Talespinners & Winged Monkeys
I’m co-director of Talespinners, a writing & narrative company dedicated to helping you develop story for your game. I also run my own freelance company, Winged Monkeys.
I’ve held a wealth of roles as a programmer
, technical architect
. I spent a long time running software teams creating interactive TV systems and produced over 40 educational games.
I threw all that in to work in the mainstream games industry, where I’ve since worked as a programmer and designer for gameplay, systems and tools on a wide range of triple-A and indie titles across all sorts of platforms – including SOMA & the LittleBigPlanet & LEGO franchises.
I’ve written and designed story for many different types of interactive media. My credits include character and world design for PC games, narrative refreshes on console games, interactive web fiction
, and leading teams to create gameworlds from scratch for commercial clients. I’m story lead on Frictional Games
‘ next title.
I’ve also directed live action events for over 20 years. I’m co-founder of Crooked House, an organisation legendary for its high concept events and ridiculously over-the-top special effects and sets. Oddly a lot of this experience has now become relevant to the mainstream due to the renewed interest in VR and in street games.
My first full-length feature film, Fallen Soldiers, came out in July 2015. We made it for virtually no money, and with no time. Critics have said things like ‘a very clever piece of genre cinema that is not bound by its conventions’ (Film News) and ‘a great low budget horror movie, with some strong talent and clever ideas.’ (Starburst). I have two other optioned screenplays.
My twisted children’s book Where’s My Shoggoth? is available in all good comic shops. It has been variously described as ‘a firmly recommended gift for anyone in life who has a taste for the bizarre’ (Starburst Magazine), ‘a book you’ll happily put on your child’s shelf alongside Winnie the Pooh & Dr. Seuss’ (Omnicomic), ‘perfect for the Lovecraft lover in your life’ (Ain’t It Cool News) and ‘just right to snuggle up with your budding young mythos investigator on a dark and stormy night’ (Wired), amongst many other accolades.
I’ve also worked as editor and writer-for-hire on projects ranging from novels to gameworld lore. I’m often asked to polish and copy-edit work, particularly when it comes to dialogue.
I lecture and advise on training courses, have acted as a games adviser for BAFTA Wales, co-founded and chaired the Games Wales industry body in Wales, and generally spend a lot of time making a nuisance of myself in an attempt to big up the games industry in my local area. I’m a full member of BAFTA, and of the Writer’s Guild.
Here are a few bits and pieces from press, talks and interviews I’ve given:
Where's My Shoggoth?
A children’s book about the Cthulhu mythos, with rhymes & pictures.
A tiny any-genre RPG – everything you need to play in a deck of cards.
An 110,000-word interactive novel set in the time of King Arthur.
A Napoleonic horror movie set deep behind the French lines, available on DVD.
My Worst Words
A special book of vocabulary for children – Sid James would be proud.
An existential horror game set deep under the sea, from Frictional Games.
Feel free to get in touch. I’d love to talk about possible projects or collaboration.