In Other Writing News

Still lots to get excited about…

I’m absolutely overjoyed that my short story, The Invitation, is to be published in this autumn’s issue of Weird Horror!

Although I’ve now returned to the second draft of my current novel-in-progress, it’s been fabulous taking a brief break back in Short Story Land, and it’s also been wonderful providing workshops in real life again. I had a great evening discussing editing with Fosseway Writers, as well as a fascinating afternoon creating unsettling characters at Bromley House Library. I’m very grateful too to Mike Cambridge for his incredibly kind comments about We Wait for Bromley House Book Reviews.

And there are more workshops in the pipeline. In addition to the incredible Halloween Writing Retreat that I’ll be co-hosting with Anstey Harris, I’m excited to be playing with Haunted Locations as part of the Other Worlds Writing Weekend on July 17th, at Nottingham Writers’ Studio.

If you’re interested in writing more intensively, I also have two summer courses coming up in August, with Nottingham Trent University. Start Writing Your Novel will be running over three days beginning on the 22nd, and Short Story Success will take place on the 25th and 26th.

It would be great to see you there (please follow the links for booking info)

Eyrie Press

Eyrie Press have recently announced that they’ll be closing at the end of May. As sad as this is, I totally understand the pressures that small presses face, and I’m incredibly grateful for all their support and kindness.

And when it comes to We Wait, I’m determined to keep my ghosts alive. Hopefully, more news coming soon…

Already excited about Halloween…

I’m over the (blood-red) moon to have been asked to co-host a course this October , ‘Writing into the Dark‘, with incredible author and tutor, Anstey Harris, at her beautiful writers’ retreat in South West Scotland.

We’ll be providing a series of playful and practical creative writing workshops exploring character, setting and things that go bump in the night.

The retreat, running from the 24th to  October 29th, will be fully catered (from afternoon tea & supper on Monday till breakfast on Saturday – and lots of cake in between) with a vegetarian menu (although other dietary needs can be met).

The group will be taught from 10am till 12:30/1pm every day with the afternoons free for walks, group activities, or writing. There will be a programme of evening entertainment including a ‘night walk’ looking at the sights and sounds of the night-time outdoors, and readings. There will also be the opportunity to submit a sample of your work for one-to-one feedback.

If this sounds like your cup of tea (or personal poisoned chalice), the cost of the course is £750 and places can be secured with a £250 deposit (email email hidden; JavaScript is required for more details). There is also a shared room at £525 per person.

You might also like to bring along  a‘ haunted object’ of your choice…

(I’m already so excited I might explode)

A Cautious Hello to 2022

And an excited hi again to short stories!

I’m not going to mention anything that’s been happening, and is still happening, in the world right now, but on a personal note, after disappearing into a new novel for what feels like an absurdly long time, I’m very happy to be emerging, dazed and blinking, back into the land of short stories.

As I leave the novel to percolate (or fester) for a while before I attack a second draft, it’s been a total joy reading and writing short stories once more. I’m also looking forward to leading a course, ‘Short Story Success’, running over two consecutive Saturdays in March. If you fancy joining me, please visit NTU’s Short Courses for further details.

Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award, 2021

Totally delighted that ‘We Wait’ has made it through the first round of this year’s BBNYA! Fingers crossed for the next stage, but whatever happens, I’m thrilled. Thank you to all the dedicated book bloggers, and of course to the wonderful Eyrie Press 🙂

Update!! A flash sale, celebrating many of the novels that have made it through the first round, will run from July 14th – 20th. To get your e-book copy of ‘We Wait’ for just 99p, please visit the Eyrie Press bookshop or 

With many thanks to author, EG Radcliff, for organising.

Postcards from the Blog Tour

I’m still reeling from We Wait’s Halloween blog tour. I honestly can’t express my gratitude to Eyrie Press and to all the incredibly supportive bloggers who took part.

Here are just some of their kind words:

We Wait was a revelation, an exquisitely crafted novel that proves that the gothic genre is still capable of surprises and unique takes’ – The Gingernuts of Horror

‘The novel is cleverly written, with an intriguing and compelling plot… As the tensions rose, the pace quickened and the walls started closing in’ – Locky Loves Books

‘Taylor’s writing… is enriched with beautiful imagery…  This book is full of twists and turns and will remain with you even after it’s closed’ – Books in the Belfry

‘Taylor’s prose is beautiful, vivid, and chilling… The novel reminded me very much of Du Maurier’s Rebecca’ – What Kate Read Next

‘I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!… a must read for thriller and gothic horror fans’ – Nurse Bookie

‘If you’re looking for an evocative ghost story about memories and secrets, you don’t want to miss We Wait’ – Read by Dusk

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Thank you, everyone, so, so much. By the end of it all, I was an emotional wreck – but in the very best possible way!!