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Hi there. I'm currently working on the following:

Short story Collections for Eric Nash and Piotr Świetlik

A new Novella for Kit Power

Do you want to join this merry band? Let's talk.

 

I'm proud of my work. Here are the published books I've helped bring to life:

 

Cover Image: Matryoshka, by Penny Jones

Matryoshka, by Penny Jones

Role: Combined edit
Available from: Hersham Horror
Due for release: 2021

Lucy loves her husband and her daughter very much, no matter what anybody else says. Things have just been difficult of late. They hoped the new baby would help. They hoped to leave the past behind. But the arrival of a new neighbour sets Lucy's voices whispering once more and soon she doesn't know who to trust. Matryoshka is a taut novella probing the shadows between malevolence and mental health.

 

 

Cover image: The Degeneration of Hortensia Phrigg, by Hereward L.M. Proops

The Degeneration of Hortensia Phrigg, by Hereward L.M. Proops

Role: Combined edit
Available from: Amazon

A burglary. A missing necklace. A bitter old woman. A gift that no-one wants to keep. A detective with a nose for trouble. Gruff Victorian detective Edmund Forrester returns for another strange case in this brand new novelette from the author of The Sound of Shiant and The Willowbrook Terror.

 

 

Cover image: Weed, by Joseph D'Lacey

Weed, by Joseph D'Lacey

Role: Combined edit
Available from: Horrific Tales Publishing
Due for release:2021

Statement: This book has been pulled from publication in light of the irresponsible misinformation and conspiracy theories the author has begun regularly promoting on social media. Whilst the author is free to express his worldview, it is not one with which the publisher or editor wish to be associated. Both relationships have now been severed.

 

 

There Goes Pretty, by C.C. Adams

Role: Combined edit
Available from: Dark Minds Press
Due for release: 2021

 

Cover image: Phoenix Point: The Briefing

Phoenix Point: The Briefing, by Jonas Kyratzes & Allen Stroud

Role: Combined Edit
Published by: Snapshot Games
No longer in print: Limited edition backer perk for global crowdfunding campaign

These accounts have been gathered by Phoenix Project operatives and collated by me. Additional records can be found in the Phoenix Archives, subject to possession of the proper clearances.

 

 

Cover image: The Return of the Samurai Slasher, by Mike Garley

The Return of the Samurai Slasher, by Mike Garley

Role: Combined edit
Available from: Big Cartel

You’re hoping for a night of drugs, drinks and debauchery, but it soon becomes apparent that you and your friends are not alone. You've all heard the myth of the Samurai Slasher but you never thought it could be true... Drugs, booze, gore, and a deadly killer samurai are all just a page turn away in ‘The Return of the Samurai Slasher.’

 

 

Cover image: The Cold, by Rich Hawkins

The Cold, by Rich Hawkins

Role: Combined Edit
Available from: Horrific Tales Publishing

Within hours, the entire country was buried beneath a freezing white blanket. And hidden within the blizzard conditions things began to move and kill and feast. Seth is one of the few passengers to survive the train crash. Now he and his fellow survivors face a new world of snow, ice and freezing fog, where they will be hunted like prey in the ruins of Great Britain.

 

 

Cover image: Downwind Alice, by C.C. Adams

Downwind Alice, by C.C. Adams

Role: Structural Report
Available from: LVP Publications

After two years away, a chance encounter with her ex-boyfriend Kieran proves awkward and sours when Alice lashes out at him, before storming off. An unfortunate turn of events that would soon blow over, right?

Wrong. Because, unfortunately for Alice, Kieran is...different now.

 

 

Cover image: Fearless, by Allen Stroud

Fearless, by Allen Stroud

Role: Structural Report
Available from: Flame Tree Press

AD 2118. Humanity has colonised the Moon, Mars, Ceres and Europa. Captain Ellisa Shann commands Khidr, a search and rescue ship with a crew of twenty-five, tasked to assist the vast commercial freighters that supply the different solar system colonies.

Shann has no legs and has taken to life in zero-g partly as a result. She is a talented tactician who has a tendency to take too much on her own shoulders. Now, while on a regular six-month patrol through the solar system, Khidr picks up a distress call from the freighter Hercules…

 

 

Cover image: The House of Frozen Screams, by Thana Niveau

The House of Frozen Screams, by Thana Niveau

Role: Line edit
Available from: Horrific Tales Publishing

When Liz and Nick Holland buy Wintergate, an isolated, long-empty Victorian seaside house, they believe they have found the perfect home. However, it isn’t long before it begins to have an unsettling effect on Liz. She hears the sound of crying babies in the dead of night, and a sinister presence seems to be stalking her, making her doubt her sanity.

Wintergate has a dark secret. Something evil lives there, and Liz must unravel the house’s twisted history before she becomes its next victim.

 

 

Cover image: High Cross, by Paul Melhuish

High Cross, by Paul Melhuish

Role: Line edit
Available from: Horrific Tales Publishing

High cross has lain empty since World War Two. Deserted, abandoned. Until now.

Lady Grey has woken. As human as sin but as eternal as the devil, Lady Grey enslaves the hearts and minds of these new villagers using their sins, secrets, fears and desires. And they harbor some very dark secrets indeed.

Unless Mark can stop her, Britain’s Newest Village will become a hell on Earth.

 

 

Cover image 2: A Warning, by Kit Power

A Warning About Your Future Enslavement...

That You Will Dismiss as a Collection of Short Fiction and Essays by Kit Power

Role: Combined edit
Available from: Amazon

Kit Power has no idea who (or what) K-POX is. Or The Ministry of Information, come to that. He doesn't know what The Information War is/was, or when it is supposed to have happened. He has no idea at all why a book that appears to have been sent from the future is so insistent that his stories hold the key to recovering the history of that time.

 

 

Cover image: You Will Grow Into Them, by Malcolm Devlin

You Will Grow Into Them, by Malcolm Devlin

Role: Line edit
Available from: Unsung Stories

The world is a far stranger place than we give it credit for. There, in the things we think familiar, safe, are certain aspects. Our fears and desires given form. Moments that defy explanation. Shadows in our home.

In Malcolm Devlin’s debut collection, change is the only constant. Across nine stories he tackles the unease of transformation, growth and change in a world where horror seeps from the mundane. The demons we carry inside us are very real indeed, but You Will Grow Into Them.

 

 

Cover image: The Veil, by Joseph D'Lacey

The Veil (Testaments I&II), by Joseph D’Lacey

Role: Line edit
Available from: Horrific Tales Publishing

Statement: This book has been pulled from publication in light of the irresponsible misinformation and conspiracy theories the author has begun regularly promoting on social media. Whilst the author is free to express his worldview, it is not one with which the publisher or editor wish to be associated. Both relationships have now been severed.

 

 

Cover image: The Rot, by Paul Kane

The Rot, by Paul Kane

Role: Proofread
Available from: Horrific Tales Publishing

Something has happened to the world. People are going mad, the very foundations of society are crumbling... Only Adam Keller, testing a prototype environment suit, apparently remains safe – but for how long? Can anything be done, can any of it be reversed, before everything goes to Rot?

Award-winning and bestselling author Paul Kane presents a nightmarish vision of a possible future, blending social commentary with page-turning action.

 

 

Cover image: This Twisted Earth, by Dion Winton-Polak

This Twisted Earth, by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Mike Chinn, Phil Sloman and others

Role: Devised, selected and edited in full.mike chinn
Available from: Six Minutes to Midnight

The Past flows into The Future. The Present is our constant home. But what if all that changed? If Time became tangled, history would be… havoc. Welcome to This Twisted Earth, a pulp-fuelled, shared-world anthology featuring brand new stories from Adrian Tchaikovsky (Shadows of the Apt), Jess Nevins (Encylopedia of Fantastic Victoriana), Mike Chinn (Swords Against the Millennium / Starblazer), and nine more talented tale-smiths.

This volume also features a stash of bonus material from Dion Winton-Polak - the world devisor, editor, and lunatic in charge of this ambitious project.

 

 

Cover image: Sunny, with a Chance of Zombies, by Dion Winton-Polak

Sunny, with a Chance of Zombies, by Angeline Trevena, B.T. Joy and others.

Role: Selected and edited in full.
Available from: KnightWatch Press

Sunny, with a Chance of Zombies: a sensational selection of strangely uplifting stories to help raise a smile at the end of the world. Our authors have dug deep to bring you brand new tales of anarchy, heartbreak and revenge, leavened with a little bit of love, life and laughter. Within these pages you'll find a variety of zombies, from the classic Shamblers to the Working Dead and the sentient Other. Ranged against them are a motley bunch of survivors. Some will take cynical advantage of the situation whilst others try to build a better life in the dead new world. We've got all sorts waiting in store for you here, from necromancy to technomancy; savagery to comedy; lovers, liars, looters, and the very tenderest of tragedy. All in all, the outlook's good.

 

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His passion and enthusiasm shows through.

The thing with Dion is that his passion and enthusiasm shows through in every project he works on. From conception to final proof, his level of dedication is second to none.

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Steve J. Shaw - Publisher

Personable and approachable.

I must say that the biggest thing for me has been how personable and approachable you are (both via email and social networking) which is really important. You feel like a real person, rather than a red pen! I found your editing both sympathetic and strict, which is exactly the balance it needs to be.… Read more “Personable and approachable.”

Angeline Trevena, featured in Sunny, with a Chance of Zombies. Author of The Paper Duchess series and The Memory Trader Series.
Angeline Trevena

Easily one of the best editors I’ve worked with.

Dion kicked my arse, editing-wise, but in a polite and really helpful way. Easily one of the best editors I’ve worked with. He’s so thorough he’ll probably edit this testimonial for me.

Rich Hawkins, author of The Cold.
Rich Hawkins

You need Dion. He’s there for you.

You need your writing to be as good as it can possibly be, while still being yours, in your voice. You need a suggestion on how to make that difficult and vital paragraph a lot clearer than it is now. You need to know that you’ve got the psychology of your characters straight – or… Read more “You need Dion. He’s there for you.”

David Baume, author of Cat's Eyes, Road Safety, With All My Love, and Dry Stone Wall.
David Baume
Cat's Eyes / Road Safety / With All My Love / Dry Stone Wall

My first call for future projects

Dion is a dedicated editor who works with the writer to make their story sing. His respect for both the work and the authorial style, combined with his skill and professionalism, have made him my first call for future projects.

Eric Nash
Eric Nash

A lot less stressful than I thought.

This was my first experience with an editor (outside of academia), and you made it a pleasant one. I was worried that things would be changed without my permission, I wouldn’t get a final say in things etc. and you took those fears away. I procrastinate and am anxious by nature, but the process was… Read more “A lot less stressful than I thought.”

Cover image: Sunny, with a Chance of Zombies. Various zombies at a barbecue, the sun high in the sky.
Nikki Tanner

Insightful, comprehensive and assured.

The Fine-toothed Comb isn’t just Dion’s business name, it’s his mission statement too. The editing work he undertook on our behalf was insightful, comprehensive and assured. Turnaround times were fantastic and the whole process worked like a dream.

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Ross Warren

A consummate professional.

He brings the open mind and patience to see what the creator is trying to convey, and work with them to deliver that vision – never losing sight of the fact that it’s the author’s story to tell. A consummate professional. I have no qualms in recommending his services to anyone looking to tighten and… Read more “A consummate professional.”

CC Adams, author of There Goes Pretty
C.C. Adams

Clear, concise, and extremely helpful.

Dion’s feedback was clear, concise, and extremely helpful. I wouldn’t think twice about using him again!

Mike Garley, author of The Return of the Samurai Slasher.
Mike Garley

He never forgets that this is your book.

Dion promises to help an author make their work the best that it can be. He achieves this through an excellent understanding of the writing process, plot, characterisation, and pace. Dion has an eye for details, picking up on small facts and inconsistencies to make it all the more believable. He balances the need to… Read more “He never forgets that this is your book.”

Paul Melhuish, author of High Cross.
Paul Melhuish

Valuable, comprehensive and thorough structural insights.

Dion gave me valuable, comprehensive and thorough structural insights on a project I’m working on. It was a worthy investment, and I would certainly recommend him.

K.T. Davies, author of The Red Knight.
K.T. Davies

Deeply responsive to a writer’s vision.

Courteous, professional, thorough – Dion seems to instinctively grasp that the role of a good editor is to help shape and hone the text into the best it can possibly be. Unafraid to make bold suggestions, he’s also deeply responsive to a writer’s vision and voice. Working with him on my frankly bloody awkward collection… Read more “Deeply responsive to a writer’s vision.”

Kit Power, author of A Warning About Your Future Enslavement...
Kit Power

Such a collaborative process.

I hate editing – I tend to put it off for ages. I’ve had other edits done on short stories I’ve published but they have largely been cosmetic changes and have certainly not been such a collaborative process. I was worried that I’d feel a bit ‘precious’ about making changes but your comments were so… Read more “Such a collaborative process.”

Cover image: This Twisted Earth (Vol. 1). Blue and green strands intertwined like DNA on a black background, surrounding the names of the contributers.
Hereward L.M. Proops

I’d definitely recommend him.

I found Dion professional to work with and the book was all the better for his edits. I’d definitely recommend him.

Paul Kane, author of The Rot.
Paul Kane

Excellent attention to detail.

Dion is a fine editor. Excellent attention to detail. I feel very lucky to have had him on my side.

Cover image: You Will Grow Into Them, by Malcolm Devlin
Malcolm Devlin

A very pleasant experience.

This is my first time working with an editor and you made it a very pleasant experience. I thought the editing process would be a bit overwhelming, but you made it manageable and relatively stress-free.

Cover image: Sunny, with a Chance of Zombies. Various zombies at a barbecue, the sun high in the sky.
Marc Kadushin

Impressed by the speed and precision of your responses.

I’m amazed this is your first go as an editor. I’ve been impressed by the speed and precision of your responses, the organizational abilities displayed thus far and the excitement for the project you convey to all participants. I can honestly not think of a single interaction which could’ve been improved upon.

Cover image: Sunny, with a Chance of Zombies. Various zombies at a barbecue, the sun high in the sky.
Chris Bauer

I felt secure

Dion is a passionate and professional editor with a keen eye for detail. His enthusiasm and approachability made all the difference. I felt secure in the knowledge that any changes he suggested would ensure that my novella was the best it could be.

Penny Jones, author of Matryoshka
Penny Jones

Thorough and accurate.

Dion proves himself very thorough and accurate in his work with us and has shown a particular sensitivity to and respect for the author’s work. His enthusiasm for the project is coupled with his professional manner and reliability with deadlines.

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George Sandison - Publisher

I wanted to improve, and kept coming back for more!

You went into a level of detail that I hadn’t experienced before, which was difficult for me as my confidence is paper thin, but you dealt with it in such a way that I wanted to improve, and kept coming back for more! You were also far less dictatorial than it seems a lot of… Read more “I wanted to improve, and kept coming back for more!”

Cover image: This Twisted Earth (Vol. 1). Blue and green strands intertwined like DNA on a black background, surrounding the names of the contributers.
Jacob Prytherch

Exactly what a person would pay for.

There was never a change without a valid justification and you were open to dialogue which ended in a mutually approved draft. You were quite insightful and enthusiastic. The enthusiasm counted for a lot and eased the sting of any criticisms or change requests. All your changes seemed well-informed and came from a place with… Read more “Exactly what a person would pay for.”

Cover image: This Twisted Earth (Vol. 1). Blue and green strands intertwined like DNA on a black background, surrounding the names of the contributers.
Matt Lewis

A diligent and important contributor.

Dion was a diligent and important contributor in the development of my novel from draft to draft. Aside from picking up a few crucial mistakes, he also asked important and challenging questions, always with a view to strengthening the story and how it was being delivered.

Allen Stroud, author of Fearless and co-author of the Phoenix Point stories.
Allen Stroud

Strengthened the story.

It was fun. Glad to say, it wasn’t too traumatic. I knew there were likely to be a few tweaks to help continuity (since I was submitting to a shared world book that was evolving all the time) but you also made suggestions that strengthened the story on its own merits.

Mike Chinn, featured in This Twisted Earth (vol. 1)
Mike Chinn

A tireless work ethic.

Dion is my go-to editor for UK novels. He has a great eye for detail and a tireless work ethic. He’s a joy to work with.

Graeme Reynolds, owner/publisher of Horrific Tales.
Graeme Reynolds - Publisher

Loving grasp of the narrative whole.

As an editor, Dion is possessed of a keen eye for detail tempered with a loving grasp of the narrative whole. His passionate editorial approach is driven by the uncompromising desire to facilitate a finished work that is both as accomplished and complete as possible. Unlike other perspicacious and gifted editors of my experience, his… Read more “Loving grasp of the narrative whole.”

Cover image: This Twisted Earth (Vol. 1). Blue and green strands intertwined like DNA on a black background, surrounding the names of the contributers.
Andrew Coulthard

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