Author bio

Gary Kittle

Gary Kittle - book author

Gary Kittle is the author of seven eBooks. He was twice shortlisted for the Essex Book Festival Short Story Competition and his play 'Walking Through Wire' was staged (and filmed) in London in 2014. Many of his shorter screenplays have been filmed by Film Colchester and DT Film Productions. 'Data Protection', written by Gary for Dan Allen Films, was shortlisted for the Sci-fi London 48 Hour Film Competition. He has won the 1000 Word Challenge with 'The Uncertainty Principle', and twice been shortlisted, finishing runner-up with 'Kismet'. He was also runner-up in the Storgy Halloween Short Story Competition with 'The Gag Reflex'. His latest books are 'Trapdoors', a collection of stage plays, and a companion volume of radio plays, entitled 'Tripwires'. He is currently writing a new novel, which he intends to publish before the end of the year. He is also releasing a serial horror novel, ‘A Town Called Benny’, with episodes published every Friday and available to subscribers only.
Gary lives and writes in Wivenhoe, Essex, and strongly suspects that given his frantic writing schedule he has almost certainly developed the ability to travel through time.

Gary Kittle is the author of books: Bully For You, If Looks Could Kill, Dark Hearts, Nine Lives, Glass Alibi, Dumb Angel, Tripwires, Trapdoors

Author books

When Chris Haynes is beaten up one evening, a nightmare begins.
Struggling to cope as a single parent, Chris is attacked again – only this time the mugger uses his name and hints that he knows a secret about his volatile son, Bradley. Why does Bradley hate his father so much? And what does Chris have to feel so guilty about?
The mugger’s game intensifies, and Chris tries desperately to reach out to his son, suspecting that he alone holds the key to solving the mystery. But Bradley has a psychological game of his own to play, driven by resentment, rage and terror. He intends to put what he knows about Dad to his own ends, to punish his father for what he sees as the betrayal of his absent mother.
In this tense urban crime thriller, Chris is driven towards a mental breakdown, a victim of vigilante justice where the nature of his crime is never stated. What does the mugger really want? What role does Bradley's new school friend, Gordon have in this unending nightmare? Does he know the mugger too? And what is hidden under the floor of the Haynes’ summer house?
As the intimidation and violence escalates, someone is heading for a bloody fall, and someone stands to lose everything – even their life.
Set in the uncomfortably near future, Britain has suffered a massive biological terrorist attack. The result is a disease that rivals the Plague in its mercilessness. The symptoms are easy to spot. They cover every inch of skin: disfiguring, blighting and rotting with shocking rapacity.
But this is a disease custom-made to cause the greatest amount of suffering and misery. Victims seldom die quickly, and the contagion, called ‘Foedus’ only affects women. Forced to hide their ravaged flesh, the women of Britain adopt the burqa, are forced to stay at home for ‘reasons of hygiene’ and can only visit public places with a male escort.
So when Devina, a refugee, falls into the hands of a gang of ambitious petty criminals, it is clear that her apparent immunity to Foedus is potentially worth a fortune to anyone searching for a cure. But the State doesn’t want to pay millions for what might be a hoax, so rookie agent Dan Rhodes is thrown the impossible task of tracking down the kidnappers before their ransom deadline expires.
Despite his inexperience, Dan realises there is much more going on than he has been told. His boss, Trevor Jenkins, has already hinted that Dan’s mission is ‘off the books’. But what else could Jenkins want with the girl except to hand her over to the medical team waiting in a secret lab?
Richard Simmons is very much the leader of the kidnappers, but are his two sidekicks as loyal as they pretend? And just how badly has Foedus affected the mind of his wife, Fiona? Maybe her mental scars will turn out to be the ugliest of all.
In a race against the clock, true identities and motives are exposed; and the truth is spotlighted against a backdrop of veiled faces and rabid prejudice.
In the War on Terror, the mirror has become a secret weapon.
IF LOOKS COULD KILL is a prequel to a forthcoming series on the future War on Terror. Keep this frequency clear. Further bulletins to follow.
For those new to this author’s work, Dark Hearts will be a short, sharp, shocking introduction; for those already following him, it’s an unexpected treat for the Halloween period. The book begins with ‘Black Ice’, an unnerving tale about four friends who meet up in a pub each Halloween and wait for an extraordinary midnight visitor. ‘Curiosity’ follows the childhood experiences of an orphaned girl whose new guardians have dark secrets she might be better off not knowing. ‘Deliverance’ is apparently an entry in a short story contest, but the author claims to be a missing person held hostage in a cellar, who’s only permitted contact with the outside world is via competitions – but with each entry the word limit gets shorter. ‘Kismet’ finds a history teacher whose own personal history comes under scrutiny from his streetwise pupils, threatening to expose a dark secret he expected to take to his grave. ‘Semi-precious’ follows the fortunes of a transglobal smuggler with a remarkable and alarming method of avoiding detection. In ‘Swing’ we look through the eyes of a man obsessed with children, waiting for his moment of fulfilment outside a park; an unsettling story with an unexpected twist. ‘The Gag Reflex’ follows the efforts of a young childless couple to start a family; but just how far will the would-be mother go to get the baby she craves? In ‘The Invitation’ a young girl narrates the history of the House Brick Killer, whose identity is finally revealed in a shocking finale. ‘The Very Thing’, set in an agency for husbands who want to teach their rebellious wives a lesson they won’t forget, finds the hunter become the hunted in this Halloween dark comedy. In ‘The Uncertainty Principle’ a young time traveller has the chance to change history forever, but only if he is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. ‘Toe the Line’ is a sinister tale of class struggle and revenge for a future still to come, set in a harsh Nineteen-seventies comprehensive school. Finally, in ‘Where the Sky is Tainted Red’ a young psychopath hatches a plan to evade capture and make mischief forever, but with unexpected consequences. Dark Hearts also features an extract from the author’s ongoing serial novel, ‘A Town Called Benny’, available to all subscribers.
Nine Lives is my first collection of short stories, written over the course of a decade. Some are tragedies, but there are also satisfying resolutions, moments of humour and high drama. Characters include an ex-RAF crewman, haunted by his memories of the Dresden fire bombing, a conscientious objector forced onto the parade ground, a cross-dresser meeting his estranged father, a moral dilemma for Hans Asperger and a young Norman Wisdom struggling against social adversity. For the reader who enjoys variety as well as surprises, Nine Lives will leave you purring.
Geoff is obsessed. His wife, Claire has a secret hidden on her phone, and the more she hides it, the more he thinks he knows what it is. Tormented by jealousy, Geoff decides he won’t lose Claire without a fight.
But will his gambit prove decisive or disastrous?
With the clock ticking, Geoff must save his marriage, cover his tracks, and keep the police at arm’s length.
At any cost.
Because if he doesn’t, the truth will turn Claire’s love into a hatred that will outlive them both.
For Don Wallis, Mary is the ideal wife. She does what she’s told, when she’s told, no matter how extreme or twisted the demand. So it’s a good thing for them both that Mary isn’t really Don’s wife. In fact, she isn’t even human: she’s an android sex toy that Don has had specially made to look and sound like his former wife. But where is the real Mary Wallis, and what kind of games did he enjoy playing with her? As Don acts out the excesses of his depraved fantasies, Android Mary is damaged and starts to malfunction. Desperate to keep control of a situation that threatens to spiral into chaos, Don finds his secret play-thing fighting back. At first, he rather enjoys it, admitting to the android that it isn’t any fun when she complies with his every command. But with the ongoing violence, Android Mary’s malfunctioning worsens and Don becomes increasingly aware, not just of his inadequacies as a man, but of his loneliness as a human being. He tries to suppress his emotions with alcohol, but this only serves to unleash more brutality on Android Mary, whose actions are becoming as bizarre as they are unpredictable. And just as he thinks things can’t get any worse, the doorbell rings and there on the doorstep stands the defiant figure of his wife, the real Mary Wallis. Whatever the outcome of Real Mary’s stepping back into her former home, it’s not going to be like anything that she - or you, the reader - is expecting.
This collection of claustrophobic stage dramas begins with ‘Chalk for Cheese’, a play about guilt, loss and reconciliation between a father and son, with a distinctly peculiar resolution. ‘Stitching the Cherry’ is a three-act family drama, again centered on the unfinished business of guilt and loss, this time between two rival siblings. The third play, ‘Walking Through Wire’ is the only one to be staged to date (2014), and tackles the subject of homosexuality, both in Germany’s Belsen-Bergen concentration camp, and in Great Britain with code-breaker Alan Turing, during the Second World War. ‘This is a sharply acted, stripped-back play that lays bare some difficult questions about the barbarism of human nature,’ said Anna Croft Sawa of the Camden Review. David Hennessy of the Irish World added, ‘this is a play with the emphasis on performance and such productions are always enjoyable.’