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CLOCKWORK DOLLS is back

CLOCKWORK DOLLS is back. My latest rerelease from Crossroad Press, and a novella that garnered some of the best reviews of my career.

Does all human passion, all memory, all imagination come merely from the chemistry in our brains, like the movements of a clock follow from the arrangement of its cogs and wheels?

Are we just clockwork dolls?

AMAZON  SMASHWORDS

This one is a bit of a departure for me. It’s darker than a lot of my other stuff, and features a protagonist who is very hard to like.

Dave is a shit; a self-obsessed wanker with few redeeming features. The fact that he reminds me a lot of myself at a certain stage of my life is neither here nor there.

He’s also a skeptic of all things paranormal and likes to show off.

I wanted to write about such a person having an epiphany, of sorts, and it took me down some strange alleys, into studies of philosophical discussions, and thoughts of beer, love, and my place in an uncaring Universe.

As I’ve said, it turned out darker than I anticipated, but there’s also hope here, and I learned some stuff about myself in its progress, which was nice.

Full of strong and well written characters, an ever building sense of dread, topped off with a satisfying conclusion. This novella hits the mark perfectly. – Ginger Nuts of Horror

I never thought that such a short novel could have such a huge impact, not only on my emotions but also on my ideas of God, the Universe and Fate. This is a thought provoker if ever there was one … It’s totally mind blowing. – Magic of Reading

… a brilliantly written story which offers plenty of rewards for those game enough to read it. – Fantasy Book Review

It’s a novella that takes a piece of metaphysics and turns it into a monster. Keep your Secret, gurus. William Meikle has the cure for what ails me. – Wag the Fox

This is a fine story which manages to run the full gamut of emotion but is never stale, it fairly rockets along. Meikle takes what he has learned from years of writing pacy adventures, gives us a character worth caring about, an intriguing plot and away we go. I have always enjoyed William Meikle’s work but with this story he firmly moves into my list of favourite authors and I will be really interested to see where he goes from here. – The Heart of Horror

I know William Meikle’s writing chiefly through his pastiches of the work of others, the role of pulp chameleon one at which he is very good indeed and never less than entertaining, but if this is an example of what he can come up with under his own steam then it’s something I most definitely want to see more of. – Pete Tennant, Black Static #34

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THE EXILED is back

When people ask me what’s my favorite of the books I’ve written, this one often comes to mind. There’s a lot of me in this one; it’s Scottish, it’s set in Edinburgh and rural Scotland, and there’s a particularly Scottish flavor to the people and the dialogue. It’s one of those books where I said what I meant to say, and was happy with the end result, which doesn’t always happen.

Its origins are in a nightmare, in my childhood, and in the bars and alleyways of Edinburgh itself. Even the castle makes an appearance.

It’s available again now in ebook at Crossroad Press having originally been published by DarkFuse, and there’s an audiobook, masterfully done by fellow Scotsman Chris Barnes, who got the accents and banter exactly right.

AMAZON     SMASHWORDS

The nightmare? I’ve been having it off and on since I was a boy. It’s of a bird – a huge, black, swan. The stuff that dreams are made of.

In the nightmare I’m on the edge of a high sea cliff. I feel the wind on my face, taste salt spray, smell cut grass and flowers. I feel like if I could just give myself to the wind I could fly. Then it comes, from blue, snow covered mountains way to the north, a black speck at first, getting bigger fast. Before I know it it is on me, enfolding me in feathers. It lowers its head, almost like a dragon, and puts its beak near my ear. It whispers.

I had the dream many times, and always woke up at this point.

Then, in 1991, I heard what it said.

“Will we talk about the black bird?”

The next morning, for the first time, I wrote a story. It wasn’t a very good story, but something had been woken up, and the day after that I wrote another, a wee ghost story. It didn’t have a black bird in it, but it did have some jazz, and a sultry broad, a murder and some dancing. When that one made me 100 pounds in a ghost story competition, I was on my way.

The bird comes back and whispers to me every couple of years – I’ve come to think of it as my spirit guide. Although it terrifies me, it also reassures me in a weird kind of way. As long as it’s around, I’ll still be a writer and not just a drunk with weird ideas he can’t express.

The bird came to me a few years back, and the next morning I had an idea forming, a murder mystery that led to a place of legend and horror, a myth. THE EXILED is a way of making sense of that dream – I think I got close to the heart of it.

Will we talk about the black bird?

When several young girls are abducted from various locations in Edinburgh, Detective John Grainger and his brother Alan, a reporter, investigate the cases from different directions. The abductor is cunning, always one step ahead, and the only clue he leaves behind at each scene are the brutalized corpses of black swans. When the brothers’ investigations finally converge at a farmhouse in Central Scotland, they catch a glimpse of where the girls have been taken, a place both far away yet close enough to touch. A land known throughout Scottish history with many names: Faerie, Elfheim, the Astral Plane – Brigadoon. It is a place of legend and horror, a myth. But the brothers soon discover it is real, and, to catch the abductor, they will have to cross over themselves. 

You’ve just given your wee posh company car away to a known villain in exchange for an old banger and two bacon rolls, you’re on the run accused of murder, and your only alibi is that you were away in Fairyland with a big black bird. It’s hardly any wonder something smells of shite.

To catch a killer, John and Alan Grainger will have to battle the Cobbe, a strange and enigmatic creature that guards the realm, a creature of horrific power that demands a heavy price for entry into its world. The fate of both realms hangs in the balance… and time is running out…

Shall we talk about the Black Bird? 

Totally gripping, The Exiled delivers a killer story that will appeal to fans of both crime fiction and dark fantasy. – The Ginger Nuts of Horror

This book will appeal to people in the overlapping section of a Venn diagram showing Grimm Tales readers, Stephen King fans and crime fiction lovers. – This is Horror

A must-read for any fan of horror or truly dark fantasy. Highest possible recommendation. – Horror After Dark

 

 

Giveaways

My 60th unbirthday special newsletter will be going out on 20th Jan.

Among a batch of free ebooks, there’s going to be an exclusive for the newsletter subscribers. I’ll be sending out a link to download RHYTHM AND BOOZE, a wee collection of Midnight Eye stories, containing the following:

– Rhythm and Booze
– The Weathered Stone
– The Inuit Bone
– The Forth Protocol
– A Slim Chance

Thirty three thousand words of Glaswegian urban fantasy and occult detection.

If you want in on the deal, sign up at the form on the link. You’ll also get my Lovecraftian collection HOME FROM THE SEA free as a new subscriber.

http://www.williammeikle.com/giveaway.html

Fifty bricks in the book wall

With OPERATION: ANTARCTICA my book wall has hit 50 covers. Which is nice. And more to come… next goal is 100 for the anthology appearances wall, which is at 93 so far. Not bad for an old fart.

Get details of them all here

A Tale of Two Books

I spent much of December giving my new Victorian supernatural collection THE GHOST CLUB a big push, with a whole-hog blog tour, interviews, podcasts and frequent postings on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and anywhere else that would have me.

At the same time, my very pulpy creature feature book from Severed Press, INFESTATION was out, but I did little to publicise it beyond a few posts here and there on social media, as it had arrived quickly and with little time to set up reviews or interviews to help with the launch.

And now, into the New Year, they’re both out there and selling, doing okay.

But guess which one is doing better?

I think the cosmos is trying to tell me something.

Maybe I should be listening.

2017 – My short story appearances

I was going to post about how it had been a quiet year on the short story front, then I did a count back. I was rather more busy that I thought 🙂

  • The Longdock Air / Shadows Over Main Street 2 / Cuttingblock Press
  • Call and Response / The Arkham Detective Agency / Dark Regions Press
  • A Life in the Day of / NATURE Futures
  • The Last Quest / Through a Mythos Darkly / PS Publishing
  • Carnacki: The Lakeside Cottages / The Children of Gla’aki / Dark Regions Press
  • Carnacki: The Lusitania / Fearful Fathoms / Scarlet Galleon
  • Carnacki: Bedlam in Yellow / Nightland Quarterly / Nightland (Japan)
  • Transplanted / Ask You, Ask Me / Xiaoduo Media (China)
  • Stars and Sigils / Halfway to Anywhere / Sinister Grin Press
  • The Call of the Deep / The Return of the Old Ones / Dark Regions Press
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Gentlemanly Wager / Sherlock Holmes and the School for Detection / Little Brown
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Little Washer Woman / MMX Publishing
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Ghost Shirt / Occult Detective Quarterly #3
  • Occult Legion: The Nest / Occult Detective Quarterly # 1
  • Got my Mojo Working (with David Wilbanks) / Occult Detective Quarterly #1
  • The Needs of the Many / The Stars at Our Door / April Moon
  • The Pied Piper of Providence / Once Upon An Apocalypse / Crystal Lake
  • Staying Alive Among the Beasts / Unnerving Magazine #4
  • Outposts / Further tales of Cthulhu Invictus / Golden Goblin Press

 

Several more interesting things lined up for 2018 too.

Onward!

A visit to Spook Central

Definitely the last leg of THE GHOST CLUB tour, an interview at spook central, UK’s HAUNTED magazine where I talk about the book, my own spooky experiences, and beer.

http://www.haunteddigitalmagazine.com/2017/12/did-you-hear-this-story-about-club-of.html

The Ghost Club Launch Tour – Final Stop

I’m calling it now — the Ghost Club launch tour is done.
 
Many thanks to everybody who hosted me, talked to me, listened to me, shared my posts, reviewed the book and generally supported the whole effort. It’s been a load of fun.
 
The links for everything are archived on my web site on this page if anybody missed something.
 
 
I do believe I’m done talking about myself for a while, although I’ve got a lot of things in the pipeline, so there could be a Meikle on Tour 2018 event to come.
 
In the meantime, the book is out there doing its thing, picking up great reviews and hopefully a few more to come.
 
So long, and thanks for all the fish.

The Ghost Club Launch Tour – Stop 19

THE GHOST CLUB LAUNCH TOUR STOP 19

My as-live radio chat with Armand Rosamilia, talking about the difference between writing short stories and novels, writing for Lovecraftian anthologies, and the vagaries of writing for the independent presses, among other things – I had a blast.

https://projectentertainmentnetwork.com/2017/12/29/arm-cast-podcast-episode-187-legaspi-and-meikle/

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