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!
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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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It’s as yet unpublished, but you can read some of my other short stories in my anthologies, First Words and Unzipped: The Mind of a Madman which are available at all good online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.
My short story, My Mother & The Medium, has won the Christmas ghost story competition in The News (local Portsmouth Newspaper).
“It was the story which stopped editor Mark Waldron in his tracks and sent a tingle down his spine..” they said.
The short story originally appeared as part of David E. Gates’ second anthology of short-stories, poetry and articles in Unzipped: The Mind of a Madman which is available from Smashwords and Amazon and all good online bookstores.
The incredible true story of a lie, love and loss.
If the measure of a good book is its afterburn, Access Denied is a great book.
Thought-provoking, honest, extraordinary, revealing. A true story of a discovered lie and the fallout that followed. A damning indictment of the Child Support Agency and Family Courts.
A quite extraordinary true story.
“Thought provoking but brilliant read.” – Vanessa
“I couldn’t put it down!” – Lisa Roberts (CSA Rip-offs Support Group)
“A well told, quite extraordinary true story that stays with you.” – Jane Austin
“Amazingly jaw dropping story!” – Linda Conlon
“Captivating Story.” – Lanre Oke
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Great feature in monthly paper that covers The Meon Valley…
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. The Wretched. A unique horror story, drawing inspiration from local folklore, set in and around Portsmouth.
“Yes indeed it was a good read that’s for sure. Even had two dreams about it. You wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next.” – Helen Weaire.
“Fantastic read. Once I picked it up, could not put it down. Wanted to see what happened next. Expertly written – an excellent addition to the David E. Gates collection of recent stories. Totally recommend it.” – Amazon customer.
Photograph credit (For picture featured in article): Graham Wheatley – © 2017.
Told in his own words, David E. Gates narrates the story of how he fell in love, had a daughter he adored, and battled against the unbelievable incompetence, bias and injustices of the Child Support Agency and the Family Courts which cost him almost everything.
With 100% positive reviews, David’s story is both moving and tragic. Experience it in glorious audio form with original music by James Holmes.