Next Big Thing 2012

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.

Joan De La Haye

Icy Sedgwick

Austin Malone

Lee Mather

Coffin Hop 2012

Welcome Coffin Hoppers! For this year’s Coffin Hop 2012 I’ve made the collection Penny Dreadfuls: Halloween Special FREE from October 27th – Halloween Night (31st), on Amazon.

 

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***

Halloween Treats…for your Brain!

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

Something Dark on the Horizon: an Interview with Lee Mather

Lee Mather

Today we welcome Lee Mather, a British dark fiction author whose work will be featured (along with my mine too) in the upcoming Bloody Parchment anthology “HIDDEN THINGS, LOST THINGS and other stories”.

 

BK: Welcome to my Lab, Lee, pay no mind to the doll-faced automatons in the corner, they’re being punished.

LM: Nobody puts a doll-faced automaton in the corner! Just kidding, punish away! And thanks for having me here.

BK: Tell us a little about yourself, what sort of stuff do you write for those that are new to you.

LM: I write horror, dark fantasy and the occasional piece of science fiction, essentially anything that I would like to read myself. I enjoy stories with an emotional punch and I think the best way to achieve this is to get people to either love or hate your characters.

BK: Your story “Masks” is in the new Bloody Parchment collection, whet our appetite.

LM: Masks” is set in a London theater and features a terminally ill actor faced with a terrible choice that might lead to a cure. It’s an out and out horror and has some pretty nasty moments. It was a pleasure to write.

BK: You’ve been featured in several other anthologies as well, alongside authors like Jeff Strand and William Miekle (both favourites of mine). What was that like?

LM: It’s great to feature alongside established authors, and a super opportunity to have my work read by fans of theirs. To an extent, when you’re starting off at anything, you need someone to take a chance on you so I’m grateful to both the publishers and the editors of the anthologies for including my stories. To be honest, I wondered whether my work would stand up beside theirs, but so far the feedback has been pretty good. For example, in “Corrupts Absolutely” a couple of reviewers have highlighted my story, “Crooked”, as one of their favourite inclusions, which I didn’t expect at all.

BK: Any plans for something longer, something all your own. A novel perhaps?

LM: I have a short novel (or long novella!) due for release in October from Lyrical Press. It’s titled “First Kiss, Last Breath” and it’s a coming of age story about a teen who believes he has brought a demon to life through his painting.

To date, I have focused on short fiction for two reasons. One, to improve as a writer and enhance my writing technique – something which I feel I’m doing all the time. And two, to see if I can get a few stories out there for people to read. Hopefully they’ll enjoy and come back for more!

BK: With Bloody Parchment out later this month, what’s next for you?

LM: As well as FKLB, I have a short, “Wrath”, featuring in the “Fading Light” anthology, due in September from Angelic Knight Press. The anthology is edited by Tim Marquitz, who is a talented guy and it’s been a thrill to work with him. Writers like Mark Lawrence and Gene O’Neil are headlining.

I’m currently working on what will hopefully become a series of books about one family’s fight to survive the End of Days. I have done an initial draft, but it’s a million miles away from where it needs to be right now. I also have a niggling idea for a collection of five interrelated pieces of short fiction that won’t go away.

BK: Most likely way the world will end?

LM: George RR Martin will decide not to continue with his “Song of Ice and Fire” series. There will be no more books and “Game Of Thrones” the TV show will be left in the hands of Benioff and Weiss. The fanboys will rise up and revolt, and the streets will run red with blood.

BK: Who/what would you want around you during the Apocalypse?

LM: I’m pretty sure I’d want a priest near me so I could repent for any debauchery I may / may not (delete as appropriate depending on how well you know me) have been involved in throughout the years.

BK: Best scary movie you’ve seen recently?

LM: It wasn’t scary as such, but I liked “The Cabin in the Woods”. At least it had the balls to be a bit out there. “Prometheus” had the potential to be the film of the year, and although I really enjoyed it, I felt at times it tried too hard to get the “Alien” nods in. I would be interested to see the evolution from the initial “Prometheus” script to the final movie because I think the director / writers may have caved to some production pressure in piecing it together.

BK: Where can people find you online?

LM: www.leemather.org.uk is the best place. All my books are featured, including excerpts and author notes. Anyone interested can access my blog, my social networking links and things like my Amazon and Goodreads pages there too. Also, if anyone is interested in my random thoughts, I’ve discovered this amazing site, Twitter.