“I was aware of what he accomplished, but his ability to suspend his reader’s belief works well.” – Bill Murphy, Lead Scientist for SyFy Network’s Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files
Alan Keen is an award-winning, international author who writes under the name A.M. Keen.
He first rose to prominence in 2010 when his self published book, ‘The Dark Army,’ hit cult status. It was the first in the series of the ‘Tales of Averon’ books, originally written for children, which chronicle a battle between woodland animals living inside a vast forest.
With the success of his first book, Alan self published the second in the series, titled ‘The Beast,’ which again found success with audiences. He made the local news in 2011, as fans from the US began visiting his home county of Northamptonshire, to see the inspirational areas where the books were based. The books also found an audience with adults, due to its dark themes and plot line.
By 2012, the third book had been written, and placed with New Generation Publishing. Alan decided to re-release the first two books with the new release, as a trilogy edition. ‘Tales of Averon: Dawn of the Great War’ published in mid 2012, and won the New Generation Publishing Prize for best book of the year.
On the heels of this success, Alan then won an international competition to contribute an alternate ending to the book ‘Worlds Apart,’ by David Diprose and Paul Wilson.
Alan began work on his book ‘Haunted,’ a paranormal horror set off the west coast of the US. This would prove to be his biggest challenge yet, as he wanted to branch his work in different directions.
‘Haunted’ published in November 2013, and hit cult status yet again. It is also the only fictional, paranormal book in the world to be officially endorsed by four, real life, celebrity paranormal investigators.
In early 2014, Alan turned his work back to an English setting, and wrote the fantasy / horror novel ‘Witch,’ set during the Jacobian period. The book was published by Black Rose in the US a few months later.
In May 2014, he wrote the story and script for the independent British horror movie, ‘Nyctophobia,’ which premiered on October 30th.
Alan is close friends with Michael York and Alex Duggan from the paranormal investigation group UK Haunted, and is also friends with Bill Murphy and his wife Anita, paranormal investigators from the SyFy channel in the US.
Alan is a regular speaker about writing, and has guest lectured at Kings College in London, as well as various writing groups around the country. When he isn’t writing, he can usually be found supporting Liverpool FC, watching scary documentaries and spending time with his family.