Sam Hurcom was born in Dinas Powys, South Wales in 1991. He studied Philosophy at Cardiff University, attaining both an undergraduate and master’s degree. He has since had several short stories published, and has written and illustrated a number of bilingual children’s books set in Wales. Sam currently lives in the village he was raised in, close to the woodlands that have always inspired his writing. Sam’s debut novel, A Shadow on the Lens, was released in 2019 by Orion Publishing. An historical crime thriller with a supernatural twist, the novel follows forensic photographer and Special Investigator Thomas Bexley as he tries to uncover the truth behind a mysterious death in a remote Welsh village. The novel received praise from the Guardian and the Times, and was nominated for Capital Crime’s Debut Novel of the Year. The sequel, Letters from the Dead, is due to be released in November 2020.