Apologies for the looong delay in this update! I can hardly believe it’s been four years since my raw manuscript was chosen as a winner of Inkshares’ mystery and thriller contest. Since then, myself and the force of nature that is Adam Gomolin have been working tirelessly on the project. And now, after no fewer that eight  - yes, eight! - drafts, The Unforgiven Dead is done. Finished! Finito! 

Although the exact publication date is yet to be confirmed, we’re looking at spiring or summer of 2023. Until then, you can get a taste of what to expect by checking out the first five updated chapters on Inkshares.com. You can also see the new cover, courtesy of the ludicrously talented Tim Barber at Dissect Designs. 

I can’t wait for everyone to meet Angus, Gills, and the colourful cast of characters that populate this supernatural thriller. Thanks to everyone for their patience - good things come to those who wait... 

Pleased, bordering on giddy, to announce I’ve completed the latest draft of The Unforgiven Dead. It’s been a hard slog, but this super-dooper, new-and-improved version is gonna knock your socks of when it’s published later this year (probably October). 

Unbelievably, it’s been over a year since The Unforgiven Dead was chosen as a winner of Inkshares’mystery and thriller competition. To say this book has been a long time coming is a wee bit of an understatement, so thanks everyone for your patience. 

Cheers! Fulton

Hi all! I know you’ve not heard from me for yonks, but that’s because I’ve been busting a gut to rewrite The Unforgiven Dead. And I’m pleased to announce it’s now done! Finished! Over! Well… not quite. In fact, there’s still a way to go - feedback to take on board, tweaks and revisions to be made, and many, many more cappuccinos to imbibe before the book is ready for your delectation. Early 2020 is the likely publication date. I know, seems ages away, but I turn 40 tomorrow and I’m not sure where the last ten years have gone - lost down the side of the sofa, like loose change perhaps? Anyhoo… it won’t be long until The Unforgiven Dead is unleased on the world (cue evil laugh). I’d like to thank everyone who has supported the project thus far. You are literally helping my literary dream become reality. (Try saying that after a few beers! Slainte!) 

Great news! The Unforgiven Dead has been chosen as one of the additional winners of Inkshares’ Mystery & Thriller contest. I’m not one for hyperbole, but this is THE BEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENENED TO ME! (Apart from the birth of my children. And my wedding day. Obviously...)

There is, however, still a lot of hard work ahead as I work with Inkshares’ editorial ninjas to polish my manuscript into a polished thing of shinny magnificence. (Ok, maybe I am one for hyperbole.)

Anyway, I would like to thank Inkshares and everyone who has supported my project. There’s been times in the last ten years when I’ve seriously considered quitting this writing lark and taking up philately instead. All seems worth it now!     

Just woke up in icy Northern Ireland to find The Unforgiven Dead has been chosen by Inkshares as the staff syndicated pick for January! Thanks guys - that’s a nice wee boost! 

The Inkshares Mystery & Thriller competition is now a cloud of dust in the rear-view mirror! The Unforgiven Dead placed fifth - respectable, but not, alas, one of the top three to be automatically published. However, my campaign still has 45 days to run - 45 days! That’s ages! God created the world in less time... or destroyed it, never sure which. Both, maybe... Anyway, it’s a lifetime (well, for a fruit fly). 

There’s still time, in other words, to reach my pre-order goal, with a bit of help and a prevailing wind. So, firstly, thanks for backing my project, and if you know anyone else who might be interested in my book, please spread the word! All the best. Fulton  

It’s chucking-out time at the last chance saloon as the Mystery & Thriller competition ends today! Thanks to you all for pre-ordering The Unforgiven Dead. There’s still a few hours to go, so if you’ve any friends, relatives - pets even - who like a good Celtic mystery, feel free to direct them to inkshares.com/books/the-unforgiven-dead where they can pre-order a copy. (It’s available in English, dog, cat, gerbil and chinchilla, which I believe is a language closely related to Welsh!) 

Thanks again. I really appreciate your support.



G5aywpov Fulton Ross · Author · added over 4 years ago
Work in progress... 

With the Inkshares Mystery & Thriller contest nearing conclusion, I’ve went into marketing overdrive. Flyers have been distributed to bookshops, posters stuck up libraries and emails send to all and sundry. The local newspaper back in my home town are even running an article on The Unforgiven Dead. I know, fame at last! 

More exciting -  if that’s possible - is that I’ve almost completed the first draft of the second book in the Angus Dubh series. Entitled ’Shame the Devil’, it centres around the murder of a bookseller in what appears to by a vigilante attack.  However, Angus suspects the motive for the killing is something more sinister, revolving around an ancient manuscript said to have been written by the devil himself.

A book written by the devil? Ridiculous! Well... maybe not. Delving into the history of the West Highlands, I found reference to a tome known as ’The Red Book of Appin’, which was - you guessed it - the work of the devil.

(Appin, incidentally, is a wee village where, in 1752, Colin Campbell of Glenure was shot dead. The murder in the aftermath of the Jacobite rebellion led to one of Scotland’s most infamous miscarriages of justice when James Stewart - ’James of the Glens’ - was convicted and hanged for the crime. The incident inspired Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Kidnapped).

The Red Book of Appin - so the story goes - was acquired by an orphan boy, who tricked the devil into handing over the book, which he took home to an old shepherd from Appin who cared for him. The story was recorded by folklorist JF Campbell in his Popular Tales of the West Highlands, published in 1860. 

In all likelihood such a book did exist, although historians argue it was simply a collection of folk medicines for curing cattle, their efficacy being such that the book gained a supernatural reputation. 

Either way, the Red Book of Appin provided the inspiration for Shame the Devil (although I’ve changed its name and embellished its origin legend).  

Imagine, if you will, that a book written by Lucifer did exist... what might some people do to get their hands on it? What might others do to ensure it never saw the light of day? And what the heck would it be worth?  

My dreams are written in words  an access to Fiza Hasan · Author · added over 4 years ago
I love how you started off introducing us to the dead right away. That’s very intriguing!

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