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.

Where to find Karl Drinkwater online

Where to buy in print


They Move Below
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,810. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
In this collection of sixteen tales Karl Drinkwater sews flesh onto the bones of our worst fears whilst revisiting some of horror's classic settings, such as the teen party, the boat in trouble, the thing in the cellar, the haunted museum, the ghost in the machine, and the urban legends that come true. No-one is safe. Darkness hides things, no matter how much we strain our eyes.
Harvest Festival
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,190. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
First the birds went quiet. Then the evening sky filled with strange clouds that trapped the heat below. Now Callum wakes, dripping in sweat. Something has come to his isolated Welsh farm. If he's going to keep his family alive during this single night when all hell breaks loose, he'll have to think fast. And when he sees what he's facing, he suspects even that may not be enough.
2000 Tunes
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 138,630. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Mark Hopton is obsessed with Manchester music. It’s his escape into a better world. He needs that escape. His dad’s in prison; his violent brother’s only one step away; and they want him to risk his own freedom by smuggling drugs. Things are coming to a head. Nerdy obsessions and a vivid imagination won’t help Mark to evade the local gangsters. This is one summer Mark might not walk away from.
Cold Fusion 2000
Price: $3.99 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: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,860. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Some Islands Don't Welcome Visitors. 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 to flee together, trying to stay one step ahead of their increasingly insane pursuers.

Karl Drinkwater's tag cloud

action thriller    aliens    demons    drugs    geeks    island    killers    literary horror    love    madchester    manchester    monsters    music    nerds    physics    scary    shortstories    supernatural    survival horror    suspense    tension    urban legends    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.