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Welcome to the domain of the mindflayer!

Pleased to meet you. I am your friendly, neighbourhood mindflayer! Do not mind my tentacles or mind-control powers. It is my role to help aspiring authors write their books by providing them with ample ink from my squid-like appendages, or sometimes via editing, writing coaching, publisher-standard formatting, cover design, and more. Several titles I have edited have gone on to be nominated for major awards, including the Bram Stoker. You can find out more information about this process over at my Writing Coaching page.

Who is The Mindflayer?

When going to the surface world, I take more human form as Joseph Sale.

Joseph Sale is a prolific novelist and editor. His first novel, The Darkest Touch, was published by Dark Hall Press in 2014. He is currently published with The Writing Collective and has authored more than twenty books, including his Black Gate trilogy and his portal fantasy adventure Dark Hilarity. He grew up in the Lovecraftian seaside town of Bournemouth.

He edits non-fiction and fiction, helping fledgling authors to realise their potential. He has edited some of the best new voices in speculative fiction including: Ross Jeffery, Emily Harrison, Christa Wojciechowski, Tice Cin, and more.

His non-fiction has been published by Kendall Reviews, GameSpew, and Let's Get Published. He is an affiliate member of Let's Get Published, where he runs classes on the craft of writing.

His short fiction has appeared in Tales from the Shadow Booth, edited by Dan Coxon, and has been published by Blood Bound Books, Idle Ink, Fiction Vortex, Nonbinary Review, and Storgy Magazine. His stories have also appeared in anthologies such as You Are Not Alone (Storgy), Lost Voices (The Writing Collective), Technological Horror (Dark Hall Press), Burnt Fur (Blood Bound Books), and Exit Earth (Storgy). In 2017 he was nominated for The Guardian’s ‘Not The Booker’ prize for his mind-bending horror-fantasy Nekyia. 

He is obsessed with Attack on Titan and Community.

If you love his work, you can support The Mindflayer on Patreon, where he is releasing monthly, exclusive articles on occultism, fantasy, and mythology, and how to harness the power of these sources to improve writing.