dark (reading) matter
Following last week’s readings on BHCR, my novel Leland Poet is available today on Kindle (here).
Magic, mystery and murder haunt a strange, brutal city…
Some things are too
grotesque, even for a world of supernatural nightmare. The eccentric,
untrustworthy Leland Poet investigates: who is the killer, and what awakening
evil is behind this reign of terror?
When he becomes entangled with a woman
at the heart of the horror… then becomes a suspect… Leland is forced to flee not
only the city – but his own dimension…
Social breakdown follows: martial law,
savagery, an epidemic of violence and bizarre disease.
Leland must find a way
back to his reality, through eerie netherworlds, to confront fears
half-forgotten – but far from dead.
…So goes the blurb. A little background here for the curious; basically it’s a vanity project, but I hope not an uninteresting one.
20 tales of terror, the supernatural and the super-real: a richly-varied journey from the horrors of the human mind to the depths of space.
You’ll meet people in these pages whose fearful struggles will grab you hard, and some you’ll wish you’d never met at all… But either way, you won’t forget them.
Evil beings, experiments gone hideously wrong, psychopaths, erotic maniacs in league with the outer gods, sinister corporations and ghosts from the future. If you get nightmares, just remember: it’s THE GIFT OF FEAR.
A lucky 13 days from Xmas, too.
There’s this thing I wrote:
Both are due to be published on Kindle in Winter 2012 – Spring 2013.
The short story compilation comprises previously-published tales and several new. The novel Leland Poet was issued in paperback in 2009, in an edition so badly-produced I asked Amazon to withdraw it from sale. Details are hazy, but it was an Arts Council funded publisher that went bust (or whatever) and passed their roster to a vanity press – who plopped out the manuscript with some crappy off-the-peg cover art and zero copy-editing for my numerous typos. I just washed my hands of it in disgust and went out of my way not to publicize it, for instance never mentioning it on here before. But having decided to DIY the short stories, I thought What the hell. Besides, this gave me a chance to substantially edit it.
Again, think of music and the new Just Get On With It ethic: this is all too familiar. But if that sounds gloomy, it needn’t – it’s quite a buzz revisiting this stuff and getting ready to hurl it back out onto the internet. More news soon.
[EDIT: As of 12th Dec 2012, The Gift of Fear is now available on Kindle for a princely sum: less than a 2nd-hand pulp paperback – the kind of thing it’s in the tradition of.]
[EDIT #2: Leland Poet is also now available – June ’13, a little later than planned, to coincide with the BHCR readings]
There was just one more thing…
A new short-short story of mine called Bitten by The Birds of Paradise appears in the Winter issue of horror e-zine Estronomicon. A pdf can be found on the website of publisher Screaming Dreams.
It’s Xmas-y, inspired by a phobia/hatred of a certain type of vegetation, and carries no message or redeeming value whatsoever. Check it.
Happy 2012: back soon.