Mind Blood – Five Star Review!

5.0 out of 5 stars 

Couldn’t put it down!!!!

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 August 2022

Mind Blood is a brilliant little book of short stories – some had me thinking… One or two made me giggle and a few were quite impossible not to question if it could happen to you… or has it yet to happen?? So many little twists and lots of blood – my poor brain has had to have a holiday!! Well done to David for a book I can pick up again and again to quench my thirst of little short stories without having to leave the light on but keep me awake thinking… Drip Drip drip… Is anybody there? It’s just a book… Let your imagination run amok with this little gem of a book. Go on. I dare you.

Available at all good online bookstores and via www.davidegates.com

Buy One, Get One FREE – Kinda

Buy any book* from my bookstore, and get a FREE short story…

Offer only for a limited time…

* – Only applies to the following books:

  • Access Denied
  • Cinema
  • The Roots of Evil
  • The Deeper Roots of Evil
  • The Wretched
  • Omonolidee
  • First Words
  • Unzipped: The Mind of a Madman
  • Mind Blood
  • UFO: The Edinburg Incident and Other UFO Stories

Random short story will be supplied in same format as book ordered.

OUT NOW! New Anthology of Short Stories: Mind Blood.

A new anthology of short stories by David E. Gates.

Featuring tales of the macabre such as The Blood, Croc, The Crash, The Ghosts of Gribble and You’re Next along with short, flash-fiction stories including The Devil Needs Payin’ and The Search.

More than 30 original stories, many of which have never been previously published.

Get your copy from the bookstore.

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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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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My Mother & The Medium wins Short Story Competition

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.

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Second story selected for Podoween Series!

Second story selected for Drunk In A Graveyard‘s Podoween Series!

Drunk In A Graveyard decided to deliver a little pumpkin shaped audio gift to their listeners every day in the form of a narrated story.

Day 24’s story, “The Blood“, was submitted by David E. Gates who, apparently, you should follow on twitter for all your horror fiction needs year round.

You can access the podcast here via YouTube or listen to the audio here.

Drunk In A Graveyard

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