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John F Leonard

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John was born in England and grew up in the midlands where he learned to love the sound of scrapyard dogs and the rattle and clank of passing trains. He studied English, Art and History and has, at different times, been a sculptor, odd-job man and office worker. He enjoys horror and comedy (not necessarily together). Married with two astonishing children, he now lives a few miles from the old Victorian house in which he was born. Scribbling scary stories seems to keep him vaguely sane (accurate at time of writing).

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Writing Bad Pennies - a post about the origin of the book and the joy of writing it.

I started writing Bad Pennies in the summer of 2016. Well, that’s not strictly true. I began writing a story very loosely based on my childhood. It wasn’t Bad Pennies, but it was where Bad pennies started. Your life need not be governed by your childhood, but it never leaves you.
Over the coming months that story led to a tale that took place many years later. It was linked to Bad Pennies and, i... Read more of this blog post »
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Doggem by John F Leonard
"At last, a short story that grips you in that warm and darkly fuzzy place. I love my horror stories to have an element of the supernatural and Doggem delivered.

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A plush toy dog that’s part of a school program finds his way into the life of a special boy and becomes witness to a horror. This review is brief because at 60 pages? Any comment is a spoiler. I don’t know if this is an intro..." Read more of this review »
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"Many times I’ve read a book and wish illustrations were weaved in, this is one of those books. Donald Hobdike takes good care of Bledbrooke Town. He oversees all of the work down below in the subterranean world of ancient sewers and water works. S..." Read more of this review »
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