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« Reply #15 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.

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« Reply #16 on: May 10, 2010, 05:51:54 PM »
Out today at Smashwords and Amazon.com - my latest ebook, Crustaceans





"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

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« Reply #17 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.

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« Reply #18 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

williemeikle

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« Reply #19 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/

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« Reply #20 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

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« Reply #21 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?

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« Reply #22 on: June 08, 2010, 02:17:42 PM »


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
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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.

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« Reply #23 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

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« Reply #24 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.

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« Reply #25 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

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Re: William Meikle
« Reply #26 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!

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« Reply #27 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

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« Reply #28 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.




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

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
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« Reply #29 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.:-)