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Jamie Horncastle's short stories
Jamie Horncastle is 26 years old and has lived in Chatham for
most of his life. He would like to call himself a footballer but he
is nowhere near good enough. Nor is he good enough to be a
professional poker player or funny enough to be a comedian. This is
why he loves writing and has done since he was eight years old –
anyone can do it, even if they do it badly - and whether your story
is good or terrible, it will still ignite the same proud
satisfaction in the author and even a bad story can be enjoyed or
loved by the reader.
Although Jamie was writing stories from a very early age, it was
not until he was 12 that he began to do it seriously, when he read
his first Stephen King novel. Horror was his main influence over
the next few years and although his writing style has changed
drastically over the last few years, his roots in horror are still
evident in much of his writing. He began his first novel when he
was 14 (which he finished when he was 16), his second novel when he
was 17 and started working on his third when he was 18. He has been
buoyed by recent success – he came second in Writers’
Forum magazine’s monthly competition in October 2007 and is
still unsure whether he preferred seeing his story in print or
cashing the £100 cheque. He hopes, more than anything, that anyone
who happens to read his stories finds at least a tenth of the
enjoyment in reading them as he has in writing them.
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