About

Sup? My name is Chris(tian) Saunders, I come from New Tredegar, an old mining village in rural south Wales. I know you’ve never heard of it. I write both fiction and non-fiction, to distinguish between the two forms I write fiction as C.M. Saunders. Why? Because grandad! I began writing in 1997, my early fiction appearing in several anthologies and small-press luminaries  like Roadworks, Raw Nerve and the Asphalt Jungle. My first book, Into the Dragon’s Lair – A Supernatural History of Wales was published in 2003. I worked in a factory at the time, but soon left with the help of a scholarship from the Welsh Arts Council and ran off to Southampton to study journalism at university. Then, the factory where I used to work blew up and everyone got compensation except me. How’s your luck, eh?

After graduating with a degree in journalism, I moved away from fiction for a while and worked extensively in the freelance market, contributing to numerous international publications including Fortean Times, Chat, Its Fate! Bizarre, Urban Ink, Enigma, Record Collector, Nuts, Maxim, and a regular column to the Western Mail newspaper. Then I got bored and moved to China to teach English. I still wrote the occasional article, usually about music, travel, or the paranormal, and regular reviews for several outlets including Morpheus Tales (UK) and Hellnotes. Finding myself with more time on my hands and less distractions, apart from the snakes and bugs, I returned to the dark fiction fold and had stories published in Screams of Terror, Shallow Graves, Dark Valentine, Fantastic Horror, Unbroken Waters, Gore magazine, Siren’s Call, the Literary Hatchet, Crimson Streets, and numerous several anthologies. You can view a near-complete list of my published work here.

In January 2013 I came back to the UK to write for Nuts magazine and later that year my book, From the Ashes: The Real Story of Cardiff City FC, the result of ten year’s work, was published by Gwasg Carreg Gwalch. I was laid off from Nuts (they were closing, nothing to do with the book. At least, I don’t think it was) but I landed a job on another magazine called Forever Sport at a different publishing company. A couple of years later I was headhunted by a rival publishing company and put to work on a new launch. It didn’t work out, for anyone. In fact, that launch was about as successful as the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger. They probably cost about the same, too. Shortly afterwards, Forever Sport also went under to complete the circle. These days I scrape a living writing for anyone who pays me. I also do some editing, copywriting, ghost writing and media consultancy work when the opportunities arise. It isn’t easy. Whoever said being a professional writer is glamorous is full of shit. But I make it work, and it’s better than the factory.

On the fiction front, February 2014 saw the start of a new, ahem, chapter, when I decided to ‘go indie’ and released X: A Collection of Horror, the first in a series of compilations gathering together some previously-published short stories and essays. A novella called Out of Time followed that September, and in February 2015 I released X2. A year later I released my first full-length novel, Sker House, which is a fictionalized tale set in a real location and incorporating some less attractive aspects of Welsh history. We all have them. The novellas No Man’s Land: Horror in the Trenches and Human Waste followed, as did revised versions of Apartment 14F and Dead of Night. My latest release is a novella called Tethered on Terror Tract Publishing and my X series is now up to number four.

All I ever wanted to do was write. It’s the only thing I was ever any good at. That and ruining romantic relationships, and believe me, there’s no money in that. Like I said, it isn’t always easy but every day I thank my lucky stars that I am in a position to live the dream.

Please take the time to browse this site. Feel free to comment, like, or share at your discretion. And don’t forget to check out my Amazon Author pages:

UK

US

Yeah, they’re different. I don’t know why, either.

If you’re so inclined, please give my Facebook author page a ‘like’ and sign up for notifications. Not only does it make me feel popular and all warm inside, but it guarantees you’ll be first in line to recieve news, updates and special offers. If you’re feeling especially brave, you can follow me on Twitter. I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t, though. The place is a battlefield.

Finally, if you have any questions about writing, publishing, marketing, life, the universe, or anything, you’d probably be better off asking someone else.

Thanks for reading, you glorious bastard.


17 responses to “About

  • Debbie

    Ahhh, Wales, a lovely corner of the world. Fond memories of a week there. Ta for the “like” on Shadows today.

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  • alesiablogs

    thank you for stopping by! Keep up the spirit of writing! WE need them young and old alike!

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  • Creative Mysteries

    Wow, what an impressive career! This is really great. I look forward to buying and reading Rainbow’s End. I read some of the preview and the story sounds amazing.

    I commend you for such dedication and hard work.

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  • Matt Demers

    We miss you at Gore Magazine. If you have any bloody stories send them along. Because it would be your second submission, your story, if accepted, will be formatted and given a stand alone shelf space on Amazon (along side the anthology itself). All editing, formatting, promotion and cover art creation would be covered by Gore Magazine and all royalties from the stand alone e-book would go to you. No hidden fees, just the permission to use the story in the upcoming volume. We’re looking for 8,000 to 15,000 words approx. Submit here: http://goremagazine.com/?page_id=157

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  • elizabethducie

    Hi Christian. I’ve just read your brilliant article in the Funds for Writers newsletter about working Smarter. I’d like to quote from it in a book I’m currently working on. Can we chat? (elizabeth@elizabethducie.co.uk). Elizabeth.

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  • Patrick McCarry

    Hello Chris. I’m doing up a piece on Cardiff City’s Irish goalkeeper Tom Farquharson and his FA Cup exploits. Is there any chance you’d be free to have a chat soon about his days at the club?

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  • dalecooper57

    Well, aren’t you the auteur? And a well-travelled one at that. Following.

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  • Writers, Have You Found YOUR Micro Niche yet? – by Chris Saunders | WritersWeekly.com

    […] Chris Saunders, who writes fiction as C.M. Saunders, is a freelance journalist and editor from south Wales. His work has appeared in almost 100 magazines, ezines and anthologies worldwide, and he has held staff positions at several leading UK magazines ranging from Staff Writer to Associate Editor. His books have been both traditionally and independently published, the latest release being a collection of short fiction called X4. […]

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  • Tony Sandy

    Your piece in the latest FT made me wonder about a few things, including Kate Firks letter in ‘It Happened To Me.’ Could the strange magnetic disturbances be related to the way birds orientation over long distance is connected to metal in their brain, acting as a compass? Likewise, could this explain why women are not as good at navigation when compared to men? Is this down to menstruation and the loss of blood (iron?). In Kate’s case maybe she lacks what might exist in humans as well, with regards to iron and bird orientation (don’t know if research has been done on this or not. By the way, when I saw the title of the piece, I immediately thought of David Paulides book, Missing 411 as it was about mysterious disappearances in wild, uninhabited areas too.

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    • cmsaunders

      Hi Tony. Thanks for the comment. You make a very interesting point about bird migration. I never thought of that. Yes, I was going to reference Paulides’ book(s) but space didn’t allow me the luxury of disappearing down that particular rabbit hole! There are a lot of similarities between some of the cases he covered and whatever is going on at Sai Kung.

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