Author Archives: hdloughrey

Contest Entries

Finally bit the bullet and entered a story in a contest. The Brighton Prize ( offers an opportunity to read live at one of their literature nights, as well as publication in their anthology. When querying recently, I’ve discovered that … Continue reading

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Too Repulsive?

Is it possible for writers to be just too repulsive? Do we live in danger of scaring off squeamish readers? I ask this, after receiving a comment from a reader who said that she was ‘too repulsed’ by the opening … Continue reading

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A Critique of Critique?

What’s the best thing you’ve done to further your writing career? That’s a question that I hear a lot. And my answer is always the same: I joined a critique site. After I finished the first draft of Cellars, I … Continue reading

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His Mother’s Arms

A teaser from my latest short story, His Mother’s Arms. This was written for a competition on called Deal With The Devil. Row upon row of empty, fleshless skins swayed upon a gentle breeze from the electric doors. The … Continue reading

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Ink That Bleeds

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