Paul Finch Books

Paul Finch is a British author that writes scripts for movies and TV shows as well as short stories and crime thriller novels. Born in Lancashire, Finch’s interest in writing was sparked at an early age. As a child, he loved English lessons. He also enjoyed the creative writing classes he had to take in school. He would anticipate every assignment that required him to write stories.

Order of Counter-Measures Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Counter-Measures 2012 Description / Buy

Order of Dark Winter Tales Short Stories/Novellas

# Read Title Published Details
1 Children Don’t Play Here Anymore (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy
2 God's Fist (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy
3 Hag Fold (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy
4 The Incident at North Shore (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy
5 Those They Left Behind (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy
6 Tok (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy
7 What's Behind You (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Doctor Who Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 Hunter's Moon 2011 Description / Buy
2 Tales of Trenzalore 2014 Description / Buy

Order of DS Heckenburg Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Stalkers 2013 Description / Buy
2 Sacrifice 2013 Description / Buy
3 The Killing Club 2014 Description / Buy
4 Dead Man Walking 2014 Description / Buy
5 A Wanted Man (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
6 Hunted 2015 Description / Buy
7 Ashes to Ashes 2017 Description / Buy
8 Kiss of Death 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Lucy Clayburn Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Strangers 2016 Description / Buy
2 Shadows 2017 Description / Buy
3 Stolen 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Malory's Knights of Albion Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Black Chalice ( By: Steven Savile) 2011 Description / Buy
2 Dark North 2012 Description / Buy

Order of Terror Tales Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Terror Tales of the Lake District 2011 Description / Buy
2 Terror Tales of the Cotswolds 2012 Description / Buy
3 Terror Tales of East Anglia 2012 Description / Buy
4 Terror Tales of London 2013 Description / Buy
5 Terror Tales of the Seaside 2013 Description / Buy
6 Terror Tales of Wales 2014 Description / Buy
7 Terror Tales of Yorkshire 2014 Description / Buy
8 Terror Tales Of The Scottish Highlands 2015 Description / Buy
9 Terror Tales of the Ocean 2015 Description / Buy
10 Terror Tales of Cornwall 2017 Description / Buy
11 Terror Tales of North West England 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Tomes of the Dead Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 I, Zombie ( By: Al Ewing) 2008 Description / Buy
2 Tomes of the Dead ( By: Simon Bestwick) 2009 Description / Buy
3 Stronghold 2010 Description / Buy
4 Empire of Salt ( By: Weston Ochse) 2010 Description / Buy
5 Best of the Tomes of the Dead Vol. 2 ( By: Simon Bestwick) 2011 Description / Buy

Order of Paul Finch Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 One Eye Open 2006 Description / Buy
2 Stains 2007 Description / Buy
3 Groaning Shadows 2009 Description / Buy
4 Sparrowhawk 2010 Description / Buy

Order of Paul Finch Short Stories/Novellas

# Read Title Published Details
1 Cape Wrath (Short Story) 2003 Description / Buy
2 The Chase (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy
3 Death’s Door (Short Story) 2018 Description / Buy
4 Season of Mist (Short Story) 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Paul Finch Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Shadows Beneath 2000 Description / Buy
2 After Shocks 2001 Description / Buy
3 The Extremist and Other Tales of Conflict (Short Story) 2005 Description / Buy
4 Walkers in the Dark 2010 Description / Buy
5 One Monster Is Not Enough 2010 Description / Buy
6 Medi Evil 1 2011 Description / Buy
7 Medi Evil 2 2011 Description / Buy
8 Medi Evil 3 2011 Description / Buy
9 Death Rattles 2011 Description / Buy
10 Enemies at the Door 2012 Description / Buy
11 The Perfect Murder 2013 Description / Buy
12 Don't Read Alone 2013 Description / Buy
13 In a Deep, Dark December 2014 Description / Buy
14 Major Craddock Investigates 2015 Description / Buy
15 Cape Wrath and the Hellion 2015 Description / Buy
16 Dark Winter Tales 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Darkside Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Darkside: Horror for the Next Millenium 1998 Description / Buy
2 The Darker Side: Generations of Horror 2002 Description / Buy
3 A Walk on the Darkside: Visions of Horror ( With: Brian Hodge, , , Tim Lebbon, Tom Piccirilli, , Brian Keene, , John Pelan, , Caitlín R. Kiernan, , , , , Peadar Ó Guilín) 2004 Description / Buy
4 Lost on the Darkside: Voices From The Edge of Horror 2005 Description / Buy
5 Alone on the Darkside: Echoes From Shadows of Horror 2006 Description / Buy

Paul Finch Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 A Walk on the Darkside: Visions of Horror 2004 Description / Buy
2 Fear Of The Unknown 2005 Description / Buy
3 Haunts of Horror 2016 Description / Buy
4 Terror Tales of the Home Counties 2020 Description / Buy
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After studying History at Goldsmiths, he went into Law Enforcement. A lot of his time was spent in inner Manchester, specifically Salford. He encountered a few routine traffic accidents and their related investigations along with cases involving vandalism and riot control.

He also had the opportunity to investigate thefts, robberies, and drug-related crimes during his plainclothes attachment days. Police work was fulfilling, which is why he did it for so many years. However, after a while, Finch realized that he was no longer willing to contend with the dangerous experiences that came with the territory.

So he abandoned the career to become a journalist. The transition was highly rewarding for Finch because it showed him that he could make money as a writer. During that period, he wrote a few short stories that magazines and anthologies published.

As an author, Finch was hesitant to write about mysteries and crimes. Because his time as a police officer had already exposed him to those elements, he wanted to experiment with different genres.

But then an opportunity to add his talents to ‘The Bill’, a police procedural on TV, came along and Finch realized that he couldn’t pass it up. He lacked writing experience at the time but he made up for it with his knowledge of police work.

The author’s scripts were praised for their authenticity. Finch had a way of writing realistic and highly engrossing stories for ‘The Bill’. And unlike his colleagues, he could do this without consulting police officers and law enforcement experts. This made him an asset.

His success on ‘The Bill’ did nothing to quench Finch’s desire to write in other genres. This is why the first episode he wrote for ‘The Bill’ was so popular. Even though the show is a police procedural, Finch’s episode was praised for leaning into the crime thriller genre.

After leaving the show in 2003, he started writing full-time in other capacities. He wrote children’s animation, produced a variety of short stories, and made a name for himself in the field of horror.

Any doubts he had about his decision to become a writer went out of the window when his collection of short stories won an award in the early 2000s. He was fortunate enough to write scripts for movies like ‘The Devil’s Rock’ and for radio dramas like ‘Doctor Who’.

The Heck novels, the books for which he is best known, started publication in 2013. After working so hard to avoid crime and mystery, Paul Finch finally decided to take advantage of his knowledge and experience. Some of the Heck novels became bestsellers.

Paul Finch Awards

Finch has won accolades such as the British Fantasy and International Horror Guild Awards. He has received nominations for the Bram Stoker Award.

Best Paul Finch Books

Finch has been commended for his ability to generate a strong sense of terror in his stories, with some of the author’s best novels including:

Stalkers: 38 women had gone missing. They were all happy and successful and once they disappeared, they were never heard from again. Lauren is determined to make her sister the exception. But Lauren cannot find her alone, which is why she has turned to Detective Heck, the man investigating the disappearances.

Their search eventually leads them to a gang of tight-lipped men at the heart of the conspiracy who have refused to cooperate.

Sacrifice: When a man burns alive, people are quick to dismiss it as an accident. That changes when a couple is found dead on Valentine’s day with arrows in their hearts. Now Detective Heck is working around the clock to solve the mystery.

He knows that a serial killer is on the warpath and that his murders have a purpose. He has a plan, one that Heck must stop before its too late. But accomplishing this task is easier said than done. The body count is growing and Heck is making slow progress.

When Does The Next Paul Finch book come out?

Paul Finch doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Terror Tales of the Home Counties and was released on October, 31st 2020. It is the newest book in the .