John Linwood Grant


John Linwood Grant started writing dark fantasy and crime fiction some years ago. A career in health research interfered with this, but now he's back. Born in Yorkshire, England, he grew up in a tiny village by a wind-swept coast and three hundred foot cliffs, but fooled the Hidden Folk by moving to a large city full of cold iron. And better beer.

Six foot tall, good-natured and with his own beard, he and his partner have a child but don't usually know where it is. They also take on rescue lurchers and longdogs when they have room in the house. There's a lot of walking involved. And chicken carcasses.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
I tend to read one author for far too long, until I'm burned out, and then skip to something quite different. So I'll have sessions with authors like Neil Gaiman, Neal Asher and John Connolly (I like a sense of something strange, different), and then I'll go on to old school stuff - H P Lovecraft, M R James, William Hope Hodgson. My very favourite from long ago is E G Swain, whose gentle Reverend Batchel ghost tales have never been bettered. After that I want to bury myself in those wonderful observational stories by people like E M Delafield, E E Nesbit and E F Benson. Mapp and Lucia always hooks me, every time. Dorothy L Sayers is a perennial, as well.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The dogs. If you have three dogs sleeping in the bedroom, there comes a time when one or all of them require food, walkies or just general attention. The latter involves being jumped on by at least one hyperactive lurcher and told that you should get going. After that, and at least two pints of hot tea, it's time to stare at last night's writing drafts and wonder how many beers you had.
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Where to find John Linwood Grant online


A Loss of Angels
Series: Tales of the Last Edwardian. Price: Free! Words: 6,510. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
An appalling triple murder in Edwardian Manchester. The evidence is unchallenged, the confession sound. But before the hangman can do his work, an appeal is lodged. The guilty man was supposedly insane when he killed Edward, Eliza and Lucia Tallboys. Dr Alice Urquhart must establish the truth.
The Intrusion
Series: Tales of the Last Edwardian. Price: Free! Words: 3,960. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
Edwin Dry walks the streets of Edwardian London, with his coat neatly buttoned and his bowler hat at just the right angle. He is always available, and always delivers what is required. In his own way. But his latest venture brings complications. Others are there before him, with a different agenda from his own, and so is something far stranger, far darker than Mr Dry himself.

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