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Thanks for dropping by my author page. I write for fun and, let’s be honest, quite possibly therapy, and have done for more years than I care to remember. My stories tend to be a little strange, but I suppose that describes me to a certain extent – and I’m happy with that.
Here you’ll find a little of me, my list of books and stories and where to buy them, Sin’s blog (thoughts and experiences from within the asylum) and much more…
Happy new year to all you lovely people. I do hope we you’ve had a wonderful time over the holidays and are ready to start 2017 running! I know I am! I already have one story, Just Jack, in an anthology by The Cryptic on Wattpad.
Just Jack is my tribute to the Jack the Ripper legend. My good friend, the author Greg Carrico, had written the amazing story Undone – Ripper themed. When I was at the Wattpad London Conference with him and author a Wayne Sharpe, another ripper ‘fan,’ we visited the area (at Tower Bridge) where Greg had based his story and went on a very well done Ripper walk.
When I was asked to write for The Cryptic anthology, I knew I had to do my own taken on the legend. Just Jack is the result. It’s already been called my best work!
Since the beginning of October, when I worked on the Incarnate movie, I’ve written no less than SEVEN stories for various anthologies! More on those in my next post but you may be wondering why I started this with a picture of the Red Queen cover?
It’s because I’m delighted and humbles to say, Red Queen won an award in the Fairytale Community’s Retelling Awards! How amazing is that? Not only that but Sin won a WATTY AWARD!
Wow. Just wow.
It’s been a long time, I know, since there has been an update from me. I don’t want you to think I’ve forgotten you. Oh no, no way! I have to say, it’s been such a busy year, I really have had no time to drop by and say Hi.
Well, here I am. Hi!
There’s so much happening news to get through. It’s been an exciting time and I’ll need more than just this post to tell you all about it.
I’ll kick off with the latest news.
I saw commissioned by #Wattpad and Blumhouse, the makers of films such as The Purge, Insidious and Sinister, to work with them on their latest movie. The film, starring Aaron Eckhart and David Mazouz, is called Incarnate.
The film follows a boy (Mazouz) who is possessed and the scientist (Eckhart) who tries to save him. The movie opens on the 2nd December.
I was asked to write a story to go along with the film. I love working with Blumhouse and Wattpad is an amazing platform so I, of course, was honoured.
There was a twist, however…
I only needed to write the first four chapters. There was a competition to write the finale!
One of the prizes was to have the winner’s work put with mine and have the full story turned into a GRAPHIC NOVEL!
Hoe cool is that?
The closing date was Sunday 13th November and the calibre of entries was fantastic. It was a real struggle to choose a winner, but it was done and the wonderful author Kelly Anne Blount smashed it!
I’ll be back soon with more details and didn’t more news!
Every so often, something big comes your way. It’s not necessarily a major deal to anyone else, but to you – it’s a mindblower. It can involve large amounts of money, children, marriage, a job offer you can’t refuse… There are lots of things.
Writing, for me, is something I’ve done all my life. From being a child, I’ve scribbled down stories. Yes, there have been times I’ve not written much, due to various issues and a distinct lack of time, but now it’s an essential part of my life. I even have tattoos depicting my love of the craft.
Well. Last year, I was approached by the wonderful Wattpad to ask if I’d be willing to write an original story based on the premise of the movie The Purge. The sequel, The Purge: Anarchy, was coming out and Universal was working with Wattpad, which gets in excess of 14 million unique visitors a month, to help promote the film. My book, Sin, is apparently one of their top mystery/thrillers and they thought I’d be ideal to write for the film. I wrote Mr. Composure, a story which was described as ‘the best story ever’ and had ‘the best plot twist ever’. To say I was honoured to have been asked is an understatement.
This was one of those big things.
Imagine my shock-surprise-elation when I received a similar request this year!
Universal were releasing Sinister 2, the follow up to the hit horror, Sinister. They were working with Wattpad once again. This time, however, they specifically asked for me as they were so pleased with my work on Mr. Composure!
I’d seen, and enjoyed, the first film. I liked the premise too. I just had to come up with an idea. With The Purge’s Mr. Composure, my wife had given me the inspiration for the opening (often that’s all I need to run with a story). I could then write and see where it went. For Sinister 2, the studio wanted an overview of the story first. GULP! I usually don’t work like that – the story takes its own path and I run along behind, picking up the words and trying to throw them together in some semblance of order. It meant I had to have a full idea of the story before I’d even written it. Now, I know lots of authors work like that. They plan each chapter with a full idea of the story arc and then flesh it out. As I don’t, this was a new experience for me.
But, I did it. My little girl, who’s 4, told me I could keep her imaginary friend, Nathaniel (a name we’ve never used as we don’t know anyone with that name) forever… Erm… Yes… Needless to say, Nathaniel seemed to fit perfectly for what I needed here. I wrote the story. Suffer the Little Children is that story and, apparently, it’s ‘genuinely terrifying’, which is nice!
So, that’s two big things. Two reasons for me to put my hand to my mouth and go “WOW!” Not just being asked to write the stories in the first place, but because of the amazing response and support I’ve had for them too.
So, thank you Wattpad, thank you Universal and a ‘big’ thank you to you guys. It is appreciated!
Now, of course, I am working on my next story. My eldest daughter (12 years old) gave me a bizarre and somewhat twisted idea of The Little Mermaid as a sort of challenge. I’m almost 10,000 words in and I’m happy to say, I’m rising to that challenge. And the Meek Shall Walk is coming along nicely, though the Little Mermaid, to my knowledge, didn’t have blood or decapitation in it…
For further reading, here’s the links to the stories above:
Suffer the Little Children:
Read a wonderful piece on my writing, and that of James Joyce, by Life in the Realm of Fantasy blogger and author of the excellent Tower of Bones, Connie Jasperson.
“Today I want to talk about words. I’ve been working with the prolific Shaun Allan on one of his new works as an editor, and I am daily blown away by the amazing grasp he has on the English Language and all it’s nuances. Shaun is the author ofSin, an incredible journey into both insanity and the english language. Shaun’s work is a testament to his love-affair with words, and it is a privilege to be allowed to read his work.”
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Here are some of your recent comments for my stories. Thank you SO MUCH for your kind words.
“A fantastic read for someone through the age ranges of 5-105, Brilliant.”
“Sin was just great, it is by far one off the best books I’ve ever read.”
“Another great book by this outstanding author.”
I’ll be adding more review snippets and more in the coming weeks!
I’m proud to announce that Sin is a Featured Book on Wattpad, where it reached 666,000 reads on Halloween!
To read the serialisation, please drop by
Remember that, if you would like the full novel, you can find it here
Please drop by and read the fantastically weird poetry from four primary schools.
I had the great pleasure of returning to Humberston Academy and holding a writing workshop with the 11 year old students of Humberston Primary, Middlethorpe Primary, Cloverfields Primary and New Waltham Primary.
You can also see the work from my previous visit, in which the pupils wrote pieces from the point of view of asylum patients, here…
I had a lovely day at Freshney Place Shopping Centre (Grimsby, UK), where I appeared as part of their Storyville event.
My 11 year old daughter, Meg, came with me and we read from my Zits’n’Bits and Rudolph Saves Christmas books as well as colouring with the children and drawing pictures from the poems.
Meg was utterly amazing and took on board the storytelling herself, with lots of voices, arm flinging and laughs. It was a real pleasure having her there with me and I was very proud of her. All the children were wonderful and it was great to meet you all.