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Today I’m on the ‘Ryder On The Storm’ blogtour, organised by Love Books Group Tour.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, but b
About the Author :
Ray’s writing career started with a 3’000 word essay on the author Graham Masterton, published by The British Fantasy Society in 1995: A book length adaptation, Manitou Man: The World of Graham Masterton followed in 1998, and was immediately nominated for both the British and World Fantasy Awards in the category of best collection.
Ray’s previous publications include The Priest’s Hole and Seven Secrets, published by Damnation Books. Calix, two short story collections, A Devil’s Dozen, and A Detective’s Dozen, published by Double Dragon books of Canada. 2016 saw the first crime novel in the IMP series, Impurity. Books 2 and 3, Imperfection, and Implant followed in 2017 & 2018, published by Urbane. The IMP series follows detectives D.I. Stewart Gardener and D.S. Sean Reilly around the West Yorkshire city of Leeds.
Future publications will include book 4 in the IMP series, Impression, and a stand alone cross genre novel entitled, Spirit, featuring characters from Seven Secrets.
When builder Terry Johnson spots what he thinks is a bargain he can’t resist but to succumb to temptation. The large, detached house stands on the side of a railway track and would be perfect for his needs … and it’s cheap! But Billington Manor has a very tainted history, and the grounds upon which it stands were part of an unsolved murder back in the 1850’s. Terry is about to discover that the road to hell is not always paved with good intentions.
Based upon a true incident, Ryder On The Storm is a stand-alone supernatural crime novella from the author of the IMP series, featuring desk sergeant Maurice Cragg.
Guest Post :
I’m often asked the question, where do you get your ideas from? The answer is usually other people. I don’t mean I plagiarise other people’s work. Often they will make a throwaway comment about something that tends to stick in my head and I can’t get rid of it until I do something with it.
That happened last year when I took a trip to Romania, a country I’ve always wanted to visit because I seem to remember spending my childhood watching old Universal and Hammer horror films, most of which were set in Transylvania. I realise now that neither cast nor crew were anywhere near the place and most – if not all – of the films were made at Bray Studios. But the atmosphere and the haunting sets drew me in.
Last August I joined eleven other people on a guided tour and we had the most fabulous time, taking in all the popular locations and sights, Bran Castle being one of them, reportedly the home of Dracula.
On a visit to a small village called Viscri, where time has stood still since the dawn of mankind, the guide was drawn into conversation with one of my fellow travellers, where I overheard him mention an old custom for exorcising ghosts. The conversation would not leave my head and as the rest of the party knew I was an author, we all found ourselves discussing possible ideas for the book whenever we met up for food and drink.
The trap was set and I simply had to write something. When I came home I immersed myself into the research, which is always my favourite part of any book. Six months later, and the end result is a 400-page cross genre novel set in Whitby (also reportedly the home of Dracula), entitled Spirit, which also gave me the chance the revisit (six years later) the characters from Seven Secrets.
All in all, it was a very satisfying holiday.
Another inspiration for me is unsolved crimes, espeically if they are set way back in time, which is what happened with Ryder On The Storm. I have a number of books on folklore and some local publications that help me with ideas. One of them entitled, “Heroes, Villains & Victims of Leeds”, written by Stephen Wade provided the inspiration for Ryder.
In a section entitled, The Coroner’s Tales it delved into mysterious deaths that have no answer. One such case was a man known as John Rider of Briggate, whose body was found on a Tuesday morning near the Bowling Tunnel on the Lancashire to Yorkshire Railway. The corpse was lying across the rails and terribly mutilated, with the head and face dissected. He was found by a man called Pearson who informed the police and a PC Wormersly had the awful task of gathering and transporting what was left of Rider to the Queen Hotel. The inquest was held in Wakefield at The Royal Hotel and the only recorded verdict was ‘found dead’. He was only identified by his clothing, in particular a cap made of dog hair.
That really intrigued me, and for some time I had wanted to write a story about a haunted house but I needed to do something that hadn’t already been done. I coupled the two together but the final piece of inspiration came from a book written by one of my favourite authors, Graham Masterton, called The Doorkeepers, which involved parallel universes. Poetic licence and a little bit from each of those things inspired me to write what I believe to be one of my most adventurous stories.
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