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Reading is a cheap and totally effective way of being transported to another world. The same is true of writing. Mundane concerns only afflict your characters if you decide you want them to.
University was where I first thought seriously about fiction; hearing about Hemingway's iceberg theory and Eliot's objective correlative and having the luxury of time to ponder on the mechanics of the novel.
My first writing was journalism and pieces for I-D, Arena and The Face brought me to the attention of mainstream magazine publishers. In the '90's I edited FHM when it still majored on sport and fashion rather than Hollyoaks starlets and weather girls. Then I launch-edited the UK edition of Men's Health magazine and then came to the conclusion that i
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F.G. Cottam A novel called The Lucifer Chord about a rock-god heavily involved with the occult prior to his mysterious death in 1973 when his band were the…moreA novel called The Lucifer Chord about a rock-god heavily involved with the occult prior to his mysterious death in 1973 when his band were the biggest and most outrageously decadent in the world. In the present day, there's a persistent belief among hardcore Ghost Legion fans that musical rituals orchestrated in his lifetime by Martin Mear can bring him back.(less)
F.G. Cottam I had four novels published at the start of the century as Francis rather than F.G. and all dealt with serious themes. Then I changed tack, deciding…moreI had four novels published at the start of the century as Francis rather than F.G. and all dealt with serious themes. Then I changed tack, deciding to write only with the ambition of creating the kind of stories I would like to read. Nothing fascinated me more than ghost stories growing up. So you could say the subject matter determined itself. I'm not really interested in writing zombie or vampire fiction and Steampunk isn't for me either. That still leaves a lot of scary stuff. The world can be a strange place and has an ancient history.(less)
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F.G. Cottam Really hope you enjoy it, Mark. Nothing beats a loyal reader!


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Mark Hi Francis! Hope you're well! Memory of Trees is available in the US now! Mine's shipping today :) Can't wait!


Martin Belcher Hi F.G. Just finished Memory of Trees. Absolutely creepy and fantastic. Loved every minute. Thanks for a great read. Left you a review on Goodreads and Amazon. Look forward to the next one! Best regards, Martin.


Martin Belcher Hi F.G. Just finished reading The Colony, WOW what a read! Loved it and left a review. I can't stop thinking about it. Brilliantly conceived story and depth of characters. Please write more soon......Best regards, Martin.


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F.G. Cottam My pleasure, Savannah.


Savannah F.G, thank you for the friendship.


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