Karl Drinkwater


Karl Drinkwater is originally from Manchester but has lived in Wales for over fifteen years, ever since he went there to do a Master's degree: it was easier to stay than to catch a train back. His longest career was in librarianship (25 years); his shortest was industrial welding (1 week).

He started writing stories when he was 9, and hasn't stopped. His writing sometimes spends time in the sunlit patches of literary fiction, where it likes to picnic beneath an old oak tree, accompanied by a bottle of wine, some cake, and soul-searching peace. At other times his words slope off into the dark and tense shadows of horror fiction, and if you follow them you might hear chains rattling behind locked doors and the paranoid screams of the lost echoing in the distance. There is no obligation to enjoy both of those avenues. His aim is to tell a good story, regardless of genre, but it always comes down to life, death, and connection.

When he isn't writing or editing he loves exercise, computer games, board games, the natural environment, animals, social justice, and zombies; not necessarily in that order.

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Cold Fusion 2000
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 66,320. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Alex Kavanagh is a physics-obsessed geek who's just had a horrible day. While drowning his sorrows he sees an ex, Lucy Spiers. They go on a date and he realises he still loves her. Problem: she's changed. For a start, she’s actually Lucy’s twin sister, Jane... Cold Fusion is a story wrapped around an enigma. It’s a novel about making peace with the past and moving on.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,350. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
An isolated Welsh island seemed like the perfect escape for a convict on the run, a jilted woman, and a policeman seeking a quiet life. When the surly locals turn to murderous violence the three visitors are forced on the run together, trying to stay one step ahead of their increasingly insane pursuers. The bad news keeps coming. There are too many to fight and there is no escape from the island.

Karl Drinkwater's tag cloud

geeks    horror    islands    love    madness    manchester    murderers    nerds    physics    rural thriller    splatter    supernatural    wales   

Smashwords book reviews by Karl Drinkwater

  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on Dec. 08, 2011

    Many thanks, it has given me a number of ideas to try out which I hadn't already thought of for my book. Having read the guide last night I am now going through it a second time and putting the ideas into practice.
  • The Best Friend on April 12, 2012

    Concisely written yet only revealing the situation to the reader gradually. I would have been interested to also read it as something longer, to know more details, but perhaps that would destroy its effect.
  • Streets of Red by Kenneth Chirayil & Zechariah Dewitt on April 28, 2012

    An enjoyable and quick read with a Death Wish pulp vibe. It could expand well into a longer story. Tip - don't read it on your smartphone, it benefits from a larger screen!
  • Zombie Tales: Primrose Court Apt. 502 on July 30, 2012

    An enjoyable short story; a jagged slice from a bigger picture of a world going to pot (sic).
  • Valley of Death, Zombie Trailer Park on July 30, 2012

    This was an entertaining read. It does what you would expect, delivering the requisite gore and horror, leavened by some humour. It doesn't strive to do more than that, but that isn't a problem. It's a fast-food zombie novel, aiming to satisfy. My main problem with it was the typos. Usually misplaced commas and apostrophes, but sometimes more than that to the point where it breaks the flow and pulls you out of the story. E.g. ----------- Deputy Holmes unlocked the shotgun, from it's cradle, and held it muzzle to the floorboard after checking that the safety was engaged. Burning with an disturbing smile it's face was a three foot tall teddy bear, with bright blue glass eyes. ----------- In an appendix to the novel the author wrote that they are not overly concerned with grammar - they are happy to split infinitives, misuse commas etc. "Deal with it or find another spinner of tales. It's the story that matters, damn it." I understand where the author is coming from but I disagree that those things are unimportant. It is like saying that when serving a meal only the flavour counts. However, if you serve it looking a mess then it puts people off before they get to the flavour. Since it is hardly any effort to at least do a bit of work on the presentation there's no reason not to. I expand on that idea in a blog post at http://karldrinkwater.blogspot.com/2012/07/dont-be-sloppy-with-tool-of-language.html As it stands I would have given the novel an extra star if it didn't have the typos. It is up to you to decide how much they might bother you.