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Title: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on March 06, 2010, 04:06:13 pm
First off, thanks for offering me some dedicated space.

Whilst I've been writing since 1988, my first short story was published in 1994. Since that date I've taken on many roles: author, publisher (Elastic Press, 2002-2008), editor (BFS New Horizons magazine, 2008-present), reviewer (Zine, The Fix, VideoVista), proofreader, typesetter, and some webdesign.

I've had over 70 short stories published in a variety of genres. I tend to think of myself as a slipstream author, whatever that means, precisely because it means whatever I want it to mean :)

Aside from magazine publications, these are my books:

"The Virtual Menagerie" - short story collection, Elastic Press, 2002 (short-listed for a BFS award)

"Moon Beaver" - novel, ENC Press, 2004.

"Beyond Each Blue Horizons" - short story collection, Crowswing Books, 2005 (short-listed for a BFS award)

"Residue" - short story collection - non genre - HalfCut Publications, 2006

"And God Created Zombies" - novella, NewCon Press, 2009


I consider myself a short story writer at heart, although have just written another couple of novellas which I'm trying to place at the moment.

And I have the following short stories forthcoming:

"Red Or White", The Bitten Word, NewCon Press
"The Cruekus Effect", Morpheus Tales
"Up", Catastrophia, PS Publishing
"Pansy Blade Cassandra Moko", Zahir
"Ennui", Art From Art anthology
"Your Golden Hands", PostScripts
"Deadtime", Crimespree

In the unlikely event there are any questions, feel free to shout them at me here :)

Oh, and I'm here on the web at www.andrew-hook.com

Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: allybird on March 09, 2010, 09:57:33 am
Do you think that you will re-establish Elastic Press or are you going to concentrate on writing from now on? Or both?
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on March 09, 2010, 05:29:34 pm
Hi Ally

I won't be re-establishing Elastic Press. It was a great six years and we went out on a real high (winning a total of four awards in the last year, including two BFS awards), but it served its purpose and I was always a writer before I was a publisher. It was time to quit whilst I was ahead and I'm glad I did.

Plus, since ending Elastic Press in November 2008, I've written three novellas and about 14 short stories; having not written anything for two years prior to that. Ultimately, both roles were competing for time, and I know what I'd rather be doing :)
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: allybird on March 15, 2010, 04:21:59 pm
AND GOD CREATED ZOMBIES

(http://www.andrew-hook.com/images/Zombies.jpg)

'John Baker’s life keeps going from bad to worse. Against a background of global recession and financial meltdown, first he loses his job and then he loses his girlfriend…

Oh, and then, of course, there are the zombies…'


Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on March 16, 2010, 06:19:15 pm
At World Horror Con in Brighton on the Sunday I'll be moderating the following panel:

SUNDAY: 11:00am – Noon I’D LIKE TO THANK ALL MY FRIENDS…
DO AWARDS REALLY MATTER? Lounge
Awards are lovely things to win. Or even to be nominated for. But do they really make much difference to a writer’s career? And should you really solicit votes from your friends and colleagues just so you can "win"? Some lucky winners (and losers) share their thoughts.

I'm not yet aware who will be joining me, but other than the BFS awards I'm not completely sure of the breadth of genre awards out there and whether they are panel or member voted. Can anyone enlighten me so I have a head start and don't have to do the research myself ;)
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Jen on March 16, 2010, 10:02:32 pm
Hugo Awards (http://www.thehugoawards.org) - member voted (Worldcon)
Nebula Awards (http://www.nebulaawards.com) - member voted (SFWA)
BSFA Awards (http://www.bsfa.co.uk/BSFAAward.aspx) - member voted (BSFA)
David Gemmell Awards (http://gemmellaward.com) - open to anyone who wants to vote online
Arthur C. Clarke Award (http://www.clarkeaward.com) - panel
Mythopoeic Awards (http://www.mythsoc.org/awards) - Membership for noms, then panel for final votes
World Fantasy Awards (http://www.worldfantasy.org/awards) - Panel
Sidewise Awards (http://www.uchronia.net/sidewise) - Panel
Tiptree Award (http://www.tiptree.org) - Panel
International Horror Guild Awards (http://www.horroraward.org) - Panel

 :-*
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on March 16, 2010, 10:51:27 pm
Thanks Jen! Exactly what I needed to know :)
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on April 18, 2010, 05:08:45 pm
Well, the award panel seemed to run well at World Horror with several people saying congrats on how it went. Thanks to Jen for the above info which really helped.

Update on my stories: at World Horror Con my story "Red Or White" was published in The Bitten Word vampire anthology from NewCon Press, also I've recently had a story, "Pansy Blade Cassandra Moko", published online in the wonderful Zahir magazine. All their online stories are collated in a print anthology at the end of the year, but it can be read now for free: http://zahirtales.com/pansyblade.html
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on June 22, 2010, 11:14:32 pm
Updates on my short stories since I first posted here:

"Red Or White" has appeared in The Bitten Word (NewCon Press)
"The Onion Code" has appeared in Where The Heart Is (Grey Friar Press)

I've had a few recent acceptances, and so the following is an updated list of stories due to appear over the next 12 months or so:

"The Cruekus Effect" (Morpheus Tales)
"Up" (Catastrophia anthology)
"Ennui" (Art From Art anthology)
"Your Golden Hands" (PostScripts)
"Deadtime" (Crimespree)
"Blue Sky World" (Music From Another World)
"Love Is The Drug" (Null Immortalis - Nemonymous Ten)
"Cling" (The View From Here)
"Beyond Each Blue Horizon" (Never Again)

Also, some book news will follow as soon as I can officially announce it!
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: iamacanadian on August 19, 2010, 04:56:34 am
Also, some book news will follow as soon as I can officially announce it!

You mean this news? http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/forum/index.php?topic=2654.0
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on September 16, 2010, 09:30:54 pm
Fingers crossed my 'entertainment', "Ponthe Oldenguine", will be available at FantasyCon tomorrow! In any event, I'll be reading from the book at 10am on Saturday morning. I'm also on a panel at 7pm Sunday night on small press publishing.

Updating my short stories, these have now appeared:

"Love Is The Drug" (Null Immortalis)
"Blue Sky World" (Music From Another World)

Others will be in anthologies launched at FCon: "Up" (Catastrophia, PS Publishing), and "Beyond Each Blue Horizon" (Never Again, Gray Friar Press).
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Jim Steel on September 17, 2010, 05:25:25 pm
I thought Blue Sky World was excellent, Andrew.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on September 20, 2010, 05:24:07 pm
Cheers Jim! I've yet to read the other stories in the book, but it looks great.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on October 02, 2010, 08:00:14 pm
More story updates:

The Cruekus Effect has been published in Morpheus Tales #10
Cling has been published in The View From Here

The following will be due out shortly (some sooner than others):

Pansy Blade Cassandra Moko (Zahir) - print copy due soon, already available to be read online
Ennui (Art From Art anthology)
Your Golden Hands (PostScripts)
Deadtime (Crimespree) – apparently this is in the post to me
Jump (Terminal Earth anthology)
PhotoTherapy (Murky Depths) – next issue

And yes, I was that masked penguin at FantasyCon. Why? Visit www.pontheoldenguine.co.uk

And as of this week I seem to be writing a crime novel: "Step Away From The Girl".
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on December 10, 2010, 10:25:15 am
Had a couple of stories published recently:

"PhotoTherapy" in Murky Depths
"Pansy Blade Cassandra Moko" in Zahir

That's ten stories and one novel so far this year :)

Finished writing the crime novel, now titled "The Immortalists". Will be editing that in the New Year.

Sold a story, "Kodokushi", to Postscripts recently too.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: deboree on December 11, 2010, 06:21:51 pm
Hey nice work, Andrew. 

What kind of crime is it? The title sounds intriguing. Is there a big spec element?
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on December 11, 2010, 06:58:19 pm
Hey nice work, Andrew. 

What kind of crime is it? The title sounds intriguing. Is there a big spec element?

It's kind of noir but set in the present day (I've used this detective character before in short stories). There *could* be a speculative element, and whether there might be or not is part of the story, so I shouldn't really reveal it :)
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: deboree on December 11, 2010, 07:36:36 pm
Sounds great, Andrew. Jim Thompson is one of my favourite authors. 

Have you seen Ticonderoga's new anthology call, 'Damnation and Dames'. I keep meaning to write some crime/dark fantasy/sf. http://ticonderogapublications.com/tp/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=114:new-market-da
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on December 11, 2010, 09:06:48 pm
Hadn't seen that market, thanks for giving me the head up.

I've got some Thompson in the reading pile. Read a bit of Chandler and James M Cain this year.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on December 19, 2010, 06:15:19 pm
Some good news: my fourth short story collection, "Shipping Tomorrow Backwards", will be published by Dog Horn Publishing around Easter next year. This will feature 21 short stories, 6 of which will be new to the collection (unless I sell them in the meantime).
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Des Lewis on January 24, 2011, 01:48:05 pm
Just completed my real-time review of NEW HORIZONS in the BFS Journal. What an amazing reading experience. Well done, Andrew.
des
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on January 26, 2011, 04:19:49 pm
Thanks Des. All comments are always gratefully received!
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on February 17, 2011, 10:32:37 am
First short story sale of the year is "Space Gun" to Needle magazine.

Also my new collection of short stories, "Shipping Tomorrow Backwards", to be published by DogHorn later this year has changed it's titled to "Nitrospective". More on that as it comes...
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Rolnikov on March 01, 2011, 06:58:16 pm
Well done on being appointed a judge on the World Fantasy Award. That must be pretty exciting!
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on March 03, 2011, 09:28:26 am
That's been announced, has it? Hopefully it will raise my profile a bit, but am I dreading how much stuff I'm going to have to read!

Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Jec on March 03, 2011, 02:36:27 pm
That's been announced, has it? Hopefully it will raise my profile a bit, but am I dreading how much stuff I'm going to have to read!




You think your house is full of books now? Just wait  8)
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on March 03, 2011, 04:10:14 pm
I've got 100 books on my reading pile as it is! Apparently, the first package has arrived at the house this afternoon...
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Jec on March 03, 2011, 04:19:46 pm
I've got 100 books on my reading pile as it is! Apparently, the first package has arrived at the house this afternoon...

And so it begins... bookalanche.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on March 24, 2011, 09:48:10 am
My short story, "Monster Girl", has been accepted for the Exaggerated Press anthology, "The Monster Book For Girls".
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: deboree on April 06, 2011, 09:42:49 am
Congratulations, Andy.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on April 19, 2011, 10:07:11 am
My short story, "On The Beach", has been accepted for publication in the new magazine "Unspoken Water".

I've recorded a six-part series of radio shows for local Norwich station Future Radio playing songs focussing on lyrical content. More information as to when these will be broadcast will follow.

Still reading reams and reams of books for the World Fantasy Awards!

Wrote a couple of new shorts recently: "The Human Map" and "Cold Water Killer".

Am doing a book signing this Saturday afternoon (2-3pm, I think) at St Gregory's church in Norwich, where I'll be signing copies of "And God Created Zombies" and "Ponthe Oldenguine".

Almost forgot, "Ponthe Oldenguine" is recommended in the novella category for this years BFS awards. Make the penguin happy and vote if you enjoyed it!
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on May 16, 2011, 10:34:35 am
Wrote a new short story recently, titled "Wounder".

Also sold "The Human Map" to the forthcoming Eibonvale anthology, "Where Are We Going?"

Still reading copious amounts of books for the World Fantasy Awards!
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Ali_L on May 17, 2011, 04:05:55 pm
Congrats, Andrew!

Now get on with reading those copious books...   ;D
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Ray on May 17, 2011, 05:19:06 pm
The Human Map sounds intriguing and I look forward to seeing how that works.  I was hoping to get something off to that collection myself.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on June 01, 2011, 09:37:19 am
Couple more story acceptances:

"The Indecipherable Dust" will appear in a free giveaway booklet celebrating five years of NewCon Press. As far as I know, this will be exclusive to the NewCon Press party attendees at an event in London on the 9th July. I'm not sure who the other contributors will be, but it's sure to be interesting. I'll post more details about the event later this month.

And I've sold "Wounder" to Morpheus Tales.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on June 21, 2011, 09:32:22 am
I've got a six week show on Future Radio (www.futureradio.co.uk) on Tuesdays from 3-4pm for the next five weeks (it started last week but I didn't find out until after the broadcast - their online schedule has yet to be updated too).

Titled "Listen Hard, Listen Good" I'm focussing on songs where I think the lyrics are particularly important and examining the relationship (in a very light, non-intellectual way) between music and lyrics. This week I'm playing stuff by Ramones, Emilie Simone (with lyrics by Graham Joyce), Robyn Hitchcock, Bjork, Maximo Park and others I can't currently remember.

There's currently no podcast available, so listening live is the only option. And anyone outside 3 miles of Norwich will have to listen online. But do listen, please
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on June 28, 2011, 12:37:22 pm
The third "Listen Hard, Listen Good" show will be broadcast over at Future Radio (www.futureradio.co.uk) today from 3-4pm with music from XTC, Kate Rusby, Pop Will Eat Itself and the Violent Femmes amongst others.

My novella, "Ponthe Oldenguine", has been shortlisted in this years BFS awards. Thanks to all who enjoyed it. Vote for the penguin, you know it makes (non)sense!

Finally, the cover for my new collection "Nitrospective" should be revealed shortly. I'm excited about it myself :)
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on July 28, 2011, 09:57:11 am
My story, "On The Beach" has been published in the first issue of Unspoken Water (other BFS contributors include Joel Lane and Gary McMahon).

I've written two new short stories: "Things That Are Here Now, Things That Were There Then" and "Dizzy Land".

And the artwork for my new collection from DogHorn Publishing, to be launched in September at FantasyCon can be seen here: http://www.andrew-hook.com/pages/nitrospective.htm
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on August 03, 2011, 09:51:02 am
New short story written: "Eskimo". It's a Japanese superhero story.

And as posted elsewhere, I'm stepping down from editing New Horizons. I think it's time I took a step back from volunteering for things I don't really have time for :)

Speaking of which, the nominees for the 2011 World Fantasy Awards, as judged by myself and four others have recently been announced. Ultimately, I thoroughly enjoyed doing this and would recommend it to anyone.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Rolnikov on August 03, 2011, 10:10:35 am
How many books had you received by the end of it..?
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on August 04, 2011, 10:03:25 am
A total of 318, Stephen. Plus about 20 magazines. And of those 318 which weren't novels but which were anthologies and collections I had to go through all the eligible stories of course. For me, those that made the shortlist were the books and stories that I simply couldn't possibly put down, even knowing I had all the other books in the queue.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Rolnikov on August 04, 2011, 03:45:17 pm
Cor blimey - I struggled to get through half a dozen novels for the BFS best newcomer award last year! Well done - the shortlist looks really good.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on August 05, 2011, 09:21:00 am
It was definitely a struggle...but worth it. And we're very proud of the final nominations.

Meantime, my short story "Ennui" has just been published in the anthology, Art From Art (Modernist Press). This is a large 'coffee table' type book with all contributions inspired by a piece of art (whether paintings, film, music, books etc). Looks great! And in addition, the story I wrote two days ago, "Eskimo", has been accepted by PS Publishing for a future edition of their PostScripts magazine.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Ray on August 06, 2011, 09:48:51 am
Congrats!  The art inspired work sounds particularly interesting.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on August 22, 2011, 10:46:45 am
Another story acceptance: "Dizzy Land" will mark my debut in Black Static.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on September 20, 2011, 09:03:24 am
Information about "Nitrospective", my forthcoming short story collection from DogHorn Publishing, containing 21 tales some previously published in PostScripts, Art From Art, Midnight Street and Morpheus Tales, can be found here: http://www.doghornpublishing.com/nitrospective.html (http://www.doghornpublishing.com/nitrospective.html). Hopefully the book will be out in time for FantasyCon.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on September 29, 2011, 09:31:29 am
The above book, "Nitrospective", has now arrived from my publisher and I will be hawking copies this weekend at FantasyCon at a discounted price of £10. Twenty-one stories, 270 pages. That's less than 50p per story :)

Also, if you click on the link above, the website has been updated with payment options.

Finally, wrote another new story last night: "The Caged Sea". Am also working on a new novel: "The Church of Wire".
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on November 03, 2011, 09:12:56 am
I'm about 30,000 words into the new novel, "Church of Wire", and it's going well so far. Plus I've written a new short story: "The Al Pacino Appreciation Society".

Meanwhile, my crime story "Space Gun" has been published in Needle magazine.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on November 23, 2011, 09:33:18 am
I've had a couple of short story acceptances recently for anthologies, however I'm having to keep the names of both the publications under my hat for the moment. The stories in question are "Things That Are Here Now, Things That Were There Then" and "The Al Pacino Appreciation Society". More news as and when I can release it :)
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Ray on November 23, 2011, 11:30:01 am
Great titles!
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on December 06, 2011, 12:35:39 pm
Thanks Ray.

News of a couple of forthcoming short story publications:

"Wounder" is available now in "13" from Morpheus Tales, featuring fiction by Eric S Brown, Joseph D’Lacey, Gary Fry, Andrew Hook, Shaun Jeffrey, Matt Leyshon, Gary McMahon, Andy Remic, Stanley Riiks, Tommy B. Smith, Alan Spencer, Fred Venturini, and William R.D. Wood. Available from lulu.com and all good booksellers - www.lulu.com/product/paperback/13-tales-of-dark-fiction/18720432

And "Dizzy Land" will be in the next Black Static which I understand has just gone to print.

Unusually I didn't manage to write a short story in November, but I am now 58,000 words into the novel, "Church of Wire" instead.

Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Ray on December 06, 2011, 01:10:39 pm
Great going - makes me feel very bad about how much I haven't done for the novel recently!  58,000 - you'll be there in no time...
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on December 06, 2011, 04:01:58 pm
Thanks Ray. I'm aiming for a minimum of 80,000 (although no doubt it'll be more) and expect to finish it by the end of January - fingers crossed!
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on December 19, 2011, 11:50:28 am
Update: Up to 69,000 words with "Church of Wire" and have also written the first drafts of two new short stories, "The Quickening" and "Periscope".
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on January 05, 2012, 02:12:27 pm
Just finished the first draft of my novel, "Church of Wire", which has come in around 85,000 words. Feel quite emotionally drained now :)
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Ray on January 05, 2012, 03:55:29 pm
Well done - I feel emotionally drained at the beginning of mine!
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on January 06, 2012, 09:17:51 am
Cheers Ray. It is such a slog with a novel, which is why I will always prefer writing short stories. I guess a novel is a long term relationship whilst a short story can be a one night stand. (not quite sure how that analogy works in terms, but I did like the sound of it!).
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Ray on January 09, 2012, 10:35:45 am
As someone who favours the short form myself, I'll now feel dirty every time I write something!  Not a bad thing, I suppose.  ;D

Although, does that mean getting it published is a form of kiss and tell?  Is keeping the contributor's copy a notch on the bedpost?
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on January 09, 2012, 12:43:42 pm
Notches on the bedpost is a great analogy! Although I soon won't have much of a bedpost left.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on January 13, 2012, 10:27:31 am
I can now confirm that my story, "Things That Are Here Now, Things That Were There Then" will be published in the anthology, "Dark Currents", from NewCon Press sometime in the Spring.

And also another short, "The Quickening", will appear in the next issue of Shadows & Tall Trees. This is actually my 100th story acceptance (although probably won't be the 100th published, due to the schedule of other publications). To be honest, that figure doesn't quite seem real!
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Ray on January 13, 2012, 02:19:51 pm
Awesome - that must be a celebratory milestone, surely?  (Mind you, I can find any excuse to drink a toast - story acceptance, story publication, good review, day ending in y...)
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on January 23, 2012, 10:14:35 am
Finally received my copy of Black Static #26 last Friday containing my story "Dizzy Land" which has been out for a while, but got lost in the post. On the same day I also got my contributor copy of The Monster Book For Girls anthology (The Exaggerated Press) containing my story, "Monster Girl."

I've been writing a few stories recently set in Japan. "Monster Girl" is one of these, and I wrote a new story, "Drowning In Air", yesterday which is set on the island of Miyake-jima. Part of that story was inspired by these photographs: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_-n0Xaek_I0c/TQEmx_q2hsI/AAAAAAAAAAw/Hbbn2Tj7XQg/s1600/Gas_Mask.jpg and http://www.doaaraku.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Tourist-Information-Japan-Miyake-jima-Gas-Masks-Tourism-in-Izu-Islands-550x392.jpg. Apologies for the long links, I can't work out how to do them differently.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Ray on January 23, 2012, 12:31:05 pm
Really enjoyed Dizzy Land, emotive and striking in its imagery (if that doesn't sound too English teachery) and very pleased to see the only eggs were some horrible fried ones and not that one with boxing gloves from the old computer game.

God, I hope someone else remembers that game, or else that was a very weird comment.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: jim mcleod on January 23, 2012, 06:03:36 pm
here is my interview with Andrew

http://thegingernutcase.blogspot.com/2012/01/interview-with-andrew-hook.html (http://thegingernutcase.blogspot.com/2012/01/interview-with-andrew-hook.html)
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on January 24, 2012, 09:36:48 am
Thanks for the comments on the story, Ray. I don't remember the video game but now I'm intrigued.

And cheers again for the interview opportunity Jim!
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Ray on January 24, 2012, 10:50:45 am
It was called Dizzy and you were, er, an egg.  With boxing gloves.  Walking around a weird world, avoiding dangers.  Odd, but strangely compelling at the time.

On a more seriosu note, though, I did I really enjoy the disentergration in your story, and when the ground (literally) falls away.  Great stuff.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on January 28, 2012, 08:54:44 pm
Thanks for elucidating, Ray! (by the way, just read your mermaids story and absolutely loved it!)

Meanwhile, decided this morning to launch a new magazine with my partner, Sophie. She's the main editor and I'm along for the ride. We're not specifically looking for genre, but are open to persuasion. Impress us!

Guidelines for Fur-Lined Ghettos here: http://fur-linedghettos.weebly.com
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on February 13, 2012, 09:47:16 am
Wrote a couple of short stories in the past seven days: "The Evening Of The Mule" and "The Stench Of Winter". Still awaiting a first story acceptance of 2012. I must be slipping ;)
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on March 13, 2012, 09:19:03 am
My story "The Human Map" has recently been published in the Eibonvale anthology, "Where Are We Going?"

Quite a few BFS-known names in the table of contents:

Are We Nearly There Yet  - Introduction by Allen Ashley
Dead Countries - Gary Budgen 
A Faraway City  - Joel Lane
The Way the World Works  - Ian Sales
A Guide to Surviving Malabar  - Ian Shoebridge 
The Human Map  - Andrew Hook 
Journey to the Engine of the Earth  - Terry Grimwood
The Discord of Being  - Alison J. Littlewood
Xana-La  - Stephen Palmer 
At the Rail  - Andrew Coburn 
The Bridge - A. J. Kirby
The Chain  - Frank Roger 
Our Island  - Ralph Robert Moore 
Underpass  - Daniella Geary
Overnight Bus  - Marion Pitman 
Wake with the Light  - Jet McDonald 
Future Prospects (Poem)  - Geoff Stevens
Entanglement  - Douglas Thompson 

Further information: http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/books/books_wawg.htm
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on April 12, 2012, 11:01:41 am
After a short creative hiatus I managed to write the first drafts of two new short stories over the Easter weekend: "The Universe At Gun Point" and "Dumb Broad". Still quiet on the acceptance front at the moment, but a story has recently been published in the "Dark Currents" anthology from NewCon Press.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on June 06, 2012, 10:01:48 am
Been busy recently with non-writing stuff, such as the birth of my daughter, Cora. However I managed to squeeze in a short story prior to her birth, called "My Naked Man", and I've just sold "The Universe At Gun Point" for inclusion in Des Lewis's Classical Horror anthology :)
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on July 13, 2012, 09:41:05 am
Received my contributor copy of "The First Book of Classical Horror Stories" containing my piece "The Universe At Gun Point". I've blogged about why I chose the composer Erik Satie here: http://andrew-hook.blogspot.co.uk/
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Allen on July 13, 2012, 10:32:00 am
Hi Andrew,
Congratulations on having your story published in Des’s anthology.
Annoyingly, I can’t find my Naxos Erik Satie CD at the moment, so reliant upon low volume You Tube clips.
Had a quick look at your blog. The title of The Stranglers / Dave Greenfield piece you mention is, of course, a parody of Satie’s famous “Trois Gymnopedies”. As a Kate Bush fan, I’m sure you’ll know that she starts “Symphony in Blue” with a short phrase from Satie. Also – yes, I know I’m getting a bit train-spotterish - for my story “Things Seen, Left” – which was published by (your) Elastic Press in my collection “Somnambulists” - I nicked the title from a BBC documentary about Satie called “Things Seen Left and Right”. I don’t know if you remember the story but “Things Seen, Left” was much better than the original working title “The Boat of Time”, which sounds like something Vincent Price might ride in!
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on July 20, 2012, 09:31:19 am
Hi Allen

I knew there was a link between the Greenfield piece and Satie and must have read it in Strangled magazine at the time. I couldn't verify it online, however, but your answer makes perfect sense. And of course I remember "Things Seen, Left" which is probably one of my favourite pieces of yours. I like hearing how titles come about.

Had a good Saturday at Edge-Lit in Derby last weekend. Thanks for those who attended the events I was on (and no worries for those who didn't attend mine and Rob Rees' reading - we have a nice chat between ourselves!)

New baby has stymied new stories for a few months, but as my partner and baby remained in the Derby area for a week that's meant the creative dam has broken and I've knocked out three stories this week: "The Abduction of Europe", "The Perfection of Symmetry", and "Tetsudo Fan".
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Allen on July 20, 2012, 11:25:19 am
That’s pretty prolific for a week.  The rest of us can only look on in awe.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on July 20, 2012, 12:42:01 pm
Well, they have been building and I had to make the most of the opportunity!

Meant to mention earlier there have been a couple of reviews of my collection, "Nitrospective", recently:

"Nitrospective collects together another twenty-one of Hooks short fiction, proving again, if proof were needed, that some of the most innovative writing is to be found in the independent press. The end result is often heady, but rarely dull." Review at Sci-Fi Online (http://www.sci-fi-online.com/00_revs/r2012/book/11-10-30_nitrospective.html) where it's given 10/10.

And:

"Overall, I like the anthology.  Some of the stories are quite good, but there are a few weak stories that often go nowhere.  The saving grace is that even with the weaker stories, Hook has an easy-to-like writing style and a knack for characterization that keeps your interest even when you might be disappointed in the end. If you're a fan of slipstream, this is an anthology you should consider." Review at Tangent Online (http://www.tangentonline.com/print--other-reviewsmenu-263/collections-reviewsmenu-337/1886-nitrospective-by-andrew-hook-)
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on August 01, 2012, 09:36:18 am
Sold my short story, "The Perfection of Symmetry", to the Chiral Mad anthology to be published around November this year.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on September 13, 2012, 12:45:34 pm
Been a bit quiet this summer hearing back on submissions and actually doing some writing, but I have managed to pen a new short story: "The Aniseed Gumball Kid".
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on September 18, 2012, 09:27:10 am
And another story written: "The Last Mohican". Been intending to write an alternative reality punk (not steampunk, real punk!) story for a while and very pleased with this. Still quiet on the acceptance front this year though.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on October 02, 2012, 09:27:02 am
I'm attending two events within the next few weeks.

First up, Fiction at Olives: Tuesday 9th October from 7:30pm at Olives Bar in Norwich. I'll be reading alongside Terri Armstrong, Phil Doran, Lander Hawes, Barrie de Lara and Sarah Walker

Secondly, I'm a guest at Autumn: Horror In The East, at Lowestoft, Suffolk, on 3rd November, alongside Conrad Williams, Joseph D'Lacey, and David Moody and others. Further information here: http://www.horrorintheeast.com/

Hope some of you can attend.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on October 17, 2012, 09:58:28 am
My 2009 novella, "And God Created Zombies", from NewCon Press is now available on kindle for an introductory price of £1.53: http://www.amazon.co.uk/And-God-Created-Zombies-ebook/dp/B009R2RUYQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1350372023&sr=1-1
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on October 18, 2012, 09:43:30 am
Sold my short story, "Tetsudo Fan", to the forthcoming Rustblind and Silverbright anthology from Eibonvale Press.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on October 26, 2012, 09:32:21 am
New short story written: "Beyond The Island Of The Dolls". For anyone interested in part of the inspiration for the story, google La Isla de las Munecas...
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on November 05, 2012, 10:15:07 am
Had a great time Saturday at the first Horror In The East event in Lowestoft, with David Moody, Conrad Williams, Joseph D'Lacey, Adam Millard and many others.

Also: mixed review of my collection "Nitrospective", although I'm delighted by "The slant towards existentialist themes, suggest a more contemporary re-telling of the ideals of Camus or Sartre."

And my story, "The Perfection of Symmetry", has just appeared in "Chiral Mad". Please support this Downs Syndrome charity anthology: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Chiral-Mad-Michael-Bailey/dp/1479152439
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on November 16, 2012, 12:29:30 pm
Pleased to announce my story, "Drowning In Air", will be published next year in an anthology I'm unable to reveal at this present time. Next year I will be even more pleased to announce which book it will be in. :)
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on January 17, 2013, 09:43:46 am
Very pleased to announce that two short stories I wrote since December, "Rain From A Clear Blue Sky" and "Bullet", have been accepted for publication in Black Static  :)
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Ray on January 21, 2013, 12:31:08 pm
That's great news, Andrew - really looking forward to them.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on February 13, 2013, 09:29:34 am
Cheers Ray!

I've also just sold a short story, "The Aniseed Gumball Kid", to PostScripts, and have another, "Kodokushi", appearing in the next issue (the signing sheets for that are just doing the rounds).
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on February 20, 2013, 10:06:17 am
And another story sold: "The Caged Sea" to Unspoken Water.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on March 20, 2013, 10:28:09 am
Finished writing the first draft of a novel, "Body and Soul". And my short story, "Rain From A Clear Blue Sky", has just been published in the current edition of Black Static.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Allen on March 21, 2013, 12:35:27 pm
You are doing amazingly well, Andrew. Good stuff.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Jlentle on March 27, 2013, 04:10:40 pm
I'll second that! Great work Andrew - pleased to see you've got so much on :)
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on April 08, 2013, 11:25:40 am
Cheers guys! Two new stories written: "Shoot For The Moon" and "The Frequency of Existence". Just need to add a little polish and they'll be submitted to a couple of markets shortly.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on May 17, 2013, 09:57:45 am
My short story, "The Caged Sea", is in the current issue of Unspoken Water together with fiction and poetry by Mike Chinn, Marion Pitman, Lee Clark Zumpe, Derek Muk, Rebekah Memel Brown, Brian M. Milton, Richard King Perkins ll, and Stephen Palmer. (http://www.ian-hunter.co.uk/buy-online)
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on May 22, 2013, 10:56:46 am
And my short story, "Bullet", has now been published in #34 of Black Static magazine, together with fiction by Nina Allen, Joel Lane, Ilan Lerman, and Sean Logan.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on June 10, 2013, 04:28:42 pm
I'm editing an anthology of punk-inspired stories for DogHorn Publishing. Could be any genre.

See guidelines here: http://www.doghornpublishing.com/wordpress/news/submission-guidelines-punkpunk
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on July 23, 2013, 09:39:19 am
My story, "Tetsudo Fan", has recently been published in the wonderful Eibonvale anthology, "Rustblind and Silverbright". And I've sold a short story, "Beyond The Island Of The Dolls", to the Canadian anthologists Postscripts to Darkness.

And since I last posted here I've written five new short stories: "Blood For Your Mother", "Making Friends With Fold-Out Flaps", "Softwood", "Soapsud Galaxies" and "Interference".

I also have some novel news to be announced fairly shortly.

Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on August 28, 2013, 09:47:36 am
Quick update: I've sold my short story, "Interference", to Chiral Mad 2 (I was also in the first Chiral Mad anthology with "The Perfection of Symmetry"). Information about both books is here: http://blog.nettirw.com/2013/07/03/chiral-mad-2/
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on September 03, 2013, 09:29:35 am
And another short story sale: "Shoot For The Moon" will appear in Monomyth next year.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Ray on September 12, 2013, 08:13:11 pm
Congrats there, Mr Hook!  Smiley face.  :)
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on October 07, 2013, 10:07:52 am
Pleased to announce that I've signed a two book deal for my crime noir novels, "The Immortalists" and "Church of Wire", with Telos Moonrise. Press release here: http://telosmoonrise.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/andrew-hook-signed-to-criminal-pursuits.html

Also written two new short stories since I last posted: "The Opaque District" and "A Knot Of Toads".
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: John Travis on October 09, 2013, 03:50:52 pm
Congratulations!
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on October 29, 2013, 09:21:40 am
Cheers John. I'm also just over a third of the way through another crime novel, "People I Know Are Dead".

And I've sold a short story, "A Knot Of Toads", to Black Static.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on November 11, 2013, 09:31:59 am
Pleased to announce my short story, "Softwood", will appear in a future NewCon Press anthology, the details of which I'm unable to provide at the moment.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Ray on November 19, 2013, 10:59:30 am
Nice one, Andrew - well done.  :-)
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on November 22, 2013, 09:19:41 am
I have a story, "Kodokushi", in the new PostScripts anthology: http://www.pspublishing.co.uk/postscripts-3031-memoryville-blues--jhc-edited-by-peter-crowther--nick-gevers-1847-p.asp

Meant to mention this before, but my contributor copy arrived yesterday and prompted a reminder :)
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on December 31, 2013, 01:42:08 pm
I've sold a short story, "The Opaque District" to the Horror Uncut anthology and today I've completed the first draft of a new neo-noir novel, "People I Know Are Dead." My writing year for 2013 is summarised here: http://andrew-hook.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/my-writing-year-2013.html
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on January 09, 2014, 10:49:44 am
My story, "Interference", has just been published in the Downs Syndrome charity anthology, "Chiral Mad 2" (I was also in the first anthology). I've blogged about the story's genesis here: http://andrew-hook.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/interference.html
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on January 30, 2014, 02:43:21 pm
My story, "A Knot Of Toads", has recently been published in Black Static#38 and I've blogged about the gestation of the piece here: http://andrew-hook.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/a-knot-of-toads.html

My story, "Bothersome", has recently been sold to an anthology I'm not sure if I can name yet.

I've also been finalising the stories for the anthology, "punkPunk!", that I've edited for DogHorn Publishing.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on February 07, 2014, 09:02:46 am
My short story, "Drowning In Air", has recently been published in Strange Tales IV from Tartarus Press and I've blogged about how the story came about here: http://andrew-hook.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/drowning-in-air.html
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on February 27, 2014, 09:42:15 am
It's been a busy February!

Finished editing the "punkPunk!" anthology for DogHorn Publishing and have handed off the files to be prepared for publication.

Finished the edits for the first of two crime novels to be published by Telos in March/April. Cover design can be viewed here:

http://andrew-hook.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/cover-art-immortalists.html

And I've also written three new short stories: Flytrap, The Soft Explosion, and The Nomenclature of Fear.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on March 22, 2014, 02:12:14 pm
Hi all

My neo-noir crime novel, "The Immortalists", has been published today through Telos.

Currently available as a Kindle or Nook e-book with paperback version to follow in the next few days.

Ex-cop, Mordent, is an irascible, anachronistic PI with a noir sensibility and a bubblewrap fetish.

Hired to investigate a missing person case he believes the job to be an easy pay-check, but when the kid turns up dead and appears to have aged beyond death, Mordent finds the mystery is only just beginning.

When a second body is found similarly aged, Mordent is pulled into rival gang leaders’ quests for immortality, a race where the objective is not to finish. And it becomes personal when Marina, a psychic, disappears after tipping off the police about the second body. Mordent had unfinished business with her.

The Immortalists is the first in a series of exciting crime novels putting a neo-noir twist on the genre conventions of bums and dames, corruption and perversion, and cops and informers; all played out on rain-soaked streets amid a shadow-filled city.

‘An excellent writer and stylist, reminding me of Raymond Chandler, Malcolm Pryce and Jasper Fforde. Suitably creepy and sometimes laugh out loud funny.’
Emlyn Rees, author of 'That Summer He Died'

‘Andrew Hook's fiction is always recognisable, but never predictable. He has that rare, lovely ability: to mess with your expectations while entertaining you at the same time.’
Mat Coward, Dagger and Edgar shortlisted crime writer

Purchase info here: http://telosmoonrise.blogspot.co.uk/201 ... -hook.html

My first new novel for ten years!

Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on March 24, 2014, 09:30:09 am
The paperback is also now available through Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Immortalists-1-Mordent-Novel/dp/1845838807/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1395653132&sr=1-3&keywords=the+immortalists) as well as the e-book options.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on April 09, 2014, 01:22:12 pm
Pleased to report I've sold a new collection of my short stories, "Human Maps", to Eibonvale Press.

And I've also placed a short story, "The Abduction of Europe", in an anthology I cannot name at the moment.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Des Lewis on April 09, 2014, 01:33:15 pm
Pleased to report I've sold a new collection of my short stories, "Human Maps", to Eibonvale Press.

Congratulations, Andrew. Well deserved. I very much look forward to it.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on April 10, 2014, 11:13:42 am
Thanks Des!
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on April 30, 2014, 02:02:00 pm
I've written a new short story, "The Call Of The Void", and I've sold a story, "Flytrap", to Interzone.

New blog post on twenty years of selling short stories: http://andrew-hook.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/twenty-years-of-short-stories.html
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on May 06, 2014, 10:54:57 am
My short story, "Softwood", has been published in "La Femme" from NewCon Press and I've blogged about the gestation of the story here: http://andrew-hook.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/softwood.html
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on May 22, 2014, 11:34:49 am
Couple of news snippets about the novel:

This Sunday I'm being interviewed by Future Radio on their Platform show which airs between 5-6pm (I'm likely to be in the second half). It's repeated Monday and then will be available on podcast. http://futureradio.co.uk/

And if you're in the Norfolk/Suffolk area on Saturday 21st June I have a booksigning in Diss. Details here: http://www.disspublishing.co.uk/Events/events.html

Oh and if anyone has a review blog who wants a PDF of the novel for review purposes please let me or Telos know and we can sort one for you.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on June 06, 2014, 11:10:59 am
Been very busy recently whilst my partner was away with our baby at relatives for a week:

Five new short stories written: "The Unthinking Tyranny Of History", "The Plasticity Of Identity", "Vulvert", "Black Lung" and "Sömntuta".

I've put my novel "The Immortalists" down for a Goodreads Giveaway to stimulate interest: enter for the chance of getting a free copy here: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/95633-the-immortalists

I've also published two of my previous short story collections on Kindle:

"The Virtual Menagerie" (Elastic Press, 2002): was shortlisted for a British Fantasy award for Best Collection in 2003. Features 19 short stories, some previously published in The Third Alternative, The DreamZone, Grotesque and a host of other indie mags. Only £1.83 !

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Virtual-Menagerie-Andrew-Hook-ebook/dp/B00KSOPR8I/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1402047362&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Virtual+Menagerie

"Beyond Each Blue Horizon (Crowswing Books, 2005): I think this was also shortlisted for a BFS award. Features 21 stories, some previously published in Fusing Horizons, Midnight Street, Nemonymous, Poe's Progeny and others. Again only £1.83 !

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beyond-Each-Blue-Horizon-Andrew-ebook/dp/B00KSOPOU4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1402047332&sr=1-1&keywords=Beyond+Each+Blue+Horizon

Should anyone get these Kindle versions reviews on amazon/goodreads would be welcomed!
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on June 24, 2014, 04:55:32 pm
I've just sold a short story, "Soapsud Galaxies", to Jupiter SF.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Allen on June 24, 2014, 07:37:17 pm
Well done, Andrew. Intriguing title, too.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on June 26, 2014, 09:16:52 am
Thanks Allen. I've also just sold another story, "Periscope", to Perihelion.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Des Lewis on June 26, 2014, 09:46:55 am
You're on a roll, Andrew! :)
Congratulations.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Allen on June 26, 2014, 12:34:15 pm
So, “Periscope” to “Perihelion”. Can we therefore expect – “Bleak Static” or “Black Statins” to “Black Static”; “Indy Zone” to “Interzone”, “Post Crisps” to “Postscripts”; and so on?
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on June 27, 2014, 10:10:13 am
Thanks Des! And Allen, maybe you've hit the submission game on the head (there's a story in there somewhere...)
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on July 01, 2014, 10:41:47 am
And another story acceptance: "The Plasticity of Identity" to an anthology I'm yet able to name.

(I do get rejected too. SF novel rejected a few months back because they liked my style but not the central idea, and then rejected yesterday because they liked the central idea but not my style!)
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on July 09, 2014, 09:10:54 am
And another story sold: "Burning Daylight" to Confingo.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on August 05, 2014, 09:48:31 am
As part of Noirwich crime festival I'm reading from "The Immortalists" on 2nd September at Norwich Arts Centre (51 St Benedicts Street, Norwich, NR2 4PG) in their cafe bar. Readings will start at 7.30pm.

The writers taking part are: Paula Cocozza, Andrew Hook, Elspeth Latimer, Dani Redd, Emma Rhind-Tutt.

Each writer will read for approximately 5 minutes and there will be a chance for discussion and mingling afterwards.

Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on August 26, 2014, 11:18:54 am
I've had a short SF story, "Periscope", published online over at Perihelion SF (http://www.perihelionsf.com/1408/fiction_2.htm). I've also blogged about how the story came to be written here (http://andrew-hook.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/periscope.html).
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on September 01, 2014, 10:17:30 am
Three new stories written recently: "The Steam Room", "The Day My Heart Stood Still" and "Clusterfuck".

I'm reading here tomorrow night: http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/theliterarysalon.aspx

And at FantasyCon on Saturday 6th September at 2pm.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on September 24, 2014, 02:58:27 pm
I've sold "The Day My Heart Stood Still" to Postscripts, "Black Lung" to Black Static, and two other stories to anthologies I'm not allowed to name. Also started writing the fourth Mordent novel, "The Happy Finish".
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on October 20, 2014, 09:25:49 am
And I've sold another story, "The Frequency of Existence", to Black Static as well.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on November 17, 2014, 03:00:50 pm
I've had three short stories published this month. "Burning Daylight" in Confingo Magazine (http://confingomagazine.wordpress.com/subscribe/), "Soapsud Galaxies" in Jupiter SF (http://www.jupitersf.co.uk/), and "Black Lung" in Black Static (http://ttapress.com/blackstatic/currentissue/)
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on November 18, 2014, 09:36:30 am
Cover reveal for my second neo-noir crime novel, "Church of Wire", coming from Telos next year: http://andrew-hook.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/cover-art-church-of-wire.html
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on December 24, 2014, 09:20:46 am
I've had a short story, "Shoot To The Moon", published recently in Monomyth. I've finished the first draft of the fourth book in my Mordent series of noir crime novels, "The Happy Finish". My short story, "Your Golden Hands", was included in Unconventional Fantasy which was a World Fantasy 2015 convention project, and I can confirm my story "Drowning In Air", originally published in Strange Tales IV, will be reprinted in Best British Horror 2015 edited by Johnny Mains for Salt (which will be released in April).
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Allen on December 26, 2014, 03:06:41 pm
Congratulations, Andrew. Is "Your Golden Hands" that story from "Postscripts" a little while back?
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on December 29, 2014, 04:51:17 pm
Hi Allen, yup, "Your Golden Hands" is a reprint from Postscripts.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on December 30, 2014, 09:04:46 am
Here's a blog post on my writing year 2014: http://andrew-hook.blogspot.co.uk/

It was lucky thirteen: 13 stories written, 13 stories sold, 13 stories published (but not the same 13!)
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on January 30, 2015, 09:33:56 am
Pleased to report I've sold a novella, "The Greens", to Spectral Press for their Theatrum Mundi imprint to be published in the latter half of 2016.

This means my forthcoming books include "Church of Wire" (Telos, within the next couple of months), "Human Maps" (a collection from Eibonvale, latter half of 2015), "Slow Motion Wars" (Screaming Dreams, hopefully before the end of the year), and "punkPunk!" edited by myself which is nearing publication. It's proving to be quite busy!
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Simon Kewin on January 31, 2015, 09:37:41 am
Impressive list Andrew! Sounds like you're going to be busy...
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on February 02, 2015, 09:27:47 am
Thanks Simon. A lot does seem to be happening at once!
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on March 03, 2015, 09:14:26 am
Just sold two short stories: "Blood For Your Mother" to Black Static and "Cold Water Killer" to Spark: A Creative Anthology.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on March 23, 2015, 10:02:18 am
Three short stories recently published: "The Last Mohican" in punkPunk!, "You Can't Handle Love" in Fur-Lined Ghettos #6 (edited by my partner who insisted she include this piece), and "The Frequency of Existence" in Black Static #45.

I've written four new short stories this year: "Tiny Iris", "Where Do Broken Dreams Go?", "My Somnambulant Heart" and "Us!". "Tiny Iris" has been sold to an anthology being edited by Chris Kelso.

And my article: "Unconscious Consumer: X-Ray Spex and the Day-Glo World" appears in the current issue of Sein Und Werden: http://www.kissthewitch.co.uk/seinundwerden/spring15/page14.html
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on April 17, 2015, 04:08:55 pm
I can now announce my short story, "Us!", has been accepted for publication in Creeping Crawlers edited by Allen Ashley for Shadow Publishing.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on May 12, 2015, 10:28:43 am
Four new short stories written: "Shipwrecked In The Heart Of The City", "We Die When We're Alone", "Wanderlust", and "Old Factory Memories."

Two stories published: "A Life In Plastic" in Strange Tales V (Tartarus Press) and "The Stench of Winter" in Shirley magazine (which is online only, and so can be read here: http://www.shirleymag.com/#/the-stench-of-winter-hook/)
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on May 18, 2015, 10:08:00 am
There's a comprehensive interview with me over at Speculative Treasury (http://infiniteflower.wix.com/speculativetreasury#!Harnessing-the-Weird-An-Interview-with-Andrew-Hook/ca5m/555794a40cf2adc1ad391394)
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on May 28, 2015, 09:55:25 am
I'm pleased to say my novel "Church Of Wire" has now been published in both paperback and kindle formats.

Here's the blurb:

Ex-cop, Mordent, is an irascible, anachronistic PI with a noir sensibility and a bubblewrap fetish. Hired by the enigmatic Isabelle Silk to unearth dirt on a business associate, he becomes involved with Jessica – a floozy with a fake Southern Belle accent – and hunts the Residue Killer: a twisted individual intent on despatching survivors of previous serial killer attacks.

All the trails lead to the Church of Wire. Yet does this surrealist religious sect really lie at the heart of the killings?

Church of Wire is the second in a series of exciting crime novels putting a neo-noir twist on the genre conventions of bums and dames, corruption and perversion, and cops and informers; all played out on rain-soaked streets amid a shadow-filled city.

‘Beautiful prose, a razor sharp eye for detail, and chills aplenty. Hook rebirths the noir, but with a very hard darkness and a disturbing air of mystery.’ Paul Finch, author of Dean Man Walking

Praise for The Immortalists: ‘The interplay between Mordent and the other characters is a delight to read, as is the prose throughout with its hard boiled sensibilities, short sentences that cut like diamond on glass and metaphors as apposite as they are off kilter.’ Peter Tennant, Black Static

Amazon links: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Church-Wire-Mordent-Novel-2/dp/1845839129/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1432801837&sr=1-5
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on September 02, 2015, 10:33:38 am
Since I last posted here I've sold the short stories "Vulvert" to Confingo, and "Old Factory Memories" to Axolotl. My short story, "The Nomenclature of Fear", will be published as a standalone chapbook by In Short Publishing. A short story, "Drowning In Air", was reprinted in Best British Horror 2015 (Salt) and another short, "Bothersome", has appeared in Darkest Minds.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on October 15, 2015, 09:38:43 am
Since I last posted here I've sold a short story, "The First You & I" to Skylark Review. Three shorts have also been published: "Blood For Your Mother" in Black Static #48, "Tiny Iris" in Slave Stories: Scenes From The Slave State (omniumn gatherum publications), and "Old Factory Memories" can be read online here (http://www.axolotlmag.com/en/old-factory-memories-andrew-hook/) at Axolotl magazine.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on November 16, 2015, 09:48:54 am
Since I last posted here several short stories have been published: "The Aniseed Gumball Kid" in Breakout (a Postscripts anthology from PS Publishing), "Us!" in Creeping Crawlers edited by Allen Ashley, "Vulvert" in Confingo magazine, "The First You & I" in Skylark Review, and "The Nomenclature of Fear" as a standalone short story chapbook from InShort Publishing in Australia.

I'm going to have to start writing more stories.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on August 05, 2016, 10:37:27 am
I seem to have let visiting here lapse. I've had a few stories published/accepted for publication since the last post so won't list them all, but in book news...

1. A short story collection, "Slow Motion Wars", co-authored with Allen Ashley, has recently been published by theEXAGGERATEDpress and is available to purchase  here (http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0ahUKEwjG47K9-6nOAhXBCMAKHWJFC4wQFggfMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lulu.com%2Fshop%2Fallen-ashley-and-andrew-hook%2Fslow-motion-wars%2Fpaperback%2Fproduct-22796280.html&usg=AFQjCNHXVhNW_Gilb1ZZplxdZILMpIo_6w&sig2=pExyuyYHY9YtYitqG-ZTEQ&bvm=bv.128617741,d.d24)

2. A novella, "The Greens", will be published by Snowbooks this September and launched at FantasyCon

3. A short story collection, "Human Maps", will be published by Eibonvale Press towards the end of this year

4. I'm editing an anthology for NewCon Press titled, "Elasticity", which will feature 15 stories previously published by Elastic Press (which I ran from 2002 to 2009). Publication date 2017.

5. Another short story collection, "Frequencies of Existence", is scheduled in publication for 2018 but as yet I can't reveal the publisher
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Djibril on August 06, 2016, 02:27:31 pm
Ooh, Elasticity sounds like it should be a popular choice! Any hints about the terms or criteria you're using to select the stories from so many brilliant originals?
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on August 25, 2016, 10:05:01 am
Hi Djibril

It wasn't that difficult choosing stories for Elasticity. Some choices automatically popped up in my head even as Ian was suggesting the book to me. I've posted the contents on my website, so am free to announce it here (some weren't originally published by Elastic but I felt it had to be a broad choice to reflect the Press - I think 8 of these were first published by us).

Andrew Humphrey – Grief Inc
Brian Howell – The Tower
Mike O’Driscoll – Evelyn Is Not Real
Neil Williamson – Amber Rain
Jeff Gardiner – 310153
Gary Couzens - Four AM
Marion Arnott – When We Were Five
Antony Mann – Shopping
Allen Ashley – Somme-Nambula
Nick Jackson – Visits To The Flea Circus
Justina Robson – Alsiso
Andrew Tisbert – Jasmine
Maurice Suckling – Televisionism
Chris Beckett – The Marriage of Sea and Sky
Tim Nickels – fight Music

Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Djibril on August 25, 2016, 03:04:20 pm
Sounds great. My brain is too porous to figure out how many of those I read first time around, but I'm guessing about half of them. (I know people who religious collected all the Elastic books, but looking at my shelves I seem only to have about 6 of them any more. Maybe I gave some away to reviewers?)

I look forward to seeing it, anyway.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on November 17, 2016, 05:00:20 pm
I see I've lapsed in posting here again, but I really should mention I've had two further books published which are now available for purchase.

My novella, "The Greens", has been published by Snowbooks and is a mere snip at £4.99. Purchase it here: http://snowbooks.com/products/80927 (http://snowbooks.com/products/80927)

Blurb: Two green-skinned children are discovered who claim to have come from within the earth. The local legend states that the boy died, and the girl married but had no children. Is the legend true?

OCD sufferers often perpetuate their rituals believing that if they fail to do so their families will suffer. But what if they are correct – that their rituals are necessary to maintain life’s balance? And what if it was discovered that many OCD sufferers are descendants of the green children...

The Greens is a modern fantasy/horror novella which merges two concepts: that of the 12th Century Suffolk legend of the green children and sufferers of obsessive compulsive disorder.

And my short story collection, "Human Maps", is available in both hardback and paperback from Eibonvale Press (and will be officially launched at the BFS Open Night on the 2nd December in London). Get that one here: http://eibonvalepress.com/books/books_humanmaps.htm

Blurb: Through dreamscape wonderment, fetishism, guilt, loss and love, these twenty-one stories map both physical and internal environments. Hook's familiar themes of identity, memory, and the nature of reality thread multiple genres to form a dense cartographic exploration of the human condition.
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Stephen Palmer on November 20, 2016, 09:17:43 am
Busy man, Andrew!
Title: Re: Andrew Hook
Post by: Andrew Hook on July 07, 2017, 09:29:11 am
I've been a bit lax in posting here, but in brief:

An audio book of my novella, "And God Created Zombies", is available from audible here: http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/And-God-Created-Zombies-Audiobook/B06XB2TLSW

My non-fiction book, "Bunuel's The Exterminating Angel: a personal analysis", is available through RoosterVision here: https://www.amazon.com/Bunuels-Exterminating-Angel-personal-RoosterVision/dp/1946335061/

"Elasticity: The Best of Elastic Press" which I've edited for NewCon Press is available here: http://www.newconpress.co.uk/info/book.asp?id=91&referer=Hp

There is a launch event for "Elasticity" (and "Best British Science Fiction 2016") tomorrow - Saturday 8th July at the Star of Kings pub near Kings Cross from 1-5pm. Be there or be elsewhere :)