About PJ

Hi there!

I’m so glad you decided to visit my website!

I’m Polly Mordant and I love reading and writing stories about the supernatural. My first series is set in the picturesque English village of Flammark, though what lies beneath is far from pretty.

In the first book, “When Angels Fear”, an ancient evil has to be vanquished by my main character, Emma Blake. It reveals an ancestry she was completely unaware of and consequently changes the direction of her life forever. It was published in September of last year and was originally envisaged as a standalone but things have since changed …

The book is now the beginning of the Flammark series. The second, ‘Animus’, was published in mid-August of this year and I’m well into conceptualising the third. The characters of Emma, Will, Abby and sweary cop, DI Jamie Westen, all feature, working once more to keep Flammark safe.

More About Me

I have a degree in Education and a Masters in Political Theology – the latter got me interested in church history which you’ll see a lot of in my books. For many years I ran my own English and Drama departments in three inner city schools before becoming the owner of a radical bookshop. Now I write full time – when I’m not owned by our cat, Bear, or wrangled by our daft dog, Mojo (aka The Mojinator!)

I’m interested in people and the issues they face, so my stories contain an element of social realism, hopefully showing believable people dealing with real problems. The horror/supernatural genre is the ideal frame within which to explore these ideas. Haven’t we all experienced true evil at one time or another?

I’ve always been a dedicated follower of the Engish Supernatural and well remember, as a teenager, being wound up by the Pan Book of Horror Stories (issues one to fifty thousand!!). My husband and I have a huge collection of classic films in the genre. He still gets the wobblies over this one Any idea what the film is?

“Night of the Demon”: 1957 British horror film, produced by Hal E. Chester and Frank Bevis, directed by Jacques Tourneur and starring Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins and Niall MacGinnis. It is adapted from the M. R. James story ” Casting the Runes 

And while we’re on the subject of films, this is where it all started for me, and I still watch it regularly. It seems to be garnering a new wave of interest recently, which is great. If you watch it for the first time, the hand on the staircase handrail still makes me jump!

Our bookshelves heave with horror. Take a closer look – this is just a tiny section!

My favourite English authors are Phil Rickman, Ramsey Campbell, Susan Hill, Shirley Jackson and, of course, the great M R James. But I’ve diverse tastes in horror so there’s always space for Stephen King, and great fantasy writers like, Tolkein, Robert Holdstock, Stephen Donaldson, George R.R (despite that ending) and Philip Pullman.

Of course it doesn’t end there. My favourite book of all time is George Eliot’s Middlemarch (after all, it’s arguably the first feminist novel!) and where would we be without Jane Austen, lol? Anyway, If you want to see more of what’s on my shelves, follow me on Insta or Facebook. I love having bookish conversations.

There’s also a Flammark Facebook page, (only for those who’ve read the first book, though. It’s full of spoilers! – There are entry questions, lol.) If you’re up for more Flammark weirdness, click the pic!

Oh, and do sign up for my newsletter! You’ll get information about free content, Flammark gossip you won’t see in the books, more titbits from yours truly, and, of course, that all important release date for the next in series.

Happy reading!

Polly.

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