Thursday, 21 June 2018

The Mirror Of The Nameless - cover reveal

Presenting the cover to my upcoming novella The Mirror Of The Nameless which will be published by Kensington Gore on 1st September (links to follow). If you've been paying attention, you'll know why I'm extra chuffed with this one being published in print as well as ebook. And while I'm not at liberty to go into details just yet, I can say Mirror will contain a little something extra special. Lastly, the prequel novel, The Day Of The New Gods, will also be published by KG. So, if you like Mirror, you'll definitely like the prequel.

Anyway, enough talk. Cover time.

In a world controlled by three tempestuous gods ready to destroy all human life on a whim, Dave Anderson knows he should follow the herd and not make waves or he may end up sacrificed to the monsters from the darkest reaches of the universe.

All that goes up in smoke when he discovers his teenage daughter is risking her life in the resistance movement against the demonic tyrants.

Dave, an unlikely hero, joins forces with her boyfriend in a frantic hunt to save his beloved daughter before the authorities feed her to their dark-overlords.

Their sole hope of overthrowing them and bringing peace to this totalitarian society is finding a secret weapon which, legend says, is the only way to defeat the gods.

But unleashing the weapon may risk opening a doorway to something much, much worse.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Dead Sun - reformatted, resized, repriced

I've uploaded a reformatted and resized version of Dead Sun mainly because the original paperback was just too big. It's now a more reasonable 325 pages which means a price reduction. Hurrah. The ebook is still free on KindleUnlimited, but if a print copy is more your bag, then you know what to do.



In other news, I should have something pretty sweet to post about another book soon. Watch this space.

Have a good Sunday, all.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Dead Sun free for a limited time

As I'm so amazing, I've made Dead Sun free on Kindle this weekend. Yep, free. No catches. Head over to Amazon to get it without spending a penny until midnight tomorrow.


Of course, if you wanted to post a review after reading it, I could dig that.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

The Day Of The New Gods (and other stuff)

You know I said recently that I'd sold The Mirror Of The Nameless to Kensington Gore a year or so after the original publisher went out of business? And a second piece to KG which turned out to be a prequel to Mirror entitled The Day Of The New Gods?

Well, I've written the first draft of New Gods. 63k in about five weeks which is pretty fast for me. I'm completely unashamed to say I'm playing to my strengths with this one (which is partly why I managed to write it so fast). I'm starting work on the second draft next week to give it a good tidy, beef up a couple of subplots and make sure the whole thing hangs together. It's a fast-paced, violent action horror that I think of as Lovecraft meets The Long Good Friday even though the finished book went its own way in a few places. Basically, if you like Mirror when it's re-published, you'll love New Gods.

Outside of writing news, one of our cats has developed diabetes which is a shock (I didn't know cats could get it) and no fun for anyone. We're hoping Eddie improves now he's on two injections of insulin a day. Basically, if you have a cat that rapidly loses weight and drinks way more than usual, take him to your vet.

Back on the writing news front, Dead Sun is still free on KindleUnlimited DEAD SUN and while it's not free in paperback, it is massive so you can use it as a doorstop after you've read it. (And once again, all honest reviews are more than welcome - GoodReads, Amazon, wherever).

That's about it for tonight. Be cool.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Where Dead Sun came from

Short answer: I can't remember.

Longer answer: I wrote the first draft of what was then called 'Set around 2008 (and possibly the year before) and after roughly a thousand edits and rewrites, it was published in early 2013 before going out of print a year later. Not that long ago, I know, but I've written a lot more since then and before reading through the original book last year, I hadn't done more than skim it in in the time since. My tale of angels and demons and a threat to all of reality felt like it had been written by someone else other than a few lines I knew were all me. I still liked it, though, which is where the new title and whole doing it myself thing came in. But for where it started ten or more years ago...


I think I had a vague idea for a short story about a guy with a terminally ill daughter who gets involved in a battle between mythical creatures. Events would take place over the course of a single night and he would gain some way of treating his child. Pretty vague and not that original, I'm sure you'll agree, but a concept I was fond of as I've always liked putting the supernatural right beside the familiar. At the time, I wrote a lot more fantasy than horror although my fantasies were becoming quite a bit darker as I went on. 'Set obviously took that basic idea and changed it to a mother who's lost her child. Ditto a change to the other characters, the timescale and the stakes. Instead of a one night fight between whatever creatures they were going to be, I ended up with a joint effort between Heaven and Hell to stop a blockage in death which will eventually lead to the potential destruction of everything.

Structurally, one of the biggest influences was the TV series 24 with Jack Bauer blowing the shit out of the bad guys. While nobody in my book demands to know who anyone is working for or for Chloe to open up a socket, damn it, the growing scale of events and threat 24 was so good at came to mind often while I was writing. That's why the my threat keeps getting worse. Also because it's fun to really fuck things up for your characters, as well.

Ultimately, the book that began as 'Set and became Dead Sun has been a long time in the telling and while I can't remember where the basic idea came from, maybe that's not as important as the tale finally being told.

Dead Sun is free on Kindle Unlimited over here.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Dead Sun - first review

Just a couple of days after publication and the first review for Dead Sun is in and I think you'll agree it's a good one. Like I said the other day, books pretty much live or die based on reviews especially in cases like this, so if you could help me out with spreading the word, that would be splendid.



Saturday, 28 April 2018

Dead Sun published

Today's the day - Dead Sun is now published so it's available from an Amazon near you in print and ebook. I've sorted a universal link so these should take you to the Amazon of your country (which saves me posting several separate links - result). As always, I hope people like my tale; whether you do or not, all honest reviews are more than welcome. Books, especially ones from authors who don't have the backing of a big publisher behind them, sink or swim based on the reviews. Even if a reader thought a book was crap, that review still helps. Although I prefer the nice ones, obviously.

Anway, I'm thrilled to have my tale of angels, demons, dead people and the possible destruction of all reality back in the world. And while Dead Sun is quite a bit lighter than my usual stuff, it's still me. (Bonus points if you spot the cheeky ref to Hometown because, yes, they take place in the same world).

Print copy: