If you’re in Bristol on Monday 3rd November come along to SmallBAR, Kings Street and hear me read short terror tale – Arnos Vale
Small stories is a monthly event. Lots of little tales, live illustration and an evening with other creative types awaits you at Small Bar Bristol. Come along and support local writers and illustrators with us – it’s totally free!
I went to this last month and it was excellent. Very well-organised and a wonderful mix of styles from local writers. Very entertaining with a superb venue and big beer.
You can find more information about the event via their Facebook Page or Twitter.
Arnos Vale is a tale of grave robbing and nocturnal terror based on the cemetery here in Bristol. It is featured in my anthology of short stories: Songs of Spheres.
L D Simpson Writes his Views on my novel The Black Lake
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 20:28:57 +0100
Subject: re The Black Lake
I have just finished reading The Black Lake and felt a compulsion to write and tell you how good it was. I personally think you captured the mythos perfectly and Lovecraft would have been either proud or slightly jealous :) although old Howard would have had M_____ find [....] dead with a just a journal as testament to what went on but if I’m honest I preferred your [...] ending as I sometimes find Lovecraft’s tales unfinished.
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Short and sweet. I removed spoilers with use of [...]
You can read a spotlight on The Black Lake
here (click to read
). Don’t forget that LULU are offering 15% discount on this book – and all my other work – today and tomorrow (31st Oct) with coupon code HALLOWEEN
Work in Progress
Deep into mapping out the whole plot structure of Sunder Gloom. Sequel to Living in Flames. Using bullet points so I can quickly grasp the entire novel and move things around without dumping chunks of valuable narrative. Thought I had it nailed yesterday. But met up with Doc Toc, man with a mind, in a cocktail bar last night and riffed the ending off him… and it just broke into pieces. #Fail. A useful experience. Worth the hangover.
Also, strangely, woke up at 2 a.m. with Massimo Pandev, the main character, in my mind basically complaining about the direction I was trying to take the ending. I’ve had this happen before. A character gets so much mental energy it almost becomes real and starts to dictate the direction of the plot.
Part-way to insanity…
Today’s been dominated by it.Sheets of A3 paper and rapidly scribbled notes, things circled, lines drawn to connect this bit to that bit… then a partial walk of the harbour. Another cafe. Bingo. Almost have it…
Surprising how stressful this part can be. Suddenly you find yourself doubting everything. Your ability to craft plots that keep a reader engaged and turning pages. It will pass. I’ve been here many times before.
Hey, check out the entire collection of my books – all lined up and looking lovely with their new covers; plus grab 15% discount today and tomorrow (31st Oct) with coupon code HALLOWEEN at checkout.
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Novels sporting new covers from London design duo The Sprezz
Buy the complete set – will look great amongst your collection
Enjoy a 15% discount from LULU until 31st October
If you’ve been following posts on this blog / Twitter you’ll know that back in April I commissioned Ben from London design consultancy The Sprezz to give my work a new look and a consistent brand. This concluded yesterday with my most recent novel, The Social Club, getting its new jacket. So the whole set is now ready to buy. Grab all 8 books and kick-start a collection or add these fine covers into your existing library.
What’s really great is that between now and 31st October, LULU are running a 15% discount on all of them. Just use discount code: HALLOWEEN at their online checkout.
Use HALLOWEEN at checkout – click to shop
The new covers
On the back of launching the new covers here are spotlight articles for each of the 8 novels (each book is a standalone story occupying a shared universe and can be read in any order):
- BEFORE YELLOW DAWN APOCALYPSE
- AFTER YELLOW DAWN APOCALYPSE
Don’t Forget to Get Your Discount
Buy the Set Today – Or Try One! Just use discount code: HALLOWEEN at their online checkout.
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My eighth novel The Social Club gets The Sprezz treatment and marks the end of a total overhaul of my novels
THE SOCIAL CLUB is a Orwellian detective thriller set in London following an apocalyptic event known as Yellow Dawn. The new cover concludes the massive overhaul that started back in April, when I commissioned Ben from London design consultancy duo The Sprezz to give my work a new look and a consistent brand. I think he’s done a sterling job and feedback from fans has been very positive. This latest update follows God Seed, Dante’s Fool, Iron Man Project, EDGE, Living in Flames and The Black Lake. The Social Club was written during 2012 and 2013, and enjoyed the support of Bristol’s Fantasy & Science Fiction Society who arranged a launch party for its release.
You can read some recent feedback from a publisher who fell in love with the lead character. Click here.
This is the new cover.
Available in paperback or Kindle format
BUY THE SOCIAL CLUB TODAY
Available to buy in paperback from LULU Global
Available to buy in paperback from Amazon UK ¦ USA ¦ DE ¦ FR
Available to buy on Kindle UK ¦ USA ¦ DE ¦ FR
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