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About Dave Higgins
Dave Higgins writes and publishes speculative fiction, often with a dark edge. Despite forays into the mundane worlds of law and IT, he was unable to completely escape the liminal zone between mystery and horror.
His short stories have appeared in several magazines and anthologies, including All These Shiny Worlds, Millhaven’s Tales of Suspense, and DimensionBucket. He published his first solo novel, Seven Stones: The Complete Series, a gritty fantasy homage to pulp serials, in 2018. He has also co-authored two humorous trilogies with Simon Cantan.
In January 2019, he established Abstruse Press, an imprint releasing speculative fiction anthologies.
Born in the least mystically significant part of Wiltshire, England, and raised by a librarian, he started reading shortly after birth and has not stopped since. He currently lives in Bristol with his wife, Nicola, his cats, Jasper and Una, a giant sack of coffee beans, a plush altar to the Dark Lord Cthulhu, and many shelves of books.
It’s rumoured he writes and publishes out of a fear that he will otherwise run out of things to read.
Discover more here: http://davehigginspublishing.co.uk
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