G.P. Taylor • The fantasy-writing former clergyman and police officer who inspired Paul to write.

Stephen King • A master storyteller and Paul’s favourite author. In The Dark Tower series he created a vast, multi-layered world linking all his books together.

Chris Priestley • Chris’ “all-age” horror stories are a major influence on Badgers Crossing.

Stephen Jones • Regarded as one of the best compilers of short horror stories in the business. Stephen is responsible for the hugely popular Best New Horror anthology which is now in its 27th year.

John Joseph Adams • Another anthologist who compiles horror, science fiction, fantasy & speculative sci-fi. JJA is editor of both Nightmare and Lightspeed magazines.

Peter Laws • An ordained Baptist minister, journalist, author, vlogger and podcaster who specialises in discussing horror films from a theological perspective. His first novel, Purged, is out in early 2017.

A Thin Ghost (M.R. James) • A library of all of Montague Rhodes James’ short stories, which are available for download or to read online. There is also a wealth of information on film and TV adaptations of James’ works.

Other sites

Den of Geek • Paul’s go-to site for entertainment news and in-depth articles on cult classics of film and TV. He has written for the site and is a frequent commentator on articles.

Scream! Back From The Depths • A tribute to the short lived horror comic Scream! Its sister site, Theatre Of Terror publishes an annual anthology comic on Hallowe’en night called Hallowscream. The Conductor was Paul’s first story to be published, in the 2015 edition.

IRON Press • A small publishing house in the North East of England which likes to encourage new writers. Paul has submitted some work following their call for ghost stories.

Ash Graham Photography • Ash works in the photography department of Paul’s workplace and is responsible for the portrait of Paul on his About The Author. He also operates as a freelance photographer in the North West of England.

Ghost Box • Paul often listens to this record label’s music while writing as it perfectly captures the feeling he is hoping to evoke in his stories. They describe themselves as a group of artists “exploring the misremembered musical history of a parallel world. A world of TV soundtracks, vintage electronics, folk song, psychedelia, ghostly pop, supernatural stories and folklore”.


As well as writing ghost stories Paul also likes to create pop-culture related graphic designs which can be printed on many products, such as T-shirts, greeting cards, mugs, phone cases. He has stores featuring many of these designs at:

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