BP Gregory

Biography

Horror! Sci-fi! All manner of strange happenings!

Writer and avid reader, BP Gregory was always the sort of oddment compelled to justify even the most terrible things. With such tales, you shouldn't always feel comfortable or safe.

New novel "Outermen" is now available. A sky without a sun. A world without a universe. And the first of those who dared venture Outside are about to return.

Please also take the time to enjoy new short horror story “Glory”. Students were discouraged from venturing into the park's public toilet. Of course they all knew, in whispers and titters, it was because of the hole.

For more information, more stories, or to contact the author visit BP Gregory at http://www.popgoesthebrainstem.com.

Smashwords Interview

As at November 2013 you have two novels: a science fiction and a horror, as well as a cluster of short stories that seem to vascillate between the two. Did you set out to be a genre writer?
I love to write about people. Both horror and sci-fi allow me to frogmarch characters through extreme situations. Peeling back their layers bit by bit to discover what, if anything, lurks inside. Do we each treasure some inviolate core of self, kept safe from our actions and choices? Would it matter if nobody ever saw it?
With such an interest in people, do you write about real life?
I never write about real life. I figure if I wanted reality, I could stand on a street corner and watch it.

But I'm always thrilled to hear someone complain, "You wrote about me!", even though they're dead wrong. Because that's the idea: you're supposed to identify, it's what makes the characters rich. A male friend once proudly claimed I based Simon from Only Skin on him, which horrified me to hear. That character's a real jerk.

Pretty much every novel finds its germ in something that's happened to me, however. Even if you need to dig a long way back to find it.
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Where to find BP Gregory online


Where to buy in print


Books

Outermen
By BP Gregory
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,900. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2014. Category: Fiction
A sky without a sun. A world without a universe. And the first of those who dared venture Outside are about to return. But the incredible homecoming is a travesty. The Outermen, those brave explorers, were long-lost in a tragedy so dreadful it devastated mankind. With her sibling’s death it falls to Cathy to extract from Michael’s splintered, wandering mind the horrifying answers to Outside.
Glory
By BP Gregory
Price: Free! Words: 3,410. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013. Category: Fiction
Students were discouraged from venturing into the park's public toilet. Of course they all knew, in whispers and titters, it was because of the hole. Even Jack, who'd taken to defiantly pissing where he oughtn't to be and claiming he wasn't afraid. Glory is a free short horror story (2,745 words), and contains adult themes.
Submerged
By BP Gregory
Price: Free! Words: 3,690. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2013. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
An isolated, frail old man trapped in his apartment. What possible threat could he pose to the sociopaths next door? Except that Brendan has his wife's foolish bravery to live up to ... Submerged is a free short story (2,988 words).
Mould
By BP Gregory
Price: Free! Words: 1,890. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2013. Category: Fiction
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
My best friend was in Pompeii. And like everybody else on that fateful day, she never left. Mould is a free short story (1,228 words).
Strangers
By BP Gregory
Price: Free! Words: 2,840. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2013. Category: Fiction
0.25 star(4.20 from 5 reviews)
A pedophile, a prostitute and a policeman all see a little girl lost, but this isn't the start of a joke. What can you do when all that's left to rely on is the kindness of strangers? Strangers is a free short story (2,166 words), and contains adult themes.
The Elevator Story
By BP Gregory
Price: Free! Words: 3,490. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2013. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
A well heeled lady almost misses an elevator, but she will desperately wish that she had. Free short horror (2,803 words) The Elevator Story is a prime example that sometimes bad things happen for no reason.
Promise
By BP Gregory
Price: Free! Words: 2,780. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2013. Category: Fiction
The government controls the air, executing anyone who dares fly as "terrorists". But Guntarc knows he can escape his life amidst the clouds. Promise is a free short story (1,932 words).
Drive
By BP Gregory
Price: Free! Words: 1,840. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2013. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
I was never a nervous driver until my Becky got her license. But then, in my terror, I discovered a car is also a deadly weapon. Drive, a free short story (1,161 words), is both every father's nightmare and every mother's secret dream. Please note contains adult themes.
Follow
By BP Gregory
Price: Free! Words: 1,720. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2013. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Everything Mary had ever known of warmth, comfort and pleasure was wrapped tenderly in the memory of her man's skin and the mustiness of green wool. But now, adrift on frozen battlefields, Mary and Joe wander amidst corpses with only their memories to keep them warm. Follow is a free short story (1,045 words).
The Man's Heart
By BP Gregory
Price: Free! Words: 1,540. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2013. Category: Fiction
The man's time was set out for him before he was the man, or even the boy. And thus every step of each life dances on, orchestrated to a set number of heartbeats. The Man's Heart is free flash (short) fiction of 509 words.
Commitment
By BP Gregory
Price: Free! Words: 2,740. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2013. Category: Fiction
Lovely Tiffany can hear the folk upstairs, and wistfully recalls when she and her boyfriend were just like that. Unfortunately, when the racket turns more violent it's still just as she remembers. But what, exactly, does she remember? Commitment, a free short story (2,065 words), evolved out of many evenings in a thin-walled apartment, chewing over old grievances and obsessions.
What a View
By BP Gregory
Price: Free! Words: 2,260. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2013. Category: Fiction
The billboard was leviathan, blotting out the sky. And Meredith was determined to keep her bold advertisement dominating the whole world's view. By force, if necessary. What a View is a free short story (1,553 words), and first appeared in print in 2004, as part of Cardigan Press' amazing experimental fiction collection All Change Please.
It's All About The Love
By BP Gregory
Price: Free! Words: 1,610. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2013. Category: Fiction
In the dim swampland of his mind, Boris has always dreamed of working with fast food. And if Pannager the Manager thinks he can stop him, he has another rather horrible thing coming ... Equal parts gory and grotty, It's All About the Love is a free short story (895 words) containing adult content.
Cacophony
By BP Gregory
Price: Free! Words: 12,500. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2013. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
In the dim swampland of his mind, Boris has always dreamed of working with fast food. A well heeled lady almost misses an elevator, but she will desperately wish that she had. For the first time, eight of BP Gregory's unusual and sometimes horrifying short stories are available to enjoy together in Cacophony.
Automatons
By BP Gregory
Price: Free! Words: 81,140. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Perhaps the world ended, and we brought it on ourselves. But only Joyce noticed the whimper. And she might just be tits-out crazy. Along with smarmy Sam, life's impossible tourist, a trucker's death draws Joyce down the last highway into the desert's beating heart. And at the Judgment Day Diner they will be caught up in a maelstrom of adultery, lies and hidden violence.
Only Skin
By BP Gregory
Price: Free! Words: 50,530. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
"I was the man at the beach. I have a name, and it is not God." Simon is a narcissist and a very dangerous man. Enter his world, where reality and everyone in it service his grim fantasies. But in the bushland lurks a woman who suspects lost vulnerability at his heart. And another, less beautiful, whose violent loathing for him will never be silenced.

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Smashwords book reviews by BP Gregory

  • Lipstick on Feb. 07, 2013
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    Forgotten what it's like to feel sexy? A little sweaty and short of breath after finishing racy hen's romp Lipstick, I simply can't wait for the release of Melbourne burlesque celebrity Ms Nichols' upcoming compilation of short erotic stories.
  • Sloughing Off the Rot on June 20, 2013
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    What are we reading?: Sloughing Off the Rot, by Lance Carbuncle. Give me the short version: Wiped tabula-rasa clean, John embarks on a surrealist journey to not only rediscover, but literally recreate himself. Are you looking for something different? I mean, really different? Sloughing Off the Rot is a meandering lyrical re-envisioning of biblical allegory, pop culture, songs, catchphrases, states of mind and just plain linguistic fun. Lance Curbuncle writes with the supreme confidence of one who can hold a loose reign; swigning between wham and whimsy without ever relinquishing control. I was rather reminded of the first time I read Naked Lunch: how briskly staccato and yet still elastic and melting narrative suddenly seemed to feel. Although I enjoyed the skillful to-and-fro of the language, through no fault of its own the story didn't really click for me - the elements that light my fire tend to be fairly specific. Don't be dissuaded from picking this up, as there's an audience out there waiting to go crazy for this book. Favourite moment: Along the road, they encountered other men and boys. Santiago plucked an everlasting supply of worms from his bottomless bag and dropped them in the people's eyes. And the men and boys joined them and danced along the road, spinning and circling around John, as planets orbiting a sun."