About Paul M Clark
Born and raised in the North-West of England, I now live in Auckland, Aotearoa
I graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, then became a Historian for 20 years, teaching History at several schools and universities in the UK, USA and New Zealand. Recently, I completed the circle by returning to my love of writing, and here I am. I write flash fiction, short stories, screenplays and novels. I also run workshops for any age group to get people fired up about writing and to give them a toolbox to improve their skills.
I have published flash fiction and short stories in several journals and won 3rd Prize in the New Zealand Writers’ College Short Story Competition in 2017 with Alan Matsumoto. I enjoy writing speculative fiction and anything that pushes our boundaries and challenges us to think about something in a different way. I've been shortlisted for a few competitions, receiving Honorable Mentions for Saint Catherine and My Hill. I also reached the final of the NY Midnight International MicroFiction Competition 2020. Sometimes people ask me to publicly share my stories at several groups. I'm also a story/script editor and provide support and advice for writers of historical fiction and drama. A recent TV pilot episode placed as a finalist in the LA International Screencraft Competition 2020 and the Quarter Finals of the Southern California Screenplay Competition 2020.
My first novel, a historical Folk Horror story set during the English Civil War, is due for launch later this year by Brio Books/Booktopia.
More recently, I have started a PhD at Massey University to explore superstition, belief and historical realism in Folk Horror.