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.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Coming Soon in Audiobook and Print -

Another quick update on my 'getting up to speed' stuff:

AUDIOBOOKS:

Two new audible titles approved:

(Vigil) Narrated by Lee David Foreman


(The Love of the Dead) Narrated by Molly King


Both titles will be available through Audible, Amazon and iTunes as soon as ACX has run its checks.

New audible contracts:

Chris Barnes, who is working on 'A Stranger's Grave' has agreed to read for the complete 'Line of Kings' trilogy, which is comprised of 'The Outlaw King', 'The Thief King' and 'The Queen of Thieves'.

I'm currently in talks regarding possible audiobook versions of all novellas, too, and the DarkFuse titles 'Masters of Blood and Bone', 'Left to Darkness' and 'Highwayman' will be available this year, as will 'Hangman' (Not DarkFuse - details, sort of, below).

FIRST PAPERBACK EDITIONS:

The Outlaw King and The Thief King are ready for paperbacks. I'll put these out when I've got enough spare to order and check over proof copies!

The Queen of Thieves won't need anywhere near as much work, so that will follow shortly after, as will an omnibus paperback edition of the complete trilogy.

A Home by the Sea (paperback) will be out at the same time as Outlaw and Thief.

Amazon have a new feature available to independent authors to issue paperbacks through them. I'm going to try this out with the four volumes of collected fiction I have out:

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

I'm releasing first paperback editions of novellas which haven't been printed before (Death by a Mother's Hand, Days of Christmas)

SECOND EDITIONS AND REISSUES:

I'll be issuing paperback versions of all novellas out of print at the moment - A Scarecrow to Watch Over Her, The Walls of Madness and Insulation (Insulation was only printed as part of an anthology).

NEW RELEASES:

Highwayman won't be long, and the companion novel 'Hangman' is in the works. More news on that very soon - vague, sorry, but while publication has been agree, I need to finalise the contract.

NEXT NOVELS/FURTHER 2017 RELEASES:

Pig, Ghost Voices, and the conclusion to the Rythe Quadrilogy (Beneath Rythe) will be out this year

Love you. x

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

The Happy New Year Post

Just a small, very small, tiny update. Inconsequential, really. I'm not even sharing around, just posting on here. A post with such a low profile it's no more than 2D in a world that's at least 6D, and arguably 7.

I don't know how many D's there are. I think two D's are probably just fine for most.

Boob joke - start out how you mean to go on, right?

Anyway, don't expect anything new from me. I'm still stuck in boring stuff hell.

Highwayman's out soon, so at least there's a new release. I'm forcing myself to finish off 'work' before I can get back to 'writing', which I consider the fun bit.

Good update, eh?

Here's a picture.








It's a snowflake landing in icing sugar, both are smiling and hugging because they haven't seen each other in a while and saying 'wheee, I love you man', because that's a cute image, isn't it? But they still can't see each other, so really, when you think about it, it's kind of sad.

Love you.*

*Edit: God damn it I forgot my blog theme was blue.