Nigel Hems


I am an author and lecturer at MMU.
My works of fiction include 'Events', 'The Letter', and 'The Figures.' I am also co-editor of 'The Continuum Companion to Kant'.

'Atherfield's Final Formula' is now available. as well as two short stories, 'The Room' and 'The Resident' (which will be published together). I will also be publishing a new short story, 'The Visitor', here at Smashwords in 2013. I am at present working on a short novel length work of fiction called 'The Place', which will be available later in the year. The story revolves around the main character, Klein, who pases through a perplexing sequence of events, whilst coming into contact with various friends and foes, often without being able to distinguish between these categories. At one particular stage, Klein comes into contact with a quasi-monastic order of enigmatic hedge-cutters, who are working in a maze, and following the dictates of a manual of half-articulated rules (as well as a semblance of intuition); Klein has to decide whether to join the hedge-cutters, or risk venturing further into the daunting regions of the maze.

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The Visitor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,480. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2013 by Ex-L-Ence Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
A strange visitor arrives rather unexpectedly at Mr Burly’s residence. Who could this visitor be, and what is his real purpose? Although Burly was anticipating a visit of some kind, the appearance of the visitor does nothing to assuage his apprehensions and doubts. Something about the visitor always seems to be lacking, or missing – something concerning his identity or authority.
Atherfield's Final Formula
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,000. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2013 by Ex-L-Ence Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
A meeting with Miles Priest leads to the slow but inevitable unravelling of George Atherfield on a professional, ethical and spiritual level. The security of Atherfield’s professional wisdom seems to offer no solace for his increasingly hypersensitive conscience, as he presses on with blind resolve in his pursuit of the sacred formula. What is the formula...
The Figures
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,010. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2013 by Ex-L-Ence Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
Haunting, perplexing Figures trouble an unnamed man, pulling at him with their eerie, magnetic presence. The exact nature and purpose of the Figures is unclear, but they have an insatiable desire to possess the man and direct him towards ever more secluded regions, until an agreement is made to borrow him ... but to what ends and where and to whom will it lead?

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  • When the World Disappeared on March 18, 2013

    A reasonable attempt to adapt Descartes' dream hypothesis/ evil genius into a narrative and merge this with a 'brain in the vat' type scenario. Nice try!
  • A Stretch of Time on March 24, 2013

    An excellent little story. I liked the idea of magical extensions of time that can be secretly opened up and used as a 'gift'. Charming and delicately written.
  • Smashwords Style Guide on March 26, 2013

    Mark Coker's book is ideal for all aspiring authors and publishers just starting out in the publishing business. Sound advice is given on how to prepare a book for publication on Smashwords. Any writer not familiar with formatting will be taken through an easy step-by-step guide on how to get their book ready for publication. There is also a link to Coker’s book on how best to maximise one’s work through social media and other forms of marketing.