Archive for the ‘Vampires’ Category

Blood Fugue

December 30, 2012 - 10:12 pm No Comments

Blood Fugue
Author: Joseph D’Lacey
Publisher: Proxima Books
Page count: 272pp
Release Date: 16th Nov 2012
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin
Journalist Jim Kerrigan lives on his own in a cabin in the woods . . . so you know there’s going to be trouble! The locals have a problem with him because he chose, some years previous, to leave Hobson’s Valley then had returned as a hermit.
A virus, the Fugue of the title, is attacking the town’s folk making them crave bodily fluids. At the same time, the Jiminez family, on a visit from Spain, seek directions from Jim to find the remains of their ancestor to pay their respects. All of these plot points interweave and come together as the novel progresses.
The tension in this alternate vampire mythology/body horror starts immediately. D’Lacey excels at building scenery and atmosphere as the Jiminez family work their way through the woods as the creature stalks them. The creatures, these alternate vampires who feed on the body juices of their victims, attack with snakelike trifurcated tongues protruding from different parts of the body.
Graphic, visceral and with a deep eroticism running through the text and the infected, Blood Fugue is an uncomfortable read in the best way that horror fiction should be. This is a welcome return for D’Lacey to the horror genre and is a great addition to the body horror sub-genre.
The bit with the cookies is priceless!
Great stuff!

The Four Realms

December 16, 2012 - 4:44 pm No Comments

The Four Realms Press Release

I’m pleased to share this press release for a book from Anarchy Books, that I’m really looking forward to. Andy Remic says . . .
We’re absolutely thrilled and jiggling to announce the upcoming and incoming release of THE FOUR REALMS by Adrian Faulkner. This is a stunning debut novel, absolutely jam-packed with vampire genocide, shape-shifting cephalopods, kick-ass elderly protagonists and shotgun wielding centaurs……

Gail Z. Martin, author of THE DREAD, described Faulkner’s debut novel as “An imaginative foray into a dark world of danger and adventure. Hang onto your hat!”…. and here at Anarchy Books we are super-excited at what we believe is the BEST Anarchy Book yet!!

Advance reader copies are now available for review, and Mr Faulkner is available for interviews, comments and general “book pimping”. Contact anarchy-books@hotmail.co.uk for more information.

Release date: 26th December 2012.
Mobi: ISBN: 978-1-908328-52-6
ePUB: ISBN: 978-1-908328-53-3
PDF copies also available for review.
THE FOUR REALMS-

Half-vampire Darwin stumbles across a corpse on the streets of London, and in a pocket discovers a notebook in a mysterious language. Divided between human ethics and vampire bloodlust, Darwin finds himself both condemner and saviour of a race who’ve never considered him one of their own. Now, he must try and lead the survivors to sanctuary in New Salisbury before Mr West completes his genocide of the vampires in his quest to obtain the book…

Maureen Summerglass is eighty-two years old, and a prisoner in her ramshackle home. She is afraid to let people enter in case they discover the oak door in her cellar. Threatened with homelessness and retirement from her job as a gatekeeper between worlds, Maureen breaks protocol when the death of a close friend is covered up… and enters the city of New Salisbury to search for his missing notebook. There, she discovers a world unlike the one of myth and fairy tale she imagined, and instead one of black market economies, brand names and tuk tuks. As she investigates, not only is she in extreme danger, but discovers she may be the first human female able to use magic…
Title: The Four Realms
Author: Adrian Faulkner
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 120,000 words
Published by Anarchy Books
Release Date: 26th December 2012
Cover by Matt “Iron-Cow” Cauley
Mobi: ISBN: 978-1-908328-52-6
ePUB: ISBN: 978-1-908328-53-3

A Hi-Res image of the cover can be downloaded from: http://adrianfaulkner.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/four_realms_anarch2.jpg

Meet Matt Forbeck

October 25, 2012 - 2:25 pm No Comments

Matt Forbeck took time out from his busy writing schedule to talk to me about his career.

TD: Hi Matt, how about a short intro/bio about you?

MF: Hi, My name’s Matt Forbeck, and I’ve been a full-time author and game designer for the past 23 years. I’ve had countless games and twenty (countable) novels published to date, including books based on Dungeons & Dragons, Guild Wars, and Leverage. I also write the Magic: The Gathering comics for IDW. I’ve won bunches of awards for my work, but I don’t much worry about those. I’m always more excited about my next projects than my last ones.

I live in Wisconsin with my wife and our five kids, including a set of quadruplets. Life is an adventure.

TD: So, tell me about Monster Academy

Monster Academy is a trilogy of young adult fantasy novels set in a kingdom in which good has triumphed over the Great Evil but is still dealing with all sorts of little evils. Case in point, the kingdom has all sorts of young monsters running about that haven’t hurt anyone — yet. Since it’s wrong to harm the innocent, the good king sets up a reform school for them, a place charged with habilitating the monsters so that they can become valuable members of society.

If the kids fail, of course, they face banishment or even execution. They start out with the world stacked against them, and it’s up to them to figure out a way to not only survive but thrive in this kingdom that doesn’t want them around. You can find out more about it on the page for the Kickstarter drive I’m running for it right now.

TD: Rumour has it you plan to write a book a month over the next year. Is this true? If so, how will you balance it all?

It’s a bit insane, but I think I have it figured out. I set up a challenge for myself called 12 for ’12, and with that I’m trying to write a dozen short (50,000-word) novels this year. To help fund them, I broke them up into trilogies that I’ve been running on Kickstarter (a creators crowdfunding website), one at a time. So far, three of them have been huge successes.

We have a few days left in the final drive right now. It ends on Sunday, September 16.

As to how I manage it, I outline the books beforehand, which frees me up to write fast. My outlines are loose, but they give me a map to where I want to go. I regularly write about 5,000 words a day, and I can often top that when I have some momentum.

TD: Carpathia tackled the Titanic historical incident with a horror/comedy slant. Any plans to tackle other historic events?

I love history — it’s such a rich source of ideas — so I have little doubt I’ll return to it again. I don’t know if that will be for a sequel to Carpathia or for an all-new tale, but it’ll happen.

TD: A little birdie tells me you started off in role playing games. Can you tell us about this?

I made my living as a tabletop roleplaying game designer for many years. I wrote books for most of the games publishers in the ’90s, and I even co-founded Pinnacle Entertainment Group and served as its president for its first four years. It’s a great deal of fun, but sadly RPGs don’t have a huge audience, which makes feeding a family of seven with them a real challenge.

That said, I still do a little bit of game design every year. I love it too much to ever abandon it, although I make most of my living from novels, comics, and computer game writing these days. The 12 for ’12 challenge has taken up most of my time this year, of course, and I’ve had a wonderful time with those.

The third 12 for ’12 trilogy was called Dangerous Games, and it’s a trio of thrillers set at Gen Con, the largest gaming convention in the USA. This crosses a few of my passions into the story, and I’m looking forward to setting to work on those soon.

Take care,

Matt Forbeck
matt@forbeck.com
www.forbeck.com

Let the Old Dreams Die

October 13, 2012 - 2:34 pm No Comments

Let the Old Dreams Die
Author: John Ajvide Lindqvist
Publisher: Quercus
Page count/size: 400pp
Release Date: 30th August 2012
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

Whatever happened to Oskar and Eli after the events that took place in Let the Right One In? And what became of the beleaguered families in Handling the Undead, Lindqvist’s seminal ‘zombie’ novel with a difference? Find out in Let the Old Dreams Die this new story collection by Lindqvist.
In other tales from this collection, a woman finds a dead body and decides to keep it for herself, a customs officer has a mysterious gift which enables him to see what others hide, and a man believes he knows how to deceive death. These are the stories of Lindqvist’s rich imagination. They are about love and death and what we do when the two collide and the monsters emerge.
These stories, which are surreal, complex, gives the reader insight into the human psyche, where ordinary people experience the extraordinary.
As always Lindqvist’s delivers tightly paced character driven narrative, which engages the reader from the off, particularly in his story `The Final Processing’, which focuses on those families from Handling the Undead, incidentally my favourite book of his.
It is amazing to think that English is Lindqvist’s second language, given his superior knowledge and skill with words.
A stunning collection.

Halloween Comp

October 11, 2012 - 2:14 pm 3 Comments

Dear All

Do I ever have an amazing guveaway for you this Oct? Apart from my regular comp to win Jaine Fenn’s Downside Girls, this month I have TWO, YES TWO copies of Vampire Circus by Mark Morris to throw your way. Not only that, they’re SIGNED!!

So, what do you have to do I ask? Share this amazon link for my book on FB AND drop me an email and tell me what is your favourite monster and why?

The link you need to share is; http://www.amazon.co.uk/Monsters-Anonymous-ebook/dp/B009HWI2ZC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1349964696&sr=1-1

Many Thanks and good luck