About me

I’m Darren Simpson. I write.

So far I’ve written The Dust on the Moth (a crowdfunded collaboration with Bees Make Honey), and I have a further novel on its way to seeing daylight. I’ve also written numerous short stories, some of which have been published in magazines or distributed by Panspermia Press.

Why do I write? Because I can. Surely, in life, we should all do whatever we can.

I also write because I enjoy inventing unusual characters. By doing so I can act out all the things I’d like to do in real life but can’t, because people expect better of me.

I enjoy observing the everyday kinks and quirks we take for granted and taking them to extremes. Writing is my laboratory. It’s one of the few things in my life I have any control over.

I have well over a million influences. They include Roald Dahl, Angela Carter, J. G. Ballard, Mervyn Peake, Jeanette Winterson, Jim Crace, William Burroughs, Anthony Burgess, Salman Rushdie, Virginia Woolf, Kurt Vonnegut, David Bowie, Scott Walker, Kate Bush, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, fairytales, folklore, my wife, my sons and the weather.

If you’d like to contact me, please get in touch.