After retiring from teaching, Philip decided he was unwilling to be a former anything and would rather work at something new instead. Since he'd always wanted to be a writer, he decided to take his chance. His breakthrough came when AE The Canadian Science Fiction Review published his flash fiction piece Elementary Mechanics in 2013.The following year the same magazine published his first short story, a Hitchcock-in-space pastiche called Spatchcock.
2015 began even better. Philip's story The Old Man on the Green was published in T Gene Davis' Speculative Blog, The Man on the Church Street Omnibus found a place in the inaugural edition of The Sockdolager and The Waiting Room appeared in the Flame Tree Publishing anthology Chilling Ghost Short Stories. In the last named piece Philip was delighted to find his story sandwiched between pieces by Nikolai Gogol and Washington Irving.
In 2016 Philip's Story Time's Winged Chariot appeared in the Third Flatiron anthology It's Come To Our Attention. This was followed by the publication in Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores of his Dark Ages Scottish myth The Wild Hunt of Sliabh Mannan. Gallery of curiosities podcast his work for the first time - the story being Last of the Spice Schooners. Then in the second half of the year he featured in AE for the third time with The Trial of M Lazare, while SciPhi Journal published The Ultimate Temporal Paradox, Stupefying Stories showcased All of the People All of the Time and Recompose included A Braw Song For Burns Night.
2017 began with the publication of The Hard Stuff in Unbound 2. After a relatively fallow period The Ship of Theseus appeared in the August edition of Phantaxis. There followed three consecutive pro-paying anthologies, beginning with Iron Hail in All Hail Our Robot Conquerors, then The Black Horse in Strange Beasties and finally Heavy Weather in Flame Tree's Pirates & Ghosts anthology. Rounding off the year, Conspiracy Of Silence in More Alternative Tutrhs was accompanied into print by Philip's first professional poem A Sonnet on Truth and at the end of December The Waiting Room was reprinted in Third and Starlight.
A regular entrant in the Writers of the Future competition, Philip has been a Semi-Finalist, received two Silver Honorable Mentions and eleven Honorable Mentions. That will be his final haul, since he's no longer eligible for the competition.
Philip has also published a novel, The Prophets of Baal, which is available both in paperback and as an e-book. Set in rural England, on Jersey and at sea, the novel relates the story of a naive Private Eye who finds himself up to his neck in witchcraft and beautiful women, but for some reason doesn't really enjoy it! A sequel was completed at the end of 2017 and is now being considered for publication.
Philip lives on a small farm in Sliabh Mannan, Scotland with his wife and assorted animals. This is a beautiful spot to indulge his enthusiasm for nature and photography. Several of the posts on his blog are illustrated with his own photographs.