Monday, 17 December 2012

The Next Big Thing, with me...

So, you may or may not have seen this bandied about...basically, it's a giant blog hop type thing...

To be honest, I'm not really working on anything at the moment, but that isn't the here's what I'm going to be working on...!

What is the working title of your book or story?

Rythe in Chaos: The Rythe Trilogy Book 3

Where did the idea come from for the book or story?

It's been knocking around in my head for around ten years...I wrote the first part of the trilogy then, and have written plenty since. ;)

What genre does your book fall under?

Broadly speaking - fantasy.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Shorn, a dark-hearted mercenary would be Sean Bean, I think. There's a lot of characters in the books...I think someone new would be cool - I get fed up of seeing the same actors get all the jobs!

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book or story?

The world of Rythe trembles and awaits the return of the Sun Destroyers...

Will your book or story be self-published or represented by an agency?

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I haven't written it yet...

What other books or stories would you compare this story to within your genre?

Joe Abercrombie's work, I think, would come closest.

Who or What inspired you to write this book or story?

My brain! I read a lot of fantasy way back when, and I guess that piqued my interest, too...everyone from Terry Pratchet, to David Gemmell, David Eddings, George R.R. Martin...and on and on...

What else about your book or story might pique the reader’s interest?

Darn it, I said 'piqued' in the previous question!...anyway, it'll be cheap, and there will be a boxset, too. There. Cheap, ten years of work...can't say fairer than that. ;)

Thank you!

Sheri White kindly tagged me as part of this giant blog here's her blog...

Sheri White

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Dale Eldon...THE Interview...

Next up we have Dale Eldon. I've known Dale for a good couple of years now, and we've both been sneaking up on the dream: becoming working writers, at the same time. He's a good friend, and a staunch supporter of his fellow writers. I figured it was about time that Dale stepped out into the limelight. He's been featuring writers on his blog for so long, I think he's forgetting he's famous, too!

Here's Dale:

Dale, as always, it's a pleasure, and thank you for agreeing to be a 'test subject' on my blog. First up - can you tell us what you're working on right now?

You betcha, Meester Saunders.

As you know, I love to write things that are in every way creepy. The kinda stuff that makes your skin crawl. A couple of months ago I was in a discussion over a charity anthology, and there was a back and forth over how far to go. Anyways, I threw down one page and immediately wrote something disturbing. I wasn't sure if it would be too much, so I saved it for later. Which it turned out the end call on this said antho is pretty open to what the author come up with. But I had this idea. And so the creepy story of DARK DWELLINGS was born.

As an author and someone who is passionate with my own baggage, I have been going through some dark moods that truly has become my dwelling. I sat down and started writing random feelings and then I my muse stepped in, and I started writing a story that had absolutely nothing to do with me, with the exception of the dark emotions.

From the protagonist to the villain, both are incredibly dark. But they stand at opposite ends of the spectrum. 

You're a big horror fan - who has been the biggest influence to date?

Oh wow, there are so many, from friends to big names.

One of my good friends, Gregory Norris has been a huge source of inspiration, not only as a talented scribe, but as a person.

Rebecca Besser, awesome writer, an amazing friend, and she juggles so much and still has time for her people along with editing and writing. The woman is magic.

Peter Giglio, he is a man who started out much like me, and now he is rising to the top as one of the newest names in horror.

Matt Shaw, I love his honest writing, and his snarkyness. Being a snarky person myself, I can relate. And he too has a story, he has been through a lot, and he keeps putting out kick-ass stories.

There are many more authors of whom I call friend, but the list would go on. To fair, I would be nowhere without them.

Three favourite books – go!

Well, I don't have just three favs, but I will name three of my favorite authors (since I love about everything they write).

Stephen King, Dean Koontz, David Moody, and Philip K. Dick.

Okay that was four, but I paired down quite nicely, I think.

Could you tell us a little about your blogging career, too?

The blogging started out as me trying to build a platform for when I publish my work. It has been a slow road for me, but as I have gotten closer to the beginning, I have spent most of my time showing off my friends, and authors who I love. Helping my pals out as I gain steam. Though as I publish my stories I will be pimping myself on the blog as well :^)

You've been supporting and promoting the horror genre for a long you have any favourite interviewees?

Everyone of you EJP authors have been on the list ;^) Gregory Norris and Gary Brander I have to say are my high points. But outside of the EJP circle, David Moody, Daniel Palmer (son of bestselling thriller author, Michael Palmer) James Christie.

 If you had the chance to start out on this writer's life earlier, would you have taken it?

Hell yes! Though I wouldn't have met so many of you awesome scribes most likely. But I really needed  the group of friends I have now back then. I took too much time writing in circles.

Horror movies - do you have a favourite sub-genre?

Dystopian I find to be the scariest of all. But I do love good creature monster movies. Usually something very different. Like monster from the Creepshow episode, THE CRATE.

What are your favourite three horror films?

The Creepshow movies, Werewolf in London, Fortress, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Oops, four again, must be my new lucky number.

Oh, I almost forgot (he says, not forgetting in the slightest) we're stable mates at Crowded Quarantine want to talk a little about your book with them?

I'm so glad to share another press with you.

Yes I have a novella coming out June 1st called, SMELL OF THE DEAD. It is about a group of scientists who leave their lives behind after being targeted by their employers for assassination. They go to Mount Everest where they plan to fake their deaths, and come back with new identities. However, their work with their former employers catches up, and before they know it, the elements of the highest peak in the world is not their only problem. People die and come back as something... different. Though labeled as zombies, they are nothing like the ones seen on TV.

All that remains is for me to thank you - thank you! Ladies and gentlemen...Dale Eldon has left the building.

Thank you sir! A huge pleasure!

Dale's blog, to find out more about the man...

Dale Eldon

Just a final note from me, now you've read the interview...just couldn't let you go without letting you know I love you! :D

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Stephen A North on my blog!

It's my pleasure to have Stephen A North on my blog today. Stephen was an absolute gentleman when I first started out, giving me some great advice. He's been my friend ever since, and someone I can honestly say it's a pleasure to call him friend and colleague.

Ado, without, further (as Yoda might say): Stephen A North.

Stephen, let's ease into this...and talk games. You spent years developing a game - do you still find the time to play games, and what are your favourite games?

Thank you, Craig.  My pleasure to be your friend.   I did spend roughly four years of my 'creative' time (outside of real world work) helping to develop a computer game.   I value what I learned from that experience, and am grateful for how much inspiration I drew from it.  I do spend an hour or so, here and there, playing a game.  The only two I've played recently have been Skyrim and Civilization 5.  The Fallout series is my overall favourite.

OK, now, easy question out of the way...tougher question coming were an MP for a good few years...are you, or have you ever been, a badass!? (tongue in cheek, honest!)

"I can hear them say...Bad Company, and I won't deny..."  ha ha

I've had the pleasure of reading three of your novels, Drifter, Dead Tide, and Dead Tide Rising...can you tell us a little about these stories?

Dead Tide and Dead Tide Rising are part of an ongoing series of zombie novels that are being re-published next year.  I'm under contract for a third book and am working on it now.  Drifter is a sci-fi/thriller that one reviewer described as 'The Man With No Name In Space.'  The earth is over-populated, and there is a serious need for off-planet colonists, soldiers and workers.  Rampant crime is dealt with through the use of mind wipes, and work release sentencing.

Just how stoked are you that Dead Tide and Dead Tide Rising are being re-released? I ask, because I'm a little jealous!

I am thrilled!  This is a major step forward in my career!   Nothing to be jealous of, though.  I admire you too, and am looking forward to checking out your fantasy stories soon!

Do you have any martial arts training from your time in the military? Does this help with action in your books?

We did receive some unarmed self defense training in Military Police school, but most of what I know  I learned in Tae Kwon Do and MMA.  I do think it has helped me when I write a fight scene.  There are a few friends that I consult with to make sure I get it right.  One thing in MP school  that seems a bit bizarre is that we had to learn how to land safely if someone flipped us.  I'd rather learn how to avoid being flipped!  I actually broke my big toe during this training.  :(  Wasn't very happy.

Can you tell us what you're working on at the moment?

The third book in the Dead Tide series.  Thank you for asking!  Pretty fired up about the direction it is taking!

Who, within the genre, inspires you?  

Zombie stories?  Hmmm.  Can't say that any book or author inspired me to write a zombie book.  The only experience with zombies I'd had at that point were the movies Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead and Night of the Living Dead.  I didn't read any zombie novels until later.  Some of the books I enjoyed were written by Rhiannon Frater, Timothy Long, J.L. Bourne, Suzanne Robb, Patrick D'Orazio, Susan Edgerly, D.L. Snell, Dr. Kim Paffenroth, Travis Adkins, Scott Baker, Eric S. Brown, D.A. Chaney,  Z.A. Recht, Sheri Gambino, Eric Shelman, Franklin Wales, Bowie Ibarra, and is it okay to mention, Craig Saunders?  (I'm sure I'm forgetting some people.)

Could you pick your three favourite books, please?

This is tough, but here goes:  The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien;  Worlds of the Imperium by Keith Laumer; and The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury.   

And, finally...

Self-promotion - fun, or evil necessity?

How does the saying go...You have to love yourself first?  Depends on your approach.  For me, I try to make it fun.  Certainly necessary to me to make self-promoting fun.   Thank you so much for this opportunity, Craig.  Hope to have you on my blog soon!

That was Stephen A North. Thank you!

And, to you - love you x

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Richard Schiver...INTERVIEW!

Something different for a little while...not promotion from me! Haha - I'm going to run a few interviews and reviews and rambles for a week or so (while my MONTH OF FREEBIES is going on ;) ). 

First up, today, Thursday 6th December, I have a wee short interview with my horror writing buddy, Mr. Rich Schiver...

Tuck in!

How did you become so intrigued with the 'dark and twisted' in writing?

To be honest I’m not sure myself. I’ve been a voracious reader my whole life and I’ve read extensively in all genres, though horror is my favorite. My interest in horror was sparked by Weird Tales Comics. One story in particular about a man falling in love with a ghoul and all of the problems inherent in a relationship of that nature.

You list some of your favorite authors on your blog, tell us again who they are and why they have had such an affect on your own writing?

Lovecraft and Poe for the dark nature of their work, and the lyrical quality of their prose. Stephen King because no matter what anyone says about him, he knows how to tell a damned good story, and that’s what I strive to do. Jack Ketchum and Bentley Little because not all horror has to have a supernatural origin. Brian Lumley  because he’s the only writer, other than Stoker, who in my opinion knows how to tell a Vampire story.

If you had to choose just one book that you've ever read that actually made you cringe in fear what would it be and why?

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty. I read it when it first came out, while I was still in junior high, and the thought of some malignant force taking control of my body in that way just totally freaked me out.

Tell us about your works, what you write about and where we can find them?

I like to write about average people dealing with extraordinary situations.

I’ve recently returned to writing after an eight year break, and those stories that had been published in the past were in small zines that are no longer being printed.  About two years ago I lost twenty years of work when my hard drive crashed. There were four complete novels at the first draft stage, about seven completed screenplays, and twenty or so short stories in various stages of completion. Some of my work had been printed in the past and I have a file drawer filled with items I’m slowly working my way back through.

The full body of my available work is currently on Amazon. Right now I have one novel and two previously published short stories there. Two short stories, Music of the Gods and Bobo are also free on Smashwords.

Tell us about your childhood, where you grew up and who you were as a child.

I grew up in a suburb of DC known as Bradbury Heights. I was a bit of an introvert as a child, and being small at the time I was an easy target for bullies. That and an illness that kept me bedridden for an entire summer were what initially sparked my interest in reading.

When did you first realize that writing was something you wanted to do and what was the main catalyst that got the ball rolling?

In high school. Of course I also got my first taste of rejection. In a current events class we were given an assignment to write a short story about anything we wanted. I opted for a third person omnipotent view of a child’s approach to a purported haunted house. The teacher ridiculed my work in front of the whole class. That same year I approached my English teacher about my desire to write and she openly laughed at me. It wasn’t until five years after I graduated that I started teaching myself to write. I’ve been through a divorce, numerous jobs, and I’ve started my working career over more times than I care to remember. But one thing throughout has always remained constant and that’s my writing.

Tell us a bit about your family now and if you allow any of them to critique your work.

When I first started writing my wife would read my work but as the nature of my work became darker she grew less interested in reading what I’d written.

What can we expect from you in the near future?

I’m currently editing and fleshing out the sub plots for my next novel, Reprisal: Vengeance knows no boundaries. Enter Night, a novella, will be available in a couple of weeks. I’ve also got a few short stories making the rounds and several more in various stages of completion.  

Since you enjoy the macabre so well, are there any television shows that have a touch of the macabre about them that you simply can't miss?

I rarely watch television and when I do it’s generally the History Channel or something about World War Two. I’m something of a WWII buff.

Do you have any advice you'd like to share with other authors, or in general that you think would be beneficial to our readers?

Don’t get in a hurry. Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint. Take a creative writing course. My biggest regret with my writing is that I spent so much time learning the basics through trial and error as opposed to taking a one semester course. Read, read, and read some more. Inside and out of your chosen genre.


Twitter:  @RSchiver

All that remains is for me, Craig (your host) to thank Rich for being on my blog. So, thank you.  

Love you!

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Month of Freebies from Craig Saunders!

Morning! Excuse me, if you would...I'm going to do a bit of promo...don't panic, though, it won't cost anything and I promise not to be a pest about it ;) 

In the spirit of the season...I'm running a month of giveaways...
Just go to my Amazon page (US, UK, doesn't matter) and take a peek from 6th December 2012 to 6th January 2013. Every day, guaranteed, a free Kindle download. Keep an eye out, too...The Line of Kings Boxset will be going free, a one time deal, at some point this month. 
Happy Christmas! xxx

Check out the labels/tags on this post to see what I'm giving away over the course of the month. I will never give away The Line of Kings Boxset again (worth $4.99) keep your eyes peeled! 

And, here's a picture of me holding my baby. Love you!

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Rain by Craig Saunders...coming December!

Coming soon from Crowded Quarantine!

That's it.

Just thought I'd share this spiffing poster that Adam Millard made. Really chuffed with it, and super, super chuffed with the quote from Bill Hussey :D

Love you!

Friday, 23 November 2012

Coming soon from Anachron Press.

There...swore I'd do something epic today...

Epic cover. Done. Thanks to Colin F. Barnes for the cover and everything else. 

Sample coming soon...soon after that? It'll be on sale. 

Stuff coming up: Blogs over on the Horrifically Horrifying Horror Blog. The Noose and Gibbet. Rain's out for Christmas (sample on the right). A Home by the Sea is scheduled for a March 2013 release. I'll be signing in Cardiff at ComicCon - come along if you're in the neighbourhood - I bet I'm more shy than you are. Come along, and we can have a competition to see how long we can go without talking. 

Endorsement and afterword just done for Matt Shaw's awesome on-going memoir, 'Still Fine'. 

The edits are in for The Dead Boy. I'm going to turn those in next week. I'll update with cover reveals, etc, when they happen, and of course, publication dates. 

Interview coming up with Crowded Quarantine Publications' very own Adam Millard. 

At some point I promise to find the time to write!

Rythe in Chaos is my next project...unless someone pays me to write something else first.'s that? Consider yourselves up-to-date with my doings. There's other stuff, but seriously, that's enough to be going on with. 

Oh, and I've got the hump tonight, in case you can't tell from my dour face. I still love you, though. x

Thursday, 15 November 2012

River deep, Mountain Dew high...

Evening, three followers ;)

I'm tripping my nuts off on Mountain Dew, being of a non-pop drinking persuasion. Thought I'd write a little missive on the perils of drugs, but I seem to remember, in a hazy sort of way, that I did that before over on petrifiedtank - back in the old days. 

I was reading through the final draft of Rain today, which is out this December, and I realised there were vast tracts of unremembered text in the manuscript. I kept thinking, 'hey, that's pretty good...who wrote that?' 

Turns out it was me. All me. The disappointing thing was that I was entirely straight when I wrote Rain. I haven't taken drugs for nearly ten years. I barely drink anymore...I used to do both, quite a lot, but then I went and spoiled it. 

One of the nefarious side effects of Mary Jane, my drug of choice back when I was a nipper, is memory loss. So now I can't remember a damn thing. 

Which is odd, because I can write without taking any notes, and keep track of plots and characters no problem. A nifty trick which I appreciate. 

In a round about way, I'm pre-pimping Rain - check out the cover below. The awesome Bill Hussey has provided the cover quote. He is one of my horror heroes. I don't have many heroes, but he's someone I've been in awe of for a long time - ever since reading 'Through a Glass, Darkly' - my favourite horror novel of all time. 

I was blown away that he agreed to endorse my work. I think I've rambled quite enough for a while - now, my dear three followers, you know a little more about my seedy past than you did before, and get a preview of the final cover of Rain before release. 

As always, love you. :D

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Getting there...not sure where!

Just a short little note to say I've updated all I need to update on this, the new blog - all links over on the right should be 'connected'...

Searching my (slow) brain for any other exciting news...coming up empty today.

I'll blog a little more later in the week with some news, hopefully...

Love you!

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

New gig!

Short post today - I've got a new gig, a spot on HHHB to talk about, well, stuff.

Pop over and show some love, if you will, and I'll love you right back ;)


Irrelevant? Yep. But, say goodbye...for the first time, I'm going to pay for a decent cover for one of my books.

I made this myself. Can you tell? ;)

Time to shell out some cash! 


Sunday, 4 November 2012

Competition! Free stuff!

Here's the link:

Craig Saunders Author

Go there, click 'like' to be in with a chance to win a signed copy of The Walls of Madness (sample over there on the right).

How's that for simple?

Won't cost you anything...apart from the price of a house, an internet connection, a PC, and the time sucked out of your life that you just spent reading this inordinately long sentence.


Love you!

Oh, here's the song I listened to as I was writing this...give you something to do while you wonder what the hell I'm on.

Black Snake by John Lee Hooker

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Autumn: Horror in the East

I think this is going to be a short post...we'll see where it goes.

I went to my first convention first convention of any kind - this one happened to be a horror convention.

As I was nervous as hell, Mrs S. came along to hold my hand (and buy me a steadier on the way ;). We stopped in a pub on the A12 called the Foxburrow. It wasn't shit, it wasn't great...just standard fare all the way. The Guinness was great, though.

Mrs S. and I dawdled somewhat on the way, but we found it OK - drove past the first time because we expected the venue to be a little more imposing. It was in a small business centre on a school's grounds...not the most impressive building, but as it turned out, for a nervous writer like me, it was just about perfect. It was small, but because it was small it was intimate.

I got to meet Adam and Zoe-Ray Millard, the family team behind one of my publishers - 'Crowded Quarantine Press'. They were absolutely charmers, and looked after myself and Mrs S. a treat. So, a big thank you to them.

We met Rich Hawkins and his lady friend, too - he's an up-and-coming writer in the CQP stable, too, along with me. comes the list of people I stalked :)

Conrad Williams - author of One. It's the only book of his I've read, but it was a cracker.
Joseph D'Lacey - author of MEAT. Only book of his I've read, too, and that was a doozy.
David Moody, Iain McKinnon, Sean name but a few.

There were four panels (I think!) - Zombies, the Apocalypse, What is Horror? and the last on the publishing industry. I really enjoyed all four - I didn't think I would, to be honest, but they were great fun, and the panelists were excellent, without exception.

So, turns out this was a medium-sized post...I'm conscious of star-struck rambling, so, here's a picture.

Love you - I'm off!

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Time to stop and smell the dead...

Wotcha, another little test post...

I downloaded two new games from Steam - LEFT 4 DEAD!

And, FEAR girl!

Both are 'horror' games...I figure I can put it on expenses as 'Research'.

Note to self...I don't get expenses...


On a little side note, I'm really posting this to try out Networkedblog's syndication feature. 

On another side note...I'm going to Autumn: Horror in the East on Saturday...hoping to meet a few of my horror heroes! (Stalker!)

Love you!

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

The First Post...

Figure One: Hulk Smash.
In case of confusion, I don't own the Hulk.

Just a little test post, really. Thought I'd start out small...the blog's a work in progress. I'm hoping to pay someone who knows what the hell they're doing to make me a banner. 

In the meantime, it looks a bit pants, but today is day one of a new chapter. 

Love you!