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Books / Re: The Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan
« Last post by david_heath on January 14, 2019, 06:55:16 pm »
Actually, I haven't got any further with WoT. Plenty of other books in the pile to read first! I was minded to go for the prequel, NEW SPRING, next but having read your comments perhaps I'll opt for THE GREAT HUNT instead.
Books / Re: The Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan
« Last post by Emma Rose on January 13, 2019, 04:45:19 pm »
Super late replying, every now and then I remember to check this forum!

I haven't actually read the prequel - I didn't realise there were prequels! Shall hunt those down :)

Moiraine is a brilliant character! You probably have already gone onto your next book now, but her arc though the WOT is a good one, she's very mysterious and that adds to the appeal - so maybe I'd suggest reading the series first. What did you decide to do?

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Ebooks on sale
« Last post by hapthorn on January 09, 2019, 06:17:38 pm »
Bundoran Press is offering a StoryBundle bargain:  four classic SF ebooks for US$5.

And if you up your payment to $15, you get eight more books by established stars and up-and-comers.

The basic four includes my standalone Archonate novel, Template, my only serious attempt to write a Jack Vance space opera.

Buy the whole package and you get novels by greats like Tanya Huff, Robert J. Sawyer, Edward Willett (some of whose books I’ve edited), and a never-before-available short story collection by James Alan Gardner.

Great books at great prices.  Here’s where to go:

This is a time-limited offer, with three weeks to go.  Get ’em while they’re going, because by the end of the month, they’ll be gone.
Ask the Authors and Artists! / What the Wind Brings
« Last post by hapthorn on January 01, 2019, 06:40:20 pm »
Looks as if I'll be starting the new year on a promising note.  I'm going to make a deal with Pulp Literature Press, an up and coming Canadian small publisher, for my big historical novel (with slipstream elements), What the Wind Brings.

This is a big deal for me, in that the novel is pretty much a life's work.

It's based on incidents I first heard about in 1971 or 1972, as a footnote in a university textbook.  The core gist:  shipwrecked African slaves melded with the indigenous peoples of coastal Ecuador in the mid 1500s, and together they fought the Spanish colonial power to a standstill, to remain independent, basically, for centuries.

After more than forty years of thinking about the story, I was lucky enough to receive a C$25,000 Canada Council grant to write the book.  I did five drafts, which is three more than I usually do.  It's a hell of a story,  my magnum opus, the one I want to be remembered for.

We're probably looking at a summer 2019 release.  I'll keep updating on the process and trying to stimulate pre-orders.  As I say, it's a meaningful event for me -- not financially, but in terms of my being able to think I've done something worthwhile.
Ask the Authors and Artists! / Welcome to Pacific City
« Last post by hapthorn on December 22, 2018, 08:03:53 pm »
I hang around on a website called SFF World, handing out advice on writing and publishing, because the site draws a number of aspiring specfic authors.

Every now and then, the members get together and do a theme anthology, the latest of which is Welcome to Pacific City, a collection of stories all set in a fictional Oregon coast metropolis whose name I'm sure you can infer.  The theme of the antho is superheroes.

I contributed the origin tale, borrowing liberally from the true-life history of how Vancouver was founded by a man who paddled up from New Westminster with a barrel of whisky and talked the workers at a sawmill into building him a saloon.

The ebook version of the anthology is now available for pre-order, dirt cheap at an introductory price.  Down the road there will be a paperback, and I'll draw attention to that when it comes.

But for now you can pre-order W2PC from Amazon as a bargain.  Here's a link:

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Podcast interview
« Last post by hapthorn on December 15, 2018, 06:42:36 pm »
When I was at VCon in Vancouver a few weeks ago, I did an interview with Robin Shantz for his Invaders from Planet 3 podcast.  I may have said more than I should about my colorful past, but, hey, I can be garrulous.

Here's a link:
Ask the Authors and Artists! / SF Gateway
« Last post by hapthorn on December 11, 2018, 09:39:41 pm »
A few months ago, I made a deal with SF Gateway, an online offshoot of the UK publisher Gollancz, to bring out e-versions of 13 titles in my backlist of novels and short story collections.  They've started appearing over the past few days and will continue to do so through January.

They're only available in the UK, the Commonwealth (not including Canada) and some odd non-Cwealth markets like Ireland, Egypt and Israel.  At £4.99 each, they're a little pricier than in my own webstore and on Amazon, but still cheaper than Gollancz would sell them if they were new.
Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: David A. Riley
« Last post by David A. Riley on December 10, 2018, 09:10:20 am »

There's a brilliant review in Phantasmagoria Magazine by Trevor Kennedy of my collection The Lurkers in the Abyss & Other Tales of Terror.

A collection of rather dark horror tales from David A. Riley spanning almost fifty years with each tale originally appearing in now considered genre classic publications such as the Pan Book of Horror series, Fantasy Tales, FEAR Magazine, World of Horror and many more.
I absolutely adored this book! The type of old school (trust me, that is a compliment) horror I grew up reading and still crave for to this day, the influences to Lovecraft and perhaps the likes of M. R. James and Poe (and maybe even Tales From The Crypt), are apparent but certainly not overdone. Riley’s own grim style shines throughout always, compelling and descriptive, though once again never over doing the descriptiveness. The haunting images his words created in my mind’s eye were vivid and lasting.
A couple of my favourite stories would have to be ‘Terror on the Moors’, a creepy, tense and atmospheric witchcraft-related yarn, and ‘Winter on Aubarch 6’, at first a mild science fiction tale that gradually evolves into full-blown, deeply disturbing body horror.
I don’t personally know what the sales figures are for this book, but I am certainly of the opinion that it should be read by as many people as possible, especially those with even a passing interest in horror or the short story form - of which Riley is one of the masters!
Hugely entertaining and great fun, I urge you to go out and purchase you own copy to experience for yourself the dark joys that lie within.
The Lurkers in the Abyss and Other Tales of Terror is available from Shadow Publishing and Amazon.
Trevor Kennedy.
Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Rhys Hughes
« Last post by Rolnikov on December 08, 2018, 10:34:51 pm »
To celebrate the coming of Christmas, my ebook of 100 ghostly, monstrous and supernatural stories BETTER THE DEVIL is free until tomorrow...

Hope you enjoy! :-)

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Rhys Hughes
« Last post by rhysaurus on December 08, 2018, 01:21:29 pm »
To celebrate the coming of Christmas, my ebook of 100 ghostly, monstrous and supernatural stories BETTER THE DEVIL is free until tomorrow...

Hope you enjoy! :-)

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