"HELL" by Henri Barbusse

Henri Barbusse (1873 – 1935) was a French novelist, and political activist. He was editor of “Clarté”, the periodicals “Monde” (1928–1935) and “Progrès Civique”, which published some of George Orwell's first writings. He was also literary editor for the daily newspaper “...

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The best way to plan a novella is using a mind map or a ‘brain-dump’. They always work and don't take much time, either.

When mind-mapping for your novella, try coming up with three separate ‘branches’. The first branch could be what you’d like to talk about and why; wha...

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The Crux
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

“In place of happy love, lonely pain. In place of motherhood, disease. Misery and shame, child. Medicine and surgery, and never any possibility of any child for me."

First published in her magazine The Forerunner, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Crux is a...

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This is what is known as a 'cover reveal' . . . it's the cover for CLAPPERTON by John Herdman, published soon in Gothic World Literature Editions.

This is me, last night, trying to think of a name for a poetry imprint for the poetry Leamington Books is publishing. But I'm stuck.

I have as a shortlist:


John Herdman on Lockdown Solitude: present conditions have forced me to be solitary once again, certainly, it’s true, more than I would wish; and that experience has done much to abate that craving and to help me find again the benefits for the soul which can come from being alone and, for much o...

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John Herdman's classic of modern Scottish Gothic writing is available on Google Play Store. Reprinted and now available in audio and ebook format, IMELDA became an instant classic of Scottish writing on its release in 1993.

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John Herdman’s main publications have been Descent (1968), A Truth Lover (1973), Memoirs of my Aunt Minnie / Clapperton (1974), Pagan’s Pilgrimage (1978), Stories Short and Tall (1979), Imelda and Other Stories (1993), Ghostwriting (1995), Four Tales (2000), The Sinister Cabaret (2001), and My Wi...

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