I was born and raised in the north-west of England. In 1982, after a more than happy childhood, my family emigrated to South Africa. Soon after my arrival, I wrote to the South African Defence Force (SADF) and offered myself as a volunteer to 'fight communism'. Unsurprisingly, they declined my juvenile offer.
During these politically tumultuous years in South Africa, like most young people, I often wondered what to do with my life. I enjoyed writing and some of the fantasy and sci-fi stories I wrote were ultimately published in genre magazines. I also wrote a great deal of poetry (some of which was also published).
At the end of the decade, I went to art school and began to learn about the processes, history, creative practices, and possibilities of photography. In 1990 I graduated with a distinction. In the same year, I got a job as a photographer's assistant in Johannesburg and moved into a flat in the city with my wife. We lived in Jo'burg for just over a year before I was invited to teach photography as a part-timer at my alma mater. In 1991 my wife and I had our first child.
By 1993 I had completed postgraduate studies cum laude and achieved academic colours. But South Africa was now entering a period of terminal decline and endemic violence in the forced maelstrom of political change at the end of the Apartheid era. Once the ANC came to power in 1994, we decided it was time to leave South Africa. This was a very difficult decision, especially for my wife, a South African Boer whose ancestors had first arrived on the southern tip of Africa in 1652. However, given the subsequent collapse of law and order and the general anarchy that has engulfed Africa since European decolonisation, it was the right decision.
I worked as a teacher in a sixth-form college in London for two years, then, in 1996 I was appointed Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. With my wife and (now) two children we moved to rural Wales.
I gained my Ph.D. in 2006 and became a Senior Lecturer in 2016. In 2021 I took early retirement from teaching to focus on writing. I have since published a trilogy of three novels, various short stories, and a collection of my tales of 'Weird Fiction'.
I continue to live in rural Wales with my ever-growing family.