M.R. Hume

Writer, poet and creative procrastinator

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I began writing when I was a teenager, initially songs and lyrics for the various bands I was a member of, and then progressing to bad poetry (sometimes really bad poetry). Inspired by my own interpretation of 'classics' (Stephen King, David Gemmell, Michael Moorcock, Clive Barker, and the man-gods that are H.P. Lovecraft, Alan Moore, and J.R.R. Tolkien), I began writing prose.
Uninspired by having no 'visible' career I decided to study journalism at university, foolishly believing this would be a good way to kickstart my prospects. I soon realised the error of my ways. Currently I work at a university and write in my 'spare' time; I have a supportive wife and a less supportive toddler. The advent of e-books and new media for the written word has rekindled my interest in chasing the dream of some day being a full-time author.
Here's some facts abouts me in list format, potentially interesting I suppose. All lists are in no particular order and could be revised!
Books that have influenced me:
The Stand - Stephen King
Legend - David Gemmell
Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
Conan The Barbarian - Robert E Howard
The Collected Poems of Thomas Hardy - Thomas Hardy
The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
The Sandman Collections - Neil Gaiman + various illustrators
The Damnation Game - Clive Barker
Foundation - Isaac Asimov
Dune - Frank Herbert
The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas - Dylan Thomas
The Circus of Dr. Lao - Charles G. Finney
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer - Patrick Suskind
Geek Love - Katherine Dunn
The Years of Rice and Salt - Kim Stanley Robinson
Other Authors / Poets I enjoy:
Agatha Christie
Hunter S. Thompson
William S. Burroughs
Charles Bukowski
Toyohiko Kagawa
T S Eliot
Jim Morrison
Sir John Betjeman
Susan Hill
HP Lovecraft
Brian Lumley
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Christopher Marlowe
Luke Rhinehart
Joseph Lalo
Things I truly love:
Listening to my boy giggle
Waves breaking on a deserted beach
Standing on the site of an ancient monument
Japanese food
The night sky
Laying in the arms of my wife