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When You Walk By Night Paperback – August 27, 2017
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I have loved ghost stories from a very early age and by the time I was nine or ten years old I was scaring my brothers with bedtime stories of my own! I always wrote other stories but only really showed my brothers as I was too shy and worried that people would laugh. I was delighted to find creative writing an escape from daily life in my teens. I would often use my artistic skills to illustrate and even create cartoon strips of my stories. However, for many years my pleasure in art and storytelling was mainly shared with close relatives and lovers. I worked for both big soft drinks companies of certain colas and at Westminster, which meant that I have been lucky enough to travel all around the world, which does inform some of my stories, however most of my stories are based in Wales, which is my home country and the place I love best. I lived in Thailand for many years where I worked at Rayong University, teaching Business English. I learned to speak, read and write Thai and to cook their delicious food and to perform their unique massage. The culture of Thailand also sparked my art and writing like never before and I sold my art to clients in Thailand, Japan and the USA. When I returned to Wales I had a successful exhibition of surrealist art called “Genius? Genius!” and I decided to take a course in Art, Design and Illustration which lead to a Batchelor of Arts with honours in General Illustration. This was followed by an ignition of my passion for art and writing again and I began to write and paint with abandon. I was invited to exhibit at New Designers 2012, the most prestigious and largest illustration exhibition in Europe. I was very proud of this and my work received good attention, I even signed autographs, which felt surreal.! A few years ago, I met author David Owain Hughes (Look him up!) and he introduced me to Ravenwood Publishers and the lovely Kitty. It still took a huge nagging session from my Mother Rose and my husband Damian to make me offer up my stories for publication. To tell the truth I had forgotten about sending the stories out at all. So, when I received the email from Kitty offering publication I almost gave Damian a heart attack with the noise I made.
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For lack of a better description, Paul Bridgeman is elegant. Not necessarily for his refusal to water down his British accent, because he doesn’t (Cheers mate!). Nor is it for his pleasurable, winding passages that allow the reader to truly understand his protagonist’s thinking processes. However, I’m particularly impressed by what I can only romanticize after reading these stories as weird, yet beautiful , happy endings. Regardless the experience of becoming some other being, of losing ones individuality or morality or freedom to alien masters, Bridgeman somehow is able to spin these quintessential disasters into hope for a more evolved human race.
Aside from the good storytelling and delightfully weird outcomes, Bridgeman’s use of dialogue is wonderful. When his characters speak, you cannot help but believe them. The conversational tone and excellent use of vulgarity sell the reputation of the characters he has created.
Overall, Bridgeman has a strong method by which he tells his particular brand of story. Although occasionally dry, I found his reliability on present day circumstances refreshing and his regular first-person perspectives a treat. If someday Netflix or Amazon Prime were streaming a ‘When You Walk By Night’ based on the stories of Paul Bridgeman, I truly would not be surprised.