Born in Cardiff, South Wales in 1972. Raised on a diet of bingo, Hammer horror, Victorian back-lanes and sweets chock full of E Numbers; some sort of warped outlook was inevitable. At a young age I found my entertainment in the likes of video nasties, cult cinema and the comics book stories of Alan Moore, Frank Miller and Neil Gaiman, then later the literature of JG Ballard, William Burroughs, Iain Banks and Umberto Eco.
The need to start writing fiction was born in a thunderstorm, an old writing pad scrawled over madly as the storm raged; and an outline and first chapter for a novel involving a child prodigy serial killer was begun. The novel never made it to life, but from that initial lightening fuelled writing spree, a fertile few years followed where between day jobs, a number of shorter fictions came to life.
Over the years I've worked all over, shops, offices, laundries and for one great period as a bingo caller. You hear lots of great stories and meet lots of interesting characters, all of which fed in to and inspired my fiction, all given a dark twist and taken to extremes. I mainly write about the world I know, and enjoy making the everyday come to life in a different light.
I've always been fascinated by the underdog, the mundane, the punk aesthetic and the darker side of life. I trained in Fine Art and splashed some paint around, where my focus was creating dramatic, theatrical imagery full of light and tension. I think this also informs my creative writing work. I also like to see the magic in the everyday, and use it as a jumping off point for my stories.
These days I spend most of my time content writing for a range of websites (mainly about my time in bingo) and producing feature films. At the back of my mind I will one day return to the world of fiction to firstly finish my half completed novel 'Splott Boys Do It With Guitars' and then write a different one about something else, and maybe for variety set it in Adamsdown (or maybe Roath).