Friday, June 12, 2015

Scenes of Mild Peril

As it's been a long while since I've updated this because I've either been poorly or doing some actual writing and stuff, I thought I'd bring you up to speed with regards to what I've been working on over the past couple of months. That, and the blog is starting to atrophy through disuse.

Along with tidying up some scripts for Twisted Dark (and Twisted Sci-fi), I've also been working on the early stages of a Super Special Secret Project with the incredibly talented Simon Myers (of Pretty Funky fame) - it's very much in the thrashing out ideas stage at the moment, but we're bouncing some really good stuff off each other and I think it's going to be pretty damn special.

But the main thing is the impending release of my third collection of short stories (following in the footsteps of "The Shadow Cast By The World" and "Forever and Ever, Armageddon") 

The title for it is now officially "Scenes of Mild Peril", and it's a collection of 24 brand new stories (and a couple of poems thrown in as well after a few people moaned about their omission in FAEA).  It's considerably bigger than the previous two books, because I've enjoyed crafting some longer stories in this one. I'm really pleased with it.

Not Actual Size. Contents may settle during transit.

The photograph that accompanies this piece is merely a work in progress. Although it's still early days yet, I'm anticipating that the finished article will resemble an actual book (with all the usual gubbins of a cover, pages and a spine) as opposed to a promotional stress-relief toy in the shape of a van with "Scenes of Mild Peril" crudely scrawled on the top with a promotional ballpoint pen.

It's in the proof-reading and cover design stage at the moment, but I'm hoping to get it released by the end of September 2015 at the very latest. More information as I have it as we draw nearer to the release date.

Whilst I've got your attention, I urge you to look to the right and have a gander at the "Books, Films and Random Lunacy" link that's hovering there. It's written by my very good friend George Bastow, who is a fellow Midlander, a young talent of some repute and a real name to watch out for.  Well worth a few moments of your time.

There's also an interview floating around online - namely here - that I did for another local author Daniel Burton as part of his Journalism and Media module for Coventry University.

Thanks for your time and I now return you to your normal programming...