Started reading SF and Fantasy in the 1950's (yes I am that old), Galaxy and Astounding magazines mainly. Have been a fan ever since. Horror as well - especially Lovecraft and Derleth. All time favourite author is the great Jack Vance, but recently have found Neal Asher - fantastic! I was fascinated by chemistry from an early age and managed a B.Sc and Ph.D.and hence a lomg time interest in alchemy.
Have fooled around with writing short stories for a long time, but couldn't be bothered to submit them. Found Smashwords and decided to take the plunge. It's rewarding to see that people are downloading my stories and adding them to their libraries. Hope that they find them enjoyable.
I use to play GuildWars a lot - hence the picture - that's my character, a necromancer of course!
on Jan. 20, 2012 :
Santils (sic) Doom starts off very well, for the first paragraph. Good description and it sets the tone with a rising dread.
After the first paragraph I found the prose to be a bit heavy handed, the writer it seemed, was trying a bit to hard, with a little too much grandiosity, to force the tone to continue on that path of dread, and the sometimes awkward sentence structure made that fall a little flat.
However all in all it was a nicely done bit of writing, and the finial page or so went back to that earlier set tone for a good horrific ending; leaving a taste for more.
(review of free book)