Fears grow for ‘vulnerable’ science fiction author who created Ancient Origins thriller series after he vanished on Boxing Day
- Robert Storey, 42, was last seen leaving his cottage in Swingfield, Kent at 10am
- The science fiction author suffers from depression and a chronic neck condition
- Mr Storey started writing books after suffering a neck disability in a car accident
- Police described him as ‘vulnerable’ and said ‘concerns for welfare are growing’
Fears are growing for the science-fiction author of the Ancient Origins series after he went vanished on Boxing Day.
Robert Storey, 42, was last seen leaving his cottage home in Swingfield, Kent, at 10am and police said the writer was ‘vulnerable’.
Mr Storey, who suffers from depression and a chronic neck condition, had recently started writing the seventh book in his Ancient Origins series.
Mr Storey, a mathematics graduate from the University of London, started writing after suffering a neck disability in a car accident.
A pollice spokesman said: ‘Officers are appealing for information following the disappearance of a vulnerable man from the Folkestone area.
Robert Storey (pictured) was last seen leaving his cottage home in Swingfield, Kent, at 10am and police said the writer of the Ancient Origins thriller series was ‘vulnerable’
‘Robert Storey, 42, was last seen in the Canterbury Road area of Swingfield at about 10am on Boxing Day, and concerns for his welfare are growing.
‘He is described as being about 5ft 10in, of slim build and with short brown hair that is beginning to turn grey. He was last seen wearing a black hooded coat.’
He runs a self-publishing website Sancturian Publishing and published his first book in 2013.
Mr Storey has taken part in book signings at Waterstones in the Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent in March 2015.
On his website on September 25, he wrote: ‘So, an update on Ancient Origins book 7, The God Device.
‘Plotting has begun and it’s on schedule for writing to begin this November, hurrah!
‘I’m very pleased with what I have planned, and really can’t wait to get started on it now I know where it’s heading, sort of; I just hope you and everyone else who has stuck with the series so far will enjoy it, too.
‘I would say I am going to mix things up a bit, with some strong sci-fi elements involved and something that will hopefully blow your socks off, or not as the case may be.
Mr Storey, a mathematics graduate from the University of London, started writing after suffering a neck disability in a car accident
He added he planned to release two more books to finish the series.
In an interview with artiststrong.com, he said: ‘I wrote my first book in 2004 as I’d had to take voluntary redundancy from my job a few years earlier due to a chronic neck condition caused by a car accident.
‘I wrote out of a deep desire, or need, to counteract the boredom and depression that had overtaken me at the time
‘I would say the biggest obstacle to my writing is getting started.
‘I suffer from depression and my life is bleak, so motivation is the toughest thing I have to overcome.’
He was born in London but lives and works at his family home in the village of Swingfield in Kent.