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I write to fright!

Background Information

 C.M. Saunders began writing in 1997, his early fiction appearing in several small-press titles and anthologies. His first book, Into the Dragon's Lair – A Supernatural History of Wales was published in 2003. After graduating with a degree in journalism from Southampton Solent university he worked extensively in the freelance market, contributing to numerous international publications including Fortean Times, Chat, Its Fate! Bizarre, Urban Ink, Enigma, Record Collector, Nuts and Maxim, and a regular column to the Western Mail newspaper. Since returning to dark fiction he has had stories published in Screams of Terror, Shallow Graves, Dark Valentine, Fantastic Horror, Unbroken Waters and several anthologies. His novellas Dead of Night and Apartment 14F: An Oriental Ghost Story are available now on Damnation Books, while Devil's Island is out on Rainstorm Press.

Birth Place
Abergavenney,  Wales

Published Credits (Up to and inclusive of May 2014):

Full-length Books:

Into the Dragon’s Lair – A Supernatural History of Wales (2003, Gwasg Carreg Gwalch) (ISBN: 0-86381-819-6)

From the Ashes – The REAL Story of Cardiff City FC (2013, Gwasg Carreg Gwalch) (ISBN: 0-86381-819-6)


Apartment 14F: An Oriental Ghost story (2009, Damnation Books) (Print ISBN: 978 -1-61572-010-1 / Digital ISBN: 978-1-61572-011-8)

Dead of Night (2010, Damnation Books) (ISBN 9871615721191)

Devil's Island (2012, Rainstorm Press)

Contributions to Anthologies:

Mr C (the Asphalt Jungle Compilation, 1999)
A Thin Disguise (The Best of Raw Nerve) (2002)
Band of Souls (The Return of the Raven) (2009)
The Devil & Jim Rosenthal (DOA – Extreme Horror) (2010)
Curiosities (Uncanny Allegories, 2011)
The Art of Lucid Dreaming (Torn Realities, 2012)
Treat Night (Denizens of the Dark, 2012)
Roadkill (Fading Light, 2012)
The Delectable Hearts (Urban Legends of Horror: A Friend of a Friend Told Me, 2012)
Handsome Jack (Undead Living, 2013)
Altitude Sickness (Flying Toasters: The DeadPixel Tales, 2013)
The Elementals & I (Dark Visions 2, 2013)

Selected Non-fiction:

The Devil’s Footprints (Enigma magazine, 1997)
Jack the Ripper & the Occult Connection (Enigma, 1997)
The X-Files Explained – Zombie Cults (Enigma, 1997)
Just a Coincidence? (International Media Agency, 1998)*
History’s Greatest Mysteries – the Marie Celeste (IMA, 1999)*
Chasing the Dragon (BizArre, 2001)
Of Hags & Hellhounds – Welsh Portents of Death (Fortean Times, 2002)
The Beautiful Game (Fortean Times, 2002)
The Fairies of Pembrokeshire (Pembrokeshire Life, 2003)
Little Britain Live (Nuts, 2005)
Top 40 Worldwide Bruce Springsteen Collectables (Record Collector, 2006)
Freelance Writing as a Second Income (Back Home, 2007)
Royal Marines fitness guide (Nuts, 2007)
Fertility Magic (Chat… It’s Fate! 2007)
The Word Made Flesh: The art of anthropodermic bibliopegy (Fortean Times, 2008)
China’s War on Terror (Fortean Times, 2008)
A Barrier-free Olympics (Able, 2008)
The Chinese Chili Pepper Industry (Fiery Foods, 2008)
The Healing Properties of Tea (Chat… It’s Fate! 2008)
Chinese Festivals (Chat... its Fate! 2009)
Success Story (Writer's Weekly, 2009) (3)
The Dark / Speculative Fiction Market (Writing World, 2010)
Shorter Than Short! (Funds For Writers, 2011)
The 27 Club (Fortean Times, 2011)
Breaking into Music Journalism (Writer's Weekly, 2011)
The Devil’s Footprints (ParaBnormal Digest, 2013)
Success Stories (Writer’s Weekly, 2013)
Boston Bombing Conspiracy Theories (Fortean Times, 2013)
Foreign Ownership in the Premier League (Loaded, 2014)
Tuna Wars (Loaded, 2014)
Work Smarter 2.0 (FundsforWriters, 2014)

Profiles / Interviews:

K Ink & Steel (Urban Ink, 2006)
Get Happy Tour Report (Big Cheese, 2007)
Derek Riggs profile (Bizarre, 2007)
Army of Freshmen profile (Big Cheese, 2007)
Bruce Bethke (Morpheus Tales, 2011)


Monkeyman (Cambrensis, 1997)
Mr C (the Asphalt Jungle, 1998)
A Thin Disguise (Raw Nerve, 1998)
A Hell of My Own Creation (Tales of the Grotesque & Arabesque, 1999)
The Devil & Jim Rosenthal (Roadworks, 2000)
Another False Dawn (Screams of Terror!, 2009)
Club Culture (Shallow Graves, 2009)
Hero of the Day (Dark Valentine, 2010)
The Night-time Visitor (Fantastic Horror, 2010)
The Answer in Darkness (Flash Bang, 2011)
Little Dead Girl (Unspoken Water, 2011)
What Happened to Huw Silverthorne (Trinity Gateways newsletter, 2012)
The Answer in Darkness (Siren’s Call, 2012)
Gwraggedd Annwn (Wicked Industries, 2012)
Intruder (Shadows In Ink, 2012)
Switchblade Sunday (Gore Magazine, 2013)
Til Death Do Us Part (Morpheus Tales: Apocalypse Special, 2013)

Online Content:

2006: Flawed genius – Robin Friday (Reading Mad)
2007 / 08: The China Diaries (Western Mail) (1)
2008: The Curse of the Fuwa’s (Fortean Times) (2)
2008: Teaching English in China (TEIC program) (10)
2009: Army of Freshmen China Tour Report (Rock Sounds) (4)
2009 / 10: Series of news articles about Cardiff City Football Club (Vital Football) (5)
2009: Guest Blog: Life of an Alien (Paranormality Universe) (6)
2012: Guest Blog: Beware the Trolls! (Darkscrybe)
2013-present: Huffington Post UK blogs

Serials / Columns:

The China Diaries (10 installments) (The Western Mail, 2007 / 08) (1)

Short News Items / Fillers etc:

Zene (1998)
Uri Geller’s Encounters (1999)
Badlands (Bruce Springsteen fanzine) (2000)
Fortean Times (2001)
The Merthyr / Rhymney Valley Express (2003)
Front (2004)
Ice (2004)
Maxim (2007)


Front (2005)
Big Cheese (2005, 2007)
New Welsh Review (2007)
Record Collector (2007)
Morpheus Tales (2010 - present) (7)

Interviews / Other media appearances:

Writer’s News (March 2003)
Rhymney Valley Express (April 2003)
Radio Wales (Live guest, April 2003)
South Wales Argus (May 2003)
The Daily Post (May 2003)
The Big Issue Cymru (May 2003)
Rhymney Valley Express (May 2008)
The Western Mail (June 2008)
Flashes in the Dark (September 2009)
Conversations with Writers (November 2009)
Headway (February 2010)
The Deepening (March 2010) (8)
The Dark Fantastic (February 2011) (9)
Zombie Girl Shambling (March 2014) (11)
The Daily Bookworm (March 2014) (12)

Other Credits:

2003: ‘Kangaroo Pouch’ short-listed in Writers News monthly short story competition
2005: ‘Little Britain Live’ feature part of national award-winning news section in Nuts
2009: Inducted into the Writers of Wales Academi (
2009: Apartment 14F entered into 'Welsh Book of the Year' and 'Best horror Story of the Year' category.

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Additional Information

2014 sees the release of his first independent book, X: A Collection of Horror

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