Thursday, 9 November 2017

Latest reissues

I'm around 15,000 words into a novel I intend to finished by early December, but in-between writing working on reissues and making all my work available in paperback, eBook and audio. All audio books are read by either Molly King or Lee David Foreman, and they've been working their arses off, too.

Here are the latest in paperback and eBook. Insulation audio (Molly) is available, and The Walls of Madness (also read by Molly) is available. Bloodeye will be read by Lee.


2nd Edition.


2nd Edition.


2nd Edition.

 I updated all the sample pages (at the top of the blog) with links, too, if you're interested.

Love you. Later.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Masters of Horror Anthology Released Today

It's always a lovely thing to be invited for an anthology submission. I wrote a story called 'Raintown Sam' for this anthology, compiled, edited, and imagined by Matt Shaw, whom I like an awful lot. I like most of the writers in this anthology on a personal level, and those I don't know I'm sure I would.


This is a special one, too, because it features many of the writers I loved growing up (I still do, but I don't tend to carry a trade paperback around in my back pocket anymore - no need. I don't go anywhere...). It's fantastic to share the pages with literary heroes and heroines, many of whom are the reason I do what I do, and the reason I'm able to do what I do at all. Thanks, Matt, and to all in the anthology, and anyone who knows me...

That last bit's bollocks. It's not the actual Oscars. Pfft. You're so gullible.

Links:

US
UK

It's available from Amazon anywhere, really, but I'm not a link machine.

Here's the complete list of writers in this anthology, and a little run down here and there.

Introduction- Matt Shaw

Lovely man. Mad as a hatstand, but like this anthology, he's done a damn sight more for recent horror than most I can think of. He's tireless in his support of the genre and his contemporaries, and horror'd be an awful lot poorer without him. Also, he asked me to be in this so I have to be nice.

Brian Lumley - The Cyprus Shell

He's one of the writers who lived in my back pocket. I wrote to his missus once, in her capacity as an agent. She said no, but I wasn't very good fifteen-odd years ago, so it worked out for the best.

Ramsey Campbell- Again

Starstruck, I saw Mr. Campbell at FCon a couple of years ago, and didn't say hello. Apparently he's really nice, so that was kind of a fail.

Sam West- Survival
J R Park - Mary 

Good chap, very dapper.

Peter McKeirnon- Doll Face
Andrew Freudenberg- A Taste of Mercy

I'd have him round for tea, and he's very proficient at beer.

Mason Sabre - Chocolate
Shaun Hutson- The Contract

A back pocket writer from days of yore. I'm in a book with Shaun Hutson! Like having a walk-on in a movie, isn't it? Brilliant.

Anton Palmer- Dead-Eyed Dick
Wrath James White- Beast Mode

I love his stuff. Edward Lee and Wrath James White opened my eyes when I was chasing DarkFuse to the 'fuck you, I'm going to write it and if you can't handle it tough shit' school of horror, rather like Gary McMahon. Great to be in a book with both.

Shane McKenzie- Dewey Davenport
Tonia Brown - Zolem

Tonia Brown writes some of my favourite stories of all time. She's ridiculously talented.

Graeme Reynolds- The Pit

Larger than life, literally. He's like Brian Blessed without the beard. I like him, and while I don't have a to-read list I'll read one of his eventually.

Adam L.G. Nevill- Hippocampus

Another one of those I met at FCon, and all starstruck, kind of went 'wurble' at, and ran away.

Gary McMahon- You Can Go Now

See above. First read a McMahon story in 'Best Of' antho years ago. Makes very good words.

Ryan Harding - Down There
Matt Shaw - Letter From Hell
Matt Hickman- Eye For An Eye

I like Matt, too. Haven't met him, but he's nice on FB.

Daniel Marc Chant - Three Black Dogs

Smells nice.

Amy Cross- Checkout
Kit Power- Loco Parentis

Very cool. Heard him give a reading of his work, so I've basically read his work without using my eyes. What?

Adam Millard - In The Family

I've read a few of Adam's, and he's published a few of mine. Good chap.

Guy N. Smith - The Priest Hole

I never read Guy's work back in the day, but I read 'Crabs' recently. Can't beat him. Loved it.

Jaime Johnesee- Just Breathe
Craig Saunders- Raintown Sam
Michael Bray - The End Is Where You’ll Find It

Shared a few publications with Michael, and glad to have done so. He's very good.

Jeff Strand- Don’t Make Fun Of The Haunted House

He blurbed one of mine years ago, so I like him. I like everyone, really. I'm a lover.

Mark Cassell - Trust Issues
Paul Flewitt- The Silent Invader
Clare Riley Whitfield- The Clay Man
Jim Goforth- Animus
Brian Lumley - The Deep-Sea Conch
Chris Hall- Afterword 

Lastly, but one of horror's foremost champions, Chris Hall. He's fantastic, writes these mental, in-depth reviews of novels and I suspect more thought goes into those than most of my stories. A very nice man indeed.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

The Mulrones Series Available Again (ebook and paperback)

The Mulrones 1-4 are:

A Scarecrow to Watch over Her
Death by a Mother's Hand
Flesh and Coin
Deadlift

 

Deadlift, book four, leads into The Land Between Midnight Trilogy. 1-3 are:

Hangman
Highwayman
Coachman


Coachman will be coming soon. It's getting toward the end of the year, and next month it'll be Yearly Round-Up time. By then, I'd like to have another couple of projects completed. If I can get caught up (I'm around a year behind my schedule...) Coachman will be along early in the new year to round up this series.

Oh, all paperbacks through Amazon are at the lowest price I can manage. I figure I make very little in paperback sales anyway, makes no sense to charge extra for them. I get around 40p a sale, and the Mulrones stories are up for £3.99 in paperback and .99p on kindle, always.

The Land Between Midnight are more expensive (2.99 for ebook and 6.99 or 7.99 for paperbacks) because they're longer. I'm pretty nice, but I do need to eat...

Love you.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

10 Things I Love About Us

It's been a while since I've done this, but I just watched a Tim Minchin speech, about praising the things we enjoy, and it seemed like a fine idea to me.

1. Stories. Any genre, any medium. Give me a good story and I'll be happy for a long time, and they sit there in our brains, percolating away, not just while we watch, read, listen, play, but after, too, and carry on going.

2. The Hulk. He's brilliant. He's big, doesn't need to go to the gym, and he's green. Great.


3. Music. There's so much music out there, it's difficult to find everything, and like stories, I'll die before I've even heard 1% of it. But even so, it's a marvellous thing, isn't it? Only 1% of all human creation and it can still move you, when you're happy, or sad.

4. Coffee. Stupid little bean thing. Cook it, grind it until it's dead, pour hot water on it, dissolve it in stomach acid. That'll teach it. Stupid bean.

5. Wonder. I remember the prize at the end of Highlander was to know everything. I'd never want that. Sounds like the worst prize ever. I'd rather win the shit set of garden trowels at a village hall raffle.


6. Elbows. People might think I hate elbows, but I don't. They're weird, especially lady's elbows because they go the wrong way for ABSOLUTELY no reason. But they're cool, really. You can bend your arm up, then down. Brilliant.

7. Nice people. It's a hard world, isn't it? Heavy sometimes. Isn't wonderful when someone takes just a little of that weight off your shoulders, or someone's shoulders, or the world's shoulders. Just lifts it up, and turns it back to stardust and lets it float away back to the void. The void can take it. We don't need it.

8. History. We're a tiny speck, like that stardust. All of us, all together, throughout the whole of existence. And we build stuff, create stuff, do stuff. Mr. Pyramid (TM) probably knew one day the whole planet would be gone, and all the people with it, but it didn't stop him, did it? Writing's futile. Of course it is. It's just stories. But everything's a story if there's someone around to tell it.

9. The Internet. What a wonderful thing it is. A whole planet full of everything, all around the world. Science Fiction imagines a neural web, implanted in our brains. Why bother? It's there at our fingertips. Don't be fucking lazy. Just use a computer, or voice commands, or a flick of the eye. The fact it's all there is easy enough. If things were too easy, why would we bother? Not everything's supposed to be easy, I think.

10. Fish. They've been here longer than we have. Some of them got bored and walked away. Some stuck with it. There's something admirable about that stubbornness. Just because some of them didn't want to hang out in the sea, they didn't all have to follow, did they? Fish, brilliant.


Anyway, that's it. Sometimes I'm miserable and forget life's wonderful here and there. Thought I'd share a bit of something nice today.

Love you. x

Friday, 27 October 2017

R.I.P. my latest, 'ALT-Reich'

My Nazi-killing alternate reality Wolfenstein-inspired litFPS action thriller novel for Severed Press died today at 9pm, BST, 27/10/2017.

I loved every minute of it.

For a guy who wanted to write novels, but daydreamed about reviewing games for PCGAMER one day, this was the dream opportunity, so thanks to Severed Press for letting me play at being a writer and gamer at the same time.

Bestest fun ever.

Apart from weddings. And anniversaries. And kids.

*cough shit I feel obliged to say cough*

I got to write a whole novel set in a game world and kill a million Nazis while doing it. Doesn't get much better than that.

So, R.I.P. my new novel, ALT-Reich, which will wing its way to my publisher as soon as I've written the synopsis, which I'm off to do right now.

Love you.*

*Unless you're a Nazi.



Saturday, 21 October 2017

BLOOD DRUGS TEA available in paperback for the first time

Like I said before, I'm quite happy (happier, in fact) being a hybrid author, but I do have old man hang ups - a novel doesn't feel done, to me, unless it's in print. I know it is, but there's some sense of finality about a print version being out in the world. Like saying, 'Yes, that does make you look fat' to your wife. A thing you can't take back, a thing that'll haunt you forever...

Anyway, to that end, I uploaded 'BLOOD DRUGS TEA', a kind of 90's tribute novel/murder mystery/love story with drugs and tea in it, as a paperback. I'm still playing catch up with all the things I haven't done, but after another week or so I'm back for a final draft of my Severed Press novel. More on that another time.

US LINK
UK LINK

As always, with my indie releases, it's as cheap as I can manage.

Here's the cover/wrap for this one, and love you, and bye for now.


Thursday, 19 October 2017

A Scarecrow to Watch over Her available again in paperback

First published as 'Scarecrow' in a double header from Blood Bound Books, packaged with Robert Essig's 'The Madness'. 

This, 2nd Print Edition, reissued by me, available soon for $5.99 or £4.99. I'll add links to this post and the 'Sample' page when it goes live on Amazon.

Love you.


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

R.I.P. The Lies of Angels

I don't know when this was born (a long time ago), but I finished today. Date of Death: 18th October 2017. Rest in Peace, 'The Lies of Angels'.

This is my 39th full length story. I wrote it years ago, and always meant to make it what it should be. It was a 70,000 word novel. After cutting 45,000 of those words (none of which were needed to tell the story) and a rewrite, it's a novella, and something I'm proud of.

Links:

The Lies of Angels (Sample).
US Link
UK Link

This is an indie issue, so it's at my usual novella price of .99c/p.

I'll upload a paperback in the next week or so, and keep that at as reasonable a price as Amazon will allow.

Anyway, that's about that.


Baby Jesus loves you.

x

Thursday, 12 October 2017

.99p/c Sale for a long time...ish

I set all novella length stories and short story collections to .99p/c on kindle.

I'll almost definitely change my mind about this, and then forget what I did, and they'll stay at this price anyway.

I also selected the option for people to be able to share. I'd rather they were read than not. They're older stories, too, and also, I don't give a poop.

Other news after this list of titles in the (possibly) endless sale:
(All links to US Amazon)

Novella length:

Death by a Mother's Hand
The Walls of Madness
Days of Christmas
A Scarecrow to Watch over Her
Insulation

Short story collections:

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

Other news:

The DarkFuse novella reissues (Flesh and Coin, Bloodeye, Deadlift, UNIT 731) will all be this price.

Last news:

This, another reissue on the long road to catching up with myself. It's novella length too, and I'm going to put this on for .99.


A sample of 'The Lies of Angels' is available in the 'sample' header, above. 

That's your lot. Love you. x





Thursday, 5 October 2017

PIG Audio out now.

The audiobook of PIG is available to download now. Written by Craig Saunders and Edward Lorn, read by Molly King.



@EdwardLorn

@MKaudioTX

Pointvilla...

A quiet town, the kind of place old folk go to watch the sea roll in and the years roll out. The kind of place guys like the man in the pig mask can make an easy dime, or an easy killing.

An ancient entity...

An inhuman intelligence crawls up the shore and sprawls over Pointvilla. A thing capable of stealing bodies, and drawing minds into one, into it - the MIND. An intelligence pulling Pig Mask inward as others swirl around Pig himself, like he's a planet, a force, and the rest are drawn by gravity.

Brothers...

Ray and Bill are kin. The entity might understand loneliness, and the drive to consume and kill and torment...but it doesn't understand brothers and sisters. It doesn't understand siblings. Some people are tied together by more than blood.

In a town at one with the Mind, survival comes down to brothers and sisters and old dudes with a penchant for good weed.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Hangman, Highwayman, Coachman

Since the death of DarkFuse, the rights to Hangman and Highwayman have reverted to me. Coachman will complete the series.

I made the covers for the audio, ebooks and paperbacks today, together, so they match. I'll be releasing/uploading the ebooks for Hangman and Highwayman this week, so they'll be available again. Coachman will be completed at a later date.

Here are the covers, and there are samples available in the 'sample' section above.




Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

I asked the nice man at Severed Press if he'd be interested in publishing my work, and he agreed to take my latest novel after a proposal and sample from me. I'll always be grateful and not a little surprised that any publisher gives me the time of day. I've written around thirty novels now, and I'm still about as confident as a teenager asking someone out on a date. To the pictures, or dancing, or whatever people do in this millennium...

I signed the contract a couple of weeks ago, but didn't want to post here until I finished at least a second draft, which I did (today).

Some of my favourite authors (and people) are on the roster, friends through FB and elsewhere. Gregory L. Norris is on there, without whom I'd still be languishing in submission hell with my first novel. Ian Woodhead, who I've known for literally years, gave me some valuable advice, Paul Mannering (very nice chap), Alex Laybourne, who lives up the road (I think - I don't go out much, so everyone lives up the road to me). Daniel Marc Chant's there, and I met him at FCon - really friendly, and I like him, too. I like a lot of people. David Bernstein - I follow him around from publisher to publisher, and I've known him ages. I love his work, and Tim Curran's, too. Suzanne Robb (my mate!), and...I could go on, but I won't. Oh, Wrath James White's there, and Michael Bray...and a ton of other people. It's great company to be keeping, 'specially as I'm still just a little fish in a great big sea of great writers.

Here's the website if you want to have a look:

SEVERED PRESS

They don't solely publish horror (some, but more dinosaurs/lost worlds, space marines, lit-RPG...they're pretty diverse). I write lots of genres, though, so it suits me fine and it's good to stretch my brain-legs. Severed Press feel right, like it's where I'm supposed to be. Hoping they'll keep me around for a while, and feeling positive about my writing for the first time in a long time.

That'll do for now.

Love you.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Masters of Blood and Bone audiobook out soon.


I went for an old school horror vibe with the cover, and I'm happy with it. This will be out soon - narrated by Lee David Foreman. Soon as I'm done with an ongoing project I'll begin re-releasing the paperbacks and kindles, now rights have reverted. 

Love you, the end.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

What will happen to my DarkFuse titles?

I've thought about this for a while, and have been fairly sure which way the wind was blowing before DarkFuse, publisher for several of my novels and novellas, declared bankruptcy. I was leaning toward putting them out myself, rather than trying to place them with another independent publisher. I'm still leaning toward this.

I do this anyway - any novel with an indie press which reverts to me I've put out on my own. It suits me fine, and trying to sell reprints is, frankly, kind of a pain in the butt. When rights revert, or if a press closes, I still have a novel I wrote, whose rights I own, edited. All I have to do is make a cover and reformat. It's not a difficult process, and a novel will make me just as much through Amazon as it did through DF.

I like being a hybrid author, though. I like having a publisher alongside my indie works, so that's what's been concerning me, rather than the future of a few books. That's my focus at the moment.

So, Highwayman, Hangman, Masters of Blood and Bone, and Left to Darkness are all coming out from me, issued on my own. I'm kind of busy, so I'll get to them when I get to them. I'm busy because of the other thing, and I figure readers (love you) have plenty to be going on with and ain't overly worried about the absence of a few novels from me.

The only other novel of interest is 'Ghost Voices', which I sold to DF but is unpublished. This, I will be submitting here and there.

As for how I feel about the demise of DF? I've said my thanks and goodbyes elsewhere to those concerned. On here, though, my blog? I'm sad to see one of the larger independent presses fall. I'm sad readers and authors are left out in the cold, financially. Personally, I've been publishing independently and with small presses for nearly ten years. Presses come and go. Big publishers come and go. It's not my first rodeo. I'm over it, and it's time to move on.

Love you, back with more news when I get it.

x

R.I.P. DarkFuse.


Highwayman will be the first I issue for Kindle and Paperback, as I already have the artwork. ;)



Thursday, 27 July 2017

My George A. Romero Wake

I had a little wake for George A. Romero on my own, in the shed. He was a big chap for me and many others who were formed in the 80's. Were the 80's the heyday of horror? I don't know, but it's a thing...not necessarily a true thing, but a thing.

Romero was zombies. I quite like zombies. Cute, bits falling off, all shambly and oooooharrrg - teenagers without all the attitude. If the 80's were the heyday of horror, perhaps this is the heyday of the zombie - right here and now. And that's Romero, isn't it? The Walking Dead, 28 Days Later, Shaun of the Dead, Juan of the Dead (brilliant Cuban zombie romp), and on, and on...zombies are entrenched in modern popular culture and Romero's the father of all that and a bag of doggy biscuits. As a legacy he left us a great big zombie baby and it's growing at an alarming rate.



Romero's favourites of mine, though, were Creepshow, Monkey Shines, and The Crazies...I watched Creepshow at the end of the week as a final salute, but plenty of you have seen that, and this isn't about movies, per se...this little post is about how I felt about them.

This was my week of horror movies - my Diary of the Dead...hohoho.

Day One - Sunday: I have a confession to make - I don't like horror movies. I don't enjoy be grossed out, freaked out, or bored. Sometimes I appreciate horror movies - the construction, the acting, the vibe...but very rarely do I 'enjoy' them.

I started off light, like warming up for a working out I didn't want to do, and watched 'Scary Movie'. The idea, this week, was to force myself to watch movies I'd never seen, and force myself to watch them beginning to end whether I was enjoying them or not. Scary Movie sucked. Building up to a slightly heavier set, I watched 'Cabin in the Woods'. I didn't know anything about it, and going in after 'Scary Movies' I found it pleasantly enjoyable, and shouting at the TV for the characters to die. Overall, it was a good day. Scary Movie 1/10 if I'd been a teenager. Cabin, 7/10. I surprised myself, thinking I didn't like horror movies and frankly enjoying Cabin - proved myself wrong straight off the bat.

Monday: 'Viral'. Cheap and cheerful, mildly annoying characters, and a maddening refusal for most of them to die. I enjoyed it well enough, though. I'll give it a 6/10.

Tuesday: Stupid movie day. Further confession - I've torn my shoulder and couldn't be bothered to search for a movie, so I just watched what I could on Netflix. 'Funhouse Massacre' and 'Cockneys vs Zombies'. Both absolutely shit, hence my enjoyment factor was multiplied by two as I generally like shit movies as long as they're watchable. 2/10 on face value, with a x2 multiplier for campy-shitness rounding them up to a 4/10.

Wednesday: Freddie vs Jason. I watched this for nostalgia, more than enjoyment. It was fine. Middle of the road. 5/10. I followed it up with 'Let us Prey'. I tend to quite like anything from the Irish Film Board, and I really enjoy Liam Cunningham. It was daft, over the top, and very watchable. I'm giving it a 7/10. One of the better nights in my horror week.



Thursday: Jaded, I think. I searched in vain for something on Netflix I could be bothered to watch. I tried 'House of the Dead II' just because I quite like stupid video game adaptations, but it was unbelievably dire. I like 'Resident Evil', even 'Doom'...they're just fun. This, however, wasn't. I said earlier about the Irish Film Board, who were behind 'Stitches'. I tried it and hated every single character so much I turned it off. I watched 'The Void' after that. The set up was great, the effects, the pace...but my god. The dialogue and script were so awful it killed it. I didn't watch either to the end, and Thursday was a bust, and nearly broke the week for me. So, after resolving to watch every film this week 'til the end, I failed three for three.

Friday: At this point, I didn't have the stomach for anything horror, or a movie at all. I ended up watching 'The Tournament', for no reason at all. It was watchable (Robert Carlyle, Kelly Hu and Ving Rhames - and Liam Cunningham, again). Nice change of scene. 6 or 7/10.

Saturday: Thinking about how I felt about horror. Loads of other films to watch, but honestly? I enjoy writing horror, but watching horror feels a little like a busman's holiday. I don't want to watch most of the things other people watch and rave about. I like sci-fi, and action, and comedy, and for preference in the horror field - comedy horror, or cheesy horror...overwhelming dread and unrelenting misery just aren't my bag. I thought about a rewatch of something funny (Tucker and Dale vs Evil, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, Final Girls) but watch this instead:



I've been thinking about horror the whole week. That's what a wake is, isn't it? A farewell, but a chance to reflect, too. A farewell to Romero, certainly.

It's not a dead genre. It's flourishing. Novelists like me struggle, maybe, but the horror genre (with regard to movies and games in particular) is massive and shows no sign atrophy.

Shame for me, good for many others.

Saturday night, after Creepshow, I turned off the PC gratefully, sank into my armchair with Joe Hill's 'The Fireman', and for the first time in a week enjoyed something with no reservations, no qualms, and no expectations at all.



Love you x




Thursday, 20 July 2017

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Reading 'The Mirror and the Chair' from 'Trapped Within', a charity anth...

Me, reading words from a book.

PIG by Craig Saunders and Edward Lorn



Here you go. PIG. Craig and Edward, sitting in a tree, K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Sort of. Actually, I sat in my shed, Edward sat in his office. I'm in Norfolk, England, he's in Alabama, U.S.A.

There was literally zero kissing, but we did manage to write a novel together. 

Here's the skinny:

Pointvilla...

A quiet town, the kind of place old folk go to watch the sea roll in and the years roll out. The kind of place guys like the man in the pig mask can make an easy dime, or an easy killing. 

An ancient entity...

An inhuman intelligence crawls up the shore and sprawls over Pointvilla. A thing capable of stealing bodies, and drawing minds into one, into it - the MIND. An intelligence pulling Pig Mask inward as others swirl around Pig himself, like he’s a planet, a force, and the rest are drawn by gravity. 

Brothers...

Ray and Bill are kin. The entity might understand loneliness, and the drive to consume and kill and torment...but it doesn’t understand brothers and sisters. It doesn’t understand siblings. Some people are tied together by more than blood. 

In a town at one with the Mind, survival comes down to brothers and sisters and old dudes with a penchant for good weed.

There. That sounds alright, doesn't it? Here are the links:


The paperback will be along forthwith, as will the Audio, which the wonderful Molly King will be reading.

I'll post another, erm, post, about this in a few days.

Love you.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Summer Promotion (2017) #2

Morning. Hmm, isn't it? Lovely. Lovely morning.

There, pleasantries done and dusted.

I made paperback versions of 'The Outlaw King', 'The Thief King', and 'The Queen of Thieves'. I don't expect anyone but me actually wanted this to happen, but it did, and I'm happy with them.

Here's the rub, though - all three would cost £28 (ish). Which, to me, seems prohibitively expensive, because Amazon hates paperbacks, or something, maybe. BUT...I have a cunning plan.

I created The Line of Kings Omnibus Edition, which costs £19.99. That's £8 cheaper for you...and I earn exactly the same amount in royalties as I would if you were kind enough to buy all three stories separately.

Anyway, if you want to have a copy to hold, that's my suggestion. Edited by Faith Kauwe, cover art by Chris Taggart, cover mash-up by me. I'm really pleased with all of them, but at 800+ pages, the Omnibus is a beast and it's my favourite of the bunch.




That's probably enough of that. Other things: PIG by Edward Lorn and Craig Saunders - I'm working on the paperback formatting right now. The cover, edits, Kindle versions are all DONE. It will be all up in you within ONE WEEK. 

More to come on that, obviously. 

I'll be making a short YouTube video about PIG and The Line of Kings very soon.

AND...in 'Summer Promotion #1' I said all my books will be up for free - this includes The Line of Kings and the three separate novels. So you don't even have to buy the paperback. Honestly, I'll be very happy if you do, and it's not that I don't want you to. I just feel bad about people giving me money because I'm mentally ill. 

Buy PIG, though, eh? Edward's not mental and he needs to eat. 

AND...Red Ice Run is around 10% shy of 'The End'. That should be done within the week, too, and then it'll be over to Ryan for a third, and most likely, final draft. 

Love you.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Summer Promotion (2017) #1

I'm running a free promotion from July 11th (tomorrow) until September 5th (my BIRTHDAY - 45!).

Because I have a fairly healthy back catalogue, this means I have enough work out to give away at least two titles at all times during the summer, even without the DarkFuse titles (these are not included in my promotion, but are DF are running a separate promotion at $2.99 for novels and $1.99 for novellas).

Here's the list. Follow me on Amazon, or just check Amazon over the summer to find a title you might like, or buy a DF title at the discounted rate.

Novels:
Highwayman (Darkfuse)
The Dead Boy
Left to Darkness (The Oblivion Series #1) - Darkfuse
Masters of Blood and Bone - Darkfuse
Cold Fire
A Home by the Sea
RAIN
A Stranger's Grave
The Love of the Dead
Spiggot
Spiggot, Too
Vigil
BLOOD, DRUGS, TEA

Novellas:
UNIT 731 - Darkfuse
Death by a Mother's Hand
Flesh and Coin - Darkfuse
Bloodeye - Darkfuse
Deadlift - Darkfuse
A Scarecrow to Watch over Her
Insulation
The Walls of Madness
Days of Christmas

As Craig R. Saunders:
The Outlaw King (The Line of Kings Trilogy Book One)
The Thief King (The Line of Kings Trilogy Book Two)
The Queen of Thieves (The Line of Kings Trilogy Book Three)
Rythe Awakes (The Rythe Quadrilogy Book One)
The Tides of Rythe (The Rythe Quadrilogy Book Two)
Rythe Falls (The Rythe Quadrilogy Book Three)

Short Fiction Collections:
The Cold Inside
Dead in the Trunk
Angels in Black and White
Dark Words

Lastly, I've been quiet here and on YouTube, because I've been in a rut, but I've been working regardless and I'll post more in 'Summer Promotion (2017) #2.

Love you.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

'Days of Christmas' Audiobook Release

Morning. I haven't been up to much (still!) but working on 'Red Ice Run' with Ryan C. Thomas and getting ever closer to releasing all my back catalogue in audio formats. This is the latest, read by Molly King (she's @mkaudiotx, if you want to follow). 



The End.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Iain Rob Wright's 'A-Z of Self-Publishing'

Iain asked a while back if I'd write a testimonial for his 'A-Z of Self-Publishing' website/tutorial/course. I said yes, if it was any good. So I did the course. It's good.

He's been around for the last ten years or so and he sells tons of books. As a hybrid author (tradition and self-published) it's proven useful - I make more than I did, put out my back catalogue as audiobooks, and learned how to format my self-published novels so everything looks like it should - like novels. It was worth the ride. He's one of very few who know the business well enough to teach it, and he's got a lovely singing voice.

I'm sorry. I'm trying to be serious so Iain can use something I say as a testimonial. I'm flippant, though. What you gonna do?

It is a great resource, though, and I'll just repeat that little bit at the top there - I make more in royalties since following the advice and knowledge Iain's worked hard to learn. I like writing more than the business side of things (as I'm sure you're well aware after a hundred or more blogs) but sometimes it's good to listen to someone who knows how to do both sides of this thing called 'being a writer'.

Here's the link and a nice picture of Iain.

A-Z of Self-Publishing.

Nice picture of Iain:


Love you.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Acute Meh

Not sure if it's been chronic or acute. The prior, more probably. I've been stuck in editing hell, which I literally despise...and as a result I haven't been doing that but all of the other things. I can't do anything else until it's done.

It is quite the most debilitating case of meh-syndrome I've suffered (first discovered by Marvin off of Hitchhiker's Guide).

Woke up this morning with a mild sense of maybe I can get this done.


Coachman.

None of this is bad stuff...it's just shit I don't want to do. In the right frame of mind I'd have got on with it without being such a wuss.

Overwhelmed - for some it might be finances, so they don't look at their bank statement. Might be housework, or the garden, but sometimes things seem heavier than they are. All I've done lately is facebook posts. I'm very creative, you know. My facebook posts are the toast of facebook.

At some point, whether you want to or not, you've just got to get shit done. So I'm going back to bed.


Hangman.

Haha.

I funny.

Not really. I did three covers this morning and I'm going to force myself to do a little editing. It's only 80-odd pages. I'm aiming for 5 a day so I don't get tuckered out.

If I get it done can I get a couple of cheerleaders on the quiet? Older ones, though, because you know, youngsters are creepy. They're actually creepy. They have no wrinkles and all their hair. Like they're not real people.

Sorry youngsters.


Highwayman.

The three covers I cunningly interspersed with this post are the base images (without text) for various versions of 'Hangman', 'Highwayman', and 'Coachman' (the third book in the series). Highwayman's image is for the audio, Hangman for kindle and paperback (I've sold the rights for a limited hardback edition) and Coachman will come along later...

;) Love you.

Friday, 7 April 2017

A Scarecrow to Watch over Her coming soon

Just approved the audio, wonderfully done by Molly King, so this will be out soon, too. 


A Mulrones novella. 

Related stories inc. Flesh and Coin, Deadlift, Highwayman, Hangman, Death by a Mother's Hand.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Deadlift Audiobook Cover and News -


Lee David Foreman's finished the audio for Deadlift. I done did a cover for it, and it'll be out soon. 

That pretty much covers it. 

Love you.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Audiobook progress -

I approved 'Flesh and Coin', read by Molly King, today.


...and 'Cold Fire', read by Lee David Foreman, in the week.


These will both be available to buy very soon. 

I'm just listening to the audio for 'Insulation', and approved 'Days of Christmas' (read by Molly), so they'll be out in the next month or so. Later today I'll be listening to 'Deadlift' and 'Death by a Mother's Hand'. 

Nearly there, thanks entirely to Lee and Molly, who are doing a fantastic job with a rather large back catalogue. 

That's it - short and sweet update.

Love you.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

A Home by the Sea paperback available from Amazon

This is the last of the previously published horror novels, reissued by me, available in paperback again (it's available in ebook formats and audio, read by Molly King, too).

It came out perfectly.


A small bit of other news - I set up a YouTube channel. So far there are two videos of me reading my work, and one on me speaking about agents and story structure. Link below if you wish. 


Love you, and thanks for being the wind beneath my wings...

Haha. 

Sorry.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Me, on agents, and on story structure.





I put this on YouTube (learning and growing). Part one, to 16 minutes (ish) is on agents. Part Two is on story structure.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Highwayman out in paperback, hardback and kindle


Highwayman is now out in paperback, hardback and kindle formats. The hardbacks (52 only - signed and limited) are sold out, but the others aren't sold out. I don't think you can sell out kindles.

That's it for now on Highwayman.

Other news: I'm listening to the audio for Deadlift and Cold Fire, so they will be out soon.

I'm trying to set up a YouTube account to upload video readings, too - Windows 10 broke Facebook Live. Here's the link to my YouTube Channel, and the first video (me, reading 'Highwayman'). https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCWyhBIY0q0MHA5EGmOXsSw

Love you. 



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.