Horror Novel Reviews has given ‘Small Man Syndrome’ an excellent 5/5 rating. It describes the book as “a fascinating story”. You can read the full review here.


To Amazon, where a brilliant new review of Small Man Syndrome has swung in on the vine: Raymond Kirby (nepotism alert!) writes:

Review 2

Cheers Dad!

Remember, the book is available to purchase here.

Ending the Year with a Big Bang

Posted: December 31, 2015 in Uncategorized

My 2015 as a writer has ended with a bang. My short story ‘Chaos Theory and the Dregs of the Primordial Ooze’ has been published in Issue 1 of Oval Magazine. Check it out here.

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And here’s a quick taster:

Chaos Theory and the Dregs of the Primordial Ooze, by A. J. Kirby  

Started on the last train. Exeter to Lyme Regis. One Lewis generally avoided because its name was Trouble. Jurassic hot in the carriage and most folk removing their jackets and sweating beer, or wine. Hum of conversation, the compsognathus chirrup of mobile phones. Sighs of relief: those late-runners hadn’t been left to camp out on the station platform overnight, or else haunt the tarpit streets, waiting for the first train in the morning. Tyrannosaurean yawns and creaking seats as people settled down for the journey. Some people cracked cans of beer. 

There was a loud, hydraulic hiss and the double-doors at the end of the carriage sighed open. A hunting party of young lads boistered inside. They were all baseball caps and low-slung jeans, moon-boot trainers and slouching, hooded tops. They gave off their own steam.

Small Man Syndrome featured in the weekend’s New Writing North bulletin (see pics below). You can find out about New Writing North here and you can find out more about Small Man Syndrome here.

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The first top of my whistlestop blog tour to promote Small Man Syndrome takes me to the Leeds Big Bookend blog, where I’m shooting the breeze about all things location. You can read the guest blog here. And you can buy the book here. All aboard!

Small Man Big Bookend Blog Tour


I’m delighted to be able to link you up to an exclusive audio recording of yours truly reading an extract from Small Man Syndrome which is hosted on the Soundcloud site. You can listen to the 15 minute excerpt from Chapter 3 by following this link.

Small Man Soundcloud

SLEEPOFREASONIt’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… And here’s my gift to you, dear readers: a FREE copy of my 2015 novel The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters. That’s right. Free. From 15th to 19th December, you can download the ebook of this novel for absolutely zip. Squat-diddley.

In order to get your hands on a copy, please go here.

And to find out more about the book read this.

Otherwise, Merry Christmas, one and all!