Archive for the ‘Published fiction’ Category

My novella The Lazarus Conundrum has now been on sale for over a month, yet I still keep having to pinch myself to realise it’s true!

Clipboard011In case you don’t know, The Lazarus Conundrum features a world where everyone who dies becomes a zombie, until a young woman named Trinity Brown is shot dead and, shock horror, doesn’t come back to life! Cue the arrival of Detective Inspector Helen Ogilvy to investigate.

It’s a police procedural with a twist,featuring a quasi-fascist NHS, ruminations on big brother and snoopers’ charters and even ventures into high school shooting territory, albeit with an un-dead twist.

At the moment The Lazarus Conundrum is on sale at a bargain price (just 99p in the UK and $1.50 in the US) so why not grab your copy while you can, and if you read and enjoy the book please consider leaving a brief review, I’m reliably informed that Amazon reviews really help in publicising a book!

In other news I am now on Twitter! If you want to follow me just look for @lunar_werewolf  and you can stalk me to your heart’s content!

Friday was a bit of a red letter day for me, as it was the day my novella The Lazarus Conundrum was published by Abaddon Books. When I first submitted my idea, way back towards the start of the year, I could only hope that my idea would be picked, but I knew even then that I’d be up against stiff competition. Getting the email back saying my story was one of three that were chosen to be published was a wonderful, and yes, slightly scary, thing,but mainly wonderful.

Writing The Lazarus Conundrum was a lot of fun, it was hard work, and just occasionally frustrating when I couldn’t get the words to say what I wanted them to say, but I wouldn’t have missed the ride for the world.

There’s a very interesting interview with David Thomas Moore, the commissioning editor at Abaddon, over at BRSBKBLOG where he talks about the open submission call, how the original 70 submissions were whittled down to just three (including yours truly’s). It’s a fascinating read and I’m not just saying that because he says nice things about my idea…

There’s also an interview with ME over at the Civilian Reader blog

Clipboard011“In a world where the dead routinely return to life, the most shocking mystery is when someone doesn’t.

Detective Inspector Helen Ogilvy is called to the scene of a murder. A young woman named Trinity Brown has been shot in the chest, and she’s stayed dead.

The potential end to the zombie affliction should be a huge positive, but for a future UK teetering on the brink of becoming a police state, a country where healthcare has never been so well funded because lower mortality rates equal fewer zombies, the truth behind Trinity Brown’s non-resurrection has the potential to cause chaos, which is why a shadowy Government figure has persuaded Helen’s boss to keep a lid on what’s happened, at least for the moment.

Now Helen has two days to solve two mysteries. Who killed Trinity Brown, and why did she stay dead?”

You can download The Lazarus Conundrum from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and all other Amazon sites for a very reasonable price!

Cross Pollination

Posted: September 23, 2015 in Published fiction, Regarding writing

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Just a bit of cross pollination here. About a year ago I submitted a short story titled “The Tenderness of Monsters” for an anthology titled Bloodlines, to be published by Australian publisher Ticonderoga Publications. The story was accepted and the book is due for release very soon.

Obviously once it’s available to buy I will be pimping it here, but in the meantime here’s a link to a guest post I’ve made on the blog of the book’s editor to give you a flavour of what’s coming, you can also read similar ghost blogs from some of the other authors featured in the book.

http://amandapillar.livejournal.com/224880.html

Safe House

Posted: March 13, 2015 in Published fiction
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I’ve now published a new book! My novel Safe House is now available on Amazon UK, Amazon.com, in fact all the Amazons!

A story of spies and ghosts, or as I like to say Spooks vs Spooks, it’s available for the extremely bargainous price of £1.29/$1.95 so why not check it out, remember you don’t even need a Kindle to read it, just the free Kindle viewer app. Below are the cover and blurb. I’ll keep you up to date with sales figures 🙂

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John Tyrell was once a top MI5 agent, but illness has left him a broken man. Called out of retirement to aid in the debriefing of a defector, he reluctantly joins the enigmatic Chalice Knight and her team at White Wolf House.

It seems the perfect location; comfortable, remote, secure…but it’s a house built on blood-soaked ground, a place that reacts to traitors and murderers; and Chalice’s group contains both.

For them this house is anything but safe…

The aforementioned anthology, featuring my story ‘The Silence of Hestia’ is now available to buy as an eBook. Love the title and really love the cover!

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WHAT HAS TWO HEADS, TEN EYES, AND TERRIFYING TABLE MANNERS? is an anthology featuring more than a dozen never-before-published short stories that combine Horror and Science Fiction elements. These original tales, written by some of the best new genre authors, range from the horrifying to the humorous, the thought-provoking to the surreal. All are devilishly entertaining.

Read about…
A microwave leading to another dimension!
An angry little girl harboring a hungry evil!
A spaceship with mythical beast stowaways!
A woman who gives up sleep, and her sanity!
An aging starlet who makes the ultimate flesh sacrifice!
And much more!

If you enjoy movies like ALIEN, THE THING, EVENT HORIZON, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, and PHANTASM, you’ll love WHAT HAS TWO HEADS, TEN EYES, AND TERRIFYING TABLE MANNERS?!

Guardians

Posted: February 17, 2014 in Published fiction

Learned today that the Fox pockets anthology ‘Guardians’ featuring my short story ‘Swung’ is now available to buy!

http://www.foxspirit.co.uk/now-guardians/

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Use Enough Gun

Posted: August 11, 2013 in Published fiction
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I’ve recently had a story published in the anthology Use Enough Gun, which is available to buy in both paperback and Kindle format from Amazon via the following link.

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Monster hunting tales are as old as mankind, and the popular Legends of the Monster Hunter series has offered some of the best monster hunting tales ever told! Use Enough Gun is the third in this series and brings an exciting edge to the collection by exploring what happens when monster hunting goes wrong! Stalk vampires, werewolves and other creatures of legend…but do not expect the hunter to always triumph. Sometimes they miss their target, and sometimes their target gets them!

Featuring “Weapon of Choice” by Paul Starkey

Long before The Devils of Amber Street I published my first novel, City of Caves, via Lulu, where it remains for sale to this day and can be purchased in either electronic or more traditional book formats via the two links below.

http://www.lulu.com/gb/en/shop/paul-starkey/city-of-caves/ebook/product-17401848.html

http://www.lulu.com/shop/paul-starkey/city-of-caves/paperback/product-4976945.html

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“Adam Kember’s life is finally starting to reach equilibrium. He might be living in a refugee camp, might be forced to work as a teacher, a farmer, a soldier, but at least he’s safe from the marauding hordes of bloodthirsty ferals that stalk the near future world he inhabits.

Except now a mysterious group of soldiers and scientists has arrived— they plan to enter the ruined city of Nottingham in search of the mythical patient zero, the original source of the vampire-like plague that has almost destroyed the world…and they want Adam Kember to go with them…”

I’ve just published a small anthology via Amazon/Kindle which can be purchased via the below link for a very reasonable price…

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Devils-Amber-Street-ebook/dp/B00AY55WY0/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1357679042&sr=8-13#_

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When a young couple buy their first home they expect to have to do a bit of DIY, they don’t expect fiery demons in their spare room…

The Devils of Amber Street is a novella that defies expectations. Also included within this book are the following short stories

The Bonaventure Jane: In Elizabethan England self-styled detector of innocence George Tellant strives to clear a young man charged with murder…

Megg: On another Earth, in another time, a kingdom is threatened by dark forces, and a young girl seeks help from a mysterious old sorceress known only as Megg…

The Wolf: In 14th Century England wolves were a constant danger, but as two brothers go out one morning to hunt a particular white wolf, there may be something even more dangerous abroad…

 

 

Hungur

Posted: June 12, 2012 in Published fiction

Got my contributor’s copy of Hungur Magazine today featuring my short story, Evelyn. As always great to see my name in print! That probably gives me greater pleasure than the $12 I got via paypal today for the story!!

Should you want a copy you can get one via the following link!

In other writing news I got word a few weeks ago that Pill Hill Press will be publishing my story, Weapon of Choice, in their third monster hunter anthology, which is great. Have had two rejections since then however, it really is an up and down game this!