Colin was born in Liverpool to an Irish mother and a seafaring father of Scottish descent. He became fascinated with the classic Hammer House Horror films at a very early age, and this led on to his love of horror fiction, with a particular passion for the works of Ramsey Campbell, HP Lovecraft, Brian Lumley, Clive Barker and Stephen King. Having spent much of the 90s and early 2000s playing drums or bass guitar in a variety of rock, metal, and death metal bands, Colin found that he could no longer ignore his desire to write, and so began to focus all of his creative effort in this direction. His first published fiction was for a UK Punk band called Walk the Plank, and was a four-part short story which was included as part of a four-single vinyl release. The link between his writing and music has continued in Arrive Alive, with the novel literally providing a soundtrack for the reader.
Whilst Arrive Alive is his first full work of fiction, Colin is a well-established and published researcher with over twenty journal articles and academic book chapters to his (real) name. It is partly because of his research and academic profile that he decided to write under the pen name MKN Spiers for his fictional work, but also because he likes the idea of extending the main theme of his writing, challenging common perceptions regarding identity and role. Colin is currently studying Creative Writing at Oxford University and will be working with the Liverpool Editing Company for his next three novels. Continuing to work behind the name MKN Spiers, each of the three projects will be a work of horror fiction, with his follow-up to Arrive Alive due to be released in May 2019.
I’ll be talking to Colin about Arrive Alive, and about all things horror and creative writing. And, of course, he’ll be sharing his selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.
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