Picture taken by Sophie Phillips 

I’m Holly Ice, a first class graduate of Creative Writing and a writer in progress.

I love unusual subjects which bring a numinous longing for more than reality provides. The dark corners of history can be a real inspiration, as can strange urban and rural myths or legends.

I write to connect to others in the hope they enjoy the worlds and characters I write into existence and I sincerely hope my readers enjoy my work.

I have an Amazon profile here

My publishing credentials to date include:

The Russian Sleep Experiment – A horror novella inspired by the CreepyPasta of the same name. Edited by Christina Crook, with illustrations by Daniel Tyka, this book was published by Almond Press in August 2015. Available here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Russian-Sleep-Experiment-Holly-Ice/dp/1988074002/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452185070&sr=8-1&keywords=holly+ice 

Trysting Antlers” – A magical realism short story in Newcon Press’ collection “La Femme”, edited by Ian Whates and available from 13 April 2014 here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Femme-Storm-Constantine-ebook/dp/B00JOLCJ5K/ref=sr_1_21?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1409947348&sr=1-21&keywords=ian+whates 

My Oasis Tower  – Sci-fi short story in Newcon Press’ collection “Looking Landwards”, edited by Ian Whates and available from 28th October 2013 here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Looking-Landwards-Adrian-Tchaikovsky/dp/1907069593/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382814719&sr=8-1&keywords=looking+landwards

La Morte de La Résistance – A short story highly commended in Almond Press‘ first competition and available in the collection of their top 15 stories published in 2013, here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fall-Collection-Stories-Contest-ebook/dp/B00BCSY8B6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1362583481&sr=8-2

A Bit of Contrast – A short story short listed for the 2012 H. G. Wells Festival Competition and available in the resulting short story collection here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Born-Island-Other-Stories-ebook/dp/B009FMHZQG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350390822&sr=8-1

What am I? Nature Calling:” – A poem published in Indent Magazine over the summer of 2012 and available here: https://www.staffs.ac.uk/indent/

Origin of a Cynic – A poem published by the Young Writers in 2010 within the South-West anthology of “Bust-A-Rhyme”. Unfortunately this is now out of print.

I am also in possession of a Twitter account: https://twitter.com/Holly_emma_Ice

My official author website is: http://www.hollyice.co.uk

Feel free to peruse these at will.


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    • glenavailable
    • August 25th, 2015

    Hi Holly,

    I have just downloaded a PDF version of THE RUSSIAN SLEEP EXPERIMENT with the intention of posting a review on Amazon and Goodreads. I never read any written material beyond a few paragraphs from a computer screen but rather prefer to print it out so I can relax with a paper copy. I tried printing your story but it seems the print function has been disabled. Have I imagined this or is this the case?

    Glen Donaldson

    • Hi Glen,
      Thanks for getting in touch. I will double check with the publisher whether this was intentional or whether there’s a way around it and get back to you when I hear back.

      Hopefully it will be a quick turnaround!

      Kind regards,

    • Hi Glen,

      I’ve just tried sending an unlocked copy to your hotmail account. Please let me know if it doesn’t get through.

      Kind regards,


    • Brendan Clement
    • March 6th, 2016

    Hello Holly,

    I read the Russian Sleep Experiment. It was the scariest thing I have ever read in my entire life. I couldn’t sleep for days. You have a great talent when it comes to writing. What do you recommend for people like me to publish fictional stories? Hope to hear back from you.


    • Hi Brendan,

      Thanks so much for the support! It’s really nice to hear when someone enjoyed my work :).

      With fiction, the main thing is to keep working at it. A lot of people give up too quickly. Try searching for open competitions and submission calls (free to enter is best, especially when you’re just starting out) in the genres you like writing in. It’s also always a good thing to find fellow writers to workshop your work with. Local workshops, creative writing groups, etc. are good. If not, you could always try an online writing workshopping/critique site such as Scribophile.

      It depends how far along you are with your writing though. If you’re still just starting out, I’d recommend reading some books on writing and editing to get a better feel of what you want to do and what works and what doesn’t before approaching feedback from others.

      Hope that helps! Let me know if you’d like any more specific information.

      All the best,

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