A collection of nine detective stories where colour plays a role in the mystery. Includes:
Blue Bloods: A school awards ceremony turns to tragedy when the audience turns blue as they die.
The 11th Killer: A serial killer’s hair colour may be the key to their capture.
Black Death: After a body is dumped in public, working out how the victim died is harder than decoding the intended message.
Fear the Red Man: An incident with the Red Man haunts Sgt. Thomas, but may also be the key to solving a new case.
Inspired by the appreciation of a light-hearted caper, these three heists have some twists in the tale.
The Coat Hanger: Mug and his crew are hired to steal a coat hanger from a dry cleaner. It’s a matter of life and death.
The Argument: Mug makes a bet over why two people are arguing. Will Mug finally make a bet he can win?
The Second Safe: One job, two safes. One contains money, but what’s in the second safe?
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This twelve story collection is centred around the theme of being altered by a situation. In the acclaimed How to Win a War, a soldier experiences a strategy for ending wars that might just work. In The Patriotic Amnesiac, a mother voluntarily gives up her ability to form new memories with far-reaching consequences. A Queen and a Prime Minister plot against a President in Sever-Reign. The Legend of Legend is a light-hearted caper about an egg that contains a universal truth. In the dystopian The Second Fear a ministry attempts to produce fear in someone who is incapable of feeling it. In the closing story, Devilish Tricks, a deal with the Devil changes the life of Casimir Hendrix, but is it for the better?
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While investigating a series of deaths where the victim’s brains have melted, Detective Thomas uncovers an intelligence raising program. As he works through the program, his own thinking becomes transformed. He discovers a secret society spreading the program and finds himself becoming a crucial part of their plan to change how the world is run.
They’re falling in love, one conversation at a time. The Conversationist is an experimental and philosophical novel that tells the story of two freethinking people meeting and falling in love. During the relationship that follows, they have meaningful conversations regarding modern science, physics, biology, language and the human condition.
Out of Print.
This was my first novel and self-published.
I wrote the introduction and contributed the short story The Coat Hanger to this anthology. This story is also in Mug Punter.
I contributed the short story The Patriotic Amnesiac to this anthology and helped compile it from the contributing authors’ submissions. This story is also in Movemind.