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Chris Saunders

Freelance writer, likes chocolate milk, Cardiff City, pop punk and Stephen King

Chris Saunders is a freelance writer based in London. He likes chocolate milk, Cardiff City, pop punk and Stephen King.

Welsh-born Christian Saunders, who writes fiction as C.M. Saunders, began writing in 1997, his early fiction appearing in several small-press titles and anthologies. His first book, Into the Dragon's Lair – A Supernatural History of Wales was published in 2003. After graduating with a BA in journalism from Southampton Solent university he worked extensively in the freelance market, contributing to numerous international publications including Fortean Times, Chat, It's Fate! Bizarre, Urban Ink, Enigma, Record Collector, Nuts, Maxim, and a regular column to the Western Mail newspaper. Then he went to work as a TEFL teacher in China for five years. On returning to dark fiction he had stories published in Screams of Terror, Shallow Graves, Dark Valentine, Fantastic Horror, Unbroken Waters, Siren's Call and several anthologies. His novellas Dead of Night, Apartment 14F: An Oriental Ghost Story and Devil's Island are available now, while 2012 saw the release of his literary fiction novel Rainbow's End on Flarefront Publications. His latest book, From the Ashes: The REAL Story of Cardiff City Football Club is out in August 2013.

Mick Wall - A Life in Rock

Anyone with a vested interest in rock music or journalism, or even, God forbid, the product of a sordid union between the two, will know who Mick Wall is. He made his name on Sounds magazine in the late 70's, wrote for Kerrang! throughout the 80's heyday of heavy metal, and was a founding editor of Classic Rock in the 90s.
08/09/2015 12:50 BST

Michael Bisping Interview

Manchester-born middleweight Michael Bisping (26-7) takes on 9th-ranked Brazilian Thales Leites (25-4) in the main event at UFC Fight Night 72 in Glasgow on July 18. The event sold-out within hours, but I managed to catch up with the Count a few weeks ago...
15/07/2015 11:18 BST

In Defence of Sports Direct

If the makers had done a bit more research they would have discovered that as a company Sports Direct actually look after their long-serving workers, rewarding loyalty with shares and bonus schemes which can then be converted to hard cash.
29/04/2015 23:40 BST

The Top 10 Greatest Rock Albums of the 80s

This list is going to be divisive. It's unavoidable. Some choices you will agree with, some you won't. Some might even prompt you to dust off those old CD's, or nip over to Spotify to see what you missed.
16/04/2015 09:40 BST

Hey, Russell Slade!

The club started the season with a wealth of options in every area. Some had to go. But a few of the players Slade has let go for next to nothing (or literaly nothing) were far too good for that kind of treatment...
07/01/2015 11:44 GMT

The Babadook (Film Review)

This could be the biggest revelation in Australian horror since... well, ever. One of those rare films that burrows under your skin and leaves an impression for a long time after the credits roll, it has been generating overwhelmingly positive critical reviews since its worldwide debut at the Sundance Film Festival where it won Best Actor, Actress, Screenplay and Feature.
04/11/2014 14:13 GMT

Ravel Morrison - A New Start at Cardiff City?

At the same stage in his career, Leon Jeanne was a highly hyped, pacey, skillful midfielder with the world at his feet. He had a few off-field issues, but City took a chance on him. Now he plays for Weston-Super-Mare. Nothing against Weston-Super-Mare. It's a nice place. I visited once. But let's hope Morrison doesn't go the same way.
24/09/2014 11:06 BST

A Championship Return for Cardiff City

On paper, for the 2014/15 season Cardiff City probably have one of the strongest squads the Championship has ever seen... Ole Gunnar Solksjaer showed us last season how much he enjoys tinkering with personnel, formation and tactics. He's going to have a field day trying to select a team from around 32 serious candidates. For what it's worth, here is my pick.
05/08/2014 17:11 BST

Adventures in Indie Publishing: Part 4

You can't force people to buy your book. And begging is just embarrassing. In the most basic terms, you have to get your book in front of people who might like it and persuade them that they need to buy it.
04/08/2014 13:13 BST

The Top 10 Greatest 80s Films

They were cheesy and full of bright colours, big hair and even bigger shoulder pads, but the 80s were a seminal decade for movies. I know there are some notables that haven't made the cut, but I can't include everything. That is the nature of lists. They start and they end.
07/07/2014 16:21 BST

Adventures in Indie Publishing: Part Three

Market primed, you can finally hit 'publish.' The KDP service allows you to utilize various promotional offers, such as discounted pricing or offering your book free for a limited time. With X: A Collection of Horror, I opted for the latter.
30/05/2014 16:10 BST

Cardiff City FC - What Went Wrong?

Let's not beat around the bush, it has been a disastrous foray into the Premier League for Cardiff City. A season beset with controversy and off-field problems is finally coming to a close and the end can't come soon enough for some long-suffering supporters.
05/05/2014 20:29 BST

Adventures in Indie Publishing: Part 2

Once your book is written, it's up to you to make sure the finished product is up to a high standard. It has your name on it, after all. The average buyer probably won't be expecting the next Pulitzer Prize winner, but they will be expecting a professional job, and rightly so.
28/04/2014 22:36 BST

BAMMA 15 Review

At BAMMA 15, the main card kicked off with a flyweight contest between German Rany Saadeh and the undefeated Mahmood 'Persian Pride' Besharate.
06/04/2014 15:27 BST

Adventures in Independent Publishing: Part 1

Last month, I finally joined the swelling ranks of the independently published. I'd thought about it long and hard, but in the end it was a pretty easy decision to make. I was tired of greedy, clueless, often unethical publishers telling me what to do and how I should do it.
24/03/2014 17:27 GMT

UFC London: Fight Night 37

So the UFC's huge push for world domination rumbles into London, and lands at the 02 Arena, Greenwich, the second biggest indoor arena in the UK and one of the busiest in Europe. It's a great venue, tailor-made for hosting big fights. In what could be a landmark achievement for the promotion, the 15,000 seats sold out in record time for a UK event, and the media hype has been unprecedented...
10/03/2014 13:04 GMT

Modern Publishing

I've kicked around the publishing game for a while. In the past decade I've had two books published by traditional publishers, and four by digital publishers. On the flip side, I've collected more rejections than I can count. I've experienced the high's and the low's, and now I'm going to share with you some of what I've learned...
10/02/2014 17:03 GMT

Understanding Vincent Tan

I don't think anyone has ever divided opinion at Cardiff City as much as Tan. When he first arrived, some hailed him as the club's saviour, while others denounced him as one to be feared and despised. He certainly doesn't do himself any favours.
23/12/2013 01:25 GMT

Do or Die for Cardiff City

Since the euphoria of the derby win, it's been a mixed bag of results for Cardiff City. After coolly dispatching Swansea, they travelled to Aston Villa the following weekend for a game that on paper at least was eminently winnable. Not so.
05/12/2013 11:58 GMT