Short Story: The Christmas Present (From “Seven Wonders of the Word”)


This story is taken from Seven Wonders of the Word, available to buy in paperback

Holidays are here again and it’s the most wonderful time of the year – for everyone except Henry. Still reeling from festive heartache the year before, he is struggling to get into the spirit of the season, even despite his friends’ best efforts to cheer him up. But when a sprightly new face enters his life, tantalisingly wrapped gift in hand, will he be able to stop acting like a Scrooge and accept the Christmas present?

Download: The Christmas Present (PDF, bookfold)


Proudly Presenting… Seven Wonders of the Word [Available Now!]



“What is magic but a sleight of hand, or a trick of the light…?”

A sorcerer on the run. A knock at the door. A knot in time. A love against the odds. An earth-shattering silence. A magical Christmas gift. And a glimpse into the future…

Richard Swain proudly presents this scintillating septet of short stories, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary using the power of the written word.

High in concept and high in drama, this collection brings the wonders of the imagination to life in a spectacular showcase of fresh talent and storytelling.

As themes like wizardry, love, and even language go under the literary lens, you may never see the world in quite the same way again…

Contains the following short stories:

  • The Wizard on the Peak
  • Who’s There?
  • February 29th
  • To the Ends of the Earth
  • Hush
  • The Christmas Present
  • The Time-Ravaged Town

Available to buy in paperback now from Amazon

Review Recap: Victoria (ITV) Series 2

My complete collection of Victoria (ITV) Series 2 reviews for Blogtor Who

Episode 1 – A Soldier’s Daughter

Episode 2 – The Green-Eyed Monster

Episode 3 – Warp and Weft

Episode 4 – The Sins of the Father

Episode 5 – Entente Cordiale

Episode 6 – Faith, Hope & Charity

Episode 7 – The King Over the Water

Episode 8 – The Luxury of Conscience

Top 5 Foo Fighters Albums

I’ve got another confession to make… I love Foos…

I’ve been a fan of Dave Grohl’s post-Nirvana rock outfit for around 10 years now, and they’ve been consistently been one of my favourite bands to listen to. And, with over 20 years of stadium-filling anthems under their belt, there’s plenty of great music to go around. Whether it’s heavy metal shredding or tender acoustic melodies, this four-(then five-, now six-)piece group can play the whole rock spectrum – and do it pretty damn well, at that. I finally got to see them live at the O2 Arena in London last week, and I’m happy to report that they’re just as good live as they are on their records.

But, that begs the question: which one of the Foo Fighters’ offerings is actually their best? With the recent release of their ninth studio album, Concrete and Gold, now seems like a perfect time to delve through the band’s back catalogue and decide which is truly the best, the best, the best, the best of Foo…


Foo Fighters @ The O2 Arena, London – 19.09.2017

1. I’ll Stick Around
2. All My Life
3. Learn to Fly
4. The Sky Is a Neighborhood
5. La Dee Da
6. The Pretender
7. These Days
8. Rope
9. Tie Your Mother Down
10. Cold Day in the Sun
11. Congregation
12. Walk
13. Dirty Water
14. Make It Right
15. My Hero
16. Skin and Bones
17. Breakout
18. This Is a Call
19. Run
20. White Limo
21. Arlandria
22. Times Like These
23. Sunday Rain
24. Monkey Wrench
25. Never Gonna Give You Up (with Rick Astley)
26. Best of You
27. Everlong

Short Story: Penned #3 – Quackdrophenia

Penn ventures into a world of darkness as his search for the truth reaches dangerous new heights. Deep within a forest of lost memories, extraordinary revelations are promised to those who can overcome a tense game of mind over matter. But, stalked every step of the way by his greatest fears, Penn must figure out who and what he can trust if he is to make it out alive…

Download: Penned #3 – Quackdrophenia (bookfold)

Blogtor Who Digest – August 2017

A complete collection of my articles for Blogtor Who from August 2017


Happy Birthday to Who? – 20th August: Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Anthony Ainley

Jenna Coleman Stars in New Victoria Season 2 Trailer

Victoria Returns to ITV on Sunday 27th August


Preview: Trust Me – Episode 1

Trust Me – Episode 1

Preview: Trust Me – Episode 2

Trust Me – Episode 2

Preview: Trust Me – Episode 3

Trust Me – Episode 3

Preview: Trust Me – Episode 4

Trust Me – Episode 4

Victoria Series 2 Episode 1