Chris Saunders
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.

Entries by Chris Saunders

Mick Wall - A Life in Rock

(0) Comments | Posted 7 September 2015 | (20:26)

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,...

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Michael Bisping Interview

(0) Comments | Posted 15 July 2015 | (09:58)

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 on behalf of a magazine I...

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In Defence of Sports Direct

(23) Comments | Posted 29 April 2015 | (11:37)

Secrets of Sports Direct? Do me a favour. Channel 4 should be sued for false representation. This week's Dispatches, so often the barometer against which all other hard-hitting investigative documentaries are pitted against, let itself down badly. After an hour's viewing, the most revelatory thing seemed to be that Sports...

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The Top 10 Greatest Rock Albums of the 80s

(2) Comments | Posted 15 April 2015 | (19:14)

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. The fact of the matter is that for a decade more...

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Hey, Russell Slade!

(0) Comments | Posted 5 January 2015 | (15:29)

The details behind Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's departure from Cardiff City last September were never really made public. The official line was that he and owner Vincent Tan clashed over 'a difference in philosophy,' the philosophy being that Tan wanted to win games while Solksjaer disagreed. The fact of the matter...

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The Babadook (Film Review)

(0) Comments | Posted 3 November 2014 | (23:31)

If its in a word, or it's in a book, you can't get rid of the Babadook.

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...

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Ravel Morrison - A New Start at Cardiff City?

(1) Comments | Posted 23 September 2014 | (16:05)

It was announced this week that Cardiff City have signed 21-year old winger Ravel Morrison on loan for the season from West Ham. On the face of it, it could be a decent move for both parties, despite Cardiff already having what is being reported as 'the biggest and best...

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A Championship Return for Cardiff City

(0) Comments | Posted 6 August 2014 | (00:00)

Cardiff City kick off the new season at Blackburn on Friday 8 August. On paper, for the 2014/15 season Cardiff City probably have one of the strongest squads the Championship has ever seen. If anything, they have an embarrassment of riches all over the park. Of course, that poses its...

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Adventures in Indie Publishing: Part 4

(0) Comments | Posted 2 August 2014 | (22:40)

Crunching Numbers

Hopefully, if you run a free promotion on KDP and promoted it properly, you will have benefited from a few hundred, or even a few thousand downloads depending on how much marketing you do. Incidentally, you can track exactly how many copies are being downloaded...

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The Top 10 Greatest 80s Films

(0) Comments | Posted 6 July 2014 | (18:59)

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...

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Adventures in Indie Publishing: Part Three

(0) Comments | Posted 29 May 2014 | (22:25)

Launch Day

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.

Why would you choose to give the...

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Cardiff City FC - What Went Wrong?

(5) Comments | Posted 6 May 2014 | (00:00)

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. At the end of March, Cardiff...

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Adventures in Indie Publishing: Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted 28 April 2014 | (20:21)

Up to Scratch

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...

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BAMMA 15 Review

(0) Comments | Posted 6 April 2014 | (01:47)

It seems that with every BAMMA event I attend, the bar is raised ever higher. The promotion is now arguably head and shoulders above the competition on these shores. Strangely, tonight the entire card was broadcast from start to finish on Facebook, which may well explain a few empty seats...

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Adventures in Independent Publishing: Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted 22 March 2014 | (14:10)

The New Punk Rock

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...

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UFC London: Fight Night 37

(0) Comments | Posted 9 March 2014 | (13:04)

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...

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Modern Publishing

(0) Comments | Posted 9 February 2014 | (19:06)

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...

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Cardiff City's Summer Signings - The good, the Bad & the Average

(0) Comments | Posted 21 January 2014 | (13:29)

A few months ago I wrote a summary of Cardiff City's summer transfer activity. Now all the players brought in have had a chance to show what they can do, I feel a quick progress report is in order.

Steven Caulker

The commanding centre back brought in from Tottenham...

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Understanding Vincent Tan

(5) Comments | Posted 23 December 2013 | (00:25)

This piece isn't more Malky Mackay hero-worship. There is enough of that in the press at the moment. Neither is it more anti-Tan vitriol. There is enough of that, too. What is lacking, I think, is a constructive, unbiased, critical evaluation of the current situation at Cardiff City stadium. Too...

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Do or Die for Cardiff City

(0) Comments | Posted 3 December 2013 | (14:21)

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. City lacked focus and were one-dimensional, eventually going...

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