I didn't start talking until I was almost two-and-a-half; some would say I've more than made up for it in the intervening years. I began reading and writing not long after I began to talk, and have never stopped. I'll read just about anything, but favourite subjects include anything to do with North Polar and Arctic exploration in general and the Franklin Expedition in particular; ghost stories; Golden Age mystery stories; and anything by favourite authors such as George MacDonald Fraser, Andrew Greig, Charles Dickens, R. F. Delderfield, and Barbara Pym. My writing is mostly non-fiction, about ghost stories, Sherlock Holmes, and Arthur Conan Doyle, although I have written a few pieces of fiction which have had kind things said about them. Since 1994 I've edited ALL HALLOWS, the journal of The Ghost Story Society. I love to swim, and during the hockey season I follow the fortunes of the Vancouver Canucks, who will one day (I hope) win the Stanley Cup.