Portsmouth, Pompey, Forever – Blog Feature

Further to being featured on the Portsmouth Literary Map, writer David E. Gates reflects on the impact of the city on his life and works, with excerpts from his writing, in a blog feature on the Portsmouth University website:

You can see the full blog here. Please feel free to share.

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

The Wretched wins SILVER in Cover Contest

The new horror novel, The Wretched from David E. Gates, the author of original horror stories: The Roots of Evil and The Ghost of Clothes, has won SILVER in the Authors DB 2017 Cover Contest.

Set in and around Portsmouth, UK, The Wretched tells a creepy and horrifying story of a malevolent and evil force rising up to affect and change the lives of two teenage boys.

Local folklore and locations feature heavily in the sixth publication from David E. Gates, out now.

The Wretched - Silver - Middle

Buy The Wretched from Amazon and Smashwords

The Wretched makes the semi-finals!

My horror novel, set in Portsmouth, called The Wretched, has made it to the semi-finals of the AuthorsDB 2017 Cover Contest!

I still need more votes to get it to the finals… please vote HERE

The Wretched - Semi Finalist

To BUY, you can find it in Paperback here on Amazon and in all eBook formats at Smashwords and all other good online bookstores.

 

Another FIVE STAR review for The Wretched!

Such a good read. Spooky and a real page turner! Once I started it I couldn’t put it down. I love horror books and this one was fantastic! The fact that it is also set near where I am from makes it all the more creepy!
By B1234 on 12 July 2017
The Wretched by David E. Gates – Available at all good online bookstores in eBook and Paperback formats. Want an autographed paperback version? Message me for details.
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Vote for my cover of The Wretched [Please]

My book, The Wretched, has been entered in the 2017 AuthorsDB.com Cover Contest.

It literally takes just a couple of clicks to vote and your vote will help get it noticed to progress to the next stage of this esteemed prize. I’ve previously won Gold and Silver for the covers of The Roots of Evil and Access Denied.

Click here to vote or cut and paste the following link into your browser.

https://authorsdb.com/2017-cover-contest-results/23914-cover-contest-2017-the-wretched

The Wretched 2D Cover

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the-wretchedThe Wretched - Full Cover

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

The Wretched featured in Meon Valley News!

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Great feature in monthly paper that covers The Meon Valley…

Click here to buy The Wretched on Kindle.

Click here to buy The Wretched on other platforms.

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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.

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“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.

Excellent coverage of The Wretched in local paper!

news-article-january-2017Great feature in the local paper…

Click here for original online article.

Click here to buy The Wretched on Kindle.

Click here to buy The Wretched on other platforms.

 

 

Photograph credit: Graham Wheatley – © 2017.

 

The Wretched – Five Star Review!

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Superb on the edge of your seat story

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 Gates collection of recent stories. Totally recommend it.

Buy The Wretched

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The Wretched – OUT NOW!

The Wretched

OUT NOW!

The Wretched

The new horror novel from David E. Gates, the author of original horror stories: The Roots of Evil and The Ghost of Clothes is OUT NOW!

Set in and around Portsmouth, UK, The Wretched, available on Kindle, ePub, iBook, paperback and other formats, tells a creepy and horrifying story of a malevolent and evil force rising up to affect and change the lives of two teenage boys.

Local folklore and locations feature heavily in the sixth publication from David E. Gates, out now.the-wretched

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.

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