Tuesday, 18 December 2012

SFX Review The Houses In Between

SFX Magazine has just reviewed my The Confessions of Dorian Gray episode, The Houses In Between, and I am both gobsmacked and overwhelmed by how utterly fantastic it is.
Reviewer Alasdair Stuart says of my audio play:
"The Houses In Between is a short, clever, wonderfully nasty piece of London gothic, which continues the strong course this series has already set. Packed with chilling imagery and a great central premise, it’s one of the best stories Big Finish has put out in 2012. Trust me, you’ll never look at musical hall theatre the same way again."
You can read the full review on the SFX website HERE.

Monday, 17 December 2012

New Book Day (Part 2)

Look what arrived over the weekend - a box full of Resurrection Engines, the first in a range of anthologies I am editing for UK publisher Snowbooks.

And like all of Snowbooks' publications, it looks absolutely fantastic!

The book was published on December 1st and is available to buy in paperback from all good high street bookshops or online at places such as Amazon and Waterstones.

Work is already well underway for Anthology II which this time will be Horror and contain brand new stories from some very exciting names.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Another Archangel Review

Another lovely review for my Blake's 7 novel Archangel has appeared online over on the Suite 101 review site.

This time reviewer Steve Rogerson says that the "novel is a pleasant mix of horror, adventure and humour that retains the essence of the original TV show. The characterisation is good; he has Vila down to a tee." He rounds it off by saying that the book is "a very enjoyable addition to the Blake’s 7 canon."

You can read the review in full HERE.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Big Finish Audio Play - Blake's 7: Epitaph

Spent a very frustrating day yesterday unable to get online due to my broadband connection being down all day long (apparently it was a nationwide problem, or so the recorded message on the Virgin Media helpdesk told me), but this was more than made up for by the exciting news that greeted me this morning.

Big Finish announced on their news page yesterday the line-up for the Volume 4 box set of their Blake's 7: Liberator Chronicles, and I'm delighted to say that it will include my audio play Epitaph.

My story stars the fabulous Sally Knyvette and will concern itself with Jenna's troubled past and, more importantly, her family. The story also features the brilliant Michael Keating as Vila who, along with Jenna, inadvertantly get's embroiled in unfinished business when answering a spaceship distress call.

As you can imagine, the script was an absolute joy to write (especially as both Jenna and Vila are two of my favourite characters) and I'm very proud that my story will be the first Liberator Chronicle to feature Jenna Stannis! Personally I can't wait for next May when it'll be released on CD in a fab looking box set with two other stories.

Here's the details:

"Sally Knyvette, who plays former smuggler Jenna Stannis, and Stephen Greif, who plays Blake’s mortal enemy Travis, are joining the cast of Blake’s 7: The Liberator Chronicles for the fourth volume, out in May 2013.

Blake's 7 was created by Terry Nation (who also created the Daleks for Doctor Who) and ran for four years on BBC TV. It focused on a team of resistance fighters aboard their advanced ship the Liberator, who battle the corrupt forces of the Federation. The Liberator Chronicles is a series of enhanced audiobooks that is being released in a licence deal with B7 Media.

The Volume 4 box set opens with Promises by Nigel Fairs, in which telepath Cally (Jan Chappell) forces Blake’s enemy Travis (Stephen Greif) to confront a secret from his past – a secret that involves them both…

Epitaph is written by Scott Harrison, and stars Sally Knyvette as Jenna and Michael Keating as Vila. When Jenna and Vila answer a distress signal, they begin a journey that will lead to the surviving members of Jenna’s family.

Finally, in Kerr by Nick Wallace, Servalan hopes to gain an insight into the crew of the Liberator by creating a clone of Kerr Avon. But can the clone be trusted? Jacqueline Pearce stars as Servalan, and Paul Darrow as Avon.

Volume 4 of The Liberator Chronicles will be released in May 2013. Volumes 1 and 2 are one sale now, with Volume 3 available in February 2013.

A range of new Blake’s 7 novels is also available: The Forgotten by Mark Wright and Cavan Scott, and Archangel by Scott Harrison are on sale now."

You can read the news page HERE, and you can pre-order Volume 4 either on CD or as an mp3 download HERE.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Archangel Reviewed!

This first review for my Blake's 7 novel Archangel has appeared online today, on the Sf and fantasy review site SciFi Bulletin.

It's an absolutely lovely review, giving my book a cracking 7/10 star rating! Reviewer Paul Simpson says of the book:

"There’s also a horror element added in: it’s safe to say that this story pushes the envelope of what would have been transmitted at 7.20 p.m. Harrison builds the atmosphere around the recipients of Project Archangel so that the final act is very powerful."

You can read the full spoiler-free review HERE.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

The Next Big Thing Guest - Gary Russell

Last week I took part in the Next Big Thing blog-a-thon (see previous entry) and one of the five brilliant writers I tagged at the end was a certain Mr Gary Russell. His work includes author of over a dozen Doctor Who and Torchwood novels, comic strip writer, script editor on Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures and the new audio series The Confessions of Dorian Gray, as well as acting in such fab 70s and 80s film/television as The Famous Five, The Phoenix in the Carpet, Dark Towers and Octopussy!

As Gary doesn't have his own blog I have invited him to run riot on mine for today! Some might say that was a silly thing to do...you decide!
What is the working title of your next book?

At the mo it's called Bernice Summerfield and the Splinter of the Mince Pies - but I suspect that'll change, because crap Star Wars jokes are so passé these days (and Disney might sue) :-) But I'm doing my first ever proper Benny novel (my one and only Virgin Benny NA was about Jason - Benny was in about three pages of it!) This features Benny and the lovely Jack. At the same time, I'm also starting work on a non-genre novel that's been in my head for years. That has no title as yet.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The Benny book is just a fun romp really - so no one thing sparked it off, I just wanted to write something with spaceships, rayguns and giant chefs. The non-genre one is inspired by memory, the loss of it and identity. Themes I'm very interested in. How do we survive through amnesia?

What genre does your book fall under?

It's just a contemporary thriller. At the moment. God help me if I get bored and put spaceships and rayguns in that, too.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Ha! My Benny will be "cast" as I go along, other than seeing Lisa Bowerman and David Ames in my head obviously. My memory book will star whoever I most fancy on telly at the time :-)

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

1) Bernice Summerfield realises she should never enter a pie-eating contest, no matter how high the prize "or cash-amount" is.

2) Memory is a funny thing. Until you lose it. Then it's not funny at all.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

All go through my agent. The Benny book will be published by Big Finish. The memory book is purely a spec book at the mo.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

I haven't started either. But my books generally take four months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Well, all my Doctor Who books are very "me" so the Benny one will appeal to those who like my stuff and be reviled by the vast majority who don't. The memory book is a whole new departure for me, an attempt to stretch myself out of my comfort zone and see if I can actually write, rather than write within the confines of established shared universes.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Benny - the desire to do one, simple as that. The memory book, it's just been in my head, burning away since 1998. I *have* to do it, get it out of my system.

What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
It's not got any spaceships and rayguns in it.

To continue the blog chain Gary is nominating; Kathy Sullivan, John Richards, Xanna Eve Chown and Zan Christensen.

A huge thank you to Gary for taking the time out to take part in the Next Big Thing blog. I'm looking forward to reading both of those books!

And now...normal service will resume.