Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Bad Apples 3

Released: Sept 6th 2016

A teaser for this, Bad Apples 3. I'm proud to be part of this, with a group of writers I like an awful lot. It's nice to be asked. 

Here's a snippet of my story, 'October's End':

Harvey cleared his throat. He didn't want to speak, but it was a ritual they had every year.
            'It's Halloween tomorrow, grandmother.'
            'Is it, dear?'
            'Yes. I was thinking I might go out.'
            'Trick or treating, dear? Aren't you a little old for that?'
            I wasn't always old for that, he thought. But this was one of the many things he would never say. Not any longer.
            'I would like to. To see the leaves fall. Play with my...friends.'
            They're all dead now. Can you play with dead friends?
            'Oh, Harvey. But it is Halloween. I'm so very old. When the children come, you'll need to answer the door for me. I might have a fall myself.'
            Every year, grandmother had a reason. Perhaps for the first ten years Harvey argued, but he truthfully did not remember how long ago that was. Now, he was a far meeker boy. One with grey wisps of hair and thin, fragile bones.
            'Yes, grandmother,' he said.
            There might be a reason the house was called October's End, but he knew it never did, and never would, and names and houses and old ladies all lied...

That's your lot. I remember Halloween. Not the day, or trick or treating, but the spirit of it. I remember Creep Show, and Elvira, but mostly that vibe - horror that made you smile. I think that's why I wrote this. I hope you like it, and the rest of these slices of horror. 

Love you,
The Shed.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Stephen A North's 'The Drifter'

I try to share things around by other writers I like - things I read from the library, things I buy on Kindle, or paperback. It's not often I add them to the blog, but Stephen A North asked me if I'd endorse 'The Drifter'. I did. I've known Stephen a good few years, and I love his style. If you haven't read anything by him, give him a go. He reminds me of Dan Abnett, or maybe Andy Remic - fast-paced, flowing, violent and exciting.

Here's my endorsement, and a few others: 

'A fresh and welcoming take on interstellar colonization fiction. Raw, gritty and detailed.'
- Brian Parker, author of the 'Washington, Dead City' series.

'Stephen A. North proves he's got the goods with this unrelenting, violent sci-fi thriller. Like The Drifter himself, the novel never lets up, and never backs down.' - Craig Saunders, author of 'Masters of Blood and Bone' and 'Left to Darkness'.

'The Drifter reminded me of the classic Science fiction that I grew up reading, with a new modern twist that leaves you wanting more.'
- W.J. Lundy, author of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and the Invasion Trilogy.

'North writes with the urgency of a sniper's bullet homing in on target. Highly recommended.'
- Jamie Mason, author of The Book of Ashes.

'North has taken Clint Eastwood’s man with no name and thrown him into the world of Total Recall.  The result is an action-packed, yet strangely nostalgic adventure.'
- Sue Edgerly, author of Dead Tropics.

'Action, grit, suspense, and outer space. An explosive combination.'
- Suzanne Robb author of Z-BOAT. 

There you go - sharing and caring.

Love you x

Friday, 22 July 2016

Spot of Bother Round the Back End

Been a bit quite on here of late because I've been working on the ass end...of my books. My back catalogue, you see. I was (chortle) being disingenuous with my cheeky title.

Meh. Enough of that.

I've thirty odd books out, and I can't really say what I've achieved over the last year, except that I have stopped and feel like I've very little to show for it. Probably won't have until around Christmas time. I'm sorting out my entire back catalogue and trying to make it work better for me (i.e. make more than a shilling a month in royalties). I've reissued nearly all books which have reverted to me on Kindle and in paperback, and I'm working on getting all of these into audio format through ACX, too. In order to do this, everything needs to be in good shape.

That's what I'm working on, anyway. I'm not dead or anything.

In case you were wondering, the next novel (at present) from me is Highwayman, out with Darkfuse, in 2017. I have three finished novels I'm sitting on, and once I'm up to speed with the back catalogue, I'll work on getting these out either on my own, or through a publisher.

In short, I'm trying to make better books, and how to be far, far, better at the business side of things.

I am LORD BUSINESS! Bow. Or, kneel. Sit down if you like. I'm not really that fussy.

Learning and growing.

Love you. x

Coming soon (again) to paperback.

For the first time, this will be in paperback and audio (Waiting on a proof, audio will be a while longer...)