Paul Finch Books

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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.

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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 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

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1 The Black Chalice ( By: Steven Savile) 2011 Description / Buy
2 Dark North 2012 Description / Buy

Order of Terror Tales Series

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1 Terror Tales of Cornwall 1970 Description / Buy
2 Terror Tales of the Lake District 2011 Description / Buy
3 Terror Tales of the Cotswolds ( By: John Llewellyn Probert) 2012 Description / Buy
4 Terror Tales of East Anglia 2012 Description / Buy
5 Terror Tales of London 2013 Description / Buy
6 Terror Tales of the Seaside 2013 Description / Buy
7 Terror Tales of Wales 2014 Description / Buy
8 Terror Tales of Yorkshire 2014 Description / Buy
9 Terror Tales of the Scottish Highlands 2015 Description / Buy
10 Terror Tales of the Ocean ( With: Adam Nevill) 2015 Description / Buy
11 Terror Tales of North West England 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Tomes of the Dead Series

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1 Tomes of the Dead: Anno Mortis ( By: Rebecca Levene) 2008 Description / Buy
2 I, Zombie ( By: Al Ewing) 2008 Description / Buy
3 Tomes of the Dead ( By: Simon Bestwick) 2009 Description / Buy
4 Tomes of the Dead: Hungry Hearts ( By: Gary McMahon) 2009 Description / Buy
5 Stronghold 2010 Description / Buy
6 Empire of Salt ( By: Weston Ochse) 2010 Description / Buy
7 The Best of Tomes of the Dead Vol. 1. ( By: Al Ewing, Rebecca Levene, Matthew Smith) 2010 Description / Buy
8 Best of the Tomes of the Dead Vol. 2 ( By: Simon Bestwick) 2011 Description / Buy
9 Brain-Eating Britain: Three Bone-Crunching Tales of Zombies in Broken Britain ( By: Gary McMahon, Simon Bestwick, Matthew Smith) 2013 Description / Buy
10 The Lazarus Conundrum ( By: Paul Starkey) 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Zombie Apocalypse! Series

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1 The Mammoth Book of Zombie Apocalypse! Fightback ( By: Stephen Jones) 2012 Description / Buy
2 Zombie Apocalypse! Horror Hospital ( By: Mark Morris) 2014 Description / Buy
3 Zombie Apocalypse! Washington Deceased ( By: ) 2014 Description / Buy
4 Zombie Apocalypse! End Game ( By: Stephen Jones) 2014 Description / Buy
5 Zombie Apocalypse! Acapulcalypse Now ( By: Stephen Jones, Alison Littlewood) 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Paul Finch Standalone Novels

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1 One Eye Open 2006 Description / Buy
2 Stains 2007 Description / Buy
3 Groaning Shadows 2009 Description / Buy
4 Sparrowhawk 2010 Description / Buy
5 Never Seen Again 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Paul Finch Short Stories/Novellas

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1 Cape Wrath (Short Story) 2003 Description / Buy
2 Kid (Short Story) 2006 Description / Buy
3 King Death 2011 Description / Buy
4 The Chase (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy
5 Death’s Door (Short Story) 2018 Description / Buy
6 The New Lad (Short Story) 2019 Description / Buy
7 Season of Mist (Short Story) 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Paul Finch Short Story Collections

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1 The Shadows Beneath 2000 Description / Buy
2 After Shocks 2001 Description / Buy
3 Darker Ages 2004 Description / Buy
4 The Extremist and Other Tales of Conflict (Short Story) 2005 Description / Buy
5 Walkers in the Dark 2010 Description / Buy
6 One Monster Is Not Enough 2010 Description / Buy
7 Medi Evil 1 2011 Description / Buy
8 Medi Evil 2 2011 Description / Buy
9 Medi Evil 3 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 The Black Books of Horror Series

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1 The Black Book of Horror ( With: D.F. Lewis, Mark Samuels, Gary McMahon, David A. Sutton, Gary Fry, John Llewellyn Probert, David A. Riley, Charles Black, Daniel McGachey, David Conyers, Steve Goodwin, John Kenneth Dunham, Franklin Marsh, Frank Nicholas, Roger B. Pile, Sean Parker) 2007 Description / Buy
2 The Third Black Book of Horror ( With: Steve Lockley, Joel Lane, Gary McMahon, Gary Fry, John Llewellyn Probert, David A. Riley, Paul Lewis, Paul Newman, Charles Black, Craig Herbertson, Mike Chinn, Franklin Marsh, Frank Nicholas, Sean Parker, Julia Lufford, Rog, John Mains, Christine Mortimer) 2008 Description / Buy
3 The Fifth Black Book of Horror ( With: John Llewellyn Probert, David A. Riley, Reggie Oliver, Charles Black, Rosalie Parker, Anna Taborska, David Williamson, Craig Herbertson, Ian C. Strachan, Marcus Gold, Richard Staines, Raymond Vaughn) 2009 Description / Buy
4 The Eighth Black Book of Horror ( With: Mark Samuels, Gary Fry, John Llewellyn Probert, David A. Riley, Stephen Bacon, Tina Rath, Reggie Oliver, Charles Black, Marion Pitman, Anna Taborska, Thana Niveau, David Williamson, Kate Farrell, Tony Rath) 2011 Description / Buy
5 The Ninth Black Book of Horror ( With: Gary Fry, John Llewellyn Probert, David A. Riley, Tom Johnstone, Charles Black, Simon Bestwick, Marion Pitman, Anna Taborska, Thana Niveau, David Williamson, Craig Herbertson, Kate Farrell, Sam Dawson, Gary Power, John Forth, Marc Lyth) 2012 Description / Buy
6 The Tenth Black Book of Horror ( With: David A. Sutton, John Llewellyn Probert, Charles Black, Andrea Janes) 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Doctor Who Books

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1 Tales of Trenzalore 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Doctor Who: New Series Adventures Series

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1 The Clockwise Man ( By: Justin Richards) 2005 Description / Buy
2 The Monsters Inside ( By: Stephen Cole) 2005 Description / Buy
3 Winner Takes All ( By: Jacqueline Rayner) 2005 Description / Buy
4 The Deviant Strain ( By: Justin Richards) 2005 Description / Buy
5 Only Human ( By: Gareth Roberts) 2005 Description / Buy
6 The Stealers of Dreams ( By: Steve Lyons) 2005 Description / Buy
7 The Stone Rose ( By: Jacqueline Rayner) 2006 Description / Buy
8 The Feast of the Drowned ( By: Stephen Cole) 2006 Description / Buy
9 The Resurrection Casket ( By: Justin Richards) 2006 Description / Buy
10 The Nightmare of Black Island ( By: Mike Tucker) 2006 Description / Buy
11 The Art of Destruction ( By: Stephen Cole) 2006 Description / Buy
12 The Price of Paradise ( By: Colin Brake) 2006 Description / Buy
13 The Pirate Loop ( By: Simon Guerrier) 2007 Description / Buy
14 Sting of the Zygons ( By: Stephen Cole) 2007 Description / Buy
15 The Last Dodo ( By: Jacqueline Rayner) 2007 Description / Buy
16 Wooden Heart ( By: Martin Day) 2007 Description / Buy
17 Sick Building ( By: Paul Magrs) 2007 Description / Buy
18 Forever Autumn ( By: Mark Morris) 2007 Description / Buy
19 Wetworld ( By: Mark Michalowski) 2007 Description / Buy
20 Wishing Well ( By: Trevor Baxendale) 2007 Description / Buy
21 The Pirate Loop ( By: Simon Guerrier) 2007 Description / Buy
22 Peacemaker ( By: James Swallow) 2007 Description / Buy
23 The Many Hands ( By: Dale Smith) 2008 Description / Buy
24 Martha in the Mirror ( By: Justin Richards) 2008 Description / Buy
25 Snowglobe 7 ( By: Mike Tucker) 2008 Description / Buy
26 The Many Hands ( By: Dale Smith) 2008 Description / Buy
27 Ghosts of India ( By: Mark Morris) 2008 Description / Buy
28 The Doctor Trap ( By: Simon Messingham) 2008 Description / Buy
29 Shining Darkness ( By: Mark Michalowski) 2008 Description / Buy
30 The Story of Martha ( By: Dan Abnett) 2008 Description / Buy
31 The Eyeless ( By: Lance Parkin) 2008 Description / Buy
32 Prisoner of the Daleks ( By: Trevor Baxendale) 2009 Description / Buy
33 Judgement of the Judoon ( By: Colin Brake) 2009 Description / Buy
34 The Slitheen Excursion ( By: Simon Guerrier) 2009 Description / Buy
35 Prisoner of the Daleks ( By: Trevor Baxendale) 2009 Description / Buy
36 The Taking of Chelsea 426 ( By: David Llewellyn) 2009 Description / Buy
37 Autonomy ( By: Daniel Blythe) 2009 Description / Buy
38 The Krillitane Storm ( By: Christopher Cooper) 2009 Description / Buy
39 The Glamour Chase ( By: Gary Russell) 2010 Description / Buy
40 Nuclear Time ( By: Oli Smith) 2010 Description / Buy
41 Apollo 23 ( By: Justin Richards) 2010 Description / Buy
42 Night of the Monsters ( By: David Llewellyn) 2010 Description / Buy
43 The Forgotten Army ( By: Brian Minchin) 2010 Description / Buy
44 Nuclear Time ( By: Oli Smith) 2010 Description / Buy
45 The King's Dragon ( By: Una McCormack) 2010 Description / Buy
46 Coming of the Terraphiles ( By: Michael Moorcock) 2010 Description / Buy
47 Dead of Winter ( By: James Goss) 2011 Description / Buy
48 The Way Through the Woods ( By: Una McCormack) 2011 Description / Buy
49 Hunter's Moon 2011 Description / Buy
50 Touched by An Angel ( By: Jonathan Morris) 2011 Description / Buy
51 Paradox Lost ( By: George Mann) 2011 Description / Buy
52 Borrowed Time ( By: Naomi Alderman) 2011 Description / Buy
53 The Silent Stars Go By ( By: Dan Abnett) 2011 Description / Buy
54 Dark Horizons ( By: Jenny Colgan) 2012 Description / Buy
55 The Dalek Generation ( By: Nicholas Briggs) 2013 Description / Buy
56 Shroud of Sorrow ( By: Tommy Donbavand) 2013 Description / Buy
57 Doctor Who: Plague of the Cybermen ( By: Justin Richards) 2013 Description / Buy
58 The Crawling Terror ( By: Mike Tucker) 2014 Description / Buy
59 Engines of War ( By: George Mann) 2014 Description / Buy
60 Silhouette ( By: Justin Richards) 2014 Description / Buy
61 Engines of War ( By: George Mann) 2014 Description / Buy
62 The Blood Cell ( By: James Goss) 2014 Description / Buy
63 Royal Blood ( By: Una McCormack) 2015 Description / Buy
64 Deep Time ( By: Trevor Baxendale) 2015 Description / Buy
65 In the Blood ( By: Justin Richards, Jenny Colgan) 2016 Description / Buy
66 The Shining Man ( By: Cavan Scott) 2017 Description / Buy
67 Diamond Dogs ( By: Mike Tucker) 2017 Description / Buy
68 Plague City ( By: Jonathan Morris) 2017 Description / Buy
69 The Good Doctor ( By: Juno Dawson) 2018 Description / Buy
70 Molten Heart ( By: Una McCormack) 2018 Description / Buy
71 Combat Magicks ( By: Steve Cole) 2018 Description / Buy
72 At Childhood's End ( By: Sophie Aldred) 2020 Description / Buy

Paul Finch Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Urban Gothic: Lacuna and Other Trips 2001 Description / Buy
2 The Book of More Flesh 2002 Description / Buy
3 Beneath The Ground 2002 Description / Buy
4 The Children of Cthulhu 2003 Description / Buy
5 A Walk on the Darkside 2004 Description / Buy
6 Darkness Rising 2005 2005 Description / Buy
7 Fear Of The Unknown 2005 Description / Buy
8 Choices 2006 Description / Buy
9 New Writings in the Fantastic 2007 Description / Buy
10 We Fade To Grey 2008 Description / Buy
11 Best New Horror 20 2009 Description / Buy
12 Dead Souls 2009 Description / Buy
13 The Sixth Black Book of Horror 2010 Description / Buy
14 Zombie Apocalypse! 2010 Description / Buy
15 Full Fathom Forty 2011 Description / Buy
16 Death Rattles 2011 Description / Buy
17 Counter-Measures 2012 Description / Buy
18 A Carnivàle of Horror 2012 Description / Buy
19 The Mammoth Book of Sherlock Holmes Abroad 2015 Description / Buy
20 2nd Spectral Book of Horror Stories 2015 Description / Buy
21 Haunts of Horror 2016 Description / Buy
22 Sherlock Holmes's School for Detection 2017 Description / Buy
23 Great British Horror 2: Dark Satanic Mills 2017 Description / Buy
24 The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 2 2020 Description / Buy
25 Terror Tales of the Home Counties 2020 Description / Buy
26 Criminal Pursuits 2021 Description / Buy
27 Terror Tales of the Scottish Lowlands 2021 Description / Buy
28 Terror Tales of the West Country 2022 Description / Buy
29 Terror Tales of the Mediterranean 2023 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 Mediterranean and was released on October, 31st 2023.

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