I was born in Surrey in 1966 and grew up in South-West London. Through popular ghost books by writers such as Dan Farson and Mary Danby, together with late-night showings of Hammer Films, I became fascinated with the paranormal, but it was the discovery of Guy N. Smith's pulp horror classic 'Night of the Crabs' in a bookshop on Tolworth Broadway in 1977 that made me want to write. Instead of the Classics, I spent years reading horror and sci-fi, something I have never regretted. As well as Guy Smith, my major literary influences are the thrillers of Dennis Wheatley and the paranormal writings of Peter Underwood.
My first published short story won a prize in a W.H. Smiths Young Writers Competition in 1983. I have worked in the UK Construction Industry as an architectural draughtsman for thirty years in London, Surrey and Hertfordshire, writing and researching ghosts and hauntings in my spare time. I have written several books on paranormal subjects including true crime cases with supernatural connections and the famous Borley Rectory haunting, and since 2007 have been actively researching spiritualism and physical mediumship.
In 2010, I established the Limbury Press, a small amateur publishing house which issues specialist paranormal titles on an ad-hoc basis. So far we have published 'Two Haunted Counties' (2010), the memoirs of Luton-born ghost hunter Tony Broughall, and a history of the Ghost Club. A sequel to 'The South Shields Poltergeist' by the Tyneside-based researchers Michael Hallowell and Darren Ritson is planned for summer 2013.
Home is a crumbling Gothic mansion in Luton, Bedfordshire that I share with the Great Bell from Borley Rectory, my four children and a black German Shepherd called Victory, who put up with all of the above plus my enthusiasm for fungi and dreadful viola playing. I am currently researching and writing a new book on the history of materialisation mediumship in Britain as well as a biography of the late Peter Underwood.