Thursday, 18 May 2017

Ascent - The Day The World Went Away

I think I said at some point here that the soundtrack for Hometown would be A Warm Place by Nine Inch Nails simply because that piece of music which sums up grief and regret also sums up the book. While I've always thought, for obvious reasons, the Brian Eno piece An Ending (Ascent) would work nicely for Ascent (obviously), I'm more drawn to another NIN track. So over to a stripped down version of The Day The World Went Away which could be the subtitle of my book.

The Day The World Went Away (Still version)

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Hometown - cheap as chips. Literally.

Yep, Hometown is at a massively reduced price for a limited time so go nuts. Tell your friends, your families, your colleagues, total strangers, people you don't like, the dead (especially them), aliens, your pets, mythical beings...fuck it. Just do me a solid and spread the word. Ta.

Hometown link

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Hometown - coming to BookBub

I've had word that Hometown will be listed on BookBub on 12th May, so you can get the ebook from then (for a limited time) for a discounted price. And while we're on the subject, the price for the paperback over on Amazon has been reduced. I don't know how long for so grab a copy while it's cheaper than usual.

Paperback link

Monday, 1 May 2017

Ascent - first review

The first review for Ascent is in and it's a good one. There's about a month to go before publication so feel free to pre-order from Amazon or get it early direct from the publisher.

Anyway, review this way - Review

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Ascent - drafts, time and theme

Close to two years ago, I wrote this post and a few others before it while writing the first draft of the book that eventually became Ascent. I've just spent the last ten minutes scrolling through my blog to find it which took longer than I thought simply because it was longer ago than I remembered. Two summers ago which either means my sense of time passing is up the spout or I really did write the first draft back in the distant days of 2014-15. Not sure which.

Either way, here we are  - close to publication date of a book that, oddly, went from christ this mess is a total pain in the arse to hey this isn't half bad i think i might have something decent with this one. As I've written another book, the first draft of a second along with detailing a new outline and fresh research for it before starting the second draft and various short pieces since that post two summers ago, it's been a long time since I looked at Ascent in any kind of impartial way. Enough time has passed for me to do that now and I have to say, I like what I see. Crowded Quarantine and I have whipped my original book into shape, streamlined it (hopefully) and I'm pretty chuffed with the finished result. Obviously I try to improve with each new book and it's probably fair to say I've done so with this one. It's a dark tale that if you wanted me to narrow down to a single word for the theme, I'd give you one of the worst of all human experiences.


Ascent - Amazon link

Pre-order link from CQP

Sunday, 2 April 2017

So, yeah, horror's not for everyone

I've probably said on my blog more than once that I think horror as a genre gets a hard time and is looked down on by a lot of people in the same way erotica is. Just as erotica is the same as hardcore porn to some people, all horror is the same - violent, gory for the sake of it, sadistic and without any redeeming features. This was illustrated strongly to me the other day when the trailer for the new version of Stephen King's IT was released. A clip was shared on Facebook splicing the trailer with scenes from the original TV version to suggest there was nothing new in the upcoming film (it's too early to say, of course, and it's worth pointing out most of the scenes from the first version were taken out of context to force the comparison) and I made the mistake of reading the comments.

One, with hundreds of Likes, complained about film-makers still coming up with horror films and how this was wrong because the world is already 'bad enough'. Presumably, the person who left the comment thinks that everything is shite enough without adding more pain and suffering to things. A fair point?


Putting aside the most glaringly obvious flaw in that logic (any imagined horror by a writer or a film-maker automatically loses most of its power when the reader or viewer remembers they're basically playing an adult game of Let's Pretend), the world is not made worse by fictional horrors. It's made worse by ignoring or refusing to stand up against real suffering and injustices. It's made worse by letting the bullies, of all sizes and influences of power, get away with their crap. It's made worse by the same issue in fiction as in reality that gives the bad guys their chance to win.

Not fighting back.

Take the characters in Dracula. They could let the Count get away with it because, let's face it, he's really fucking scary and we should leg it before he kills us or turns into one of the Undead. But no. Harker, Van Helsing, Holmwood, Quincey, Mina and the good doctor Seward take the war right to Drac's house; they wade through blood and they are hurt and they keep going to stop a horrendous evil. The kids in IT do the same because Pennywise fucked with the wrong little boy right at the start; the merry group of hobbits, men, dwarves and elves band together to blow the shit out of Mount Doom and destroy a nifty piece of jewellery because God knows how many lives will be stomped on if they don't.

Whatever the tale, the violence, the gore, the pain and suffering of any horror film or book is not the main issue. It's in the characters and their stories. But I guess some people just see the blood.

So, yeah, horror's not for everyone. 

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Ascent now on Amazon

As well as the print copy of Ascent being available two weeks early via Crowded Quarantine's site, the ebook is now listed for pre-orders on Amazon (with the print to follow on Amazon in a couple of weeks). You can pre-order the paperback direct from CQP or you can order the Kindle version and get it on the publication date. Or wait until the paperback is on Amazon. Is that all clear?

So, over to the linkage:

Amazon UK for ebook

Amazon US for ebook

And the print copy from CQP