I was lucky enough to grow up in the golden age of pop culture. Marvel comics, Thunderbirds and Star Trek on TV, the mass market paperbacks of James Herbert, Sven Hassel et al, not to mention Airfix, Action Man and all the other great toys of the 60s and 70s.
My parents encouraged me to read at a young age, and I steadily worked through the great classics such as The Three Musketeers, Treasure Island, Kidnapped and more, sparking a love for adventure stories and historical fiction.
In my teens I discovered Robert E Howard, H P Lovecraft and the other great pulp writers, as well as Tolkien, Heinlein, Moorcock and many more whose works were readily available in paperback, often with fantastic cover art (Frazetta remains a favourite).
I went to grammar school in Ilford. One of the few things I got from there was a keen interest in wargaming and military history. Then Dungeons & Dragons burst on the scene and I spent many years playing that and many other RPG’s, my favourite being Call of Cthulhu.
At 17 I joined my first band, as a keyboard player, and for a few years was a semi-professional musician before "real life" intervened. However, in recent years, I got back into music, both gigging, writing and recording.
My other passion is martial arts, which I began training as a teenager. As a professional martial arts Instructor, I’ve written for numerous magazines and journals throughout the 90's and, for a time, published my own magazine and training films. More recently I released my first full books, on Systema training.
In 2015 I set up Innsmouth Gold, as an outlet for music I had created inspired by Lovecraft and Howard. In 2017 I expanded my output to writing too, with the release of Remnants - a collection of ghost stories, inspired by my time living in the East Anglia Fens and two of my favourite authors. Feedback was encouraging and I enjoyed the process so much, that I went to write my first novel, Wolf in Shadows, and continued on from there.
I wear my influences on my sleeve and my goal has always been to produce albums and books of the kind that I enjoy listening to and reading. I hope you enjoy them too!