Lee Robert Adams

Biography

I am a writer and film critic living in Brno, Czech Republic.

I'm a Narrative Designer for a Game Developer and in my spare time I write movie reviews, articles and short fiction. I'm a regular contributor to the Brno Expat Centre blog, where I tailor my criticism to suit the tastes of my fellow expats, and champion Czech cinema whenever I can. I am also the co-founder of the Brno Writers Group, and the Brno Short Story Writing Contest, where I also served as a jury member.

My fiction tends towards the weird end of the scale, featuring elements of horror, supernatural, sci-fi, comedy and social realism, often in the same story. My current project is creating contemporary versions of the classic ghost stories by M.R James.

If you'd like to get in touch, you can reach me at - leerobertadams@hotmail.co.uk

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
I like writing in the pub. My current desk is third table on the right at the East Village Bar & Diner in Brno, Czech Republic. During the day it is quiet - it helps me to have a few people around, but not a crowd, and a few tunes in the background, but not blaring out. I like to have a good view of the room and the bar. I'm quite specific about the exact atmosphere I want to help me write, and the East Village is the closest I've found to my ideal in Brno.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Ipswich, a provincial town about eighty miles from London. For a long time, I didn't think it influenced my writing - I always dreamed about getting out, living in a city and write big, challenging, world-changing novels.

More recently I've begun to realise I'm not from the City, I'm from the Provinces, and now I've started to allow my experiences growing up on an estate in a nowhere sort of town influence my writing more. As a result, my writing has become more natural and more personal.
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Books

Whistle and I'll Come to You
Price: Free! Words: 10,940. Language: British English. Published: November 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(3.88)
Troubled by the recent suicide of a friend, a young teacher heads to the seaside to get away from it all. His destination is Dunwich on the East Anglian coast, famed for its fish and chips, phantom bells, and a city lost beneath the waves. He discovers an ancient whistle with a mysterious inscription, and playing the instrument summons a supernatural force that haunts his every step…

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Smashwords book reviews by Lee Robert Adams

  • Falling on Feb. 17, 2013

    I think "Falling" does a grand job of building tension and creating a sense of vertigo. Loses a star for me for a few cliched phrases (pounding like a hammer) and odd word choices, but otherwise a neat little story.
  • A Medical Exam on Feb. 18, 2013

    Tight, economical and chilling. While I felt the characters never really came to life, the dialogue was clinical and precise, and the precision of the dialogue generated a tension all of its own. I didn't quite understand the wider purpose of the treatment, but the final twist gave a pleasurable sinking feeling of a dystopian society where everyone is hypnotised. I think this piece could be spun out to examine its characters and its themes more closely.
  • Pieces on Feb. 19, 2013

    I was impressed by the strong voice of the character in "Pieces". The concise style of the prose really brought her to life. The story loses a Star for me because of the huge dense blocks of text - on one hand, it reads like a transcription, but dividing it up into smaller, easier to digest paragraphs would make it a much more enjoyable read. Still impressive work, though.
  • Dehydration on March 31, 2013

    The two female characters come across very strongly in this piece, although there is little physical description of them. Their personalities resonate in the dialogue, which is terse and realistic.
  • A Small Measure of Anxious Grace on Jan. 11, 2014

    I really liked the calm, dignified tone of this story. Perhaps it could be a little longer to give the characters chance to expand, but otherwise you did a fine job - I was certainly engaged enough to care about them come the inevitable disaster at the end.
  • Marshland Stumble on Jan. 12, 2018

    This story had a good build up of suspense, largely thanks to the tense dynamic between the three characters. Personally I would have liked to find out a bit more about the crime they'd just committed. However, it kept me guessing all the way till the end. A pacy, fun story to read.