Tom Gillespie


Tom Gillespie grew up in a small town just outside Glasgow. After completing a Masters in English at Glasgow University, he spent the next ten years pursuing a musical career as a singer/songwriter, playing, recording and touring the UK and Europe with his band. He now lives in Bath with his wife, daughter and hyper-neurotic cat, where he works at the University as an academic English lecturer.

Tom writes long and short fiction. A number of his stories are published by . He is also a regular contributor to

Tom’s writing has been described as terse, minimalist, hyper- realistic and ambiguous, where layers of meaning are conveyed using a concise and economical style.

He is currently working on a second novel and a collection of short stories.

Where to find Tom Gillespie online


Painting By Numbers
By Tom Gillespie
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,170. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2012 by Crooked Cat publishing. Category: Fiction
Painting by Numbers is a dark, surreal thriller that follows one man’s relentless pursuit into an old truth buried deep within. Day after day, Jacob Boyce visits a 17th century allegorical painting which hangs in a Glasgow art gallery. By using a series of measurements and calculations, he attempts to create a mathematical theory that will decipher the code locked into its canvas.

Tom Gillespie’s tag cloud

art    code    painting    suspense    thriller   

Smashwords book reviews by Tom Gillespie

  • Jumping at Shadows on July 17, 2012
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    For a while now, I have been reading and enjoying Helen Howell’s brilliant adult-themed short stories and works of flash fiction that frequently delve into the darker underside of human nature. But her latest release, Jumping at Shadows marks a delightful and unexpected shift in style and genre, and illustrates the versatility of Helen’s exceptional creative abilities. Jumping at Shadows is a beautifully written fantasy aimed at kids of all ages. It is a story about a friendship between two girls Belle and Rosie, who find themeselves propelled into a world of the shadows, and battling with the evil Madgar to save themselves and their world from destruction. The story is highly imaginative, magical and smart, and rips along at a cracking pace. Helen has created two beautifully realised worlds, with believable characters that come together in an inventive and cleverly structured way. As the story unfolds, the suspense and intrigue grows, with one cliffhanger and nail-biting episode following the next, culminating in a brilliant showdown and climax that leaves room for a sequal. Jumping at Shadows includes just the right mix of supernatural mystery, humour and pantomime scariness to amaze and delight young readers who have grown up on a staple diet of Harry Potter, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and other great fantasy stories. So, all in all, Helen Howell has created a modern classic that will enthrall children and the young at heart for many years to come. She is indeed a very talented and magical yarn spinner. Ist Class.. 5 stars!