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Facts behind the fiction

The genesis for the idea of The West Dulwich Horror originally came from a piece of street art I spotted whilst visiting a friend in London a couple of years back. Upon returning home, I tried to locate some online information on the piece and that’s when I happened upon the Baroque The Streets Art festival which takes place in Dulwich annually and forms one of the central themes of my story.

For anyone who’s read the story and wants to know more, you might be interested to discover that many of the images used are based on real creations still in place on the streets of Dulwich.

Below are a selection of images and links to several articles on the festival, as well as to The Dulwich Picture Gallery, which includes an excellent virtual tour of the interior.

Finally, just wanted to sat a huge thankyou to Ingrid Beazley at the Picture Gallery for all her help in providing invaluable background information on the various street art pieces during the writing of this story.

Dulwich Mural



Dulwich Festival – Street Art Homepage

Baroque The Streets Art Festival in Dulwich

The Outdoor Street Art Gallery of Dulwich

Birth of a Street Art Gallery – Interview with Ingrid Beazley, Curator of the Dulwich Outdoor Gallery

Dulwich Outdoor Gallery Facebook Page

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Virtual Tour of the Gallery

The Cthuluphant!

…but is it Art?

My latest published story is The West Dulwich Horror – a nightmarish fusion of classical masters, living street graffiti and ancient unnamable horrors arisen from the murky depths of machiavellian publishing – which you can now get hold of as part of The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic 2 (available from all the usual online retailers).

Launched at this year’s FantasyCon, along with several other great releases from Alchemy Press, the anthology contains twelve tales of myth, magic and legendary creatures, all set in the modern age.

It’s another great release from an independent press clearly on the way up, given that Alchemy Press also took home The British Fantasy Award for Best Small Press at the end of the weekend, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.

For details of where to get hold of the anthology, check out the updated Publications tab above.


Con Man

So I’ll shortly be heading down to York for start of FantasyCon today and am really looking forward to it as it’s my first one. Will be great to catch up with some old friends and put a few faces to names of editors I’ve worked with over the last few years, not to mention all the great panels and readings on offer over the 3 days.

On Saturdayat 2pm, I’ll be at the Alchemy Press launch party for Urban Mythic 2 and will be on hand to deface copies with my errant signature should anyone ask.

If you’re at FCon this weekend and spot a slightly confused man struggling to remember the names of everyone he meets, do please come say hello as it’s quite possibly me.