Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Horror, SciFi & Fantasy, Plays and Scripts

Writer Biography

Paul Kane began his professional writing career in 1996, providing articles and reviews for news-stand publications (most recently for DeathRay, SFX and Dreamwatch). He has written the fiction collections Alone (In the Dark), Touching the Flame, FunnyBones and Peripheral Visions, as well as the novellas Signs of Life (shortlisted for the British Fantasy Awards 2006), Dalton Quayle Rides Out (introduced by Tom Holt), The Lazarus Condition (introduced by Mick – The Stand -Garris) and RED (featuring art from Dave – MirrorMask – McKean). He appeared in the documentary Assembly of Rogues and his stories have been read on BBC Radio 2. He also won Estronomicon magazine’s 2008 Dead of Night Award (Editor’s Choice) for his short story ‘A Chaos Demon Is For Life’.

He has a B.A. and M.A. from Sheffield Hallam University and is currently working as a lecturer in Creative Writing. Paul was Special Publications Editor for the British Fantasy Society for five years, where he worked on projects with Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, China Miéville, Muriel Gray and many others. And he was on the organising committee of FantasyCon for two years (as Co-Chair in 2008). He is co-editor of the Terror Tales series of anthology books and editor of the Shadow Writers line. Recently his story ‘Dead Time’ was developed by Lionsgate/NBC for the US network show Fear Itself, adapted by Steve Niles – 30 Days of Night – and Ben Sokolowski of Bad Robot (Lost, Cloverfield) under the title New Year’s Day, directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (SAW II-IV), with effects from Oscar-winners KNB (Chronicles of Narnia). There are a number of short movies in pre-production based on his stories and Paul scripted The Opportunity based on his own short story.

His hardback non-fiction book The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy, introduced by Doug ‘Pinhead’ Bradley, was nominated for a BFS Award in 2007; he penned a piece on Hellraiser for the Bram Stoker Award-nominated and BFS Award-winning Cinema Macabre book, introduced by Jonathan Ross and featuring such genre names as Simon (Shaun of the Dead) Pegg and Mark (League of Gentlemen) Gatiss; and he is co-editor of the mass market anthology Hellbound Hearts (published by Pocket Books/Simon and Schuster), which gathers together stories inspired by Clive Barker’s mythology from the likes of Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola (Baltimore and Hellboy), Kelley Armstrong (Personal Demon) and Richard Christian Matheson (Stephen King’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes). His mass market novel Arrowhead for Abaddon/Rebellion, publishers of 2000 AD (a post-apocalyptic reworking of the Robin Hood legend), came out in 2008 in the UK & US followed by its sequel, Broken Arrow, in 2009. Paul’s Shadow Writer site has featured the likes of Stephen King, James Herbert, Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan, Brian Lumley, Kevin J. Anderson and Thomas Harris as Guest Writers, and can be found at http://www.shadow-writer.co.uk


Selected Publications


Alone (In the Dark) – 2001, chapbook, BJM Press

Touching the Flame – 2002, trade paperback, Rainfall Books, German translation 2006, Eloy Edictions.

FunnyBones – 2003, trade paperback,

Creative Guy Publishing, reprinted 2005.

Peripheral Visions – 2008, trade paperback, Creative Guy Publishing.


Signs of Life (BFS Award-nominated) – 2005/6, Crystal Serenades/Rainfall Books

The Lazarus Condition (featuring short story ‘Dead Time’ adapted by Lionsgate/NBC for their show Fear Itself, scripted by Steve ’30 Days of Night’ Niles, directed by Darren ‘SAW II-IV’ Lynn Bousman) – 2007, trade paperback, Tasmaniac Publications.

Dalton Quayle Rides Out – 2007, trade paperback, Pendragon Press.

RED – 2008, Skullvines Press


Arrowhead – 2008, mass market paperback, Abaddon/Rebellion (publishers of 2000 AD)

Broken Arrow – 2009, mass market paperback, Abaddon/Rebellion (publishers of 2000 AD).

Edited and co-edited books:

Shadow Writers Vol. 1 – 2002, trade paperback, Rainfall Books.

Shadow Writers Vol. 2 – 2003, trade paperback, Rainfall Books.

Terror Tales # 1 – 2003, trade paperback, Rainfall Books.

Terror Tales # 2 – 2004, trade paperback, Rainfall Books.

Terror Tales # 3 – 2006, trade paperback, Rainfall Books.

The British Fantasy Society: A Celebration – 2006, trade paperback, BFS Publications.

Hellbound Hearts – 2009, mass market trade paperback, Pocket Books/Simon and Schuster.

Contributed To


Magazines such as: Terror Tales, The Dream Zone, Enigmatic Tales, Sci-Fright, Penny Dreadful, Hidden Corners, Nemonymous, HorrorFind, Redsine, Wicked Hollow, The Dream People, Estronomicon, Dark Animus.

Anthologies such as: In Sheep’s Clothing, Spell Castin, Torniquet Heart, Zombies, The Evil Entwines, Darkness Rising, The Derelict of Death and Other Stories, Scary Holiday Tales, Demonology, Read by Dawn, Voices, Return of the Raven.

Non-fiction (articles and reviews):

Eclipse, Area 51, Boy’s First, Writers’ Forum, SFX, Fangoria, The Dark Side, DeathRay, Gorezone, Rue Morgue, TV Filme Memorabilia, The Derbyshire Times, Hub Magazine, Dreamwatch, Prism, Pantechnicon.

Entries in Contemporay North American Directors: A Wallflower Critical Guide.

Performances & Workshops

2002-2006: Tutor for Chesterfield College, Art, Film Studies and Creative Writing.

2006-present: Tutor, Creative Writing – private classes.

2003 – Panel speaker at Institute of Ideas Genes and Society Festival in London (media panel).

FantasyCon 2004 – Live onstage interview with Muriel Gray (Furnace, The Trickster), plus various panels.

2004 – Featured in ‘Assembly of Rogues’ DVD documentary.

2004 – Reading at launch of ‘When Darkness Comes’ at Craig Y Nos Castle, Wales.

FantasyCon 2005 – Live onstage interview with Simon Clark (Night of the Triffids) plus various panels.

2005 – Reading at ‘Signs of Life’ launch at Craig Y Now Castle, Wales.

Alt.Fiction Day – Reading from ‘Signs of Life’

Alt.Fiction 2006 – ‘Why Horror’ workshop.

FantasyCon 2006 – Live onstage interviews with Clive Barker and Neil Gaiman, Q&A with Clive Barker and Simon Bamford (Hellraiser).

Alt.Fiction 2007 – ‘Monsters’ workshop.

World Horror Convention 2007 – Panel participant, forthcoming events.

World Horror Day 2007 – Readings and workshops.

FantasyCon 2008 – Co-Chair, live onstage interview with Dave McKean (MirrorMask), speech at launch of Arrowhead.

FantasyCon 2009 – launch of Broken Arrow novel.

Prizes & Awards

2006 – British Fantasy Award Nomination (shortlist) for short story (‘Homeland’) and for novella (‘Signs of Life’).

2007 – British Fantasy Award Nomination (shortlist) for non-fiction (The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy).

2009 – Dead of Night Award winner (editor’s choice) for short story ‘A Chaos Demon is for Life’.

Available for the following:

  • Lectures / Talks / Panels
  • Teaching
  • Live Performances
  • Workshops
  • Work Experience/Qualifications

    From 2002-2006 I was a Tutor for Chesterfield College, running outreach courses in Art, Film Studies and Creative Writing, teaching age ranges from 16-90.

    From 2006-present I have been running private Creative Writing classes for, again, ages ranging from 16-90.

    Live readings and interviews include those at book launches and FantasyCons over the past 6 or so years. Panel experience talking about various subjects.

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    My Work

    Broken Arrow
    Publisher: Abaddon

    Websites, blogs and links to work

    Personal and Work Website