Meet the Author: May 2014

Michael as a broody teenager

Having been forced to study Antigone at school all day, the author (a tortured teen) returns home to receive the news that he may NOT paint his bedroom black

It’s May, and, as I write, all across London the cherry trees are busy shedding their blossom. I’ve had some wonderful responses to the new covers and I think it’s fair to say that they’re a real hit. A great big thank you to everyone who took the time to tell me what they thought. This month Malane (who designs and runs this website for me) has added a new feature: a place where these posts will now be archived. Check out the Former Posts button on the right.

The story of Antigone (pronounced An-tig-on-ee), Oedipus’s faithful daughter, provided some of the backbone for what happens to Merit in The Scarab Heart. When I studied playwright Jean Anouilh’s 1944 interpretation of the play at school I failed to understand just why Antigone would risk everything in order to bury her brother. When it came to writing a similar fate for Merit I was determined that this would not be the case for my readers! This month’s article recounts the tale of both Antigone and her father, based mainly on Sophocles’s version. Trust me, you’re in for the full three-night Greek tragedy!

Remember, Malane and I want this to be your website too. Meet the Readers is a page for your reviews, your questions and feedback. You can message me on the Contact Me form or send me an email; I will try to respond personally to each and every one.

Why the Victorians Saw Ghosts

My blog, The Victorians Unveiled, continues this month with W. T. Stead—the man who forsaw his own death?. The book my blog spawned, the ever-popular Why the Victorians Saw Ghosts – An Illustrated Guide to 19th Century Spiritualism, normally retails for US$2.99 in most online stores, but you can download it for free from You set the price, so make sure you set it at zero. [Sorry, this offer is no longer available.]

Happy reading!