Thomas Brown is a postgraduate researcher at the University of Southampton, where he is researching the relationship between Horror and the Sublime in literature. He has been Co-Editor of Dark River Press and has written for a number of magazines, websites and independent publishers.

In 2010 he won the University of Southampton’s Flash Fiction Competition. In 2014 he won the annual Almond Press Short Story Competition. His first book, Lynnwood, was a finalist in the 2013/14 People's Book Prize. He is also a proud member of the dark fiction writing group, Pen of the Damned.

When not writing, he can usually be found waiting on his cats, or enjoying a bottle (or two) of red wine with friends.

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 Lynnwood book details

Paperback  £9.99  €11.75   US$12.95

ISBN: 978-1-907230-38-7

E-book  £4.99  €5.99  US$6.99

ISBN: 978-1-907230-42-4

Published by Sparkling Books

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Thomas Brown


The unthinkable is happening in Lynnwood – a village with centuries of guilt on its conscience.

Who wouldn’t want to live in an idyllic village in the English countryside like Lynnwood? With its charming pub, old dairy, friendly vicar, gurgling brooks, and  its old paths with memories of simpler times.

But behind the conventional appearance of Lynnwood’s villagers, only two sorts of people crawl out of the woodwork: those who hunt and those who are prey. Visitors are watched by an entity between the trees where the Dark Ages have endured to the twenty-first century. Families who have lived behind stone walls and twitching curtains know that the gusts of wind blowing through the nearby alluring Forest bring with them a stench of delightful hunger only Lynnwood can appease.

Praise for Lynnwood

"A dark and disturbing horror story set in a picturesque village. Full of rich description, it depicts the horrifying, ravenous secret lurking beneath the surface of the village. I would recommend this to fans of classic English horror as well as fans of Stephen King." – Lucy O'Connor, Waterstones

“A quintessentially British folk horror chiller, with an escalating power of dread that is rendered deftly. A new voice in British horror, that you'll want to read, has entered the field.” – Adam Nevill, Author of Apartment 16 and The Ritual

"The plot line is new and exciting, I won't say anymore about that because I don't want to give it away! But I know I was surprised more than once at what was happening. If you are looking for a good book, definitely pick up this one." – Alison Mudge, Librarian, USA

“ … A dark journey not only of the mind, but of the soul. This beautifully crafted tale of the horror that lurks in a picturesque English village is hopefully the first of many to come from this brilliant young author. Mr. Brown’s extraordinary talent is evident as he paints a virtual feast for the reader with eloquently chosen prose in this powerfully engaging novel.” Nina DArcangela

"An exciting, on the edge of your seat gothic that will have readers begging for more." – Rosemary Smith, Librarian and Cayocosta Book Reviews

"An exciting début from a new young writer with a dark imagination.  Thomas Brown's beautifully written novel proposes a modern gothic forest far from the tourist trail, a place filled with strange events and eerie consequences." – Philip Hoare, historian of the New Forest.

"It was a pretty creepy story. I kept thinking along the premise of the book 'It' by Stephen King with an English twist." – Naomi Blackburn, A Book and a Review Blog"

"This book was great! I thought I would give it a try, but when I picked it up I couldn't put it down! It was a quick read, and the story was so creepily wonderful. I loved the author's writing style - the words flowed perfectly. Reading this was less like reading a book and more like watching the movie in my mind's eye. Fantastic! I highly recommend it! I can't wait to see what else Thomas Brown has in store for readers in the future." – Laura Smith, Goodreads Reviewer



Thomas Brown's second book:  Featherbones is now available.


ISBN 9781907230387 (ebook 9781907230424)

Finalist in the People's Book Prize 2013/14