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About Callum Gibson
Callum Gibson completed a BA degree in Drama & Scriptwriting in 2008 and a Masters degree in 2010, for which he won the Blackwell Kelly Murrell prize.
Having written and reviewed for Northumbria University's own NU:Life magazine for two years, 'Buckle' was Callum's first e-book publication, not just for Good Guy Publishing, but ever. He then re-teamed with Good Guy Publishing to release the second in his Black Cover Books trilogy, 'Year of the Rat', and a third time for his first published novel ‘House!’
All three were recently released together as the anthology ‘The Black Cover Books’, which can be found on Amazon.
Callum lives in the North-East of England where he hopes to one day make enough money from his writing to buy a horse and a troublemaker, and ride off into the sunset with his lady.
Buckle. His name is Chuck. It’s a regular name. A regular name for a regular guy. But there’s something not quite right about Chuck. When life deals him a bum-hand, who could blame him for spending more and more time in his own company, enjoying his own fantasies? But Chuck’s fantasies aren’t what they were. They’re getting darker and darker. Jyl has no idea what’s going on in her husband’s head, has no clue about the urges that grow in his mind and strangle his heart. But she’s about to find out.
Year of the Rat. Ben Ridley hasn’t set the alarm on his phone for one month, two weeks, and four days. There doesn’t seem any point. Ben is alone, more alone then he ever dreamed was possible. It’s not even like he can speak to his parents as, since he still lives with them even at the ripe old age of 28, the only thing they want to impart is how important it is that he grow up, move out, and move on. And so Ben sits, in his parents back garden, with no one to talk to except for a large black rat emerges from the conifers. The thing is, the rat is talking back.
House! Jo Taylor is used to being watched. As the presenter of an online game show it is her job to be looked at. It is her job, and nothing more. She wears her professional persona like a mask, a thick and definite line between her work and her personal life. But the mask is starting to slip. And after Jo is forced to show a little more of herself then she’d like, there’s someone in the audience who is keeping one black eye on her. A someone who doesn’t just want to peek beneath the mask, but someone who wants to rip it off and tear it to pieces.
Joseph: A Ghost Tail. Crossed between a Pug and a King Charles Cavalier, Joseph is the most miserable of mutts. He hates everything and everyone… apart from a young girl he’s affectionately named Kid. He loves Kid. He would do anything for Kid. And as the old woman who follows her around suddenly begins to get closer and closer to his beloved owner, he realises he just might have to.
House! is the first novel to be written by Callum Gibson and published by Good Guy Publishing. It is the third and final story in the Black Cover Books Trilogy, and blends the macabre humour of his debut short Buckle with the real-life relationships of his follow-up novella Year of the Rat.
And so Ben sits, in his parents' back garden, a thousand things running through his head. He hates his job. He hates her for leaving him. He hates his friends for leaving him too. He hates the way he’s perpetually hung over and it feels as though there’s a little ninja in his brain trying to kick its way out. And the thing he hates the most? Not having anyone to talk to.
And so when a large black rat emerges from the conifers at the bottom of the garden and fearlessly approaches Ben, sitting at his feet, whiskers twitching in the afternoon sun, Ben takes the opportunity to talk about his problems to a real, living, breathing creature.
The only thing is, the rat is talking back…...
Chuck could be any one of the guys you pass on the street, trudging towards work, their faces grey, their mouths hanging low.
His life changes when this Chuck meets Jyl, the girl of his dreams. His eyes twinkle, his back straightens and he’s just about as happy as a regular guy can be.
But there’s something not quite right about this Chuck. When life deals him a bum-hand, who could blame him for spending more and more time in his own company, enjoying his own fantasies? The trouble is his fantasies aren’t what they were. They’re getting darker and darker.
Jyl has no idea what’s going on in Chuck’s head, she has no clue about the urges that grow in his mind and strangle his heart. But she’s about to find out and going to wish she hadn’t.