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Behind the charming smile of B.P.Smythe - is there a twisted mind? How can he write such horror - and still remain sane - or is he?

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His engineering career took on many roles including technical writer for an artificial limb manufacturer; but he always enjoyed putting pen to paper for creating quality manuals and report writing.

As well as playing tennis, B.P.Smythe writes tennis articles for his local county magazine and relaxes reading crime and horror fiction. This, coupled with his technical writing career partly influenced his transition into creative writing.

Sow And You Shall Reap, is his first novel although he has submitted numerous short stories for internet competitions including gaining a second prize last year for his entry, The Letter, in the London Borough of Sutton Library, adult category.

Sow and You Shall Reap, together with his work-in-progress, On Black Monday, a novel in terrorism, reflect his in-depth research of locations and periods as well as black magic and religious organizations.

 Just to let you know my debut novel 'Sow and You Shall Reap' by B.P.Smythe is now on the Amazon Kindle book store for only £0.86.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Read this book..., 12 Sep 2011



This review is from: Sow and You Shall Reap (Paperback)
I read this book in just a couple of days. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical after reading the blurb as to how all the elements of the story would come together, but they do. The central characters are disturbingly sick and macabre, yet intriguing and believable. The story flows and keeps your attention throughout. If like me your a fan of authors like James Herbert, Stephen King and Dean Koontz, this book is definitely your kind of thing. Well worth a read.
5.0 out of 5 stars A new breed of monster, 15 Sep 2011
David Spanswick (Brighton United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Sow and You Shall Reap (Paperback)
One-eyed Liz, who takes out the glass one to apply mascara and Nasty Norman, a burns victim are two of the most unsavoury villains to appear in fiction for a very long time though the author of "Reap what you sow", Barry Smythe does beg for some understanding by painting the origins of this villainy in the upbringings of the pair skilfully grafted into flashbacks as the dreadful duo progress from one awful murder or dodgy deed to another.
Moving from cruelties perpetrated at a nursing for the elderly (Mr Smythe's original inspiration for the novel) to the haunted Hanukkah Hotel in Majorca the journey of our evil pair is so full of incident they could have filled several books.
Alluding to a couple of Stephen King's novels notably Carrie and The Shining Barry Smythe has however made this book entirely his own ~ he credits these influences in his introduction.
There are so many wonderful sections especially in the latter part of the book with a Halloween party and a sadistic illusionist will have any reader on the edge of their seat.
The message however is simple as intended in the book's title that no sin will go unpunished ~ or will it? The book will keep you guessing, literally, up to the very last sentence.
A great reading experience with more twists and turns than Hampton Court Maze, it is virtually uncategorisable as there is just so much story going on, just when you think "Oh it's that kind of novel" it leaps at you with a whole new bunch of surprises. For a first book this is an amazing achievement and it looks as if we may find out more about One-eyed Liz's early days in a follow up book..... can't wait
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun read - but skip the blurting blurb, 12 Sep 2011
This review is from: Sow and You Shall Reap (Paperback)
All is not well at Gossmoor Park Care Home. Too many residents are dying and Matron Elizabeth Waverly, along with her lover, Norman, who works as a nurse, have a brutal grip on the frail people in their care. Some of the other staff are growing increasingly concerned - but who will stand up to the menacing couple?

Smythe's evil protagonists are a product of their own miserable, abusive childhoods and he manages to make us aware of their vulnerabilities, so that although we may not like them we do understand what drives them. The uncertain start rapidly picks up pace and confidence as we learn about Norman's childhood. While this is definitely a horror tale with a steadily growing body count, there are flashes of humour that at times approach farce, particularly near the end of the book during the Halloween celebrations. Smythe is an entertaining writer with an inbuilt sense of when to pick up the pace and when he needs to slow it down. In a book where events - along with the body count - start accelerating, it would have been all too easy to lose control of the plotline and characters. But Smythe kept firm control of his wicked protagonists, which had me turning the pages wondering what could possibly happen next.

There are some places where the writing is a bit uneven and there are too many typos - complement instead of compliment, for instance, and a scattering of oddly placed question marks. On the plus side, the book is well produced to a high quality and as I've mentioned, the cover is outstanding.

But, once a train of events is unleashed in this genre and starts gathering momentum, the biggie has to be - does the ending pack a sufficient punch to make the investment of time and effort in reading the book worth it? Apart from being rather too squeamish, this is one of the reasons why this isn't my favourite genre - too many times all the tension and fear fizzles out... Or turns into something so preposterously grotesque, there is no sense of horror left. To be genuinely chilling, there has to be a sense of everyday as the action descends into ever greater chaos - something that Smythe has understood. The ending was completely satisfying, while leaving the reader slightly off balance. This interesting debut novel definitely marks Smythe as one to watch.
5.0 out of 5 stars You wont be able to put it down!, 30 Aug 2011
This review is from: Sow and You Shall Reap (Paperback)
I was given this book as a gift from a friend who is an English Literature teacher, who has recommended many amazing reads over the years - and so I knew this would be a great book. I could barely put it down once I started. It has a very rich and powerful story line - shocking yet believable. I wont say much more as I dont want to give too much away, but if you are looking for an intriguing horror / thriller novel, you wont be dissapointed!
5.0 out of 5 stars Sow and You Shall Reap- a great read, 22 Aug 2011
This review is from: Sow and You Shall Reap (Paperback)
I thought this book was terrific and the two villains were terrifyingly ruthless. Also I loved the nice size print which made it easy to read. I shall definitely look out for further books from B.P.Smythe

Subject: Review of Sow and You Shall Reap
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2011 08:54:02 -0600

  This is the Melissa you contacted through Goodreads.  I wanted to thank you again for choosing me to review your book.  I finished last night and started working on the review for it.  I did enjoy the book, but in honest criticism there were some things that could be worked on.  As a side note, I'm not sure if its just the differences in spelling between the UK and here, but there are quite a few typos in the book that aren't the standard different spellings I see in some books (the ou instead of o, etc.).  If you haven't mass printed these yet, you may want to do a quick edit over them.  And now for the review:

4 Stars
*This book was received as a free Advanced Reader's Copy*

I actually don't read thriller's and murder mysteries too much.  But when approached about this book I thought I'd give it a try.  There certainly was a lot of excitement in this book, and plenty of intrigue to keep things interesting.

Elizabeth Waverly has been in prison before, mainly for abusing those under her care at a nursing home.  She and her partner Norman Christie have bigger fish to fry now, however.  A person who was responsible for sending them to prison, and who shares the same first name with Elizabeth is first in line for a very generous will should her mother die.  Elizabeth and Norman help this along, and take care of the other Elizabeth for good measure and then Elizabeth Waverly assumes her identity.  But before they can make out with the money, a new will is found and a brother enters the picture.  He buys some property in Majorca and makes Elizabeth and Norman's plans much more difficult.  Many more people will die and strange happenings start as a result and it is only a little more time before things just aren't what they seem.

Elizabeth and Norman are decidedly deliciously evil bad guys.  Especially Elizabeth, the trauma of her past mixed with the ruthlessness of her future ensure that she is a force to be reckoned with.  Norman too is a pitiable yet hate-able character.  The other characters, Victor, Helen, and the rest have some important roles, yet I felt that I would have liked to have more information about them.  There are a couple of scenes that describe Victor further which was helpful, but not so much background on Helen except through her father.  I did like some of the side characters and their different stories.  Here the author gave some background on their personalities through use of flashbacks and it helped explain their actions in the future.

For a plot this one definitely had a lot of murder and intrigue.  In fact, I wondered what lurked around the corner at every page because I was never quite sure what was going to happen.  A complaint I have though is, towards the end it seemed rushed and actually kind of confusing.  I had to reread the last three chapters a couple times before I finally understood what happened even though I couldn't quite understand how it happened (my imagination filled in that for me).  I liked the touch of supernatural the book had as well, but it almost seemed an afterthought and I would have liked to see it incorporated sooner into the novel.  Still, it was spooky and I liked the author's descriptions on some of the horrors that were beginning to move around. The writing itself was very direct and easy to read; I can see people of all types enjoying the tone of the novel.

Not a bad book, while there were a few flaws I largely enjoyed it.  Definitely worthy of 3 1/2 stars to even 4.  If you like trilling tales of murder and the supernatural, this might be right up your alley.

Sow and You Shall Reap
Copyright 2011
347 pages

Review by M. Reynard 2011
Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2011 10:34:56 -0700
Subject: Sow & You Shall Reap
Hi, Barry.
Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity you read your novel.  I have posted a review to Amazon (copy below).  I will also be posting to Good Reads and linking to my Facebook Page.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one and am looking forward to your next.
I wanted to point out a couple of things that aren't mentioned in my review:
*  Your price point is very high for a trade paperback. It would even be high for a TBP by a best-selling author.   I know that books in England are much more expensive than books in America, but at this price point, it's going to be hard to sell here.  I know that many of the self-publishing firms set pricing by length of book, but if there's any wiggle room, you might want to consider lowering the price a bit. 
*  Consider Kindle.  I know that many authors are against e-books, however I really would recommend this.  Just from reading the first few pages of your book, I wanted to read the rest.  The ability to post a sample and then download to Kindle could sell many books.  Your book is extremely readable and this will give people a taste of it!
*  Invest in a quick line edit.  There are quite a few grammatical errors in the latter part of the book (mainly use of "your" vs. "you're").  I know it's a result of quick writing (your pace is fantastic) and it's something that isn't caught by spell check.  It's hard to line edit your own work because when you're reading, your mind fills in the sentence for you.  If you can afford to do so, you might try Kathy Ptacek.  She offers editing services.  Her link is:    She also has a Facebook page.  Why her?  She's the wife of Charles L. Grant, she does the Gila Queen Market Guide, and she's extremely well-known and well-connected in the horror field.   There are a ton of other book editors out there as well.  Or use one of your beta readers.
Sorry for all the advice.  Feel free to completely disregard!!!! :-)
In any case, my review:
In general, I hesitate to read self-published books.   However, with the advent of the Kindle, I've opened myself up to reading more and more self-published books and, while I still find that most of them are self-published for a reason (I rarely review them because I don't want to be unduly harsh), I've found that there are some gems among them.
"Sow and You shall Reap" by Barry Smythe is a self-published novel that I don't regret reading.  In his debut novel, Smythe introduces us to Elizabeth and Norman, two wonderfully drawn characters who are out to get whatever they can in this world - any way they can.
Many first time novelists have trouble hitting their stride.  It can take a quarter of a book before they find their voice and get to know their own characters.  And in most cases, they run out of steam about halfway through.  Smythe caught my attention from page one and carried the very enjoyable plot from the first page to the last.  When I had to stop reading for the day, I found myself thinking about the book and anxious to continue.
In addition, the settings were vividly drawn.  Smythe has the talent to use his words to make you visualize every scene in breathless detail!
While the book can use a little tightening here and there, this really is a fantastic debut and promises great things for his next book!



SOW AND YOU SHALL REAP by Barry Smythe (Kindle Edition - 11 Dec 2011)Kindle eBook
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SOW AND YOU SHALL REAP by Barry Smythe (Kindle Edition - 11 Dec 2011)Kindle eBook
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B.P.Smythe was born in 1946 within a short distance of the world famous Wimbledon All England Tennis Club. Racquet sports became an important part of his boyhood activities while attending the only school around with tennis courts. He later studied engineering at Carshalton College and eventually became a member of the institute of quality assurance.

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Member of the Institute of Quality Assurance.(MIQA)

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SOW AND YOU SHALL REAP by Barry Smythe (Kindle Edition - 11 Dec 2011) - Kindle eBook Buy: Ł0.86 Available for download now (12) ..........Hi,My novel, SOW AND YOU SHALL REAP published by AuthorHouse is out there at the bookshops..........Go to.......... for the Blog of my book...........Will be having a Goodreads giveaway for my book startng on October 11TH TO Nov 11th 2011...........Remember all author royalties and profits from Sow And You Shall Reap will be donated to Cancer Research UK, as stated in the copies..........Isbn:9781456771713..........Sow and You Shall Reap by B P Smythe..........About this title:..........How cruelty, sexual abuse and greed created this monster of a former care home Matron and the haunted hotel that hid her evil secret...........Just released from prison after their care home atrocities, former Matron, Elizabeth Waverly, and her accomplice, Norman Christie, team up and see an opportunity to inherit two million pounds...........But first they have to kill the main beneficiary, Elizabeth Carragher, with Elizabeth Waverly taking on her identity...........At the reading of the will they see their plans back fire when a second will is found and a long lost brother, Victor Carragher, turns up and claims it all...........Salvaging what they can, they plan to kidnap the brother's young precocious daughter, Helen, for half the inheritance...........Before the kidnap can be arranged, Victor Carragher, a hotel manager, very quickly fulfils a life long ambition and moves to Majorca with his daughter, and new found wealth, to buy his own hotel...........The killing couple follow him with Elizabeth Waverly still in disguise helping Victor run the hotel...........But unbeknown to them the hotel he purchases is haunted...........What follows is a series of terrifying events including flashbacks of the main characters, the breakdown of their early family lives and how cruelty, abuse and greed, installed with a liberally wielded trouser belt, can manifest itself later like a cancer on their morals..........Synopsis for SOW AND YOU SHALL REAP by B.P.Smythe..........When care home killing couple, Elizabeth Waverly, and her side kick, Norman Christie, are released from prison in the year 2000 the future looks grim...........After a chance encounter they team up and see an opportunity to inherit two million pounds; but first they have to kill the main beneficiary and former work colleague, Elizabeth Carragher...........Elizabeth Waverly then takes on her identity...........At the reading of the will they see their plans back fire when a second will is produced by the solicitor, and a long lost brother, Victor Carragher, turns up and claims it all...........Salvaging what they can, they plan to kidnap the brother’s young daughter, Helen, for half the inheritance...........Before the kidnap can be arranged, Victor Carragher, a hotel manager, very quickly fulfills a life long ambition and moves to Majorca with his daughter to buy his own hotel...........The killing couple follow him with Elizabeth Waverly still impersonating his sister and helping the brother in his new business venture...........With her side kick, Norman, they bide their time, waiting for a kidnap opportunity. But unbeknown to them, the hotel Victor purchases is haunted...........The hotel Hanukkah, dubbed by the press as the hotel of horrors, sees many grizzly deaths and accidents; notably the former hotel owner, Reuben, whose eaten alive by his guard dogs...........This also includes the convenient death of Norman, her accomplice, and anybody else who threatens Elizabeth Waverly’s cover...........Living the good life with her deception still intact, the kidnap plans are put on hold...........That’s until Victor’s daughter, Helen, spots her as an impostor...........Now she must kill Helen...........Later she reads in a British newspaper, the body of Victor’s real sister has been found...........Now she must kill Victor before the police trace him, and then find her...........On Halloween night the hotel Hanukkah gives a party that reveals the underlying evil it has always harbored within its walls...........Then, Elizabeth Waverly is confronted by her ultimate nightmare; a hotel guest, Lynn Whatts, finds the grizzly remains of a young girl hidden behind a bath panel...........It is the murdered body of Victor’s daughter, Helen...........Elizabeth, in a frenzied attempt to hide the truth, must kill Victor, and then the hotel guest who discovered her crime...........In an orgy of murder and revenge, Elizabeth kills Victor then confronts Lynn Whatts in her hotel room...........As she tightens the dressing gown cord around Lynn’s neck the ghosts of Reuben’s guard dogs appear...........They want revenge having been blamed for killing Victor’s daughter...........On their stomachs creeping towards her, Elizabeth backs out onto Lynn’s hotel balcony...........She knows her time has come...........As she stands on the balcony rail she shrieks out the sermon her religious stepfather had installed into her with his liberally wielded trouser belt....For as ye have sown, so shall ye reap...........Surrounded by the dogs she leaps off...........Then down below their follows the awful high pitched screams of a feeding frenzy as Lynn hears Elizabeth Waverly being ripped to pieces; followed by the distant rumbling of a fading storm...........Lynn Whatts’s near death experience releases her true feelings for her holiday companion and gay best friend, Margaret Gaynor...........Together now, Margaret helps Lynn overcome her reoccurring nightmares of the events...........They both cuddle up together; their naked bodies giving each other warmth...........And the dreams after that come sweet for Lynn...........But Elizabeth Waverly is not dead...........Unbeknown to Lynn and the police she survives the fall...........She quickly butchers German tourist, Frieda Kaufmann, beyond recognition to take her place as the victim of the attack by the dogs...........Using Frieda Kaufmann’s identity, Elizabeth Waverly kill again in a terrifying sequel, titled: ON BLACK be released in 2013..........The official Blog for this novel is at:....

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Official Blog of Sow and You Shall Reap
A favourite snippet from Sow and You Shall Reap by B.P.Smythe..........At the TV room, Norman stood by the half open door without being noticed...........He watched them with contempt and wondered what it must be like to be old and useless.......He despised the way they demanded attention, sometimes with no thanks...........How they shuffled along the corridors, arched over, clutching their walking frames; their limp white hair carefully combed over the bald patches by the resident care lady...........Stained Cardigans replaced by clean ones for visitors. Bandaged legs with fur slippers, and always the smell of urine masked by cheap perfume...........He’d watched them at lunch or supper; eating with their mouths open...........Like food revolving inside a washing machine...........Afterwards, helping the more infirm on and off their commodes, heaving with the stench; having to deal with wiping them...........Then, smiling when relations came to visit; pretending he had a special bond with this one or that one...........‘My favourite,’ he’d tell a son or a daughter, with everybody going, ‘Ah, that’s nice, we’re very grateful.’..........Bath nights were the worst...........Hearing their constant moaning while they undressed...........Wincing from the nauseating soiled underwear...........Trying to coax them to sit down...........Listening to them whimper, ‘It’s still too hot,’ with frail emaciated faces and dull frightened eyes...........Wishing they would fall......Break a hip...........Afterwards came the sport...........Holding their head under for a while and watching thin frail arms splash around...........Letting them up suddenly, heaving and coughing, gasping for air...........Meeting their pleading eyes...........Smiling at them as they blubbered away, ‘Please don’t hurt me......I’ll be good......I won’t be any trouble.’..........Slowly pushing them back under; pausing, just before the water covered their nose, giving them a little bit of hope; laughing quietly at their one last coughing fit...........Then, the hand on the head forcing down...........Desperate scrawny fingers reaching out from the water...........Clawing at the white sleeve of the care home uniform, until, the grip slowly releases...........Now the eyes wide open, staring up...........Lips pulled back in a grinning rictus...........Thin white hair, floating and waving in slow motion...........The last tiny bubbles of life drifting up to the surface...........It was so good to have that power...........Next, the red panic button...........Running out into the corridor for help...........Standing back, looking worried, while others fussed...........Worked the defibulator...........Gave the kiss of life...........Pummelled the bony chest...........Then, thumbed the eyelids closed...........Dried the white useless flesh...........Folded the arms across with respect; and, finally, pulled the green sheet over the face.

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My book giveaway at Goodreads....
The book giveaway for Sow and You Shall Reap by B.P.Smythe will start on October 11th to run till November 14th 2011.

Current work titled: On Black Monday
Current work in progress-Titled: ON BLACK MONDAY Set in 1973, Elizabeth Waverly is a nineteen year old prostitute...........Her pimp, Lenny, who thinks she’s been holding money back, is secretly following her in Wimbledon Park...........She’s with, Amir, one of her regular clients...........Lenny starts a fight and the client gets killed by accident...........Elizabeth and her pimp panic then remove all identification including a wallet and quickly hide the body...........A schoolgirl who witnesses the killing recognizes Elizabeth and puts it in her diary...........A chase follows but the schoolgirl hides the diary and then gets killed...........Elizabeth and her pimp are unaware the stolen wallet holds vital information in the lining; the identity of terrorists...........The murdered client is part of a Black September cell who are organizing operation Black Monday...........It is to be another dramatic attack to rival the slaughter of Israeli athletes during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich...........This is in retaliation for British and American support to supply arms to Israel, and the killing of Abu Youssef, a high level PLO leader killed in Beirut...........On the first Monday of the Wimbledon 1973 tennis championships, using three helicopters and 2,750 gallon water buckets, the terrorists plan to fly over the Centre-court and douse the crowd with 8,000 gallons of aviation fuel; followed by numerous incendiary flares...........The terrorists will stop at nothing to implement their plans but they must find the missing wallet...........They hunt for Elizabeth and kill Trish, her best friend, under interrogation...........But still no leads...........Elizabeth will stop at nothing to find the schoolgirls incriminating diary...........What follows is a rollercoaster ride of two stories that merge to form an unstoppable climax...........It sees Elizabeth desperately searching in a blazing house for her diary...........While on centre-court hundreds look up and see aviation fuel raining down on them...........The attack, On Black Monday, will be forever etched in history as a landmark in global terrorism...........Contact info:...B.P.Smythe, 40 Saint Margaret’s Avenue, North Cheam, Surrey, UK. SM3 07814780856

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