Neil is a published writer whose stories have appeared in several venues over the last few years. This section provides information on all Neil’s published work including links to free sample pieces from Flash up to short story length. It also includes a brief section on his longer, novel length, projects.
– Stone (2010) – Murky Depths Issue 14
– The Room (2010) – Tales from the Moonlit Path
– Crunch (2009) – Ballista (2009) – Buy (specify issue 7)
– The Mine (2008) Jupiter SF
– Various stories (2008) Illuminations: The Friday Flash Fiction anthology – Buy
– The House (2007) Aphelion Webzine
Friday Flash Fiction
This was an Internet Meme that Neil participated in from July 2007 through to May 2009, participants posted a piece of flash fiction (stories no longer than 1000 words) on their blogs, on a Friday. During that time Neil produced some 80 odd flash stories, some good, some OK, some he feels he should probably take down. The following are links to some of his favourites:
– Cliché – (3/8/2007)
– Life is a wheel – (4/9/2007)
– When I was Bad – (28/9/2007)
– After the Rain – (08/02/2008)
– Tinman – (15/02/2008) NB: hyperlink story
– Faraway – (04/04/2008)
– Pixies – (11/04/2008)
– Descent – (27/06/2008)
– Duckling – (09/01/2009)
Novel Length Projects
Periodically Neil works at novel length. He has written one completed novel, a traditional heroic fantasy: The Scarred God, and is currently working on a contemporary fantasy set in London involving an advertising executive, a purple haired post punk physicist, fusion reactors, the nature of reality and many other things besides. This section is intended to grow as he completes more projects (most of Neil’s ideas are now novel length) and a bit more information on each existing project follows.
The Scarred God (word count: 146k) – A traditional 2nd world heroic fantasy, central themes deal with belief, religion, ethical philosophy (why be good?) and redemption. It also features a strong female protagonist, a belligerent woodsman, a fair few gods, an invading army and a great deal of sword play. (Status: written).
Untitled Urban Fantasy (Target word count: 120k)- A London based urban fantasy exploring life, love and the nature of reality. Features an advertising exec, a purple haired post punk physicist, fusion reactors and a war that’s thousands of years old. NO VAMPIRES. (Status: 1st draft in progress).