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October Newsletter

New book release today and general writing news in the newsletter this month.

My latest book, THE GREEN AND THE BLACK launches today. Before I go on, I’d like to ask a favor. If you could spare a moment, head on over to my Twitter and retweet the pinned tweet at the top, please? The link will take you directly there –> HERE IT IS

The more eyes on my announcement of the book, the better it will be for me, and Twitter gets me the best bang for no bucks. And you’ll make a pal for life. I’m loyal, like a labrador puppy.

THE GREEN AND THE BLACK is a Newfoundland based novel in paperback and ebook from Crossroad Press.

A small group of industrial archaeologists head into the center of Newfoundland, investigating a rumor of a lost prospecting team of Irish miners in the late Nineteenth century.

In this one you’ll meet some Irishmen, some archaeologists, a fair bit of booze, some mannequins, a song, two mineshafts, hospitals, the wee folk, cigarettes, a lot of foliage and more booze.

You could call this folk horror, dark fiction, weird fiction, or dark fantasy. But at its heart it’s a horror story and it deals with some of my own fears, particularly that of dark, enclosed, spaces, and the perils of drinking too much.

Here’s some links with more background on where THE GREEN AND THE BLACK came from.

As ever, if you buy it and read it, a wee review anywhere of your choosing is always appreciated, on this, or any of my books.


In other news, I recently sold my 4th CARNACKI collection, THE KEYS TO THE DOOR and Other Stories, to Dark Regions Press for publication in paperback and ebook. This means that I have now written 50 of my CARNACKI tales, 48 collected in four volumes, and the two CHALLENGER / CARNACKI crossovers in the Challenger collection. 50 seems like a good point to stop for a breath. Ten years ago I hadn’t even written one of the old lad’s stories, and I think both of us need a rest for a few months at least.

I’m currently working on OPERATION: LOCH NESS, #5 in my S-Squad series. The first 4 are selling well for me, and there is an audiobook of INFESTATION coming soon. SEVERED PRESS seem happy for me to keep on keeping on with the Scottish squaddies adventures, and I’m happy to oblige for a while.

My anthology appearances page at my website currently as of writing shows I’ve had 99 short stories in anthologies. #100 should be along some time very soon. I might need to have a centennial party.


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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/

An Unbirthday Present

AN UNBIRTHDAY EXCLUSIVE FOR SUBSCRIBERS

It’s my 60th Birthday in January and I’ve decided to give an unbirthday exclusive to my 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

2017 – My Writing Year

It’s been quite a year.

It started with DarkFuse publishing my novel FUNGOID to great reviews, only for the publisher to fold just as sales were starting to take off, leaving the book, and all my other DarkFuse titles in limbo. I’ve since managed to place all the works at Crossroad Press who are doing a sterling job of getting old and new books into ebook, print and audiobook. They’ve already brought out the new novel SONGS OF DREAMING GODS and the reprint of THE HOLE, as well as the three Sigils and Totems novellas. Next up from them is RAMSKULL, a Scottish Hammer horror tribute with Satanism and bloody mayhem on a small Scottish island, so look out for that.

DarkFuse weren’t the only publisher to disappear. Dark Renaissance finally ended their on-again, off-again dance, leaving me with another couple of books to home. My Sherlock Holmes novel, THE DREAMING MAN, found a home and was published in the spring by the ever reliable Gryphonwood Press, and my third Carnacki collection, THE EDINBURGH TOWNHOUSE was published in the Fall by The Lovecraft Ezine imprint to some very satisfying reviews.

On the personal front, my wife fell very ill, and a lot of the late Spring and early Summer for me was spent in worry that has thankfully abated a bit with her recovery. It left me with some catching up to do on the writing front that I’ve just about managed to handle.

I’ve been involved in the ROWAN CASEY / VEIL KNIGHTS series cooperative venture with some great fantasy writers, and that’s been fun, playing out of my usual comfort zones.

And towards the end of the year I’ve seen the publication of my big-bug creature feature INFESTATION at Severed Press, and, most recently, and the current focus of much of my activity, my Victorian supernatural short story collection, THE GHOST CLUB from Crystal Lake Publishing. It’s picking up great reviews. Which is nice.

2017 also saw me making some inroads into the German language market, with THE AMULET and SHERLOCK HOLMES: REVENANT being published by Blitz Verlag in ebook and very nice mass-market format paperbacks. I have THE INVASION coming from them soon, and have also sold a handful of novels to Voodoo Press for publication in German, so watch this space.

With all of that, my short stories in anthologies and magazines have taken a bit of a back seat this year, but I’ve had some great appearances, including one alongside the likes of Joyce Carol Oates and Joe Lansdale among others, and I’ve repeated my success with sales to Night Land Quarterly in Japan, had my sixth sale to NATURE FUTURES, and some nice appearances in Dark Regions Press anthologies. I also took great delight in providing a James Bond novella to April Moon Books’ BOND UNKNOWN. (Contrary to S. T. Joshi’s well publicised belief, I am not actually trying to make a career out of Carnacki pastiches.)

I hope to get more time next year to hit some short story markets, but it’s already looking to be a busy one.

Coming up I have…

  • The Boathouse (novel) / Crossroad Press
  • Ramskull (novel) / Crossroad Press
  • The Green and The Black (novel) / Crossroad Press
  • Operation: Antarctica (novel) / Severed Press
  • Fungoid (novel) / New Edition coming soon from Crossroad Press
  • The Dunfield Terror (novel) / New Edition coming soon from Crossroad Press
  • The Exiled (novel) / New Edition coming soon from Crossroad Press
  • Night of the Wendigo (novel) / New Edition coming soon from Crossroad Press
  • Tormentor (novella) / New Edition coming soon from Crossroad Press
  • Clockwork Dolls (novella) / New Edition coming soon from Crossroad Press

There’s also the novella, BLACKTOP coming in Dark Regions Press’ huge I AM THE ABYSS anthology that I’m really looking forward to, and work in another handful of anthologies waiting to be published, including a story in Jeffrey Thomas’ PUNKTOWN setting that I think is close to the best thing I’ve ever written.

As for the writing schedule, I’ve got another novel, OPERATION: SIBERIA to write for Severed Press, I’ve got book 3 of a fantasy trilogy I’m working on with Steve Savile to complete, and I’ve had a tickle of interest from a publisher interested in a set of Victorian ghost stories.

I’ve got my 60th birthday in January. I always thought I’d be dead or at least stopped writing by now, but it seems I still have stories to tell.

Busy, busy, busy.

Onward.

The Ghost Club Launch Tour – Stop 7

GHOST CLUB LAUNCH TOUR STOP 7

The Weird Tales Radio show is now available to download as a @PodBean #podcast top stories include an interview with me about THE GHOST CLUB stories

https://paranormalukradio.podbean.com/e/urban-fantasist-120717/

The Ghost Club Launches

My new book, THE GHOST CLUB is now live on Amazon and available in both ebook and paperback, and I’m hoping at least some of you will be interested enough to give it a try. It would help me out enormously if you could tell your friends today, and spread the news. Hell, tell your enemies.

GET IT HERE

I’m right in the middle of a twenty-stop blog, podcast and interview tour in support of the launch so come on over and say hi if you want to know what makes me tick. If you’ve missed the earlier stops along the way, I’ve got them all linked on the front page of my website at Williammeikle.com

‘The Ghost Club is a massively ambitious anthology of stories ‘by’ classic authors as imagined by the extremely talented William Meikle. Massively entertaining, too.’ – Simon Clark, author of the award winning The Night of the Triffids

‘In the past, we’ve had the Diogenes Club, the ‘Club of the Damned’, and even Peter Straub’s ‘Chowder Society.’ Now we have THE GHOST CLUB by William Meikle. And it is, quite simply, a delight. Not only has the author displayed his knowledge of and love for the writers of yesteryear, but in creating ‘The Ghost Club’ our host has produced his own collection of unknown and previously unpublished short stories ‘by’ Robert Louis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, Leo Tolstoy, Bram Stoker, Mark Twain, H. G.Wells, Margaret Oliphant, Oscar Wilde, H. Rider Haggard, Helena P Blavatsky, Henry James, Anton Chekhov, Jules Verne and Arthur Conan Doyle. I say ‘unknown’, when I mean – of course – that all the stories are written by Mr Meikle in the style of the aforementioned authors; and the entire experience of reading this collection is like sitting with him in an old fashioned study, with a roaring fire, guttering shadows and a snifter or two of brandy as he unfolds his ‘Ghost Club’ tales. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.’ – Stephen Laws, author of GHOST TRAIN

‘William Meikle is an audacious writer! In The Ghost Club he takes on the personalities of literary icons Bram Stoker, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne and the like and creates stories they might have told, mimicking their voices and writing styles. And he makes that work! I have too many favorites to name but as I read from start to finish, the stories just got better and better and I found myself as absorbed as if I were reading spooky tales told by these master storytellers. Kudos to Meikle! Lovers of traditional and quirky ghost stories need The Ghost Club in their library!’ – Nancy Kilpatrick. author of REVENGE OF THE VAMPYR KING

‘Masters of literature spin classic spooky tales in this chilling collection.’ – Scott Nicholson, author of THE RED CHURCH

In Victorian London, a select group of writers, led by Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker and Henry James held an informal dining club, the price of entry to which was the telling of a story by each invited guest.

These are their stories, containing tales of revenant loved ones, lost cities, weird science, spectral appearances and mysteries in the fog of the old city, all told by some of the foremost writers of the day. In here you’ll find Verne and Wells, Tolstoy and Checkov, Stevenson and Oliphant, Kipling, Twain, Haggard, Wilde and Blavatsky alongside their hosts.

Come, join us for dinner and a story.

About SONGS OF DREAMING GODS

 

A new novel, coming in 2017 from DarkFuse.

SONGS OF DREAMING GODS is the story of a house.

In this one you’ll find creepy china dolls, a haunted lavatory, some hippies, some large, nasty ratty things, a chess board, a reaper, some cops, the great beyond, the other great beyond, and a lot of singing.

This is another in the growing number of stories of mine in a Sigils and Totems mythos that’s been developing through BROKEN SIGIL, PENTACLE, parts of TORMENTOR and several recent short stories. It’s both a culmination of my thinking on how the strange houses work, and an opening gambit for a whole slew of other works to come.

I’ve mentioned elsewhere recently about playing in other writers’ sandboxes – well, this is me, building a sandbox of my own, and I’m going to be happily building play scenarios in it for a while to come.

This is the story of a house.

It sits on a corner block on a hill in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in one of the oldest cities in North America, a non descript, three storey wooden cube, going slowly to seed.

When local cops, John Green, Janis Lodge and Todd Wiggins are sent to investigate a multiple murder on the top floor of the property, they start opening doors and uncovering secrets. But like peeling the layers off an onion, each door opened only leads them deeper into the mystery.

There are houses like this all over the world, and those who suffer are drawn to them, as John, Janis and Todd have been drawn.

They have found their way in.

Can they find their way out again? And at what cost?

A Question of Perseverance

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Fifteen years ago about now, I had been writing for nine, going on ten years, had one pro story credit to my name, a lot of for-the-love small press credits, and had been trying to sell a couple of novels without any success at all.

Then I had an online conversation with Joe Nassise that led me to send a book to a US company called Barclay Books. They had a few people on their list – Joe himself, and Simon Wood that I’d heard of, and I was delighted when they decided to publish ISLAND LIFE. The book came out, it was well reviewed in Asimov’s and Cemetery Dance among other places… then things started to fall apart.

The saga of what happened next taught me a lot of lessons that have stood me in good stead ever since – dodgy contracts, publisher promises that were never kept, stockpiled books and no royalties- it was a litany of bad decisions all round and although I had a contract for another three books with them, it all went tits up very quickly – the dream was quashed almost as soon as it was born.

But it had one effect for the good – it made me believe. And it started an engine running that has been going ever since.

In the intervening fifteen years I’ve written 24 novels ( 21 currently in print), a number of novellas and a large number of short stories, now well over three hundred of them. The number of pro stories sales has swelled too, and I’m not too far short of my century on that front.

The reason I’m looking back at it today is because I looked at the new edition of Island Life from Gryphonwood Press and wondered what might have been, had Barclay Books been able to put out such a great product back then.

But if wishes were horses we would all be eating steak.

Still, the last five or six years in particular have been pretty spectacular for me, so here’s to many more good times ahead.

Onward and Upward.

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!

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