink and ghosts…and perhaps even a few murders. You’re all invited.”
An Encounter on the Midland Mainline
14th November 2002 Midland Mainline Train, 21.15 to Derby “Do you know why you are here?” I ask, looking up from the thin file on my lap and towards the reflection of the young man sat next to me in the window opposite. The description on the yellowed pages is disturbingly accurate, right down to the bloodshot eyes and the gash across the forehead. The kid is in his early twenties, and dressed a little out of date for the time, in slightly flared jeans and a bright yellow sports top. He carries it well, all except for the fleck of deep red across his breast and left shoulder. I’m in a black suit and a white shirt, unbuttoned at the neck. I look like I should be advising him about his future career options, or on my way home from a funeral.
The Curious Case of Lee Woodgate & Josiah Jeneker
Lee Woodgate was born in Cotgrave, Nottinghamshire in 1970. An only child, he grew up in an impoverished household deeply affected by the recession of the early 1980s. Due to these circumstances, the young boy missed out on many opportunities growing up. Resigned to focusing solely on his studies, he passed his GCSEs and ‘A’ levels with flying colours, and then went on to study English Literature at the University of Leicester. He left in 1993 with a first class degree. His tutors remember him as a hard-working student, blessed with a motivation that set him apart from his peers.
The Rose Room
The following document was discovered, frayed and dog-eared, in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet in the basement of Hackney Borough Council during a routine audit. Two sets of faded blueprints were attached to it, along with a stack of Polaroid photographs. Sadly, these photographs have degraded to the point where they are little more than black and yellow smudges.