The importance of journalism to democracy

Paul was asked by leading Manx website Gef the Mongoose to write an article on the role of journalism in democracy.
It came after a row broke out over the Manx Government’s interaction with journalists at their regular Covid-19 briefings.
Paul’s piece, which can be read here, explains the historical importance of journalism in the Isle of Man as well as detailing why dogged reporting does not always make for compelling viewing – but it is the end the result that is the most important.

Free download of Beautiful Dangerous by Paul Speller

Paul has produced a free-to-download version of his story Beautiful Dangerous, first published in the USA in 2018.

Download now:  Beautiful Dangerous2 by Paul Speller

You can download a PDF version by clicking the link above and then either read straight away or save for later.

Dimension6 Annual Collection shortlisted for award

Dimension6 Annual Collection 2017, which features a story by Paul Speller, has been shortlisted for an award.

The anthology, including Paul’s haunting story The Curious Child, is a finalist in the Best Anthology category of the 2017 Aurealis Awards.

The awards, which cover science fiction, horror and fantasy, are organised by the Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation.

Coordinator Tehani Croft said: ‘We continue to be impressed by the breadth of entries, with publishers from all over the world ensuring the work of their creators is considered.

‘This year the judges read more than 800 entries across the categories.’

The winners of all categories will be announced during a ceremony held at the Swancon convention in Perth over the Easter weekend.

The Dimension6 Annual Collection is available in ebook format from Amazon or direct from publisher Coeur de Lion .

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Why finishing a story is sometimes just the start

Paul Speller is celebrating, after finishing work on his latest piece of short fiction.

But, as he explains here, sometimes finishing the story is just the start of a long journey that, hopefully, ends in publication.

He also confesses to forgetting to warn his brothers that their names were set to appear in a previous short story!

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Prize-winning short story Baby Blue Eyes re-published and available for free

A prize-winning short story by Paul Speller has been re-published online this week.

Baby Blue Eyes was Paul’s debut short story and it first appeared in Writing Magazine after winning a national competition.

The chilling tale of the fate of a vulnerable mother is available to read, for free, in horror fiction website Lonesome October Lit on Friday.

It has been a busy winter for Paul’s fiction.

His latest short story The Curious Child is now available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in the Dimension6 annual collection 2017.

Paul recently also accepted an offer for publication on another short story and details should be confirmed in the new year.

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Beautiful Dangerous now available in digital format

Paul Speller’s latest story, Beautiful Dangerous, is now available in digital format.

His new short fiction is the cover story in the latest Bloodbond collection, from the Alban Lake Publishing stable.

The horror story tells the tale of what happens when two colleagues visit a seedy nightclub, with deadly consequences.

Bloodbond is now available for download from the Infinite Realms Bookstore, for US$3.99.

The print version was released last year.

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Press Release: Support the Family Library and you could be in the money!

Join the Family Library’s 100 Club and you could end up in the money.

The Family Library and Mobile Library, which operate as a charity, have launched a fundraising initiative.

For a £12 annual subscription, you will be entered into a monthly draw with cash prizes. Participants can sign up for as many annual subscriptions as they like.

The three monthly prizes will be made up from 50% of the proceeds from that particular draw. Draws will take place on the final Saturday of the month, the first taking place on January 26.

The offer is open to those aged 18 and above, so is targeted at adult users of the Mobile Family Library and grown-up relatives of members of the Family Library – or anyone else who wants to show their support.

Librarian in charge of the Family Library Mary Cousins said: ‘As a charity, we are always looking at ways of raising funds to cover our operating costs.

‘This is a great way for people to support the Family Library and the Mobile Family Library – and also give them the chance to win a prize.’

For more details, visit www.familylibrary.im or ask any of the staff at the Family Library or on board the Mobile Family Library.

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A harsh lesson for Howard Quayle

Paul Speller muses on a harsh lesson for Chief Minister Howard Quayle in his latest Grapevine column for Business365 magazine.

After a bumpy few weeks where the chief appeared unable to take his foot out of his mouth, Paul offers his thoughts in the December edition of the magazine.

You can read the digital edition here.

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New story Beautiful Dangerous is published

Paul Speller’s latest work of fiction, Beautiful Dangerous, has been published in the latest Bloodbond collection.

The print version of Bloodbond, published by Alban Lake Publishing, is available now from www.infiniterealmsbookstore.com

Beautiful Dangerous tells the story of what happens when two work colleagues end up in a seedy nightclub and the alluring dancers are not all they might seem.

Paul’s previously published stories have received literary recognition.

Baby Blue Eyes won a national writing award, while The Curious Child featured in a compilation that was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award in Australia.

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