Saturday, 28 January 2017

Is Donald Trump a Nazi?

Am I asserting that the current president of the United States of America is a Nazi? Yep. Yes. That's precisely what I'm doing.

Why am I writing it here? Because all it takes is silence, and inaction, but I'm goaded into writing something, too, because of all the accusations hurled regarding the likening of Trump to Adolf Hitler. To make such assertions is childish, ignorant, foolhardy. Sure it is. Trump's not Adolf Hitler. Of course he fucking isn't, and no one is saying he is. He's a different evil. But if a word, or term, or a name comes into common usage and that word now applies more than aptly to a set of beliefs, or ideals, or statements, or actions, then is that name not appropriate? Words, language, grammar; these are all fluent things. Over the course of decades the horror of Nazism has not dissipated, nor weakened. But 'Nazi' was, before gung ho movies about guns going pew-pew, a political party, with beliefs, motivations, and goals.

'Nazi' refers to a very specific mindset, and Nazism still exists. Hatred still exist. And if that hatred takes a close enough form to ideals and actions which have not faded or disappeared, using the word doesn't lessen evil. It is not dismissive, as though using a term to identify a person who uses hatred as a tool as a Nazi is a childish insult, or poorly reasoned, or insulting to the memories of those lost, or those who still suffer victimisation daily. It is justifiable, sensible, and entirely reasonable to use a perfectly good term in a world which requires and functions on labels to call evil what it is.

A man does not need to revere Adolf Hitler, to adhere specifically to the tenets of a dead political system, nor to swear allegiance to any flag nor crown to be a Nazi. As a word, it has grown to hold meaning broader than that; one who victimises those without power, one who uses jingoism and xenophobia to further ambition and to create an atmosphere of such fear among those of the populous who do not belong. Those other people...those people who are not...us. Of course we don't hate them...we just want them to cease to exist.

Nazism focused on Aryans, and supremacy, and the inferiority of other social, religious, and racial groups. Pretty much all of us know the historical and current meanings. I'm all for using the right word for the job. It isn't like supporting a football team, or a baseball team, where there is no wriggle room. The word has come to be synonymous with hatred, and hate groups. ALT-Right, Far Right, Extreme Nationalism, whatever...it's all the same sport with a different kit on.

Words have power, and the word 'Nazi' has not lessened in strength over many years, and it should not lessen. Is it exactly the right word for the job? Close-e-fucking-nuff, isn't it?

Quit nitpicking, quit bickering, quit having tea with him and hoping for the best. There are parallels, whether you like it or not, and circumstances, while not entirely identical, don't have to be in perfect symmetry for you recognise the likeness. If you see your face in a funhouse mirror, it doesn't suddenly become the face of a stranger, does it? It's a face we've all seen before, and will again, and it is no different simply because certain features are larger or smaller than we remember or than some hoped.

Love you.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Highwayman Limited Edition Available for Pre-orders from Today

Highwayman limited/signed editions are available for pre-orders from today (17th January 2017) for those interested. Of 52 there are 15 remaining as the rest are reserved by DarkFuse subscribers. Link below. 


https://www.darkfusemagazine.com/product/highwayman-by-craig-saunders/

“Lyrical, haunting, and compelling, Craig Saunders creates a mystical otherworld where the living hunt the dead and the dead mourn the living. A wonderfully original voice.”

- Jon Bassoff, author of The Incurables

Love you.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Highwayman available for review on NetGalley

Highwayman, my next release, is available to reputable reviewers on NetGalley.

Here is the link: Highwayman by Craig Saunders on NetGalley.

Here's the cover:


Here's the blurb:

Legends never die. There's a highwayman who still roams ancient, lost forests. He's a murderer, a dead man who forgot to die. 

Once, he killed a girl called Madeline Rose Goodman. 

Now her father is the only one who can stop her killer. He might have to die to do it, lose all that he has left, but he won't face the highwayman alone. 

In a world where the old things still hold sway, good men will never have to fight alone.

And there's a short sample in the cunningly titled 'samples' section above.

All review requests will have to be approved by the publisher, DarkFuse. I don't deal with DarkFuse review requests, so please don't message me - requests have to go through the link!

Share appreciated, too, but I won't bung you a fiver.

Love you, and thank you :)

Monday, 9 January 2017

Dark Fable and Fable Books from me:

Just another quick update:

Set up two imprints for my independently published work:

Dark Fable (horror and dark fiction)


Fable (for fantasy works)


That's it for now. 

Love you.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Coming Soon in Audiobook and Print -

Another quick update on my 'getting up to speed' stuff:

AUDIOBOOKS:

Two new audible titles approved:

(Vigil) Narrated by Lee David Foreman


(The Love of the Dead) Narrated by Molly King


Both titles will be available through Audible, Amazon and iTunes as soon as ACX has run its checks.

New audible contracts:

Chris Barnes, who is working on 'A Stranger's Grave' has agreed to read for the complete 'Line of Kings' trilogy, which is comprised of 'The Outlaw King', 'The Thief King' and 'The Queen of Thieves'.

I'm currently in talks regarding possible audiobook versions of all novellas, too, and the DarkFuse titles 'Masters of Blood and Bone', 'Left to Darkness' and 'Highwayman' will be available this year, as will 'Hangman' (Not DarkFuse - details, sort of, below).

FIRST PAPERBACK EDITIONS:

The Outlaw King and The Thief King are ready for paperbacks. I'll put these out when I've got enough spare to order and check over proof copies!

The Queen of Thieves won't need anywhere near as much work, so that will follow shortly after, as will an omnibus paperback edition of the complete trilogy.

A Home by the Sea (paperback) will be out at the same time as Outlaw and Thief.

Amazon have a new feature available to independent authors to issue paperbacks through them. I'm going to try this out with the four volumes of collected fiction I have out:

Dead in the Trunk
Angels in Black and White
Dark Words
The Cold Inside

I'm releasing first paperback editions of novellas which haven't been printed before (Death by a Mother's Hand, Days of Christmas)

SECOND EDITIONS AND REISSUES:

I'll be issuing paperback versions of all novellas out of print at the moment - A Scarecrow to Watch Over Her, The Walls of Madness and Insulation (Insulation was only printed as part of an anthology).

NEW RELEASES:

Highwayman won't be long, and the companion novel 'Hangman' is in the works. More news on that very soon - vague, sorry, but while publication has been agree, I need to finalise the contract.

NEXT NOVELS/FURTHER 2017 RELEASES:

Pig, Ghost Voices, and the conclusion to the Rythe Quadrilogy (Beneath Rythe) will be out this year

Love you. x