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About Paul Blake
Paul Blake started writing in 2016 when he took a creative writing module to complete his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree after failing far too many programming modules. He discovered a passion and has been writing since.
His first novel, A Young Man’s Game was published in 2018. He released a short story collection called A Few Hours After This in April 2019. He is currently outlining the sequel to A Young Man’s Game and also working on a ninja based novel.
His favourite authors are (in no particular order): David Morrell, Neal Stephenson, Nick Harkaway, Cory Doctorow, Sean McMahon, Peter Clines, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, Michael Marshall Smith, Tom Rob Smith, Ernest Cline
Paul is 44 and lives in London, England with his wife and three boys.
He has a blog at https://paulblakeauthor.com and can be found on Twitter @paulblakeauthor, feel free to say hi.
Titles By Paul Blake
Paul Blake, the author of A Young Man’s Game and A Few Hours After This, brings you his second short story collection: The Long Wait.
It contains twenty-five stories that cover a range of themes: from dragons swooping through a forest, to a soldier coming home to meet up with his sweetheart, to a Prime Minister and his meeting with the Loch Ness Monster, to a family sitting watching television in a bombmaker's home, to a tale of revenge and ambition in a future city, to a man transported from the streets of New York to the wilds of a jungle and back.
There are stories of serial killers, time-travelling police, dystopian game shows, award ceremony carnage, creepy old men offering fame for a price, life after Covid, virtual-reality mishaps, prehistoric invention, parasitic alien creatures, and much more.
Get in to your favourite reading spot, wrap yourself in a blanket, and lose yourself among a multitude of characters and settings.
A sci-fi collection about Women in Love.
Love in the Mind short story collection contains two sci-fi short stories showing the sacrifice women will make for love.
* Don't You Forget (About Me): An alien object has landed on the earth, and is offering untold knowledge. Will Isabelle Bennett give up her memories to help the human race?
* Jumping Someone Else's Train: Two women try the new legal drug, Mind, for the first time. Can their friendship survive?
Can we rise up? Can we clean off the blood, survive the virus, and cast our votes for a new day, a new United States of America to be proud of?
Trumpland: Divided We Stand is a speculative fiction journey through many worlds resulting from the most controversy ridden administration in the history of America. All artists have donated their work and all proceeds go to charities fighting to make the U.S.A. something better than we are today
Murder, Betrayal, Revenge. Alec Foster is going to realise being an MI6 agent is… A Young Man’s Game.
Alec Foster is Head of Section in Berlin for MI6. He is fifty-one, and a borderline alcoholic counting down the days to retirement. Foster meets with his Russian SVR counterpart and is told of a plot to assassinate the British Prime Minister by a traitor in MI6. Before Foster can be told who the traitor is, his Russian friend is murdered and Foster barely escapes.
Foster is chased through the streets of Berlin by the assassins, the Russian SVR and the city’s police. The ageing agent must use his long-forgotten skills and push his body to the very limits to prevent a return to the mistrust and fears of the Cold War.
Foster comes face to face with actions from his past, as he has to rekindle relationships to survive and protect the ones he loves.
A Young Man’s Game is a thrilling story of revenge, betrayal, and redemption.
Reviews for A Young Man's Game
"A Young Man's Game by Paul Blake is an excellent debut novel with loads of twists and turns." Amazon 5★ Review
"A fantastic debut, and definitely an author to keep an eye on in the future." Amazon 5★ Review
"A pacy, well-plotted page-turner and an exciting thriller." Amazon 5★ Review
"I give this story a strong 5/5 stars. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves this genre." Amazon 5★ Review
A small taste of some of the stories you’ll devour…
Hazy Shade of Winter - Stephen Kemp of MI6 is recuperating in Lake District when he hears of twenty nuclear bombs detonating in cities across the UK.
At Night – A grown-up story about the monsters under the bed finding their child has been taken. Meet Spider, Blade, Rot, and Murk the Night Terror.
(Nothing But) Flowers - 'I see the body on the ground and it takes me a moment to realise it is mine. I look around for my head.' A story about death and what happens next.
Out of Space - Major Pitman wakes up to a damaged spacecraft and a dead co-pilot…
The Rezal Principle - Stoddy Rezal is a custodian aboard the space freighter HXN8435, day-dreaming about improving his situation in life until he accidentally presses the button for the airlock.
Set Fire to the Rain -Ichabod Kilton is the lamplighter in Blowing Rock. The town with unending rain. He must light the lamps before they come.
The Evil That Men Do - A painting appears overnight in the National Portrait Gallery. How did it get there and is it what it appears to be?
Mob Justice - An assassin lies in wait for the Judge in the Al Capone trial in 1930s Chicago.
The Battle at Kilburn High Road Station - A battle on top of a moving train and a commuter looking for a date. It makes for an explosive ending.
Thoughts and Prayers - This story follows the first responders to an active shooter situation in a school. It takes them far beyond their fears.
Settle down, put your feet up, with a glass of your favourite drink beside you (alcoholic or otherwise), and leap into this collection of exciting and suspenseful stories.
What readers have said about some of the stories in this collection
"Reads like a movie script forcing vivid imagery into your head." Hazy Shade of Winter
"This was intense. Intense is good, intense is great. Highly descriptive." At Night
"The imagery and descriptions were all fantastic, with particular kudos to the post-death opening scene." (Nothing But) Flowers
"I thought this was a very visual piece throughout, and I got a good sense of claustrophobia. That feeling definitely added to the sense of panic and suffocation as the story unfolded." Out of Space