The Portsmouth Literary Map

I’m extremely honoured to have been included in the Portsmouth Literary Map created by data creator, Dr Mark Frost, of Portsmouth University.

The Portsmouth Interactive Literary Map is a civic engagement, digital humanities project created by the English Literature team at the University of Portsmouth. It celebrates Portsmouth’s rich literary heritage and ongoing literary work, providing details of the many authors with city connections, exploring the wealth of literary works set in Portsmouth, and offering a host of literary extracts that provide varied perspectives on this unique and fascinating place. The map is by no means complete, and will continue to grow, both within the city and beyond its limits.

The link to my birthplace entry is here. The link to where I grew up, is here.

Literary Location entries for those sites featured in The Wretched, a horror novel written by myself, set in Portsmouth and based on local folklore, can be found as follows:

Harry Pounds’ scrapyard
Mother Shipton
Pitreavie Bridge
Stamshaw LakeTipner Lake
Flathouse DocksKettering TerraceMile End

A teenage boy explores the forbidden areas of his home town and gives life to a new evil that stalks him and his friends and family with vengeance in mind. Whilst grappling with the onset of puberty, he must battle the shape-changing menace which haunts his dreams and knows no bounds in its savagery whilst coming to terms with his own metamorphosis.

A unique horror story, drawing inspiration from local folklore, set in and around Portsmouth.

Available at all good online bookstores.

The Wretched won SILVER in the 2017 Authors DB Cover Competition

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About Me

David E. Gates is a prize-winning and award-winning writer who has published a number of books and short-stories. His work has been featured in television, radio and print media.

His first book, Access Denied, a true story based on events from his life, was nominated for the 2017 Readers Choice Awards and selected for Book of the Day by Indie Book Butler in November 2019. His novel, The Wretched, won SILVER in the AuthorsDB 2017 Cover Contest and his latest anthology of short-stories, poems and articles has made the semi-finals of the AuthorsDB 2019 Cover Contest.

His short story, My Mother & The Medium, won The News’ Ghost Story competition in December 2019.

His first horror novel, The Roots of Evil, was voted best to read on the Novel Festival site!

https://novelwritingfestival.com/2017/09/16/best-of-horror-gothic-novels/

David’s poem, The Ode of Phineas Gage, was selected to be featured on http://www.poetrysoup.com.

The Magic of Mushrooms, made runner-up in the Grow Wild poetry competition. Other poems, such as Vape Away, Terminators and Outrunning The Rain, have been featured in The Poetry Festival.

He won the SILVER prize in the AuthorsDB 2016 Cover Contest for The Ghost of Clothes and won best HORROR Novel Logline for 2016 for The Roots of Evil.

He has previously won first prize (Gold) for The Roots of Evil and third prize (Bronze) for Access Denied in the 2015 AuthorsDB Cover Contest, and has made a film about the battlefield memorials in Ypres, Belgium called Ypres – The Battlefield Tours (available at www.shelleyshow.co.uk).

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WIN a FREE copy of HE CAME BACK!

To celebrate the release of He Came Back, out on 21st May 2021, we’re giving away free copies.

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He Came Back – Available for pre-order & more.

When a villager returns from the war, strange events begin to affect the inhabitants who believe the soldier has brought back a curse with him… 

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Will be available in all eBook formats (Kindle version here) at all good online bookstores (Other formats here) from 21st May 2021.

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He Came Back – New Short Story Coming Soon…

My latest short story, inspired by a trip to a haunted village in Hampshire, called He Came Back, will be released soon.

Telling the tale of mysterious occurrences upon the return of a villager, it will be available in eBook format from all good online bookstores and in printed format directly from www.davidegates.com.

Final artwork of the cover:

BD’s Big Diet Book

A different kind of diet book!

This one doesn’t tell you what or how to eat, but rather gives you the experiences of more than a dozen different diets, allowing you an insight into each to enable you to choose the diet that’s right for you!

Based on real-life experiences, detailing the highs and lows of each diet, with a scoring mechanism for each, this book gives practical help and advice, along with some humorous tales, on a variety of diets and dieting.

Available at all good online bookstores in eBook and Paperback formats.

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Unlike other diet books, this is an amusing, encouraging and refreshing approach to one man’s journey through the minefield of diets available. It details his frank, honest experiences of the diets and highlights some pros and cons of each to give you a better informed opinion of which would best suit you. I will be using this as a reference guide in my own quest to lose weight and get healthier and I hope to achieve the same success. – Kindle Customer