Chris Saunders
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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

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

(7) 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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Cardiff City v Swansea City Preview

(0) Comments | Posted 31 October 2013 | (23:00)

This Sunday, Swansea travel to Cardiff for what promises to be one of the highlights of the Premier League season.

And no, I'm not exaggerating.

This will be the first time the two sides have ever clashed in top flight football, and neither will want to give up...

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UFC Fight Night 30: Machida v Munoz

(0) Comments | Posted 27 October 2013 | (22:51)

Following last weekend's spectacular night of entertainment, the question on everyone's lips was how would UFC Fight Night 30 compare to UFC 166, described by Dana White as 'The greatest card ever in UFC history?'

High-profile UFC events don't come to the UK often, so when they do British MMA...

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Michael Bisping Interview (September 2013)

(0) Comments | Posted 23 October 2013 | (20:44)

In September 2013 I did an exclusive interview with UFC star Michael Bisping for Nuts magazine. Unfortunately, days later Bisping suffered a detached retina in training and had to pull out of his scheduled fight with Mark Munoz. As a result, this interview was never published. It would be a...

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Never a Dull Moment in the Life of Cardiff City FC

(4) Comments | Posted 15 October 2013 | (15:04)

Any Cardiff City fans looking forward to lying back and basking in the glory of the Premier League has had a rude awakening these past few days. And there hasn't even been any football played. In what should be a time of quiet consolidation during the first international break of...

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It's a Funny Old Game - Fulham v Cardiff City

(0) Comments | Posted 29 September 2013 | (01:40)

It's a funny old game...

Fulham v Cardiff City (28th September 2013)

Cardiff City team: Marshall, Taylor, Caulker, Turner, Theophile-Catherine, Whittingham, Medel, Kim Bo Kyung (Mutch, 56), Gunnarsson, Campbell (Maynard, 72), Odemwingie (Bellamy, 81)

Cardiff City have made a decent start to their first season in the Premier League. A...

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The Sunderland Revolution - And Why It's Bad for Football

(0) Comments | Posted 27 September 2013 | (20:50)

Let's face it. It was no surprise to see Paolo Di Canio given his marching orders on Sunday. In just six short months, he had managed to upset and alienate everyone at Sunderland from the fans to the board, and probably even the tea lady. Before he had even sat...

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BAMMA 13

(0) Comments | Posted 16 September 2013 | (21:19)

BAMMA 13

14th September 2013, Birmingham NIA

To echo the sentiments of many other observers, BAMMA 13 at Birmingham NIA last Saturday was a bit of a weird one. The UK's premier MMA organization has decided to up the ante by re-structuring the format slightly to incorporate 'World championship' titles...

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Cardiff City's Summer Spending Spree

(2) Comments | Posted 2 September 2013 | (20:36)

So finally, after endless play-off heartache, Cardiff City have finally made it to the Premier League. It was obvious to all that certain areas of the team would need strengthening if they weren't to be relegated by Christmas, and with last season's top scorer Heider Helguson and midfield stalwart Stephen...

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The Legend of Wilf Wooller

(0) Comments | Posted 10 August 2013 | (11:18)

This is the story of a forgotten Welsh hero, and probably the best all-round sportsman the country ever produced. I'm toying with the idea of launching a kick-starter campaign to have Wilf Wooller' s epic adventures immortalized on film, with Jason Statham playing the lead role. And I'm only half...

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A Royal Pain in the Backside

(1) Comments | Posted 27 July 2013 | (12:16)

I inadvertently started an international shitstorm on Facebook recently. The status update that sparked it all read, "When poor people who have never worked have a kid, they are called benefit cheats. When rich people who have never worked have a kid, they are called royalty."

Justified, I thought. And...

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