Hello folks,

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy in these crazy times we live in!

I have actually been quite busy the past two months, mostly with non-writing stuff, so not too much to update on, but I did want to let you know that my YouTube channel has a newish playlist on it which I’ve just updated this morning:  Songs that have inspired or influenced stories

This playlist is exactly what it sounds like – songs that have influenced a story in some significant way. Here is the list:

Only the Dead Go Free (Transpose) – ‘Only the Dead Go Free’ in A Haunting of Words

Planet Caravan (Black Sabbath) – ‘Endless Skies’ in A Contract of Words

When a Blind Man Cries (Richie Samboora\Deep Purple) & Hey You (Pink Floyd) – ‘Blind’ in Beach Reads: Lost and Found

Hotel California (The Eagles) – ‘The Californian’ in A Flash of Words

Bad Romance (Lady Gaga) – ‘Beneath the Blue Irises’ in Bad Romance

Masters of War (Pearl Jam\Bob Dylan) – ‘Not Yet Dark’ – Not yet published

Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond) – ‘Sweet Caroline’ – Not yet published

War Pigs (Black Sabbath) – ‘Evil Minds’ (prequel to ‘Endless Skies’) – Not yet published

The Devil You Know (Anthrax) – ‘The Devil You Know’ – Not yet published


It is a pretty eclectic mix of genres. See if you can figure out how the lyrics (and in a couple cases the video imagery) impacted the related stories!

Stay healthy!

– JM Ames