The gently psychotic Dr. Dume wrote his first article for the online magazine AlienSkin in November 2003, and continued writing them until the magazine closed in July 2010. The articles dealt with horror writing – not so much the mechanics of writing as the underlying ideas, and where they came from.

Joined, occasionally, by his friends, he recounts the generation of story ideas and some of the means by which he forms stories around them.

Each article is short and to the point, designed to be read in a matter of minutes and intended to stir the idea pot that resides in every writer’s mind to see what floats to the top.

This is not an instruction manual. It’s a book of ideas and of the dark places where they hide.

Take a look – but bring a light. It’s dark in here.

H. K. Hillman