Phil Rickman writes mystery in the original sense. His current novels blend authentic crime fiction with a careful element of the unexplained. A three-part, peak-hour ITV serial, Midwinter of the Spirit, from the internationally-acclaimed Merrily Watkins series about the diocesan exorcist for Hereford aired in autumn 2015 to wide critical acclaim.
Rickman, a former TV and radio news reporter who still presents the book programme Phil the Shelf on BBC Radio Wales, has also written two historical novels with a new take on Dr John Dee, astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I. His earliest novels - paranormal thrillers based on aspects of British folklore - are all in print. His Merrily Watkins novella. The House of Susan Lulham, first published as a short story in the anthology, Oxcrimes is published in mini-hardback in October 2015, to be followed by the new full-length Merrily novel, Friends of the Dusk, on December 3. He's also a contributor to Books to Die For, in which crime writers celebrate their literary heroes.
The 2014 novel, Night After Night is a ghost story and crime novel. It stands alone but involves characters from two thrillers originally written under the name Will Kingdom. PR has also collaborated with musician Allan Watson to produce on CD and iTunes the songs of Lol Robinson from the Merrily series and the Abbey Tapes from his early novel December. He is married and lives on the Welsh Border.
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