New Dark Regions anthos

I have stories in two of these new anthologies from Dark Regions Press,

In THE CHILDREN OF GLA’AKI, a Ramsey Campbell tribute anthology, I have THE LAKESIDE COTTAGES, a new Carnacki story

In RETURN OF THE OLD ONES I have an apocalypic tale, THE CALL OF THE DEEP, set in a future where all the worst predictions for global warming have come true, and only a Hail Mary science project has a chance of saving the day.

I’m in great company in both these books, with big names in the field on board. They’ll be out in deluxe hardcover, paperback and ebook editions, and can be ordered during the Indiegogo campaign at the link.

Campaign backers will get many nice bonuses once the thing is fully funded, so if you like the look of these, don’t delay.

Here’s the link…

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/three-new-books-from-dark-regions-press#/

I have all the words. The best words.

hardcovershelfieSep2015As of today, since the start of June I’ve written over 175,000 words, which, I’m pretty sure, makes this the most concentrated stint of my writing life so far, stretching back to 1992.

And it’s happened because I made a conscious decision to change my method sightly. I used to be a ‘pantser’ in the main, heading into the void to see what happened, but, starting with a short novel in June that required me to do an outline for the potential publisher, I’ve been outlining / modifying the plot both before I start and as I go along. Most days I’ve had the next day’s writing plotted out before I go to bed the night before.

It seems to have loosened me up and allows me to plough on with getting words down, and has got my fingers flying.

I’ve said before, writing fast seems to be the best way for me to go about it, and this method of pre-plotting has just added to that.

If it continues to go this way for the next few months, I’m going to have a lot of new material ready to show to publishers, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what I can come up with over the next few years.

Onward and upward!

Meikle Paperback bundle sale at Dark Regions

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Dark Regions Press recently acquired the stock that was left when Dark Renaissance closed earlier in the year.

And now they are having a sale to mark the publication of the ebooks of these volumes. For a short time you can get the three trade paperbacks listed here, and three free ebooks, at the vastly reduced price of just $20 for the three – a saving of a whopping 66%.

Don’t miss out on this tremendous offer

http://www.darkregions.com/books/new-releases/limited-time-william-meikle-bundles

THE HOUSE ON THE MOOR

A novella with three full color illustrations, and three black and white illustrations by M. Wayne Miller.

I’ve wanted to do an old style gothic novella for a while, so when Dark Renaissance asked me to write a traditional haunted house story I jumped at the chance. Scotland, a misty moor, an old crumbling manor house, an owner with a scandalous secret, and something skittering in the rafters of the library – you’ll find them all here, along with more than a hint of a Hammer horror or two

CARNACKI: THE WATCHER AT THE GATE

My second Carnacki collection, where our man adventures with Captain Gault and Winston Churchill, delves deep into Chislehurst Caves, and meets the dweller on the threshold, the Watcher at the Gate.

Meet Carnacki: Ghostfinder.
SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE QUALITY OF MERCY AND OTHER STORIES

I’ve written a few weird Sherlock Holmes stories over the past few years. The first one was THE QUALITY OF MERCY in Gaslight Grotesque.

Since then I’ve done THE CALL OF THE DANCE, published in the Lovecraft ezine, THE COLOUR THAT CAME TO CHISWICK in Gaslight Arcanum and the novella from Dark Regions, SHERLOCK HOLMES: REVENANT.

These are all included in this book, along with new stories original to this volume, and with some more dazzling M Wayne Miller illustrations.

For anyone who loves great storytelling and well crafted stories this book is for you. For Sherlock Holmes fans this book is an absolute must and I highly recommend it.- FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND

A Midnight Eye Omnibus and other news

midnighteyeomnibusSome movement to report.

Due to the closure of a couple of publishers, I’ve been forced to shuffle some of my work around, finding new publishers, getting new editions organized – that kind of thing. I’m now seeing light at the end of this tunnel.

THE MIDNIGHT EYE FILES have now been released in new ebook and paperback editions from Gryphonwood Press, and, as they did with the WATCHERS series earlier this year, they have also released a new omnibus edition in paperback and ebook. This contains all three of the Midnight Eye novels: THE AMULET, THE SIRENS and THE SKIN GAME, as well as three bonus short stories featuring the title character.

It’s on Amazon here –> https://www.amazon.com/dp/1536895598

I’ve also got news about the Dark Renaissance books.

Dark Renaissance are making a bit of a return from the dead and will be publishing my short Sherlock Holmes novel THE DREAMING MAN in an illustrated hardcover edition later in 2016 with paperbacks and ebooks to follow.

And Dark Regions Press will be bringing out the Dark Renaissance ebooks in the very near future (hopefully in the next two weeks or so) of the following:

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Quality of Mercy and Other Stories
  • Sherlock Holmes: The London Terrors ( 3 novellas)
  • Professor Challenger: The Kew Growths and Other Stories
  • Carnacki: The Watcher at the Gate and other stories
  • The House on the Moor (novella)

More news on them as and when.

On a related front, Dark Regions Press are producing new paperback editions of my popular short novels THE INVASION and THE VALLEY with new covers. These are in production at the moment. As before, details as and when…

With all of the above, this now means I’ve got all of the material that was previously dropped housed again. Which is nice.

Rest? Who needs it?

PuffinswriteThe last two months have been pretty weird on the writing front.

The initial plan was to take it a bit easy over the summer as I had just finished a novel and wanted to recharge a bit.

Then somebody threw me the chance of writing in a shared world that I couldn’t turn down, and in the first two weeks of June that one burned through me and came out fast – a short novel that turned out to be great fun and very much me.

So I thought, I’ll have a rest now.

Then an interesting and cool anthology invite came in, and I wrote that as it too was coming through fast and clear.

Enough, I said. Really. Rest now.

But another idea didn’t want to wait, and I’ve spent the end of June and now all of July on a new novel – old school, Hammer horror shenanigans on a remote Scottish island complete with confused cops, angry farmers and buckets of tomato sauce standing in for blood. I love it.

Finished that last night, but already there’s other things afoot – another cool anthology invite, and a tickle of a possibility of a longer work that’ll be something completely different for me. And Carnacki has started to ask me if I’m ready for him to tell more stories too.

Also in the back of my mind is that I still have more novels to write under my contract with DarkFuse. I’ve got time aplenty for them… but the little gray cells are working on it anyway.

Rest? Who needs it?

FUNGOID Hardcovers available to preorder

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The signed, first, limited edition hardcover of my next novel FUNGOID is available to preorder from DarkFuse today, and there’s now only 6 copies left!

For fans of John Wyndham, William Hope Hodgson and H P Lovecraft, here’s a wee homage to a lot of the things I’ve loved since childhood.

When the end came, it wasn’t zombies, asteroids, global warming or nuclear winter. It was something that escaped from a lab. Something small, and very hungry.

It starts with deadly rain that delivers death where it falls, but soon the whole planet is under threat as the infection spreads, consuming everything before it.

A band of survivors on the Eastern coast of Canada watch as their world falls and crumbles to ruin. The infection seems relentless. More than that, it seems to be learning, adapting and evolving faster than they can fight it. Worse still—it is infecting not just their bodies, but is creeping into their minds, dancing in their dreams.

Can they stop it before it takes them?

Or must they all join in the final dance of death?

GET IT HERE –> DarkFuse Preorder Page

Waiting…

PuffinswriteWaiting

… for publishers to decide on my submissions of two novels

… for publishers to decide on my submissions of a short story collection

… for publishers to decide on my submissions of foreign language reprints of three novels

… for publishers to decide on my submissions of a dozen short story submissions

… for publishers to publish ebooks of seven previously published paperbacks

… for publication of three novels already sold

…for publication of two novellas already sold

… for publication of twenty five short stories in magazines and anthologies already sold

Waiting.

I don’t like waiting.

FUNGOID Cover reveal

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Coming soon from DarkFuse.

When the end came, it wasn’t zombies, asteroids, global warming or nuclear winter. It was something that escaped from a lab. Something small, and very hungry.

It starts with deadly rain that delivers death where it falls, but soon the whole planet is under threat as the infection spreads, consuming everything before it.

A band of survivors on the Eastern coast of Canada watch as their world falls and crumbles to ruin. The infection seems relentless. More than that, it seems to be learning, adapting and evolving faster than they can fight it. Worse still – it is infecting not just their bodies, but is creeping into their minds, dancing in their dreams.

Can they stop it before it takes them?

Or must they all join in the final dance of death?

 

ANNOUNCING THE HEROES OF RED HOOK ANTHOLOGY!

heroesofredhookA collection of jazz era cosmic horror short stories featuring immigrant, minority, female, LGBT, and other outsider protagonists.

The book will contain my retelling of Lovecraft’s THE HORROR AT RED HOOK from the viewpoint of two of the local ethnic population.

Also included are works by Mercedes M Yardley, Tim Waggoner, Cody Goodfellow, Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire, Sam Stone and many more.

Support the Kickstarter here and get in on some nice bonuses with the publication.

And watch the video linked below – it tells you more about what the project is all about.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/golden-goblin-press/heroes-of-red-hook/widget/video.html

From the Publisher

Heroes of Red Hook is a collection of cosmic horror tales taking place during the Jazz Era with a very important focus. The protagonists of this anthology are members of the various under represented demographic in Lovecraftian fiction. Our heroes and heroines are the outsiders who are most often blamed (wrongly so) for the actions of various alien horrors of the mythos. Our stories put the spotlight on ethnic and religious minorities, immigrants, independent free thinking women, those with special needs, and members of the LGBT community. This collection features people struggling to overcome not only the horrors beyond mankind’s understanding, but an oppressive society seeking to deny them basic human rights.

The vast majority of the fans of Cosmic Horror Fiction struggle to reconcile their love for the genre with inherent racism of the original works of its creator, H.P. Lovecraft. Many of us are disturbed that bigots and hateful groups treat Lovecraftian fiction a manifesto to support their racism.They point to stories like The Horror at Red Hook and say, “See there, that is what’s wrong with the world.” They point to places like Brooklyn, and all they see is taint, corruption, and shadows.

We here at Golden Goblin Press reject their message and their ignorance, as we stand up and try to guide our genre towards a more inclusive future.  We see the mixing of races, cultures, genders, and orientations not as a negative, but as mankind’s greatest strength. These are not shadows to be fearful of but our brightest light guiding us to a more enlightened tomorrow. Together we can change the legacy of Lovecraft, from one of blame, fear, and bigotry, into something more representative of our greater humanity. We know that one little book won’t solve the problem in our genre, but maybe it can be a nudge in the direction it needs to move coming into the 21st century.

That might be a lot to ask from one book, but those familiar with cosmic horror know all too well the power one little book can sometimes wield.

Sitting, thinking

Drums-in-the-Deep-FNLSitting and thinking.

I got asked “Why don’t you write like {name}?”

The only answer to that is, I wouldn’t be writing like me. I have a certain voice that’s mine, and I’m happy with it, most of the time. I know it can be rather an old fashioned voice – but I can’t help that, it’s the way I roll.

On reflection, it’s probably why my period stuff does well – my own voice fits quite snugly in the past. It also fits a certain type of more modern story telling, and doesn’t fit certain other types. I think I’ve been trying to force a square peg into a round hole –

I’m not new weird.

I’m just weird.