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THE GHOST CLUB Launch party and tour itinerary

The Ghost Club Party and Tour is taking shape.

The tour is in support of my new collection, THE GHOST CLUB, coming on 9th December from Crystal Lake Publishing.

There’s going to be live podcasts, interviews, reviews and guest blogs on various subjects like Nigel Kneale’s THE STONE TAPE, why I write Victoriana, London’s influence on my writing, my five favorite ghost stories, Scottish supernatural fiction that’s influenced me and a lot more including live readings from me here on FB.

I may even practice the SHE SLEEPS IN THE DEPTHS song that turns up in a few of my stories. I promise not to sing it live if you’re nice to me.

Join me in the online party and tour here –>

https://www.facebook.com/events/1980022735543624/

Here the itinerary so far: –

06/12/2017 Blaze McRob, Big Ultra Man, Guest Blog
06/12/2017 David Wood, Wood on Words, Podcast
07/12/2017 John Linwood Grant. Graydogtales, Interview/Feature
08/12/2017 Steve Pattee, Horrortalk, Guest Blog
08/12/2017 Sylv, Sylv.net ,Interview
09/12/2017 Stacy, Horror Addicts, Guest Blog
09/12/2017 Ash Hamilton, Horror Fix, Guest Blog
09/12/2017 Steve Savile, Newsletter Guest Slot
10/12/2017 Steve Lockley, Whisperings, Guest Blog
10/12/2017 Jimmy Weinholz, The Horrific Network, Podcast
11/12/2017 Josh Reynolds, Hunting Monsters, Guest Blog
12/12/2017 Nick Kaufmann, The Scariest Part, Guest Blog
12/12/2017 Armand Rosamilia, Arm Cast Podcast
13/12/2017 Mark West,Strange Days, Guest Blog
14/12/2017 Eric Ian Steele, Confessions of a British Writer, Guest Blog

More info and additions to come.

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On Literary Snobbery

One of my pet peeves is literary snobbery. I hear it far too often, in cries of ‘hack’ and ‘appealing to the unwashed masses’ from people who are so entrenched in their rigidly defined enclaves they can’t see past their own shit.

Sure, literary work has merit. But that doesn’t mean that genre work does not. And it also doesn’t mean that only a carefully defined part of genre writing that might be literary if you squint at it is the only genre work that is valid.

Pulp is seen as second class by far too many people. People hear ‘pulp’ and think ‘shoddy’, whereas I hear ‘pulp’ and think ‘adventure.’ and ‘fun’– and for that, I get castigated.

Well, screw ’em all.

Storytelling for the sake of storytelling is often lightly dismissed as ‘just entertainment’ — but not everything has to have deep psychological insight. Sometimes all you need to be satisfied is people in peril, and a bad guy to beat up. And there’s nothing wrong with that in my opinion.

My most successful and probably most commercial work is The Invasion. It reached #3 in Kindle SF and #4 in Kindle horror, so covers both genres, and is the tale of a strange green snow that starts to fall during a winter storm—snow that quickly starts to spread—and multiply—and mutate. It’s a B-movie on paper, and a homage to many of the things I love—alien invasion, slimy horror, apocalyptic disasters, and normal working folks in peril. It’s pulp, through and through, and over 20,000 people have bought it. That tells me there’s more people like me out there.

They’re the ones I’m writing this stuff for, not for the sneering sycophants looking for their place in the ivory towers. I’m down here with the unwashed masses. And I like it.

Onward and upward.

November Newsletter

The three Sigils and Totems novellas are now available in a compiled ebook collection from Crossroad Press ( paperback on its way)

It’s a simple enough concept.

There are houses like this all over the world. Most people only know of them from whispered stories over campfires; tall tales told to scare the unwary. But some, those who suffer, some know better. They are drawn to the places where what ails them can be eased.

If you have the will, the fortitude, you can peer into another life, where the dead are not gone, where you can see that they thrive and go on, in the dreams that stuff is made of.

There it is in a nutshell. There are houses where people can go to get in touch with their dead loved ones.

I’ve started linking it through to some of my other characters and ongoing work, so there’s sigils and totems stories featuring members of the Seton family, Derek Adams, the Midnight Eye, and Carnacki. Augustus Seton will be getting involved in 16th C Scotland soon too.

The novellas that used the concept, BROKEN SIGIL, THE JOB and PENTACLE were well received and are in standalone ebooks, and now collected in this single omnibus edition.

As ever all shares or mentions of the book on social media would be greatly appreciated.


 

A bargain box set is now available that contains, among other fine things, my early Scottish vampire novel ELDREN: THE BOOK OF THE DARK. And all in, you get 10 novels for 99c / 99p. Bargain! Here’s the gen.

Ten dark novels of supernatural horror from some of today’s bestselling authors!

This collection includes:

  • Closet Treats by Paul E. Cooley
  • The Crypt of Dracula by Kane Gilmour
  • Eldren: The Book of the Dark by William Meikle
  • Still Water by Justin R. Macumber
  • Refuge-Night of the Blood Sky by Jeremy Robinson
  • Dark Rite by David Wood and Alan Baxter
  • The Flat by Rick Chesler and Jack Douglas
  • Laughing Boy’s Shadow by Steven Savile
  • Piercing Through by RJ Fanucchi
  • Hunger by Jeremy Robinson

 


 

In other news

 

  • I’m busy setting up a tour of blogs and podcasts for the launch of THE GHOST CLUB from Crystal Lake Publishing on 8th December. Got some great blurbs in for the book too.
  • I’m looking forward to the release of INFESTATION, my big bug creature feature novel from Severed Press, and I have a new contract to write another novel for them.
  • I have a story in THROUGH A MYTHOS DARKLY from PS Publishing
  • I have a story in SHADOWS OVER MAIN STREET 2 from Cuttingblock Press alongside the likes of Joyce Carol Oates and Joe Lansdale
  • I have one of my Sherlock Holmes stories in OCCULT DETECTIVE QUARTERLY #3
  • I have a novella coming in the huge I AM THE ABYSS anthology from Dark Regions Press alongside the likes of Michael Marshall Smith and Steve Rasnic Tem that’s available to order now
  • Crossroad Press have a schedule for the publication of all my rehomed DarkFuse books new and old. Next up is RAMSKULL, a Scottish black magic Hammer horror tribute thing
  • Carnacki:The Edinburgh Townhouse and Other Stories is selling well from the Lovecraft Ezine Press
  • I’m on part 3 of a secret big honking fantasy trilogy I’m writing with a name author.

Busy, busy, busy.


Musing on my writing career as I approach 60

I’ve been reflecting on my writing career so far as I rapidly approach my sixtieth birthday in January.

There have been many ups and downs over the years, but back when I started out in early 1992, if I’d been offered the publications I now have, I’d have sold my soul for them.

When I first started, all I wanted was to see my name in print. That was fine for a few years. I placed a whole shitload of stories in the small press for just a copy or two of the publications. I got quite cozy down there before I realized I wasn’t actually getting anywhere.

So then I wanted to get paid. Then I wanted a pro-rate story sale, then a novel sale, then a sale in a pro anthology, then a story collection…in hardcover… then I wanted to go full time… and lo and behold, it has all come to pass, and more, especially in the last 5 years. ( I also wanted to sell a film script to Hollywood – but let’s not go there. Okay? )

There’s still things I want to achieve – a story in one or more of the Year’s Best anthologies, a mass market book deal, a luxury yacht so I can just sail round the world all the time – that kind of thing. Some of them might even be achievable.

I recently sold my 80th pro-rate short story. Now I’m wondering whether 100 is feasible. Given that 25 years ago I was wondering whether 1 was feasible, I guess I’m doing something right.

But it’s in the nature of the beast that I’m never satisfied, always looking ahead to the next gold ring. ( I also get jealous of some of my fellow writers. Shush… don’t tell them.)

This past eighteen months has seen a necessary realignment for me with both Dark Renaissance and DarkFuse going out of business, bringing with that a load of stress I could have done without.

But the orphans are rehomed, and the new babies have also been adopted, so today I again decided to count my blessings and look at what I’ve achieved. I can’t quite say I’m content… but I’m happy.

For now, that’ll do.

In the meantime, I’ve got new and old works coming from Crossroad Press, a novella in the big I AM THE ABYSS antho from Dark Regions, a new collection, THE GHOST CLUB coming from Crystal Lake, a big bug novel, and another novel to write coming with Severed Press, I’m in discussions about a collection, and I’ve got a large secret project in the works that’s two-thirds of the way done. So it looks like I’m busy for a whole longer.

Onward and upwards.

To infinity and beyond.

Newsflash – Rowan Casey boxset offer

Most of you know that I’m involved in the VEIL KNIGHTS series under the pen name of Rowan Casey with 11 other fine writers. Today we’re running a promo to bring new readers into the series, with a box set of the first three books on sale at Amazon for only 99c / 99p. It’s also now on offer for NOOK, KOBO and ibooks readers.

We’re already up to book eight of the proposed twelve. This set contains the first three books, and the third one, HOUND OF NIGHT, is my contribution to the series. Regular readers of mine will find a Seton family member in here, as well as the Concordances of the Red Serpent, and an opener of the way that is becoming strangely familiar.

Get it on AMAZON

In the distant past the Knights were formed to serve as the protectors of humanity against the powers of darkness and the supernatural. A powerful sorcerer known as the Merlin served as their leader and mentor. Together they erected the Veil between this world and what they called the demimonde, or half-world, which served as the home to all the supernatural races. They took all the creatures, races, and demons that form the supernatural legends we know today and locked them away on the other side of the barrier.

For centuries that barrier has held and in time the Knights came down through history as nothing more than a legend about a group who supported their King and lived lives of chivalry.

Now Merlin needs them again, and calls them forth from their hiding places to do battle against the old foes.

These are their stories.

Q&A: What do you have coming up?

So, Willie. What do you have coming down the pike in 2017 and beyond that we can look forward to sinking our teeth into?”

On the novels side, I have 3 coming from DarkFuse, all in limited edition hardcover at first with ebooks to follow …

SONGS OF DREAMING GODS is a tale of a very strange house on a corner plot in St. John’s Newfoundland, and a continuation and exploration of more parts of my ongoing Sigils and Totems works. Dark fantasy more than horror I think…

THE BOATHOUSE is a short novel set here in my new home town of Catalina, and is a tale of an old boathouse, a hurricane, a derelict whaler and a very strange scrimshaw chess set… it also touches on the sigils and totems mythos, but less overtly.

RAMSKULL is a Scottish based Hammer horror homage – satanic rituals on a remote Scottish island, with plenty of gore and mayhem.

On the short stories front, I have 2 collections coming…

CARNACKI: THE EDINBURGH TOWNHOUSE is another set of new Carnacki ghost stories, this time coming from the Lovecraft Ezine fiction imprint.

THE GHOST CLUB is a set of Victorian supernatural stories coming from Crystal Lake and is a set told as if by different writers of the period, so there’s tales by Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, H Rider Haggard, Robert Louis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, Jules Verne etc… Pretty damn ambitious of me, and might fall flat on its face, but I had to try… 🙂 More info on that coming soon.

There’s another Newfoundland based horror novel currently with DarkFuse for consideration, a tale of industrial archaeologists and strange things coming up from an old mine shaft…

And I’m working on a big epic historical fantasy trilogy collaboration with another writer at the moment… book 1 nearly done. More info on that when we’re ready to tell the world…

 

As always, get my newsletter to keep up to date with forthcoming releases.

Q&A: What was your favorite story to write?

That’s always a difficult one, as it changes with my mood. But I think I nailed it most in two fairly recent novellas, BROKEN SIGIL, and TORMENTOR, both from DarkFuse.

BROKEN SIGIL was the start of what is growing into a personal vision of mine, a mythos surrounding haunted houses that’s now spun off into more novellas, novels and short stories and is still growing. Broken Sigil itself is a slice of modern noir concerning a cop, a dead, unfaithful wife, a murdered partner and an obsession with the movie The Maltese Falcon. I got a lot out of my system with that one, and emotionally I think it really works.

TORMENTOR is a rather more traditional haunted house tale, set on a remote Scottish highland lochside; a recently bereaved artist arrives looking for seclusion, but the house wants to communicate. Loudly. The idea of a communicating rhythm underlying the real world is also a personal thing for me, and in TORMENTOR I got to figure out the ideas as I went along, and even scared myself a bit in the process. Again, I said what I needed to say, and I think it works splendidly.

But ask me again tomorrow, I’ll probably choose something else, as THE DUNFIELD TERROR is also one where I think I nailed it. And FUNGOID…

Getting away from favorite to ‘most fun’, I always come back to my Scottish PI Derek Adams. The Midnight Eye is really just me in another reality, mooching my way around the streets of Glasgow, drinking beer, smoking cigarettes and fighting the dark side. That’s my happy place.

 

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July Newsletter

I’ve got several things of note to report this month

  • During Late July/ August I’m guest authoring on a GOODREADS group, HORROR AFICIONADOS, where they’re doing a guest read of FUNGOID. I’d love to see some of you over there
  • I’ve sold another flash fiction story A LIFE IN THE DAY OF… to NATURE. That’s 6 in 7 years to them, and it makes this former scientist all warm and fuzzy happy knowing that there’s a huge print run and that it sits in libraries, labs, offices and newsagents all over the world.
  • My Victorian supernatural collection, THE GHOST CLUB is due later this year from Crystal Lake Publishing, and it’s out with some writers for possible back cover blurbs at the moment. Can’t reveal anything yet, but some of my favorite authors are saying nice things. Which is lovely.
  • My James Bond meets the Cthulhu Mythos novella, INTO THE GREEN in BOND BEYOND from April Moon Books should be along this month. I’m sharing space with a novella by Ed Erdelac, and it will be published in Canada, where early Bond novels are out of copyright, meaning BOND is in the public domain and can be used in stories if you don’t mention things from later books or the movies. So my Bond is a chain smoking, hard drinking, bit of a bastard. They way I like him.

I’ve also got several things out on submission that I’ve got everything crossed for. I’ll keep you posted.

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A Sigils and Totems Mythos – the story so far

I’m just about to embark on a connected set of stories that will add to my growing pieces of work that encompass the Sigils and Totems idea. A Meikle Mythos if you like.

It’s a simple enough concept.

There are houses like this all over the world. Most people only know of them from whispered stories over campfires; tall tales told to scare the unwary. But some, those who suffer… some know better. They are drawn to the places where what ails them can be eased.

If you have the will, the fortitude, you can peer into another life, where the dead are not gone, where you can see that they thrive and go on, in the dreams that stuff is made of.

There it is in a nutshell. There are houses where people can go to get in touch with their dead loved ones.

But this gives me lots of things to play with. To even get inside a room, you need a sigil; a tattoo or carving on your skin, and a totem, a memento of your loved one. Then there’s the fact that your loved one might be a parallel universe version rather than the one you actually know.

And where do these houses come from? What’s behind the walls? How do they work? Why do they work? And who chooses the concierges who run them? Or fixes them when they don’t work?

So I’ve got all that to play with, plus the fact that the houses can exist anywhere, at any time. They’re like lots of boxy, multi-faceted Tardis, spread across space time, places and situations into which I can hook in characters and stories.

I think I’ve stumbled into something that could keep me busy for a few years more to come.

The first two novellas that used the concept, BROKEN SIGIL and PENTACLE were both well received. There’s two novels coming from DarkFuse that expand the idea further, SONGS OF DREAMING GODS, where a house is lying empty in the town center of St. Johns, Newfoundland after a brutal ritual murder, and THE BOATHOUSE, where the rooms are on an old whaling boat in a derelict shed and seem connected to an old chess set, and the arrival of a hurricane.

NOVELS

  • Songs of Dreaming Gods (coming soon from DarkFuse)
  • The Boathouse (coming soon from DarkFuse)

NOVELLAS

  • Broken Sigil (DarkFuse)
  • Pentacle (DarkFuse)
  • The Job (DarkFuse Magazine)
  • The Midnight Eye: Farside (Coming soon from Occult Detective Quarterly Presents…)

SHORT STORIES

  • Renewal ( The Black Room Manuscripts Volume 2 / The Sinister Horror Company )
  • Stars and Sigils ( Halfway to Anywhere / Sinister Grin Press)
  • Carnacki: The Edinburgh Townhouse – coming soon in a new collection from Lovecraft ezine
  • The House of the Dead – coming soon in THE GHOST CLUB collection from Crystal Lake Publishing
  • Outposts – coming soon in Further tales of Cthulhu Invictus / Golden Goblin Press
  • The Yellow Room – TBA
  • Refugee – TBA

 

I’ve also got an idea for a big honking fantasy trilogy using the concept, but that’ll have to wait until I’ve got time to do it justice.

 

Wish me luck, I’m about to knock on the door again.

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