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

All my eBooks at Smashwords, 50% OFF!

From 1st until 31st July, all my publications hosted at Smashwords will be 50% off!

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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… 

eBook pre-order available now at all good online bookstores.

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

Exclusive for early readers: Autographed printed version available for just £5.00.

Simply scan the code below, enter “He Came Back” and the delivery address in the note, to purchase.

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:

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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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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Artwork for The Deeper Roots of Evil finalised.

The artwork for the eBook and Paperback release of The Deeper Roots of Evil is now completed.

On the NEXT Friday the 13th (in March 2020), the astonishing sequel to The Roots of Evil, called The Deeper Roots of Evil, will be released. Details of where to pre-order coming soon.

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