David E. Gates


Biography - David E. Gates.

David E. Gates has published a number of books and short-stories.

The Roots of Evil, his first horror novel, was voted "best to read" on the Novel Festival site in September 2017!

He previously won the SILVER prize in the AuthorsDB 2016 Cover Contest for The Ghost of Clothes and won best HORROR Novel Logline for 2016 for The Roots of Evil.

He has previously won first prize (Gold) for The Roots of Evil and third prize (Bronze) for Access Denied in the 2015 AuthorsDB Cover Contest, and has made a film about the battlefield memorials in Ypres, Belgium called Ypres – The Battlefield Tours (available at www.shelleyshow.co.uk).

David has previously written film reviews for Starburst and Samhain magazines and interviewed the likes of Clive Barker, Terry Pratchett, James Herbert and many others. He has also written a number of short stories, a full-length motion picture screenplay, the screenplay to a short film and in his spare time hosts a rock radio show.

“The self-publishing phenomenon enabled me to publish my first book, Access Denied, at the end of 2013. It’s a true story. A deeply personal and heart-wrenching account of my becoming a father and then finding out several years later that my daughter wasn’t mine.”

David’s story and the effect this had on him, his family and loved ones is moving and tragic and is already getting great feedback.

With 100% positive reviews Access Denied is, as one reader put it, “A well told, quite extraordinary true story that stays with you. A must read for both men and women alike.”

Access Denied is available in Audiobook, Kindle and Paperback formats.

“Since then, I’ve published my first horror novel, The Roots of Evil - a graphic, violent, intense and gore-laden horror story. Quite different from my first book.”

An original short-story, a branch “off” of The Roots of Evil trilogy, called The Ghost of Clothes is available from online bookstores and at www.davidegates.com.

David previously won a competition to write the second part of a short horror story, called Savages. The first and last parts were written by the famous horror writer Shaun Hutson and are hosted on Shaun’s website. David is also working on two sequels to his first horror novel.

“In July 2015, I published a selection of travelogues called Omonolidee (I’m on Holiday). It’s a unique, funny and (very) candid collection of my experiences when I travelled to Florida, Egypt, Tenerife and other places.”

David’s third book, Omonolidee (I’m on Holiday) – has received great reviews. Omonolidee (I’m on Holiday) is available in three different versions, Full Colour Illustrated from www.davidegates.com and Black and White Illustrated & Text-Only versions via Amazon.

“Back in October 2014, my poem, Remembrance, inspired by the thoughts I had during the 100th year anniversary of the start of World War I, was read aloud in front of an audience at the Museum of the Royal Navy. The video of this was subsequently displayed on the big screen in the Guildhall Square. I was invited to read it again in front of a specially-invited audience later in the year. The film I made in 2011, Ypres – The Battlefields Tours, was also selected for screening at a film festival in Portsmouth and my World War I poems are on display at the World War I Remembrance Centre at Fort Widley on Portsdown Hill near Portsmouth.”

“I’m currently working on a full-length novel called The Climbing Frame, publishing a movie script, producing a short film, developing and writing the sequels to The Roots of Evil and I am putting together another collection of short stories and poems.”

The Roots of Evil wins best HORROR Novel Logline for 2016.

The Ghost of Clothes wins SILVER – 2nd Prize in the AuthorsDB.com 2016 Cover Contest!

The Roots of Evil wins GOLD - 1st Prize, in the AuthorsDB.com 2015 Cover Contest!

Access Denied received 3rd Prize, Bronze, in the AuthorsDB.com 2015 Cover Contest!

The Wretched, an original horror story set in and around Portsmouth, was released in November 2016.

Follow the author’s blog at www.davidegates.com

Where to find David E. Gates online

Where to buy in print


Access Denied
Thought-provoking, honest, extraordinary, revealing. A damning indictment of the Child Support Agency and Family Courts. He had a daughter for seven years... Then found out she wasn't his... "Thought provoking but brilliant read." - Vanessa "I couldn't put it down!" - Lisa Roberts (CSA Rip-offs Support Group) "A well told, quite extraordinary true story that stays with you." - Jane Austin "Captivating Story." - Lanre Oke


Price: $11.99 USD. Words: 51,070. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2021. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Space Science, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Cosmos
Ever wonder if we are alone in this universe? In a world of disinformation and false reporting, what can we believe? The reports and stories within are true testimonies from witnesses and investigators, along with evidence corroborating, disputing and even dispelling the accounts from what is often reliable and credible (and in some cases, multiple) witnesses. What will you believe?
He Came Back
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,460. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » General
When a villager returns from the war, strange events begin to affect the inhabitants who believe the soldier has brought back a curse with him...
BD's Big Diet Book
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 26,270. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2021. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Dieting, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Food-content guides
A different kind of diet book! This one doesn't tell you what or how to eat, but gives you the experiences of more than a dozen different diets, allowing an insight into each to enable you to choose the diet that's right for you!
The Shitty Chalet
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,880. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Specialties & interests » Essays & Travelogues
A torrid tale of turgid travel in Devon and Cornwall. Join David E. Gates and his girlfriend, Karen, as they travel to the West Country for a short break that turns out to be anything but relaxing and restful! "Fabulous. Made me laugh, a lot." Part of the Omonolidee series. 
Omonolidee - Dolce Campo Real, Lisbon, Portugal, 2019
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,470. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals, Nonfiction » Travel » Specialties & interests » Sports
Join David E. Gates and his golfing buddies as they travel to the Dolce Campo Real Resort in Lisbon, Portugal for the David E. Gates Memorial Cup 2019.
Motorcycle Man
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,870. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Transportation » Motorcycles
David E. Gates brings you a joyful reminiscence of his days of motorcycling. A memoir for bikers, of all ages, everywhere. Experience the thrills and spills of a young man's foray into motorcycling. From simple scooters to high-powered super-bikes, from commuters to tourers, revel in the highs and lows from the author that brought you Omonolidee. With additional material by Dean Hopton
The Deeper Roots of Evil
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,980. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Eric Barber investigates his father's legacy, uncovering devastating family secrets and a malevolent force that haunts the village of Ropely. A force that seeks to destroy, in horrific, bloody and violent ways, his friends and all that he holds dear along with those that perpetuate the sins of lust and perversion. Eric must battle the evil and come to terms with his history in order to survive!
The Projectionist
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,060. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
After a freak accident, a man develops a mysterious power which gains the attraction of dark forces who wish to take it from him. An Original Screenplay
Unzipped: The Mind of a Madman
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 71,300. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
Dare you look inside the mind of a madman? A collection of short-stories, poems, reviews and other writings from the author of Access Denied, The Roots of Evil, The Wretched and First Words.
End Request
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,380. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » General
Not what Social Media was meant for. A young woman, wracked with depression, seeks to find an alternative way to end her life.
Fixing the Faker
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,170. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Footballers Faking Injury... It's Torture... A World Cup Short Story. Fed up with the pathetic fakery of people rolling around on the ground as if they've been shot, when fouled during a football match, one fan takes matters into his own hands to show one footballer what real pain is.
Omonolidee - Morgado, Portugal, 2018
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,290. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals
Join David E. Gates and his golfing buddies as they travel to the Morgado Golf Hotel and Resort in Portimao, Portugal for the David E. Gates Memorial Cup 2018.
Two Sides of Vegas
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,200. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals
An accompanying piece to Omonolidee. Two unique travelogues exploring the gambling capital of the world from different angles.
A Planned Demise
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,670. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
A man, racked with mid-life crisis, determines a unique way to end his life. (If you download this story for FREE, please be so kind as to leave a review).
The Christmas Carol
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,790. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
An original, creepy, ghost story for Christmas. When Joe buys an ornate box from a car-boot sale, a set of mysterious and creepy occurrences with the box and its contents ensues. Winner of the Portsmouth News December 2019 Ghost Story Competition.
The Wretched
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,100. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A teenage boy explores the forbidden areas of his home town and gives life to a new evil that stalks him and his friends and family with vengeance in mind. Whilst grappling with the onset of puberty, he must battle the shape-changing menace which haunts his dreams and knows no bounds in its savagery whilst coming to terms with his own metamorphosis.
First Words
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,240. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
A unique collection of more than 40 previously unpublished short stories, scripts, poems and film reviews, from the author of Access Denied, The Roots of Evil and Omonolidee.
The Ghost of Clothes
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,810. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Horror » Occult
(5.00 from 1 review)
A young man, already down on his luck, experiences a series of strange and mysterious events which escalate into a telling trauma. A short story. A "branch" off of The Roots of Evil. (If you download this story for FREE, please be so kind as to leave a review).
Access Denied
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 50,180. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Divorce & children, Nonfiction » Parenting » Family tragedy
David meets Meg. They fall in love and, despite a turbulent relationship, have a child together fulfilling David's dream to be a father. After they separate, David has to fight the mother and Family Courts to see his daughter and also battles against the incompetence and lies of the Child Support Agency who seem hell-bent on ruining him, emotionally and financially. A must read for ANY parent.
The Roots of Evil
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 49,230. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Eric Barber works his way through the conditions of his father’s will, to secure a future fortune. But, in a remote village, the sins of lust, greed and envy of the inhabitants are disturbed by strange occurrences and disembodied evil that give way to shockingly graphic violence, intense horror and gore-laden revenge!

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