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No, the controversy of the year for me has been one which involved a little more personal hate. It was an interesting controversy on so many levels that it's taken me this long to even consider writing about. I'm, of course, talking about the blog Requires Only That You Hate and the subsequent "doxxing" of its author as rising star, Benjanun Sriduangkaew. Continue reading

My Facebook page is a quiet place, but has given me a few surprises over the year. Some of the things people have done with my book have been flattering to the max. For example, the Youtube video by Jason Hubbard where he reviews Revenge of the Elf. It’s an amazing review for me, because pretty much anything people do with my book is flattering. Hell, I’d be flattered if people filmed themselves burning it.

But I was pleasantly surprised to learn one of the guys on my page (Zak) had made an audiobook for a friend of his, as… Continue reading

I accepted pretty early on that I would not be published by a traditional publisher. I was fine with that, to tell the truth. I hold no bitterness, because I accept the book industry is quickly following in the music industry's heels as it battles to know how to adapt to the internet. Continue reading

Today, I thought I’d share some of the inspirational images I’ve stolen from around the internet which keep me inspired when writing about the Deadlands. I find having a visual element when I’m writing to be very helpful. Especially when you’re trying to describe a landscape which might be a little alien, yet familiar.

A lot of the Deadlands was written with a kind of rocky terrain which has been hit by unusual snow. Kind of like a mountainous desert region. The plantlife is mostly dead, though there are patches of life where the sparse population has begun to bring… Continue reading

I’m not famous enough to be reviewed by newspapers or promoted by Oprah. I don’t honestly expect to be. I chose the wild open road of the Indie author simply because I knew what I was writing wasn’t really something such fine suppositories of literary greatness would be interested in. Yes, I know what I did there.

In saying that, you might think I have a negative opinion of reviewers. I don’t. I was one. I used to review Horror and Indie films and novels. I still dabble here and there, mostly in fantasy and the odd crime review. My… Continue reading

I had one of those insanely reclusive mostly introvert childhoods. I practically lived in my bedroom listening to music, reading, writing, drawing, and generally wishing I was somewhere else. Somewhere more adventurous. Somewhere less awful.

Tonight, I was talking with my wife about my early teenage years which were a heady mix of weirdness and angst. To say they were eccentric would be to do them a disservice. And while I was telling her about it, my eyes caught sight of this book on my bookshelf and I found myself smiling in that nostalgic way we do when we remember… Continue reading

So, you’ve got a hot new Kindle or a bunch of vouchers and you’re ready to fill it up with something exciting, but you’re not sure where to begin.

You’ve got the newest George RR Martin. You’re up to date on Sam Sykes, Paul Hoffman, Mark Lawrence, Joe Abercrombie, Steven Erikson and Scott Lynch. Everything’s bought or pre-ordered, yet you still need something to tide you over. You’ve heard about indie authors, but you’ve also read a lot of the propaganda and you’re afraid you’re about to run into a minefield of poor grammar and terrible spelling.

Yet, you’re looking… Continue reading

It’s been a while since I told you about the books I’ve been reading. So, I thought that’s what I’d talk about. It was that or give you a rant on the hypocrisy of Western governments who torture while condemning other countries for Human Rights abuses. Quite frankly, I think you’d prefer not to listen to me go on another political rant. So, reviews it is!

Firstly, I should mention my bestest friend in the whole world has a scifi book out. You may have read my dedications and constant references to him in my Author Notes (along with some… Continue reading

I listen to a lot of punk music. Growing up, I listened to a lot of metal. I wore the torn jeans. Had the long hair. I never quite grew up, in fact. I still don’t like collared shirts and I’ll never work in a job which requires a tie. I’m not sure that I ever consciously wanted to rebel against society by refusing to start wearing plain clothes and listen to Bon Jovi with a wistful nostalgia. But I’ve always had a hard time bending to the pressures of growing up and giving in.

Of getting a mortgage.

And,… Continue reading

A friend of mine is releasing a book in a few days on Amazon. It’s called Eejit.

Now, when friends ask you to have a look at their book, you normally die a little on the inside, right? That’s a normal reaction, I assure you. But I’ve been looking forward to a completed novel from Andrew Hindle for almost 20 years. Yes, you read that right. 20 years. We met at Uni doing our English degrees and created the insane Creepy and Hatboy series of which I’ve written two and a half books and he’s written, well, there’s some notes… Continue reading

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