Tuesday, 10 January 2012

New Author

Unfortunately, due to a punishing work schedule and being inexplicably ambushed by a glut of New Year deadlines, Tanith Lee has had to pull out of the Resurrection Engines anthology.

Obviously it’s a great disappointment not only to myself and Snowbooks, but also to Tanith herself, who was very excited by the project and was looking forward enormously to writing a story for the anthology.

The good news, however, is that we are very excited and privileged to welcome Steampunk novelist Alan K. Baker aboard instead, who will now be contributing a story to the anthology.

Alan is the author of the Blackwood and Harrington Mystery novels The Martian Ambassador and The Feaster From The Stars.

You will be happy to know that all other writers for the anthology remain unchanged, and are listed below.

Brian Herbert & Bruce Taylor
Philip Palmer
Lavie Tidhar
Adam Roberts
George Mann
Juliet E. McKenna
Alan K. Baker
Alison Littlewood
Simon Bucher-Jones
Scott Harrison
Rachel E. Pollock
Roland Moore
Jim Mortimore
Cavan Scott
Kim Lakin-Smith
Paul Magrs

Resurrection Engines: 16 Tales of Extraordinary Scientific Roomance with be published 1st June in hardback.

Friday, 6 January 2012

The Madness From The Sea - Sneak Peek

Hot on the heals of the recent front cover unveiling for the comic book Into The Woods: A Fairytale Anthology, I can now bring you a sneak peek of my story The Madness From The Sea, thanks to the kind permission of editor Stacey Whittle.

Last autumn artist Lee Grice and I enthusiastically began work on a short horror piece for the anthology, which was enormous fun to do. It took a couple of weeks to write the script then I passed it along to Lee so he could start work on pencilling the piece.

Here we have two panels from the story, one from the first page and one from the fifth and final page. Please note although these are the finished pieces of artwork they have not yet been lettered.

The title panel from Page 1

Into The Woods: A Fairytale Anthology will feature nine five-page short stories from various writers and artists such as Sara Dunkerton, Rich McAuliffe, Matt Gibbs, Alice Duke and Daniel Clifford.

Panel from Page 5 showing...well, you'll have to wait and see what this is all about!

The book will be published in February and launched at the forthcoming Cardiff Comic Expo. To keep updated with more news on the book and the comic world visit Stacey's blog - Whittle Waffle.

Artwork by Lee Grice

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Comic Book Anthology Cover

Over on her blog site, editor Stacey Whittles has finally unveiled the cover for the forthcoming comic book collection Into The Woods: A Fairytale Anthology, and it’s an absolute beauty.

I’m absolutely delighted to have a story in this wonderful book, which will contain 9 very short comic book stories (each only 5 pages long). My story is an odd little horror tale set in a small coastal fishing village in the closing years of Queen Victoria’s reign, called The Madness From The Sea, drawn by the wonderful Lee Grice.

The anthology will be released this February at the Cardiff Comic Expo.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

New Year

2011 has been a good year for me both professionally and personally, and it looks like 2012 will be even better.

Most importantly (and most excitingly) we have finally set a date for our wedding, and preparations are well underway. On October 20th, just 9 months time, my fiancée, Linzi, will become Mrs Harrison.

Professionally, in the past twelve months, I’ve had a handful of short stories published in some very exciting anthologies - some in gorgeous hardback, others in eBook or audiobook form, I’ve been commissioned to write a novel for a new, exciting SF range, as well as an audio play and a number of stories to be written for a diverse range of genre publications.

I have gotten to know and befriend some very talented and generous people, many of which I admire professionally - I have been fortunate enough to work with most of them and it has been an absolute pleasure. As a writer I have learned a great deal about my craft from some very perspicacious editors, who, with their kind words, comments and suggestions, have improved every successive piece I have written and submitted over the past year, making me a better writer now than I have ever been.

Over the past few weeks I have decided upon a number of ‘rules’ I intend to implement in the opening weeks of 2012 – not so much New Year’s Resolutions as Professional Resolutions.

- To work damned hard, harder than I have ever worked before. My days will be taken up with writing, editing, redrafting - constantly and repeatedly.
- To keep my blog updated regularly with news, views and reviews.
- To write at least one piece of flash fiction per month and post it on my new fiction site.
- To be much firmer in my role as editor; namely no longer tolerating any discourtesy, rude or inappropriate correspondence.
- To get out to as many conventions, launches and readings as I possibly can.
- To have as much fun in my job as is humanly possible!

Here’s a brief overview of my writing and editing projects coming in 2012:

Novel – Which will be officially announced in the next couple of weeks!!
Short Story #1‘Shadow Theory’ to be published in an SF anthology.
Short Story #2 ‘Marley’s Ghost’ to be published in a ghost anthology
Short Story #3 – ‘Untitled Steampunk Story’ to be published in Resurrection Engines: 16 Extraordinary Tales of Scientific Romance.
Short Story #4‘Hidden Track’ to be published in Thirteen audio anthology
Short Story #5 ‘Untitled SF Story’ to be published in The End audio anthology
Comic Book Story'The Madness From The Sea' to be published in Into The Woods: A Fairytale Anthology in February
Audio Play – to be released on CD in late 2012 / early 2013
Novel - 'Whitby' co-written with writer/editor Johnny Mains (still in progress)

Modern Masters of Audio – first audiobook released in March / April
Steampunk Anthology – to be published by Snowbooks on 1st June
Modern Masters of Audio – second audiobook to be released later in 2012

A Happy New Year to everyone!!