Happy Birthday to Access Denied!

Seven years ago today, Access Denied was released. A poignant, heart-felt story of the relationship between a father and his daughter, and the fight he had to undertake against the cruel, corrupt and dishonest Child Support Agency (CSA) and Family Courts.

It’s as relevant now as it was when it was first released. The travesties that had a life-long effect on the man and his child are still being experienced by those today that have to deal with the Child Maintenance System (CMS) and Family Courts who still lie and mislead people and make unjust and criminal judgements against them.

I’m still immensely proud of the book and how it has helped people – and even saved some of their lives – as they found themselves in the same situation I was in, without support or advice.

If you haven’t read it, you really should. With 100% positive reviews, it’s available in Audiobook, Paperback, Kindle, ePub, iBooks and all other eBook formats, and is a “must read“.

Here’s an excerpt from it:

One of my most precious memories is that of when Kelly and I went to Victoria Park, which leads down to Southampton water.

Kelly was not long at school and we walked along the nature path in the woods that would lead us down to the sea. As we walked through the woods, we came across a raised wooden pathway that enabled you to walk across the ponds and marshy environment.

It was quiet, the sound of traffic dulled into submission by the foliage and trees and only the sound of songbirds, likely warning of the invaders to their territories, could be heard.

Then, suddenly, a loud cracking sound from across the water which sat between the “bridges” we were on and the steep bank that went up several tens of feet opposite was heard. I held Kelly close to me and knelt down, hugging her close and pointing across the water to what I’d seen and urging her not to make any sound by placing my finger to my mouth.

Three deer stood upon the bank, about four feet higher up than we were, above the water line. A moment passed and I caught Kelly smiling, the wondrous sight of these beautiful animals in front of us.

Almost as soon as we’d seen them, they broke their stance and ran up the bank and deeper into the woods. Within seconds, they were gone from view.

It had been a magical moment that Kelly and I shared. Wondrous and almost dream-like in its perfection.

Even now, when I revisit the same spot, I remember that moment and what we shared that no-one else did.

©Copyright David E. Gates.

“Normandy” selected for display at Army Flying Museum

I’m honoured to have my poem, Normandy, selected for display at the https://www.armyflying.com/museum from the 3rd November.

Inspired by the history of the army air corps and its predecessors from the second world war (Glider pilot regiments and the royal flying corps of the first world war). Inspired by stories of courage, bravery, and comradeship.

Alongside the poems there will be a mass art installation of over 500 knitted mini medals created by groups and individuals from across the UK and further afield inspired by stories and artefacts that are on display at the museum. All poems and medals will be on display for visitors to see at the museum from the 3rd November until 10th December 2020.

Other poems are available in my anthologies: Unzipped: The Mind of a Madman and First Words.

Omonolidee: The Shitty Chalet – Now available.

Released on Halloween, October 31st, another in the Omonolidee series, available now from all good online bookstores:

The Shitty Chalet is a torrid tale of turgid travel in Devon and Cornwall.

Join David E. Gates and his girlfriend, Karen, as they travel to the West Country for a short break that turns out to be anything but relaxing and restful!

“Fabulous. Made me laugh, a lot.”

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Shortlisted for the Fresher Writing Prize!

My short story, The Need, has been shortlisted for the Fresher Writing Prize 2020 competition!

It’s as yet unpublished, but you can read some of my other short stories in my anthologies, First Words and Unzipped: The Mind of a Madman which are available at all good online bookstores, including Smashwords. And Amazon.

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Motorcycle Man – Available now.

David E. Gates brings you a joyful illustrated reminiscence of his days of motorcycling. A memoir for bikers, of all ages, everywhere.

Experience the thrills and spills of a young man’s foray into motorcycling. From simple scooters to high-powered super-bikes, from commuters to tourers, revel in the highs and lows from the author that brought you Omonolidee.

With additional material from Dean Hopton.

Available now from Smashwords and all good online bookstores. And Amazon.

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A Poem…

Some, it seems, just don’t get it.
They think they’re immune and ultra-fit.
But this thing doesn’t care who you are.
Hence its spread, near and far.

Cyclists on pavements, despite roads being clear.
Speeding through town, coming too near.
“Get off the pavement!” I yell at them all.
Because, quite simply, they’re not playing ball.

The rules are simple, but they don’t understand,
How to stop it, getting out of hand,
More weeks of lockdown, if you keep being a tool,
Going out for no reason, like a total fool.

You may be a carrier, and pass it on,
To your daughter, your mum, your dad or your son.
Do it for them, if for nobody else,
Do it for you, and your own health.

The message is clear, stay in, don’t go out,
The rules are to protect you, so please don’t flout.
Stop taking trips, for non-essential buys,
Or you may find, it causes your own demise.

At least if it happens, and you find yourself dead,
It’s one less idiot, to stop the spread.
So, do me a favour, don’t be a din.
Please, for now, just stay the fuck in!

©Copyright – David E. Gates 2020.

More poems and other stories are available in the following anthologies from David E. Gates, available from all good bookstores. And Amazon:

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The Deeper Roots of Evil – FIVE STAR Reviews

The Deeper Roots of Evil is already attracting some great, FIVE STAR reviews! 

After reading The Roots of Evil, the first in this sequel, I was eager to find out what was going to happen next in the creepy village of Ropely and the wonderful people that reside therein. My favourite being Dotty Dingle, a batty old lady with her shopping trolley who is rather central to the continuing saga. The author initially draws you into this book by concentrating on the characters and the personal relationships that arise between them, very cleverly making you form an emotional attachment to them before one by one they reach a grisly demise. Who will be left? What atrocity will happen next? Throughout the book you’re gripped with the notion that something dreadful is about to occur, so you have to keep reading but you’re scared to turn the page as you don’t know whose grim termination you’ll discover!! Exciting and horrifying in equal measures. Another page-turner from the amazingly gifted David E Gates. I’m already looking forward to the next in the series…” – Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 April 2020

Second book in the series and third I’ve read from this author. As per previous books, it was captivating and exciting. Well written… I’d thoroughly recommend it.” – Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 March 2020

The Deeper Roots of Evil is available in eBook and Paperback format from all good online bookstores. And Amazon.

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The first book in the series, The Roots of Evil, is available in eBook and Paperback at all good online bookstores also. 

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Janine’s Ghost Stories Interviews David E. Gates

The lovely Janine, of Janine’s Ghost Stories, put out a request for British Horror writers to be interviewed. She talked to yours truly about my life, my horror books and what’s coming next.

You can find the interview here. You can also follow Janine on Twitter – @disneynine

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World Poetry Day

It’s World Poetry Day today and, in tribute to this, and given the current circumstances, the following is my contribution which seems rather apt. For more poems and short stories, see my anthologies: First Words and Unzipped: The Mind of a Madman.

Corona

From China, Covid-19 its name,

Travelled west, and here it came.

Affecting many, making them ill.

It’s one purpose, seeming to kill.

 

Coughing, spreading, without knowing.

Events cancelled, no movies showing.

Calls for calm, as it takes its toll,

Morons stockpiling toilet roll.

 

Panic buying, hand gels and soap.

People dying, a loss of hope.

This virus, it cares not.

Though it hates the weather hot.

 

Take extra care, if you’re unwell,

And it will, be just swell.

Wash your hands, to stop the spread,

Else you may, well end up dead!

 

 

©Copyright – David E. Gates – 2020

The Deeper Roots of Evil – Now Available

The Deeper Roots of Evil is the astonishing sequel to David E. Gates’ first horror novel, The Roots of Evil.

Eric Barber investigates his father’s legacy, uncovering devastating family secrets and a malevolent force that haunts the village of Ropely. A force that seeks to destroy, in horrific, bloody and violent ways, his friends and all that he holds dear along with those that perpetuate the sins of lust and perversion. Eric must battle the evil and come to terms with his history in order to survive.  

eBook available now at Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Apple iBooks and Amazon (Kindle). Available in eBook and Paperback everywhere from Friday 13th March 2020.

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