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Title: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 11, 2010, 04:44:03 pm
Allyson invited me over, so blame her

I'm Willie, a Scottish author and lapsed BFS member (I need to do something about that soon) and I know a lot of you here already

I've had nine novels and over 150 short stories published in the genre press. They're mostly set in Scotland, but there'll be a few with Canadian settings :)

For more details see my website at http://www.williammeikle.com (http://www.williammeikle.com)

I have some samples available to read for free online as well as links to online stories and podcasts on the above site

Watchers is a dark fantasy trilogy, set in 1745 Scotland with a vamp Bonnie Prince Charlie, vampire highlander armies, and incidental werewolves and zombies...

For something different, My Midnight Eye Files series is about a PI in Glasgow who gets involved with the occult... it's more tongue-in-cheek than the other books. Sirens is Book 2, out now and Book 3:The Skin Game is coming later this year from Black Death Books

I have an ongoing series of short story chapbooks/box sets at http://www.ghostwriterpublications.com (http://www.ghostwriterpublications.com) and other recent anthology appearances in Gaslight Grotesque (Edge Publishing) and Cthulhu Unbound 2 (Permuted Press).

Most recenly I had a story in issue 10 of Something Wicked magazine in South Africa and my last sale was to the forthcoming hardcover Cthulhu 2012 anthology from Mythos Books. This year I'm trying to target more pro anthologies/publications.

(http://www.williammeikle.com/watchersomnibustradesmall.jpg)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: allybird on March 11, 2010, 06:05:24 pm
I'm waiting for more people to invite more people.....welcome. :)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on March 11, 2010, 07:29:34 pm
Hi Willie, good to see you here.

Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 11, 2010, 11:06:08 pm
Hi Willie, good to see you here.



I used to hang about here many years ago but have lost touch recently. I'll try not to be so much of a stranger in future.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 12, 2010, 11:43:27 pm
Some ramblings by me about my writing in an interview at The Black Glove

http://the-black-glove.blogspot.com/2009/08/william-meikle-interview.html (http://the-black-glove.blogspot.com/2009/08/william-meikle-interview.html)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 12, 2010, 11:58:16 pm
There's 2 days left to get a sample set of chapbooks of my short stories

http://www.thepennydreadfulcompany.com/page11.html

These works cover a variety of writing by me.

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Island Life - A digest sampler of my novel
Truth Decay - A noir ghost story
Brotherhood of The Thorns - A crusader hunt for a holy relic
Unstrung - A demonic puppet wreaks havoc
The Chamber of Tiamat - Archaeologists uncover an ancient evil
Creature - Two Creature Features
Samurai - A Far Eastern Ghost Story
Cold as Death - Sword and Sorcery in 16th C Scotland


Thanks to Neil at GWP for doing this, (and waiving his share of the profits). I'm now able to afford the new Netbook I need. :-)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 15, 2010, 04:44:25 pm
Brand new and shiny - a murder mystery in St Andrews, Scotland in The Road Hole Bunker Mystery.

Kindle Price:$4.99 & includes international wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet.

http://www.amazon.com/Road-Hole-Bunker-Mystery-ebook/dp/B003CC15OI (http://www.amazon.com/Road-Hole-Bunker-Mystery-ebook/dp/B003CC15OI)

Tell your friends :-)


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The day started like many another.

I dressed, I made coffee, I sat at my desk trying to magic up a client through the power of my will. All I managed to magic was a headache.

Outside my window rich men played golf; chatting, back-slapping and giving high-fives as they rolled putts across the pristine Eighteenth of St Andrews Old Course.

None of them showed any signs of needing my services.


(http://www.williammeikle.com/RoadHoleBunkerCover.jpg)

Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 18, 2010, 05:18:16 pm
My novel Island Life is available in its first ebook edition at Smashwords for $2.99, in a variety of download formats

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/11184 (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/11184)

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An archaeological expedition is intent on opening an old barrow on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides despite the reservations of the locals, who all know and fear the old stories. The scientists unleash a colony of murderous monsters from deep under the earth. As the released creatures swamp the island, slaughtering livestock and people alike, the humans must band together to survive.

 
Some reviews of the 2001 paperback edition here:

http://williammeikle.blogspot.com/2010/01/island-life-reviews.html (http://williammeikle.blogspot.com/2010/01/island-life-reviews.html)

(http://www.williammeikle.com/Island-Life.gif)

and more here

http://williammeikle.blogspot.com/2010/01/more-island-life-reviews.html (http://williammeikle.blogspot.com/2010/01/more-island-life-reviews.html)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 12, 2010, 01:17:49 pm
I was pleased to see that I got an honourable mention in Ellen Datlow's Best
Horror of the Year 2009 anthology for "The Tenants of Ladywell Manor," in
Cthulhu Unbound 2

This antho picked up a few HMs, and is well worth checking out. It's avaliable
in all the usual online sites, as well as being on the shelves of many Barnes
and Noble stores in the States.

Willie

Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 19, 2010, 02:19:38 pm
I have three new books out this week, $1.99 each, in numerous download formats.

The Invasion

It started during a winter storm on the North Eastern Seaboard which brought with it a strange green rain. Where it fell, everything withered, died, and was consumed. The residents of remote outposts in Maritime Canada escaped the worst of the early damage, but that was a blessing in disguise, for they were left to watch as first North America, then the world, was subsumed in the creeping green carpet of terror. And that was just the beginning. New life forms began to arise from the ooze, simple organisms at first, but multiplying with ever increasing complexity. The few human survivors are faced with a full-scale invasion... and only radical measures will guarantee the survival of the human race.

Kindle at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Invasion-ebook/dp/B003HS4V8O
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/13290

The Chronicles of Augustus Seton

Augustus Seton is a 16th Century Scotsman, a seeker after truth, continually trying to find ways to explain the supernatural events that shaped him. This will lead him down many Fortean alleys, confronting demons and witches, but also getting involved in other manifestations of the weird, from the Grey Man of Ben MacDui, to the Kilbirnie Wyrm and even encounters with the Grim Reaper himself. The four stories in this collection are his first adventures in what I hope will become a long and wild career of monster smiting, demon slaying and general mayhem with a bit of history thrown in.

Kindle at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Chronicles-of-Augustus-Seton-ebook/dp/B003HS5PLG
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/13288

The Valley

In 1863 a group of mercenaries are hired to help out a mining town in Montana. They arrive to find the town empty and some of the buildings wrecked and strewn over a wide area. A new cave leads them to a land that time forgot, a high valley full of animals that are extinct elsewhere, but have thrived in the remote environment. But something else is loose in the land, something even older that has emerged from the cave system. Soon the remaining men are fighting for their lives, and the lives of everything in the valley.

Kindle at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Valley-ebook/dp/B003HS4UHQ
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/13278
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 27, 2010, 02:39:26 pm
A short movie, Hotline, written by me, directed by Daniel A Finney, is now available on YouTube (in two parts) Play it loud. :-)

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sGdTuevMQI

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfNYtBxHlQA&feature=related
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on May 03, 2010, 01:11:32 pm
I've been looking around for anthologies to submit to in recent weeks. I've got subs out to some of the usual suspects -- anthos dedicated to Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraft's Mythos.

But it got me thinking about what other anthos I'd like to write for -- and read, in other writers' universes. So, with tongue only slightly in cheek, this is a call for editors/publishers to get their fingers out and announce submission calls for the following:-

Black Mass - A Dennis Wheatley tribute. Wheatley wasn't the world's greatest writer, but his books filled store shelves before Stephen King came along, and did a lot to mould my liking for supernatural fiction. I'd love to have a go at an old school Satanic romp with his characters.

She Who Must be Obeyed - an H Rider Haggard tribute. I've always wanted to do an Allan Quatermain/Lost civilisation story.

Tarzan Returns - How cool would it be to do a Tarzan story? Well for a lad who grew up on the ERB books, it would be geek heaven.

Challenger - Why not a Professor Challenger antho as opposed to a Holmes one? And Challenger was an Ayrshire man, like me. I've got many ideas just waiting for the right antho :-)

Quatermass - And thinking of Challenger brings me straight to Quatermass, one of my earliest heroes. It's surely time for an antho of British science gone wrong?

Fu-Manchu - I -so- want to write an old school criminal mastermind story

And those are just off the top of my head. I'd also love to write in Moorcock's Eternal Champion Universe, or using Gemmell's Jerusalem Man. There are also many TV show characters I'd love to write stories for, from the X-Files to Dr. Who, from Adam Adamant to Supernatural.

Not a single one of these is likely to happen any time soon and I'm not holding my breath waiting for invitations to submit.

But a boy can dream can't he?
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: allybird on May 03, 2010, 03:01:36 pm
'She Who Must be Obeyed - an H Rider Haggard tribute. I've always wanted to do an Allan Quatermain/Lost civilisation story.'

I wish someone would take that one on. It would be fun!

Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on May 03, 2010, 03:33:40 pm
'She Who Must be Obeyed - an H Rider Haggard tribute. I've always wanted to do an Allan Quatermain/Lost civilisation story.'

I wish someone would take that one on. It would be fun!



Surely there's someone reading whose got the money to set up a pro antho that only ten people would buy? :-)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on May 05, 2010, 03:01:24 pm
Just agreed a contract for a story in the last Nemonymous anthology, Null Immortalis. I'm especially happy to have it accepted by Des Lewis, as he was one of the reasons I got going in the first place in the small press, and my story is about the turning of cycles, and death and rebirth.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on May 08, 2010, 12:40:14 pm
Colin Leslie reviews my fantasy collection "The Chronicles of Augustus Seton"

http://talesfromtheblackabyss.com/2010/05/08/the-chronicles-of-augustus-seton-by-william-meikle/comment-page-1/#comment-340

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"...in terms of sheer adventure he ticks all the boxes. Like a prose cartoon character he hacks and slashes his way through imaginative retelling of ancient myths in a fantastically enjoyable manner."


You can hear me smiling from the depths of my lonely furrow.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on May 10, 2010, 05:51:54 pm
Out today at Smashwords and Amazon.com - my latest ebook, Crustaceans


(http://www.williammeikle.com/crustaceans.jpg)


"It begins slowly, with a dead whale on a Boston shoreline -- not in itself an
unusual occurrence. But the things that clawed their way out of the blubber were
very unusual indeed. The Crabs are back, bigger and meaner and ever. Soon they
are swarming around Manhattan, hunted and harried by a SWAT team tasked with
ridding the city of the menace... before the menace gets big enough to rid
itself of the city. "
--oO0Oo--

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/14452

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Crustaceans-ebook/dp/B003LBSJGM

--oO0Oo--

Big beasties fascinate me.

Some of that fascination stems from early film viewing. I remember being taken
to the cinema to see The Blob. I couldn't have been more than seven or eight,
and it scared the crap out of me. The original incarnation of Kong has been with
me since around the same time. Similarly, I remember the BBC showing re-runs of
classic creature features late on Friday nights, and THEM! in particular left a
mark on my psyche. I've also got a Biological Sciences degree, and even while
watching said movies, I'm usually trying to figure out how the creature would
actually work in nature -- what would it eat? How would it procreate? What
effect would it have on the environment around it?

On top of that, I have an interest in cryptozoology, of creatures that live just
out of sight of humankind, and of the myriad possibilities that nature, and
man's dabbling with it, can throw up.

All those things were going round in my head when I first sat down to write the
novella Crustaceans.

As I started I only knew one or two things -- that there would be whales
involved somewhere, and that the Crabs would be in the tunnels and sewers under
the city. After some fascinating research into the history of excavations and
tunneling I made a start.

I worked out a full ecological profile and lifecycle for my "beasts" but most of
that went by the board as the plot took over. It went quickly, and I found
myself enjoying it immensely.

It runs in my head like a movie, and I'd love to see it on the big screen one
day, or as a comic book. That's how I think of it -- big, brash and bloody.

...and there will be a print edition coming in the future
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: benedictjjones on May 11, 2010, 08:59:42 pm
keep meaning to grab some of the 'penny dreadfull co.' chapbooks ofyours - something i shall try and remedy soon.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on May 18, 2010, 10:42:33 pm
Des Lewis announced the full order and lineup for Null Immortalis - I'm first up. I'm honoured.

TURN AGAIN by William Meikle
A GIANT IN THE HOUSE by Daniel Pearlman
APOTHEOSIS by D.P. Watt
THE RETURN by S.D. Tullis
LUCIEN’S MENAGERIE by David Fitzpatrick
VIOLETTE DORANGES by David V. Griffin
EVEN THE MIRROR by Ursula Pflug
LOVE IS THE DRUG by Andrew Hook
THE DROWNED MARKET by Joel Lane
THE SCREAM by Tim Casson
THE SHELL by Tony Lovell
STRINGS ATTACHED by Gary Fry
OBLIVION by Derek John
TROOT by Margaret B. Simon
A MATTER OF DEGREE by Mike Chinn
ONLY ENUMA ELISH by Richard Gavin
ICARUS ABOVE... by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
YOU HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR by Reggie Oliver
HOLESALE by Rachel Kendall
FIRE by Roy Gray
BROOM PEOPLE by Cameron Pierce
THE TOYMAKER OF BREMEN by Stephen Bacon
THE MAN WHO MADE THE YELLOW GOD by Mark Valentine
THE GREEN DOG by Steve Rasnic Tem
HAVEN’T YOU EVER WONDERED? by Bob Lock
SUPERMARINE by Tim Nickels
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on May 28, 2010, 05:01:31 pm
My blog has had one of its periodic overhauls. Blogger now lets me add extra pages, and I've added pages about me, my books, ebooks, chapbooks and anthologies, all with links where to buy the books. There is also a page with links to online stories and podcasts for free reading and listening, and a section on writing tips.

Come on over and see the shiny things.

http://williammeikle.blogspot.com/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 01, 2010, 10:44:18 pm
I've just agreed contracts for seven more ebooks.

Black Death Books will be bringing my back catalog, and a new Midnight Eye File, to ebook format this year.

This comprises:

The Midnight Eye Files: The Amulet
The Midnight Eye Files: The Sirens
The Midnight Eye Files: The Skin Game (also joining the others in print)

Watchers: The Coming of the King
Watchers: The Battle for the Throne
Watchers: Culloden

Eldren: The Book of the Dark
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 01, 2010, 10:45:40 pm
THE OUTSIDERS is a *FREE* e-collection from David Niall Wilson, Scott Nicholson,
Rhys Hughes, me and many more. Available in many e-formats (pdf, txt, html,
kindle etc.) at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/15790

I'm proud to have a story in among all these other great writers. A good mixture
from both sides of the Atlantic. Get it now. It's free.

Dr Chadwick's Party – Barry J. House
Lurker – Peter Mark May
Old Slippery – Stuart Neild
Old Cognac & New Leather – David Niall Wilson
Man's Best Friend – Stephen James Price
Haunted – Scott Nicholson
Lucky – Brooke Vaughn
The Growling – David Jeffery
The Curious Obsession of Matthew Deacon – Richard Tyndall
Myth – Ian Faulkner
The Sun Trap – Rhys Hughes
Celeste – Neil Jackson
Brotherhood of the Thorns – William Meikle

Did I mention it's free?
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 08, 2010, 02:17:42 pm
(http://www.williammeikle.com/whispers.jpg)

A new collection "Whispers from the Darkside" is coming soon in paperback and ebook formats from Ghostwriter Publications.

This contains the best of my recent work, and features my Carnacki: Ghostfinder stories, a new long Midnight Eye tale, two new cryptozoological stories, 3 new ghost stories, and 3 reprints from limited edition Penny Dreadful chapbooks.

The table of contents is as follows:

WHISPERS FROM THE DARKSIDE
__________________________

The Blooded Iklwa - A Carnacki story
A Haunting in a Small Town - New ghost story
Abominable - New Cryptozoological story
Rhythm and Booze - New long Midnight Eye story
After the Fall - New dark fantasy story
The Haunting of Esther Cox - New ghost story
The Larkhill Barrow - A Carnacki story
Fear Liath Mor - New Cryptozoological story
Truth Decay - Ghost story
Samurai - Ghost story
Snow Fare - New ghost story
The Sisters of Mercy - A Carnacki story

News on pricing and availability will follow soon, but I'm really looking forward to this, as I think it contains a lot of the best stuff I've ever done.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: David A. Riley on June 08, 2010, 02:26:47 pm
Congratulations, Willie. I take it things are still working out for you okay with Ghostwriter, which is good to hear after what others have had to say about that publisher.

David
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 08, 2010, 03:56:04 pm
Congratulations, Willie. I take it things are still working out for you okay with Ghostwriter, which is good to hear after what others have had to say about that publisher.

David

No problems from my side David. A couple of hiccups, but I've been around these loops often enough with other publishers in the past  to take the rough with the smooth and ride it out. (I've had enough small press deals fall through on me in the past to know that not all of them work out quite as planned.)

Fingers crossed, they're on the verge of getting it right. The Kindle books are all selling steadily, the chapbooks are appearing in several stores in the Dorchester area, and print versions of half a dozen of my titles should be available in just a few weeks time now.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 10, 2010, 01:55:48 pm
I've added a FB "like" button to http://www.williammeikle.com/ - I'd appreciate any "likes" you'd care to throw my way
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Matthew Fryer on June 12, 2010, 03:21:38 pm
It took a few months and several emails, but I finally received that package of chapbooks of yours from Ghostwriter.

They look great and I can't wait to tuck in!
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 13, 2010, 01:16:30 pm
It took a few months and several emails, but I finally received that package of chapbooks of yours from Ghostwriter.

They look great and I can't wait to tuck in!

Good to know you got them Matthew... look forward to your reaction
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 14, 2010, 10:22:32 pm
Nobody knows exactly what happened on the last ascent of Mallory and Irvine in
1924. No details have been passed down to us.

The heights of the tallest mountain have kept their secret.

Until now.

(http://www.williammeikle.com/abominable.jpg)


ABOMINABLE, my latest chapbook, is out today from the Penny Dreadful Company,
with a stunning creature-feature cover by Neil Jackson. An 8000 word story
covering the 1924 Everest expedition, and what they -might- have met on the
heights.

Check it out at http://www.williammeikle.com (http://www.williammeikle.com)

You may also notice new buttons in the top right of the page. If you're on
Facebook, Twitter or Digg, please share the page with your friends. Every little
helps :-)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 18, 2010, 11:08:02 pm
Just had news from Des Lewis that he's moved up the release date of Null Immortalis. The antho should be out in a week or so, and the good news is my story is up first, alongside work by the likes of Joel Lane, Mark Valentine, Steve Rasnic Tem and Reggie Oliver.

Des' email got me thinking about anthologies again. I've been in a few over the years, and have several other appearances forthcoming, in Phoenix Imprint's "Watch" and Mythos Books' "Cthulhu 2012". I also have submissions out at half a dozen more.

For many years I didn't even bother submitting to them. For some reason they didn't appear on my radar in the early days, and then I was focussed on novels for most of the 2000's. It's only in the past few years I've come to realise that I really enjoy seeing my name in books alongside people I have read and admired.

I can pick one of these books off the bookshelf at home, and see my name beside the likes of Alan Dean Foster, Ken McLeod, John Shirley, Mark Morris, Charlie Stross, Stephen Volk, Hal Duncan et al and it gives me a validation that I don't get too often -- a sense that I am a -real- writer as opposed to someone just bullshitting his way through.

It's a feeling I don't get often and, for tonight at least, it's enough to send me back to that blank page one more time.

So if there are any editors out there looking for writers for new anthologies -- I'm open to invitations.:-)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 20, 2010, 10:03:34 pm
There comes a point with anthology submissions where the deadline set for submissions comes and passes. That's when I start to get twitchy, knowing that the final hurdle is just ahead. I have two stories in that state, and a third joining them on Monday.

All three are to publications I really want to be in, and I don't know when the decisions will be made. I can do nothing about it but sit and wait.

I try writing, and that works, for a time.

But I keep coming back, like picking at a scab, to the fact that my submission hasn't been rejected, but hasn't been accepted.

I wait, in limbo, quivering in anticipation like a big quivering thing that's just been poked with a stick
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 22, 2010, 10:17:28 pm
 Just cracked Escapepod, THE top Sci-Fi Podcast market, with my story "Variations on a Theme." I'm a very happy bunny
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 25, 2010, 12:05:05 am
I've just done something I haven't had to do for a while - print out a story to send by snail mail. The editor of the anthology my latest story is headed for is a self-confessed Luddite and demands paper.

Which is fine by me. I cut my teeth in the early days on large piles of A4 envelopes, reams of photocopier paper and almost daily replacement of ribbons on an old daisywheel printer.

Given the acceleration of technology it feels like I'm looking back at the Dark Ages, but it was actually only fifteen years ago.

Most markets now allow electronic submissions, but it felt nice to slip a smart shiny manuscript into a new envelope, address and enclose an addressed envelope, and sign at the bottom of a cover letter.

And tomorrow I'll go to the post office and buy a couple of International Reply Coupons.

The nostalgia of it all may well overwhelm me. :-)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 28, 2010, 01:17:12 am
Just found out that I'm on the shortlist for another pro antho... something else to fret about then   

That's 2 pro anthos I'm on the shortlist for, and along with sales to the forthcoming hardcover Cthulhu 2012 antho, Escapepod, the Watch antho and Des Lewis' Null Immortalis it's turning into a good year for short story sales. It sort of vindicates my decision to be picky about where I submit

Here's hoping the second half goes as well.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 29, 2010, 03:56:41 pm
Des Lewis has announced that Null Immortalis is officially released today. My story "Turn Again" is first up and I'd be very interested on any feedback on it...
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 02, 2010, 12:03:42 am
Rakie Kieg's blog comments on the number of novels she's written made me count mine

In order of writing them, starting in 1998 I have :-

Eldren: The Book of the Dark
Eldren: The Book of the Dead (trunked and trashed as it was crap)
The Midnight Eye Files: The Amulet
Island Life
Watchers: The Coming of The King
Watchers: The Battle For the Throne
Watchers: Culloden
The Midnight Eye Files: The Sirens
The Road Hole Bunker Mystery
Generations
Hunter's Dock (not yet published)
The Concordances of the Red Serpent (not yet published)
The Midnight Eye Files: The Skin Game (not yet published)
Berserker (not yet published)
The Valley
Crustaceans
The Invasion

So the one I'm on is number 18. Blimey!
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 02, 2010, 02:30:03 am
A Lovecraftian tale for bedtime for anyone? Listen to my story "When the Stars are Right" at Dunesteef.

http://dunesteef.com/2008/10/30/page-16-when-the-stars-are-right-by-william-meikle/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Rolnikov on July 02, 2010, 07:21:32 am
Rakie Kieg's blog comments on the number of novels she's written made me count mine

In order of writing them, starting in 1998 I have :-

Eldren: The Book of the Dark
Eldren: The Book of the Dead (trunked and trashed as it was crap)
The Midnight Eye Files: The Amulet
Island Life
Watchers: The Coming of The King
Watchers: The Battle For the Throne
Watchers: Culloden
The Midnight Eye Files: The Sirens
The Road Hole Bunker Mystery
Generations
Hunter's Dock (not yet published)
The Concordances of the Red Serpent (not yet published)
The Midnight Eye Files: The Skin Game (not yet published)
Berserker (not yet published)
The Valley
Crustaceans
The Invasion

So the one I'm on is number 18. Blimey!

18 in thirteen years - good going! How many had Rakie Kieg written?

I've written just six:

Professor Challenger in Space
Quiet, the Tin Can Brains Are Hunting!
The Fear Man
His Nerves Extruded
The Doom that Came to Sea Base Delta
The Day the Moon Wept Blood

None of them fit for human consumption!
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 02, 2010, 03:11:09 pm
Another good review for Crustaceans.

"Fans of the old creature feature movies and killer animal books will find it to be a wonderful guilty pleasure. Recommended."

http://monsterlibrarian.com/killeranimals.htm#Crustaceans_by_William_Meikle


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Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 04, 2010, 09:50:14 pm
Interim Report for 2010

Well that's the first six months gone, and there's been good and bad on the writing front.

The year started well with the publication of my story "The Blue Hag" in the South African magazine "Something Wicked" but it was rather slim pickings after that, with only several chapbooks from GWP to show any glimmer of hope.

Recently though things are showing signs of a better year to come.

Kindle releases of several works have shown steady, if a tad unspectacular, sales.

And on the short story front, some recent sales have picked me up; one to Des Lewis' Null Immortalis anthology, one to a forthcoming anthology about Voyeurs, and a reprint sale (at a pro rate) to Escapepod. Along with that, I got confirmation of my sale to Cthulhu 2012, a forthcoming pro hardcover anthology from Mythos Books

I'm also waiting for quite a few anthology submissions that should be announced in the coming months, so fingers crossed.

On the longer work front, there should be several new print works coming in the 2nd half of the year from GWP, and the release of the 3rd Midnight Eye novel: The Skin Game, from Black Death Books.

Also coming from Black Death Books will be the release of my back catalogue with them in ebook format, bringing seven new ebooks in the coming months.

On the actual writing front, things have been a bit slower than last year but that's no bad thing as I needed a bit of a rest. I have completed a short SF novel, The Invasion and several short stories. I'm currently at work on a very British disaster novel, The Creeping Kelp, which is working out like a blend of John Wyndham and Professors Challenger and Quatermass with added shuggoths.

As for the waiting... that continues, as I hold my breath for the print editions of things I've written over the past few years, the new ebook releases, the publisher that's looking at Hunter's Dock, the anthology submissions, other submissions to various publications, and the film companies who are in various stages of preproduction on my scripts.

More news, dear readers, as it gets to me. But for now, here's to the downhill slide to the festive season.   
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 04, 2010, 09:52:35 pm
Rakie Kieg's blog comments on the number of novels she's written made me count mine


...the one I'm on is number 18. Blimey!

18 in thirteen years - good going! How many had Rakie Kieg written?

I've written just six:

Professor Challenger in Space
Quiet, the Tin Can Brains Are Hunting!
The Fear Man
His Nerves Extruded
The Doom that Came to Sea Base Delta
The Day the Moon Wept Blood

None of them fit for human consumption!

Rakie's on 15.

And you're not supposed to eat them... maybe that's the problem? :-)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Rolnikov on July 04, 2010, 09:54:09 pm
I thought if I made them cheesy enough...  ;D
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 13, 2010, 06:43:52 pm
What a day that was.

Let's start with some background. Two things I think are pertinent. The first is the date.

On 12th July 1984 I got married. It turned out to be the worst decision of my life, but that's a tale for another day. That same day my old Gran died and my childhood went with her. So, not a date I remember with any great fondness.

The other thing worth mentioning is that I have just started a new short story about a "Trickster" spirit.

So let's get to the day itself.

It started inauspiciously. I did my business in the morning, flushed the toilet... and the chain inside the cistern broke.

Went out to buy a new chain and checked the PO Box. I found to my delight that I had my contributors copy of the Null Immortalis anthology, one I'm particularly proud to get in to.

Back home, turned off the water supply, fixed the chain in the cistern, turned on the water supply.

Sue calls out from the garden that the washing line has broken, dumping a load of washing on the grass.

I start to head out then notice a "hissing". Further investigation shows that hot water is pouring out of the bottom of our boiler, flooding the laundry room floor. I turn off the water and phone a plumber.

Meanwhile, spend an hour or so fixing the washing line and mopping up the laundry room.

Make a coffee. Finally get online to find some arsehole has left one star reviews of my Kindle books because "Although they're right up my ally (sic) I don't have a Kindle." Resist the urge to scream and report him to Amazon for stupidity.

Ten minutes later I get notification of a pro sale to the Mountain Magic anthology, with a story I really love, The Scotsman's Fiddle.

Plumber arrives. Bad news. We need a new boiler and it will cost us all the money we had saved for a holiday later this year.

Five minutes later Sue checks her mail to find that she's won $100 in a competition.

Spend an hour draining the boiler and mopping up some more.

And just before a weary climb to bed, I get a pro payment for another story, one I sold to Escapepod.

I lay awake for hours waiting for something else to happen.

But it seems the Trickster has made his point.

I'm hoping for a calmer day today.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: David A. Riley on July 13, 2010, 07:02:41 pm
Sounds like someone gave you a Chinese curse.

Hope you had a calmer day today.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 16, 2010, 11:27:01 pm
Sounds like someone gave you a Chinese curse.

Hope you had a calmer day today.

Thanks David... matters did improve :-)

And I am very happy to be in the upcoming pro anthology 'Mountain Magic: Spellbinding Tales of Appalachia' coming soon from Woodland Press. Some names I recognize, others that are new to me. And my second antho in a row alongside Steve Rasnic Tem... people will start to talk.

Table of Contents

• The Scotsman's Fiddle, Story by William Meikle
• Top Hat, Story by Frank Larnerd
• Margaret Rose, Poem by Kelly Ramsdell Fineman
• Fiddlelegs, Story by Steve Vernon
• The Ascension of Mercy Grace, Story by Jean Rabe
• Sin Tax, Story by Stephen Couch
• And this came straight from my student's mouth... , Poem by Joyce Richardson
• Glory Hand, Story by Joshua Reynolds
• A Silent Supper, Story by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy
• Dancing on a Stump, Story by Karin Fuller
• The Worm Conjurer, Poem by Wade German
• A Recipe for Rain and Rainbows, Story by Beth Cato
• The Passing, Story by Steve Rasnic Tem
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 20, 2010, 12:30:48 pm
The Invasion is having a good day. Into 3 digits for the 1st time.

#930 in Kindle Store
#24 in Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Science Fiction

http://www.amazon.com/The-Invasion-ebook/dp/B003HS4V8O
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 25, 2010, 04:50:09 pm
 ‎7 responses to anthology submissions this year so far. I've sold stories to 6 of them. Blimey!
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 27, 2010, 11:32:19 pm
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My SF ebook, The Invasion is proving, by quite some way, to be my best selling book on the Kindle.

As of today it is in the top 30 of all SF books on the kindle, and top 10 in two other categories

#28 in Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Science Fiction
#4 in Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Fiction > Horror > Occult
#6 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror > Occult

http://www.amazon.com/The-Invasion-ebook/dp/B003HS4V8O

Quote
I've been reading William Meikle for a while and his cross-genre style can be addictive. Polished craft with a B-movie action sensibility, Meikle is an old-school storyteller in the best possible way--he makes stories fun - Scott Nicholson

This little Lovecraftian alien invasion story seems to have caught some reader's imagination. The striking cover hasn't hindered matters either.

What it has done though is make me rethink my next big project. I feel another SF novel coming on for this winter.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: David A. Riley on July 28, 2010, 07:23:28 am
"This little Lovecraftian alien invasion story seems to have caught some reader's imagination. The striking cover hasn't hindered matters either."

That's a very striking cover, Willie. I can understand why it's sold well. Congratulations!

Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Degsy on July 29, 2010, 09:41:35 pm
Hi Willie,

I enjoyed your story in the last 'Nemonymous' and I'd love to read some more of your stuff, but I'm spoiled for choice. Would you care to recommend any of your books as the best introduction to 'The World of Meikle'? (This may, of course, be like asking a parent to choose amongst their own children.)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 02, 2010, 03:58:50 pm
Another pro sale (three in the last 3 week). And to a new market, Daily Science Fiction. A very nice start to the week.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 05, 2010, 04:32:06 pm
Back when I first started writing I had a little list of what I wanted to achieve. Mainly it was of things I thought might be realistic, like getting some short stories published in the horror press, and writing a novel. Also on the list were some things I could only dream of.

Since then, some (not all yet) of those dreams have come about.

There was one I never could cross off. Until today. Today I get to cross off the line that read as follows.

Appear in an anthology with Ramsey Campbell.


Call of Lovecraft will feature stories by us both and will be out in September. Not only that, but I will also be alongside a reprint of Lovecraft's classic "Pickman's Model"

http://site.papercutbooks.com/Announcements.html

That sound you hear is me doing my happy dance.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 05, 2010, 04:35:50 pm
Hi Willie,

I enjoyed your story in the last 'Nemonymous' and I'd love to read some more of your stuff, but I'm spoiled for choice. Would you care to recommend any of your books as the best introduction to 'The World of Meikle'? (This may, of course, be like asking a parent to choose amongst their own children.)

My personal favorite is The Midnight Eye Files: The Amulet ... a Scottish PI takes on the Great Old Ones, as it combines many of my favorite things.... pulp noir, Lovecraftian themes, Glasgow, and beer :-)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Midnight-Eye-Files-Amulet/dp/0976791463
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Degsy on August 05, 2010, 08:37:16 pm
Thanks Willie! Congrats on the anthology as well.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Mike Chinn on August 06, 2010, 09:35:40 am
Back when I first started writing I had a little list of what I wanted to achieve. Mainly it was of things I thought might be realistic, like getting some short stories published in the horror press, and writing a novel. Also on the list were some things I could only dream of.

Since then, some (not all yet) of those dreams have come about.

There was one I never could cross off. Until today. Today I get to cross off the line that read as follows.

Appear in an anthology with Ramsey Campbell.


Call of Lovecraft will feature stories by us both and will be out in September. Not only that, but I will also be alongside a reprint of Lovecraft's classic "Pickman's Model"

http://site.papercutbooks.com/Announcements.html

That sound you hear is me doing my happy dance.

Congrats, Wiilie. Only just wish I'd learned that my submission wasn't being used by normal channels - not reading the ToC on the link you provided. Rejection I can take - it's indifference that hurts...  :-\
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Post by: williemeikle on August 09, 2010, 09:14:19 pm
Another nice start to the week.

My story "The Colour that Came to Chiswick" has sold to Gaslight Arcanum, the forthcoming Holmes anthology from Edge Publishing.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Mike Chinn on August 10, 2010, 08:34:58 am
Another nice start to the week.

My story "The Colour that Came to Chiswick" has sold to Gaslight Arcanum, the forthcoming Holmes anthology from Edge Publishing.

Love that title...  :D
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 10, 2010, 01:11:31 pm
Another nice start to the week.

My story "The Colour that Came to Chiswick" has sold to Gaslight Arcanum, the forthcoming Holmes anthology from Edge Publishing.

Love that title...  :D

It probably won't surprise you to know that I had the title before I wrote the story :-)

It combines several of my favorite things. Victorian London, Holmes and Watson... and Fullers beer.
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Post by: williemeikle on August 10, 2010, 01:15:40 pm
Don't know if it's to do with the mention here, but UK peeps have been buying The Amulet from Amazon this week, and got it into some rankings.

#13 in Crime, Thrillers & Mystery > Hard-Boiled,
#38 in Horror > Thrillers,
#41 in Fantasy > Horror

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Midnight-Eye-Files-Amulet/dp/0976791463
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 10, 2010, 01:31:11 pm
Amazon UK has opened up its Kindle store so my ebooks are now available in the UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s?_encoding=UTF8&search-alias=digital-text&field-author=William%20Meikle

The best seller in the States, currently in the top 15 SF Kindle books, is The Invasion : Alien invasion, mass destruction, plucky survivors and last minute rescues.

The Valley is a Lost World story. Cowboys in 1863 Montana find a lost valley in the Rockies full of prehistoric beasties.

Island Life is set on a remote Scottish Island. You're all alone, and hulking creatures are moving in the mist.

Crustaceans : Giant killer crabs take Manhattan

Chronicles of Augustus Seton:  4 adventures of a 16th Century Scotsman with a demonic sword

The Road Hole Bunker Mystery:  A murder mystery set on the Old Course at St Andrews

I hope you find something that takes your fancy.

Willie
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Rolnikov on August 10, 2010, 04:47:16 pm
I was going to ask your publisher for a review copy of The Invasion, but at that price I decided to just buy it...
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Rolnikov on August 10, 2010, 05:00:22 pm
So nice to have the book delivered instantly!

It's interesting what you say about reading the book in black and white. When Ranjna and I were watching The Happening, I suggested it would be much better in black and white - and it was. It made it easier to see where it was coming from.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 10, 2010, 06:12:44 pm
Thanks Stephen. And thanks to you, it shot straight into the UK charts :-)

#17 in Kindle Books > Fantasy
#6  in  Kindle Books > Fiction > Horror
#16 in Kindle Books > Science Fiction


Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 11, 2010, 10:17:37 pm
It gives me a pain in the diodes all down my left side to tell you that The Invasion is now outselling The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy in the Amazon.com Kindle store... at the moment it's #11 in the Kindle Science Fiction chart.

Clucking bell!
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 12, 2010, 02:56:07 pm
And more clucking bells.

The Invasion is currently #35 in the Amazon Horror charts for all books, not just for the Kindle. My 1st time in the top 40!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/books/49/ref=pd_ts_pg_2?ie=UTF8&pg=2
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 12, 2010, 05:52:18 pm
Keeping good company in the Amazon horror bestseller list (all books, not just the Kindle)

These are the standings for the amazon.com Horror Section as of lunchtime today:

#29 Stephen King The Gunslinger
#30 William Meikle The Invasion
#31 Dean Koontz Frankenstein: Lost Souls
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Post by: williemeikle on August 12, 2010, 09:10:12 pm
I have to tell somebody.

The Invasion is currently at #21 in the Amazon horror chart for ALL formats, not just Kindle.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/books/49/ref=pd_ts_pg_2?ie=UTF8&pg=1

Other numbers include

#10 in Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Science Fiction
#3 in    Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Fiction > Horror > Occult
#3 in    Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror > Occult

Please don't wake me up just yet...
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 14, 2010, 02:03:29 pm
‎3rd pro short story sale of the month.

"The Shoogling Jenny" sold to the "Specters in Coal Dust" anthology.

Beer time tonight.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 14, 2010, 04:07:40 pm
‎3rd pro short story sale of the month.

"The Shoogling Jenny" sold to the "Specters in Coal Dust" anthology.

Beer time tonight.

Here's the Specters in Coal Dust line up. Lots of buddies, and some people I admire greatly. Well chuffed to get into this one.

Gary A. Braunbeck, Christopher Golden, Tom Piccirilli, Steve Rasnic Tem, Elizabeth Massie, Lee Thomas, Ronald Kelly, Bev Vincent, William Meikle, Nate Southard, Joshua Reynolds, Barbara Jo Fleming, Michael Bracken
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Post by: williemeikle on August 16, 2010, 05:22:29 pm
I have to tell somebody.

The Invasion is currently at #21 in the Amazon horror chart for ALL formats, not just Kindle.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/books/49/ref=pd_ts_pg_2?ie=UTF8&pg=1

Other numbers include

#10 in Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Science Fiction
#3 in    Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Fiction > Horror > Occult
#3 in    Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror > Occult

Please don't wake me up just yet...

And still going up

The Invasion is currently at #16 in the Amazon horror chart for ALL formats, not just Kindle.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/books/49/ref=pd_ts_pg_2?ie=UTF8&pg=1

Other numbers include

#5 in Kindle Books > Science Fiction

Blimey!
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Rolnikov on August 16, 2010, 05:37:25 pm
Really good fun. I could read a hundred books like that one and still enjoy the 101st.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 17, 2010, 10:23:17 pm
Really good fun. I could read a hundred books like that one and still enjoy the 101st.

Glad you enjoyed it Stephen. "Fun" was what I was aiming for :-)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 17, 2010, 10:23:54 pm
My wee ebook is proving a bit of a runaway hit on Amazon.com

It is currently in the top 10 of Science Fiction books available for the Kindle,
and in the Top 20 of ALL horror books.

So here I am, asking for the help of my newsletter readers to get it even higher
in the charts Please, tell your friends, relatives, people in the street. Anyone
you think might be interested in an alien invasion story. It's good. honest :-)

It's available on

Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/The-Invasion-ebook/dp/B003HS4V8O

Amazon.co.uk
http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Invasion-ebook/dp/B003HS4V8O

And remember, you don't need a kindle to read them... you can download the
Kindle for PC, or Iphone on the Amazon site.

~oO0Oo~

In other news

I made a conscious decision early this year to pick and choose markets more
carefully.

It seems to be paying off rather nicely. So far I have/will have stories in the
following print anthologies:-

- Null Immortalis (Nemonymous 10) (OUT NOW)
- Cthulhu 2012 (Mythos Books)
- Watch (Imprint Phoenix)
- Mountain Magic: Spellbinding Tales of Appalachia (Woodland Press)
- Call of Lovecraft (Papercut Press)
- Gaslight Arcanum (Edge Publishing)
- Specters in Coal Dust (Woodland Press)

There's another great antho sale I can't talk about yet, and a couple more
submissions I have out that I have high hopes for.

I also have recent pro Science Fiction short story sales to Escapepod and Daily
Science Fiction.

What with that, and The Invasion currently in the top 20 on the Amazon Horror
lists, and in the top ten in Kindle Science Fiction, it's been quite a couple of
months.

Also coming up, I have Kindle releases of many of the Penny Dreadful Chapbooks,
and a Carnacki collection.

Busy, busy, busy.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 23, 2010, 06:11:55 pm
My story "Morning Sickness" will be reprinted in the "Best New Vampire Tales" anthology later this year.

This was one of my early stories, and was written as part of the back story in my novel "Eldren: The Book of the Dark."

It originally appeared in a glossy A5 small press mag, Velvet Vampyre back in the mid-'90s.

Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 27, 2010, 01:28:11 pm
I have a story on Escapepod today for your listening pleasure: Variations on a Theme, read by Zachary Ricks of Flying Island Press

http://escapepod.org/tag/william-meikle/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 28, 2010, 02:24:20 pm
The brilliant retro cover is here for the Call of Lovecraft anthology, which includes stories by H P Lovecraft, Ramsey Campbell... and me!

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Z41QOps1mko/THjG1wX5SMI/AAAAAAAAAIU/muXuBKYrc54/s1600/call.JPG)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 01, 2010, 04:57:06 pm
Pretty damned excited with the fact the THE INVASION sold over 1200 copies last month and so, in just a month, has become my best seller so far, overtaking my other novels with ease.  (Island Life was the previous best at 900+)

Here's hoping that this monthly figure can be replicated. Given that it's still sitting at #8 in the Kindle SF chart (and #20 in the total Horror chart) on Amazon.com, I have hopes...
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Matthew Fryer on September 02, 2010, 09:24:56 pm
Impressive sales!

I finally got around to starting your Ghostwriter chapbooks, and demolished "Creature" in one sitting. A really nice old-school monster feel.
I'll hopefully read a few more this weekend.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 02, 2010, 10:33:24 pm
Glad you enjoyed it Matthew.

I liked THE CREEPING KELP so much that I'm using it as a back story for a novel in progress, where the mutated beast gets free and starts choking the English Channel and the Thames... much mayhem ensues.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 05, 2010, 02:45:02 pm
And thanks, I think partly to readers here, The Invasion has hit new highs in many categories today

#169 Paid in Kindle Store
#2 in    Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Science Fiction
#3 in    Kindle Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror
#1 in    Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Fiction > Horror > Occult
#6 in    Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror
#1 in    Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror > Occult

Thanks to everyone who has bought it.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Invasion-ebook/dp/B003HS4V8O
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 10, 2010, 04:07:14 pm
I have a new e-collection of some of my stories, many of which appeared in the small press or overseas markets across a period of nearly twenty years. Themes are varying from traditional ghost stories through pulp SF, historical fantasy and more adult horrors.

Code Violation, Creatures of the Night, Dancers, Ghost Writer, Hotline, Joining with the One, Just a Par to Win, One Spring Eve, Overheard in a Cemetery, Phantom Payment, Sucking the Biote, The Flute and the Glen, The Old Mother, The Worst Sound

Available from Smashwords in most formats for only 99 cents

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/23766


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Post by: williemeikle on September 14, 2010, 07:21:58 pm
My Weird Western / Lost World ebook: The Valley is starting to creep up the Amazon charts. It would be nice to see it up there alongside The Invasion.

If cowboys fighting prehistoric monsters in a lost valley in the Rockies sounds cool to you, please check it out.

And tell your friends, your enemies.... in fact, tell EVERYBODY

Amazon.com : http://www.amazon.com/The-Valley-ebook/dp/B003HS4UHQ

It's also out in the UK

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Valley-ebook/dp/B003HS4UHQ

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Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 19, 2010, 05:14:09 pm
The Invasion is still hanging in there

#346 in Kindle store
#10 in Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Science Fiction
#10 in Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Fiction > Horror > Occult
#1 in   Kindle Store > Kindle Books > Fiction > Horror > Occult

It's those two #10s that I like a lot... top ten in both Kindle Science Fiction and Horror is something that's going to keep me warm through the coming winter.

And also doing well in the ALL books sections

#2 in   Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror > Occult
#15 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror

Let's repeat that... it's #15 in the charts for ALL horror books on Amazon. Most of Stephen King and Dean Koontz's works are being outsold by my wee ebook.

Blimey!
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 23, 2010, 09:50:35 pm
We got through Hurricane Igor here in Newfoundland. 
 
For a long time I was on my hands and knees mopping up water that was coming into the front room
 
Our biggest, oldest tree is the one that suffered most. It's now at an angle... looks like it -nearly- got torn out of the ground, and if it had we'd have lost our porch and maybe some of the main house as well.
 
We were helped by the council giving us one (of the two they had) pumps to pump water away to the ditch across the road. It probably was the thing that stopped us flooding altogether. Luckily the power stayed on long enough to see the worst of the rain pass over.
 
Then the wind started. At times we thought the house was going to get blown away... the big gusts felt like a huge hammer hitting the wall, and the whole place shook. All we could do was ride it out.
 
Power went at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, and we got it back at 10:30 am on Thursday.
 
The cleanup in this area will be ongoing for months. There's roads and bridges out all over, and some small towns are completely cut off.  8 inches of rain and 180kph winds will do that to a place.

Scary.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 27, 2010, 08:35:52 pm
The Midnight Eye Files: The Amulet is now also an ebook

On Kindle at Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Eye-Files-Amulet-ebook/dp/B0044KMNYI

On Kindle at Amazon.co.uk

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Midnight-Eye-Files-Amulet-ebook/dp/B0044KMNYI

And in other reader formats at The Merchants Keep

http://merchantskeep.com/#ecwid:category=428269&mode=product&product=1469298


A priceless family heirloom has been stolen and everyone in Glasgow is looking
for it.

The stars are right once more, and an ancient evil has been awakened from its
dreaming sleep.

It was supposed to be an easy case, fast money. But pretty soon PI Derek Adams
is up to his armpits in bodies, femme fatales and tentacles.

As ever, I'm grateful for any promotion my readers here can help with.

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Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 28, 2010, 04:24:41 pm
I'll be the first to admit that I was an ebook sceptic. Just three months ago I was wondering if it was all just something that would quickly blow itself out.

It seems I might have been wrong.

I've just seen my sales figures for my ebooks for September, and just on Amazon, I've sold over 2000 books. That's before we take other markets like Smashwords and Kebo et all into consideration.

In the course of an eighteen year writing career this outperforms my previous best month by a -long- way.

And with THE INVASION still in the top 20 of ALL horror books on Amazon, THE VALLEY sales picking up, and THE AMULET just released, with several more books about to be added, I can foresee even better things ahead.

I'm a convert.

Check out my ebooks here:

On Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/William-Meikle/e/B002BMOP0G/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

On Amazon.co.uk
http://www.amazon.co.uk/s?_encoding=UTF8&search-alias=digital-text&field-author=William%20Meikle

On Smashwords
http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/williammeikle
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 30, 2010, 09:24:33 pm
The Kindleboards forum ( http://www.kindleboards.com ) gets tens of thousands of visitors a day from Kindle users and writers. Tomorrow they start a new promotion, a "Kindle book of the Day" advert that will appear on every page of the forums. They reckon it'll get upwards of 50,000 views

The Amulet will be their first ever BOTD so we'll see if it leads to a spike in sales... (it cost me 35 bucks but I think it'll be money well spent)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 06, 2010, 09:31:59 pm
Carnacki: Heaven and Hell is now available.

(http://www.williammeikle.com/heavenandhell.jpg)


Eight stories featuring William Hope Hodgson's occult detective Carnacki: Ghostfinder for only $1.99

- The Blooded Iklwa
- The Larkhill Barrow
- The Sisters of Mercy
- The Hellfire Mirror
- The Beast of Glamys
- The Tomb of Pyrea
- The Lusitania
- The Haunted Oak

We've had the Ghostbusters and the Scooby Gang, John Constantine and Buffy, and Sam and Dean, the Winchester Brothers. But before all of them one man carried the fight to the forces of evil, armed only with his wits, his science, and his arcane knowledge.

Meet an Edwardian occult detective who goes where no other gentleman will dare, venturing deep into neolithic barrows, into the crypts of ancient cathedrals and fighting the elemental powers of darkness on his own terms.

Meet Carnacki: Ghostfinder

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0045UA7E0/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0045UA7E0/

http://www.smashwords.com/b/24806
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 08, 2010, 04:54:28 pm
I have a PDF review copy of my latest ebook CARNACKI: HEAVEN AND HELL that I am willing to pass on free to anyone here who wants to do a review of it...

Just drop me a line at meiklewilliam@yahoo.com

Willie
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 10, 2010, 02:54:27 pm
I'm very happy to be in such good company....

GASLIGHT ARCANUM: UNCANNY TALES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
Edited by J.R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec
Published by EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy
Publication date: Fall 2011


Frontispiece by Mike Mignola
Cover art by Dave Elsey

Contents:

Introduction by Charles Prepolec

The Comfort of the Seine by Stephen Volk
The Adventure of Lucifer's Footprints by Christopher Fowler
The Deadly Sin of Sherlock Holmes by Tom English
The Colour that Came to Chiswick by William Meikle
A Country Death by Simon K. Unsworth
From the Tree of Time by Fred Saberhagen
Sherlock Holmes and the Diving Bell by Simon Clark
The Executioner by Lawrence C. Connolly
Sherlock Holmes and the Great Game by Kevin Cockle
The Greatest Mystery by Paul Kane
The House of Blood by Tony Richards
The Adventure of the Six Maledictions by Kim Newman

Publication details will be available from EDGE SF&F at their website
http://www.edgewebsite.com/ in due course.

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Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 10, 2010, 07:24:46 pm
I've been looking around for anthologies to submit to in recent weeks. I've got recent sales to anthos dedicated to Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraft's Mythos, as well as the publication of my Carnacki ebook, and again it got me thinking about what other anthos I'd like to write for -- and read, in other writers' universes.

I've posted this before, slightly changed, but maybe if I post it often enough someone will take notice :-)

So, with tongue only slightly in cheek, this is a call for editors/publishers to get their fingers out and announce submission calls for the following:-

Black Mass - A Dennis Wheatley tribute. Wheatley wasn't the world's greatest writer, but his books filled store shelves before Stephen King came along, and did a lot to mould my liking for supernatural fiction. I'd love to have a go at an old school Satanic romp with his characters.

She Who Must be Obeyed - an H Rider Haggard tribute. I've always wanted to do an Allan Quatermain/Lost civilisation story.

Tarzan Returns - How cool would it be to do a Tarzan story? Well for a lad who grew up on the ERB books, it would be geek heaven.

Challenger - Why not a Professor Challenger antho as opposed to a Holmes one? And Challenger was an Ayrshire man, like me. I've got many ideas just waiting for the right antho :-)

Quatermass - And thinking of Challenger brings me straight to Quatermass, one of my earliest heroes. It's surely time for an antho of British science gone wrong?

Fu-Manchu - I -so- want to write an old school criminal mastermind story

Flash: Saviour of the Universe - No, not Flash Gordon (although I'd love to do one of them too) but Harry Flashman, all round cad and adventurer. I think I could have a -lot- of fun with this one.

And those are just off the top of my head. I'd also love to write a Conan story, or one set in Moorcock's Eternal Champion Universe, or using Gemmell's Jerusalem Man. There are also many TV show characters I'd love to write stories for, from the X-Files to Dr. Who, from Adam Adamant to Supernatural.

Not a single one of these is likely to happen any time soon and I'm not holding my breath waiting for invitations to submit.

But a boy can dream can't he?

And if any editors are reading -- I'm free.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 11, 2010, 09:44:48 pm
Having taken note of customer comments, a new improved version of THE INVASION is now uploaded... typos fixed, ending expanded

http://www.amazon.com/The-Invasion-Extended-Version-ebook/dp/B003HS4V8O
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 13, 2010, 11:43:41 pm

Darkness Follows is out now as an ebook.

The contents are:

Code Violation
Creatures of the Night
Dancers
Ghost Writer
Hotline
Joining with the One
Just a Par to Win
One Spring Eve
Overheard in a Cemetery
Phantom Payment,
Sucking the Biote,
The Flute and the Glen,
The Old Mother,
The Worst Sound

This collection spans almost twenty years of writing. Dancers was one of my first published stories, and went on to be made into a short movie, get read on radio, sell to three different pro markets, and get published in Greek, Italian and Spanish.

Others also did well. Code Violation and Joining With the One appeared in a Romanian SF magazine alongside work by people like Isaac Asimov and Charles Sheffield, Joining With the One appeared in ESLI in Russian, and Hotline was also made into a short movie.

All in all I think they provide a good cross-section of what I'm all about.

Get it now for $1.99 or equivalent at

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/23766
SMASHWORDS

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0046ZRKP8
AMAZON.COM

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0046ZRKP8
AMAZON UK

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Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 14, 2010, 06:08:05 pm
The 2nd Midnight Eye File: THE SIRENS  is new today on the Kindle

At first it's a simple lost son case, but for PI Derek Adams things turn quickly
to the twilight zone.

Soon he's on a remote island and up to his hips in mer-women, shape-changers and
ancient fisher cults.

http://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Eye-Files-Sirens-ebook/dp/B00472O6PW

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Midnight-Eye-Files-Sirens-ebook/dp/B00472O6PW

(http://www.williammeikle.com/sirenscover.jpg)

Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 19, 2010, 07:21:54 pm
Just heard that I've sold a novel to Elder Signs Press. Huzzah!
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 19, 2010, 09:10:35 pm
Amazon now allows authors to add a note to their works in the "Editorial Reviews" section . I've been over adding some chat about my books if anyone is interested
 
The Invasion: http://www.amazon.com/The-Invasion-Extended-Version-ebook/dp/B003HS4V8O
The Valley: http://www.amazon.com/The-Valley-ebook/dp/B003HS4UHQ
Island Life: http://www.amazon.com/Island-Life-ebook/dp/B003CYKQY6
Crustaceans: http://www.amazon.com/Crustaceans-ebook/dp/B003LBSJGM
The Watchers Omnibus: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-description/0979988160
Carnacki - Heaven and Hell: http://www.amazon.com/Carnacki-Heaven-and-Hell-ebook/dp/B0045UA7E0
The Road Hole Bunker Mystery: http://www.amazon.com/Road-Hole-Bunker-Mystery-ebook/dp/B003CC15OI
Midnight Eye Files - The Amulet: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-description/0976791463
Midnight Eye Files - The Sirens:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-description/B00472O6PW
The Chronicles of Augustus Seton: http://www.amazon.com/Chronicles-of-Augustus-Seton-ebook/dp/B003HS5PLG
Eldren: The Book of the Dark: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-description/0976791455
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 21, 2010, 12:33:49 pm
I'm the featured author over at http://www.ebookhighlights.com/?p=250 ... watch me ramble.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 26, 2010, 04:32:18 pm
Two professional anthologies out today from Woodland Press with stories of mine in them :-)

Specters in Coal Dust contains my story The Shoogling Jenny alongside work by, among others, Gary A. Braunbeck, Christopher Golden, Tom Piccirilli and Steve Rasnic Tem

Mountain Magic anthology, containing my story "The Scotsman's Fiddle" alongside work by, among others, Steve Vernon and Steve Rasnic Tem
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 26, 2010, 09:41:31 pm
I'm running a wee monthly competition over at my Facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/williammeikle

It is for fans of the FB page only, but you can join just by "liking" the page.

To enter all you have to do is leave a comment on my wall at the above page. Anything goes except spam. At the end of every month I'll draw a winner from the names of everyone who has commented that month and they'll get a free ebook.


This month's book is THE MIDNIGHT EYE FILES: THE AMULET
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 27, 2010, 07:43:44 pm
Very nice review of THE AMULET today

http://sheneverslept.com/newsandreviews/archives/3598

 "Mr. Meikle’s ability to tell a story that intertwines different traditions and yet does not seem derivative at all is very impressive. It leaves me wanting to read more about his hero and the predicaments he gets himself into. I give The Amulet a 4 out of 5 and a hearty “Ia! Cthulhu fhtagn!” for a job well done."
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 28, 2010, 03:32:59 pm
Absolutely brilliant 5* review of The Amulet turned up on Amazon.

Quote
Noir has become a pale shadow of its former glory. And no subgenre has suffered more than Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. Until William Meikle.  Here is an author who obviously respects both genres and has produced one of the finest cross genre novels I have read in years. I think H.P. himself would agree.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 29, 2010, 04:46:54 pm
 Nobody knows exactly what happened on the last ascent of Mallory and Irvine in 1924. The heights of the tallest mountain have kept their secret. Until now. A short story, only 72p.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Abominable-ebook/dp/B0049P226W

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Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 30, 2010, 06:57:00 pm
My Dad has cancer. More than one kind in fact. He's fighting hard, but cancer is a devious bugger. It hides, it lurks, and it pounces when you think it's down and defeated.

Cancer is a monster.

I write about monsters, and have been doing so for a long span of years. Just recently I've started thinking more about why and taking a harder look at my motivations. A look back at several recent things I've done was revealing. THE INVASION features an alien invasion that comes in the form of an organism from space that eats anything in its path, transforming it into something different and unnatural. My short story THE COLOUR THAT CAME TO CHISWICK features a colour out of space that gets into beer and, when consumed, eats the drinker away from the inside out. A story sale to another anthology features gross body changes and loss of identity, and even my current work in progress, ostensibly just a little creature feature disaster story, features genetic modification leading to crawling chaos. I may not have been consciously aware of it, but it's obvious to me now that the Big C has been on my mind.

Cancer has been a presence in my life for as long as I can remember. I first came across it in the late Sixties. My Gran's brother came back to town to die with his family. I was fascinated by this man, so thin as to be almost skeletal, wound in clothes that were many sizes too large for his frame, his skin so thin that I could see his blood moving... not pumping, for it had long since stopped moving enough to keep him alive long. He rarely spoke, just sat by the fire as if trying to soak up heat, his eyes frequently wet from tears, not of sadness, but of pain. He lasted for months in that condition until it finally took him and I knew then that cancer was a monster.

Since then it has taken others, both friends and family; a young mother with two pre-teen children, a cousin who was like a big brother to me, and a girl I never got to know for she was taken before her twentieth birthday. Other family members are still fighting. There's my Dad, who meets it all with a good humour that is humbling, and my godmother who has battled bowel cancer into remission twice.

Cancer is a monster. I can't fight it for them. But as a writer there is something I can do.

Just yesterday the idea came to me. I'm not the only one who writes about monsters. Maybe together, there was something we could all do. The idea grew and grew in my head and wouldn't leave me alone. So I did something about it.

I've been discussing a possible cancer-themed anthology with Stephen James Price who has taken over Ghostwriter Publications. He's agreed in principle to a POD paperback and ebook release, all proceeds to cancer charities. Steve and I will be joint editors (and possibly contribute a collaborated story.)

Provisional title is THE BIG C.

I've been inviting some writers I've always wanted to work with and who's work I admire. I'm proud of these virtual friends, as they're coming through for the project with enthusiasm.

Recruitment is going well. Provisionally signed up so far I have: Gary McMahon, Scott Nicholson, Steven Savile, Steve Lockley, Steve Duffy, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Allyson Bird and John Shirley.

And we've got a cover artist signed up too... Simon Marshall Jones. He does great work that'll be perfect for the book.

I'm still waiting to get decisions from others I have invited, but I already feel energised and ready to take the project on.

Cancer is a monster.

I plan to fight it the best way I know how. Watch this space.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 31, 2010, 10:48:42 pm
Just been doing a marathon re-working of my website. It was getting unwieldy, and I've got a lot of new stuff on the way so wanted to simplify before it got out of hand.

And here it is, all new and shiny.

http://www.williammeikle.com
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on November 04, 2010, 12:53:59 pm
I was going to use THE BIG C but discovered that there's a US TV show with that name. To avoid confusion, our proposed anthology has been renamed.

It will now be THE UNSPOKEN.

Signed up provisionally we have, in no particular order:-

Ramsey Campbell
Guy N Smith
John Shirley
Allyson Bird
Steve Savile
Steve Duffy
Simon Kurt Unsworth
Tim Lebbon
Gary McMahon
Steve Lockley
Scott Nicholson
Johnny Mains
Stephen Volk

Cover art will be by Simon Marshall Jones

William Meikle and Stephen James Price will edit.

The book will be in POD paperback and e-book formats and will hopefully be ready for Summer 2011.

All proceeds will go to cancer charities.

Several of the contributors have already started work on their stories, Simon is thinking about the cover art, and I'm looking forward to seeing what they come up with.

Wish us luck.

Willie
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on November 05, 2010, 11:29:31 am
The William Meikle website has had a bit of an overhaul. The menu system was getting too unwieldy, and it was getting hard to find any particular book. I've simplified things into broad categories and all my work currently available is listed.

http://www.williammeikle.com

There's plenty of new e-book and e-chapbook releases to browse, and don't forget to have a look at the Anthology tab for details of new stories in two US anthologies, Mountain Magic and Specters in Coal Dust.

                          ~o0O0o~

In other news, I've agreed details of a new short story collection in both print and ebook containing the best of my work from the past two years. "Whispers from the Darkside" is coming soon.

                          ~o0O0o~

Latest short story sale is "Inquisitor" to a new anthology, HISTORICAL LOVECRAFT, coming soon from Innsmouth Free Press.

                          ~o0O0o~

There's a new project in the offing. Stephen James Price and I will be editing an anthology, THE UNSPOKEN, in aid of cancer relief. I've spent some time this week inviting authors I want to work with and so far the response has been great. We have a first class line up provisionally signed up and a fine piece of cover art in mind. We're hoping to get this done by Summer 2011.

Until next time

Willie
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on November 07, 2010, 08:03:00 pm
All my ebooks are now at $2.99 or less depending on Amazon discounts.

The Invasion
http://www.amazon.com/The-Invasion-ebook/dp/B003HS4V8O
http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Invasion-ebook/dp/B003HS4V8O

The Valley
http://www.amazon.com/The-Valley-ebook/dp/B003HS4UHQ
http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Valley-ebook/dp/B003HS4UHQ

Island Life
http://www.amazon.com/Island-Life-ebook/dp/B003CYKQY6
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Island-Life-ebook/dp/B003CYKQY6

Crustaceans
http://www.amazon.com/Crustaceans-ebook/dp/B003LBSJGM
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crustaceans-ebook/dp/B003LBSJGM

The Road Hole Bunker Mystery
http://www.amazon.com/Road-Hole-Bunker-Mystery-ebook/dp/B003CC15OI
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Road-Hole-Bunker-Mystery-ebook/dp/B003CC15OI

The Chronicles of Augustus Seton
http://www.amazon.com/Chronicles-of-Augustus-Seton-ebook/dp/B003HS5PLG
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Chronicles-of-Augustus-Seton-ebook/dp/B003HS5PLG

The Midnight Eye Files: The Amulet
http://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Eye-Files-Amulet-ebook/dp/B0044KMNYI
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Midnight-Eye-Files-Amulet-ebook/dp/B0044KMNYI

The Midnight Eye Files: The Sirens
http://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Eye-Files-Sirens-ebook/dp/B00472O6PW
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Midnight-Eye-Files-Sirens-ebook/dp/B00472O6PW

Carnacki: Heaven and Hell
http://www.amazon.com/Carnacki-Heaven-and-Hell-ebook/dp/B0045UA7E0
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Carnacki-Heaven-and-Hell-ebook/dp/B0045UA7E0

Darkness Follows
http://www.amazon.com/Darkness-Follows-ebook/dp/B0046ZRKP8
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Darkness-Follows-ebook/dp/B0046ZRKP8


PLUS

Short stories at 99c each

Abominable
http://www.amazon.com/Abominable-ebook/dp/B0049P226W
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Abominable-ebook/dp/B0049P226W

The Haunting of Esther Cox
http://www.amazon.com/Haunting-Esther-Cox-ebook/dp/B003ZHVE7S
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Haunting-Esther-Cox-ebook/dp/B003ZHVE7S

Brotherhood of the Thorns
http://www.amazon.com/Brotherhood-of-the-Thorns-ebook/dp/B003ZHVE1E
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brotherhood-of-the-Thorns-ebook/dp/B003ZHVE1E

Cold as Death
http://www.amazon.com/Cold-As-Death-ebook/dp/B0049U49BI
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cold-As-Death-ebook/dp/B0049U49BI

Ghost Writer
http://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Writer-ebook/dp/B003ZHVE5A
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ghost-Writer-ebook/dp/B003ZHVE5A

Lots more on the way :-)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on November 09, 2010, 09:29:16 pm
It's time for a quick recap of where I'm at this year.

In the short story form I have professional sales of -

~ The Scotsman's Fiddle - Mountain Magic Anthology (out now)
~ The Shoogling Jenny - Specters in Coal Dust Anthology (out now)
~ The Colour that came to Chiswick - Gaslight Arcanum Anthology
~ Variations on a Theme - Escapepod podcast
~ Supply and Demand - Daily Science Fiction

There's also other Anthology sales of -

~ Turn Again - Null Immortalis
~ Living the Dream - Watch
~ The Colour of the Deep - Call of Lovecraft
~ Morning Sickness - Best New Vampire Tales
~ Inquisitor - Historical Lovecraft

and two others I can't mention yet but I'm very excited about. There's also the forthcoming hardcover antho Cthulhu 2012 with my story "Call and Response."

On the longer works front, my wee ebooks have exceeded my wildest expectations. THE INVASION got into the top 3 in both the Kindle sci-fi and Kindle horror charts, with THE VALLEY and ISLAND LIFE providing more than adequate backup. I have a lot more stuff coming in ebooks in the next few months, and I'm excited to see if I can repeat THE INVASION's success. First up will be BERSERKER - Vikings vs Yeti in a Northern Russia Winter.

There will also be a flurry of new e-chaps - short stories at 99 cents or less each. These are already proving popular on the Kindle.

In print, the 3rd Midnight Eye File is close to publication. THE SKIN GAME should be out for Xmas, and sees Derek Adams up against a werewolf cult in Glasgow and Newfoundland.

Also in print, I'm finalising plans for a short story collection. WHISPERS FROM THE DARKSIDE should be along soon. In this collection of a dozen new stories you'll find some people, some Deep Old Ones, some ghosts, a demonic puppet, a dreaming god, a Samurai, some private detectives, Excalibur, an angel and, last but by no means least, a yeti.

Looking further ahead, I've sold a novel to Elder Signs Press. The title is yet to be confirmed, but I can promise mayhem on the streets of an ice-bound Manhattan. I'm waiting apprehensively for the notes from the editor. Hopefully it won't be too onerous.

All that, and I will be co-editing THE UNSPOKEN with Stephen James Price, an anthology for Cancer relief that will have a stellar line-up that already has me excited.

For details of all my publications, see my website at http://www.williammeikle.com

I'm having my best year ever as a writer, and it has re-energized me to push even harder.

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Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on November 19, 2010, 01:05:43 am
My latest ebook, Berserker is new today, and available for Kindle, Nook and other readers (at Smashwords)

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On their first Viking Tor and Skald must stand up and be counted, for their destinies await them high in the mountains, where the hairy beasts make their lair.

The narrative crashes over you like a tidal wave, punches you like a mailed fist and carries you along with joyful, gory abandon. This book is meant to be consumed with gusto - Innsmouth Free Press review
 
AMAZON.COM: http://www.amazon.com/Berserker/dp/B004CRSQSU/
AMAZON.UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Berserker/dp/B004CRSQSU/
NOOK: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Berserker/William-Meikle/e/2940011868511/
SMASHWORDS: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/30292
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on November 20, 2010, 04:03:46 pm
Shiny new retro trailer for THE SKIN GAME from my publisher. (coming in time for Xmas) I love it.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLiTuCNMsK4
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on November 21, 2010, 04:45:57 pm
My ebook collection is growing apace. Remember, you can download a free Kindle app at Amazon to read these on your PC, so no excuses :-)

All at $2.99 or less depending on discounts.
 
Berserker
http://www.amazon.com/Berserker/dp/B004CRSQSU
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Berserker/dp/B004CRSQSU
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Berserker/William-Meikle/e/2940011868511/
 
The Midnight Eye Files: The Amulet
http://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Eye-Files-Amulet-ebook/dp/B0044KMNYI
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Midnight-Eye-Files-Amulet-ebook/dp/B0044KMNYI
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Midnight-Eye-Files/William-Meikle/e/2940011883026
 
The Midnight Eye Files: The Sirens
http://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Eye-Files-Sirens-ebook/dp/B00472O6PW
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Midnight-Eye-Files-Sirens-ebook/dp/B00472O6PW
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Midnight-Eye-Files/William-Meikle/e/2940011883033
 
The Invasion
http://www.amazon.com/The-Invasion-ebook/dp/B003HS4V8O
http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Invasion-ebook/dp/B003HS4V8O
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Invasion/William-Meikle/e/2940011825422
http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/The-Invasion/book-RLPr2jUGpUi9Q6NlqMBJFA/page1.html
 
The Valley
http://www.amazon.com/The-Valley-ebook/dp/B003HS4UHQ
http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Valley-ebook/dp/B003HS4UHQ
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Valley/William-Meikle/e/2940000902103
http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/The-Valley/book-VL3Zina2Kkipo_dx6jQhwQ/page1.html
 
Island Life
http://www.amazon.com/Island-Life-ebook/dp/B003CYKQY6
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Island-Life-ebook/dp/B003CYKQY6
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Island-Life/William-Meikle/e/2940011112164
http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Island-Life/mix-ETEv_NQpC06bflfR7hEoFQ/page1.html
 
Crustaceans
http://www.amazon.com/Crustaceans-ebook/dp/B003LBSJGM
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crustaceans-ebook/dp/B003LBSJGM
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Crustaceans/William-Meikle/e/2940000886175
http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Crustaceans/mix-bsm0HXHu6EGCHLFQdSfjwA/page1.html
 
The Road Hole Bunker Mystery
http://www.amazon.com/Road-Hole-Bunker-Mystery-ebook/dp/B003CC15OI
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Road-Hole-Bunker-Mystery-ebook/dp/B003CC15OI
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Road-Hole-Bunker-Mystery/William-Meikle/e/2940011854521
http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/The-Road-Hole-Bunker-Mystery/mix-W6zKblBX9EyhwSMKn36APg/page1.html
 
The Chronicles of Augustus Seton
http://www.amazon.com/Chronicles-of-Augustus-Seton-ebook/dp/B003HS5PLG
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Chronicles-of-Augustus-Seton-ebook/dp/B003HS5PLG
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Chronicles-of-Augustus-Seton/William-Meikle/e/2940000900864
http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/The-Chronicles-Of-Augustus-Seton/mix-C8eKoQyqg0mh3cYl5Fc2NQ/page1.html
 
Carnacki: Heaven and Hell
http://www.amazon.com/Carnacki-Heaven-and-Hell-ebook/dp/B0045UA7E0
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Carnacki-Heaven-and-Hell-ebook/dp/B0045UA7E0
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Carnacki/William-Meikle/e/2940011822322
 
Darkness Follows
http://www.amazon.com/Darkness-Follows-ebook/dp/B0046ZRKP8
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Darkness-Follows-ebook/dp/B0046ZRKP8
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Darkness-Follows/William-Meikle/e/2940011937514
http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Darkness-Follows/book-iNcnbH7KlkGPgkTlUVQKZw/page1.html
 
PLUS
Short stories at 99c each
 
Abominable
http://www.amazon.com/Abominable-ebook/dp/B0049P226W
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Abominable-ebook/dp/B0049P226W
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Abominable/William-Meikle/e/2940011861314
 
The Haunting of Esther Cox
http://www.amazon.com/Haunting-Esther-Cox-ebook/dp/B003ZHVE7S
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Haunting-Esther-Cox-ebook/dp/B003ZHVE7S
 
Brotherhood of the Thorns
http://www.amazon.com/Brotherhood-of-the-Thorns-ebook/dp/B003ZHVE1E
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brotherhood-of-the-Thorns-ebook/dp/B003ZHVE1E
 
Cold as Death
http://www.amazon.com/Cold-As-Death-ebook/dp/B0049U49BI
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cold-As-Death-ebook/dp/B0049U49BI
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Cold-As-Death/William-Meikle/e/2940011889424
 
Ghost Writer
http://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Writer-ebook/dp/B003ZHVE5A
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ghost-Writer-ebook/dp/B003ZHVE5A
 
Lots more on the way :-)
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Post by: williemeikle on November 24, 2010, 04:49:09 pm
New today in ebook - The Sleeping God. Just $1.99

Gwynne Ericsdochtir works in the Northern city as a sword for hire who, for
gold, will help you in places where the Guard will not, or cannot, go. But she
is in a slump. She hasn't had a new case in months and winter is coming. So when
she is offered a chance to recover a lost amulet she jumps at it. But can she do
it in time? Or will the Sleeping God wake and shake the world.

A novella, 25,000 words

Available at

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/31093
Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/The-Sleeping-God-ebook/dp/B004DERGOW/
Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Sleeping-God-ebook/dp/B004DERGOW/

The first release from Stephen James Price's new imprint Generation Next Publications
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Post by: williemeikle on November 25, 2010, 10:48:33 pm
Steve Price has taken 2 collections and a novel from me today.

Whispers From the Darkside is a collection of new stories from the past 2 years, and contains a new Midnight Eye novella.

Variations on a Theme is a collection of some old and some new stories, (including 3 new Midnight Eye shorts)

The Concordances of the Red Serpent is a thriller with a hint of supernatural, concerning the hunt for the secret of immortality.

All coming soon in both ebook and print.
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Post by: williemeikle on November 30, 2010, 04:40:27 pm
I've started moving my ebook base from the UK to the US. This is reflected in my new Smashwords profile, with a new publisher, Stephen James Price's Generation Next Publishing taking control of the books previously published by Ghostwriter Publications.

http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/WilliamMeikleGN

This is the first part of a wholesale move of my works over the next month or so. As of 1st Jan 2011 all rights, print and ebook, to my work at Ghostwriter Publications in the UK will return to me and we will go our separate ways
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Post by: williemeikle on December 03, 2010, 09:50:04 pm
Out today in ebook, (and coming soon in print) my latest collection... featuring a brand new Midnight Eye novella for all Derek Adams fans.

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/32049

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Post by: williemeikle on December 05, 2010, 06:58:52 pm
Now on Amazon

New today.

In this collection of eleven new stories you'll find some people, some Deep Old Ones, some ghosts, a demonic puppet, a dreaming god, a Samurai, some private detectives, Excalibur, an angel and, last but by no means least, a yeti.

I think this set of stories contains some of my best writing ever. (Also coming soon in print)

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Post by: williemeikle on December 05, 2010, 11:45:27 pm
TOC for Whispers from the Darkside

Contents
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Post by: williemeikle on December 11, 2010, 03:24:18 pm
I've just spent time setting up nice tabs and pages for my books, ebooks, anthology appearances etc on my Facebook page. The Insights thing tell me I'm getting in the thousands of page views a day, so it can't hurt.

I'd be interested in opinions/comments etc

http://www.facebook.com/williammeikle
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Post by: williemeikle on December 12, 2010, 11:12:48 pm
Four twisted minds... Scott Nicholson , Steve Lockley , Willie Meikle and Steven Savile give you Mostly Human. A brand new 21,000 word collaborative novella.

The English Lake District is a haven of tranquility, a place for hill walkers, mountain climbers and those in search of solitude. But when the rains arrive it becomes a desolate landscape where malevolence rises up from the depths and death is not far behind. It has struck before and this time it has to be stopped.

Coming soon at Amazon, B&N etc, and available now, direct from the publisher for the princely sum of 99c

http://www.generationnextpublications.com/mostlyhuman.shtml (http://www.generationnextpublications.com/mostlyhuman.shtml)

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Post by: williemeikle on December 14, 2010, 10:37:41 pm
THE AULD MITHER

The Auld Mither, a crone-like hag with razor sharp bones for fingers, is killing off the proponents of a new abbattoir in a deer farming community. And Dave Duncan seems to be next on the list. Can he figure out how to stop her? Or will he have to pay for the sins of his father?
 
www.amazon.com/The-Auld-Mither/dp/B004G8R05U
www.amazon.co.uk/The-Auld-Mither/dp/B004G8R05U
 
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VARIATIONS ON A THEME

A collection of 15 stories: Including 3 new Midnight Eye stories
 
http://www.amazon.com/Variations-on-a-Theme/dp/B004G8R064
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Variations-on-a-Theme/dp/B004G8R064
 
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Post by: williemeikle on December 18, 2010, 01:52:41 pm
THE MIDNIGHT EYE FILES: THE SKIN GAME is almost on us in print and ebook.
 
Glasgow PI Derek Adams is on the lam, framed for a murder and chased by a cult intending on getting their hands on the hair belt that writhes in Derek's pocket. When a firm of lawyers offers him a way out he grabs it with both hands. Then things really go to the dogs.
 
Coming soon. Preorder the paperback here:
http://blackdeathbooks.net/the-midnight-eye-files-the-skin-game-by-william-meikle/
 
And watch the shiny wee trailer here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLiTuCNMsK4
 
In the meantime, you can catch up with Derek Adams' adventures so far in:
 
THE MIDNIGHT EYE FILES: THE AMULET (print and ebook)
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0044KMNYI
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0044KMNYI
 
THE MIDNIGHT EYE FILES: THE SIRENS (print and ebook)
http://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Eye-Files-Sirens/dp/0979988128
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Midnight-Eye-Files-Sirens/dp/0979988128
 
THE MIDNIGHT EYE FILES: RHYTHM AND BOOZE - a novella in my e-collection WHISPERS FROM THE DARKSIDE
http://www.amazon.com/Whispers-From-The-Darkside-ebook/dp/B004EYSZCS
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Whispers-From-The-Darkside-ebook/dp/B004EYSZCS
 
 
THE MIDNIGHT EYE FILES:  1.2.3 Go!
THE MIDNIGHT EYE FILES:  THE INUIT BONE
THE MIDNIGHT EYE FILES:  A SLIM CHANCE
Three new Derek Adams stories in my e-collection VARIATIONS ON A THEME
http://www.amazon.com/Variations-on-a-Theme-ebook/dp/B004G8R064
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Variations-on-a-Theme-ebook/dp/B004G8R064

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Post by: williemeikle on December 20, 2010, 03:14:22 pm
A free read - my story SUPPLY AND DEMAND at Daily Science Fiction -- they're great, and they pay well :-)

http://dailysciencefiction.com/story/supply-and-demand
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Post by: williemeikle on December 26, 2010, 04:45:11 pm
Why I wrote THE VALLEY

The origins of the novella "The Valley" are pretty simple to trace. In Fortean circles there have been attempts to find a picture that many claim to have seen, yet no-one has been able to find. This fabled photograph is said to show a group of Civil-War era men standing in a row wearing big grins. Spreadeagled on the ground in front of them is the body of a huge bird, a being that could only come from pre-history. In some accounts this bird is a giant eagle, in others it is even stranger, a leathery, paper thin Pterosaur. Whatever the case, that image was the thing in my mind, and I had a "What if..." moment, wondering what would happen if cowboys came across a Lost World. From that single thought, the initial concept of The Valley was born.

There's a long tradition of Lost World tales, both in movies and fiction. Over the years I've devoured as many as I can find, from Conan Doyle through Haggard, from Tarzan in Pellucidar to Doug McLure in the Land that Time Forgot. Many of these tales involve dinosaurs, but I wanted something different. For a while I didn't know exactly what "creatures" I needed, but that all changed as soon as the setting clicked. Back in 2005 I had the good fortune to holiday in the Rockies. It was while scanning through photographs of that trip that the thought of the high mountain valley came to me, and when Neil Jackson told me about Montana and the Big Hole Valley, I knew I'd found my spot. And the pictures of the ice and snow from my trip also gave me the era from which I would draw my creatures -- the last Ice Age. I now knew that my protagonists would be heading into a Lost Valley where relic animals lived, and that these creatures would be hairy and large. I had an image of a herd of mammoths by a partially-frozen lake, and that was the image that drove me on in the early concepts.

Now I needed some protagonists. I knew in advance I wanted to write a "western" and some research led me to set the story in the 1860s, when something of a mini-goldrush was happening in Montana. The characters grew on me quickly. I wasn't too surprised at that -- my early childhood was steeped in Westerns. I have my Granddad to thank for days watching Wagon Train, Rawhide, Bonanza and Gunsmoke, then later on, The Virginian and The High Chapparal. He also introduced me to Louis L'Amour and others as I devoured his collection of Western paperbacks. As I started the Valley I already knew that I was going to have six men thrown into peril, and that they'd be almost evenly split between white and black hats. Several of them surprised me as the story went on, but from the start they had a "depth" that reassured me that the story would go to all the right places.

I got them to the mining camp, and the start of the aforesaid perils. Then my muse threw a spanner in the works. I've been a Ray Harryhausen fan most of my life, and the creature that now came to mind was a Harryhausen special, one that I could "see" in my mind's eye, scuttling and "snipping". Unfortunately it didn't exist in the Ice Age, but at a time much longer ago. But I wanted it, so in it went. I won't give the plot away here, but suffice to say I managed to fit it in -- I managed to fit a lot of them in. And as a result the rest of the story immediately fell into place, almost as if I was channeling a new Harryhausen movie.

I wrote the whole thing in less than ten days, my brain thinking about little else the whole time. It's one of the most fun experiences I've ever had writing, and I hope it shows in the final product. Even now, more than a year after finishing it, I still find myself thinking about the Valley, and the creatures that inhabit it. Somewhere, the story continues, and one day I might go back to find out what happened next.
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Post by: williemeikle on December 27, 2010, 04:32:06 pm
New today, a novella at 72p.

The murders have the police baffled. The D.I. in charge has a suspect, but they have a cast iron alibi and couldn't be in two places at once.

By the time they realize that the perp is using mirrors as gateways to his victims it's too late. The D.I is framed and set up for a murder. He has to go on the run.

The only way to clear his name is to trap the killer on his own territory.

Are you ready for a trip into the Mirrorland?

www.amazon.com/The-Copycat-Murders-ebook/dp/B0046REJZU/ (http://www.amazon.com/The-Copycat-Murders-ebook/dp/B0046REJZU/)

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Post by: williemeikle on December 29, 2010, 08:55:01 pm
My wee Scottish vampire novel, also in print, gets some fresh life in ebook form.

Two young boys in the West of Scotland reawaken an ancient vampire. Only "The Book of the Dark" can stop it. But the sun is getting low.... and vamps are not the only dangers in the night

Quote
"A gem of a book...essential reading if you are literate, and if you want the vampire genre to grow beyond stagnant velvet clad fops." --Shirlie Leighton for Bite Me Magazine

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Post by: williemeikle on January 02, 2011, 04:14:22 pm
It's going to be a Lovecraftian year for me, at least as far as anthology appearances go.

Coming up I have:-

The Color of the Deep in THE CALL OF LOVECRAFT (Papercut Press)
The Unfinished Basement in DEAD BUT DREAMING 2 (Miskatonic River Press)
Inquisitor in HISTORICAL LOVECRAFT (Innsmouth Free Press)
The Color That Came to Chiswick in GASLIGHT ARCANUM (Edge Publishing)
Call and Response in CTHULHU 2012 (Mythos Books)

I'm also waiting to hear if I've made it into HIGH SEAS CTHULHU 2 (Elder Signs Press), and I've got at least two other Lovecraftian anthologies I want to try for.

All that, and other anthology appearances in WATCH and BEST NEW VAMPIRE STORIES means you're going to be seeing my name in a lot of books this year alongside a lot of people I admire greatly, like Ramsey Campbell, Kim Newman, Simon Clark, Joe Pulver and a host of others.

It's a nice feeling to have at the start of a new year.
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Post by: williemeikle on January 06, 2011, 04:30:38 pm
My blog crawl is well underway, hitting spots more at less at random across this interwebz thingy

5th JAN: Bob Freeman: Carnacki: Ghostfinder
http://authorbobfreeman.wordpress.com/20....-william-meikle

5th JAN: Simon Marshall Jones: Musings of an old fart
http://simonmarshalljones.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/guest-blogwillie-meikle/

6th JAN: Keith Blackmore: WHY I CREATED AUGUSTUS SETON
http://keithcblackmore.com/guest-blogger-author-william-meikle/

6th JAN - Sarah Barnard: WHY I WROTE CRUSTACEANS
http://www.sarahbarnard.co.uk/blog/2011/....te-crustaceans/

Yes, I'm having a Blog Crawl and, much like a Pub Crawl, there is no real plan or direction, just an aimless hunt for fun and more beer. If anyone wants a visit, feel free to drop me a line and I'll see where serendipity takes me.
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Post by: williemeikle on January 06, 2011, 10:52:10 pm
The sidebar to the right of my own blog here ( http://williammeikle.blogspot.com/ ) details the stops on my blog crawl, and will be updated as I stagger around spouting pearls of wisdom.

If you post a comment on any of the blog posts I make there between now and the end of February you'll be entered in a draw to win a free Kindle loaded with all the books I have published with Generation Next Publications
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Post by: williemeikle on January 07, 2011, 06:54:49 pm
My latest wanderings have taken me to the blog of David Wood, thriller author, for some musings about cliche in crime fiction

http://davidwoodonline.blogspot.com/2011/01/guest-post-ten-crime-cliches-to-avoid.html

Remember, if you post a comment on this post between now and the end of February you'll be entered in a draw to win a free Kindle loaded with all the books I have published with Generation Next Publications
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Post by: williemeikle on January 08, 2011, 06:55:01 pm
Today's blog crawl stop is at Kindle In The Wind, with some love for THE INVASION

http://kindleinthewind.blogspot.com/2011/01/title-invasion-author-william-meikle.html
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Post by: williemeikle on January 10, 2011, 12:42:41 pm
Over at Jimbo's place today, about Vikings and Yeti

http://thegingernutcase.blogspot.com/2011/01/willie-meikle-berserker.html

If you post a comment on this post between now and the end of February you'll be entered in a draw to win a free Kindle loaded with all the books I have published with Generation Next Publications
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Post by: williemeikle on January 10, 2011, 03:15:56 pm
I'm the featured author this week at Dailyebookreviews thanks to that nice Joe Nassise
http://www.dailyebookreviews.com/weekly-spotlight/william-meikle
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Post by: williemeikle on January 11, 2011, 05:44:14 pm
You know what's great? When somebody "gets" it. Bob Freeman reviews Eldren and Carnacki today

http://authorbobfreeman.wordpress.com/2011/01/11/review-vampires-ghostfinders-meikle
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Post by: williemeikle on January 12, 2011, 06:43:40 pm
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Patty Doyle holds the secret to eternal life, but it may only bring her an early death.

Patty is working on a journal of a 14th Century Scottish alchemist. But after mentioning it in her blog she gets to the office to find everyone brutally murdered. Now she's on the run pursued by a killer who wants the secret of eternal life it contains.
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Post by: williemeikle on January 13, 2011, 06:33:59 pm
I have numerous pieces of work in the pipeline.
 
There's the already placed work


Numerous anthology appearances i.e.


And there's the submissions. I've got stories out at seven other anthologies, four magazines, two podcasts and a newspaper, and a novel waiting for publisher edits that'll knock people's socks off.
 
All details at my website at http://www.williammeikle.com/
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Post by: williemeikle on January 14, 2011, 12:35:30 pm
Guest blogging with the vamp community today, (and some young ladies in corsets) 
http://fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com/2011/01/guest-blog-and-giveaway-with-author.html
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Post by: williemeikle on January 14, 2011, 09:49:17 pm
A day of reflection on my writing career so far as I rapidly approach the twentieth anniversary of starting out.

There have been many ups and downs over the years, but back then, if I'd been offered the publications I now have, I'd have sold my soul for them.

It's in the nature of the beast that I'm never satisfied, always looking ahead to the next gold ring.

But today I decided to count my blessings and look at what I've achieved. I can't quite say I'm content... but I'm happy.

For now, that'll do.

Onwards and upwards.
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Post by: williemeikle on January 18, 2011, 01:03:26 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk5f19xEjzc

Thanks to S D Hintz for this trailer. Reminds me of films of my youth - and the movie of Watchers would have fit right in there
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Post by: williemeikle on January 26, 2011, 03:13:37 pm
I love it when a reader is in tune with what I'm trying to do... a stellar review of my Viking vs Yeti novel "Berserker" from Jim McLeod.

http://thegingernutcase.blogspot.com/2011/01/berserker-william-meikle.html (http://thegingernutcase.blogspot.com/2011/01/berserker-william-meikle.html)
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Post by: jim mcleod on January 27, 2011, 06:13:15 pm
Cheers Willie
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Post by: williemeikle on January 29, 2011, 03:07:47 pm
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The conclusion of the critically-acclaimed Watchers series!

A great victory has been won, but the war is far from over. The Boy-King now needs his bride…and his heir.

Only the young officers of the Watch can stop him. But they have their own battles to face and their own demons to fight. And those inner demons are not proving so easy to control as they are lured to the blood-soaked moors of Culloden for the final confrontation.

The dead are rising. A new darkness is fast approaching. Victory is close…but will the hands of Martin and Sean be too bloodied for them to grasp it?

“...horrifying Highland vampires from the bloodline of the diabolical Stuarts...offers excitement that never slackens.” –Margaret L. Carter, author of the Eppie Award-winning vampire novel Dark Changeling

“...superb story. William Meikle has a wonderfully unique style...” –The Eternal Night Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

“Breathtaking, scary and original. A must read.”
–Horror News Network

“…just when you catch your breath, something new and exciting happens, sending you spinning into another part of the adventure, and keeping you flipping pages to see what's next.”
–Horror World
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Post by: williemeikle on January 29, 2011, 04:04:27 pm
All 3 Watchers books are now available in ebook

See my website under the ebook tab for details: http://www.williammeikle.com

I grew up with the sixties explosion of popular culture embracing the supernatural and the weird. Hammer horror movies got me young. And the one that hooked me was Dracula.

I first saw this in about 1970, on BBC2, on an old black and white TV which was about 10 inches square and made everybody look like short fat cubes. But even that didn't detract from the power of this film.

This Hammer horror version sticks fairly closely to Stoker's original novel, and as such is a purist's dream.

Lee plays the Count as no one before or since. His flat demonic stare sems to ooze pure evil. The count has become a cultural icon in the past forty years, and has even been parodied and made fun of (Count Duckula anybody?) but I challenge anybody to look Lee in the eye when he's on the hunt and not feel a frisson of cold terror.

Vampires have been humanised recently (and have even got a soul in Angel's case), but it shouldn't be forgotten that they are bloodsucking bas*ards - that's what they are, that's what they do. The high cheekbones, sex-appeal and good clothes sense are just nice-to-have after thoughts. And in Lee's case you can believe that the bloodsucking is the important part, judging by the relish he shows for the deed.

And just because Buffy can stake a dozen or so without breaking sweat, it shouldn't be forgotten that the vampire is traditionally a great evil force of destruction. Lee never lets you forget it.

Which brings me round to The Watchers trilogy, my retelling of the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion in Britain. Bonnie Prince Charlie, and all his highland army, are Vampires and are heading south to claim the British throne. The "Watchers" of the title are the guards of the old Roman wall built by Hadrian, now reinforced to keep the vamps out. It is constantly patrolled by officers of the Watch, two of whom become the main protagonists of the series. I got the idea on a walk along what is left of the wall, and by the time I'd had finished my walk and had a few beers the first part of the trilogy was fully formed in my head. Think "ZULU" or "Last of the Mohicans" with vamps and you'll get a feel of what I was trying to do.

I was dealing with a retelling of the Bonnie Prince Charlie story, where romantic myths have subsumed the harsh reality of a coup gone badly wrong. I needed to strip all the romance out of the Highlanders and build them up from the bottom. Making them a shambling army of vamps and mindless drones seemed an obvious place to start. The Watchers series is a swashbuckler, but there is little lace and finery. What I do have is blood and thunder, death and glory in big scale battles and small scale heartbreak. I love it.

Watchers in print and ebook

Print Omnibus Edition: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0979988160
Book 1: The Coming of the King in ebook: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004HO5UNC
Book 2: The Battle for the Throne in ebook: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004I1L5BK
Book 3: Culloden in ebook: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004LDLSEY

SAMPLE REVIEWS FOR THE WATCHERS SERIES
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"I'm always impressed when anyone can add a new twist to the venerable vampire canon. Hugely enjoyable fun to read." --Joe Gordon, The Alien Online

"...a confident and breathless romp through an alternative Jacobean history. Aims for entertainment, and hits the mark." --Simon Morden, Vector, the magazine of the British SF Association

"The book is very well-written. The language is rich, and... I found myself carrying the book everywhere, and taking slightly longer over lunch than I should have, as I just had to know what was happening!" --The Dracula Society

"The author is relentless; just when you catch your breath, something new and exciting happens, sending you spinning into another part of the adventure, and keeping you flipping pages to see what's next." --David Wilbanks, Horrorworld
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on January 30, 2011, 09:47:22 pm
The 3rd Midnight Eye File: THE SKIN GAME is out in paperback.

Derek Adams is on the lam, framed for a strange murder and chased by a cult intent on getting their hands on the skin belt that writhes in Derek's pocket. When a firm of lawyers offers him a way out, he grabs it with both hands. Then things really go to the dogs.

The hairy ones are dancing. Available now at  Amazon.com and CO.UK

http://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Eye-Files-Skin-Game/dp/0982676115
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Midnight-Eye-Files-Skin-Game/dp/0982676115

(http://www.williammeikle.com/skingame.jpg)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 01, 2011, 03:17:49 pm
The view from our front door this morning.
-15C but lovely.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5057/5407881608_2e178ee95b_z.jpg)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Selina on February 01, 2011, 05:17:43 pm
That is one amazing view.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 02, 2011, 04:39:33 pm
EDGE Publishing announces names of contributing authors for "EVOLVE Two - Vampire Stories of the Future Undead" (Fall 2011) and I'm in there with TANITH LEE among others....

Can you say gobsmacked? :-)

http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=4905462212
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on February 02, 2011, 07:33:39 pm
Congratulations Willie, you deserve to be in there with them :D


www.blackabyss.co.uk


Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 02, 2011, 09:12:43 pm
One of my earlest forays on my own into a second-hand bookstore, sometime around 1968 I guess, resulted in me finding an ACE double, a book you read both ways up, one short novel each way. The 1st one I got had John Brunner one way and Samuel Delaney the other -- my first introduction to two writers who are still among my favorites. Over my teenage years the ACE double series  introduced me to many other writers, people like Jack Vance, H Beam Piper, Fritz Lieber and a youngster who went by Dean R Koontz. I have a lot of reading to thank them for.
 
That's one of the reasons it gives me great delight to see two of my novels appear in the same format. Generation Next Publications have announced the launch of a new print imprint, FLIPIT.
 
FLIPIT books will each contain two novels printed in the Flip Book format made popular in those ACE DOUBLES of yesteryear.  Each book will be printed upside down in relationship to each other. Finish one book and FLIPIT over to read the other.
 
The first FLIPIT book will contain the novels The Invasion and The Valley by William Meikle. Both novels are digital best-sellers and have graced the top 2 on the best-sellers list in their respective categories on Amazon.
 
Contact Stephen James Price at Stephen@GenerationNextPublications.com for more information.
 
Copy of the full  Generation Next Publications press release here
http://www.williammeikle.com/GNP%20FLIPIT%20PR.pdf

(http://www.williammeikle.com/Flipitbook1.jpg)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 02, 2011, 09:53:26 pm
"If the Holy Bible was printed as an Ace Double", an editor once remarked, "it would be cut down to two 20,000-word halves with the Old Testament retitled as ‘Master of Chaos’ and the New Testament as ‘The Thing With Three Souls.’" – Charles McGrath, New York Times, May 6, 2007
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 07, 2011, 01:21:21 pm
Why I like apocalyptic fiction

Q: What attracts you to stories about the end of the world?

There's something cathartic about seeing everything being torn down. It also makes for amusing daydreams when the boss is being a tool or when the commute seems to take forever. And who doesn't think they couldn't do better at building a society if given a chance?

So there's that, and there's also the sheer spectacle of the thing... the same reason people like to slow down to look at car crashes. There's a "there but for the grace of God" vibe you get when watching or reading the world being torn down. Emmerlich and Devlin hooked into that early and have made a pot of money out of those very same vibes.

Q: What are some of your favorite post-apocalyptic stories? Why?

I started young and at first it was from a Science Fiction perspective, and the British ones from the '50s and 60's that got my attention, in particular John Wyndham's DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS and THE CHRYSALIDS. Them, and A CANTICLE FOR LIEBOWITZ were my earliest introductions to the form. After that came tales of cosmic disaster, mainly Lieber's THE WANDERER and Niven and Pournelle's LUCIFER'S HAMMER. My interest was further piqued by Terry Nation's TV show THE SURVIVORS, and Stephen King's THE STAND, the first to being real horror to the genre IMHO. But my favorite in the genre is by Robert Macammon. His SWAN SONG is a roller coaster blockbuster which eschew's King's religious trappings for non-stop action and gritty realism mixed with a slug of the supernatural. My kind of tale.

Q: Do you think civilization deserves to fall? Why or why not?

There is much that is good about civilisation that I'd certainly miss, such as books and entertainment, central heating and modern medicine. But on the whole, civilisation as mankind defines it is hell-bent on destroying the ecosystem and we're too stupid to stop shitting where we eat. I don't think it's a matter of why or why not. We're now at a stage where it's only a matter of when. I just hope it's a few more years yet.

Q: If a world-wide zombie outbreak occurred, what would you do?

I have a small island off the coast of Newfoundland in mind. It has an artesian well, plenty of fish and seabirds to harvest, and some run down buildings from an abandoned settlement that could be made habitable quickly. I'd have to dig up the small graveyard to make sure nothing's coming up out of the ground, but it's been disused for many years, so any revenants will be a bit brittle by now :-)

Q: What scares you?

Cancer. That's the biggie -- the silent, invisible killer inside. It's taken many friends and family and is the real monster that infects my psyche. In the face of that, all fictional beasts and bogles fade in comparison.

Q: Why did you write THE INVASION?

A: The first science fiction I ever encountered was Fireball XL5, one of the early Gerry Anderson productions. I was only about four years old, but I was hooked immediately on spaceships and adventure in the stars. I grew up during the exciting part of the space race, staying up nights to watch space-walks then moon missions, eyes wide in wonder as Armstrong made his small step. At the same time Gerry Anderson had continued to thrill me, with Stingray, Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet. The Americans joined in, with Lost in Space then, as color TV reached Scotland, Star Trek hit me full between the eyes.

Also at the same time, my reading was gathering pace. I'd started on comics early with Batman and Superman. As the '60s drew to a close, Marvel started to take over my reading habits more, and I made forays into reading novels; Clarke and Asimov at first, and most of the Golden-Age works. By the early Seventies I had graduated to the so-called New Wave, Moorcock, Ellison, Delaney and Zelazny dominating my reading, and they led me on to reading, then writing horror.

I more or less stopped reading Science Fiction round about then, but I never stopped watching, especially after Star Wars gave the visual genre a huge push forward. I re-discovered the '50s classics after the advent of the VCR and quickly built a huge collection of movies, many of which I still watch avidly.

Which brings me, in a long winded manner, to the novella, The Invasion. Invasions, and the resulting carnage, have always loomed big in my favorites of the genre, through War of the Worlds, Earth vs Flying Saucers, the original V series and even the spectacular failure of Independence Day. Neil Jackson asked me if I was interested in writing a four-part serial, and laid out a basic timeline. I ran with it, and soon discovered that I had a story to tell.

To regresss slightly, another part of my early reading, and the one that united my Science Fiction reading with my horror reading, was the works of H P Lovecraft. I realised that the Invasion in my story would have Lovecraftian antecedents, in that it would come from space, and be completely uncaring of the doings of the human race. My training as a biologist also made me realise that aliens should be -really- alien, not just simulcra of pre-existing terrestrial forms. Once I had that in my mind, it didn't take much to come up with a "color out of space" that would engulf the planet.

Most Invasion movies concentrate on the doings in big cities, and with the involvement of the full force of the military. I wanted to focus more on what it would mean for the people. Living as I am in Canada, in a remote Eastern corner, I was able to draw on local knowledge and home in on people already used to surviving in extreme conditions. I just upped the ante.

So come with me, to a winter storm in the Maritimes, where a strange green snow is starting to fall.
 
This one is my homage to '50s SF. The Invasion is an old-school alien invasion story, complete with fleets of ships overhead, plucky survivors, and last-minute rescues.

(http://www.williammeikle.com/invasionkindle.jpg)

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/31687 (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/31687)
http://www.amazon.com/The-Invasion-ebook/dp/B003HS4V8O (http://www.amazon.com/The-Invasion-ebook/dp/B003HS4V8O)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Invasion-ebook/dp/B003HS4V8O (http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Invasion-ebook/dp/B003HS4V8O)
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Invasion/William-Meikle/e/2940011825422 (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Invasion/William-Meikle/e/2940011825422)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 08, 2011, 02:29:53 pm
Guest blogging at THE MONSTER FACTORY today. Why #vampires? http://www.khkoehler.com/?p=176

If you post a comment on this post between now and the end of February you'll be entered in a draw to win a free Kindle loaded with all the books I have published with Generation Next Publications
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: mightyjoeyoung on February 08, 2011, 03:57:11 pm
Interesting blog post, reminded me very much of what turned me onto horror as a kid.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 08, 2011, 05:43:04 pm
Looking for a cheap e-read on your shiny new Kindle? I've got just the thing...

Novels at $2.99
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Watchers: The Coming of the King
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004HO5UNC
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004HO5UNC

Watchers: The Battle For the Throne
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004I1L5BK
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004I1L5BK

Watchers Culloden!
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004LDLSEY
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004LDLSEY

The Concordances of the Red Serpent
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004INHX96
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004INHX96

Eldren: The Book of the Dark
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004HILPPU/
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004HILPPU/

Berserker
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004CRSQSU
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004CRSQSU
 
The Midnight Eye Files: The Amulet
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The Midnight Eye Files: The Sirens
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The Invasion
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http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003HS4V8O
 
The Valley
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Island Life
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Crustaceans
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Variations on a Theme
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SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS AT $1.99
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Darkness Follows
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http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0046ZRKP8

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SHORT STORIES AT 99c
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Abominable
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The Haunting of Esther Cox
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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ZHVE5A
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003ZHVE5A
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 10, 2011, 03:32:50 pm
A nice review of one of my quieter stories
http://bookhoundsden.blogspot.com/2011/02/haunting-of-esther-cox-by-william.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 11, 2011, 11:02:47 pm
Facebook has rolled out its new business page format, and it's not as bad as I feared. I've lost the TABS at the top of the screen, but the unified look and feel across the personal and business pages makes up for that. And I love now being able to login in as my business page and post using that login.

It's a bummer that you can't see your personal newsfeed when logged in to the business page, but I can live with it.

The great thing is that I'm no longer constrained in my "likes" by being maxxed out at 5000 personal friends, as the business page is now free to like as many other business pages as it pleases.

In celebration I've given my page a polish with more extensive biographical info and a new landing page design

http://www.facebook.com/williammeikle
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 13, 2011, 08:23:56 pm
My site at http://www.facebook.com/williammeikle?sk=app_10531514314 (http://"http://www.facebook.com/williammeikle?sk=app_10531514314") has had a wee facelift, with the addition of a new branding banner, a tabbed menu system, a new welcome page, more biographical info and the ability to "share" any of the pages individually.

With the advent of the recent FB changes, this will more and more become my main online presence as it gets a lot more hits than either my website or my blog.

Any publicity my readers on FB would like to give these pages is, as ever, much appreciated.

Willie
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on February 14, 2011, 06:58:46 pm
Willie

The link above doesn't seem to work despite being the right address. I thinks this one does :-

http://www.facebook.com/williammeikle?sk=app_10531514314 (http://www.facebook.com/williammeikle?sk=app_10531514314)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on February 14, 2011, 06:59:42 pm
By the way, meant to say I like the new site, clever use of facebook.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 14, 2011, 10:27:14 pm
Feedback wanted

I've "finished" my FB page, adding a banner, share buttons, a tabbed menu, book details and trailers...

I like it, but I'm biased. Any feedback gratefully accepted on what I can do to make it better.

The new landing page is here:

http://www.facebook.com/williammeikle?sk=app_10531514314
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 15, 2011, 03:25:43 am
By the way, meant to say I like the new site, clever use of facebook.

Thanks Colin... and I got the link right this time :-)

http://www.facebook.com/williammeikle?sk=app_10531514314
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: David A. Riley on February 15, 2011, 08:10:27 am
That's an impressive site, Willie.

I've only just opened a Facebook account - after years of great reluctance to take that step - and, frankly, my own is obvoioulsy a bit of a mess. But, having seen what can be done, I'll be tinkering with mine, bit by bit, to improve it, though whether I'll ever be able to get something set up as good as this I very much doubt. At the moment at least.  :'(

Congratulations!
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 15, 2011, 08:11:05 pm
Thanks David... I've spent quite a bit of time on it this week but I'm happy with the results. The Facebook page gets many more hits than either my blog or my website, by a factor of twenty or more, so it makes sense to beef up the presence there.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 15, 2011, 08:12:18 pm
COMING SOON

When a failed war-time experiment makes an unexpected return, it meets an ocean packed with mankind's plastic waste. There is only one outcome, a mutated organism taking advantage of a new niche and fulfilling its purpose; to build, to grow... and to feed.

Soon even London is under siege, and the waterways of the city are filled with a rampant enemy bent on destruction.

Can it be stopped? Or will Britain finally pay the price for its failed creation -- THE CREEPING KELP? 
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 21, 2011, 12:03:19 am
By the way, meant to say I like the new site, clever use of facebook.

Thanks Colin... and I got the link right this time :-)

http://www.facebook.com/williammeikle?sk=app_10531514314


And I've now turned it into an app, so it can be added to other business pages. KHP, Generation Next, and the Lovecraft Ezine have all added it to their pages.... which is nice :-)

http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=169836446397977&sk=app_4949752878
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 22, 2011, 11:27:53 pm
And after all the feedback. here is the final version

http://www.facebook.com/williammeikle?sk=app_169836446397977

I think I like it. And my publishers seem pretty happy with it too.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 24, 2011, 05:20:31 pm
The first print proof arrived at the publisher's today - he's as excited as I am.

It's almost time to FLIPIT. The Invasion / ʎǝllɐΛ ǝɥ┴ and The Valley / uoısɐʌuI ǝɥ┴ coming soon

(http://www.williammeikle.com/invvalflipit.jpg)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 25, 2011, 08:15:27 pm
The GASLIGHT ARCANUM anthology from Edge Publishing became available for preorder today.

Contains my story THE COLOUR THAT CAME TO CHISWICK.

Check out the line up:

Kim Newman, Christopher Fowler, Stephen Volk, Tom English, William Meikle, Simon K. Unsworth, Fred Saberhagen, Simon Clark, Kevin Cockle, Lawrence C. Connolly, Paul Kane, and Tony Richards.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on February 26, 2011, 12:58:06 pm
Quote
It's almost time to FLIPIT/quote]

I dunno Willie, can't see how it's going to work trying to read them upside town ;)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 26, 2011, 07:42:43 pm

I dunno Willie, can't see how it's going to work trying to read them upside town ;)


They come with a special harness to allow you to hang from a rafter... or is upside town another name for Inverness? :-)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on February 26, 2011, 07:44:17 pm
Sorry tried to write that upside down.. see it ain't easy. Mind you Inverness is a bit of an upside town come to think of it ;)
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Post by: williemeikle on February 28, 2011, 07:50:40 pm
Patty Doyle holds the secret to eternal life, but it may only bring her an early death.

THE CONCORDANCES OF THE RED SERPENT - Now only 70p

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51hPGeCfnAL._SL500_AA266_PIkin3,BottomRight,-16,34_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg) (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004INHX96)

Patty is a cataloguer of rare manuscripts, working on part of a newly discovered journal of a 14th Century alchemist. Just another dull day on the job. But after mentioning it in her blog she gets to the office to find everyone brutally murdered. Now she's on the run with the incomplete journal, trying to find the rest, pursued by a killer who wants the secret of eternal life it contains.

The quest leads her halfway across the world to the castles and misty history of Scotland. She thinks she's looking for a manuscript. But the things she learns on the journey all point to the 14th Century alchemist himself, a man who is still very much alive.

The Concordances of the Red Serpent is a thriller set in the USA, Canada and Scotland and is my attempt at one of those glossy caper movies Hitchcock used to make back in the day with a blonde in peril. Mix that with a bit of Da Vinci Code type musings on alchemical secrets and stir well.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 03, 2011, 03:36:48 pm
Are my vampires too much like vampires?

Today's market wants its vampires young, emotive and sparkly.

Don't teenage girls realize that vamp's hearts don't pump blood? No pump = no erections. The ultimate in safe sex. Or maybe that's the point? Vamps have lost their balls and become metrosexual.

I hate it.

In my vampire books the Watchers trilogy and Eldren: The Book of the Dark they're mostly old, lusty blood drinkers, vicious killers who are a force of supernatural evil.

Maybe I need to soften them up and make them sparkle?
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: David A. Riley on March 03, 2011, 04:58:45 pm
How do you know vampires' hearts don't pump blood?  Don't they gush blood when staked? If so, there must be something causing the pressure inside.

Sparkling vampires... ugh. That's disgusting.  >:(
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 05, 2011, 02:19:47 pm
Here's where to buy the latest Midnight Eye book, THE SKIN GAME. Ships anywhere in the world free and is cheaper than Amazon

http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9780982676110/The-Midnight-Eye-Files
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 05, 2011, 02:20:27 pm
How do you know vampires' hearts don't pump blood? 

It's a fact. I read it on the internet. :-)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: David A. Riley on March 05, 2011, 03:54:17 pm
How do you know vampires' hearts don't pump blood? 

It's a fact. I read it on the internet. :-)

Just so long as it wasn't wikipedia.

Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 07, 2011, 02:22:00 am
My publisher is having a giveaway of my newest publication, the ebook of THE MIDNIGHT EYE FILES: THE SKIN GAME. A free copy to anyone who subscribes to their newsletter and emails them.
http://williammeikle.blogspot.com/2011/03/get-free-ebook-of-skin-game.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 07, 2011, 03:36:35 pm
Just sold a short story to FUTURES, the Sci-Fi section of NATURE magazine. For those not in the know, this is one of the top short fiction markets in the genre, with a readership in the hundreds of thousands and top-whack pro rates.

I'll be the one walking in the air for the next wee while.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: David A. Riley on March 07, 2011, 03:46:35 pm
Congratulations, Willie. That's one hell of a market to crack.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 07, 2011, 04:44:09 pm
Congratulations, Willie. That's one hell of a market to crack.

Thanks David

And at the first attempt too. I've been waiting to wake up all day :-)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Des Lewis on March 07, 2011, 04:59:32 pm
Congratulations, Willie. You are obviously a born story-teller and one who is prolifically, felicitously, even efficiently time and time again, a born story-teller.
Proud to have been in all those mags with you in the nineties.
And proud I got one of your stories for 'Null Immortalis'. :)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 08, 2011, 01:59:34 pm
Thanks for the kind words Des... and having read that story I sent you recently, you know how I feel about you :-)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 10, 2011, 04:17:03 pm
New today for your Kindle

Derek Adams is on the lam, framed for a strange murder and chased by a cult intent on getting their hands on the skin belt that writhes in Derek's pocket. When a firm of lawyers offers him a way out, he grabs it with both hands.

Then things really go to the dogs!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004R9Q7MU
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004R9Q7MU

The origins of Derek Adams, The Midnight Eye

I read widely, both in the crime and horror genres, but my crime fiction in particular keeps returning to older, pulpier, bases. My series character, Glasgow PI Derek Adams, is a Bogart and Chandler fan, and it is the movies and Americana of the '40s that I find a lot of my inspiration for him, rather than in the modern procedural.

That, and the old city, are the two main drivers for the Midnight Eye stories.

When I was a lad, back in the early 1960s, we lived in a town 20 miles south of Glasgow, and it was an adventure to the big city when I went with my family on shopping trips. Back then the city was a Victorian giant going slowly to seed. It is often said that the British Empire was built in Glasgow on the banks of the river Clyde. Back when I was young, the shipyards were still going strong, and the city centre itself still held on to some of its past glories. It was a warren of tall sandstone buildings and narrow streets, with Edwardian trams still running through them. The big stores still had pneumatic delivery systems for billing, every man wore a hat, collar and tie, and steam trains ran into grand vaulted railway stations filled with smoke. To a young boy from the sticks it seemed like a grand place. It was only later that I learned about the knife gangs that terrorized the dance halls, and the serial killer, Bible John, who frequented the same dance floors, quoting scripture as he lured teenage girls to a violent end.

Fast forward fifteen years, and I was at University in the city, and getting an education into the real heart of the place. I learned about bars, and religious divides. Glasgow is split along tribal royalties. Back in the Victorian era, shiploads of Irishmen came to Glasgow for work. The protestants went to one side of the city, the catholics to the other. There they set up homes... and football teams. Now these teams are the biggest sporting giants in Scotland, two behemoths that attract bigots like bees to honey. As a student I soon learned how to avoid giving away my religion in bars, and which ones to stay out of on match days.

Also by the time I was a student, a lot of the tall sandstone buildings had been pulled down to make way for tower blocks. Back then they were the new shiny future, taking the people out of the Victorian ghettos and into the present day.

Fast forward to the present day and there are all new ghettos. The tower blocks are ruled by drug gangs and pimps. Meanwhile there have been many attempts to gentrify the city centre, with designer shops being built in old warehouses, with docklands developments building expensive apartments where sailors used to get services from hard faced girls, and with shiny, trendy bars full of glossy expensively dressed bankers.

And underneath it all, the old Glasgow still lies, slumbering, a dreaming god waiting for the stars to be right again.

Derek Adams, The Midnight Eye, knows the ways of the old city. And, if truth be told, he prefers them to the new.

Plus, there are antecedents - occult detectives who may seem to use the trappings of crime solvers, but get involved in the supernatural. William Hjortsberg's Falling Angel (the book that led to the movie Angel Heart) is a fine example, an expert blending of gumshoe and deviltry that is one of my favorite books. Likewise, in the movies, we have cops facing a demon in Denzel Washington's Fallen that plays like a police procedural taken to a very dark place.

But I think it's the people that influence me most. Everybody in Scotland's got stories to tell, and once you get them going, you can't stop them. I love chatting to people, (usually in pubs) and finding out the -weird- sh** they've experienced. Derek is mainly based on a bloke I met years ago in a bar in Partick, and quite a few of the characters that turn up and talk too much in my books can be found in real life in bars in Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews.
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Post by: williemeikle on March 10, 2011, 07:22:10 pm
I've become a convert in recent years to the idea of aiming for the highest markets you can. For much of my early career I stuck to small press markets, paying in copies or token amounts. This was more to do with a lack of confidence in my own ability than from any desire to stay in the "trenches". And that became the problem. I got cosy down there, and racked up large numbers of stories in print in small mags.

My Road to Damascus moment came in 2005 when I appeared in a Scottish anthology alongside the likes of Charlie Stross, Jane Yolen and Hal Duncan. I got to stand beside them all at a mass signing, and I thought "I can do this."

Since then I've been aiming higher. There are more misses now, but the hits are so much more satisfying.

Which brings me back to the payment issue. I -thought- I was happy down in the small presses, but I was deluding myself. The real feelings of achievement come when you feel you are getting a decent reward for the job. Sometimes that comes with money, other times with exposure and kudos, but all the time it comes from setting your sights as high as you can and aiming for the gold ring.

And just this week, I've sold a short story to NATURE FUTURES, one of my "target" markets.

Onwards and upwards.
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Post by: williemeikle on March 11, 2011, 07:10:59 pm
Pleased to see my story (with Graeme Hurry) from Something Wicked magazine "THE BLUE HAG" get an Honorable Mention in the 2010 Best Horror of the Year volume.
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Post by: williemeikle on March 11, 2011, 07:34:16 pm
I've been under the Inquisition today
http://blackabyss.co.uk/2011/03/william-meikle-the-inquisition/
I didn't expect...
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Post by: williemeikle on March 12, 2011, 03:35:05 pm
It's here!


Two shorts novels, 384 pages.

One of my earlest forays on my own into a second-hand bookstore, sometime around 1968 I guess, resulted in me finding an ACE double, a book you read both ways up, one short novel each way. The 1st one I got had John Brunner one way and Samuel Delaney the other -- my first introduction to two writers who are still among my favorites. Over my teenage years the ACE double series introduced me to many other writers, people like Jack Vance, H Beam Piper, Fritz Lieber and a youngster who went by Dean R Koontz. I have a lot of reading to thank them for.

That's one of the reasons it gives me great delight to see two of my novels appear in the same format.

THE INVASION / THE VALLEY - two pulp adventure novels, ons Sci-Fi, one Lost World, both Amazon Bestsellers in their Kindle format.

THE INVASION reached #2 in the Sci-Fi chart, #4 in Horror and #1 in Occult and THE VALLEY hit #1 in Historical Fantasy.

See the cover(s) here:

Invasion up front
(http://www.williammeikle.com/Flipitbook1.jpg)

The Valley up front
(http://www.williammeikle.com/reverse.jpg)

And buy it here:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0983279217

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Generation Next Publications
ISBN-10: 0983279217
ISBN-13: 978-0983279211
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
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Post by: williemeikle on March 21, 2011, 04:04:48 pm
If anyone would like to review THE MIDNIGHT EYE FILES: THE AMULET, drop me a line - I have it in mobi, kindle or pdf
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Post by: williemeikle on March 23, 2011, 01:34:45 pm
Now in print at Amazon UK - two popular ebooks in one FLIPIT paperback

The first FLIPIT book contains my novels The Invasion and The Valley. Both novels are digital best-sellers and have graced the top 2 on the best-sellers list in their respective categories on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0983279217
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Post by: williemeikle on March 25, 2011, 03:58:55 pm
GENERATIONS - Sci-Fi for big kids everywhere

Out today for the Kindle on Amazon .COM and CO.UK

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004THZ5GO
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004THZ5GO

Tom wants to see a dragon. And his Grandad wants to make one. But neither of them are prepared for the consequences when they accidentally spill Grandad's special growth formula on the ground.

Insects, grown to giant-size, start to emerge, a few only at first, then more and more...a huge, swarming, mass of them. Now Tom, along with farmer's daughter, Kate, must battle against the giant
bugs to save Kate's parents. They need help...big help. The kind of help a dragon can provide...

A homage to big bug movies for the children in all of us -- a mad scientist, plucky kids, giant ants, huge blobs, a pony, mass destruction.... and a dragon.

(http://www.williammeikle.com/generations.jpg)
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Post by: williemeikle on March 28, 2011, 11:43:35 pm
Great review of THE AMULET at the Lovecraft ezine
http://lovecraftzine.wordpress.com/2011/03/27/a-lovecraftian-detective-novel/
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Post by: williemeikle on March 30, 2011, 03:20:27 pm
I'm currently judge for a short story competition, and have been reading entries for the past few days. The experience prompted some thinking on what I like in a short story, and how to approach one:-

Writing a short story is a bit like telling a joke. The trick is to grab your audience's attention, lead them through a situation, and garner a response from them when you're done.

And like a joke, the best stories start just before the punchline is due. If you're telling a "Horse walks into a bar" joke, you don't start with a horse out in a field.

Start as close to the end as you can and only fill in as much back story as is required.

For example, you don't need to tell how the horse came to be able to talk, how scientists the world over were baffled, how all that talking made him thirsty, and how he managed to get a pig on his back.

This is a story - you need to be able to get your audience to suspend their disbelief for as long as the story takes. Too much explanation and exposition and the audience gets bored quickly.

Similarly, you don't need the input of the guy at the bar who knows the pig, has met him before and wants a chat about old times before the barman gets involved. Trim all extraneous voices and characters.

And the horse -walks- into the bar. He doesn't -canter merrily his mane flying in the corruscating wind-, and he -asks- for a beer, he doesn't -inquire mysteriously-. Trim your adjectives, and your adverbs.

And do remember the climax / punchline. If your story ends with the horse asking for a beer, you haven't finished yet.

In short, get in, get out, and leave them wanting more.
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Post by: jim mcleod on March 30, 2011, 03:46:04 pm


In short, get in, get out, and leave them wanting more.

That's my strategy with the wimen folk sadly they never do
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Post by: williemeikle on April 05, 2011, 02:01:52 pm


In short, get in, get out, and leave them wanting more.

That's my strategy with the wimen folk sadly they never do

I'm saying nowt. :-)
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Post by: williemeikle on April 05, 2011, 02:02:12 pm
Join my FB page and get a free Kindle download file of THE MIDNIGHT EYE FILES: THE AMULET on the landing page. 200 people have already got their free book.

http://www.facebook.com/williammeikle?sk=app_169836446397977
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Post by: williemeikle on April 05, 2011, 09:22:23 pm
Coming soon - the HOLIDAY OF THE DEAD antho, with a wee Scottish zombie story from me inside. The cover is drop-dead gorgeous.

(http://www.williammeikle.com/holidayofthedead.jpg)
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Post by: williemeikle on April 11, 2011, 10:33:41 pm
THE INVASION has made the longlist of nominations for best novella.

My 1st time on this list for a novel. Chuffed to bits.
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Post by: williemeikle on April 13, 2011, 04:02:39 pm
I've been told there's a Hi-Def download available of the short movie DANCERS, made by GET THE SWORDS Studios from my script and based on my own short story.

It's a BIG download at 2GB, so be sure you have the space and bandwidth, but they did a great job of it and it's worth a look.

http://www.gettheswordstudios.com/dancers/DancersComplete(FINAL)withGTSSIntro.avi (http://www.gettheswordstudios.com/dancers/DancersComplete(FINAL)withGTSSIntro.avi)

(http://www.gettheswordstudios.com/images/dancersBetaposter2.jpg)

Willie
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Post by: williemeikle on April 16, 2011, 01:56:50 am
27% off THE INVASION / THE VALLEY in paperback in the UK today. Only £7.23
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Invasion-Valley-William-Meikle/dp/0983279217

Read the longlist nominated novella in FLIPIT format along with THE VALLEY

(http://www.williammeikle.com/Flipitbook1.jpg)
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Post by: williemeikle on April 29, 2011, 07:16:54 pm
New offer : Get a free .mobi or .epub download of book 1 of my historical vampire series WATCHERS: THE COMING OF THE KING.

http://www.facebook.com/williammeikle?sk=app_169836446397977
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Post by: williemeikle on May 03, 2011, 02:28:39 pm
Looking for something different today for your Kindle? -- How about a four way collaboration on a Lake District horror novella?

Four writers, four countries, one monster - Mostly Human. Now with a bonus story from each of the authors

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004G5Z3DE/
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004G5Z3DE/


(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ZYo2AGTEL._SL500_AA266_PIkin3,BottomRight,-16,34_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)
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Post by: williemeikle on May 18, 2011, 04:01:15 pm
Coming this summer, in limited hardcover and paperback from Dark Regions, and ebook from Generation Next

(http://www.williammeikle.com/TheCreepingKelp.jpg)
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Post by: deboree on May 22, 2011, 06:53:32 am
That looks great, William.
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Post by: williemeikle on May 24, 2011, 09:51:18 pm
Dark Regions Press are running a competition to win a $45 Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcover of my book THE CREEPING KELP

They say

Quote
Get a chance at winning a Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcover edition of our latest upcoming novel The Creeping Kelp by William Meikle with a retail value of $45 simply for making the cover art your default profile image on Facebook for a week and making a single Facebook status update on Tuesday, May 31st (that we will provide for you to copy and paste).

The cover art is here: http://www.darkregions.com/template/images/books/fiction/the_creeping_kelp/front_med.jpg

And get in on the action by following Dark Regions on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dark-Regions-Press/236
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Post by: Ray on May 25, 2011, 08:46:12 am
What a great idea.
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Post by: williemeikle on May 26, 2011, 10:00:31 pm
What a great idea.

Seems to work too -- although it's very disconcerting being on Facebook and seeing so many people with -my- book cover as their profile pic.
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Post by: williemeikle on May 31, 2011, 12:16:45 pm
My new book, THE CREEPING KELP is now available for pre-order from DARK REGIONS PRESS. These are limited in number hardcover editions, so please get your order in early if interested. DRP do high quality books and I'm excited to be published by them.

Order from this page: http://www.darkregions.com/products/The-Creeping-Kelp-by-William-Meikle.html

Some seaweed, a jellyfish and some material brought back from the Peabodie expedition to Antarctica. An innocuous enough blend you might think. But when a storm in the North Atlantic frees a sample that has been dormant inside an old wreck, the new creature finds that it is hungry. Our plastics-oriented society has given it an abundant supply of food... more than enough for it to grow, and build, and spread.

Can anyone escape the terror that is... THE CREEPING KELP?

Here are the options available:

-  Leather-bound Signed Deluxe Thirteen Hardcover w/slipcase (only 13 to be produced) + discounted trade paperback  -- $104.00

-  Leather-bound Signed Deluxe Thirteen Hardcover w/slipcase (only 13 to be produced) --  $99.00

-  100 Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcover (only 100 to be produced) + discounted trade paperback --  $50.00

-  100 Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcover (only 100 to be produced) --  $40.00

The trade paperback itself will be available on its own later this year, but this is your chance to get a quality hardcover and collector's item.

Order from this page: http://www.darkregions.com/products/The-Creeping-Kelp-by-William-Meikle.html
 

(http://www.williammeikle.com/TheCreepingKelp.jpg)
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Post by: williemeikle on June 06, 2011, 11:57:08 pm
Looks like I've sold 20,000 ebooks in my first year of having work in that format. To put it into perspective -- they've outsold my paperbacks by a factor of ten.

I'd just like to thank everybody here who's been part of that 20,000, and can only hope that the next year is as good.

Thanks again

Willie
http://www.amazon.com/William-Meikle/e/B002BMOP0G/
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Post by: Rolnikov on June 07, 2011, 07:39:49 am
You're welcome.  :D
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Post by: David A. Riley on June 07, 2011, 08:09:31 am
I don't buy ebooks, Willie, but I am impressed at what you have achieved in that medium. It's a sign of just what can be done if you put enough effort into promoting it - and, of course, write the kind of stuff that readers want.

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Post by: williemeikle on June 07, 2011, 03:43:04 pm
I'm pleased to say that the leather bound deluxe edition of THE CREEPING KELP is sold out

But you can still order one of the 100 Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcover editions now and receive $5 off the cover price ($40 instead of $45)

http://www.darkregions.com/products/The-Creeping-Kelp-by-William-Meikle.html
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Post by: williemeikle on June 11, 2011, 01:04:39 am
Read my latest Lovecraftian Sherlock Holmes story THE CALL OF THE DANCE, free here
http://lovecraftzine.com/issues/issue-5-june-2011/
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Post by: williemeikle on June 15, 2011, 12:31:22 am
I've bitten the bullet, installed Wordpress on my domain and moved over everything from Blogger.

So if you have my blog bookmarked, it's now at:

http://williammeikle.com/wp/

Come on over and say hi.
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Post by: David A. Riley on June 15, 2011, 06:19:23 am
An impressive website, Willie. You're going from strength to strength.

Have changed my link to it.  :)
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Post by: williemeikle on June 15, 2011, 03:28:45 pm
Twenty years of being published
http://williammeikle.com/wp/2011/06/twenty-years-of-being-published/
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Post by: williemeikle on June 18, 2011, 01:37:44 pm
I've been busy porting all my sites onto the Williammeikle.com domain, and the result is that I have a new blog and newsletter service.

I'd be happy to see you over at the new blog at
http://williammeikle.com/wp

And you can register for the newsletter, which is where I do the earliest announcements of everything and run giveaways and competitions, by signing up form either the tab on the blog, or the tab on my website at http://www.williammeikle.com if you're interested. Hope to see some of you there.

Willie
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Post by: williemeikle on June 27, 2011, 11:22:41 pm
Put all my cheap ebook stuff in one place. 99c / 70p to you. Choose from a novel, 3 novellas or 5 short stories.

http://williammeikle.com/wp/99c-ebooks/
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Post by: williemeikle on July 06, 2011, 12:13:17 pm
Subscribe to my newsletter and get a free Kindle or Epub download of THE MIDNIGHT EYE FILES: THE AMULET

http://williammeikle.com/mailman/listinfo/williemeiklenews_williammeikle.com
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Post by: williemeikle on July 25, 2011, 02:29:17 pm
Another pro sale - "The Young Lochinvar" sold to THE MOTHMAN FILES from Woodland Press ;D
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Post by: Dave Brzeski on July 26, 2011, 01:32:27 am
Read my latest Lovecraftian Sherlock Holmes story THE CALL OF THE DANCE, free here
http://lovecraftzine.com/issues/issue-5-june-2011/

Don't seem to be able to get to lovecraftzine.com at all. Has it moved, or is it gone?

Dave
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Post by: williemeikle on July 28, 2011, 03:27:58 pm
Dave

Michael, the Lovecraft ezine owner, closed it down just this week. He's having really bad health issues and can't keep it going.

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Post by: David A. Riley on July 28, 2011, 03:45:58 pm
Any news on The Unspoken?
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Post by: williemeikle on July 30, 2011, 04:17:03 pm
I'll get your edits to you this week sometime David. Waiting on one more story and the cover art then it'll be all systems go...
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Post by: williemeikle on August 02, 2011, 03:11:29 pm
The Lovecraft ezine is back

http://lovecraftzine.wordp​ress.com/

Michael has found someone to take over the running of it and he will continue as a consultant.

Good news as it has been building a nice little following and published some great stories by Pulver, Pugmire etc...

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Post by: williemeikle on August 10, 2011, 02:50:25 pm
1st full year of ebook sales data is in: 20,000 books sold, 18,000 at $2.99, 5 books have sold over 1000 copies, with one, THE INVASION selling over 8,000. All in all a lot better than I'd hoped.
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Post by: Dave Brzeski on August 22, 2011, 12:05:47 am
The Lovecraft ezine is back

http://lovecraftzine.wordp​ress.com/

Michael has found someone to take over the running of it and he will continue as a consultant.

Good news as it has been building a nice little following and published some great stories by Pulver, Pugmire etc...



Just went in & bought kindle downloads of all 5 issues so far. I hope Michael's health improves soon, but I'm glad the e-zine has been rescued.
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Post by: williemeikle on August 31, 2011, 01:05:46 pm
Time to summarize what's coming up from me in the next year or so...


After that I have more books coming in late 2011 / 2012 from Dark Regions Press


There are other posible books from Dark Regions Press, currently under discussion. I'll keep you posted on those.

I'm currently working on a space-opera pulp novel for an ebook edition later this year from Generation Next.

On the short story front, I have work coming in:


-- and several more I can't mention yet.

Busy busy busy. :-)

Willie
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Post by: williemeikle on October 03, 2011, 04:44:00 pm
I discovered the writing of H P Lovecraft back in the very early Seventies. I came to him, not looking for horror, but for Science Fiction as that was where my prime interest lay back then. I believe the first story I read was THE DUNWICH HORROR in one of the cheap UK paperback editions. That was enough for me to seek out the rest, and I remember reading AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS while sitting on the back steps of our house on a hot summer’s day.

It was only natural that I should turn to some Lovecraftian conceits in my own writing, and in recent years I’ve found there’s a wide variety of markets willing to share my obsession. MY list of Lovecraft-inspired works grows apace, and here’s where you can find the most recent. You’ll find details of all of these on my site at http://www.williammeikle.com

Novels

The Midnight Eye Files: The Amulet (Black Death Books)
The Creeping Kelp (Dark Regions Press)
The Invasion (Generation Next Publications)

Anthology Appearances

The Colour that Came to Chiswick (Gaslight Arcanum / EDGE)
Inquisitor (Historical Lovecraft / Innsmouth Free Press)
The Unfinished Basement (Dead But Dreaming 2 / Miskatonic River Press)
The Tenants of Ladywell Manor (Cthulhu Unbound 2 / Permuted Press)
The Havenhome (High Seas Cthulhu / Elder Signs Press)
The Mouth (Hard Boiled Cthulhu / Elder Signs Press)

Online Appearances

Rickman’s Plasma (Lovecraft ezine)
The Call of the Dance (Lovecraft ezine)

There’s more coming soon, the pride of place going to Danse Macabre – a new short story collection I’ve sold to Dark Regions Press.

Other short stories coming include the following:-

Treason and Plot (Horror for the Holidays anthology / Miskatonic River Press)
Call and Response (Cthulhu 2012 anthology / Mythos Books)
The Colour from the Deep (Call of Cthulhu anthology / Evil Jester Press)
Lacunae (Lovecraft ezine)
#dreaming (Lovecraft ezine)

I’ve also just finished a Lovecraftian Space Opera novella that is planned as an e-book from Generation Next and I’m currently writing another short story for a Lovecraft themed anthology.

I probably won’t stop until the stars are right.
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Post by: williemeikle on October 19, 2011, 02:58:23 pm
SHERLOCK HOLMES: REVENANT

(http://www.williammeikle.com/revenant.jpeg)

A strange sickness affecting the members of the House of Lords starts a new adventure for Holmes and Watson, one that will see them on the run, accused of murder and pursued by both the police and a deadly gang of assassins.

The case takes them up and down the country, from Scotland to the Houses of Parliament and leads them down arcane paths, following their relentless foe in pursuit of the lost secret of immortality.

Their adversary seems hell-bent, not only on their destruction but on an act of terrorism that will shake London to its foundations.

Holmes must catch and unmask the revenant, and only by confronting his own past will he be able to prevail.

COMING SOON FROM DARK REGIONS PRESS   

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Post by: williemeikle on October 23, 2011, 06:44:54 pm
A new ghost story from me. Posted as a sample story from my ebook collection From Deep Within the Shadows

http://www.scribd.com/doc/69983799
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Post by: williemeikle on November 05, 2011, 04:08:09 pm
Tentatively agreed a multi-book deal with Dark Regions Press for 8 (yep, that's 8) more books in print in the next 18-24 months - it's beer time!
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Post by: williemeikle on November 07, 2011, 04:04:45 pm
I've got a lot of work backed up over the next eighteen months or so.

Here's most of  what's coming down the pipe.

(There are several other possibilities, and story sales, that I can't talk about yet under various degrees of acceptance / negotiation. More details when I have them.)

FROM SEVEN REALMS PRESS

The Concordances of the Red Serpent (TPB)

FROM DARK REGIONS PRESS

Sherlock Holmes: Revenant (TPB)
Dark Regions Double: The Invasion / The Valley (TPB)
A Carnacki collection (Ltd Ed HC)
Crustaceans (TPB)
Danse Macabre, a Lovecraftian collection (Ltd Ed HC)
Professor Challenger novella (TPB)
Berserker (TPB)
Sherlock Holmes Collection (Ltd Ed HC)
Weird Western Novel as yet unnamed

IN ZINES AND ANTHOLOGIES

#dreaming - Lovecraft ezine
Treason and Plot - Horror For the Holidays (Miskatonic River Press)
Call and Response - Cthulhu 2012 (Mythos Books)
The Dreams that Stuff is made of - Zombie Kong (Books of the Dead Press)
Hairs and Graces - Best New Werewolf Stories (Books of the Dead Press)
J is for Jesuphobia - Phobias (Dark Continents)
The Color of the Deep - Call of Lovecraft (Evil Jester Press)
The Silent Dead - ALT-ZOMBIE (Hersham Books)

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Post by: williemeikle on November 10, 2011, 10:51:00 pm
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Dark Regions Press have announced a new entry in the Ghost House Imprint, Carnacki: Heaven and Hell by me!

The book will be available in two collectible hardcover formats: a leather-bound signed by both author and artist Deluxe Thirteen Hardcover with slipcase edition sporting a unique ghost house front cover stamp and a 100 Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcover edition also sporting a custom Ghost House stamp. The book will launch in December.

All new tales of William Hope Hodgson's Carnacki.

Meet an Edwardian occult detective who goes where no other gentleman will dare. Nine stories and a novella that take Carnacki deep into neolithic barrows, into the crypts of ancient cathedrals and see him fighting the elemental powers of darkness on his own terms.

The Blooded Iklwa:  A malevolent spirit is intent on blood. Can Carnacki identify the source of the attacks and stop the Zulu blade from its nightly haunting? Or will his client be forced to suffer a death of a thousand cuts?

The Larkhill Barrow: A pounding terror has been called up out of Salisbury Plain; an ancient darkness that will haunt your dreams.

The Sisters of Mercy: Battle hardened old soldiers lie sick abed in fear for their souls. Only someone with intimate knowledge of the powers of darkness can help them.

The Hellfire Mirror: The rituals of an infamous club have left their mark on a mirror, leading Carnacki into a fight to stop his own home from being overrun with the forces of darkness.

The Beast of Glamys: Danger to the daughter of a Scottish Lord leads Carnacki to a remote castle, and the uncovering of the secret behind a legend that has persisted for centuries.

The Tomb of Pygea:  Something serpentine whispers in the dark under Admiralty Arch, and only Carnacki has the skills, and the nerve, to descend, and to listen.

The Lusitania: A cruise ship is berthed in Liverpool, deserted by passengers and crew, stuck in port until Carnacki can remove the cause of their terror; apparitions of disaster and shipwreck

The Haunted Oak: Ghosts of the recent dead walk beneath its spreading boughs and the Church needs Carnacki's expertise. But some things are best left to take their course -- natural, or supernatural.

The Shoreditch Worm: When one of the churches of London changes its chimes, something old starts to wake. Can Carnacki stop it before it is too late?

The Dark Island: Carnacki uncovers a gateway to a dark realm of magic and myth, where the far future of our planet can be touched and seen, if a man has the stomach for it.

Meet Carnacki: Ghosthunter.

Coming in December to DarkRegions.com
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Post by: williemeikle on November 20, 2011, 05:38:49 pm
First review of THE CREEPING KELP - he liked it. (And it's in Famous Monsters of Filmland!)

http://famousmonstersoffilmland.com/2011/11/15/book-review-the-creeping-kelp-by-william-meikle/
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Post by: williemeikle on November 22, 2011, 07:20:07 pm
Two new books coming — and a Facebook/Twitter contest to win them

http://williammeikle.com/wp/2011/11/two-new-books-coming-and-a-facebooktwitter-contest-to-win-them/
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Post by: The Beast on November 28, 2011, 01:42:50 pm
Willie's Murky Depths stories are still available:
(http://www.murkydepths.com/covers/issue02-150.jpg)Phantom Payment (Issue #2 (http://www.murkydepths.com/issue2.php))
Art: Ricky Martin
(http://www.murkydepths.com/covers/issue07-150.jpg)Viewers Choice (Issue #7 (http://www.murkydepths.com/issue7.php))
Art: Paul Drummond
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Post by: williemeikle on November 29, 2011, 12:45:59 pm
Right in time for St Andrews Day!

Sherlock Holmes: Revenant and The Invasion/The Valley Dark Regions Double book are now available to order on the DarkRegions.com website!

To read more about Sherlock Holmes: Revenant, visit: http://www.darkregions.com/sherlock-holmes-revenant-by-william-meikle/

To read more about The Invasion/The Valley Dark Regions Double book, visit: http://www.darkregions.com/the-invasion-the-valley-by-william-meikle-dark-regions-double/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on December 02, 2011, 04:06:12 pm
Buy THE CREEPING KELP in hardcover, get THE INVASION/THE VALLEY free
12/1/2011

Have you never placed an order at DarkRegions.com?  Well, they’re here to try to convince you to place your first order. With your first order you can literally get two books for the price of one. Here’s how it works:

Let’s say you want THE CREEPING KELP Limited Hardcover edition, then you wanted THE INVASION/THE VALLEY  for your free book in trade paperback edition.

You would place an order for THE CREEPING KELP Limited Hardcover edition on the Dark Regions website then in the Order Instructions/Comments (Optional) box in the final stage of checkout you would write:

FREEBOOK4U
THE INVASION/THE VALLEY by William Meikle

Then submit your order and they will process it accordingly.

Terms: you must order at least one book in order to get one free book.  The free book must be currently available in trade paperback edition on the website (check product page).  This special can only be used once per customer.

Two books for the price of one with FREE USA shipping and only $7 for international shipping to anywhere in the world? Sounds like a darn good dealto me.

To take advantage of this special today get your books now at:

www.DarkRegions.com
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Post by: williemeikle on December 05, 2011, 03:47:01 pm
Price: $13.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25

Patty Doyle holds the secret to eternal life, but it may only bring her an early death. Patty is working on a journal of a 14th Century alchemist. But after mentioning it in her blog she gets to the office to find everyone brutally murdered. Now she's on the run pursued by a killer who wants the secret of eternal life it contains.

The Concordances of the Red Serpent is a thriller set in the USA, Canada and Scotland and echoes back to the glossy caper movies of Hitchcock. Mix with a bit of Da Vinci Code type musings on alchemical secrets and stir well.

Get it here at Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/dp/0983735034/ (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0983735034/)

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Post by: williemeikle on December 06, 2011, 05:51:58 pm
SHERLOCK HOLMES: REVENANT launches today from Dark Regions Press.
Any help you want to give in pushing it would be most appreciated.

http://www.darkregions.com/sherlock-holmes-revenant-by-william-meikle/

A strange sickness affecting the members of the House of Lords starts a new adventure for Holmes and Watson, one that will see them on the run, accused of murder and pursued by both the police and a deadly gang of assassins.

The case takes them up and down the country, from Scotland to the Houses of Parliament and leads them down arcane paths, following their relentless foe in pursuit of the lost secret of immortality.

Their adversary seems hell-bent, not only on their destruction but on an act of terrorism that will shake London to its foundations.

Holmes must catch and unmask the revenant, and only by confronting his own past will he be able to prevail.

~oO0Oo~

I've written a few Holmes stories in the past few years. The first one was THE QUALITY OF MERCY in Gaslight Grotesque.

Since then I’ve done THE CALL OF THE DANCE, published in the Lovecraft ezine, THE COLOUR THAT CAME TO CHISWICK in Gaslight Arcanum, I’m in the middle of a collaboration on THE GHOST SHIRT with Steve Lockley, and now I have the novella from Dark Regions, SHERLOCK HOLMES: REVENANT

It is the characters first and foremost that draws me to it. Doyle brought Holmes to life. He is instantly recognizable all over the world and has been for over 100 years. Few other writers have managed that trick.

It’s also the setting for me. I was raised on Doyle, Wells and Robert Louis Stevenson and I love that historical period they covered in their work. It’s also the time period I’ve come to prefer for my own writing and I can see me settling in there for a long time to come.

Revenant is a supernatural mystery, fast paced and taking Holmes and Watson up and down the length of Britain. They're on the run from the police having been framed for murder, and have to find out who is behind it. This proves difficult, as their adversary is capable of hiding in plain sight.

The clues lead them to an alchemist in Scotland, and deeper mysteries where they find their case linked to the quest for immortality, and a plot that might bring down the British Empire.

(http://www.williammeikle.com/revenant.jpeg)
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Post by: williemeikle on December 13, 2011, 02:55:31 pm
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You can order it now for delivery in Jan 2012

http://www.darkregions.com/carnacki-heaven-and-hell-by-william-meikle/

Editions

Leather-bound Deluxe Thirteen Hardcover w/slipcase: $99.00, numbered 1-13, 6”x9”, bound in leather, signature page which is signed by both author and artist, front cover stamped and spine stamped with the title and the author’s name, includes artsy end papers, colored book ribbon with nice full colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock, a beautiful slipcase and dust jacket.

100 Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcover: numbered 1-100, 6”x9”, bound in leatherette, signed by the author, stamped on the spine with the title and author’s name, includes 80lb. natural vellum end papers, colored book ribbon, multi-colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock, and has a beautiful dust jacket.

PREORDER SPECIAL: order the book while still in preorder phase and receive $5 off the retail price ($40 instead of $45)!

Interior artwork inside Carnacki: Heaven and Hell done by Wayne Miller. There are a total of six interior illustrations by Wayne Miller within the book.

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All new tales of William Hope Hodgson’s Carnacki.

Meet an Edwardian occult detective who goes where no other gentleman will dare. Nine stories and a novella that take Carnacki deep into neolithic barrows, into the crypts of ancient cathedrals and see him fighting the elemental powers of darkness on his own terms.

The Blooded Iklwa: A malevolent spirit is intent on blood. Can Carnacki identify the source of the attacks and stop the Zulu blade from its nightly haunting? Or will his client be forced to suffer a death of a thousand cuts?

The Larkhill Barrow: A pounding terror has been called up out of Salisbury Plain; an ancient darkness that will haunt your dreams.

The Sisters of Mercy: Battle hardened old soldiers lie sick abed in fear for their souls. Only someone with intimate knowledge of the powers of darkness can help them.

The Hellfire Mirror: The rituals of an infamous club have left their mark on a mirror, leading Carnacki into a fight to stop his own home from being overrun with the forces of darkness.

The Beast of Glamys: Danger to the daughter of a Scottish Lord leads Carnacki to a remote castle, and the uncovering of the secret behind a legend that has persisted for centuries.

The Tomb of Pygea: Something serpentine whispers in the dark under Admiralty Arch, and only Carnacki has the skills, and the nerve, to descend, and to listen.

The Lusitania: A cruise ship is berthed in Liverpool, deserted by passengers and crew, stuck in port until Carnacki can remove the cause of their terror; apparitions of disaster and shipwreck

The Haunted Oak: Ghosts of the recent dead walk beneath its spreading boughs and the Church needs Carnacki’s expertise. But some things are best left to take their course — natural, or supernatural.

The Shoreditch Worm: When one of the churches of London changes its chimes, something old starts to wake. Can Carnacki stop it before it is too late?

The Dark Island (a 30,000 word novella): Carnacki uncovers a gateway to a dark realm of magic and myth, where the far future of our planet can be touched and seen, if a man has the stomach for it.

Meet Carnacki: Ghosthunter.

To take advantage of this special today get your books now at:

http://www.darkregions.com/carnacki-heaven-and-hell-by-william-meikle/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on December 22, 2011, 03:27:44 pm
It’s been quite a year for me.

Published longer works:

THE SKIN GAME (Novel, KHP Press)
THE CREEPING KELP (Novel, Dark Regions Press)
THE CONCORDANCES OF THE RED SERPENT (Novel, Seven Realms Press)
SHERLOCK HOLMES: REVENANT (Novella, Dark Regions Press)
THE INVASION/THE VALLEY (Flip-it double, Dark Regions Press)

Published short stories:

The Colour that came to Chiswick – Gaslight Arcanum anthology (EDGE)
Twitterspace – NATURE Futures (NATURE magazine)
The Young Lochinvar – The Mothman Files anthology (Woodland Press)
Treason and Plot – Horror for the Holidays anthology (Miskatonic River Press)
The Unfinished Basement – Dead But Dreaming 2 anthology (Miskatonic River Press)
Morning Sickness – Best New Vampire Tales 1 (Books of the Dead Press)
Inquisitor – Historical Lovecraft anthology (Innsmouth Free Press)
The Just One – Monk Punk anthology (Evil Jester Press)
Out With the Old – EVOLVE 2 anthology (EDGE)
The Toughest Mile – The Game anthology (Seven Realms Press)
Home is the Sailor – Holiday of the Dead anthology (Wild Wolf)
Rickman’s Plasma – Lovecraft ezine
The Call of the Dance – Lovecraft ezine
Dreaming – Lovecraft ezine
The Yule Log – Flash Fear in This is Horror ezine

Sold for Publication in 2012/13:

CARNACKI: HEAVEN AND HELL (Collection, Dark Regions Press)
CRUSTACEANS (Novel, Dark Regions Press)
DANSE MACABRE (Collection, Dark Regions Press)
THE NIGHT OF THE WENDIGO (Novel, Delirium Press)
FROM DEEP WITHIN THE SHADOWS (Collection, Dark Regions Press)

Forthcoming short stories:

Descanse en Paz – Undead and Unbound anthology (Chaosium)
Ghost nor Bogle shalt thou fear – Danse Macabre anthology (EDGE)
Call and Response – Cthulhu 2012 anthology (Mythos Books)
The Dreams that Stuff is made of – Zombie Kong anthology (Books of the Dead Press)
The Color of the Deep – Call of Lovecraft anthology (Evil Jester Press)
Hairs and Graces – Best New Werewolf Tales 1 (Books of the Dead Press)
Solstice Dreams – Penumbra ezine

There’s several other things in the pipeline as well, but those have yet to be firmed up and get contracts signed.

Alongside a steady year of ebook sales in 2011, and the prospect of the new print titles also coming out in ebook in 2012/13, the future is looking pretty darned pleasant at the moment.

As ever, all details and buying links for the above available at my website at http://www.williammeikle.com
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Des Lewis on December 22, 2011, 03:55:23 pm
Congratulations on your year, Willie. :)
des
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on December 23, 2011, 05:19:55 pm
I'm humbled to have won awards in several categories in Bob Freeman's end of year round up of Occult Detection... including Best Occult Detective Author

http://authorbobfreeman.wordpress.com/2011/12/22/the-2nd-annual-occult-detective-awards-part-iv/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on December 28, 2011, 02:32:56 pm
Why I write about CARNACKI

I'd love to have a chance to write a Tarzan, John Carter, Allan Quartermain, Mike Hammer or Conan novel, whereas a lot of writers I know would sniff and turn their noses up at the very thought of it.
 
Most of the aforesaid characters are trademarked and off-bounds for writers without paying licensing fees. Carnacki however is fair game.
 
Nowadays there is a plethora of detectives in both book and film who may seem to use the trappings of crime solvers, but get involved in the supernatural. William Hjortsberg's Falling Angel (the book that led to the movie Angel Heart) is a fine example, an expert blending of gumshoe and deviltry that is one of my favorite books. Likewise, in the movies, we have cops facing a demon in Denzel Washington's Fallen that plays like a police procedural taken to a very dark place.
 
My interest goes further back to the "gentleman detective" era where we have seekers of truth in Blackwood's John Silence Sherlock Holmes... and William Hope Hodgson's Carnacki.
 
Carnacki resonated with me immediately on my first reading many years ago. Several of the stories have a Lovecraftian viewpoint, with cosmic entities that have no regard for the doings of mankind. The background Hodgson proposes fits with some of my own viewpoint on the ways the Universe might function, and the slightly formal Edwardian language seems to be a "voice" I fall into naturally.
 
I write them because of love, pure and simple.
 
___________________________________________________________
 
CARNACKI: HEAVEN AND HELL ebook - 8 short stories
» http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0045UA7E0
 
CARNACKI: HEAVEN AND HELL Hardcover - 9 short stories and a novella
» http://www.darkregions.com/carnacki-heaven-and-hell-by-william-meikle/
 
CARNACKI: HEAVEN AND HELL sample pages
» http://www.scribd.com/doc/69042534
 
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It's all about the struggle of the dark against the light. The time and place, and the way it plays out is in some ways secondary to that. And when you're dealing with archetypes, there's only so many to go around, and it's not surprising that the same concepts of death and betrayal, love and loss, turn up wherever, and whenever, the story is placed.
 
The ghost story is no different in utilising the archetype of the return of the lost from the great beyond, but a good one needs verisimilitude.
 
If the reader doesn't believe wholeheartedly in the supernatural element, even if only for the duration of the story, then they'll be looking for the Scooby-Doo escape, the man in the mask that means everything before was just smoke and mirrors. To pull off a good ghost story, you need to get past that, and engage the reader at an emotional level.
 
The best stories allow us to overlay our own fears and nightmares on a backdrop provided by the writer. Some people are terrified of dark corners, others of sounds, others still of silence. A mixture of the primal fears in the story will have readers constantly looking over their shoulder, and almost afraid to reach the end. For me, that's what makes a good ghost story.
 
I also love exploring the Occult Detective sub-genre, in the Midnight Eye Files stories, in this series of Carnacki stories, and with Sherlock Holmes in REVENANT, and a series of short stories. I intend to write a lot more of it, and that will definitely mean more Carnacki to come. THE DARK ISLAND novella in this collection is a focal point for Carnacki -- in it he has learned that the bounds of his research are much, much wider than he had previously thought. That's going to give me plenty of scope for further stories and explorations.
 
Dark Regions have done a stellar job on this production. It's a wee dream come true for me, to see my Carnacki stories in a high quality hardcover, with some stunning illustrations both on the cover and inside. Wayne Miller has really captured the essence of the stories in his black and white drawings. This is a quality product and I'm very proud to have helped in making it all come together.
 
You may notice while reading that Carnacki likes a drink and a smoke, and a hearty meal with his friends gathered round. This dovetails perfectly with my own idea of a good time. And although I no longer smoke, witing about characters who do allows me a small vicarious reminder of my own younger days. I wish I had Carnacki's library, his toys, but most of all, I envy him his regular visits from his tight group of friends, all more than willing to listen to his tales of adventure into the weird places of the world while drinking his Scotch and smoking his cigarettes.
 
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on January 03, 2012, 05:55:35 pm
Just signed contracts for the audio rights for my MIDNIGHT EYE books and The Concordances. To be produced by Seven Realms Publishing
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on January 03, 2012, 11:18:20 pm
It's been pointed out to me that 2 of my stories; The Young Lochinvar from The Mothman Files anthology, and The Unfinished Basement from Dead But Dreaming 2 have turned up on the Stoker nominated reading list. Which is nice...
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: David A. Riley on January 04, 2012, 09:06:20 am
It's been pointed out to me that 2 of my stories; The Young Lochinvar from The Mothman Files anthology, and The Unfinished Basement from Dead But Dreaming 2 have turned up on the Stoker nominated reading list. Which is nice...

As someone who's serving on one of the Stoker juries I must point out that what you say is true, Willie, except for the word "nominated". That's reserved for those few that get through to the final round of voting. We've not got that far yet. These are just works which one member or more have recommended. Still a nice thing to achieve, but not a nomination.

http://www.horror.org/stoker/2011readinglist.htm (http://www.horror.org/stoker/2011readinglist.htm)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on January 18, 2012, 12:06:41 am
The fourth entry in the Dark Regions Press Ghost House imprint, Carnacki: Heaven and Hell by William Meikle is now in stock and shipping to customers. The book is available in a leather-bound Deluxe Thirteen Hardcover edition and a 100 Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcover edition.

http://www.darkregions.com/carnacki-heaven-and-hell-by-william-meikle/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on January 20, 2012, 07:04:33 pm
The first review of CARNACKI: HEAVEN AND HELL is now on the British Fantasy Society site.

http://www.britishfantasysociety.co.uk/reviews/carnacki-heaven-and-hell-by-william-meikle-book-review/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on January 26, 2012, 08:08:17 pm
There is only one leather-bound signed by both author and artist Deluxe Thirteen
Hardcover with slipcase edition of the new book Carnacki: Heaven and Hell by
William Meikle (the remaining number is #13). The last copy will be sold to the
first buyer. $99 and worth every cent. It's gorgeous.

http://www.darkregions.com/carnacki-heaven-and-hell-by-william-meikle/

Still some of the author-signed hardcover edition remaining too.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 06, 2012, 05:51:56 pm
I've got a free promotion for one of my ebooks running for February.
__________________________________________________

Derek Adams' first adventure into the stranger side of Glasgow

THE MIDNIGHT EYE FILES: THE AMULET

For nook http://www.williammeikle.com/amulet.epub
For kindle http://www.williammeikle.com/amulet.mobi

___________________________________________________
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 13, 2012, 10:44:18 pm
This just in... great review of SHERLOCK HOLMES: REVENANT
http://www.britishfantasysociety.co.uk/reviews/sherlock-holmes-revenant-by-william-meikle-book-review
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 16, 2012, 11:28:58 pm
New blog: Why I write
http://williammeikle.com/wp/2012/02/why-do-i-do-it/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 28, 2012, 02:35:09 pm
The cover for NIGHT OF THE WENDIGO - coming in hardcover and ebook in May from Darkfuse
(http://www.darkfuse.com/images/DarkFuse_Pub_Covers/wendigo.jpg)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 28, 2012, 08:50:39 pm
Very chuffed to get a mention on the Lovecraft ezine list of recommended novels
http://lovecraftzine.com/2012/02/28/lovecraft-influenced-novels-i-recommend/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 01, 2012, 01:26:38 pm
THE CREEPING KELP paperback edition launches today. Get in early and get one of the 100 signed copies.
http://www.darkregions.com/products/The-Creeping-Kelp-by-William-Meikle.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 05, 2012, 04:48:30 pm
The March 2012 HORROR FICTION REVIEW includes a review of CARNACKI: HEAVEN AND HELL as well as reviews of work by Ray Garton, Dan Keohane, Lucy A. Snyder, Carlton Mellick, Tonia Brown, Vince Kramer, Linda D Addison, J. F. Gonzalez and others.

http://thehorrorfictionreview.blogspot.com/2012/03/march-2012-reviews.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 07, 2012, 04:49:30 pm
CRUSTACEANS is coming in print on 12th March. Enter here for a chance to win a signed paperback
http://www.darkregions.com/win-a-free-copy-of-the-novel-crustaceans-by-william-meikle/

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Post by: williemeikle on March 08, 2012, 09:46:47 pm
An interview with me about CRUSTACEANS
http://www.darkregions.com/pages/Blog.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 11, 2012, 09:21:00 pm
Twenty years ago, right around this time of the year, I had an idea for a story… I hadn’t written much of anything since the mid-70s at school, but this idea wouldn’t leave me alone. I had an image in my mind of an old man watching a young woman’s ghost.

That image grew into a story, that story grew into other stories, and before I knew it I had an obsession in charge of my life.

So it all started with a little ghost story, “Dancers”; one that started by winning me 100 pounds in a ghost story competition, then ended up getting published in All Hallows, getting turned into a short movie, getting read on several radio stations, getting published in Greek, Spanish, Italian and Hebrew, and getting reprinted in The Weekly News in Scotland.

So, the first story came easy. It was only after that the rejections started to come in. But I’m nothing if not stubborn. I’ve been at this for twenty years and can’t see myself stopping now.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 13, 2012, 12:41:39 pm
Crustaceans launches in 2 shiny print editions today. There is a limited (13 only) signed, leather bound deluxe hardcover edition, and a trade paperback edition (first 100 signed)

http://williammeikle.com/wp/2012/03/crustaceans-launches-in-print-today/
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Post by: williemeikle on March 15, 2012, 08:39:08 pm
My old newsletter got nuked in a virus attack on my domain provider. If you signed up before, please do so again at the new version at the link. There's a free ebook of Watchers: THE COMING OF THE KING available to all subscribers.

http://williammeikle.com/mailman/listinfo/newsletter_williammeikle.com
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 16, 2012, 03:15:28 pm
It's been a great start to the year on the writing side.

Firstly I sold the audio rights to THE MIDNIGHT EYE series to Seven Realms Publishing. Look for three seperate audio books coming later this year and next year. These will be my first full length audio works, and I'm excited to see how they turn out.

I've also sold the audio rights for THE CONCORDANCES OF THE RED SERPENT to Seven Realms, and the WATCHERS trilogy to Crossroads Press, so look out for them coming soon.

          ~o00|00o~

Secondly, Dark Regions Press are proving to be very good to me. The hardcover of THE CREEPING KELP has been such a success that it has now also been brought out in a trade paperback edition. The paperbacks of SHERLOCK HOLMES: REVENANT and THE INVASION/THE VALLEY double feature are also doing well.

Now there are two new books. CARNACKI: HEAVEN AND HELL is my first hardcover short story collection, and has been picking up some great reviews. And new this week is CRUSTACEANS, available in a very limited (13 only) deluxe hardcover, or a signed paperback edition.

Dark Regions have set up a page for my books, so head on over and have a look:

http://www.darkregions.com/william-meikle/

Keep an eye on that page, as I will have more books coming later this year, including a new hardcover Lovecraftian short story collection.

Dark Regions Press will have a table at the 2012 World Horror Convention in Salt Lake City (starting on March 29th). Which is good news for me, as it means my books will be there, even if I am not.

          ~o00|00o~

Also coming up, in June, is a new horror novel, THE NIGHT OF THE WENDIGO, which will be coming from DARKFUSE / DELIRIUM in signed, limited hardcover and ebook. I really like the stark cover they've gone for, and I'm excited to see the finished product.

http://www.darkfuse.com/production-schedule.html

          ~o00|00o~

And last but by no means least on the news front, I sold one of the Carnacki stories, THE SISTERS OF MERCY, to Nightland magazine in Japan. It will appear, in Japanese, in issue 4 which will be a special Occult Detective issue. And I'll be alongside a reprint of a Robert E Howard story, which makes the fanboy in me very excited indeed. All that, and a nice big pay day on top makes it one of my favorite sales of my career to date.

          ~o00|00o~

As ever, details of all recent sales and links to buy publications are at my website. It's had a wee spit and polish recently, so come on over and have a look.

http://www.williammeikle.com
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Des Lewis on March 16, 2012, 03:44:10 pm
Great news, Willie. You deserve this success. Great to see an 'old' co-habiter of mine in the Small Press mags of the 1990s doing so well. :)
des
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 18, 2012, 04:24:15 pm
Thanks Des.

I "met" another of the old guard this week on Twitter, Dave Logan, the editor of Grotesque from the mid-Nineties.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Des Lewis on March 18, 2012, 11:05:32 pm
Thanks Des.

I "met" another of the old guard this week on Twitter, Dave Logan, the editor of Grotesque from the mid-Nineties.

I remember David Logan's Grotesque during the early to mid nineties. He always said he didn't like my stuff (he called them little devils or demons?), but he still published my work a few times. :)
I hope he's well.
des
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 21, 2012, 04:47:54 pm
Just when I needed cheering up... a stellar review of CRUSTACEANS at Famous Monsters of Filmland

http://famousmonstersoffilmland.com/2012/03/21/book-review-crustaceans-by-william-meikle/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 23, 2012, 06:23:28 pm
I've been interviewed, about phobias, religion, sin and big beasties.
http://www.gryeates.co.uk/?p=727
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 30, 2012, 01:46:24 am
I’ve been doing some serious thinking recently about my writing. Again.

Up front, let me say I have few pretensions. I’m not a literary writer. I don’t spend days musing over “le mot juste”. I just get on and tell the story to the best of my ability. That has led to me being called a hack, but if a hack is someone who values storytelling above literary merit, then I suppose that’s what I am.

I know I’m capable of producing readable fiction, quickly. I’ve written eighteen novels in the last thirteen years, and had fourteen (so far) published in the small press.

And there lies one of the things I’ve been thinking about.

I’m unsure about my eye for the market. I write what I want to write, producing books that I would want to read. But I’m a fifty-something man steeped in pulp fiction from an early age. I want the big deal, to see my books on shelves in shops all over the world. That’s always been the dream, but my obsessions just don’t cut it in the marketplace.

I’m not dissing my small press publishers. I’m eternally grateful to them, and they make me warm and fuzzy happy.

But there’s still that big dream to keep pursuing. Over the last couple of years I tried to write in different genres, different styles, but I was never comfortable. Once I realised that it wasn’t working, and went back to more pulpy horrors, it felt like meeting an old friend. But pulp doesn’t bring the big dream any closer to reality.

So I have this dichotomy in my brain… writing pulp makes me happy. Having the big dream depresses me.

I still have the gap between them to fill. And I’m still unsure if there’s a way to close it.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Des Lewis on March 30, 2012, 08:06:29 am
I can empathise with all that, Willie. A fascinating post. You must do what is best for you and your circumstances: pulpishly and/ or financially and/or artistically and/or for posterity-bookshelves - all for want of better words. But however one succeeds in any of these departments, I suggest a writer will stil have eating at them forever a yearning for something more. Congratulations on what you have achieved.
des
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Rolnikov on March 30, 2012, 12:17:08 pm
I feel that the chances of anything I write having that kind of commercial success are infinitesimally small, regardless of whether I chase commercial success or not, so I might as well write what I want. At least then when I’m done I’ll have written a bunch of books that make me chuckle, rather than a pile of YA or crime thrillers that I thought might sell. And there’s always the chance that the stuff I want to write will end up being accidentally commercial anyway.

But then writing novels is a very occasional hobby for me. If I regarded it as my job, if I were trying to make a living from it, I’d probably take an utterly cynical approach to chasing commercial success - and then write my own stuff in my spare time. If my work dried up tomorrow, there’s a good chance I’d start writing Magical Bridesmaid Unicorn Princesses #1 the day after...
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 30, 2012, 05:02:34 pm
Luckily, I'm making a living AND enjoying it at the moment... although it's tough going, and, as you saw in that last post, makes me prone to more self-doubt than I usually suffer.

Onwards and upwards. I've just finished a Weird Western, and I loved it.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 30, 2012, 05:03:21 pm
There's an advance order page in development for my new novel NIGHT OF THE
WENDIGO.

This hasn't been opened up to the public yet, but it is operational. This
book is expected to sell out fast in its 100 signed, limited edition
hardcovers, so if you want one, get in as early as possible. It's $50, and
will be going on offer to the general public on Monday. The last few
Darkfuse publications have all sold out within a matter of days.

http://www.darkfuse.com/night-of-the-wendigo-by-william-meikle.html

If you'd like some more gen on the book, I've put some up on my website

http://www.williammeikle.com/whywendigo.html


Willie
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 01, 2012, 04:15:13 pm
Having just finished a re-read of Dan Simmons’ superb THE TERROR, I’ve realised all over again how much I love historically-based fantastic fiction. A lot of that love has been seeping over recently into my own writing, and it’s rapidly becoming where I feel most comfortable.

With that in mind, here’s ten historical horror/fantasy books that are a constant source of inspiration and delight.

Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: David A. Riley on April 01, 2012, 04:52:43 pm
I've only read two of these books, Willie: the Kim Newman and Robert E, Howard. That looks a good list to take a serious look at.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 01, 2012, 06:33:55 pm
I've only read two of these books, Willie: the Kim Newman and Robert E, Howard. That looks a good list to take a serious look at.

THE TERROR in particular is highly recommended. One of my favorite books of the last ten years or so, a retelling of a doomed expedition to find the North West Passage in the 1840s. It's grim, unrelenting stuff from start to finish. I love it.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: David A. Riley on April 01, 2012, 06:39:01 pm
I actually have that book, Willie. Only its size has so far put me off starting it.
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Post by: williemeikle on April 02, 2012, 02:37:33 pm
New today, NIGHT OF THE WENDIGO on ebook. As ever, all likes, tags etc gratefully accepted
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007QM2BAC/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 05, 2012, 03:11:06 pm
Looks like today will be your last chance to get the limited hardcover of NIGHT OF THE WENDIGO. 90 of the 100 have gone already after just one day of the order page going up.

Get it now to avoid disappointment later :-)

http://www.darkfuse.com/night-of-the-wendigo-by-william-meikle.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 09, 2012, 10:23:38 pm
It's nice when someone gets it. A terrific review of SHERLOCK HOLMES: REVENANT
http://michaelrcollings.blogspot.ca/2012/04/sherlock-holmes-revisited-usual.html

Quote
Meikle handles all of the levels of the narrative with care and with distinction. Fans of Conan Doyle’s originals will appreciate how meticulously Meikle re-creates an era; and fans of more contemporary pastiches will equally appreciate the panache with which he brings Holmes into contact with the unknown, the uncanny, and ultimately the supernatural.   
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Post by: williemeikle on April 12, 2012, 04:44:53 pm
I’ve been talking to Dark Regions Press about publications for the next 2 years. Already lined up for this year I have


In 2013 there is a provisional plan for:


Busy, busy, busy.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 12, 2012, 08:29:26 pm
I had these just lying around on my hard drive.

Three scripts I’ve written based on stories of mine. I haven’t shopped them around anywhere, and my other writing has taken precedence over any screenwriting aspirations I may once have had.

But here they are, if anybody is interested in having a read.

http://williammeikle.com/wp/2012/04/three-unproduced-screenplays/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 18, 2012, 06:57:23 pm
Basking in the glow of a great review of SHERLOCK HOLMES: REVENANT in Black Static #28. "

...a splendid and entertaining diversion"
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 19, 2012, 03:22:17 pm
Dark Regions Press have a sale on today. You can get 30% off any of my books there by using the code DRPTAXBREAK at checkout.

http://www.darkregions.com/william-meikle/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 20, 2012, 12:08:32 am
It’s obviously time for my annual crisis of confidence.

I’m feeling twitchy and irritable, and that’s never a good sign. The universe is trying to tell me something and, as usual, I don’t want to hear it.

The writing itself has been going very well this year so far, with new novels placed with Dark Regions Press and Darkfuse, new novellas and a new story collection coming from Dark Regions, and short story sales in several pro markets and high profile anthologies. All of this will get me a higher profile than ever before. My recent publications are picking up good reviews too.

But… but… for me, there’s always a but.

The ebook side of things is showing signs of grinding to a halt. Whether this is due to the glut of free ebooks on the market, or just the natural end of a good period of strong sales, I don’t know, but as it stands, I’ll be losing a big chunk of my income in months to come.

So that means there’s a new urgency for me to break new ground and find ways to make enough cash to pay the bills.

I said this at this time last year, and the year before.

Quote
“I’m unsure about my eye for the market. I write what I want to write, producing books that I would want to read. But I’m a fifty-something man steeped in pulp fiction from an early age. I want the big deal, to see my books on shelves in shops all over the world. That’s always been the dream, but my obsessions just don’t seem to cut it in the wider marketplace.”

And another year on, that’s still what I’m doing, still writing pulpy fiction that makes me smile.

The -big- dream that is world domination and the Hollywood deal is still far off, still the golden ring to strive for.

I love writing, love the pictures that flow in my mind.

But is this all there is?

I’m not big on retreating into a shell and gazing at my navel, but maybe that’s just what I need to do.

Or maybe all I need to do is keep writing… it’s taken me twenty years to get here. If it takes twenty more to get where I want to be, so be it.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Des Lewis on April 20, 2012, 07:47:17 am
Or maybe all I need to do is keep writing… it’s taken me twenty years to get here. If it takes twenty more to get where I want to be, so be it.

Keep on writing, Willie. I wish I had your facility to write. But I keep trying. And I'm pretty sure, at my age and lifestyle, that I've not got twenty years left!
des
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 20, 2012, 02:01:09 pm
I'm 54 now Des... I was a heavy smoker for nearly 30 of those years, and I've been a pretty constant drinker for nearly 40 of them, from a family prone to heart attacks and strokes on both sides. Another 20 might be pushing it for me too.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Des Lewis on April 20, 2012, 02:33:38 pm
My brother-in-law is well into his seventies with no sign of being released from this mortal coil after a lifetime of heavy drinking and chain smoking!  Touch wood. :)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 29, 2012, 05:23:43 pm
It's my 2nd anniversary of having books up for the kindle this week. Well over 25,000 books sold, most at $2.99. Pretty damned chuffed with that. Long may it continue.

http://www.williammeikle.com/ebooks.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on May 02, 2012, 04:24:18 pm
Sherlock Holmes: Revenant is now also available in ebook

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007ZGWN1G

A strange sickness affecting the members of the House of Lords starts a new adventure for Holmes and Watson, one that will see them on the run, accused of murder and pursued by both the police and a deadly gang of assassins.

The case takes them up and down the country, from Scotland to the Houses of Parliament and leads them down arcane paths, following their relentless foe in pursuit of the lost secret of immortality.

Their adversary seems hell-bent, not only on their destruction but on an act of terrorism that will shake London to its foundations.

Holmes must catch and unmask the revenant, and only by confronting his own past will he be able to prevail.

...a splendid and entertaining diversion.- Black Static #28

Baker Street Irregulars should quickly secure a copy of the book. - British Fantasy Society

It's a nice blend of mystery and occult adventure and you don't find that particular flavor much any more - Don D'Ammassa
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Post by: williemeikle on May 03, 2012, 03:52:12 pm
Another new ebook. THE CREEPING KELP makes its edebut

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007ZHZUJW

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51pCBMbRx7L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-64,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on May 25, 2012, 12:45:59 am
Seemingly Dan Simmons' next book is ABOMINABLE, about the 1924 Everest expedition. But I did it first in a short...

http://www.amazon.com/Abominable-ebook/dp/B0049P226W
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on May 25, 2012, 02:45:34 pm
Dark Regions Press have announced that my new collection, DARK MELODIES, is coming soon. I hope to see a July release date.

The contents are as follows:

- The Tenants of Ladywell Manor (reprint from Cthulhu Unbound 2)
- The Persistence of Memory
- The Chamber of Tiamat
- The Unfinished Basement (reprint from Dead But Dreaming 2)
- The Mill Dance
- The Death of Sergeant George
- Where the Kobolds Dance
- Rhythm and Booze (a new MIDNIGHT EYE novella)


Here's the blurb

Music can transport you. It can bring sunshine on a cloudy day and lift your heart in times of trouble. But there is another side, a darker side, to music. Allow yourself to be open to a different melody, and who knows where the music will take you.

In this Lovecraft-inspired collection you will follow the dance into dark places, down dark passageways, where dark melodies play.


Music has played a big part in my life over the years, and it was only logical that some of my love would seep out into my fiction. In these stories we have harpsichords, bhodran, pianos, church organs, drums and dancers of all shapes, sizes and dimensionalities. It contains some of my favorite things I've ever written. Listen closely, you may hear The Music of Erich Zann.

Coming in signed, limited edition, hardcover this summer.

And yet another kick-ass cover from Wayne Miller to complete the package.

(http://www.williammeikle.com/darkmelodieswraparoundcover.jpg)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on May 28, 2012, 04:50:47 pm
After the successful selling out of the hardcover in its first day on
release, DARKFUSE have put the paperback out of NIGHT OF THE WENDIGO.

Available now on

Amazon.com for $16.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1937771342

Amazon UK for 10.67 UKP
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1937771342

(http://www.williammeikle.com/wendigo.jpg)
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Post by: williemeikle on June 06, 2012, 07:52:43 pm
Playing In Other Writer's Worlds

I was asked today about writing using other writer's creations. I've spent quite a lot of the last year writing stories featuring Carnacki, Holmes and Challenger, and the person who asked me wanted to know what other worlds I'd like to play in, specifically, which ones would I choose were I to write a novel.

Leaving aside the three I've mentioned already, for whom I've already written a novella each, I was able to reel off quite a few without even thinking too hard.

Given my fondest for the era, the first is a no-brainer.

H Rider Haggard.

I'd love to do a take on Allan Quatermain, partly to wash away the bad taste that Sean Connery's portrayal of him left, but mostly because his adventures were something that thrilled me as a lad, and gave me the taste for quests in remote places, exotically named peoples, and big elaborate battles that I've loved ever since.

Edgar Rice Burroughs

ERB gets two. I'd kill for a chance at writing a TARZAN book, or a JOHN CARTER one. Or, given ERB's liking for putting Tarzan in strange places, TARZAN IN BARSOOM really appeals to me. Either that, or a new PELLUCIDAR novel, I'm not fussy. :-)

Robert E Howard

Not the obvious choice of CONAN, but I'd really love to take on SOLOMON KANE. I've developed a real taste for historical swashbucklers mixed with the supernatural, and would relish the chance at the character.

Dennis Wheatley

Probably not a PC choice, but I grew up on Wheatley's satanic romps back in the late '60s/early '70s before Stephen King came along, and I'd love to do a big, rollicking, Satan worshipers in high places novel featuring Wheatley's old gang of casually bigotted reprobates.

Brian Lumley

Coming up to the present, I've had a soft spot for Lumley's NECROSCOPE series right from the beginning, and I'd love to have a crack at a Scottish based Harry Keogh book. I'm sure there's room somewhere in the very busy timeline to fit one in.

David Gemmell

Not as some might think, the obvious sword and sorcery ones, but I'd love a go at a JON SHANNOW novel. Cowboys in blasted lands seeking redemption while fighting monsters -- that's my kind of story.

And those are just off the top of my head. I'd love to write in Moorcock's Eternal Champion universe, and there are many TV show characters I'd love to write stories for, from The X-Files, Quatermass or Dr. Who, to Adam Adamant, Supernatural or one of the pulpier science fiction ones like Stargate.

All I need now is for someone to offer me the chance. Is anybody listening? :-)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: jim mcleod on June 06, 2012, 08:18:36 pm
I'd love for you to write any of those Willie
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 06, 2012, 08:54:06 pm
Thanks, Jim.

Sadly, there's not much chance of doing any of them. But at least I got the go ahead to do the Holmes stuff from the Conan Doyle estate, so there's always hope for some of the rest...

And I forgot Alistair MacLean. I'd love to try a "Return to Ice Station Zebra" type thing...
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Dave Brzeski on June 07, 2012, 12:48:29 pm
As far as REH is concerned Willie, how about Red Sonya of Rogatino? The original version Howard wrote, not the transplanted back to the Hyborian age Red Sonja, created by Roy Thomas & Barry (Windsor) Smith. The well known comic book version has to be one of the few times a re-imagining has completely superceded the original character, in the way that Romero's zombies have completely buried (pun intended) the original Voodoo concept.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 07, 2012, 03:15:32 pm
Yep. Red Sonya might be interesting.

The other thing that struck me today was that I'd also like to do a ROBIN OF SHERWOOD book weaving in old Celtic/Saxon mythology.

I might actually do something like that soon... just not using Robin Hood as such. I might pinch IVANHOE though :-)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 08, 2012, 07:29:38 pm
Coming Up

I've had a busy last couple of years on the writing side, and that has led to a pile up of material waiting to be published, including novels, novellas, short story collections and numerous anthology appearances.

Here are the headlines.

I have numerous works coming up from Dark Regions Press, who are being very good to me. In the proposed order of publication we have:-

 - Dark Melodies - A collection of Lovecraftian stories loosely based around a musical theme (Limited edition Hardcover / Paperback )
 - Professor Challenger - The Island of Terror - A novella (Limited edition Hardcover / Paperback )
 - Sherlock Holmes: The Yellow Peril and Other Stories - A collection of 10 stories and a novella (Limited edition Hardcover / Paperback )
 - The Ravine - A weird Western novel (Limited edition Hardcover / Paperback )
 - The Plasm - A pulp SF novella ( Paperback )
 - From Deep Within the Shadows - A supernatural story collection (Limited edition Hardcover / Paperback )
 - A. N. OTHER novel, as yet unwritten.

The proposed dates for all of these are still fluid, but Dark Melodies should be available for order in July.

I also have numerous anthology appearances lined up.

 - Call and Response (Cthulu 2012 / Mythos Books)
 - Descanse en Paz (Undead and Unbound / Chaosium )
 - SymbiOS (Eldritch Chrome / Chaosium )
 - Ghost nor Bogle (Danse Macabre / EDGE Publishing )
 - Out of the Black (Fading Light / Angelic Knight )
 - The Pied Piper of Providence (Once Upon An Apocalypse / Chaosium )
 - A Slim Chance (A Cat of Nine Tales / Rookhaven )
 - Carnacki: The Island of Dr. Monroe (TBA )
 - The Skin Belt (Best Werewolf Tales 2 / Books of the Dead Press )

And last but not least, I have an appearance in Japan, in Japanese, in a pro publication where I'll be alongside Joe Lansdale and Robert E Howard among others.

 - Carnacki: The Sisters of Mercy (Nightland Magazine )

I also have a lot of story subs out at anthologies and magazines waiting on a reply, and I'm in discussion with Dark Regions over future books to be published by them. So keep everything crossed for me.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 12, 2012, 12:08:29 am
A soundtrack for a work in progress

When I'm starting out on a novel, I like to have a soundtrack in my head, a certain mood I'm looking for in the coming scenes.

Today I started on a new Midnight Eye novel. It's going to be slightly retro, and rather downbeat.

Here's what I'm listening to today to get it all going.

Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 14, 2012, 01:49:44 pm
Great review of Night of the Wendigo today in Famous Monsters of Filmland.

""Night Of the Wendigo" is one hell of a story by one hell of a storyteller at the top of his game and is a tale that is not to be missed... I give it my highest recommendation." - Famous Monsters of Filmland

http://famousmonstersoffilmland.com/2012/06/14/book-review-night-of-the-wendigo-by-william-meikle/
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Post by: williemeikle on June 15, 2012, 12:40:46 am
My collection Carnacki: Heaven and Hell - (9 short stories and a novella) is now also available in trade paperback from Dark Regions.

http://www.darkregions.com/carnacki-heaven-and-hell-by-william-meikle/

(There are still some signed hardcovers available there too if anyone is interested.)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Peter Coleborn on June 15, 2012, 09:54:41 am
Regarding your song list, above. I don't know all the tracks you mentioned but I do know the artistes. I heartily approve
  ;)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 19, 2012, 04:22:29 pm
My new collection of Lovecraft and music influenced stories, DARK MELODIES is now available to order in signed hardcover.

http://www.darkregions.com/dark-melodies-by-william-meikle/

Music can transport you. It can bring sunshine on a cloudy day and lift your heart in times of trouble. But there is another side, a darker side, to music. Allow yourself to be open to a different melody, and who knows where the music will take you.

In this new collection you'll find stories where music and things that lurk beyond meet and find common, and uncommon, ground.

In short, it's all about music, and dancing in dark places.

Read more about it on my website: http://www.williammeikle.com/aboutdarkmelodies.html

Editions available are as follows:

Editions

Leather-bound Deluxe Thirteen Hardcover w/slipcase + discounted trade paperback: numbered 1-13, 6''x9'', bound in leather, signature page which is signed by both author and artist, front cover stamped and spine stamped with the title and the author's name, includes end papers, colored book ribbon with a full colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock, a slipcase and dust jacket.  Includes the trade paperback edition at a very discounted price of just $5 (note: trade paperback edition will be shipped at a later date).

Leather-bound Deluxe Thirteen Hardcover w/slipcase: numbered 1-13, 6''x9'', bound in leather, signature page which is signed by both author and artist, front cover stamped and spine stamped with the title and the author's name, includes end papers, colored book ribbon with a full colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock, a slipcase and dust jacket. 

100 Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcover + discounted trade paperback: numbered 1-100, 6''x9'', bound in leatherette, signed by the author, stamped on the spine with the title and author's name, includes 80lb. natural vellum end papers, colored book ribbon, multi-colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock and a dust jacket.  PREORDER SPECIAL: Order the 100 Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcover edition while still in preorder and receive $5 off the cover price.  Includes the trade paperback edition at a  discounted price of just $10 (note: trade paperback edition will be shipped at a later date).
 
100 Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcover: numbered 1-100, 6''x9'', bound in leatherette, signed by the author, stamped on the spine with the title and author's name, includes 80lb. natural vellum end papers, colored book ribbon, multi-colored header, 60lb. natural vellum stock and a dust jacket.  PREORDER SPECIAL: Order the 100 Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcover edition while still in preorder and receive $5 off the cover price.

Paperback and E-book coming soon.

More to come soon. Keep watching the skies.

Willie
http://www.williammeikle.com

(http://www.williammeikle.com/darkmelodies.jpg)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 22, 2012, 02:11:17 pm
And there's a free sample story from my DARK MELODIES collection available at the Dark Regions site in PDF: The Tenants of Ladywell Manor

Quote
It is a truth most evident that a naval officer found taking the
waters in Bath on a Saturday before noon must be in need of a
wife....

http://www.darkregions.com/template/samples/dark_melodies_by_william_meikle.pdf
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 25, 2012, 09:14:20 pm
New today on Kindle (and free for the 1st 5 days)

 
FLOWER OF SCOTLAND: 13 short short stories, all previously published in magazines or anthologies; a showcase of my work


http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008E77F7C
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Jim Steel on June 26, 2012, 12:29:11 am
I like your cover, Willie.
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Post by: williemeikle on July 02, 2012, 12:42:33 am
It's been quite a year, with more great stuff to come. I thought as we have reached the mid-way point I'd do a quick run down of the highlights so far, and what's coming up.

It has been a very good year on the hardcover and paperback front, with the following all seeing publication.

- Carnacki: Heaven and Hell (Limited edition Hardcover / Paperback )
- Crustaceans (Limited edition Hardcover / Paperback )
- Night of the Wendigo (Limited edition Hardcover / Paperback / ebook )
- Dark Melodies (Limited edition Hardcover / Paperback )

I have also had short stories in several publications

- Solstice Dreams (Penumbra magazine)
- The Silent Dead (ALT-ZOMBIE antho / Hersham Horror )
- Hairs and Graces (Best New Werewolf Tales antho / Books of the Dead Press)
- The Color of the Deep (Call of Lovecraft antho / Evil Jester Press )
- The Dreams that Stuff is Made of (Zombie Kong antho / Books of the Dead Press )
- J is for Jesuphobia (Phobophobia antho / Dark Continents )

Scheduled for this year, I have more coming up from Dark Regions Press. In the proposed order of publication we have:-

- Professor Challenger - The Island of Terror (Limited edition Hardcover / Paperback )
- Sherlock Holmes: The Yellow Peril and Other Stories (Limited edition Hardcover / Paperback )
- The Ravine - A weird Western (Limited edition Hardcover / Paperback )

I also have numerous anthology appearances lined up.

- Call and Response (Cthulu 2012 / Mythos Books)
- Descanse en Paz (Undead and Unbound / Chaosium )
- SymbiOS (Eldritch Chrome / Chaosium )
- Ghost nor Bogle Shalt Thou Fear (Danse Macabre / EDGE Publishing )
- Out of the Black (Fading Light / Angelic Knight Press )
- The Pied Piper of Providence (Once Upon An Apocalypse / Chaosium )
- A Slim Chance (A Cat of Nine Tales / Rookhaven )
- Carnacki: The Island of Dr. Monroe (TBA )
- The Skin Belt (Best Werewolf Tales 2 / Books of the Dead Press )
- Challenger: Ripples in the Ether ( Pulp Heroes / Alchemy Press )

Looking ahead to 2013, I have several things already in the pipeline

- The Plasm - A pulp SF novella ( Paperback )
- From Deep Within the Shadows - A collection (Limited edition Hardcover / Paperback )

The proposed dates for all of these are still fluid.

And last but not least, I have an appearance in Japan, in Japanese, in a pro publication where I'll be alongside Joe Lansdale and Robert E Howard among others.

- Carnacki: The Sisters of Mercy (Nightland Magazine )

I also have a lot of story subs out at anthologies and magazines waiting on a reply, and I'm in discussion with Dark Regions over future books to be published by them. So keep everything crossed for me.
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Post by: williemeikle on July 02, 2012, 08:30:51 pm
A 4th of July sale at Dark Regions Press includes 30% off my signed hardcovers if you've been swithering...
30% off my signed hardcovers today http://www.darkregions.com/4th-of-july-sale-30-off-all-products-free-sculptures-and-paperbacks/
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Post by: williemeikle on July 06, 2012, 08:05:13 pm
My Carnacki: Heaven and Hell extended collection is now also in paperback on Amazon. 9 stories and a novella with fine interior illustrations by Wayne Miller

http://www.amazon.com/dp/193712827X/
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Post by: williemeikle on July 08, 2012, 11:05:57 pm
Here's the actual cover for my forthcoming Professor Challenger novella from Dark Regions Press. I love it.

(http://www.williammeikle.com/challengertpbk.jpg)
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Post by: williemeikle on July 11, 2012, 06:56:51 pm
Don D'Ammassa liked my DARK MELODIES collection quite a bit. Scroll down to the 5th review to read how much.

http://www.dondammassa.com/R3B2012.htm
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Post by: williemeikle on July 17, 2012, 08:15:07 pm
A good day just got a lot better. I've repeated last year's trick and sold another story to NATURE. Top whack rates, huge readership... I'm as happy as a pig in shit.
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Post by: williemeikle on July 31, 2012, 12:03:38 am
A nice pro-rate short story sale to start off the week; a fantasy story this time, to Buzzy Mag in the States.
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Post by: williemeikle on August 06, 2012, 03:36:56 pm
This just in... a grand review of DARK MELODIES from THE BLACK ABYSS

http://www.blackabyss.co.uk/2012/08/dark-melodies-by-william-meikle/
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Post by: williemeikle on August 07, 2012, 10:27:09 pm
My DARK MELODIES collection can be got for just $26 for the signed limited edition hardcover in the Dark Regions Press sale this week.

http://www.darkregions.com/books/dark-melodies-by-william-meikle
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Post by: williemeikle on August 13, 2012, 07:43:37 pm
Another pro-rate story sale today, #7 this year, and making this my most successful year ever in short story sales.
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Post by: williemeikle on August 21, 2012, 07:58:24 pm
Another in what is turning out to be a fine run of very positive reviews for my DARK MELODIES collection.

http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/read-horror/book-reviews/dark-melodies-by-william-meikle/

(Psst... it's 35% off this week only at Dark Regions... )
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Post by: williemeikle on August 28, 2012, 04:08:01 pm
Got my contributor copy of EDGE Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing's DANSE MACABRE anthology today. They've done a superb job with it. This is one of those sweet ones, where I'm in there alongside Tanith Lee, Brian Lumley, Tom Piccirilli and many more...

http://www.edgewebsite.com/books/dansemacabre/dansemacabre.html
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Post by: williemeikle on August 28, 2012, 07:43:29 pm
Another fine review in what is turning out to be a whole clutch of them.

Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine reviews DARK MELODIES. They like it.

http://famousmonstersoffilmland.com/2012/08/28/book-review-dark-melodies-by-william-meikle/
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Post by: williemeikle on August 29, 2012, 02:34:10 pm
My story "Growth" will be in the September issue of NATURE, hitting the stands on Friday, and in the online issue later today. This makes me happy.
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Post by: williemeikle on September 03, 2012, 02:24:22 pm
Amazon is currently doing a deal on the NIGHT OF THE WENDIGO paperback in the UK. Only £9.76 and free shipping in the UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Night-Wendigo-William-Meikle/dp/1937771342/

Glorious review at Famous Monsters of Filmland
http://famousmonstersoffilmland.com/2012/06/14/book-review-night-of-the-wendigo-by-william-meikle/

"“Night Of the Wendigo” is one hell of a story by one hell of a storyteller at the top of his game and is a tale that is not to be missed and I give it my highest recommendation."
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Post by: williemeikle on September 04, 2012, 10:16:36 pm
You want Guns, Ghouls, and Grimoires? Well, look no further. Collected here are nine supernatural thrillers — from Algernon Blackwood, Aleister Crowley, Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, William Meikle, Greg Mitchell, Christine Morgan, Joshua M. Reynolds, and Steven L. Shrewsbury — guaranteed to satisfy your thirst for mystery, suspense, and esoteric adventure.

Occult Detective Stories, Volume One — A Cat of Nine Tales — Edited by Tracy DeVore & Thaddeus Sexton, with illustrations by Bob Freeman

http://www.amazon.com/Cat-Nine-Tales-Bob-Freeman/dp/1479107646/
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Post by: williemeikle on September 07, 2012, 10:45:24 pm
The Deluxe Hardcover edition of my new Dark Melodies collection  has sold out. Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcovers are still available:

http://www.darkregions.com/books/dark-melodies-by-william-meikle

"The writing throughout (Dark Melodies) is strong, and Meikle’s capacity to create an atmosphere you would struggle to cut with a machete is something all genre authors should pay attention to. Each story has a satisfying conclusion, with the mythos behind each tale being fully explained with an adroitness one could quite happily grow accustomed to. If you’re already a fan of William Meikle, you know exactly what I mean. If you are yet to discover him, this is a great place to start. In musical terms, a fine collection from intro to outro." - This is Horror

"This is an absolutely wonderful collection, all the stories are character driven supernatural tales oozing with atmosphere and darkness. A symphony of terror (if you don’t mind the pun) and what a symphony it is. Every story in the collection was strong, each with its own take on how  music leads the unfortunate characters to dark places." - Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine
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Post by: williemeikle on September 07, 2012, 10:56:47 pm
And this just in...

Another damn fine review of DARK MELODIES. I think this book might just be the best thing I've ever written. It's got a lot of me in it.

http://lovecraftzine.com/2012/09/07/book-review-dark-melodies-by-william-meikle/
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Post by: williemeikle on September 09, 2012, 07:32:20 pm
Just sold a weird western story, ONE HAND AND THE FIDDLER, to AIRSHIPS AND AUTOMATONS, a steampunk anthology coming from White Cat Publications. Pro-rate cheque too, which is nice.
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Post by: williemeikle on September 10, 2012, 08:32:09 pm
Just signed a deal to write 3 novels and 3 novellas over the next 3 years. That'll keep me busy then...
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Post by: Ray on September 11, 2012, 12:34:35 pm
Absolutely brilliant - congrats!
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Post by: williemeikle on September 11, 2012, 06:11:05 pm
I've just got a bloody good advance review of PROFESSOR CHALLENGER: THE ISLAND OF TERROR from Famous Monsters of Filmland

http://famousmonsters.com/reviews/professor-challenger-the-island-of-terror/

And here's the final cover

(http://www.williammeikle.com/challengertpbk.jpg)
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Post by: williemeikle on September 17, 2012, 07:59:45 pm
The Ginger Nuts of Horror reviews PROFESSOR CHALLENGER: THE ISLAND OF TERROR

http://thegingernutcase.blogspot.ca/2012/09/professor-challenger-island-of-terror.html

He likes it.
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Post by: williemeikle on September 25, 2012, 02:31:14 pm
The Book Depository has a special offer this week on the WATCHERS omnibus, my historical vampire trilogy. 17% off, making it only £10.69 in the UK and FREE SHIPPING!. KHP Press did a great job with it, it's a smart looking volume, 3 novels in one.

http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Watchers-Omnibus-William-Meikle/9780979988165

(http://www.williammeikle.com/watchersomnibustradesmall.jpg)
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Post by: williemeikle on September 26, 2012, 04:07:49 pm
Just seen the Black Static review of Carnacki: Heaven and Hell that's in #30. Happy with it, a fair and balanced review. And overall, the stories get a good deal of praise. Which is nice.
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Post by: williemeikle on October 01, 2012, 04:24:37 pm
This just in...

DarkFuse has signed William Meikle to a 3-year deal. Greg F. Gifune will be attached as editor for his novels and Dave Thomas will be editor for his novellas.  This deal will feature three original novels as well as three new novellas in the next three years.
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Post by: @mangozoid on October 04, 2012, 12:33:19 pm
'Allo Mr Meikle,

  Yet another 'Blast From The Past' posting onto the BFS Forum(s), wow...

Alex Bardy (Twitter: @mangozoid)
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Post by: williemeikle on October 04, 2012, 09:54:14 pm
Hello there... I'm now stalking you on Twitter... @williemeikle
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Post by: williemeikle on October 06, 2012, 02:38:43 pm
My Dark Melodies collection is Book of the Month over at http://www.jeffnjoys.co.uk/ - a great place for those in the UK to pick up my books from DARK REGIONS PRESS
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Post by: williemeikle on October 08, 2012, 03:21:05 pm
Tues 9th is the launch day of Professor Challenger: The Island of Terror from
Dark Regions Press. The book will be available in (very) limited edition deluxe
hardcover and trade paperback.

There will be an online chat event with me tomorrow (Tues 9th) on the Dark
Regions Press site to talk about the book, and anything else that people want to
ask me.

The chat event will take place on Tuesday, October 9th at 3PM PDT (That's
10:00PM in the UK, 5PM Eastern) at darkregions.com/events

You can sign up for a reminder for the event. This will just give you a friendly
nudge when the event is about to start:

http://www.darkregions.com/events
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Post by: williemeikle on October 09, 2012, 02:43:55 pm
And THE ISLAND OF TERROR is now available to order - will ship on 1st November.

$14.95 for the Trade Paperback (1st 100 signed), or splashout on the deluxe leatherbound edition, only 13 of which are available, for $99.00

http://www.darkregions.com/books/professor-challenger-the-island-of-terror-by-william-meikle
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Post by: williemeikle on October 12, 2012, 08:53:08 pm
Choose the Halloween Grab Bag option here from Dark Regions and get the Professor Challenger signed paperback as one of the titles you receive.  Only $50 for loads of good things.

The Halloween Grab Bag includes: 1 Signed and Numbered Limited Hardcover, 2 Fiction Trade Paperbacks, (Challenger and 1 other), 1 Poetry Trade Paperback, 1 DRP t-shirt (leave size request in order comments), 1 DRP bookmark and the new story from Jeff Strand "Protect Us From The Piranha People!" 

Any Halloween Grab Bag buyers also have a chance to win a membership to the 2012 DRP Book Club ($210 value).  Grab Bag will ship once Professor Challenger is in stock in early November.

http://www.darkregions.com/books/professor-challenger-the-island-of-terror-by-william-meikle
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Post by: williemeikle on October 30, 2012, 01:32:59 pm
KHP Publishers have made 2 of my books free today and tomorrow on Kindle for Halloween. Available both @ .com and .co.uk

THE MIDNIGHT EYE FILES: THE AMULET
@ .COM: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0044KMNYI
@ .co.uk http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0044KMNYI

WATCHERS: THE COMING OF THE KING
@ .COM http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004HO5UNC
@ .co.uk http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004HO5UNC
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Post by: williemeikle on November 15, 2012, 07:50:50 pm
‎"At bottom, it’s a fun book, written to show the reader a good time and nothing more than that, on which level it succeeds admirably well. I thoroughly enjoyed its pulp(ish) pleasures." - Peter Tennant, Black Static #31, reviewing CRUSTACEANS

Now available on Amazon.com in paperback.

http://www.amazon.com/Crustaceans-William-Meikle/dp/1937128148
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Post by: Billy on November 16, 2012, 03:00:36 am
KHP Publishers have made 2 of my books free today and tomorrow on Kindle for Halloween. Available both @ .com and .co.uk

THE MIDNIGHT EYE FILES: THE AMULET
@ .COM: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0044KMNYI
@ .co.uk http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0044KMNYI

WATCHERS: THE COMING OF THE KING
@ .COM http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004HO5UNC
@ .co.uk http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004HO5UNC
Sorry I missed this. :(
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Post by: williemeikle on November 17, 2012, 07:32:54 pm
You can get a free ebook if you sign up to my newsletter this month... join up and you get an email with the link...

http://www.williammeikle.com/newsletter.html
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Post by: williemeikle on November 20, 2012, 03:43:34 pm
Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations edited by Paula Guran

Type: Trade Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6" X 9"
ISBN: 9781607013846
Publication Date: April 10, 2013
Price: $16.99

My Carnacki story THE BEAST OF GLAMIS will appear in this. Stoked to be
alongside folks like Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher et al.

"Paranormal investigators. Occult detectives. Ghost hunters. Monster fighters.
Humans who unravel uncanny crimes and solve psychic puzzles; sleuths with
supernatural powers of their own who provide services far beyond those normal
gumshoes, shamuses, and Sherlocks can provide.

When vampires, werewolves, and thing that go bump in the night are part of your
world, criminals can be as inhuman as the crimes they commit, and magic can seep
into the mundane—those who solve the mysteries, bring justice for victims or
even save the world itself, might wield wands as well as firearms, utter spells
or simply use their powers of deduction.

Some of the best twenty-first century tales from top authors of the century's
most popular genre take you down mean streets and into strange crime scenes in
this fantastic compilation.

Contents (alphabetical by author):

"Cryptic Coloration" by Elizabeth Bear
"The Key" by Ilsa J. Blick
"Mortal Bait" Richard Bowes
"Star of David" by Patricia Briggs
"Love Hurts" by Jim Butcher
"Swing Shift" by Dana Cameron
"The Necromancer's Apprentice" by Lillian Stewart Carl
"Sherlock Holmes and the Diving Bell" by Simon Clark
"The Adakian Eagle" by Bradley Denton
"Hecate's Golden Eye" by P.N. Elrod
"The Case of Death and Honey" by Neil Gaiman
"The Nightside, Needless to Say" by Simon R. Greene
"Deal Breaker" by Justin Gustainis
"Death by Dahlia" by Charlaine Harris
"See Me" by Tanya Huff
"Signatures of the Dead" by Faith Hunter
"The Maltese Unicorn" by Caitlín R. Kiernan
"The Case of the Stalking Shadow" by Joe R. Lansdale
"Like a Part of the Family" by Jonathan Maberry
"The Beast of Glamis" by William Meikle
"Fox Tails" by Richard Parks
"Imposters" by Sarah Monette
"Defining Shadows" by Carrie Vaughn

It can be advance ordered at the link below.

http://www.prime-books.com/shop/print-books/weird-detectives-recent-investigations-edited-by-paula-guran/
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Post by: williemeikle on November 21, 2012, 06:46:50 pm
Joshua M. Reynolds tagged me on a blog post of his adding me to an ongoing chain of book/author recommendations called The Next Big Thing. So today, I’ve answered the ten questions put forth by Paul Magrs and then passed on this infectious, self-promotional bug to five more lucky souls over on Facebook.

So, here we go…

♦WHAT IS THE WORKING TITLE OF YOUR NEXT BOOK?

THE HOLE. Catchy, eh?

♦WHERE DID THE IDEA FOR THE BOOK COME FROM?

I was reading a news story about a sinkhole forming near a town in Louisiana and I wondered, what if it went all the way down?

♦WHAT GENRE DOES YOUR BOOK FALL UNDER?

It's horror, pulp through to the core.

♦WHAT ACTORS WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO PLAY THE PART OF YOUR CHARACTERS IN A MOVIE RENDITION?

There's 3 couples.

Youngsters - No idea, but anybody who hasn't been in Harry Potter, Twilight or The Hunger Games

Grown Ups - Christian Bale and Kate Blanchett.

Oldsters - William Hurt and Helen Mirren.

♦WHAT IS THE ONE SENTENCE SYNOPSIS OF YOUR BOOK?

There's a big hole in a small town, and it goes straight to Hell.

♦WILL YOUR BOOK BE SELF-PUBLISHED, OR REPRESENTED BY AN AGENCY?

This one will be going to a publisher with whom I have an ongoing deal for 3 novels and 3 novellas over the next 3 years. This is the first of the promised works.

♦HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE THE FIRST DRAFT OF THE MANUSCRIPT?

I'm near the end of the first draft after 8 weeks of work.

♦WHAT OTHER BOOKS WOULD YOU COMPARE THIS STORY TO WITHIN YOUR GENRE?

Well it's set in small town USA, so Stephen King is obviously a reference point, and it involves a town falling under something's spell, which initially I thought might be too similar to Koontz' PHANTOMS but it's also got old school Satanic forces and a plucky bunch of heroes, and it feels to me more like some of the things I read back in the '60s before King and Koontz came along. John Blackburn's CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT and Dennis Wheatley's GATEWAY TO HELL helped in the forging.

♦WHO, OR WHAT, INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK?

Inspiration. Where does that come from? Who knows? I was sitting and thinking, and then it was there.

♦WHAT ELSE ABOUT THE BOOK MIGHT PIQUE A READER’S INTEREST?

Demons, seances, gateways to hell, drinking, smoking, mass death, more drinking, and ritual sacrifice. Just a quiet day in the country.
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Post by: williemeikle on November 24, 2012, 12:36:44 am
Instead of looking back at the year past, I've been looking ahead at what I have coming soon

Books
_____

CLOCKWORK DOLLS - a limited edition hardcover and ebook novella from DARKFUSE
SHERLOCK HOLMES - THE YELLOW PERIL AND OTHER STORIES, a limited edition  hardcover collection from Dark Regions Press
THE RAVINE - A Weird Western novel in a limited edition hardcover from Dark Regions Press
THE PLASM - A space opera novella, Dark Regions Press
FROM DEEP WITHIN THE SHADOWS - A supernatural story collection, Dark Regions Press
THE MIDNIGHT EYE FILES in audiobook from Seven Realms Press.

Anthology appearances
_____________________

CARNACKI: THE BEAST OF GLAMIS in Weird Detectives: New Investigations (Prime)
CARNACKI: A COLD CHRISTMAS IN CHELSEA in 13 Ghosts of Christmas (Spectral Press)
ONE HAND AND THE FIDDLER in Airships and Automatons (White Cat)
DESCANSE EN PAZ in Undead and Unbound (Chaosium)
THE PIED PIPER OF PROVIDENCE in Once Upon An Apocalypse (Chaosium)
SYMBI(OS) in Eldritch Chrome - (Chaosium)
CARNACKI: THE ISLAND OF DR. MONROE in Steampunk Cthulhu (Chaosium)
BE QUIET AT THE BACK in After Death (Dark Moon Books)
TRUTH DECAY in A KILLER AMONGST DEMONS (Dark Print Press)
THE SKIN BELT in Best New Werewolf Tales 2 (Books of the Dead Press)

Magazine Appearances
____________________

CARNACKI: THE SISTERS OF MERCY in Nightland (Japan)
DOUBLE OR NOTHING in Buzzy Mag
BAIT OR SWITCH in Suddenly Lost for Words
THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY in Pseudopod (audio)

There also a couple of antho sales I can't mention yet, plus an appearance in CTHULHU 2012 (Mythos Books) if it ever happens, and a collection of Professor Challenger stories under consideration by Dark Regions.

And to top it all, I've signed a three year deal with Darkfuse to do 3 novels and 3 novellas for them over the next three years.

No rest for the wicked.

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Post by: williemeikle on November 30, 2012, 04:35:55 pm
A nice acceptance. My early HAMMER tribute, THE TERROR THAT CAME TO DOUNREAY, will appear in ATOMIC AGE CTHULHU from Chaosium, (my 5th sale to them, making them my new best pals.)

Here's the TOC.

“Bad Reception” by Jeffrey Thomas
“Fallout” by Sam Stone
“Little Curly” by Neil Baker
“It Came to Modesto” by Ed Erdelac
“The Terror That Came to Dounreay” by William Meikle
“The Romero Transference” by Josh Reynolds
“Within the Image of the Divine” by Bear Weiter
“Names on the Black List” by Robert Price
“Yellow is the Color of the Future” by Jason Andrew
“Eldritch Lunch” by Adam Bolivar
“Professor Patriot and the Doom that Came to Niceville” by Christine Morgan
“Fears Realized” by Tom Lynch
“Unamerican” by Cody Goodfellow
“The Preserved Ones” by Christopher M. Geeson
“Rose-Colored Glasses” by Michael Szymanski
“Day the Music Died” by Charles Christian
“Putnam’s Monster” by Scott T. Scott Goudsward
“Operation Switch” by Peter Rawlik
“The End of the Golden Age” by Brian M. Sammons & Glynn Owen Barrass
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Post by: williemeikle on December 01, 2012, 05:05:20 pm
This month is a last chance to get some of my books in print. THE MIDNIGHT EYE series, the WATCHERS Omnibus and ELDREN: The Book of the Dark will all go out of print at the turn of the year. 

While I'm looking for new homes for them, it's not certain they'll ever be back in print. So if you want any of them, now's the time to get them.

http://www.williammeikle.com/books.html
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Post by: williemeikle on December 09, 2012, 03:03:23 pm
The next next big thing. I got tagged again, so here's another go, about another forthcoming book.

Q: What is the working title of your next book?
A: Sherlock Holmes: The Yellow Peril and Other Stories

Q: Where did the idea for the book come from?
A: Facetious answer: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Real answer: I've wanted to do a Holmes collection of short stories for a while, and Dark Regions gave me the chance.

Q: What genre does your book fall under?
A: Weird fiction

Q:Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
A: Peter Cushing and Michael Rimmer for Holmes and Watson

Q: What is the one-sentence synopsis of the book?
A: Holmes and Watson fighting supernatural menaces in old style tales of adventure and terror.

Q: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
A: Coming soon in hardcover from Dark Regions Press

Q: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your masterpiece?
A: It was written over Spring and Summer of 2012, about 4 months in total

Q: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
A: Similar stories can be found in the GASLIGHT GRIMOIRE, GASLIGHT GROTESQUE and GASLIGHT ARCANUM anthologies from EDGE Publishing.

Q: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
A: It is the characters first and foremost that draws me to it. Doyle brought Holmes to life. He is instantly recognizable all over the world and has been for over 100 years. Few other writers have managed that trick. It's also the setting for me. I was raised on Doyle, Wells and Robert Louis Stevenson and I love that historical period they covered in their work. It's also the time period I've come to prefer for my own writing and I can see me settling in there for a long time to come.

Q: What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
A: It's going to be in a high quality hardcover, and Wayne Miller, who did the artwork for my Carnacki collection, has contributed 12 stunning B&W illustrations, along with a glorious cover image. I'm beside myself with excitement at the prospect.
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Post by: williemeikle on December 18, 2012, 10:14:52 pm
Here's the traditional roundup of work I've had published this year..
 
It's been a very good year for me, with pro story sales to the likes of Nature, Night Land and Penumbra, hardcover novels and collections from Darkfuse and Dark Regions, and some very nice anthology appearances. Lots more to come in 2013 and beyond thanks to existing deals with Darkfuse and Dark Regions, and more quality anthology and magazine appearances already contracted for.

Books

Professor Challenger: The Island of Terror (Hcvr / Pbck) Dark Regions Press
Dark Melodies collection (Hcvr / Pbck)   Dark Regions Press
Night of the Wendigo (Hcvr / Pbck / ebook) Darkfuse
Carnacki: Heaven and Hell collection (Hcvr / Pbck) Dark Regions Press

Anthology appearances

Ghost nor Bogle in Danse Macabre from EDGE Publishing
Carnacki: A Cold Christmas in Chelsea in 13 Ghosts of Xmas from Spectral Press
Challenger: Ripples in the Ether in Pulp Heroes from Alchemy Press
The Cauldron of Camulos in Ancient Wonders from Alchemy Press
A Slim Chance in A Cat of Nine Tales from Rookhaven
Out of the Black in Fading Light from Angelic Knight
Dreams That Stuff is Made of in Zombie Kong from Books of the Dead Press
The Silent Dead in ALT-ZOMBIE from Hersham Books
Hairs and Graces in Best Werewolf Tales 1 from Books of the Dead Press
The Color of the Deep in Call of Lovecraft from Evil Jester Press

Magazine appearances

Carnacki: The Sisters of Mercy in Night Land #4 (Japan)
Growth in Nature (Futures) #488
The Kelp in Lamplight #1
#solstice dreams in Penumbra #5
Carnacki: The Parliament of Owls in Lovecraft ezine Zelazny tribute issue
The Dark Island in Innsmouth Free Press, Nov 2012

Audio Books

Watchers: The Coming of the King from Crossroads Press
Watchers: The Battle For the Throne from Crossroads Press
Watchers: Culloden! from Crossroads Press
The Midnight Eye Files: The Amulet from Seven Realms Press (coming this week)


Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on December 24, 2012, 04:13:19 pm
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Post by: williemeikle on December 24, 2012, 05:39:17 pm
My personal highlight of the year on the writing front was this one. Dark Melodies is something I've dreamed about since I started writing twenty years ago... a collection of supernatural stories by me, in hardcover, which was all I wanted to achieve when I started out. And here it is.

http://www.williammeikle.com/aboutdarkmelodies.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on December 31, 2012, 04:43:21 pm
My next release is a novella. Coming in Hardcover and ebook in Jan 2013 from DARKFUSE.

This one is a bit of a departure for me. It's darker than a lot of my other stuff, and features a protagonist who is very hard to like.

Dave is a shit; a self-obsessed wanker with few redeeming features. The fact that he reminds me a lot of myself at a certain stage of my life is neither here nor there. He's also a skeptic of all things paranormal and likes to show off.

I wanted to write about such a person having an epiphany, of sorts, and it took me down some strange alleys, into studies of philosophical discussions, and thoughts of beer, love, and my place in an uncaring Universe.

As I've said, it turned out darker than I anticipated, but there's also hope here, and I learned some stuff about myself in its progress, which was nice.

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Does all human passion, all memory, all imagination come merely from the chemistry in our brains, like the movements of a clock follow from the arrangement of its cogs and wheels? Are we just clockwork dolls? Or is there an organizing principle at work, something we can ask for answers to the important questions of existence... something that might answer?

Dave Burns has asked.

Now he, and his friends, might not live long enough to understand the reply.

Full of strong and well written characters, an ever building sense of dread, topped off with a satisfying conclusion. This novella hits the mark perfectly. - Ginger Nuts of Horror

I never thought that such a short novel could have such a huge impact, not only on my emotions but also on my ideas of God, the Universe and Fate. This is a thought provoker if ever there was one ... It's totally mind blowing. - Magic of Reading


Order it here:
http://www.darkfuse.com/clockwork-dolls-by-william-meikle.html

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Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on January 07, 2013, 08:17:09 pm
Anyone here do Goodreads?

I've got a "Q&A with William Meikle" group up and running, with over 270 members. Come up and see me if you fancy a blether over there.

http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/42755-q-a-with-william-meikle
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Post by: williemeikle on January 08, 2013, 10:48:21 pm
THE UNSPOKEN has risen from the grave

I've been given the opportunity by Johnny Mains and Peter Mark May at Karöshi Books to have THE UNSPOKEN published as an ebook, with a POD paperback to follow, and profits going to The Beatson Cancer Reseach Institute.

The lineup is almost complete... and it's stunning.




With a couple of others still to confirm, I'm already officially excited.
Look out for it this coming summer.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on January 10, 2013, 11:05:07 pm
I sold not one, but two novels. THE PLASM, a sci-fi / horror crossover adventure, went to DARK REGIONS PRESS and THE HOLE, a modern day horror, went to DARKFUSE. Both coming in hardcover and paperback...

That sound you hear is me doing my happy dance.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on January 20, 2013, 01:58:31 pm
THE HOLE has been given a release date of August 2013 at Darkfuse. Coming in hardcover, paperback and ebook.

It starts with an odd hum that brings headaches and nosebleeds to the inhabitants of a remote, sleepy country town. Then a sinkhole begins to form…and out from that hole comes the townspeople's worst nightmares.

Facing their fears and the growing madness, a group of survivors descend into the collapsed area in an attempt to save what is left of their town. Sacrifices will be required, but will they be enough?

The hole is growing…spreading…and the horror within it is growing stronger…
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on January 22, 2013, 12:42:48 am
Now here's a bargain. Preorder the Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations anthology now and get 32% off. Only £8.96 for Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher, Joe Lansdale et al.

And me, with a Carnacki story, THE BEAST OF GLAMIS. The book will be out in April.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1607013843

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Post by: williemeikle on January 25, 2013, 02:47:56 pm
A merry unbirthday present today from me to you -- a wee free short story for the Kindle. Big monsters beating the crap out of each other in...

King Crab versus Giant Scorpion - A creature feature http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00B4L0VIK
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Jim Steel on January 25, 2013, 08:29:29 pm
Thanks, Willie!
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Post by: williemeikle on January 27, 2013, 05:07:42 pm
Another freebie for my birthday weekend for you... Flower of Scotland, a collection of short short stories, all previously published in magazines or anthologies.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008E77F7C
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on January 29, 2013, 02:45:16 pm
TANNIS is the latest freebie from my Short Story collection

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00B4LC93K

A short fantasy tale involving a mad scientist, a boy, a newt, a dragon, some carnage... and a pony!

Also available in US, Canada etc... just change the .co.uk in the link above to your region of choice
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 01, 2013, 02:35:18 am
Tallying up my ebook sales over the past 3 years. I should pass the 50,000 sold mark some time in February. Not too shabby at all.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/William-Meikle/e/B002BMOP0G/

I'm going to be forever grateful to Amazon for the Kindle explosion. It's allowed me to go full time, and the ebook sales from my publishers, along with what I get from them for paperbacks and the limited edition hardcovers, have helped me keep my head above water and living the dream.
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Post by: Des Lewis on February 01, 2013, 07:32:33 am
Congratulations, Willie.  :)
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Post by: williemeikle on February 01, 2013, 03:48:34 pm
Thanks, Des.
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Post by: williemeikle on February 03, 2013, 03:54:51 pm
The latest freebie from my short story collection is The Vampire Bible. Free on kindle until 7/02. Transcribed from a scroll found in Syria in 1927  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00B508MFO
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 03, 2013, 11:40:25 pm
Anyone else found The Pulp-o-mizer? A great site for playing around with pulp style cover images.

Here's a wee clue about the subject matter of the novella I just finished.

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Post by: williemeikle on February 05, 2013, 07:52:41 pm
I've been looking ahead again at what I have coming up. Here's an update. Some of these will be this year, some not, but there's enough here to keep me happy for a while.

Books

- SHERLOCK HOLMES - THE QUALITY OF MERCY AND OTHER STORIES, a limited edition hardcover collection from Dark Renaissance
- THE RAVINE - A Weird Western novel in a limited edition hardcover from Dark Regions Press
- THE HOLE - A horror novel in hardcover, paperback and ebook from DARKFUSE
- THE PLASM - A space opera novella, Dark Regions Press
- FROM DEEP WITHIN THE SHADOWS - A supernatural story collection, Dark Regions Press
- THE MIDNIGHT EYE FILES #2 and #3 in audiobook from Seven Realms Press.

Anthology appearances

- CARNACKI: THE BEAST OF GLAMIS in Weird Detectives: New Investigations (Prime)
- ONE HAND AND THE FIDDLER in Airships and Automatons (White Cat)
- DESCANSE EN PAZ in Undead and Unbound (Chaosium)
- THE PIED PIPER OF PROVIDENCE in Once Upon An Apocalypse (Chaosium)
- SYMBI(OS) in Eldritch Chrome - (Chaosium)
- CARNACKI: THE ISLAND OF DR. MONROE in Steampunk Cthulhu (Chaosium)
- THE TERROR THAT CAME TO DOUNREAY in Atomic Age Cthulhu (Chaosium)
- BE QUIET AT THE BACK in After Death (Dark Moon Books)
- TRUTH DECAY in A Killer Amongst Demons (Dark Print Press)
- THE SKIN BELT in Best New Werewolf Tales 2 (Books of the Dead Press)
- THE RED SOLDIER in Demonologica Biblica (Western Press)
- GREEN GROW THE RASHES in UF: Manifesto (Angelic Knight)

Magazine Appearances

- DOUBLE OR NOTHING in Buzzy Mag
- QUERCUS MULTIFORMA in Blue Shift

There also an appearance in CTHULHU 2012 (Mythos Books) if it ever happens, and a collection of Professor Challenger stories under consideration by Dark Renaissance.

On top of that, I have a further 3 novellas and 2 novels to write as part of my deal with DARKFUSE to keep me busy.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 07, 2013, 03:14:09 pm
A wee stoater of a review from The Heart of Horror for Clockwork Dolls today. If I was in Inverness I'd give him a big sloppy kiss.

http://www.heartofhorror.com/2013/02/clockwork-dolls-by-william-meikle.html

This is a fine story which manages to run the full gamut of emotion but is never stale, it fairly rockets along. Meikle takes what he has learned from years of writing pacy adventures, gives us a character worth caring about, an intriguing plot and away we go. I have always enjoyed William Meikle's work but with this story he firmly moves into my list of favourite authors and I will be really interested to see where he goes from here.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 08, 2013, 03:16:01 pm
The Toughest Mile is free today on kindle

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00B4ZPLYA

A barbarian wins the right to a final challenge; if he can finish a ten mile run while being pursued by ten deadly warriors, he will have his freedom.

But does he really want it?

A Sword and Sorcery short story.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 10, 2013, 04:47:31 pm
Another in a long run of fine reviews for CLOCKWORK DOLLS, from the BFS this time, on the site today. What do you mean you haven't bought it yet?

http://www.britishfantasysociety.co.uk/reviews/clockwork-dolls-by-william-meikle-book-review/
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Post by: williemeikle on February 13, 2013, 03:24:04 pm
Overhauled my Facebook page, adding new tabs for Books, Bibliography and Newsletter. Come and say Hi.

If you sing up for the newsletter there, you'll also get a free ebook of THE MIDNIGHT EYE FILES: THE AMULET

https://www.facebook.com/williammeikle
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 14, 2013, 08:21:51 pm
The "other" FB page has been tarted up after being neglected for a while. The idea is to keep all the writing promotion and stuff that my publishers like on that one, and have the normal person one for chat and giggles.

My writing page is over there --> https://www.facebook.com/williammeikle

New tabs for books, blog, newsletter etc set up with mini-website pages inside, and a new cover image. Let me know if you like it. Keep schtum if you hate it...
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Post by: williemeikle on February 17, 2013, 08:30:18 pm
You can now order many of my books in print from the UK book shop that is the publishers' main distributor in the UK

If you go to Jeff 'n Joys Bookshop ( http://www.jeffnjoys.co.uk/ ) and search on "Meikle" you'll find what of mine they currently have in stock.

Here's the current list



The Clockwork Dolls books are, I believe, the only ones left for sale anywhere in the world.
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Post by: williemeikle on February 18, 2013, 04:17:45 pm
Here's the cover for my novel THE HOLE. It almost exactly fits what was in my head. Which is nice.

Coming in August from Darkfuse.

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Post by: williemeikle on February 20, 2013, 02:55:04 pm
Derek Adams, The Midnight Eye, finds zombies in Largs, and isn't at all surprised. My short story Home is the Sailor is free on kindle until 24th Feb

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00B4WK2HY
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Post by: williemeikle on March 04, 2013, 01:37:36 am
Latest News: All 4 volumes of Flower of Scotland are now available for Kindle

I've now uploaded four collections of short shorts to the Kindle in the Flower of Scotland series

There's 58 flash fiction pieces, from a span of years over my writing career from the very start to just last year.

Clicking the image will take you through to Amazon.com. For other regions, just change the .COM part of the link to your region of choice (e.g. .com will become .co.uk etc.)

http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html

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Post by: williemeikle on March 05, 2013, 04:26:13 pm
I get a lot more back and forth chat over at Facebook than I do here, so if you want me I'm mostly over there. Mostly.

https://www.facebook.com/williammeikle
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 11, 2013, 03:59:43 pm
At 2500 followers on FB, I'll give away 5 free ebooks of WATCHERS: THE COMING OF THE KING.

Currently at 2468, so come over and say hi.

http://www.facebook.com/williammeikle
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Post by: williemeikle on March 11, 2013, 10:02:10 pm
The print rights to THE MIDNIGHT EYE books reverted to me at the New Year, and I'm very happy to announce that they've found a new home.

The three books, THE AMULET, THE SIRENS and THE SKIN GAME will have a staggered release in paperback later this year.

SEVEN REALMS PUBLISHING is the new home, the same people who did a great job on the paperback of THE CONCORDANCES OF THE RED SERPENT, and are currently doing a similar fine job on the MIDNIGHT EYE audiobooks.

The cover for THE AMULET is pretty nifty too.

I'll keep you all posted on release dates, prices and availability as details become available.

http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html

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Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 13, 2013, 02:35:58 pm
The Night of the Wendigo paperback is for sale on the shelves in Blackwells, Edinburgh, Scotland's biggest bookshop. This makes me happy.


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Post by: williemeikle on March 14, 2013, 04:41:13 pm
Today's the 4th anniversary of me taking the plunge and going full time as a writer.

It's not been smooth sailing all the way, but we haven't starved, we still have a house, and it looks like this year is going to be better than last, so although the big deal eludes me, there' s still much to look forward to.

Onward.
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Post by: williemeikle on March 19, 2013, 07:36:55 pm
My historical fantasy short SAMURAI is free until 22nd March.
www.amazon.com/dp/B00B5JE0MY
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Post by: williemeikle on March 21, 2013, 07:22:38 pm
An update on what I have coming up. I realized I had to compile this to keep track... I have a lot to look forward to.

Books

- SHERLOCK HOLMES - THE QUALITY OF MERCY AND OTHER STORIES, a limited edition hardcover collection from Dark Renaissance
- THE RAVINE - A Weird Western novel in a limited edition hardcover and paperback from Dark Regions Press
- THE HOLE - A horror novel in hardcover, paperback and ebook from DARKFUSE
- THE PLASM - A space opera novella from Dark Regions Press
- THE MIDNIGHT EYE FILES #1, #2 and #3 in paperback from Seven Realms publishing
- THE MIDNIGHT EYE FILES #2 and #3 in audiobook from Seven Realms Publishing.

Anthology appearances

- ONE HAND AND THE FIDDLER in Airships and Automatons (White Cat)
- DESCANSE EN PAZ in Undead and Unbound (Chaosium)
- THE PIED PIPER OF PROVIDENCE in Once Upon An Apocalypse (Chaosium)
- SYMBI(OS) in Eldritch Chrome - (Chaosium)
- CARNACKI: THE ISLAND OF DR. MONROE in Steampunk Cthulhu (Chaosium)
- THE TERROR THAT CAME TO DOUNREAY in Atomic Age Cthulhu (Chaosium)
- BE QUIET AT THE BACK in After Death (Dark Moon Books)
- TRUTH DECAY in A Killer Amongst Demons (Dark Print Press)
- THE SKIN BELT in Best New Werewolf Tales 3 (Books of the Dead Press)
- THE RED SOLDIER in Demonologica Biblica (Western Press)
- GREEN GROW THE RASHES in UF: Manifesto (Angelic Knight)
- THE LAST MAGICIAN in NEVERLAND'S LIBRARY
- DON'T LET THE DARK STOP YOU SHINING - When Darkness Falls (Crystal Lake)

Other story appearances

- PARTING THE VEIL in Night Land #6 (Japan)
- DOUBLE OR NOTHING in Buzzy Mag
- QUERCUS MULTIFORMA in Blue Shift
- FROST in READ SHORT FICTION
- THE DREAMING GOD IS SINGING WHERE SHE LIES - Music and Mythos (Spectral Press)

There also an appearance in CTHULHU 2012 (Mythos Books) if it ever happens, and a collection of Professor Challenger stories under consideration by Dark Renaissance.

On top of that, I have a further 3 novellas and 2 novels to write as part of my deal with DARKFUSE to keep me busy, a couple of hush-hush projects in early stages of fruition, a new Midnight Eye novel I want to do, lets of things out on submission and... stuff... always more stuff.

Izzy Wizzy, let's get busy.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 28, 2013, 02:45:08 pm
Dark Regions Press are having a sale and it is going well. Buy a book and another gets donated to charity. They've set aside over 300 books already

Here's my stuff with all the sale items in one spot. Great bargains to be had, including THE CREEPING KELP at half price.

http://www.darkregions.com/william-meikle/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 02, 2013, 05:51:31 pm
Can I tempt any of you with my DARK MELODIES collection?

I think DARK MELODIES contains the best of my short stories. And the signed hardcover is discounted in the DRP sale at only $30.

http://www.darkregions.com/books/dark-melodies-by-william-meikle

Here's some pretty dashed fine reviews...

This is an absolutely wonderful collection, all the stories are character driven supernatural tales oozing with atmosphere and darkness. A symphony of terror (if you don’t mind the pun) and what a symphony it is... I have to say that William Meikle and Dark Regions Press have really put together an excellent collection that should be at the top of your to be read pile and I highly recommend it. -Peter Schwotzer, Famous Monsters of Filmland

A fantastic collection of eight short stories firmly rooted in the Lovecraftian tradition that showcase Meikle’s talent and take the reader on a chaotic trip to some very sinister places... William Meikle is an entertaining writer with a knack for Lovecraftian fiction and Dark Melodies is a testament to that. If you like literature about slumbering gods and the things that inhabit the spaces that open up beyond what we consider real, I strongly suggest you add this tome to your collection - Gabino Iglesias, lovecraftzine.com

The writing throughout is strong, and Meikle’s capacity to create an atmosphere you would struggle to cut with a machete is something all genre authors should pay attention to. Each story has a satisfying conclusion, with the mythos behind each tale being fully explained with an adroitness one could quite happily grow accustomed to. If you’re already a fan of William Meikle, you know exactly what I mean. If you are yet to discover him, this is a great place to start. In musical terms, a fine collection from intro to outro. - This Is Horror

As with the best of horror fiction, the stories are more about the characters than what happens to them, and the changes that result from their contact with something uncanny. Good collection. - Don D'Ammassa

if you are a fan of the style – and of dark fiction that isn’t full of slashers and vampires, but chills you in a more subtle, supernatural manner – Dark Melodies will certainly be an entertaining, escapist journey for you. - Horror and Fantasy Book Review

It's a while since I've been so entertained by a collection of stories. Dark Melodies was a pleasure to read -and I don't mean a guilty pleasure. It's a collection that struck a chord with me and I heartily recommend it. - Anthony Watson's Dark Musings
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Post by: williemeikle on April 04, 2013, 04:19:17 pm
I've got a smile today -- I got an acceptance to a pro anthology I was really keen on getting in to. A new AUGUSTUS SETON story, NO SLEEP FOR THE JUST will appear in SWORDS and MYTHOS from Innsmouth Free Press.

I've always been a sword and sorcery fan since back in my early teens. Augustus Seton is my attempt at a series character, a Scottish swordsman and sorcerer in the late 16th Century. This is his 6th story. There will be more.

The blame for my enthusiasm can be laid squarely at several doors. There's Conan, of course, and Elric, Corum, Hawkmoon and the whole pantheon of Eternal Champions; there's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, Solomon Kane, Jon Shannow, the princes of Amber and the shades of a thousand more by the likes of Poul Anderson, A E Merritt, Edgar Rice Burroughs, H Rider Haggard and many others.

You'll find the results of my voyages in this genre so far detailed here ->

http://www.williammeikle.com/swordandsorcery.html
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Post by: williemeikle on April 11, 2013, 11:17:51 pm
Dark Regions Press are still having their big Sale For Good and have now discounted everything to 50% off.

If you buy any book, another gets donated to charity. They've set aside over 750 books already and are aiming for 1000 books going to charities, libraries, hospitals etc

There's 50% off to be had on both paperbacks and hardcovers ( click through on the book's details to get the hardcover details if you want them.)

Free shipping in the USA and discount shipping worldwide.

This is a great chance to get my Dark Regions limited editions at a knock down price. All of the following books there are 50% off for the next few days only.


http://www.darkregions.com/william-meikle/
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Post by: williemeikle on April 29, 2013, 03:40:58 pm
The Midnight Eye books sold to Brazil

Still in its early stages, but I've sold the Portuguese language rights to the three Midnight Eye books to a specialist genre publisher in Brazil, for publication in both print and ebook editions.

I'm pretty excited about this as it's my first major foreign language rights deal for any of my books.

New Sales to Report

I sold a novella, Broken Sigil to DARKFUSE. It'll be out as a featured novella in Jan 2014 in limited edition hardcover and ebook

There's a bunch of new short story sales to report


As ever, there's other stuff brewing I can't talk about yet, but if it all comes off I'll be pretty happy.
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Post by: williemeikle on May 21, 2013, 04:24:59 pm
THE UNSPOKEN is an anthology for cancer relief. Out now on Kindle.

http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html

… I'd be grateful for any shares of this page we can get to help fight the monster

The line up is pretty great, even if I do say so myself.

Ramsey Campbell - Introduction
Tim Lebbon - Just Breathe
Simon Kurt Unsworth - Photographs of Boden
Steven Savile & Steve Lockley - The Last Gift
John Shirley - Where the Market's Hottest
Anna Taborska - Underbelly
Stephen James Price - Pages of Promises
Scott Nicholson - Heal Thyself
Stephen Laws - Harbinger
William Meikle - The Unfinished Basement
Nancy Kilpatrick - Alien Love
David Riley - A Girl, a Toad and a Cask
Barbie Wilde - Polyp
Johnny Mains - The Cure
Guy N Smith - The Big One
Pete Crowther - Cankerman
Steve Duffy - X for Henrietta
Gary McMahon - Bitter Soup

Edited by William Meikle
Cover art by Simon Marshall Jones
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Post by: williemeikle on May 24, 2013, 10:57:50 pm
Stuff I have finished, sold and waiting for publication - an updated list.

BOOKS

 - The Hole / (HC/TPB/ebook) / Darkfuse Aug 2013
 - The Midnight Eye Files: The Sirens / (TPB) / Seven Realms Publishing Summer 2013
 - The Midnight Eye Files: The Skin Game / (TPB) / Seven Realms Publishing Summer 2013
 - Broken Sigil (novella) / (HC/ebook) / Darkfuse Jan 2014
 - The Ravine / (HC/TPB) / Dark Regions Press
 - The Plasm (novella) / (HC/TPB) / Dark Regions Press

AUDIOBOOKS

 - The Midnight Eye Files: The Sirens / Seven Realms Publishing
 - The Midnight Eye Files: The Skin Game / Seven Realms Publishing
 - The Concordancesof the Red Serpent / Seven Realms Publishing

FOREIGN LANGUAGE BOOKS

 - The Midnight Eye: The Amulet / (TPB/ebook / Portuguese) / Retropunk Publicacoes (Brazil)
 - The Midnight Eye: The Sirens / (TPB/ebook / Portuguese) / Retropunk Publicacoes (Brazil)
 - The Midnight Eye: The Skin Game / (TPB/ebook / Portuguese) / Retropunk Publicacoes (Brazil)


PROFESSIONAL SHORT STORY SALES

 - Metastasis / Starburst Magazine / Starburst Magazine
 - Staying Alive Among the Beasts / Seven Stones anthology / Rockfall Books
 - No Sleep For the Just / Swords and Mythos anthology / Innsmouth Free Press
 - One Hand and the Fiddler / Airships and Automatons anthology / White Cat Publications
 - Call and Response / Cthulhu 2012 anthology / Mythos Books

ANTHOLOGIES

 - Truth Decay / A Killer Amongst Demons / Dark Print Press
 - Green Grow the Rashes / UFManifesto / Angelic Knight
 - Descanse en Paz / Undead and Unbound / Chaosium
 - SymbiOS / Eldritch Chrome / Chaosium
 - The Pied Piper of Providence / Once Upon An Apocalypse / Chaosium
 - Carnacki: The Island of Dr. Monroe / Steampunk Cthulhu / Chaosium
 - The Terror that Came to Dounreay / Atomic Age Cthulhu / Chaosium
 - On the Threshold / Ominous Realities / Gray Matter Press
 - Challenger: The Penge Terror / Pulp Heroes 2 / Alchemy Press
 - The Last Magician / Neverlands Library
 - The Skin Belt / Best Werewolf Tales 3 / Books of the Dead Press

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

 - A Haunting (in French) / Tenebres - France
 - Growth (in German) / 80 SF Stories From Around the World - Germany
 - There's Always a Catch (in French) / Horrifique - Canada
 - Between / Lovecraft ezine
 - In the Gyre / Nightfall magazine
 - Quercus Multiforma / Blue Shift magazine

There's also a few other secret things to add (Shush, they're still secret), so although the Sherlock Holmes collection got cancelled and I'm looking for a new home for it, there's still plenty to look forward to.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 06, 2013, 04:10:10 pm

There's a new interview with me up now on the Black Static website. See me waffle about Clockwork Dolls among other things.


http://ttapress.com/1678/william-meikle-interviewed/0/5/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 07, 2013, 09:03:37 pm
My main ebook publisher folded and I had to find new homes for 70% of my work. Almost all done now, but the new versions have had their ratings reset to 10,000,000. If anybody is wondering whether to read anything of mine, now would be a good time to help me out...

http://www.williammeikle.com/ebooks.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 09, 2013, 07:23:04 pm
Many paperbacks previously only available from the USA are now also available in the UK

Links here:
http://www.williammeikle.com/books.html

This includes the following

Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 13, 2013, 10:10:43 pm
Accompanying the new ebook releases, my books in print now include a new version of ISLAND LIFE, the availability of the DARK REGIONS PRESS paperbacks in the UK, and the availability of several books in Canada through Amazon.

Full details here --> http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 18, 2013, 12:20:20 pm
Free until 22nd June - THE AULD MITHER, a Scottish supernatural novella
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00D5XRUDO
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 24, 2013, 01:18:53 pm
My next book, THE HOLE, reviewed at Famous Monsters of Filmland.

http://famousmonsters.com/reviews/book-review-the-hole-by-william-meikle/

And in other news... somebody back up the line asked about THE CREEPING KELP. It's back now, along with the other Dark Regions titles, in shiny new editions (kindle and paperback). Also have new editions of Island Life (also in paperback), The Valley and The Invasion, and coming up there's a new edition of Berserker and that too will also be in paperback. See my website if you want details --> http://www.williammeikle.com
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 25, 2013, 08:33:22 pm
Use coupon code MOVINGSALE at www.darkregions.com/william-meikle/ and you'll get 50% off my hardcovers and paperbacks there.
This offer includes

Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 27, 2013, 09:14:24 pm
It's 6 years now since I left the day job. Can't say that I miss it much.

I'd never have made it this far if it wasn't for the ebook revolution bolstering the print and short story sales. I'll always be grateful for that.

When I went full time I had 5 novels and over 150 short stories in print, mostly in genre presses. In 2007 I started selling stories to pro-rate markets, and that's when I decided that I wanted to see if I could hack it full time.

It was tough going those first couple of years, but when the kindle came along and my books started selling there the finances improved and since about 2010 I've been going strong.

I've got 18 novels in print and ebook, several story collections and numerous standalone shorts. I also now have over 300 short stories sold to magazines or anthologies, many to pro-rate markets. That, plus a number of print editions in luxury hardcovers at specialty presses means I've been able to keep my head above water.

I've got a lot of things in the pipeline for the rest of the year and 2014 so let's hope things keep rolling along...
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: davidjb on June 28, 2013, 04:04:48 pm
Hi Willie. Nice to meet you on here. Do you get the impression folk are shy?? They seem reluctant to chat or is that just me?
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 28, 2013, 05:18:36 pm
My publisher has made CRUSTACEANS free for a period. Get in now for some giant crab mayhem

.com: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D7Q3FTW
.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00D7Q3FTW
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 29, 2013, 06:16:02 pm
Hi David... it's always been quiet in here apart from me. It's turned mainly into a noticeboard for my news.

It would be nice to get some more interaction though...
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Dave Brzeski on June 30, 2013, 10:01:45 am
Well, you do post the same stuff on your mailing list & all over Facebook, so most of the interaction tends to gravitate to Facebook. I need to keep a closer eye on this though, as I managed to miss the previous freebie during one of those periods I was too busy to more than glance at Facebook.

I already had this one. Not sure if it was a review copy from you, or bought from Smashwords, but it wasn't in my Amazon cloud, so I grabbed it again, if only to help bump the rating for you.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: stewartguitar on June 30, 2013, 11:35:21 am
I think of all the threads in this board as adverts or news items that we click on if we see a name we know, but I'll talk to you if it makes you happy. 

Thanks for the freebie, William.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 30, 2013, 09:07:49 pm
It's just nice to know sometimes that people actually look at the drivel I post :-)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 10, 2013, 02:54:33 pm
A very thorough review of THE UNSPOKEN. Please share... you'd be doing a lot of people a favor.

http://matthewsdent.wordpress.com/2013/07/10/the-unspoken-ed-william-meikle-a-review/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 10, 2013, 07:35:42 pm
A new interview with me, at Horror Novel Reviews. See me ramble on about big beasties, Lovecraft, and my Scottish roots among other things.

http://horrornovelreviews.com/2013/07/10/interview-william-meikle-talks-big-beasties-lovecraft-and-his-scottish-roots/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 12, 2013, 05:20:38 pm
The Unspoken anthology is now in paperback. $2.50 from every purchase goes to cancer relief. Please share.

.COM: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1490480234/
.CO.UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1490480234/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 27, 2013, 08:49:10 pm
This has been my best month in 22 years for short story sales - 5 sales to pro rate markets. And still a couple of days left :-)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 28, 2013, 05:25:25 pm
My list of stuff I have finished, sold and waiting for publication is getting rather large.

BOOKS

 - The Hole / (HC/TPB/ebook) / Darkfuse Aug 2013
 - Sherlock Holmes: The Quality of Mercy and Other Stories / (HC/TPB) / Dark Renaiissance Oct 2013
 - Broken Sigil (novella) / (HC/ebook) / Darkfuse Jan 2014
 - The Ravine / (HC/TPB) / Dark Regions Press
 - The Plasm (novella) / (HC/TPB) / Dark Regions Press
 - Berserker and Other Cryptids / (TPB/ebook) / Fringeworks
 - Generations / (TPB/ebook) / Fringeworks
 - The Midnight Eye Files: The Sirens / (TPB) / Seven Realms Publishing Fall 2013
 - The Midnight Eye Files: The Skin Game / (TPB) / Seven Realms Publishing Fall 2013
 

AUDIOBOOKS

 - The Valley / Gryphonwood Press
 - The Invasion / Gryphonwood Press
 - Island Life / Gryphonwood Press
 - The Midnight Eye Files: The Skin Game / Seven Realms Publishing
 - The Concordances of the Red Serpent / Seven Realms Publishing


FOREIGN LANGUAGE BOOKS

 - The Midnight Eye: The Amulet / (TPB/ebook / Portuguese) / Retropunk Publicacoes (Brazil)
 - The Midnight Eye: The Sirens / (TPB/ebook / Portuguese) / Retropunk Publicacoes (Brazil)
 - The Midnight Eye: The Skin Game / (TPB/ebook / Portuguese) / Retropunk Publicacoes (Brazil)


PROFESSIONAL SHORT STORY SALES

 - Lacunae / Nature (Futures)
 - Variations on a Theme / Ask You, Ask Me (China)
 - The Secret Chord / Ask You, Ask Me (China)
 - Smarter / Ask You, Ask Me (China)
 - Variations on a Theme / Ask You, Ask Me (China)
 - Metastasis / Starburst Magazine
 - Staying Alive Among the Beasts / Seven Stones anthology / Rockfall Books
 - No Sleep For the Just / Swords and Mythos anthology / Innsmouth Free Press
 - One Hand and the Fiddler / Airships and Automatons anthology / White Cat Publications
 - Call and Response / Cthulhu 2012 anthology / Mythos Books

OTHER ANTHOLOGIES

 - Home From the Sea / Daylight Dims / Stealth Fiction
 - In the Bubble / Tesseracts 17 / EDGE
 - On the Threshold / Ominous Realities / Gray Matter Press
 - Green Grow the Rashes / UFManifesto / Angelic Knight
 - Descanse en Paz / Undead and Unbound / Chaosium
 - SymbiOS / Eldritch Chrome / Chaosium
 - The Pied Piper of Providence / Once Upon An Apocalypse / Chaosium
 - Carnacki: The Island of Dr. Monroe / Steampunk Cthulhu / Chaosium
 - The Terror that Came to Dounreay / Atomic Age Cthulhu / Chaosium
 - On the Threshold / Ominous Realities / Gray Matter Press
 - Challenger: The Penge Terror / Pulp Heroes 2 / Alchemy Press
 - The Last Magician / Neverlands Library
 - The Skin Belt / Best Werewolf Tales 3 / Books of the Dead Press

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

 - Between / Lovecraft ezine
 - A Knight in the Lonesome October / Lovecraft ezine
 - A Haunting (in French) / Tenebres - France
 - Growth (in German) / 80 SF Stories From Around the World - Germany
 - There's Always a Catch (in French) / Horrifique - Canada
 - In the Gyre / Nightfall magazine
 - Quercus Multiforma / Blue Shift magazine
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 28, 2013, 10:27:21 pm
Latest advance review of THE HOLE (Coming this week!)

"William Meikle should be a household name if this is the sort of rip roaring story he produces."
 
http://thehorrificallyhorrifyinghorrorblog.com/2013/07/28/the-hole-by-william-meikle/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 01, 2013, 08:37:29 pm
New today in Kindle ebook and paperback - THE HOLE

(http://www.williammeikle.com/thehole.jpg)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00E9BKYUM

The origins of this one are simple - I heard two news reports on the same day.

The first was about a sinkhole in small town USA.

The second was about a strange inexplicable hum plaguing a large area of country.

I wondered... what if they were both in the same place?

From there it was only a short distance to the town, a roadside bar and diner, and a couple of odd-job men down on their luck and about to literally fall into a hole filled with their worst fears.

There is no doubt in my mind that Mr. Meikle is one of the premier storytellers of our time. The Hole is one hell of a story, a fun ride and a blast to read. If you are looking for some good summer entertainment, don't turn on the idiot box, pick up a copy of "The Hole", find yourself a nice tree to sit under and get lost in the magic of a great story. The Hole will certainly be time well spent and I highly recommend it.- Famous Monsters of Filmland

William Meikle should be a household name if this is the sort of rip roaring story he produces. - The Horrifically Horrifying Horror Blog
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 08, 2013, 10:49:06 pm
A new short interview with me today, in which I get slightly metaphysical

http://the-thursday-interview.blogspot.ie/2013/08/today-id-like-welcome-william-meikle.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 13, 2013, 07:20:01 pm
Stonking new review of THE HOLE today from that nice Mr. Watson at Dark Musings.

http://anthony-watson.blogspot.ca/2013/08/the-hole.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 15, 2013, 10:56:47 pm
My latest novel, THE HOLE has been in the top 100 in Horror on Amazon since its launch. Which is nice.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 18, 2013, 06:22:51 pm
My new weird Holmes collection is now available to order in signed hardcover and deluxe hardcover editions from a new press, Dark Renaissance.

http://darkrenaissance.com/our-books/sherlock-holmes-the-quality-of-mercy
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 19, 2013, 04:18:56 pm
My latest novel, THE HOLE has been top of Darkfuse's best selling list since its release 3 weeks ago - which is nice

It's also been in the Amazon top 100 horror for that period too - which is also nice...

http://www.darkfuse.net/darkfuse-bestsellers-august-12-18-2013/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 30, 2013, 03:20:11 am
A new collection coming in January, recent short story sales and miscellaneous other news.
http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on December 09, 2013, 05:19:39 pm
I made a wee tab on my Facebook page for latest news. Currently it's advertising a pre-order deal for my next novella from Darkfuse, BROKEN SIGIL.
 
If any of you want to do me a favor, you could share this link around over there (or on any social media you use.)
 
https://www.facebook.com/williammeikle/app_190322544333196
 
 
Every little helps :-)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on December 09, 2013, 06:23:32 pm
2013 in review

It has been a hectic year on the writing front, with changes to publishers and writing to contract on several different fronts being the dominating points to mention. My 6 book deal with Darkfuse is well underway, with the first book, the novel THE HOLE being the highlight of the year in the sales stakes so far.

New or reissued Books included

 - The Ravine   (HC/TPB/eBook) Dark Regions Press
 - The Quality of Mercy and other Stories (HC/TPB) Dark Renaissance
 - The Hole (HC/TPB/eBook) Darkfuse
 - Island Life   (TPB / eBook) Gryphonwood Press
 - The Midnight Eye Files: The Amulet (TPB) Seven Realms Publishing
 - The Midnight Eye Files: The Sirens (TPB) Seven Realms Publishing
 - The Midnight Eye Files: The Skin Game (TPB)   Seven Realms Publishing
 - Clockwork Dolls (novella) (HC/eBook) Darkfuse

The year also saw the rerelease of many of my ebooks with new publishers after the demise of Generation Next Publishing, a move from which my sales are slowly recovering.

I also made serious forays into the audiobook market this year, with The Midnight Eye series, The Watchers trilogy, Island Life, The Valley and The Invasion all now available in this format.

On the short story front it has been my best year of my career, with 15 sales to professional paying markets to the likes of NATURE Futures, Penumbra, Night Land in Japan and Red Squirrel in China. Alongside that I've have nice sales to anthologies with EDGE, CHAOSIUM and PRIME. I'll struggle to match it in 2014 given other committments and deadlines on longer works, but I'll be basking in the glow of 2013 for a wee while longer yet.

2014 is shaping up to be another hectic year.

I've got a tentative schedule for forthcoming books:

 - BROKEN SIGIL (novella, DARKFUSE) - Jan 2014
 - SAMURAI and other Stories (Collection, Crystal Lake) - 25th Jan 2014
 - THE KEW GROWTHS and other stories (themed Challenger collection, Dark Renaissance) - March 2014
 - THE EXILED (novel, DARKFUSE) - July 2014


I'm also waiting for dates for ...

 - BERSERKER and other cryptids ( a beastie collection, FRINGEWORKS)
 - GENERATIONS (paperback release of my YA Giant ant book, FRINGEWORKS)
 - THE MIDNIGHT EYE series (Portugese language edition)

Apart from all of that, I still have 2 novellas and a novel to write for DARKFUSE by the end of 2015, I'm working on some hush hush projects for other publishers that will see more luxury hardcovers in the future, and there are several high profile anthology appearances in the pipeline I'm quite excited about. All in all, I'm a busy wee lad as I head into my 22nd year of writing.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 01, 2014, 09:29:36 pm
My new Scottish supernatural novel THE EXILED launches today in paperback and ebook. For those who like their fairy tales dark.

(http://www.williammeikle.com/theexiled.jpg)

DarkFuse: http://www.darkfuseshop.com/THE-EXILED-by-William-Meikle-Paperback.html
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1940544211/
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00JFAR6P8/

I would be very grateful to any of my readers who could share the Amazon links around on their social networks - I'd like there to be a good buzz early on for this one. Every little helps, so thank you in advance.

Quote
"You've just given your wee posh company car away to a known villain in exchange for an old banger and two bacon rolls, you're on the run accused of murder, and your only alibi is that you were away in Fairyland with a big black bird. It's hardly any wonder something smells of shite."

When several young girls are abducted from various locations in Edinburgh, Detective John Granger and his brother Alan, a reporter, investigate the cases from different directions. The abductor is cunning, always one step ahead, and the only clue he leaves behind at each scene are the brutalized corpses of black swans.

When the brothers' investigations finally converge at a farmhouse in Central Scotland, they catch a glimpse of where the girls have been taken, a place both far away yet close enough to touch. A land known throughout Scottish history with many names: Faerie, Elfheim, the Astral Plane - Brigadoon. It is a place of legend and horror, a myth. But the brothers soon discover it is real, and, to catch the abductor, they will have to cross over themselves.

To catch a killer, John and Alan Granger will have to battle the Cobbe, a strange and enigmatic creature that guards the realm, a creature of horrific power that demands a heavy price for entry into its world. The fate of both realms hangs in the balance... and time is running out...

Shall we talk about the Black Bird?

Reviews

This book will appeal to people in the overlapping section of a Venn diagram showing Grimm Tales readers, Stephen King fans and crime fiction lovers. - This is Horror

Meikle proves that he is definitely in the upper echelon of talented writers today. - Examiner.com

A must-read for any fan of horror or truly dark fantasy. Highest possible recommendation. - Horror After Dark

A supernatural police procedural - I love it! Highly original, it grabbed me from the get go. - cayocosta72 Book Reviews

William Meikle has gifted us with something unique, fresh and exhilarating. This was dark fiction at its best and I believe you will enjoy every moment of it. - My Book Habit

A great read if you enjoy your fairy tales and dark fantasy. - Books and Tales
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 03, 2014, 02:49:57 pm
Just spotted that my website link here has been wrong for about 5 years! Got the right one in now, but the fact that no one spotted it probably means nobody ever clicked it anyway :-)

Added it in my signature here too now, so there's no excuse...
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 03, 2014, 04:29:22 pm
My old newsletter got nuked by accident by my domain provider. If you signed up before, please do so again at the new version at the link. There's a free ebook of THE MIDNIGHT EYE FILES: THE AMULET available to all subscribers.

http://www.williammeikle.com/newsletter.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 03, 2014, 04:55:42 pm
My collection DARK MELODIES has now made it to ebook. It's already had great reviews in the other formats.

http://www.williammeikle.com/aboutdarkmelodies.html

(http://www.williammeikle.com/darkmelodies.jpg)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 05, 2014, 04:16:46 pm
Just signed the contract for my 50th pro short story sale.

Won't mean much to anybody else, but it pleases me greatly.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Des Lewis on July 06, 2014, 11:10:52 am
Just signed the contract for my 50th pro short story sale.
Won't mean much to anybody else, but it pleases me greatly.

Well done. Great to see the highly constructive development of your work since those very early  'Willie Meikle' days, when we shared appearing in so many small press mags. :)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 06, 2014, 09:29:41 pm
6926 likes on the Facebook page. I'll give away some ebooks when I hit 7000.

http://www.facebook.com/williammeikle
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 07, 2014, 04:42:47 pm
Here's a first. Top 2 in the DarkFuse charts this week for me, with THE EXILED and THE HOLE.

http://www.darkfuse.net/darkfuse-bestsellers-june-30-july-6-2014/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 07, 2014, 10:29:30 pm
Just signed the contract for my 50th pro short story sale.
Won't mean much to anybody else, but it pleases me greatly.

Well done. Great to see the highly constructive development of your work since those very early  'Willie Meikle' days, when we shared appearing in so many small press mags. :)

Thanks, Des. Hope all is well with you...
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 10, 2014, 04:16:22 pm
My New York disaster novel, NIGHT OF THE WENDIGO is on special offer! Only $1.99 US / £0.99 UK.

http://www.darkfuse.net/night-of-the-wendigo-kindle-countdown-deal/

Four hundred years ago a Scottish cargo ship fell prey to a Wendigo at an early settlement on the Hudson River. Now a team of archaeologists have uncovered the boat, and let loose the evil.

Soon Manhattan is hit by an ice storm like no other. Besides the wind and ice, there is something else moving in the storm. Blue, cold things, with razor sharp teeth
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 15, 2014, 03:37:07 pm
My CARNACKI collection is currently on special offer - only $1.99 Amazon Kindle

http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 23, 2014, 07:23:18 pm
My popular-beat-combo-go-mad-in-Aberdeen story THE COLOR FROM THE DEEP will appear in THE SUMMER OF LOVECRAFT from CHAOSIUM.

This is my sixth recent sale to a CHAOSIUM anthology, making them my new best pal.

Here's the TOC - lots of pals in there too.

THE SUMMER OF LOVECRAFT

Edited by Brian M. Sammons & Glynn Owen Barrass

 - Night Trippers – by Lois H. Gresh
 - Crystal Blue Persuasion – by Jeffrey Thomas
 - Being for the Benefit of Mr. Sullivan – by Lee Clark Zumpe
 - Dreamland – by David Dunwoody
 - Lost In the Poppy-Fields of Flesh – by Konstantine Paradias
 - Five To One – by Edward M. Erdelac
 - Keeping the Faith – by Sam Stone
 - Mud Men – by Sean Hoade
 - Misconception – by Jamie D. Jenkins
 - No Colors Anymore – by Joe L. Murr
 - Operation Alice – by Pete Rawlik
 - Shimmer and Sway – by Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
 - Short Wave – by Stephen Mark Rainey
 - Project AZAZEL – by Christopher Slatsky
 - The Song that Crystal Sang – by Tom Lynch
 - Through a Looking Glass Darkly – by Glynn Owen Barrass and Brian M. Sammons
 - The Color from the Deep – by William Meikle
 - The Long Fine Flash – by Edward Morris
 - The Summer of Love – by C.J. Henderson
 - Wonder and Glory Forever – by Scott R Jones
 - Just Another Afternoon in Arkham, Brought to You in Living Color – by Mark McLaughlin and Michael Sheehan, Jr.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 26, 2014, 01:44:56 pm
The bragging shelves - hardback novels, novellas and collections with new additions THE EXILED and PROFESSOR CHALLENGER: THE KEW GROWTHS

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Paperback novels, novellas and collections with new addition THE EXILED

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Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 28, 2014, 04:18:34 pm
Still holding the top 2 ( and 3 in the top 10 ) places in the DarkFuse novel charts this week. Which is nice...especially since it's THE HOLE's first anniversary in a couple of days.

http://www.darkfuse.net/darkfuse-bestsellers-july-21-27-2014/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 29, 2014, 10:54:30 am
New today - THE PLASM - A Lovecraftian horror in space. Fun with blobs...

http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html

(http://www.williammeikle.com/theplasm.jpg)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 30, 2014, 10:10:14 pm
Website updated with news, new releases and new story / novella sales info.

And remember, subscribers to my newsletter get a free novel in ebook...

http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 31, 2014, 03:57:24 pm
In the absence of any feedback here, I'll just talk to myself... here's a question I get asked often...

Q. Do you have any techniques for writing?

A: For me it's mainly inspiration. I wouldn't write at all if the ideas didn't present themselves in my head. I find I get a lot of ideas clamoring for attention all at once. I write them down in a notebook that never leaves my side, and sometimes one of them gathers a bit more depth, and I get a clearer image. At this stage I find myself thinking about it almost constantly, until a plot, or an ending, clarifies itself.

Once I've written down where the story should be going it quietens down a bit. Then, if I find myself still thinking about it a couple of days later, I'll probably start writing the actual story. At any given time I have about 20 ideas waiting for clarity, two or three of which might end up as finished works.

That's the inspiration part. And that continues when I start putting the words on paper. I've tried writing outlines, both for short stories and novels, but I've never stuck to one yet. My fingers get a direct line to my mojo and I continually find myself being surprised at the outcome. Thanks to South Park, I call them my "Oh shit, I've killed Kenny" moments, and when they happen, I know I'm doing the right thing.

There is also a certain amount of perspiration, especially in writing a novel. But I find if it feels too much like work, I'm heading in the wrong direction and it usually ends up in the recycle bin.

And, yes, there's a certain degree of desperation in that I want to get better, to make the big sale, to see my name in lights, all that happy stuff. But I try not to think about that too much. :)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Des Lewis on July 31, 2014, 04:21:22 pm
Willie, do you have a certain audience in mind when tailoring your work?
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 31, 2014, 10:10:12 pm
Willie, do you have a certain audience in mind when tailoring your work?

Nope. I just write what occurs to me. It means I've been a bit all over the place when it comes to genre, and has probably held me back a bit with publishers who like to pigeonhole people, but I rather like the scattergun approach. I think if I focused on just one type of story I'd get stagnant.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 01, 2014, 12:04:59 am
If you have any of my ebooks, you can get them digitally signed via Authorgraph here -->

https://www.authorgraph.com/authors/williemeikle
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 04, 2014, 08:19:52 pm
THE HOLE celebrates its 1st birthday by staying at the top of the DarkFuse charts. Which is nice.

http://www.darkfuse.net/darkfuse-bestsellers-july-28-august-3-2014/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 06, 2014, 10:26:46 pm
100 writers – including Neal Asher, Elizabeth Bear, Gregory Benford, Tobias Buckell, Brenda Cooper, Kathryn Cramer, David Langford, Tanith Lee, Ken Liu, Nick Mamatas, Norman Spinrad, Ian Stewart, Rachel Swirsky, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Ian Watson – and me!

An anthology of sci-fi short stories from the award-winning Futures column in the science journal Nature. Launching at Loncon

(http://www.williammeikle.com/naturefutures2.jpg)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 09, 2014, 01:19:32 am
TORMENTOR - a supernatural novella set on the Isle of Skye - coming in Jan 2015 from DarkFuse

http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/q82/p320x320/1459809_10152564417300236_6508140501970623463_n.jpg?oh=fcd133eabdfd1322f23c09393dde3f31&oe=5463058E&__gda__=1417705613_cc8e995bbbaa6470bb3804661e43d43b)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 14, 2014, 11:28:43 am
There's a new mini-interview with me today at PENUMBRA magazine.
http://penumbraezine.blogspot.ca/2014/08/william-meikle-is-in-spotlight.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 14, 2014, 02:48:31 pm
Seven copies of the limited edition hardcover production of The Exiled have been posted at DarkFuse’s shop, all that remains from the 100-copy print run. Get it now or miss out forever.

http://www.darkfuse.net/the-exiled-limited-hardcover-availability/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 18, 2014, 11:33:55 am
GUEST BLOGGING - Five Things I Learned Writing THE EXILED - see me waffle.

http://darkheroicfantasy.blogspot.ca/2014/08/willie-meikle-five-things-i-learned.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: David A. Riley on August 18, 2014, 11:40:36 am
GUEST BLOGGING - Five Things I Learned Writing THE EXILED - see me waffle.

http://darkheroicfantasy.blogspot.ca/2014/08/willie-meikle-five-things-i-learned.html

Brilliant stuff! No one waffles better!  ;)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 19, 2014, 05:52:38 pm
>Brilliant stuff! No one waffles better!  ;)

Years of practice :-)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 19, 2014, 05:53:45 pm
NEWS UPDATE - the launch of World War Cthulhu, and a new mobile friendly version of the website

http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 23, 2014, 04:38:33 pm
SUBSCRIPTION DRIVE: Subscribe to my newsletter and get a free ebook of my  novel THE MIDNIGHT EYE FILES: THE AMULET http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 24, 2014, 04:41:23 pm
Latest News - A progress report on what's coming up from me.
http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 27, 2014, 11:19:34 pm
I'm currently negotiating a deal with a games company that will see me write a bunch of sword and sorcery stories in their universe of supernatural beasties and big battles. That'll be fun.

For those that don't know, I've done a bit of this kind of stuff before.

I've tried my hand at several works of fantasy over the years, and they almost always come out the same way -- pulpy, with swords, sorcery, monsters and bloody battles to the fore. It's the way I roll.

I may start with good intentions, of writing high fantasy with political intrigue and courtly goings on but, as in the Watchers series, my inner barbarian muscles to the fore, says Bugger this for a lark, and starts hacking.

The blame for my enthusiasm can be laid squarely at several doors.

There's Conan, of course, and Elric, Corum, Hawkmoon and the whole pantheon of Eternal Champions; there's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, Solomon Kane, Jon Shannow, the princes of Amber and the shades of a thousand more by the likes of Poul Anderson, A E Merritt, Edgar Rice Burroughs, H Rider Haggard and many others.

Here's what's out there and coming up...

Longer Works

- Watchers: Omnibus (trilogy / ebook)
- Watchers: The Coming of the King (audiobook / Crossroad Press)
- Watchers: The Battle for the Throne (audiobook / Crossroad Press)
- Watchers: Culloden! (audiobook / Crossroad Press)
- Berserker and other Cryptids (novel / paperback / e-book - COMING SOON)

Short Stories

- Double or Nothing (Buzzy Mag 2013)
- Flower of Scotland (print / Space and Time magazine Summer 1998)
- Hairs and Graces (print serial / Bards and Sages magazine 2009/10)
- The Dragon's Bargain (print / Bards and Sages magazine 2009)
- The First Silkie ( Celtic Myth Podshow )

Anthology Appearances

- Hairs and Graces (Best New Werewolf Tales 1 / BOTD Press)
- Augustus Seton: No Sleep For the Just (Swords and Mythos / Innsmouth Free Press)
- Augustus Seton: The Silent Dead ( ALT-Zombie / Hersham Books)
- Augustus Seton: The Warlock ( Sword and Zombie / AA Books)
- The Cauldron of Camulos (Ancient Wonders / Alchemy Press)
- The Brotherhood of the Thorns (Samurai and Other Stories collection)
- The Toughest Mile (Samurai and Other Stories collection)
- Samurai (Samurai and Other Stories collection)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 28, 2014, 05:21:34 pm
Some stuff about Darkfuse and me - they're a lovely publisher.
http://www.williammeikle.com/mobile/online.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 05, 2014, 09:57:41 pm
The website has had one of its periodic paint jobs and is all new and shiny again.
http://www.williammeikle.com/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 06, 2014, 01:46:24 pm
(http://www.williammeikle.com/generations.jpg)

My big bug romp GENERATIONS is now available in shiny paperback and ebook editions.
http://www.williammeikle.com/aboutgenerations.html

There's a big blob in here - several of them in fact, and more giant ants than you can shake a stick at. There's also a definitely mad scientist, some plucky kids, a newt with big plans, and a pony.

But mostly its about the bugs. Big bugs. On the rampage. What's not to like?
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 07, 2014, 11:41:35 pm
Spent most of the weekend on the website and finally have it done to my satisfaction. The updated banner here in my sig is part of it - attempting to 'unify my brand image' or some such bollocks :-)

If anybody wants to lend me a hand, click on the 'like' buttons on each page, or share them on FB and Twitter. Every little helps when it comes to social media :-)

http://www.williammeikle.com
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 13, 2014, 02:51:27 pm
If any of you were members of my newsletter list, can I ask you to consider signing up again please? I had to clear the old list down and it hasn't recovered to its previously healthy state. Any shares of this would be appreciated too...

http://www.williammeikle.com/newsletter.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 14, 2014, 08:17:07 pm
Subscribe to my newsletter by Halloween and get entered in a draw to have your name as a character in my next novel. http://www.williammeikle.com/newsletter.html

Bonus entries available if you persuade other people to sign up too :-)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 19, 2014, 06:07:14 pm
My collection SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE QUALITY OF MERCY AND OTHER STORIES is now available in signed, numbered illustrated paperbacks

http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 25, 2014, 09:56:52 pm
NEW - Details of my growing amount of Sherlock Holmes fiction and where to find it.

http://www.williammeikle.com/Sherlockandme.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 27, 2014, 08:56:13 pm
Time to push this again - I did it for my dad. He's still here, thanks to the research we've been helping to fund. THE UNSPOKEN - an anthology for Cancer Relief. Features Tim Lebbon, John Shirley, Anna Taborska, Guy N Smith, Gary McMahon, Steve Savile and more.

http://www.williammeikle.com/theunspoken.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 29, 2014, 01:24:58 pm
Nightmares and inspiration - shall we talk about the black bird?
http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 17, 2014, 08:42:26 pm
Latest news - recent sales and the release of a new Carnacki story
http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 25, 2014, 08:53:22 pm
For the tech savvy among you - you can now get my website news in an RSS feed so you can read it in your reader of choice or even add it to a widget on your blog and stuff like that...

http://www.williammeikle.com/latestnews.xml

This is part of my drive for automation - it automatically sends my updates to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin, my Goodreads, About.Me and Amazon profiles and anywhere that people read it on the RSS feed.

It works so I don't have to.  Resistance is futile.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on November 05, 2014, 01:08:39 pm
Five stories from my collection THE QUALITY OF MERCY AND OTHER STORIES received Honorable Mentions from Ellen Datlow in her Year's Best anthology list. Which is nice.

Got six mentions in all, the other being for TRUTH DECAY which appeared in the Australian antho A KILLER AMONG DEMONS
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on November 21, 2014, 03:05:15 pm
Dark Regions have discounted my Wyndham / Lovecraft homage THE CREEPING KELP to just 99c / 71p on Kindle for a few days only. As for what's inside the covers.... It's kelp. It creeps. http://ow.ly/2QY590
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on December 01, 2014, 05:29:00 pm
2014 round up and looking ahead
http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on December 19, 2014, 04:28:24 pm
Details of my CARNACKI stories and news of the sale of a new collection to Dark Renaissance for publication in hardcover and paperback in 2015.
http://www.williammeikle.com/carnackiandme.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on December 20, 2014, 07:35:09 pm
You can now preorder the kindle version of my next supernatural novella TORMENTOR in advance of its Feb 2015 publication.

http://www.williammeikle.com/abouttormentor.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on December 22, 2014, 12:22:54 pm
THE LONDON TERRORS - My latest SHERLOCK HOLMES work launches today in deluxe and signed limited edition hardcover. 3 all new novellas, fully illustrated by Wayne Miller. Selling fast so get in quick if you want one. http://ow.ly/2SqxQK

(http://www.williammeikle.com/thelondonterrors.jpg)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on December 30, 2014, 09:20:03 pm
An update on whats coming up from me in 2015 - a new novel, a handful of novellas, a new CARNACKI collection and more. http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on December 31, 2014, 09:56:15 pm
Tally of new work sold this year - 1 novel, 6 novellas, 1 collection, 21 short stories, (12 at pro rate.) - I'll take that.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on January 01, 2015, 05:38:29 pm
Another year of Year's Best anthos to aim for. A twenty year dream... one day my prints will come.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on January 06, 2015, 09:33:59 pm
You can still preorder my novella TORMENTOR on kindle in advance of its Feb 17th publication. http://ow.ly/2Sn7gL
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on January 13, 2015, 07:23:08 pm
DarkFuse are being very good for me. Here's some bumf about what's available and what's coming up.
http://www.williammeikle.com/darkfuseandme.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on January 14, 2015, 03:55:26 pm
Here's a preview for you of the cover for THE DUNFIELD TERROR - coming in April from DarkFuse. A Lovecraftian / Quatermass homage - a Newfoundland snowstorm, a terror from the past, and strange things in the fog make for a long night for the plow team.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B7UjDIhCUAADpzO.jpg)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on January 18, 2015, 07:56:28 pm
Lovely new review of PROFESSOR CHALLENGER: THE KEW GROWTHS over at the main site. http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/reviews/professor-challenger-the-kew-growths-and-other-stories-by-william-meikle-book-review/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on January 25, 2015, 04:21:08 pm
NEWS » Myths and Monsters Paperback out now from KnightWatch Press.
http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html

(http://www.williammeikle.com/mythsandmonsters.jpg)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 02, 2015, 11:08:17 pm
Sighting of THE LONDON TERRORS in the wild. It looks gorgeous. And if you're in the UK looking for a copy, Jeff n' Joys bookstore has them... http://www.jeffnjoys.co.uk/bookdetails.cfm?bookid=10823 -they also have a lot of the US editions of my other limited edition hardcovers - Search for MEIKLE on their site.

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Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 03, 2015, 09:42:10 pm
And Jeff n' Joys have a whole load of signed hardbacks and paperbacks of mine available in the UK - a great way for you to get then and avoid transatlantic shipping.

Details posted at my site here -->  http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 04, 2015, 06:03:10 pm
When I started out all I really wanted to see was a hardcover with my stories in it.

Today I slotted THE LONDON TERRORS into its place on my current hardcover shelfie... and I've got eight more books in hardcover lined up over the next few years too. Gonna need a bigger shelf...

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Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 10, 2015, 11:23:09 pm
Guest blog today: My top ten fantasy novels
http://horrordelve.com/2015/02/10/willie-meikle-what-are-some-of-your-favorite-pieces-of-fantasy-fiction/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 15, 2015, 04:29:26 pm
My new novella, TORMENTOR launches from DarkFuse on Tues, 17th Feb, and I'd like to give it a push on the day with your help if you're willing to lend a hand posting across your social media.

Here's the blurb for Facebook and other places that allow an expanded post...

________________________________________________________________________________

TORMENTOR is a new Scottish supernatural novella in hardcover and
ebook from William Meikle and DarkFuse

No limbs, no limbs, no head, no head, left arm gone, left leg gone, no
legs, no head.

A door is open, and something is coming through. It's just a matter of
when — and what.

AMAZON.COM: http://www.amazon.com/Tormentor-William-Meikle-ebook/dp/B00QW8UBKS
AMAZON.CO.UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tormentor-William-Meikle-ebook/dp/B00QW8UBKS
______________________________________________________________________________

or this for Twitter:

New today, a Scottish supernatural novella from @williemeikle and @darkfuse http://www.williammeikle.com/abouttormentor.html


And the cover image is here is anybody needs it...

(http://www.williammeikle.com/tormentor.jpg)

Thanks in advance.

Willie
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 18, 2015, 04:03:53 pm
THE DUNFIELD TERROR, my new Lovecraftian novel, is coming April 1st 2015 in limited edition hardcover, paperback and ebook from DarkFuse... and is now available to preorder for Kindle, saving you $2 off the price after launch

This one is set in Newfoundland and has some glowing fog, a mad scientist, lots of snow, a shipwreck, some tentacled things, a dead whale, rum, cigarettes, some boats of various sizes, a bar or two, some stiff upper lips, a shed and a multitude of universes, among other things.

Some of my major influences are on show - Lovecraft of course is obvious from the title, the cover and the subject matter, but there's also John Wyndham in there, and more than a touch of old Professor Quatermass, along with possibly bits of Doctor Who's more trippy adventures in the timey-wimey stuff.

I had an awful lot of fun with this one. I hope my readers do too.

http://www.williammeikle.com/aboutthedunfieldterror.html

(http://www.williammeikle.com/dunfieldterror.jpeg)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 21, 2015, 03:36:10 pm
Lovely review for TORMENTOR at Anthony Watson's DARK MUSINGS blog. http://anthony-watson.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/tormentor.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on February 23, 2015, 11:26:07 pm
First advance review is in for THE DUNFIELD TERROR, and it's a good one...

"This novel would have made a classic spine chiller of a movie for Hammer Films." I'll take that. Ta, Jon... :-)

http://jonrecluse.booklikes.com/post/1115929/the-dunfield-terror-by-william-meikle
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 01, 2015, 03:41:14 pm
I am interviewed. It is short, it is snappy, it is pink.

https://catafterdark.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/an-interview-with-willie-meikle/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 08, 2015, 03:26:10 pm
News Update: New DarkFuse titles & a cover reveal of a new Cthulhu Mythos anthology from Chaosium.

http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 11, 2015, 02:51:13 pm
Stonking TORMENTOR review at the Ginger Nuts of Horror today. Nice to see a fellow Scot like it so much.

http://gingernutsofhorror.com/4/post/2015/03/tormentor-by-william-meikle.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 13, 2015, 08:41:44 pm
Lovely new review of THE DUNFIELD TERROR at examiner.com

http://www.examiner.com/review/william-meikle-serves-up-horror-with-a-side-of-lovecraft-the-dunfield-terror

"This is a novel that may have been inspired by Lovecraft but there is no doubt that it is Meikle’s voice and singular talent that penned the tale. “The Dunfield Terror” is scary, slimy fun with just enough gross out factor to make the reader queasy but not so much as to become gratuitous. This is just a very good horror novel."
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 17, 2015, 11:57:52 am

New long interview with me today. See me waffle.

http://www.writingforums.com/threads/155607-Author-Interview-William-Meikle
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 23, 2015, 11:19:36 am
Guest blogging today. My reread and look back at King's THE DEAD ZONE is this week's entry in the KING FOR A YEAR blog project.

http://kingreviews2015.blogspot.ca/2015/03/the-dead-zone-reviewed-by-william-meikle.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 28, 2015, 08:32:08 pm
News update - coming soon from William Meikle

http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html 
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 05, 2015, 11:38:34 pm
THE DUNFIELD TERROR launches on the 7th. Any of my readers want to help me out with a wee push on social media?

Details at the link »  http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 07, 2015, 11:41:51 am
My new novel THE DUNFIELD TERROR launches from DarkFuse today.

THE DUNFIELD TERROR, a new tale of supernatural terror from William Meikle in limited edition hardcover, paperback and ebook.

It starts with a strange glowing fog that arrives at the height of a snowstorm.

The old stories tell of a post-war experiment gone wrong. Now a
terrible mistake from the past has returned and brought with it death and destruction that threatens to overrun the town on the worst night of the year.

AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TNKKUJO/
AMAZON UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00TNKKUJO/

For the Lovecraft fan and the Chuthlu Mythos enthusiasts, this is a must read but it is also essential for those who want to read the best in contemporary horror. - The Novel Pursuit

(http://www.williammeikle.com/dunfieldterror.jpeg)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 09, 2015, 12:20:19 pm
Want to win a signed hardcover of my BROKEN SIGIL novella?

Details at the link »  http://www.williammeikle.com/aboutbrokensigil.html

(http://www.williammeikle.com/sigilad.jpg)
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 11, 2015, 03:43:56 pm
Reviewed at Scream magazine. Nice. Would have been nicer still if they'd given it to someone who'd read some Lovecraftian fiction, but I can't have everything...

http://www.screamhorrormag.com/the-dunfield-terror-book-review/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Rolnikov on April 12, 2015, 09:52:24 am
I don't like to criticise fellow reviewers, but the way he uses timelines when he means time periods is a bit confusing.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: Djibril on April 12, 2015, 04:03:29 pm
Well, and it's hard to imagine a dedicated horror reviewer, even one who isn't a HPL afficionado themself, not being willing to make any comment on whether a work is "Lovecraftian" or not… :P
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 14, 2015, 11:12:45 pm
(http://www.williammeikle.com/mythsandmonsters.jpg)

New today in ebook and paperback. MYTHS AND MONSTERS is a reprint collection of 13 of my short stories from KnightWatch Press to showcase the artwork of the wonderful Mark Hogg

http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 22, 2015, 09:32:31 pm
More tweaking - the website is now completely mobile device friendly with everything scaling up or down automatically depending on the viewer's screen size. And it has some nice big jolly share options at the bottom every page just waiting for love. If anyone fancies helping me out, have a look around the site and share anything you feel like spreading around...

http://www.williammeikle.com
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 26, 2015, 12:40:45 pm
Lovely new review of THE DUNFIELD TERROR. It's nice when somebody just gets it...

http://wistfulskimmiesbookreviews.blogspot.ca/2015/04/the-dunfield-terror-by-william-meikle.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 28, 2015, 01:38:00 pm
Just sold a story THE KEYS TO THE DOOR to THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF JACK THE RIPPER, a big pro anthology edited by Maxim Jakubowski and coming from Little Brown in November.

As excited as a very excited thing that's very excited - always wanted to do a supernatural Ripper tale, and this was my big chance.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 29, 2015, 11:56:13 am
When people ask me why I don't just self publish, I point them to cool stuff like this... a new Japanese appearance for my story OUT WITH THE OLD - alongside translated work by Kim Newman, Steve Rasnic Tem, Ed Erdelac and others.

(https://scontent-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtp1/v/t1.0-9/11167676_840533842688513_6135435839716368649_n.jpg?oh=34781bb7f1989fd56839595fef0fc6e1&oe=55E0527B)
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Post by: williemeikle on May 01, 2015, 05:18:17 pm
My SAMURAI AND OTHER STORIES collection is only 78p on Kindle ATM. Quick. Nab it.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samurai-Other-Stories-William-Meikle-ebook/dp/B00HZRCI0G
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Post by: williemeikle on May 09, 2015, 07:26:58 pm
This just happened -- nestled alongside Robert E Howard at Amazon.com. Nice!

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Post by: Djibril on May 10, 2015, 12:46:22 pm
Good for Robert! He's come a long way to deserve such an honor…
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Post by: williemeikle on May 10, 2015, 04:01:47 pm
Dark Regions Press have discount deals on a variety of my paperbacks including CARNACKI: HEAVEN AND HELL and CHALLENGER: THE ISLAND OF TERROR if you're looking for a bargain.

http://www.darkregions.com/william-meikle/
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Post by: williemeikle on May 12, 2015, 12:27:33 pm
The first 5 of a Scottish sword and sorcery series of stories are now on Amazon at 99c / 85p each - more coming when I write them

http://www.williammeikle.com/aboutseton.html

NOTE : The first 4 stories were in an ebook THE CHRONICLES OF AUGUSTUS SETON that was out a few years back. Rights have reverted to me and I'm having a wee go at self publishing on the Kindle with them.
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Post by: williemeikle on May 13, 2015, 12:25:15 am
By the end of tonight there'll be 7 Augustus Seton stories on Amazon. We'll see how they do...
http://www.williammeikle.com/aboutseton.html
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Post by: williemeikle on May 25, 2015, 03:38:37 pm
By request - a free story for non kindle users - here's THE BURDENS at Smashwords. a dark fantasy about the afterlife - well, one of them anyway...

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/545474
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Post by: williemeikle on May 29, 2015, 10:49:34 pm
I am using Smashwords to distribute free fiction to non Kindle users. 3 stories and two small collections over there so far...

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/williemeikle
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Post by: williemeikle on June 02, 2015, 11:01:43 pm
News update, new story sales and releases and a wee polish of headers and icons on the website http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html
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Post by: williemeikle on June 04, 2015, 02:57:54 pm
New look news page now up, more mobile / small device friendly

http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html
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Post by: williemeikle on June 04, 2015, 09:50:14 pm
If you host my top latest news story on your blog or website, I'll send you a free ebook.

You can get the script code here
http://www.williammeikle.com/williammeiklenewswidget.txt

It will look like the image in the post here and will expand or contract to fit whatever width you need it to be. Once you've done it, contact me at willecom AT williammeikle.com with details of where it can be seen, and I'll mail you back a free ebook as thanks.

Sound fair?

(http://www.williammeikle.com/latestnewswidget.jpg)
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Post by: williemeikle on June 06, 2015, 12:53:55 pm
Very nice review of THE DUNFIELD TERROR on this site.

http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/reviews/the-dunfield-terror-by-william-meikle-book-review/
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Post by: williemeikle on June 12, 2015, 01:05:44 pm
Latest News - new reviews, books on discount, free ebooks and more...
http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html
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Post by: williemeikle on June 12, 2015, 10:31:52 pm
Prize draw - win an ebook of my Scottish historical vampire trilogy WATCHERS at the link

http://www.williammeikle.com/whyvampires.html
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Post by: williemeikle on June 13, 2015, 07:15:42 pm
Dark Renaissance now have SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE LONDON TERRORS signed paperbacks in stock. 3 new novellas from me in which Holmes encounters the Mi-Go, helps fight the curse brought about by opening an ancient tomb, and fights the living dead in the bowels of the London Underground system among other things... all fully illustrated by the great Wayne Miller.

http://darkrenaissance.com/product/sherlock-holmes-the-london-terrors

(http://www.williammeikle.com/thelondonterrors.jpg)
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Post by: williemeikle on June 15, 2015, 08:13:20 pm
News update - New books, new story appearances, prize draw and more... http://www.williammeikle.com/latest.html
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Post by: williemeikle on June 21, 2015, 08:04:37 pm
Guest blogging today at Nev Murray's gaffe - waffling about books, reading and writing in the past, the present and the future.

http://confessionsofareviewer.blogspot.ca/2015/06/guest-post-confessions-of-my-past.html
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Post by: williemeikle on June 24, 2015, 07:31:54 pm
The Beyond the Mountains of Madness anthology is now on Kindle. Contains my story INTO THE BLACK, influenced both by Lovecraft's original and THE THING alongside stories by Stephen Mark Rainey, Cody Goodfellow, Will Murray and many more.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0106GKDZO/
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Post by: williemeikle on July 01, 2015, 12:09:10 pm
After last month's successful prize draw giveaway, I'm doing it again. Here's another chance to win an ebook of my WATCHERS Scottish vampire trilogy --> http://www.williammeikle.com/whyvampires.html
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Post by: williemeikle on July 03, 2015, 12:27:43 am
COMING SOON in hardcover and paperback: THE WATCHER AT THE GATE, my second Carnacki collection

http://darkrenaissance.com/product/carnacki-the-watcher-at-the-gate-and-other-stories

(http://www.williammeikle.com/carnackitwatg.jpg)
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Post by: williemeikle on July 10, 2015, 01:02:47 am
It's time for the 6 monthly roundup of what's in store between now and the end of the year.

First up in August will be my new CARNACKI collection - 12 new stories of William Hope Hodgson's Ghosthunter in hardcover, paperback and ebook.

September will see a new novella PENTACLE from DarkFuse in pocket format hardcover and ebook - this too has a CARNACKI connection, as it concerns the finding of an electric pentacle in the basement of a most peculiar townhouse in the old town in Edinburgh in the present day.

There's also several anthologies I'm really looking forward to, the pick of which is probably THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF JACK THE RIPPER from Little Brown, which will see yet another of my CARNACKI stories in print around the world. Twenty years after the Whitechapel murders, Inspector Aberline seeks Carnacki's help - something has come back, and this time it must be caught.

Those are the highlights. I've got stories in the pipe for 2016 at the likes of Dark Regions Press and Chaosium, a Holmes novel and a haunted house novella at Dark Renaissance and a bunch of other anthology appearances where I'll be rubbing shoulders with big names - one with Graham Masterton has me particularly excited. More news on them as and when it comes in.

I'm also waiting on news on a number of submissions, including a new horror novel, a Lovecraftian novella, and more anthologies - including more Carnacki-stories. Keep things crossed for me.

Until next time...
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Post by: williemeikle on July 14, 2015, 12:28:14 pm
Got the rights back for ELDREN so it's been reissued - new cover and new price. Scottish vamps for anyone?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B011J6AU1C
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Post by: williemeikle on July 17, 2015, 03:28:10 pm
The Collected Augustus Seton stories are now up in paperback on Amazon. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Augustus-Collected-Chronicles-William-Meikle/dp/1515105113
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Post by: williemeikle on August 06, 2015, 06:14:11 pm
My second CARNACKI collection, THE WATCHER AT THE GATE, is now available to order.

Twelve new tales of  William Hope Hodgson's CARNACKI, available in deluxe lettered or signed numbered hardcovers. Details at  the link below. Get in early as these are going to go fast. This hardcover edition is designed as a companion piece to my 1st collection, CARNACKI: HEAVEN AND HELL, complete with fine illustrations by Wayne Miller.

http://www.williammeikle.com/currentnewsletter.html
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Post by: williemeikle on August 12, 2015, 04:48:45 pm
2 years after launch and back to #1 for THE HOLE at DarkFuse this week. Which is nice. Thanks to everyone buying it.

http://www.darkfuse.net/darkfuse-bestsellers-july-20-august-9-2015/
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Post by: williemeikle on August 15, 2015, 05:03:12 pm
Julia Morgan reads my story THE TENANTS OF LADYWELL MANOR, where Austen meets Lovecraft. This story first appeared in CTHULHU UNBOUND 2 from Permuted Press, and also appears in my DARK MELODIES collection from Dark Regions Press.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIqItXLD9Vo
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Post by: williemeikle on August 18, 2015, 12:06:26 pm
I've been interviewed again - ignore the big scary photie and read my thoughts on locale, pulp writing and me.

http://nancyahansen.blogspot.ca/2015/08/writer-2-writer-interview-with-william.html
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Post by: williemeikle on August 18, 2015, 07:34:56 pm
Latest News - what's coming up in the next few years from me

http://www.williammeikle.com/currentnewsletter.html
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Post by: williemeikle on August 20, 2015, 01:14:35 am
My new CARNACKI collection is now in stock over at Dark Renaissance Books - in deluxe or limited edition hardcovers, all signed and illustrated. Get one while you can - it's a gorgeous thing.

http://darkrenaissance.com/product/carnacki-the-watcher-at-the-gate-and-other-stories
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Post by: williemeikle on August 25, 2015, 05:36:56 pm
My SAMURAI AND OTHER STORIES only went and won Best Collection in the eFestival of Words Awards. Gobsmacked.

http://www.efestivalofwords.com/2015-efestival-of-words-winners-t630.html
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Post by: williemeikle on August 26, 2015, 11:32:14 pm
Back in early 1982 when I was crashing and burning my way through a failed attempt at getting a PhD, I never thought I'd be appearing in NATURE - and certainly not with a story I had written. But I have. And here it is, my fifth for this journal.

Read my story, UNDER AN UNCARING SKY at the link, or buy this week's NATURE and turn to the back page.

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v524/n7566/full/524510a.html
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Post by: Djibril on August 27, 2015, 01:52:00 pm
Lovely combination of Lovecraftian nihilist terror and hard eco-SF. Very impressive. Congratulations.
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Post by: williemeikle on August 28, 2015, 12:07:16 pm
Lovely combination of Lovecraftian nihilist terror and hard eco-SF. Very impressive. Congratulations.

Ta!
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Post by: williemeikle on September 08, 2015, 01:57:32 pm
A lovely review of THE DUNFIELD TERROR at Ginger Nuts of Horror today from Paul M. Feeney

"It's a cracking tale; the sort of thing you might love if you wished for a story collaboration by H. G. Wells and H. P. Lovecraft, but with Willie Meikle's very own distinct style....Another cracking, pulpy tale from William Meikle."

http://gingernutsofhorror.com/4/post/2015/09/horror-fiction-review-the-dunfield-terror-by-william-meikle.html
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Post by: williemeikle on September 21, 2015, 07:18:59 pm
There's a new novella from me from DarkFuse today. It's available now at all Kindle stores and will be coming soon in a pocket sized signed limited edition hardcover. I hope you'll pick it up and have as much fun reading it as I had writing it.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015NCL4NQ

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B015NCL4NQ

See more at: http://www.williammeikle.com/currentnewsletter.html
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Post by: williemeikle on September 27, 2015, 08:51:47 pm
I accidentally trashed my Facebook page but it's back. Lost my followers though, so I'm mostly over there. Mostly. --> https://www.facebook.com/williammeikle
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Post by: williemeikle on October 02, 2015, 04:04:26 pm
Contract signed, so it's official. I've sold a new novel, FUNGOID, to DarkFuse, my fifth novel sale to them, and the first of a new 3 book contract.

Look out for it in 2016. Day of the Triffids style horror, with a fungal terror eating its way over the planet, apocalyptic mayhem and plucky survivors doing what needs to be done...
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Post by: williemeikle on October 13, 2015, 03:59:30 pm
Signed pocket sized limited edition hardcovers of my PENTACLE novella are now available to order... http://www.darkfuseshop.com/PENTACLE-by-William-Meikle-Kindle-Limited-HC.html
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Post by: williemeikle on October 15, 2015, 11:27:59 am
New review of PENTACLE today at the always lovely GNOH.

Quote
Pentacle  is a perfect example of how a horror story can be fear inducing without having to resort to cheap literary equivalents of jump scares.

http://www.gingernutsofhorror.com/4/post/2015/10/horror-fiction-review-pentacle-by-william-meikle.html
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Post by: williemeikle on October 16, 2015, 03:18:35 pm
A new short interview about my CARNACKI stories at Greydogtales today

http://greydogtales.com/blog/?p=369
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Post by: williemeikle on October 29, 2015, 12:01:41 pm
Just in time for Halloween, my Scottish haunted house novella THE HOUSE ON THE MOOR is available to preorder in signed hardcover and deluxe editions. Complete with color and B&W illos from the great M Wayne Miller. It's a beauty.

http://darkrenaissance.com/product/the-house-on-the-moor

(http://darkrenaissance.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/cover1.jpg)
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Post by: williemeikle on November 02, 2015, 03:29:02 pm
Guest blogging - some reflections on the horror scene and my place in the great scheme of things.

http://www.shorelineofinfinity.com/a-niche-in-time/
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Post by: williemeikle on November 08, 2015, 08:19:47 pm
Two new novels sold to DarkFuse

https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/08/2-new-novels-sold-to-darkfuse/

The contracts are signed – I have 2 more novels lined up at DarkFuse, FUNGOID and SONGS OF DREAMING GODS.

FUNGOID is a Hodgsonian, fungal menace takes over the world novel, and SONGS OF DREAMING GODS is another in my weird houses series getting deep into the mythos of how they function. Both novels are set in my current home, Newfoundland, which has started taking as much a hold on my writing as Scotland has over the years.

More particulars as and when I know more.
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Post by: williemeikle on November 11, 2015, 11:15:15 pm
New blog and new post --> Is it the end of the world yet?

http://wp.me/p6VDxx-C
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Post by: williemeikle on November 12, 2015, 03:32:51 pm
Have you read the UNSPOKEN?

https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/12/have-you-read-the-unspoken/

Johnny Mains and Peter Mark May at Karöshi Books have published THE UNSPOKEN as an ebook and paperback with all profits going to The Beatson Cancer Research Institute. We’ve sent them hundreds of dollars so far, and I hope to send them hundreds more.

The lineup is stunning.

Ramsey Campbell – Introduction
Tim Lebbon – Just Breathe
Simon Kurt Unsworth – Photographs of Boden
Steven Savile & Steve Lockley – The Last Gift
John Shirley – Where the Market’s Hottest
Anna Taborska – Underbelly
Stephen James Price – Pages of Promises
Scott Nicholson – Heal Thyself
Stephen Laws – Harbinger
William Meikle – The Unfinished Basement
Nancy Kilpatrick – Alien Love
David Riley – A Girl, a Toad and a Cask
Barbie Wilde – Polyp
Johnny Mains – The Cure
Guy N Smith – The Big One
Pete Crowther – Cankerman
Steve Duffy – X for Henrietta
Gary McMahon – Bitter Soup
Edited by William Meikle
Cover art by Simon Marshall Jones

Get it now, or miss out on some great stories.
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Post by: williemeikle on November 13, 2015, 01:38:12 pm
Friday Freebie – The Persistence of Memory

A free ghost story for Friday 13th

https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/13/friday-freebie-the-persistence-of-memory/
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Post by: williemeikle on November 19, 2015, 11:44:54 pm
Signed hardcovers now available of my Scottish haunted house novella

https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/the-house-on-the-moor-signed-hardcovers-in-stock/
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Post by: williemeikle on November 20, 2015, 03:33:41 pm
Friday Freebie – Seven Short Stories
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/20/friday-freebie-seven-short-stories/
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Post by: williemeikle on November 22, 2015, 05:15:47 pm
Want to see what’s coming in 2016? - a sneak peek at 2 new novels
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/22/want-to-see-whats-coming-in-2016/
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Post by: williemeikle on November 24, 2015, 01:34:04 am
Q&A: My main influences. If anyone has a question, drop me a line in the comments on the blog and I'll answer it in a new entry when I see it.

https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/23/qa-my-main-influences/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on November 25, 2015, 04:32:47 pm
Why I wrote THE EXILED - actually, why I write, for the most part.
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/25/why-i-wrote-the-exiled/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on December 01, 2015, 07:46:42 pm
Some thoughts on being called prolific
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/thoughts-on-being-called-prolific/
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Post by: williemeikle on December 05, 2015, 12:34:22 am
As 2015 draws on, I've been reflecting on my writing career so far...
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/my-writing-to-infinity-and-beyond/
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Post by: williemeikle on December 09, 2015, 09:56:17 pm
My writing year in numbers
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/my-writing-year-in-numbers/
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Post by: williemeikle on December 12, 2015, 07:32:30 pm
New Blog Post -- Meaning of life stuff...
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/12/meaning-of-life-stuff/
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Post by: williemeikle on December 16, 2015, 06:22:18 pm
New blog post... Inspiration, Perspiration or Desperation?
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/16/inspiration-perspiration-or-desperation/
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Post by: williemeikle on December 17, 2015, 02:29:12 pm
New blog post - To Pulp or not to Pulp?
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/17/to-pulp-or-not-to-pulp/
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Post by: williemeikle on December 18, 2015, 04:15:36 pm
Dancers - A Winter Ghost Story
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/18/dancers-a-winter-ghost-story/
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Post by: williemeikle on December 19, 2015, 09:27:13 pm
DARK MELODIES – Lovecraft and music
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/dark-melodies-lovecraft-and-music/
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Post by: williemeikle on December 20, 2015, 07:40:29 pm
New blog post: Something nautical this way comes https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/20/something-nautical-this-way-comes/
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Post by: williemeikle on December 27, 2015, 11:50:19 pm
It's been a good year for anthology appearances - 10 of them, the personal highlights for me being getting into the two "MAMMOTH BOOK OF..." volumes, as they were something I had on my 'to do' list for a while
http://www.williammeikle.com/anthos.html
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Post by: williemeikle on January 02, 2016, 07:27:29 pm
New blog post: Vikings and Me
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/vikings-and-me/
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Post by: williemeikle on January 16, 2016, 07:44:58 pm
Some waffle about writing, agents and time...
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/16/time-and-some-words/
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Post by: williemeikle on January 21, 2016, 09:19:27 pm
Some free unbirthday reads for you
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/free-unbirthday-reads/
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Post by: williemeikle on January 26, 2016, 07:41:12 pm
My interview at the Television Crossover Universe Podcast is now live. Hear me waffle...
http://www.buzzsprout.com/52660/345239-tvcu-7-william-meikle
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Post by: williemeikle on February 03, 2016, 08:33:38 pm
Musings on subtlety and beasties - more thoughts on my writing.
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/musings-on-subtlety-and-beasties/
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Post by: williemeikle on February 05, 2016, 04:02:32 pm
Dark Renaissance books have a sale on. Get my recent Sherlock Holmes, Professor Challenger or Carnacki collections in signed illustrated paperback edition for only $10 each with free shipping in the USA

http://darkrenaissance.com/product-category/books
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Post by: williemeikle on February 12, 2016, 03:25:03 pm
A new home for some old favorites - it's not every day you place 8 novels with a publisher...
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/a-new-home-for-some-old-favorites/
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Post by: williemeikle on February 14, 2016, 05:43:03 pm
My Vikings vs Yeti novel BERSERKER is now available in paperback and ebook

https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/berserker-now-in-paperback-and-ebook/
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Post by: williemeikle on February 20, 2016, 06:30:25 pm
Twenty Five Years in the Chair... some musings on a quarter of a century as a writer...
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/twenty-five-years-in-the-chair/
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Post by: williemeikle on February 29, 2016, 09:04:13 pm
Here's the gen about the rerelease of my WATCHERS trilogy - a historical Scottish vampire fantasy epic...

https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/29/the-watchers-trilogy-is-back/

(http://www.williammeikle.com/watcherscoming.jpg)
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Post by: williemeikle on March 01, 2016, 09:04:53 pm
Dark Regions Press have a  Cthulhu Mythos Ebook Bundle available now for instant download - $15 for 10 DRM-free ebooks, including my novella THE PLASM, and my story BROADSWORD in the World War Cthulhu anthology

http://www.darkregions.com/books/new-releases/cthulhu-mythos-ebook-bundle
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Post by: williemeikle on March 05, 2016, 01:07:53 pm
Wayne Miller is looking for commissions - here's some of the stuff we've done together - if you need artwork, he's the man...

https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/05/wayne-miller-and-me/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 06, 2016, 02:15:40 pm
The Omnibus edition of my historical vampire WATCHERS trilogy is now on Amazon... here's the gen about the series

http://www.williammeikle.com/whywatchers.html

Spanking new cover by Wayne Miller …

(http://www.williammeikle.com/watchersomnibuskindle.jpg)
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Post by: williemeikle on March 06, 2016, 07:23:14 pm
The new Watchers reissues have lost all the old reviews on Amazon. If you read them in the past, and reviewed them, can I ask a wee favor? Could you head over and post a new review? Just to get them all off the mark? Thanks in advance....
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Post by: williemeikle on March 13, 2016, 06:53:46 pm
Waiting…

Waiting for news on two story collection submissions.

Waiting for news on 2 novella submissions.

Waiting for news on a novel submission to a foreign publisher.

Waiting for news on some short story submissions.

Waiting for publication of 3 novels I sold last year.

Waiting for publication of 3 other novels with foreign publishers.

Waiting for publication of a novella.

Waiting for the publication of 20 stories sold to anthologies/magazines and not published yet.

Waiting…
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 19, 2016, 07:50:39 pm
Goodbye Dark Renaissance - it was good while it lasted.

https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/19/dark-renaissance-are-no-more/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 21, 2016, 01:46:35 pm
The Watchers omnibus edition is now available in paperback - lovely new cover by Wayne Miller. http://www.amazon.com/Watchers-Omnibus-William-Meikle/dp/1940095492/

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Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 22, 2016, 02:33:05 pm
Career Highlights ( so far )

https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/career-highlights-so-far/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on March 30, 2016, 01:47:42 pm
I've just sold the German language rights to THE HOLE to VOODOO PRESS in Germany, for publication in paperback and ebook. Which is nice...
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 01, 2016, 06:11:25 pm
To agent or not to agent - that is the question.
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/01/to-agent-or-not-to-agent/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 04, 2016, 12:11:37 pm
I've given the lowdown to Mr. Bestwick in a wee interview...
http://simon-bestwick.blogspot.ca/2016/04/the-lowdown-with-willie-meikle.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 09, 2016, 12:58:03 am
Vampires and Me

https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/08/vampires-and-me/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 11, 2016, 08:41:06 pm
Delighted to have sold an alternative history Arthurian story to Through a Mythos Darkly to come out from the fine folks over at PS Publishing.
Dashed fine looking TOC too...

- The Roadrunners By Cody Goodfellow
- Scrimshaw by Jeffrey Thomas
- Sweet Angie Tailor in: Subterranean Showdown By John Langan
- An Old and Secret Cult By Robert M. Price
- Stewert Behr – Deanimator by Pete Rawlik
- To Kill a King By Don Webb
- The Last Quest By William Meikle
- Fate of the World By Christine Morgan
- Red in the Water, Salt on the Earth By Konstantine Paradias
- The Night They Drove Cro Magnon Down By D.A. Madigan
- Sacrifice By Sam Stone
- Get Off Your Knees I’m Not Your God By Edward Morris
- Excerpts from the Diaries of Henry P. Linklatter By Stephen Mark Rainey
- Plague Doctor By Tim Waggoner
- Amidst the Blighted Swathes of Grey Desolation Lee Clark Zumpe
- Cognac, Communism, and Cocaine By Nick Mamatas and Molly Tanzer
- Kai Monstrai Ateik (When the Monsters Come) By Damien Angelica Walters
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 20, 2016, 05:00:55 pm
Here’s a bit of fun for all creature feature, big bug, B-movie fans – a collection of pulp monster stories from me exclusively for the Kindle. Seven new stories, and a reprint of an old Crabby favorite.

https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/b-e-m-a-monster-collection-on-kindle/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 26, 2016, 10:50:39 pm
In the pipe, five by five. What's coming up from me.

https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/in-the-pipe-five-by-five/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on April 29, 2016, 03:19:12 pm
Dark Regions Press now have my second CARNACKI collection, THE WATCHER AT THE GATE in stock in hardcover and paperback editions

http://www.darkregions.com/books/all/carnacki-the-watcher-at-the-gate

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Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on May 15, 2016, 04:51:17 pm
Just signed a contract on a new 3 novel deal with DarkFuse, taking me up to 2019 ( when I'll be 61!) Details at the link...

http://www.williammeikle.com/darkfuseandme.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on May 17, 2016, 10:17:18 pm
Long new interview with me today at the Dark Regions Press site. See me ramble. ( Name checks for Adam Nevill, Gary McMahon and Sarah Pinborough included...)

http://www.darkregions.com/news/interview-with-author-william-meikle-by-brian-m-sammons
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 14, 2016, 01:54:38 pm
On speed writing and a new novel

https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/14/on-speed-writing-and-a-new-novel/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 21, 2016, 09:17:19 pm
New look for the website - moved the latest news up to the front page.

http://www.williammeikle.com
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 23, 2016, 10:03:23 pm
A new interview with me. See me ramble.

http://greymatterpress.com/author-spotlight-william-meikle/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on June 26, 2016, 05:04:40 pm
Want to read my work without paying for it? Read something legit here » http://www.williammeikle.com/samples.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 04, 2016, 12:44:36 pm
Cover reveal and blurb for my next novel, FUNGOID, coming soon from DarkFuse

https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/fungoid-cover-reveal/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 12, 2016, 01:09:13 am
New Limited HC Preorders from Meikle and Fry
http://www.darkfuse.net/new-limited-hc-preorders-from-meikle-and-fry/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on July 29, 2016, 12:24:30 pm
New blog post: Rest? Who needs it?
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/29/rest-who-needs-it/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 05, 2016, 01:53:25 pm
A Midnight Eye Omnibus and other news
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/05/a-midnight-eye-omnibus-and-other-news/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 07, 2016, 08:12:28 pm
TEOTWAWKI
wp.me/P6VDxx-iF
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 08, 2016, 01:08:55 am
I lost my mailing list for my newsletter when my website provider crashed and burned so I'm starting from scratch again... if you were with me before, I'd like to invite you to sign up again... I'm going with Mailchimp this time so shouldn't have the issues I had the last time... sign up here if you're interested...

http://www.williammeikle.com/newsletter.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 12, 2016, 02:44:37 pm
3 Meikle paperbacks on sale today in the Dark Regions Bundle - get all 3 for $20 - a saving of 66%

https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/12/meikle-paperback-bundle-sale-at-dark-regions/

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Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 20, 2016, 05:08:01 pm
New Blog post: I have all the words. The best words.
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/20/i-have-all-the-words-the-best-words/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 23, 2016, 09:01:42 pm
I've got stories in two of these new anthos coming soon from Dark Regions - get your order in early and pick up some bonuses in their Indiegogo campaign.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/three-new-books-from-dark-regions-press#/

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Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 25, 2016, 07:01:48 pm
Contract signed. I've sold a novel, THE BOATHOUSE to DarkFuse ( my 7th novel for them). A ghost story set during a Newfoundland hurricane.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 27, 2016, 02:53:08 pm
DarkFuse are being very good for me. Here's the updated story so far...

http://www.williammeikle.com/darkfuseandme.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on August 29, 2016, 01:53:48 am
I've been interviewed. See me waffle about  writing, career highliights, whales and my story in the Peel Back The Skin anthology

http://buff.ly/2bYsm9m
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 01, 2016, 11:39:56 pm
Dark Regions Press release new paperback editions of my books THE INVASION and THE VALLEY

http://eepurl.com/cdXL51
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 06, 2016, 12:45:34 pm
I love it when somebody just gets it - especially when it's in a SCREAM review.

http://www.screamhorrormag.com/broken-sigil-book-review/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 10, 2016, 01:21:59 am
New blog post - some thoughts on the last 15 years as a writer.
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/09/a-question-of-perseverance
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 11, 2016, 05:04:36 pm
A Question of Pulp
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/11/a-question-of-pulp/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 12, 2016, 12:16:09 pm
Blog post about my new book, FUNGOID, launching Sep 13th from DarkFuse in limited edition hardcover

https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/a-question-of-fungi/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 12, 2016, 11:36:25 pm
Contract signed. I'm going to have a novella in Dark Regions Press' I AM THE ABYSS anthology alongside Laird Barron, Michael Marshall Smith, Kealan Patrick Burke, Reggie Oliver, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Steve Rasnic Tem, Jeffrey Thomas and a couple of others as yet unnamed.

Illustrations will be by the great Les Edwards.

Pretty damned chuffed with this one.

Nice payday too.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 13, 2016, 12:17:32 pm
My Scottish Gothic supernatural novella, The House on the Moor - now in ebook from Dark Regions Press
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/the-house-on-the-moor-now-in-ebook/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 15, 2016, 10:41:43 pm
My Vikings versus Yeti Sword and Sorcery yarn is now available in audiobook in a wonderful reading by Jonathan Waters from Gryphonwood Press. Five hours of bloody mayhem, death and honor, and big effing howling things. I love it.

http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Berserker-Audiobook/B01LZG6WE2/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 17, 2016, 11:35:19 am
20 big influences on my writing
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/17/ive-got-a-little-list-of-20-big-influences/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 21, 2016, 07:42:59 pm
In the pipe, five by five - what's coming up from me
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/21/in-the-pipe-five-by-five-2/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 25, 2016, 05:26:57 pm
Scotland and Me
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/25/1470/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: FranklinMarsh on September 26, 2016, 11:04:53 am
20 big influences on my writing
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/17/ive-got-a-little-list-of-20-big-influences/

Intrigued by the inclusion of Alistair Maclean, Mr M. Care to elucidate? Is it a Caledonian thing?
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 29, 2016, 12:14:19 am
20 big influences on my writing
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/17/ive-got-a-little-list-of-20-big-influences/

Intrigued by the inclusion of Alistair Maclean, Mr M. Care to elucidate? Is it a Caledonian thing?

It probably is - I discovered Where Eagles Dare in the late '60s when I was about 11 and got hooked on his thrillers..
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 29, 2016, 12:14:55 am
New Carnacki, Holmes and Challenger ebooks from Dark Regions Press.
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/28/new-carnacki-holmes-and-challenger-ebooks/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: FranklinMarsh on September 29, 2016, 02:13:42 pm
20 big influences on my writing
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/17/ive-got-a-little-list-of-20-big-influences/

Intrigued by the inclusion of Alistair Maclean, Mr M. Care to elucidate? Is it a Caledonian thing?

It probably is - I discovered Where Eagles Dare in the late '60s when I was about 11 and got hooked on his thrillers..
Thanks for the reply, Mr M. I'd never be without a copy of Puppet On A Chain. His output was wildly variable though.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on September 29, 2016, 03:31:11 pm
20 big influences on my writing
https://williammeikleblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/17/ive-got-a-little-list-of-20-big-influences/

Intrigued by the inclusion of Alistair Maclean, Mr M. Care to elucidate? Is it a Caledonian thing?

It probably is - I discovered Where Eagles Dare in the late '60s when I was about 11 and got hooked on his thrillers..
Thanks for the reply, Mr M. I'd never be without a copy of Puppet On A Chain. His output was wildly variable though.


Later on, yep, certainly. But that '60s run of Guns of Navarone, Where Eagles Dare, Ice Station Zebra and When Eight Bells Toll etc was pretty damn great.
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 01, 2016, 02:47:43 pm
One free story a day of mine until #Halloween

Day 1.  Here's Sherlock Holmes at The Lovecraft ezine
https://lovecraftzine.com/magazine/issues/2011-2/issue-5-june-2011/the-call-of-the-dance-by-william-meikle/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 02, 2016, 11:47:21 am
One free story a day of mine until #Halloween

2. Metastasis at Starburst Magazine
http://www.starburstmagazine.com/features/original-writing-fiction/7773-original-fiction-metastasis
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 03, 2016, 11:04:55 am
One free story a day of mine until #Halloween.

3. Under an Uncaring Sky at NATURE Futures
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v524/n7566/full/524510a.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 04, 2016, 12:32:06 pm
One free story a day of mine until #Halloween.

Day 4. Supply and Demand at Daily Science Fiction
http://dailysciencefiction.com/story/supply-and-demand/ …
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 05, 2016, 11:32:03 am
One free story a day of mine until #Halloween.


Day 5. The Dark Island at Innsmouth Free Press
http://www.innsmouthfreepress.com/blog/?p=19197

Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 06, 2016, 11:22:45 am
One free story a day of mine until #Halloween.

Day 6. The Persistence of Memory (audio) at Pseudopod
http://pseudopod.org/2013/01/11/pseudopod-316-the-persistence-of-memory/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 07, 2016, 11:09:22 am
One free story a day of mine until #Halloween.

Day 7. A Knight in the Lonesome October at Lovecraft ezine
http://lovecraftzine.com/issues/2013-2/issue-27-october-2013/a-knight-in-the-lonesome-october-by-william-meikle/
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 08, 2016, 11:45:03 am
One free story a day of mine until #Halloween.

Day 8. Growth at NATURE Futures
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v488/n7413/full/488690a.html
Title: Re: William Meikle
Post by: williemeikle on October 09, 2016, 12:26:41 pm
One free story a day of mine until #Halloween.
Day 9. Dancers (audio) at The Way of the Buffalo podcast
http://wayofthebuffalopodcast.blogspot.ca/2013/12/story-dancers-by-william-meikle.html