I guess was lucky enough to grow up in the golden age of pop culture. Marvel comics, Thunderbirds and Star Trek on TV, the mass market paperbacks of James Herbert, Sven Hassel et al, not to mention Airfix, Action Man and all the other great toys of the 60s and 70s.

My parents encouraged me to read at a young age, and I steadily worked through the great classics such as The Three Musketeers, Treasure Island, Kidnapped and more, sparking a love for adventure stories and historical fiction.

In my teens I discovered Robert E Howard, H P Lovecraft and the other great pulp writers, as well as Tolkien, Heinlein, Moorcock and many more whose works were readily available in paperback, often with fantastic cover art (Frazetta remains a favourite).

I went to grammar school in Ilford. One of the few things I got from there was a keen interest in wargaming and military history. Then Dungeons & Dragons burst on the scene and I spent many years playing that and many other RPG’s, my favourite being Call of Cthulhu.

As a professional martial arts Instructor, I’d written for numerous magazines and journals throughout the 90s and, for a time, published my own magazine and films. More recently I released my first full books, on Systema training.

In 2015 I set up Innsmouth Gold, as an outlet for music I produced inspired by Lovecraft and Howard. In 2017 I expanded my output to writing too, with the release of Remnants - a collection of ghost stories, inspired by my time living in the  East Anglia Fens and two of my favourite authors. Feedback was encouraging and I  enjoyed the process so much, that I have gone on to write my first novel, Wolf in Shadows, and currently have two further projects in development.

I wear my influences on my sleeve and my goal has always been to produce music and writing of the kind that I enjoy. I hope you enjoy it too!


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Remnants Wolf in Shadows The Dunwich Nightmare