A graduate of Oxford University, Philip Brian Hall has been a diplomat, teacher and web designer. At various times he has rowed at Henley, sung bass and made a record with a choir, sung baritone solo in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, stood for parliament, ridden as an amateur steeplechase jockey and spoken for the UK in the United Nations, not necessarily in that order. He also claims to have sailed around the Adriatic on a windjammer; the truth is he was just a passenger, though he did manage to climb to the crow’s nest.
Having retired from all this, Philip decided he was unwilling to be a former anything and would rather work at something new instead. Since he had always wanted to be a writer, he decided to take his chance. His breakthrough in this craft 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 honoured and 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 and Recompose included A Braw Song For Burns Night.
A regular entrant in the Writers of the Future competition, Philip has been a Semi-Finalist, received a Silver Honorable Mention and eight Honorable Mentions.
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!
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.