Slow Meandering Blog Tour, Part the Third

Two new interviews appeared this week. Theresa Derwin gave me space to do a guest post on her Terror Tree blog – thanks, Theresa! I included a short excerpt from Dead Men, the scene in which Jerome meets a fairy in the heart of an enchanted wood.

The second was hosted by Ralph L. Angelo Jr. on his Ralph’s Rants blog. Ralph is another New Pulp writer published by Pro Se Press and I’m very grateful for his support. He’s also included in Legends of New Pulp Fiction, the benefit anthology I mentioned in my last post.

Dead Men is beginning to get reviews – an nice 5 star one on Amazon UK and a drop dead gorgeous one on the BFS site. Thank you, Stewart Horn, and I’m so glad you liked the book!


Full Set of Great Reviews!

The BFS has now reviewed all four of my self-published books. The latest review, for my short story collection, The Dragon, Fly, is here. Thanks, Stewart, and I’m so glad you liked them.

My Mars story should be out very soon – the issue of Pro Se Presents it will appear in is due this month. I don’t have a date on their re-issue of To Die A Stranger yet – as soon as I know, I’ll pass on the news.

It’s my Mum’s birthday today – she would have been 87. She died on the day the world ended, September 10th 2008, which was the day they switched on the LHC at CERN. Happy Birthday, Mum – I still miss you.

Book Giveaways

I’m going to Fantasycon 2012 in Brighton on 27th-30th September, and to promote my books I’ll be making all of them free for that weekend and for a couple of days afterwards. Find links to them here, on my Amazon author page in the UK, but they’re also available in the US, Europe and also in India.

For those of you going to Fantasycon, I’d love to meet you there. It’s not a huge con, so we’ll probably bump into each other over the weekend.

Lovely shiny new review!

Just got another wonderful review from the BFS for my novel, To Die A Stranger. It’s full of glorious bits that I could use as cover blurb on the paperback edition, which I plan to bring out soon. Here’s a link to my page for the book, with buying info.

I was really worried when I knew that TDAS might be reviewed. The Anna & Zenni books are a major part of my work, and there are a lot of them, so I needed their first outing to be appealing. I apologise for the pantomime villains – blame that on watching too much Man from UNCLE, The Avengers, The Champions and The Prisoner as a child!

Another Great Review

Just been blessed with another good review from the British Fantasy Society for Spook/Spirit/Stone.

These stories have lived for so long on my hard-drive, hidden and read by only a few. It’s strange and scary to let them out into the wild, to declare them a finished version that I can’t tinker with from time to time. It’s great that people like them and it’s really interesting to get different viewpoints on them. I’d never thought of Jerome as gruff, but that’s one of the weird tricks of fiction, that things that the author didn’t intend or plan sneak into the narrative.

There are some more Afton and Jerome stories – three short ones and two unfinished novellas. They’ll all appear on Kindle eventually, but I’m making no promises over when or how soon. As for a novel, I’m not sure I’m clever enough to write a full-length crime story, especially in first-person present tense, which these insisted they had to be in. I’d always thought of them as fragments of the detectives’ lives, each just long enough to suit the plot idea.

The Spook and the Spirit in the Stone is available from Amazon UK, Amazon US and also in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. It’s priced at 77p/99 cents at the moment, so a real bargain.

No Earthly Shore Review

Just got a great review from the British Fantasy Society, which I’m really chuffed about. The novella is available as a Kindle e-book at Amazon UK and US for only $1.99 or approx £1.24, a real bargain.

cover of my SF novella