Legends of New Pulp Fiction

The charity anthology to benefit my publisher, Tommy Hancock, and his family has just launched from Airship 27. Legends of New Pulp Fiction is a massive book, 776 pages in all, the work of 62 writers and 36 artists, edited by Ron Fortier, assisted by Todd Jones and Jaime Ramos.

I have a story in it, a short, sweet Afton & Jerome tale, and Morgan Fitzsimons, who did the cover for With Amber Tears, did three new black and white illustrations for it. You can get it in paperback and on Kindle from Amazon US and Amazon UK

It’s also available as a .pdf and will be produced as an audiobook, which will be 42 hours long.

Here’s the front cover, by Douglas Klauba –

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and here’s the back, with the list of contributors.

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I really hope this sells well. It’s a wonderful sampler for those who want to dip their toes into the sea of New Pulp.

Blood Type now out in paperback.

Blood Type: an Anthology of Vampire SF on the Cutting Edge is now out in paperback. It’s edited by Robert S Wilson, published by Nightscape Press and will benefit The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. I have a story in it, along with many other wonderful writers, including William F Nolan, Mike Resnick and Peter Watts.

I’m pleased to have done my little bit to help this charity. Cystic Fibrosis is a nasty disease with a huge impact on the lives of people who have it. When I worked in medical research – we studied the absorption of drugs in patients with malabsorption syndromes – there were some CF patients in the study. At the lab we tracked the changes in bacterial flora and antibiotic resistance of respiratory infections in our local group of CF patients, which was complicated and challenging work. It’s a hereditary disease – we had several sets of siblings. It was heartbreaking when we had a patient die, but it wasn’t all bad news. One of our local CF patients is the longest surviving recipient of a triple transplant – heart, lungs and liver. His own heart was transplanted into another man, who he got to meet – that must have been a very weird experience!

Blood Type is a big book and well worth just over a tenner, with free postage in the UK. It’s also available on Amazon US and Createspace.

Digital Book Day – some thoughts

So I set my collection of SF & fantasy stories, The Dragon, Fly, to be free on Digital Book Day, July 14th. I gave away 260 copies, and had over 200 visitors to this blog, which was nice.

Pros:

My book got into the Top 10 Free SF Anthologies list, so it hopefully got some useful exposure.

I got lots of new readers, who may like my stuff and want more. I might even get an Amazon review out of it.

I’ve sold a few books since.

Cons:

When I first put my books on Kindle, a free book promotion would push you up the rankings and keep you there for a while. Now they’ve altered the algorithms and a book quickly crashes back down into obscurity after its brief moment in the sun. I’m not sure that giveaways are much help anymore.

The book has now turned up on at least one pirate site.

Overall conclusion:

I think the results of Digital Book Day were generally positive and I’ll probably take part again next year.

Free Book!

To celebrate the first Digital Book Day I am making my collection of SF & fantasy stories, The Dragon, Fly, and other flights of fancy FREE on July 14th! It contains such delights as assassin nuns, a woman who can walk through the holes in reality, a super-intelligent cat called Ishtar, and two excerpts from future Anna & Zenni novels.

Get it here at Amazon US or at Amazon UK.

As Amazon works on Pacific time, I’ve made it free on both the 13th and 14th to cover other time zones.

 

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World Fantasy Con 2013

I’ll be in Brighton this weekend, pretending to be a writer. I’m doing my first public reading on Saturday and I’m getting really twitchy about it. Still, it can’t be as scary as having a major op and not expecting to survive the anaesthetic, right? I got through that, so I expect I’ll manage a reading, even if I’m not very good. I’ll be reading a short extract from my story from the SF vampire anthology, Blood Type, along with two other contributors, William F Nolan and Jason V Brock.

Bit concerned about this convention. The progress reports have been somewhat unfriendly and high-handed, so I’m not expecting the event to be as much fun as the last two Fantasycons. And as for the all-woman fantasy panel, Broads with Swords – seriously? I really thought they’d re-name that one. They say that to test if something is insulting, substitute different words, so let’s try that. Pricks with Sticks? Berks with Dirks? Huns with Guns? Yep, I think we have a result, and it ain’t polite. I won’t be going to that one, not because I don’t approve of or want to support having more women on panels, but because the title is so insulting.

So, have a happy Hallowe’en, and enjoy the various firework events that will probably happen over this weekend. Catch you later.

Edited to add that Blood Type is now available as a Kindle edition from Amazon US and UK.

Officially a New Pulp Writer

My author bio has appeared on the Pro Se website, so I’m officially a writer of New Pulp. Dave wrote most of it – I find it very hard to write about myself in the third person and I hadn’t given them enough info. It has my ‘professional author’ photo, which was taken a while ago. Sweet Goddess, did I really have such black hair? It isn’t that dark now, it’s faded to the shade known as pepper and salt, and I have a few wrinkles. I’m vain enough to want to stick with that photo for the moment!

In other news, just got another 5 star review on Amazon for The Dragon, Fly, my SF/fantasy/horror short story collection. Thank you, lovely reader, for being so kind. This is what keeps us writers going, helping us to push through blocks in inspiration, plots that won’t untangle and characters who refuse to be wrangled in the right direction. Knowing that my tales have pleased someone is a much welcome reward.

The Third Worst Thing That Can Happen On Mars

My first SF story for Pro Se Presents, The Third Worst Thing That Can Happen On Mars, has just come out in the Summer 2013 issue. Editor In Chief, Tommy Hancock, has this to say about it:

This extra sized issue Is Jam Packed with The Most Pulp Goodness One Magazine Can Handle. Thrill to Issue 19’s Feature story as the skull faced horrific avenger, BROTHER BONES, returns in another tale from Ron Fortier. Kevin Rodgers delivers science fiction horror in SLAUGHTERSHIP while A. M. Paulson’s popular Dog Detective returns for a new tale of the Flatfoot with a tail. Robert Kingett shares a provoking, well crafted essay on one of literature’s most popular characters and Jilly Paddock imparts her sci fi wisdom by sharing THE THIRD WORST THING THAT CAN HAPPEN ON MARS. Aaron Smith’s popular Hockey Star turned Cop, Picard returns and joins Ralph L. Angelo, Jr.s’ Torahg the Warrior in his magazine debut. Ron Capshaw’s hero Alan Bolt opens this issue and is followed by the debut of Doll Face, a disturbing, intriguing character from the mind of Charis Taylor. PRO SE PRESENTS #19 is a breakneck, nonstop cyclone of Horror, Sci-Fi, Hero, Mystery, and just plain Pulp! Featuring a great Brother Bones cover by Rob Davis as well as stunning design by Sean Ali and Ebook formatting by Russ Anderson, PRO SE PRESENTS #19 makes Quarterly look GREAT! From Pro Se Productions.

Pick up PRO SE PRESENTS #19 in print for $9.00 on Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/mwvoaur. Shop Pro Se’s store at http://tinyurl.com/ksyo9q4. Get the issue from Barnes & Noble at http://tinyurl.com/kx2ud96. Also available in Ebook Format for $2.99 via Kindle at http://tinyurl.com/l4q6coj, for the Nook at http://tinyurl.com/kodsrdj, and for multiple formats at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/338963.

This is the Amazon UK link.

Blood Type: Vampire SF

I’m delighted to pass on the news that I’ve had a story accepted for Blood Type, an anthology of Vampire SF. Described as “an anthology of dark vampire science fiction”, it’s edited by Robert S Wilson and will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. It will appear later this summer.

I don’t usually write horror, and I’ve never done a vampire story before. This one emerged from the hindbrain very rapidly; I got the first scene while driving home from my Dad’s, beat the thing into submission over a fortnight and sneaked in just before the deadline. It’s called “Mountains of Ice”, and I’m very pleased that Robert liked it. To be in an anthology with Mike Resnick, William F Nolan and Peter Watts is amazing! I’ve only recently discovered Peter Watts’ Rifters books and read all four surprisingly quickly. They’re full of weird biochemistry and strange bacteria – I think he must have written them just for me, as my microbiological background helped me grasp all the out-there concepts they contained. I loved them.

Could do with mountains of ice at the moment, as summer’s finally arrived. I’m struggling with the high temperatures – yes, I know that 29C is fairly puny to some of you out there, but this is England and we don’t do hot!

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.

Author Interview

I met Phillip Spencer briefly at Fantasycon in Brighton last year and was delighted that he’d read some of my stuff and liked it. I meant to buy him a drink, but our paths didn’t cross again for the rest of the weekend – sometimes conventions are like that. We’re both going to the World Fantasy Con this year, and I think I definitely owe him a double for running this interview with me on his Nightspore blog. Thanks, Phillip!

And the photo? It’s quite old, but it’s really me. Isn’t it amazing what you can do with make-up, good lighting and a professional photographer?

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