I intended The Dentist to be a novella of about 60,000 words. This is the first part or, in film terms, the first Act. I’ve played with various versions of the story over the years. This version is set in England in 1956. I thought it would be interesting to set the disintegration of an individual’s identity against the background of the identity crisis Britain experienced during and after the Suez crisis. Since I wrote this, the TV series Mad Men has shone its brilliantly ironic light on the sexism, racism and homophobia prevalent in the 50s.
Read The Dentist [warning: adult content]
These are the first 5 chapters of a YA novel I started writing earlier this year. In the end I decided to develop the idea as a film script instead. I cut this material from the script as it’s ‘back story’ and began with Hayley collecting Caleb from prison. I can’t help feeling, however, that without the back story we’ll never know Hayley as intimately as we would in the novel version.
Read Dead Drop
Here are the first three chapters of a possible Sci-fi horror novel set in modern-day Australia…
Read Jumpers [warning: adult content]
The Lavender Man
This is the first chapter of an adult thriller novel in progress…
Read The Lavender Man