New short story cover reveal
Interview with a Zombie
The war has been lost. The human population decimated by the living dead, now hides in remote, heavily fortified strongholds. A reporter is given the chance of a lifetime, to talk face-to-face with a representative of the undead. Even with the risk of the meeting being a trap, it is too valuable an opportunity to pass up. He must have an…
Interview with a Zombie.
Part horror, part bizarre-pulp, a quick wicked read from the end of the world.
Available on Amazon
Here’s the idea, I was invited by Lee Mather to answer these 10 questions about one of my current works-in-progress and then tag a few other interesting authors I know that have done the same, to create a digital conga line of amazingness to make your readerly bits quiver in anticipation of all the new, nifty and exciting work coming out soon.
So, here we go
What is your working title of your book?
PRIMORDIAL: a creature feature
Where did the idea come from for the book?
I love old movies, always have. I also really enjoy B-movies (specifically those of the 50’s 70’s and 80’s). Quite often such films were horror, or a blend of science-fiction and horror. But they always had a creature in them; a man in a rubber suit or some equally awful thing, but I’d still much my popcorn with a big goofy grin, lapping up the cheesy dialogue.
Basically Primordial is my tribute to the adventure B-movie monster shlock of the 20th century.
I wanted to have it fast paced and relatively short (after all I doubt even I would read through 200+ pages of cheesy monster story).
An odd thing happened while writing it though…it got a lot darker and stranger than the original subject matter. Which is, in my mind at least, a bonus.
What genre does your book fall under?
You mean there’s no Creature Feature genre? I’d have to say adventure/horror, but horror only in the sense of creepy slimy beasties.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
This is always a tricky one for me as I don’t tend to picture real people as my characters. In my mind they are entirely themselves, they don’t look like anyone I’ve seen.
Though, I do think Nathan Fillion would be great as the rugged, bearded hero Carter. Emma Stone or Lizzie Brochere might make a good Dr. Harding. But I definitely think Ray Stevenson would be great as the mercenary Keller.
I suppose I’d prefer relatively unknown actors to play the characters, that way they are those characters in the viewers mind rather than someone playing that character.
If you see what I mean.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Trapped in the jungle with giant creepy crawlies!
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Due to its length and general tongue-in-cheekness I’ll be publishing this title myself.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Just shy of two months, though I took a little bit of a break before tackling the ending. I knew what was going to happen but I had other projects that needed my attention. The editing and subsequent drafts took significantly longer.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
That’s a tough one. Primordial is so between genres that comparing it is difficult. I suppose it is Adventure Pulp and a Monster Story, with an extra helping of cheese, all at once. Hence in that vein it’s similar to work like Guy N. Smith’s Night of the Crabs. One of my test-readers likened Primordial to Michael Crichton’s CONGO. Primordial has more elements from film than literature to be honest; Creature from the Black Lagoon was certainly on my mind while writing this. As were the old Hammer horror films. Also the likes of Slither, Relic, THEM!, Day of the Triffids, The Thing from another World and even Anaconda.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Other than my love of B-rate monster movies, this book was inspired by the stories of William Miekle and Guy N. Smith both of whom have written many monster and creature orientated novels and novellas.
Though, be clear, I wasn’t emulating their style when writing Primordial, it’s very much my own voice. An experiment, true, but all me.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
You need more that a tropical hell-hole miles from civilisation filled with overgrown insects and creatures all hungry for human flesh?
Well, when I started writing Primordial I was committed to pace, keep things happening constantly, don’t let the reader get bored. I wanted to take the same material that might go into a longer novel length work and condense it down into a much tighter, faster flowing story, yet still maintaining content.
Hopefully I’ve succeeded. I certainly enjoyed the break in style. In my mind, story aside, the experiment in how the story is told will definitely be leading me to doing more stories in the same vein.
Who knows, maybe even Primordial 2?
Certainly fits with the B-movie theme.
PRIMORDIAL is set for release December 2012/January 2013
Here are a few other author’s (and links to their blogs) I know and admire for you to keep your eyes on. Mark my words, they are authors to watch.
For Coffin Hop 2012 I help a small prize giveaway. But then I thought why give just one lucky winner, why not have three?
Randomly selected, the winners are:
Johana Katerina Pitcairn, Rob Storm and Erik Gustavson!
Please respond to that query or post your email address in the comments of this post (I will not share your email address).
But that’s not all!
There’s also a prize give away. Just head on over and “like” my Facebook Author Page for a chance to win a copy of my gruesome novella The Beast of Park Street for their kindle or kindle app. A winner will be selected randomly from all the “likes” both old and new, and announced on November 1st.
What is Coffin Hop you might ask…well just head on over here for the low down. But here’s the gist: +100 horror authors all holding giveaways and prizes over the week leading up to Halloween. For each stop check back to the hops linky list.
So what ye waiting for, get a hoppin’!
***Authors have full discretion to choose an alternate winner in the event any winner fails to claim their prize(s) within 72 hours of their name being posted or after notification of win, whichever comes first. Anyone who participates in this tour is subject to these rules***
For the last couple of months I’ve been working with some truly talented authors to bring you some Halloween treats for your brain. Some of the rising stars in Horror and Dark Fiction have all gotten together to make a collection of spine-tingling, nerve-shredding, read under the blankets tales of the sinister and the insane.
Coming soon, and perfect for your Halloween season.
Besides…it’s absolutely FREE! starting from Oct 27th – 31st
even after that it’ll only be 99c.
This awesome cover art is by Carmit Manor Massimino. Check out more of her design work at inkpudding.com
A few weeks ago I was having a chat with some friends of mine and short stories came up during the conversation. I got asked why I write them rather than longer fiction or novels. I told them that I do write longer fiction, I’m still working on them…’cause…their long. However I also told the assembled chatters that I liked writing and reading short stories, to which they were confused…as was I by the general distaste at the term.
Had I just mentioned tongue splitting or genital modification?
nope…so why the subtle sneers.
A few glasses of wine and some discussing later the truth was uncovered…
They were reading them wrong (in my opinion).
It seems that many people when they get a collection of short stories they read the entire book, from cover to cover in one go, as though it were a novel. The main issue raised was that just as things got going – were heating up – the story ends.
It’s a tease.
I don’t know who’s stories my friends had been reading, but it seemed to upset them. That isn’t what a good short is supposed to do OR the best way (again in my opinion) to read short fiction.
Think of it like a palette cleanser, a sip of wine before the next mouthful. You read a single short or two and then move on to something else. Short stories are like candy, you don’t gorge yourself all in one go, you savor one at a time in between meals. Short stories are the same.
While trying to decide what novel to read next I often take a night or two to read a few short stories or a novella while I figure it out.
I have dozens of collections, both in print and on my kindle, of short stories from a variety of authors, most of them are half read – not because I gave up, but because I’ve been consuming them slowly, piece by piece. The wonderful thing is that there are plenty more left when I return to them.
Plus I get to follow my rule of not reading the same author’s work in a row (keeps things fresh).
Anyway, this all struck me as odd. It got me thinking that maybe other people out there were approaching reading short fiction in a way that helped neither reader nor the story. So if you’ve never tried read short stories this way give it a bash, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
The Laughing Tree was one of my earlier stories I wrote just after I first decided to take my writing seriously as a career. It was a story that I felt I had to tell – just one of those strange things inside you that has to get out. It’s drastically different from anything else I’ve written; for one it’s literary fiction, and, it’s not a horror story.
I’m proud of this story and the way I tell it. This isn’t me blowing my own trumpet (okay, maybe a little) but more acknowledging to myself that I am happy if this is my only contribution to writing as an art-form rather than entertainment. Not that there’s anything wrong with genre fiction or writing to entertain, after all it’s what I love to write. This story just feels to me like my personal initiation into the world of writing.
So if you aren’t into horror, or are a bit too much a scaredy-cat to read my other work, you just might like this one.
Right, now back to squid monsters from space!
A collection of get-under-your-skin, spine-tingling ultra-creepy tales. Garanteed to keep you up at night. Along with myself, there are some truly awesome horror authors in here. Including Lee Mather, Brett Bruton, Jenny Robson, Mico Pisanti, Stacey Larner, Toby Bennett, SL Schmitz, Austin Malone and Joan De La Haye.
Edited by the absolutely amazing Nerine Dorman.
Grab it…here…if you dare!
The gloves come off with my first out-and-out full blooded horror story! I’ve been a fan of body-horror before I even knew it was a thing. Seminal films such as Tetsuo: The Iron Man and David Cronnenberg’s Videodrome and Shivers (among a slue of others), even Clive Barker’s HELLRAISER films; all influenced me at an early age and helped shape the creative person I am today. Hence it is with no small grin (maniacal to be sure) on my face that I present the first of my three body-horror tales.
It will get under your skin…
A body-horror short that will make you squirm…it starts small…a simple red vein weaving through flesh…but all too soon…it spreads with a sinister purpose.
Guaranteed to keep you up at night…
Read it, if you dare.