Gary Kittle

Biography

Gary Kittle is the author of eight eBooks. He was twice shortlisted for the Essex Book Festival Short Story Competition and his play 'Walking Through Wire' was staged (and filmed) in London in 2014. Many of his shorter screenplays have been filmed by Film Colchester and DT Film Productions. 'Data Protection', written by Gary for Dan Allen Films, was shortlisted for the Sci-fi London 48 Hour Film Competition. He has won the 1000 Word Challenge with 'The Uncertainty Principle', and twice been shortlisted, finishing runner-up with 'Kismet'. He was also runner-up in the Storgy Halloween Short Story Competition with 'The Gag Reflex'. His latest books are 'Trapdoors', a collection of stage plays, and a companion volume of radio plays, entitled 'Tripwires'. He is currently writing a new novel, which he intends to publish before the end of the year. He is also releasing a serial horror novel, ‘A Town Called Benny’, with episodes published every Friday and available to subscribers only.
Gary lives and writes in Wivenhoe, Essex, and strongly suspects that given his frantic writing schedule he has almost certainly developed the ability to travel through time.
Visit him now at https://www.gkittle.com/

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Like reading, it's the excitement of the unfolding story, except with writing it's like picking up a book of blank pages and the words appear on the page before your eyes as you're thinking them up. It's exciting, yes, but a bit spooky, too - especially with some of the ideas I come up with. But there has to be an audience. It's not enough to write in a vacuum. Recognition and appreciation count for a lot; they keep you going, inspire you. I love the idea of people reading something I've written, even if they don't like it. Possessing, as I do, the social skills of a lettuce, writing is my way of connecting with others. As a friend once said of me: 'Writing is not something you do, it's what you are.'
Who are your favorite authors?
List time, then: I like Patricia Highsmith, Pat Barker, Leo Tolstoy, Philip K. Dick, Ian McEwan, Doug Johnstone, Stephen King, Andrew Cowan, Mark Billingham, George Orwell, Susan Hill, Graham Swift, and J. M. Coetzee. Well, they do recommend would-be writers read widely!
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Where to find Gary Kittle online

Videos

IF LOOKS COULD KILL - trailer
Thanks to Dan Allen Films for making this trailer for my latest novella, out now.

Books

The Gag Reflex - A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 3,400. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Literary collections » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
A childless couple invoke an ancient fertility rite guaranteed to give them the baby they crave. But what will they have to pay in return? This short story, runner up in the STORGY Halloween Short Story competition, is taken from DARK HEARTS, a collection of fourteen heart-stopping, thought-provoking short stories destined to linger in the mind’s sleepless corners. DARK HEARTS. COLD BLOOD.
Dark Hearts
Price: $1.94 USD. Words: 19,550. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
This chilling collection is an ideal choice for those late night reads you know you really shouldn’t look at. The shocking secrets and twisted plots will both captivate and disturb you. From the disconcerting to the outright scary, there’s something to unnerve the bravest of dark fiction fans. Your heart will beat that little bit faster as the Dark Hearts chase you deep into a restless sleep.
Tripwires
Price: Free! Words: 26,030. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2019. Categories: Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
Four contemporary radio plays featuring a visit from beyond the grave, a horrific accident caused by a hot-headed teenager, the smiling face of the new far right in British politics, and a black comedy about fundamentalist terrorism. Tripwires is where darkness rises...
Trapdoors
Price: Free! Words: 27,170. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2018. Categories: Screenplays » Drama, Plays » Gay & Lesbian
This collection of claustrophobic stage dramas begins with ‘Chalk for Cheese’, a play about guilt and reconciliation between a father and son, with a distinctly peculiar resolution. ‘Stitching the Cherry’ is a three-act family drama, again centered on unfinished business, this time between two siblings. The third, ‘Walking Through Wire’, tackles the subject of homosexuality during World War Two.
Glass Alibi
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 61,880. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Geoff is obsessed. His wife, Claire has a secret hidden on her phone, and the more she tries to hide it, the more he thinks he knows what it is. Tormented by jealousy, Geoff decides he won’t lose Claire without a fight. But will his gambit prove decisive or disastrous? With the clock ticking, Geoff must save his marriage, cover his tracks, and keep the police at arm’s length. At any cost…
If Looks Could Kill
Price: $1.30 USD. Words: 31,950. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Very soon every woman in Britain will be forced to wear the burqa. Confined to their homes, they are the victims of a biological terror attack that strikes at the heart of Western Civilisation. But a kidnapped refugee girl may hold the key to finding a cure; and as the ransom deadline approaches, one man must stand up for truth and justice. In the War on Terror, the mirror is now a secret weapon.
Dumb Angel
Price: $1.30 USD. Words: 31,620. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2016. Categories: Screenplays » Sci-Fi, Fiction » Transgressional fiction
At last Don has a wife who will do anything he demands, without question. And if she really was his wife he’d be breaking several laws; so it’s lucky she’s only an android sex toy that looks like her. Acting out his deepest, darkest fantasies Don goes too far, causing the android to malfunction. But at least there are no witnesses - until the doorbell rings and standing outside is the real Mary.
Nine Lives
Price: $1.94 USD. Words: 35,930. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Literary collections » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Complex characters include an ex-RAF crewman haunted by his memories of the Dresden fire bombings, a conscientious objector forced onto the parade ground, a cross-dresser meeting his estranged father, a moral dilemma for Hans Asperger and a young Norman Wisdom struggling against social and family hardships. For the reader who enjoys variety as well as surprises, Nine Lives will leave you purring.
Bully For You
Price: $1.30 USD. Words: 23,320. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Transgressional fiction, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Chris Haynes thinks he has everything under control until his wife leaves him and a mugger jumps him after work. Now his son is rebelling big time, the mugger hasn't finished with him, and there's something under the summer house he would rather keep secret. It's time for Chris to prove himself as a father and a man, but fighting back could be his biggest mistake in this volatile crime thriller.