Published Works

The killings ended as suddenly as they began. But now Marcus fears Spartacus is back to finish what he started 30 years ago.

The residents of south Wales were thrown into a state of panic on the 1st day of June 1988, when a married couple were brutally murdered in their own home. The killer, nicknamed Spartacus by the press, did not flee the scene immediately; instead, he used a cut-throat razor to carve Roman Numerals into his victims’ chests. This was the beginning of a month-long killing spree.

Seventeen-year-old Jeffrey Allen was to be the final victim, on the final day of the month. He became the only survivor, and the only real witness. Jeffrey relocates to London, changing his name, and his identity, to Marcus Clancy. His past life is merely a dark secret. On 1st June 2018, 30 years to the day since the first killing, a mysterious figure refers to Marcus by his old name.

And so begins 30 days of terror for Marcus Clancy, culminating in dramatic fashion on the final day of June.

Hero to zero and then…? Experience the world as seen through the eyes of Nick Evans, a young city-slicker with a trophy-girlfriend on his arm. Fast-forward just a day and he’s caught his girlfriend in an uncompromising position with his friend, accidentally sent a rude email to his boss – and he’s on his way home to South Wales with his tail firmly between his legs, unemployed and single.
Mysteries galore and family saga await him. What secrets are taunting his best friend Den? Why have Nan and Mum not spoken for as long as Nick can remember? And whatever happened to childhood friend Sam, who mysteriously disappeared just after A-Levels and has not been seen since…? Enjoy the journey as Nick desperately tries to unravel the mysteries and piece his life together, often with darkly hilarious results…

Just a Bit of Banter, Like is a life-affirming novel where Nick discovers what is truly important to him. The novel is frequently heart-warming, often dark but usually funny. There are scenes that will tug firmly at your heartstrings and others that will make you laugh out loud.

Now the Party is Finally Over is an eclectic collection of twenty-four short stories. Some of the stories are dark and disturbing, plenty are thought-provoking, whilst others are just downright funny. Although each and every story is very different, they all have a twist. Welsh Lessons won the Global Short Story Award 2010. Ten Pounds for Your Thoughts was included in the anthology The Road Home, and Sucker Punch was published in the anthology Fight or Flight.

Eternally optimistic newspaper reporter, Herbert, has a fantastic idea for a book. All it requires is a simple proposal to a trio of unlikely comedians: join forces to perform a week of shows at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Fringe. They are to be his central characters and their misadventures will form the plot. After all, nowt is stranger than fact. The chosen three have nothing in common and are all linked only by childhood trauma and their upbringing in Bridgend. Or are they? Why has Herbert chosen them as his central characters? Is he writing the story line before it unfolds…?

At Least the Pink Elephants are Laughing at Us is life-affirming contemporary fiction at its very best. The story combines intrigue with a relentless dose of dark and often outrageous humour. It takes you on a journey of demotivating motivational speeches, dingy back-alley pubs and disastrously funny comedy gigs. You will laugh out loud; but will anyone else apart from you and those pesky pink elephants…?

Meet the characters: James is a fifty-something year-old desperately trying to retain his ponytail and dispose of the dark shadow left by his comedian dad. Connor is protective of his zany but troubled Ghanaian mother and harbours resentment towards his headmaster father. Mandy was often used as a goalpost by her two older brothers. Now she is searching for their dad, who has been missing since she was a little girl. Herbert is the mysterious newspaper report who has plucked the trio from obscurity and into the limelight. But who is he really? And is his offer too good to be true…?

Hero to zero and then…? Experience the world as seen through the eyes of Nick Evans, a young city-slicker with a trophy-girlfriend on his arm. Fast-forward just a day and he’s caught his girlfriend in an uncompromising position with his friend, accidentally sent a rude email to his boss – and he’s on his way home to South Wales with his tail firmly between his legs, unemployed and single.
Mysteries galore and family saga await him. What secrets are taunting his best friend Den? Why have Nan and Mum not spoken for as long as Nick can remember? And whatever happened to childhood friend Sam, who mysteriously disappeared just after A-Levels and has not been seen since…? Enjoy the journey as Nick desperately tries to unravel the mysteries and piece his life together, often with darkly hilarious results…

Just a Bit of Banter, Like is a life-affirming novel where Nick discovers what is truly important to him. The novel is frequently heart-warming, often dark but usually funny. There are scenes that will tug firmly at your heartstrings and others that will make you laugh out loud.