Andy Downs

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in Barton Le Clay, The United Kingdom


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May 2011


Andy was born and grew up in Bedfordshire in the UK. He was a dreamy child who had as many imaginary adventures as he did real ones in the river and fields near his family home. Many summer days were spent building rafts (that usually sunk) and floating down the river with his friends. When it rained, he would spend hours daydreaming about hidden doorways to underground worlds where strange creatures lived.

After twenty years as an engineer, he wanted to spend more time on enjoyable and creative pursuits, and now writes horror stories, teaches classical guitar and is a keen amateur ornithologist.

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Like most authors, I like to hear what readers think of my books. My writing takes me to some dark and mysterious places that

Average rating: 4.05 · 40 ratings · 9 reviews · 4 distinct works
The Demolition of Berkley H...

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Curious Poems

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Blackwood Legacy

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The Jinn and the human psyche

We humans may be sophisticated and intelligent but still have so many survival instincts that impact our daily life without us really appreciating it.
I have recently been fascinated by my own survival instincts and how they attempted to protect me against a foe that was thought to be dangerous by a friend of mine who believes strongly in the Jinn.

This is the tale.
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I tittered and sniggered my way through this book, and will never look at dogs in quite the same way ever again. A must for all dog owners.
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Blackwood Legacy by Andy Downs
"This book was excellent and it held your attention from start to finish - read entire book in two sittings (when I should have been doing other things but oh well) Spellbinding"
Blackwood Legacy by Andy Downs
"Gripping and Original!
It normally takes me several weeks to read a book, as I have to fit reading around my busy schedule. Not in this case. Blackwood Legacy drew me in from page one, and I couldn't put it down. Every spare moment (and many moment..." Read more of this review »
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Carrie  King
“Words once uttered, cannot be buttered, so season them all before you speak”
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Clive Barker
“I dreamed I spoke in another's language,
I dreamed I lived in another's skin,
I dreamed I was my own beloved,
I dreamed I was a tiger's kin.

I dreamed that Eden lived inside me,
And when I breathed a garden came,
I dreamed I knew all of Creation,
I dreamed I knew the Creator's name.

I dreamed--and this dream was the finest--
That all I dreamed was real and true,
And we would live in joy forever,
You in me, and me in you.”
Clive Barker, Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War

Clive Barker
“I think that God that we have created and allowed to shape our culture through, essentially Christian theology is a pretty villainous creature. I think that one of the things that male patriarchal figure has done is, allowed under it's, his church, his wing, all kinds of corruptions and villainies to grow and fester. In the name of that God terrible wars have been waged, in the name of that God terrible sexism has been allowed to spread. There are children being born all across this world that don't have enough food to eat because that God, at least his church, tells the mothers and fathers that they must procreate at all costs, and to prevent procreation with a condom is in contravention with his laws. Now, I don't believe that God exists. I think that God is creation of men, by men, and for men. What has happened over the many centuries now, the better part of two thousand in fact, is that that God has been slowly and steadily accruing power. His church has been accruing power, and the men who run that church, and they are all men, are not about to give it up. If they give it up, they give up luxury, they give up comfort.”
Clive Barker

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“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Christopher Hitchens
“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.”
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