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New free ebook – DEAL OR NO DEAL

I have a new freebie available from Gryphonwood Press.

DEAL OR NO DEAL? is a novella, and a free introduction to my MIDNIGHT EYE series.

Three beers and a packet of crisps is a tempting offer for your soul when you don’t really believe you have one. But when it comes time to pay up, suddenly it doesn’t seem like such a sweet deal. You’re going to need help, but who are you going to call?

There’s one man who might help, a man who knows the nature of deals with the dark side, and the ways of the old city.

Derek Adams, the Midnight Eye, is on the case…

The Midnight Eye Files mysteries continue in volume one: The Amulet.

I encourage you to pour yourself a couple of fingers of whisky and visit Meikle’s and Derek’s Glasgow some evening as the shadows grow long. – New Pulp

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New Book Day – RAMSKULL

RAMSKULL is new today.

In this one you’ll find a remote Scottish island, some baffled cops, bloody mayhem, a bar, an ancient Ram’s skull, dank caves, some whisky, another bar, Oban, some mad monks, a lighthouse, and more whisky.

It’s a return home for me after a few years writing Newfoundland based stories, and it’s a back-to-my-roots thing that runs in my head like a Hammer Horror, with blood so red it almost glows, screams so high they tear the top of your head off, and stoic rural workers doing what needs to be done against a terrible peril rearing up out of the past.

Another one I think should be a movie. But then I would, wouldn’t I?

 

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New Book day: INFESTATION from Severed Press

 

New today, a new big bug novel from me at Severed Press. It’s pulp, pure and simple. Sweary Scottish squaddies and big bug mayhem in the waters off Baffin Island. It’s not subtle. But it’s not meant to be


It was supposed to be a simple mission. A suspected Russian spy boat is in trouble in Canadian waters.

Investigate and report are the orders.

But when Captain John Banks and his squad arrive, it is to find an empty vessel, and a scene of bloody mayhem.

Soon they are in a fight for their lives, for there are things in the icy seas off Baffin Island, scuttling, hungry things with a taste for human flesh.

They are swarming.

And they are growing.

INFESTATION is a tribute to several things – 50s B movies, Alistair MacLean books and movies, Aliens, and Dog Soldiers are all rattling around in there.

But mostly it’s for the love of big beasties. Mostly.

 

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.


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 in the US. It’s also now on offer for US 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.

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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.

 

NEW BOOK DAY: CARNACKI: THE EDINBURGH TOWNHOUSE

My third collection of Carnacki stories based on William Hope Hodgson’s character is out now from Lovecraft Ezine in paperback and ebook

CARNACKI operates in shadowy occult realms, on the fringes of science, in places out of sight and out of mind of normal everyday people. But sometimes the darkness touches the lives of others in ways they cannot understand, and they find they need help – the kind of help that only Carnacki can provide.

In MR. CHURCHILL’S SURPRISE and INTO THE LIGHT Carnacki is called on to help a young Winston Churchill investigate a strangely empty German U-Boat captured in the North Sea, and in dispelling something that is lingering in a London inn that was home to a club of gentlemen seeking illicit pleasures and a path to power.

In FINS IN THE FOG and THE KING’S TREASURE, Carnacki again aids another Hodgson character, Captain Gault, in ridding him of a nemesis brought up from the deeps of the ocean intent on revenge, and in the salvage of a cursed treasure off the coast of Scotland.

In other tales you will meet an Egyptian amulet and the thing that protects it, a photographer whose pictures contain strange developments, a very strange occurrence on a cricket field, an old Edinburgh townhouse that is much more than it seems, and much more.

In these new stories Carnacki helps old friends and new acquaintances in the never ending battle to keep the Great Beyond at bay.

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The Watchers trilogy is back

watchersomnibuskindleMy Scottish historic vampire fantasy is back!

These new editions come from Gryphonwood Press, with shiny new covers by the great Wayne Miller

In my Watchers series I am dealing with a retelling of the Bonnie Prince Charlie story, where romantic myths have already subsumed the harsh reality of a coup gone badly wrong. I needed to strip all the romance out of the Highlanders and build them up from the bottom. Making them a shambling army of vamps and mindless drones seemed an obvious place to start. The Watchers series is a swashbuckler, but there is little lace and finery. What I do have is blood and thunder, death and glory in big scale battles and small scale heartbreak. I love it..


It is 1745, and the long awaited night has come.

The BloodKing calls his army to battle and will bring them South to claim his birthright; the throne of Britain.

Only the young Watchers on the old wall stand in his way.

It is time for them to face their destinies – to whatever end that might lead them.

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The Watchers have failed…but they may yet have a chance at redemption. Can Martin be a leader to his people in their time of need?

And can Sean fulfill his oath without losing his soul?

Neither have much time to consider, for the Boy King is on the rampage…and his heir is waiting to be born in the Blood Chapel of Ross-Lynn.

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A great victory has been won, but the war is far from over.

The Boy-King now needs his bride…and his heir.

The dead are rising. A new darkness is fast approaching. Victory is close…but will the hands of Martin and Sean be too bloodied for them to grasp it?

The conclusion of the critically-acclaimed Watchers series!

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Bonnie Prince Charlie, and all his highland army, are Vampires and are heading south to claim the British throne. The “Watchers” of the title are the guards of the old Roman wall built by Hadrian, now reinforced to keep the vamps out. It is constantly patrolled by officers of the Watch, two of whom become the main protagonists of the series.

I got the idea on a walk along what is left of the wall, and by the time I’d had finished my walk and had a few beers the first part of the trilogy was fully formed in my head. Think “ZULU” or “Last of the Mohicans” with vamps and you’ll get a feel of what I was trying to do.

…superb story. Thoroughly enjoyable from the first word to the last. William Meikle has a wonderfully unique style…” – The Eternal Night Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

“Breathtaking, Scary and Original. A must read. An impressive blend of horror, history and imagination.” – Dave Dreher, Horror News Network

“I was captivated from the very first scene…Very well written.” – Patricia Altner, author of Vampire Readings

“I’m always impressed when anyone can add a new twist to the venerable vampire canon. Hugely enjoyable fun to read.” – Joe Gordon, The Alien Online

“…descriptions so vivid you can almost hear the clash of the swords and smell the blood.” – Murder and Mayhem Bookclub

“William Meikle does it again! The past comes alive, especially the undead! …the perfect follow-up to his fine debut novel.” – Nancy Kilpatrick, author of The Power of the Blood series, editor of Graven Images

“…a confident and breathless romp through an alternative Jacobean history. Aims for entertainment, and hits the mark.” – Simon Morden, Vector, the magazine of the British SF Association

“The author is relentless; just when you catch your breath, something new and exciting happens, sending you spinning into another part of the adventure, and keeping you flipping pages to see what’s next.” – David Wilbanks, Horrorworld

“Anyone who’s fond of a good story and a good piece of writing will enjoy Meikle’s clever conceits, interesting and earthy characters, and well turned prose.” – Dread Central

“Meikle has taken on a much abused genre and re-invented it to present us with a refreshingly different and sinister tale.” – Counterculture

“The book is very well-written. The language is rich, and… I found myself carrying the book everywhere, and taking slightly longer over lunch than I should have, as I just had to know what was happening!” – The Dracula Society

BERSERKER now in paperback and ebook

berserkerMy Vikings versus Yeti novel, BERSERKER is now available in paperback for the first time and there’s also a shiny new ebook edition, both with the new cover by Wayne Miller.

For Tor and Skald this is their first viking raid. Their minds are full of thoughts of honor and glory. What awaits them are beasts. Huge, hairy and fanged, the Alma will not suffer intruders in their domain. When the Vikings slaughter a female Alma they soon find themselves in a battle of  bloody revenge. Now Tor and Skald must stand and be counted, for their destinies await them high in the mountains, where the hairy ones dance.

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The narrative crashes over you like a tidal wave, punches you like a mailed fist and carries you along with joyful, gory abandon. This book is meant to be consumed with gusto.-INNSMOUTH FREE PRESS

…maintains a delicate balance between character development, plot and brutal action. BERSERKER is an intelligent, fast-paced pulp fantasy novel! William Meikle writes to turns conventions on their heads. – PAGE HORRIFIC

Once again Willie Meikle has crafted a first class adventure story, the narrative rushes along like a Viking Longboat caught in a strong tail wind. That’s not to say that Willie skimps on characterisation and plot. The story is peppered throughout with Viking mythology which adds to the reading enjoyment. Not that there was any doubt that this was going to be a great read, I mean Vikings verses Yeti, you know that’s going to be a killer book. – GINGER NUTS OF HORROR

This new edition comes from GRYPHONWOOD PRESS and is the first of several reissues in the near future.

Big beasties fascinate me.

Some of that fascination stems from early film viewing. I remember being taken to the cinema to see The Blob. I couldn’t have been more than seven or eight, and it scared the crap out of me. The original incarnation of Kong has been with me since around the same time.

Similarly, I remember the BBC showing re-runs of classic creature features late on Friday nights, and THEM! in particular left a mark on my psyche.

I’ve also got a Biological Sciences degree, and even while watching said movies, I’m usually trying to figure out how the creature would actually work in nature – what would it eat? How would it procreate? What effect would it have on the environment around it?

On top of that, I have an interest in cryptozoology, of creatures that live just out of sight of humankind, and of the myriad possibilities that nature, and man’s dabbling with it, can throw up.

Back at the movies again, another early influence was the Kirk Douglas / Tony Curtis movie THE VIKINGS. There’s that, and when I was very young I would be taken ten miles over the hill to the shore at Largs on the Ayrshire coast. There’s a memorial there to The Battle of Largs where Scots fought off Vikings. The story was told to me so often it sunk into my soul, and as kids we spent many a day in pretend swordfights as Vikings (when it wasn’t Zorro – but that’s another story

All those things were going round in my head when I first sat down to write BERSERKER. And there might be some of THE THIRTEENTH WARRIOR in there too.

A new home for some old favorites

I’ve been juggling with rights issues for some time concerning some of my books, but I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve found a new home at Gryphonwood Press for them.

Gryphonwood Press already have a few of my other books, and did a great job with the new paperback of ISLAND LIFE, so I’m really looking forward to these new editions.

There’s going to be paperbacks, audiobooks and ebooks where applicable,  new cover art by Wayne Miller for the WATCHERS series and as you can see from above, a lovely shiny cover, also by Wayne Miller, for my Vikings vs Yeti novel, BERSERKER which will finally see light of day in print after several false starts in recent years.

 

The books concerned are:

  • BERSERKER
  • THE MIDNIGHT EYE: THE AMULET
  • THE MIDNIGHT EYE: THE SIRENS
  • THE MIDNIGHT EYE: THE SKIN GAME
  • WATCHERS: THE COMING OF THE KING
  • WATCHERS: THE BATTLE FOR THE THRONE
  • WATCHERS: CULLODEN
  • THE CONCORDANCES OF THE RED SERPENT

Exciting times ahead.

Onward and upward.

To infinity and beyond.

 

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