Penny is a survivor.
She's had to be.
The world is different now. Unsafe. Humanity has been forced into hiding, locking themselves away from the dangers outside. The dangers lurking within the shadows.
Penny has spent her whole life locked away, safe within the walls of an old manor house she shares with hundreds of others. Safe alongside her son. Her miracle.
But there are more monsters than the ones outside the house. Jealously watching Penny's every move, Mary waits for her opportunity to strike. An opportunity she takes one autumn evening.
When Penny wakes that morning careening down the Death River, head throbbing on a leaking makeshift boat, she knows Mary is responsible. Mary, who has already ruined her life once before. Mary, who will not be rid of Penny that easily.
But in order to get revenge, Penny must first navigate the deadly forest she has spent her life hiding from. And Penny is not alone. Between the thick trees, inky eyes follow her as she moves. Their smiles growing.
The Log House is a character driven horror novel about revenge and survival. With a morally ambiguous main character, things lurking in the darkness and a story that spirals ever onwards towards the place it all began. Mary, Penny, and the log house.
A gentle breeze.
Penny could smell dirt and greenery, sour and delicious, as the world rocked and soothed her. Like a child in its mother's arms. She was aware of something pushing down on the back of her head, like a stone in her pillow. It ruined the pleasant atmosphere and she shuffled to push it away.
Pain exploded like lightning in her skull, and Penny cried out. She jumped up with surprise and the world lurched around her. Disorientated, she fell back to the hard ground with another sickening stab of pain. Something wet hit her cheek.
She froze, only now aware of the cool light that was trying to burst through her closed eyelids. Only just recognising the sweet smell of cool water and greenery.
Penny took three deep breaths, clenching her fists. Fighting against the tears that threatened to push their way out of her. She forced her eyes open.
A beautiful, autumn day greeted her. Sunlight caressing trees of green, red and purple. A rushing river, the river Penny was traveling on, sent up sprays of foam as it hit rocks on the far, far, shore.
Unbound's resident creepy girl here with a small update for you all. A few weeks ago I handed in the final structural edits for The Log House, which means we are finally moving on to the next stage - copy-edits. Over the next few weeks a wonderfully talented individual will read through my manuscript, checking for issues with spelling and grammar (and probably berate me for my love of…
I have exciting news to share with you all - I've just received the structural edits back on my manuscript! This means I'll be spending the next few weeks cutting, refining and making sure that everything is perfect(ly creepy)to create the best story I can for you. That's not to say the novel will be ready afterwards - The Log House will still need to go through extensive copy-editing…
For Halloween, I've decided to create a fun little challenge.
We are over halfway funded for The Log House. This is completely amazing and I am blown away by all the support, but we still have a ways to go. Therefore, I've decided that if we manage to reach 60% funded by this Halloween, I will record myself reading a spooky short story to scare you all silly. If we reach 70%…
As mentioned previously, I will be attending the Bristol Horror Con this Saturday (October 15th) to do a short reading -inset strangled scream of joy and terror here-.
For those of you interested in attending, I will be reading a short horror story at around 16:00 alongside some other fantastic horror writers. There are also readings at other points in the day, so come early…
Recently I've been considering the genre of my novel The Log House.
From the moment I began writing, I had always considered it a horror novel. Horror was always what I wrote, after all. Besides, what could a novel about a creepy forest filled with monsterous children be, if not horror?
Many things, apparently.
Since delving into the depths of Twitter, I've found many genres my novel could…
As you may or may not know, last year I won the Bristol Horror Writing Competition at Bristol Horror Con. It's a fantastic little con with lots of great guests and talks. This year I've been asked to participate and, along with some other wonderful authors, do a short reading of my work.
This will be my first one, and I'm extremely excited/terrified. I will be reading…
I have always been fascinated by morally ambiguous characters. Villains, anti-heroes and anti-villains have always been my favourite characters to read, watch and write. There's something fun and more human about them. Typical heroes are easy to work out - they do what is right, for the good of all. But that's not always the case for morally ambiguous characters. They work via their own compass, and…
I thought I'd share a quick illustration with you today! I often like to draw my characters in order to picture them, and I sometimes illustrate entire scenes when I feel like I need a break from writing.
Today I drew a scene from early on in the novel.
Let me know if you would like more sneaky glimpses into the story via drawings!
Today I thought I would go through, step-by-step, how I plan my novels. I'll use my novel The Log House as an example as its freshest in my mind, but really this applies to anything I do. I hope it helps you on your own writing journeys!
I always like to start with a single idea, generally a What If? question. For The Log House it was the following -
If humanity had barricaded themselves away…
I am now nearly halfway into crowdfunding my horror novel with Unbound. There is still a long way to go, but I'm remaining hopeful.
A third of the funding target has been met! So many people have believed in me enough to support my novel and I am so so grateful! Somebody even pledged £400 and bought the right to name a character! It's an incredible feeling to see so much support from friends and…
I've decided to try and post here weekly to keep you all updated. I'll include a few musings and bonus extracts of the novel in progress. I can't wait to share them all with you.
We are one week down and already at 16%, that's incredible! Thank you all so much for your support. Each and every one of you is a wonderful person. A special thanks goes to the supporter who pledged…
Thank you so very much for pledging, I can't wait to start this creepy journey with you all!
I'll be updating you on the progress of the novel and the campaign as we go along but for now, be sure to stay out of the forest.
These people are helping to fund The Log House.