Monday, 23 December 2013

New Audio Play


So, recently I wrote a short audio play especially for two very exciting actors - Simon Jones and Rosalyn Landor - and here's the first tantalising bit of information.

It's called Sometime Never, a strange little supernatural-ish tale set in the 1980s, and is produced and directed by the multi-talented and awesome Neil Gardner.

Here's the front page of the recording script, signed by both Simon and Rosalyn...






Many of you will know Simon from such TV and film work as The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Monty Python's Meaning of Life, Blackadder, Brazil, Miracle on 34th Street and Brideshead Revisited.

And Rosalyn will be familiar to you from such film and TV work as C.A.T.S Eyes, The Devil Rides Out, The Hammer House of Horror, Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

I've been a big fan of both Simon and Rosalyn for many years, and have watched them in all the above mentioned films and shows - most of them I owned on video, or recorded of the TV, watching them over and over - so, as you can imagine, it was a huge honour to be asked to write a script specifically for two such talented actors.

Sometime Never was recorded on Friday 13th December (but don't worry, it all went well!) and should be released some time in early 2014.

I'll post more information, and hopefully a few behind the scenes pics, in the new year!



























L to R:   Rosalyn Landor,   producer/director Neil Gardner   and   Simon Jones







Friday, 6 December 2013

Twisted Histories - Full Cover



As publication day for Twisted Histories draws ever nearer, I thought I'd wet your whistles with a sneak peek at the full paperback cover.

And it's an absolute beauty!
































This is the second in an ongoing range of anthologies I'm working on for Snowbooks, this time the pages are crammed to bursting with brand new tales of supernatural and horror which reimagine well known ancient myth, legend or biblical icons.

Rather fittingly in this countdown to Christmas, the book contains a dark and disturbing story which retells a particular aspect of the Nativity, namely the Magi: who they were and what their journey really meant to the whole of the human race, all told from the perspective of a boy named Amahl Damji, a bondman to the ancient Trinity. The story is called The Silence Between The Sounds and is written by me!

Here's the full ToC of the anthology, with each of the reimagined story elements in brackets.

01 – Blood Is Blood by Kaaron Warren   (Gog & Magog)

02 – Little Boxes by Gary McMahon    (Pandora's Box)

03 – Collapse by Susan Murray    (The Green Man / John Barelycorn)

04 – Blame The French by Stephen Gallagher    (Odysseus)

05 – A Silence Between The Sounds by Scott Harrison   (The Magi)

06 – Containment by Justin Richards     (Werewolves)

07 – The Tides of Avalon by Jennifer Williams    (King Arthur / Mermaids)

08 – Flaming Sword by Richard Dinnick    (Adam & Eve)

09 – Covenants by Simon Beswick    (The Ark of the Covenant)

10 – The Second Coming by Wayne Simmons    (The Resurrection)

11 – The Lips of Every Sleeper by Alison Littlewood    (Dryads)


Twisted Histories will be released in paperback later this month with an RRP of £7.99, and can be found in all good book shops and online stores. Buy it from Amazon HERE.




Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Doctor Who Dimension 2013 Convention



Just a reminder that I'll be one of the guests at the Dimension 2013 Con being held in Newcastle this coming weekend (25th - 27th October), celebrating 50 Years of Doctor Who. I'll be around the place signing and chatting, so if you see me on your travels do come up and say 'Hi'.

Other guests include Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, William Russell, Toby Hadoke, Anneke Wills, Wendy Padbury, Deborah Watling and a whole heap of others, just as exciting!!

Sadly tickets for the weekend have sold out now, so if you were thinking of coming I'm afraid it's too late. But for all those who are coming, I hope to see you all in a few days time!

Schedules for each day and all other info can be found HERE.



Tuesday, 27 August 2013

New Audio Day

Well, it's been a long time coming, but the portmanteau audio horror anthology Thirteen,
edited by myself and produced and directed by the massively talented Neil Gardner, has finally been released.

Originally scheduled for Saturday 24th, it was actually made available to buy on the SpokenWorld website a few hours earlier, on Friday evening.

You can download the anthology HERE for just £9.99 of your mortal money - that works out at less than 77p per story (that includes a 3-part linking story written by yours truly thrown in absolutely free!!)

Already the reviews for Thirteen are popping up all over the interweb -



"The individual chillers are held together by the traditional 'bridging' story, in this case the classic trope of the old curiosity shop, here selling vinyl records that contain a hidden track, which happen to be these particularly fine scary stories...Overall, this is a great collection of supernatural tales, with a mournful and melancholy tone. They feel very much like old fashioned ghost stories and are genuinely chilling - 9/10" Starburst Magazine


"A collection of spooky audio tales designed to keep you chilled no matter what the weather...
Scott Harrison - who contributes the linking story - has brought together an intriguing mix of writers for this tribute to the old horror anthologies of the 1970s...There are no clunkers in the anthology - 8/10" Sci-Fi Bulletin


You can read the full Starburst review HERE and the full Sci-Fi Bulletin review HERE







I was also asked to write an article on the influences behind this audio anthology...so I did! It's called The Thirteen Sources of Thirteen and in it I briefly sketch out the 13 audiobooks, LPs, TV Programmes and books that probably had the most influence on the creation of Thirteen (including M.R. James's The Mezzotint, Nigel Kneale's Beasts and Sapphire & Steel), and you can read it HERE.











http://www.spokenworldaudio.com/thirteen.html







Friday, 16 August 2013

Thirteen - Cover Reveal / Release Date

Well, Thirteen, the audio horror anthology I’ve been working on with producer Neil Gardner now has an official release date AND a stunning new cover.

Release date for the anthology will be Saturday 24th August 2013.

With a runtime of 3hrs 36mins, the anthology will be available to download as a 320Kbps MP3 for just £9.99.

Also I’m proud to finally reveal the stunning cover artwork by Matt Dillon, who has created something that not only evokes the old LPs of the 1960s & 70s, but also manages to be incredibly exciting and modern.


Front Cover



Back Cover


If sales are encouraging for this first anthology then both Neil and myself are hoping to attract funding from a few interested parties, including Audible. So please download yourself a copy from the 24th August and spread the word, you honestly won’t regret it!

For more information pop over to the SpokenWorld Audio website HERE.



Friday, 2 August 2013

Twisted Histories - Full ToC / Thirteen Audio

It’s Horror Anthology Day on this blog today, as I have news updates on two different, but equally exciting, horror anthologies I’ve been working on recently.

The first is the cover for Twisted Histories, the second in a range of on-going anthologies I’m editing for UK publishers Snowbooks, which has now been signed off and was sent to me last night.

Harking back to those wonderful covers of yesteryear, the design is wonderfully creepy and I couldn’t be more pleased with it.

The anthology will see brand new stories from 11 authors which retell (or reimagine) stories from ancient mythology, folklore, legend and Biblical tropes.

And now, for the first time, I can reveal the full ToC of the book:


01 – Blood Is Blood by Kaaron Warren  [Gog & Magog]

02 – Little Boxes by Gary McMahon  [Pandora’s Box]

03 – Collapse by Susan Murray  [Green Man / John Barleycorn]

04 – Blame The French by Stephen Gallagher  [Odysseus]

05 – A Silence Between The Sounds by Scott Harrison  [The Magi]

06 – Containment by Justin Richards  [Werewolves]

07 – The Tides of Avalon by Jennifer Williams  [King Arthur / Mermaids]

08 – Flaming Sword by Richard Dinnick  [Adam & Eve]

09 – Covenants by Simon Beswick   [Ark of the Covenant]

10 – The Second Coming by Wayne Simmons  [The Resurrection]

11 – The Lips of Every Sleeper by Alison Littlewood  [Dryads]
 

Twisted Histories will be published in paperback in November.
 
 
"Allow me to introduce myself; my name is Hamilton  James McCauley...and I am a murderer!"
 
 
Also last night (yes, it was a very busy evening) I was sent the final mix of the audio anthology I’ve been putting together with the brilliant SpokenWorldAudio, called Thirteen, and it sounds wonderfully chilling and absolutely fantastic.
 
The audio is a homage to the old horror anthology LPs from the 1960s and 70s, and is presented as a ‘portmanteau’ anthology, with an ‘umbrella’ story tying the whole 13 stories together.
 
Cover artwork is now being finalised, which means the anthology should be available as an mp3 download very, very soon.
 
A trailer is currently being put together and I will post it up on the blog the moment I get my grubby little mitts on it.
 
Exciting stuff!!
 
For all those who didn’t see the earlier blog post, here’s the full ToC for Thirteen:
 
 
Side A:
Hidden Track(Part I)   by   Scott Harrison    [read by Barnaby Edwards]

One - Dead Space   by   George Mann    [read by Gregg Wise]

Two - A Girl Sitting   by   Mark Morris    [read by Jilly Bond]

Three – Finding The Path   by  Kaaron Warren    [read by Trevor White]

Four – The Hairstyle Of The Devil   by   Martin Day    [read by Arthur Darvill]

Five  - Down   by   Gary McMahon    [read by Stephen Rashbrook]

Six – Tabula Rasa   by  Alasdair Stuart    [read by Lalla Ward]

Seven – Half Life   by   Dan Abnett        [read by John Banks]

Hidden Track(Part II)  by   Scott Harrison    [read by Barnaby Edwards]
 
 
 
Side B:

Eight – With Her In Spirit   by  Stephen Gallagher    [read by Frances Barber]

Nine – Visions   by   Cavan Scott    [read by Michael Maloney]

Ten – One Hit Wanda   by   Kim Newman    [read by Samuel West]

Eleven – A Glass Of Water   by   Mark Wright    [read by Gemma Arterton]

Twelve – Ghost Pit   by   Simon Clark    [read by Jeff Harding]

Thirteen – I Wish  by   Johnny Mains    [read by Steven Cree]

Hidden Track (Part III)  by   Scott Harrison    [read by Barnaby Edwards]
 
 
Thirteen is produced and directed by Neil Gardner








 

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Confessions Of Dorian Gray Podcasts

To trail the forthcoming second series of the fabulously spooky audio series The Confessions Of Dorian Gray, Big Finish are posting daily podcasts which feature the first 10 minutes of all 5 episodes of Series 1.

Today's podcast features my episodes The Houses In Between, and stars the brilliant Alexander Vlahos as Dorian Gray and Lorna Rose Harris as Rosina Sawyer.

Set in London, 1940 at the height of the Blitz, the story sees Dorian's colourful past starting to catch up with him.

"Something is gathering in the rubble-strewn streets of the capital: something dark, malevolent and all too familiar. Something with a score to settle..."

You can hear the first 10 minutes HERE

 
 
 

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Star Trek - Shadow Of The Machine

Woke up this morning to the news that over on the Simon & Schuster website they've announced that I'll be joining such fantastic authors as Una McCormack and James Swallow by writing a Star Trek book for their new eBook range.

The book will be called Shadow Of The Machine and will feature the original Enterprise crew.

Set four days after the events of the movie Star Trek: The Motion Picture it will deal with the aftermath of the crew's encounter with V'Ger, as the Enterprise returns to drydock to finish its refit. The story will follow the characters of Kirk, Spock and Sulu as they return to their families, each haunted by their own particular personal demon.

It's very exciting and a real joy to be writing for Star Trek and I'm loving every minute of it.

The book will be an eBook novella and published for Kindle in December, priced £3.99 in the UK or $3.99 in the U.S. It doesn't have cover artwork just yet, but all other info can be found HERE on the Simon & Schuster website.

Obviously I'll keep you all updated as more details become available.







Tuesday, 25 June 2013

News: "The Pandora Archive" & Dimensions 2013



I have a couple of bits of exciting news to post about today.

For all those who read this blog site regularly you’ll know that, amongst the various projects I’ve
been working on, I’ve been writing two tie-in books for two different ranges.

Well, I’m pleased to say that one of them has finally been announced by publishers Capcom as The Pandora Archive, the official prequel to the Capcom/Dontnod video game Remember Me.

Read the press release in The Bookseller HERE

And for a book that I had to write in a very very short space of time (so short that just thinking about it brings me out in a cold sweat) I’m actually incredibly proud of it. Here’s the blurb…

When a series of devastating bomb blasts rock Neo-Paris, former memory hunter turned Errorist, Trix Dallaire, is blamed and it is reported that she was acting on orders from the Errorist group – a supposed ‘first in a series of decisive blows’ against the Memorize Corporation. In response, a S.A.B.R.E force squadron is mobilized for a retaliatory assault into Slum 404. However, before her arrest she manages to send a coded signal back to the Errorists. Unable to decode the warning, Nilin visits the Architect, an aging tech expert, who is her only hope.

What follows is a white-knuckle ride through Neo-Paris, full of subterfuge, betrayal and intrigue, as we join Nilin on her destructive search for the truth, and her freedom.

The Pandora Archive was published as an eBook by Capcom yesterday and can be bought from all good online book retailers such as Amazon.


In other news, I will be guesting at Dimensions 2013 in Newcastle this October, along with other exciting guests such as four Doctors (Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann), a whole host of cool companions, and various other talented writery and producery bods.The event is being held at Copthorne Hotel in Newcastle on the weekend of the 25th, 26th and 27th October.

All information, and detail of how to buy tickets, can be found HERE

If you’re coming along to the event and see me wondering about, do come up and say hello!



 

 

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Unfortunately, due to the ridiculous amount of spam that I'm receiving through this blog at the moment, I've decided to turn off the 'comments' option for the time being.

You can still contact me via email at scott.hrrsn@yahoo.com



Friday, 31 May 2013

Thirteen - Horror Audio Anthology

"Allow me to introduce myself; my name is Hamilton James McCauley, and I am a murderer.The man I killed was unimportant, a nobody; a simple shopkeeper, who won’t be missed. But the reason I decided to commit murder…now that’s a different matter entirely - and one that I don’t fully understand myself..."
 
As I write this Thirteen the audio horror anthology I've been working on with producer/director Neil Gardner is undergoing a few final bits of twiddly post-production before being released to buy as an MP3 download on the SpokenWorld Audio website (and hopefully a few other places too...more news later).
 
Both Neil and I are enormously proud of this anthology, and we have managed to bring together some amazingly talented people on this project, both in a writing and vocal capacity. Authors such as Stephen Gallagher, Kim Newman and Dan Abnett have written brand new pieces for this audio anthology, with actors such as Frances Barber, Arthur Darvill and Lalla Ward bringing them brilliantly to life.
 
Here’s what you can expect from Thirteen
 
In an old bric-a-brac shop, in the winding backstreets of 1920s Scarborough, a man comes across a collection of 13 old gramophone records, each containing a mysterious 'hidden track': eerie, macabre stories narrated by hypnotic, unknown voices, each telling of strange future places, of impossible gadgets, and dark, disturbing deeds...
 
Designed as a portmanteau anthology, Thirteen can either be enjoyed as one loose over-arching story, or dipped in and out of as is usual with a selection of stories such as these.
 
Here's the full ToC for the anthology, including narrators:
 
 
Side A:
Hidden Track(Part I)   by   Scott Harrison    [read by Barnaby Edwards]
One - Dead Space   by   George Mann    [read by Gregg Wise]
Two - A Girl Sitting   by   Mark Morris    [read by Jilly Bond]
Three – Finding The Path   by  Kaaron Warren    [read by Trevor White]
Four – The Hairstyle Of The Devil   by   Martin Day    [read by Arthur Darvill]
Five  - Down   by   Gary McMahon    [read by Stephen Rashbrook]
Six – Tabula Rasa   by  Alasdair Stuart    [read by Lalla Ward]
Seven – Half Life   by   Dan Abnett        [read by John Banks]
Hidden Track(Part II)  by   Scott Harrison    [read by Barnaby Edwards]

 
 
Side B:
Eight – With Her In Spirit   by  Stephen Gallagher    [read by Frances Barber]
Nine – Visions   by   Cavan Scott    [read by Michael Maloney]
Ten – One Hit Wanda   by   Kim Newman    [read by Samuel West]
Eleven – A Glass Of Water   by   Mark Wright    [read by Gemma Arterton]
Twelve – Ghost Pit   by   Simon Clark    [read by Jeff Harding]
Thirteen – I Wish  by   Johnny Mains    [read by Steven Cree]
Hidden Track (Part III)  by   Scott Harrison    [read by Barnaby Edwards]

 
 
I've recently been sent a rough mock up of the front cover artwork, which is looking quite marvellous, and I hope to have the finished piece up on this blog very soon along with a short trailer to whet your appetites.
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Epitaph - Review

Just to let you know that a lovely review of my Blake's 7 audio has just appeared over at Sci-Fi Bulletin.

Reviewer Paul Simpson says "Scott Harrison’s first foray into the Blake’s 7 universe (Archangel) showed that he had a handle on the characters, and could write dialogue for them which felt right. This continues in this examination of Jenna Stannis, providing her with a family and asking some uncomfortable questions about what life was like for those related to the ‘Seven’..."

You can read the review in its entirety HERE.



Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Incoming - New Audio Day


Just a few moments ago a box full of lovely Blake's 7 box sets was delivered to my door by our good ole postie.

Or, to be more precise, a box full of the Volume 4 box set of Blake's 7: The Liberator Chronicles, featuring my Jenna / Vila two-hander Epitaph...

This latest B7 audio set was released just a few short weeks ago and can be purchased as a 3-CD box set, or as an mp3 download, either at the Big Finish website HERE, Waterstones HERE, or Amazon HERE.

Or, you could take a walk down to your local bookshop or branch of Forbidden Planet, if they don't have it on the shelf then I'm sure some lovely, fluffy shop assistant will order you a copy.



Sunday, 19 May 2013

Of Audios, Anthologies and Tie-Ins

As it’s just about to get properly busy on the writing front for the next few weeks, I thought I’d take the opportunity to update the blog with news of the various writing projects I’m working on at the moment – or as much as I can tell you, at any rate.

Despite the fact that my laptop is slowly dying and I'm having to work on one of my wife's computers, over the past week or so we’ve still managed to put the finishing touches to Thirteen, the horror audio anthology I’ve been working on with producer / director Neil Gardner, and it’s almost ready for release. It features brand new stories from writers such as Stephen Gallagher, Kim Newman and Dan Abnett.

They’ll be a blog update for this coming in the next few weeks, giving full details of writers, narrators and cover artwork.

I’m also working on two tie-in books as we speak, for two very different franchises, both SF. The first is called Shadow Of The Machine and is a sequel to…well, I can’t tell you that yet I’m afraid. However, the second book is called The Pandora Archive and is an action-packed prequel to…well, I can’t tell you that either, at the moment. But hopefully both books will be officially announced soon and I’ll be able to give out a few more tantalising details here on the blog.

Work on the second Snowbooks anthology is almost completed; this one being horror, and featuring brand spanking new stories from authors such as Stephen Gallagher, Alison Littlewood, Justin Richards and Gary McMahon. The anthology is called Twisted Histories and it features stories that will ‘reimagine’ famous myths, legends and biblical tropes, including Pandora’s Box, the Magi, the Green Man and the Ark of the Covenant.

Work on the first of the Tales Of The Iron War novels – The Horus Engines – still continues apace, and will now be published in October, in both paperback and in a limited edition hardback/boxed set with extra material including illustrations and an exclusive novella.

Other bits ‘n’ bobs include a short story set in 12th century England for a Crime anthology, a children’s horror novel, various short stories and a novella. (I’m also working on a spec TV script set on the Yorkshire coast in 1962, which I’m rather excited about).

But, before all that, it's time for food and a trip to the cinema to see Star Trek: Into Darkness.



Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Blake's 7: The Liberator Chronicles Vol 4 - Released!

It's that time already - another of my writing projects has been released to the public and it's taken me completely by surprise. This time it's my second piece of fiction for the classic SF TV series Blake's 7.

I've been away from the old interwebby thing for a little while, so this morning I was browsing a few of my favourite sites and stumbled upon the news that Big Finish have released the latest Blake's 7: Liberator Chronicles box set, which features an audio play written by me on it.

The new Volume 4 box set features three brand new audio plays, including my story Epitaph, starring Sally Kynvette as Jenna and Michael Keating as Vila. It was released on Friday 3rd May, and can be bought either on the Big Finish website HERE or over on Amazon HERE.

Amazingly, the first review has appeared online too, written by the official Blake's 7 fan club Horizon, and can be read HERE.





Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Archangel - A Review From Denmark



I just wanted to share with you another review for my Blake's 7 novel that has popped up online recently, this time from an awesome reader over in Denmark called Dawn Christoffersen, who not only tweeted me a link to her review, but also a picture of her holding a copy of the book. Thanks Dawn.

"Somewhere in space, a grissling project is being brought back to life. What is it, and why is a cybernetics engineer so intent on putting a stop to it? Blake and his crew take up uncovering the terrible truth about Archangel, a project that should never have existed.

When you read books based on tv shows, there's always the danger that it's going to be a generic story with characters that happen to share the names of those you know from the show in question. If you're lucky, though, you'll get an author who knows the universe and the characters very well and who can write within those perimeters. Archangel is a perfect example of the latter. Not only is it an engaging read, a real page turner, but Scott Harrison has the characters's voices down *perfectly*. Imagining Avon, Vila and Blake speaking was no effort at all, and the snark and the humor was spot on as well. Since Vila is my favorite character, I was glad to see him feature quite a lot. The horror elements of the story are very fitting and gives the story a dark edge which I quite enjoyed. If you love Blake's 7, don't miss out on this one!

4 / 5 stars."






Thursday, 28 February 2013

A Reader's Review of Blake's 7: Archangel

Here's a rather sweet review of my Blake's 7 novel Archangel which a lovely reader (and B7 fan) in Australia called D. Worsley posted recently, after buying the Kindle release on Amazon.


"The Federation is an evil, despicable organisation and Blake is right to fight it. Goes without saying really, for anyone who's seen even just the first episode of the excellent TV serial, but what it's done in Archangel may actually outdo even what they did to Blake (repeat brainwashing, torture, framing him as a paedophile...).

I won't spoil WHAT the Federation's sanctioned in Archangel, but it's all done - the experiments, the torture, the brainwashing, the slow degradation of a man's soul all to create a pilot for a new type of spaceship - one even faster than Liberator.

It's a characterful novel, showing Blake's slow descent into being a man for whom the ends justify the means someone actively fighting against the events of his past and the people who he's betrayed through inattention and being a pawn of the Federation. Blake was broken by Gan's death in the TV episode Pressure Point, and here he sets out to prevent another man dying because of his zeal. The other crew members of the Liberator are equally in character, Vila depressed by Gan's recent death desperately looking for some safety, Avon playing all angles in order to preserve his skin, Cally and Jenna loyal to Blake but even their loyalty is starting to become tarnished by the shadows of the past. In my review of the previous novel The Forgotten I lamented Vila (who was always entertaining on TV) was given nothing to do, here that isn't a problem, he's as active in the plot as Avon or Blake, even Cally and Jenna (both somewhat redundant on TV, sadly) play a role their specific skills being used in order to keep the crew safe and alive. Slithering into the story is Servelan, and we get to see what she was doing before becoming Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and if anything it makes her even more of a monster than Space Commander "the Butcher of Zercaster" Travis.

There are a few nice sequences we would never have gotten on TV - including a thrilling sequence of Liberator screaming through a planet's atmosphere a la the Battlestar Galactica during the liberation of New Caprica and another space battle, this time told from a wider perspective full of clever ship rolls and sweeping vistas rather than The Forgotten's homage to the TV series showing the battle from the perspective of the Liberator's control room.

All told, I enjoyed it - I can't wait for the next in the series which is set just after Star One, showing Liberator's sole stand defending the galaxy against the invaders from Andromeda.

4 / 5 Stars."




Friday, 22 February 2013

News Catch Up

Have been busy of late, so thought it was about time I did a quick catch up and round up of all the news and releases planned for the year ahead.

Over the past week I've been thrashing out a storyline with the editor for a TV tie-in book I'll be writing over the coming weeks / months, so hopefully I'll be able to announce that very soon!

As work continues on my next book, The Horus Engines, (which will be the first book in the new Dieselpunk/Steampunk/Alternate Timeline novel range Tales Of The Iron War), publishers Snowbooks have been sending me mock ups of the front cover artwork, and it is looking awesome! I'm hoping to see the final design very soon now, which I will post up on my blog immediately, of course!

The book will be published later in the year, and as soon as work has finished on both of the above projects, I'll then be starting work on the second novel in the range, titled Cold Earth, which is scheduled for publication at the very end of the year. Books III, IV and V are already under development

(Incidentally, a local bookshop has already expressed an interest in holding an author reading and signing event for The Horus Engines, which I'm obviously very keen to do. So watch this space for more details.)

Work is being completed on the second anthology, a horror book called Twisted Histories (full details very soon), and a third and fourth are already scheduled for late 2013/early 2014. Prepatory work is already under way for two further anthologies to be released later in 2014 (one of which will be a 'sequel' of sorts to the Resurrection Engines anthology).

I'm also writing a handful of short stories and novellas for various anthologies and magazines.

COMING SOON in 2013:

Blake's 7: Epitaph  -  audio play in Vol 4 of The Liberator Chronicles from Big Finish, May
Twisted Histories  -  Horror anthology. Spring
The Horus Engines  -  Alternate Timeline novel. Mid/late 2013
TV Tie-In Book  -  Mid 2013.
Anthology 3  -  SF anthology. Late 2013
Cold Earth  -  Alternate Timeline novel. December


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Thursday, 7 February 2013

Liberator Chronicles Trailer

Delighted to announce that the trailer for the next Liberator Chronicles box set, Volume 4, has just gone up on the Big Finish website.

The release includes my audio play Epitaph which features Sally Knyvette and Michael Keating reprising their roles as Jenna Stannis and Vila Restal, in an adventure which sees the two Liberator crewmates answering a distress call from a spaceship, eventually leading Jenna to the surviving members of her family.

You can listen to the full trailer HERE

The box set, containing three audio plays from myself, Nigel Fairs and Nick Wallace is released in May and can be preordered now.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Resurrection Engines - Two Reviews

While I was away on a wee break last week two wonderful reviews for Resurrection Engines appeared, both online and in the national newspapers.

The first was in the Saturday edition of the Financial Times and, for those that missed it, is also available to read online HERE.

Reviewer James Lovegrove said of the anthology;

"Robots abound. Dr Jekyll’s monstrous alter-ego is a sentient military exoskeleton, Peter Pan creates his own scrap-metal Lost Boys, and Silas Marner, in a moving tale by Alison Littlewood, adopts an artificial Eppie..."

and

"...Juliet E McKenna’s feminist rewrite of She is cunning and funny, and Philip Palmer adds aliens to The Woman in White to great effect. Adam Roberts’s delirious The Crime of the Ancient Mariner replaces Coleridge’s sea voyage with time travel, and works a treat."

He went on to conclude;

"...this anthology is both varied and consistently entertaining."

The second review appeared in Issue 147 of Hub Magazine. This time reviewer Paul Simpson wrote;

"Scott Harrison’s very different account of Jekyll and Hyde, Kim Lakin-Smith’s The Island of Peter Pandora, and Cavan Scott’s Fairest Of Them All examine some of the same themes as their inspirations but add an even darker side to them..."

and

"The final story is my personal favourite: Jim Mortimore’s take on Robin Hood, which derives its cues from many different versions of the myth and then throws in some H.P. Lovecraft to salt the mixture. Mortimore can sometimes try to juggle too many concepts at once, but he’s been effectively reined in on this so there is a logic to what appears to be grand insanity."

The reviewer concludes with;

"A varied and very enjoyable collection."

Issue 147 is free and can be downloaded for pdf HERE.




Thursday, 3 January 2013

Interviewed at SF Signal

Just before Christmas I was interviewed by the chaps over at SF Signal about the recent Steampunk anthology Resurrection Engines. The interview has now gone live and you can read it HERE. I also waffle on about the forthcoming Tales Of The Iron War novels and a few of my childhood influences.



Now that the Christmas period has officially ended and 2013 begins in earnest, I'm back at my desk and facing a very busy but satisfying twelve months ahead. Work continues on the first Tales novel - The Horus Engines - for a June publication, editing work has begun on the second anthology - a horror anthology called Twisted Histories - which will be published by Snowbooks in early Spring, and another two anthologies in the range will appear later in the year (one SF, the other featuring stories set within the H.P. Lovecraft Cthulhu Mythos). And my second Tales Of The Iron War novel - a wintery horror-tinged story called Cold Earth - will round the year off nicely.

I'll also be fitting various other bits of writing in between those, of course, so I'll hope to have other announcements as and when during the course of the year!



Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Guest Post - Jonathan Green

Everyone remembers their first Fighting Fantasy book .

Mine was The Citadel of Chaos. It was 1983 and I was almost 10 years old. I was round my (then) best mate's house and we were rifling through his book collection (in the hope that I could run off home with an armful of his book again) and I stumbled across one with a brilliant cover - it had a creepy old castle, huge scary bats and a really cool monster. He let me borrow it and I was hooked!

After that we took it in turns to buy the whole range of Fighting Fantasy books - lending it to the other one when we'd finished with them; The Forest of Doom, Starship Traveller, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, City of Thieves...we saved up our pocket money and bought the lot.

So when I found out that my friend and fellow Steampunk writer Jonathan Green was wanting to write a book celebrating 30 years of the Fighting Fantasy books I was absolutely thrilled, and when he asked if he could write a guest post for my blog asking for help and support for this new project, of course I was more than happy to help in any way I could with such a fantastic project.

So, here's Jon to tell you more...


YOU ARE THE HERO


‘At last your two-day hike is over. You unsheathe your sword, lay it on the ground and sigh with relief as you lower yourself down on to the mossy rocks to sit for a moment’s rest. You stretch, rub your eyes and finally look up at Firetop Mountain.’

And so began my love affair with Fighting Fantasy gamebooks.

Mention Fighting Fantasy, or The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, to people of a certain age and they will either go misty-eyed or get a little over-excited, as they recall battles with the Bloodbeast and such despicable villains as Balthus Dire and Zanbar Bone.

I was eleven years old when The Warlock of Firetop Mountain was published in the summer of 1982. I was also literate, male and an only child, making me the perfect target audience for what was effectively a role-playing game you played by yourself.

What made this a unique experience was that here was a book, written in the second person present tense (which is still something that sets gamebooks apart from almost all over works of fiction) in which the reader was the hero. Success or failure depended upon my decisions, my actions, and, of course, the fickle roll of a pair of dice.

Through the experience of reading the book I was transformed from a nerdy schoolboy into a mighty warrior, who thought nothing of battling a whole host of grotesque monsters – the sort of thing your granny really wouldn’t have approved of if she’d seen some of the illustrations – in the most fantastical environments, before coming up against the (usually magic-wielding) Big Bad at the climax of the story.

The Warlock of Firetop Mountain had such an impact on me that today I am a freelance writer, particularly well-known for my gamebooks, looking to raise funds to write the definitive history of Fighting Fantasy gamebooks.

If my experiences of discovered Fighting Fantasy sound similar to yours, perhaps you’d consider checking out YOU ARE THE HERO on Kickstarter and pledging your support today.

The YOU ARE THE HERO Kickstarter page – http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1412864360/you-are-the-hero

The YOU ARE THE HERO Blog – http://youarethehero.co.uk/