BASIC Boy: A digital ghost story – free sample

BB cover April 14 Here are the first three chapters, free to view or download: BASIC Boy sample. You’ve heard of haunted houses … but what about haunted computers? What do you do when there’s literally a ghost in the machine? When the past collides with the present and something sinister has come along with it …? Cal Stubbs has big problems. It’s not just that he’s struggling to get used to his stepdad Rob, who’s weirdly obsessed with stone-age computers (what the heck’s a ZX Spectrum anyway?), while his real dad’s gone to ground.  It’s not even that his geeky best friend has more luck with girls than he does. No. It’s definitely more the creepy nightmares and the freaky messages coming through on the laptop from some sick psycho troll. Meanwhile, back in 1984, the teenage Rob has a dark secret. He’s done something terrible … and a kid who died but won’t stay quiet is hell-bent on making him pay. And, mad though it sounds, the price might be his future stepson. As Cal gets more disturbing messages and Rob struggles to remember exactly what happened in 1984, they soon realise that a malevolent shadow is breaking through into the present, intent on wreaking havoc. How do you fight a ghost that can program a computer? They’d better figure out how and quickly, before time runs out … Available from Amazon in Kindle and paperback editions US: UK:


  1. Hey there, i just read the three chapters of Basic Boy. i love your use of language and chapter 2 took me back to the 80’s . You’ve really captured the voice of teenagers, I will buy the rest and see if my 14yr boy likes it. Good luck

    • Thank you very much for your kind comment, and for buying the book. I hope your son enjoys it – please do let me know what he thinks, whether good, bad or indifferent.

      • I bought the book yesterday, now the challenge, to get my “reluctant reader” son to read. If he likes it you know your onto a winner and I’ll let you know. I’ll probably read it first though 🙂

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    • My friend had one (I had an Oric, being the contrary sort), and we spent many happy hours playing games on it. Graphically most of those games were pretty primitive by today’s standards, and yet I think some would hold up quite well even now. And computers seemed really special then – partly due to the novelty value I think, plus the fact that it took so long to load anything that you felt you had to really make the most of it. These days, there is so much at our fingertips it’s impossible to fully appreciate it all; and also computers are now primarily work and productivity tools for most people. So even though they’re exponentially more powerful, it’s somehow hard to get so excited about them.

      And yes, I realise all that makes me sound really old …

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