Graham Joyce

September 10th, 2014 • Posted in News |

Graham Joyce was a friend of mine, and he was a friend of yours, too.  Because he was so right when he said that readers are not strangers.  I had a sense of that when Iain Banks died.  I’d only met Banks once (as it happens, drunk at a bar with Graham), but when he died I felt terribly sad, as if I’d lost a friend.  I’d been reading his books for decades, his writing is a huge inspiration, and so in a way I had.

Graham was right about that, as he was about most things.  Wise old bugger.  I guess we were writing friends.  And by that I mean we got together at conventions or other writing events, but rarely in between.  But we always got on like a house on fire, and I have many fond memories of long conversations with him, about writing, Hollywood, family, and long walks in the country.  I’ve seen other people talking about how he talked with you, not to you, and that was one of his great gifts.  Charismatic, funny, eloquent, one of the finest writers, intelligent, he had a lot of gifts.

Here’s a quick memory, one of many.  World Horror in the early 2000s — can’t even remember which one — we greeted each other in some hotel room party, “Hello, bastard!”  ”Hello, fucker!”  Stunned silence.  Those around us eyed each other warily, even when Graham and I sat down to chat over a bottle of piss-poor beer or wine.  And for the rest of the convention, both of us were quizzed, “Do you not like him, then?”  Of course, we played it up as much as we could.

I dropped him a line when we got home, saying how nice it had been to see him, and saying something along the lines of, “Hope we didn’t take the mutual abuse too far.”

To which his instant reply was, “Course not.  Cunt.”

I can’t remember the first time I met him.  And I can’t recall which was the first book of his I read.  It’s like he’s always been there, and damn, he’s going to be missed.

 

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More Pay the Ghost news…

August 30th, 2014 • Posted in Movie News, News |

More exciting news about the forthcoming movie of my story, PAY THE GHOST.  It’s due to start shooting next month in Toronto, and as well as starring Nicolas Cage, the female lead has been announced as Sarah Wayne Callies, perhaps best known as Rick Grimes’ wife from THE WALKING DEAD.

Check out the details here.

More news as and when it comes in, but it’s all very exciting. Already mentally planning a local premiere…

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Shifting of Veils

August 12th, 2014 • Posted in News |

Launching in early September at Fantasycon in York, the final part of the Apocalypse Trilogy….

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Happy Birthday

July 23rd, 2014 • Posted in News |

Sometime soon it will be Tim’s Birthday again, we couldn’t afford him the carbon graphite super bike he wanted, so here’s Tim and his bike immortalised in cake – Happy Birthday Tim !

 

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Star Wars paperback and short story news

July 23rd, 2014 • Posted in News |

Star Wars – Dawn of the Jedi: Into the void was released in paperback in the UK this week.  Check the book page here for some ordering links.

Tim has the following stories out now or due soon:-

Terror Tales of Wales – Order from the publisher or Amazon uk

A new story “ CLOWN’S KISS” will appear in the anthology In Mint Condition: 2014, from Ambannon Books, due to be released later this year. You can pre-order here at a discount.

Jonathan Maberry is editing a series of all new X-files stories for IDW Publishing and Tim is one of the authors who will be appearing in the series.

The Novella “Shifting of the Veils” will be released at Fantasycon and will complete the trilogy started with Naming of Parts and continued with Changing of Faces.

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Signing news

May 9th, 2014 • Posted in News |

Just a reminder that if you are in Cardiff tomorrow morning (Saturday 10th May) Tim will be signing at Waterstones from 11am until around noon.

Copies of Star Wars:Dawn of the Jedi, and Alien:Out of the Shadows will be available, and I’m sure he’ll be more than happy to sign anything else you bring along (including but not limited to body parts, livestock, halibut)

 

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News round up

April 28th, 2014 • Posted in Book News, News |

An end of April catch up starting off with a sneak peak at the cover for “The Silence”

Appearance News – On Saturday 10th May at 11am Tim will be in Cardiff Waterstones signing his ALIEN and STAR WARS novels. Pop in if you’re around!

The short story “Skin and Bone” will appear in Ellen Datlow’s new anthology “The Doll Collection”.  Due out from TOR in spring 2015

With Coldbrook recently released in the US there are a number of new interviews and articles

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Dreaming in Fire…

March 3rd, 2014 • Posted in Book News, News |

…working in clay.  It’s from one of my favourite quotes by Arthur Machen, “I dream in fire but work in clay.”  For me that sums up the creative process perfectly.  The whole idea used to depress me — that my idea for a story is never done justice by the story I eventually write.  But after doing this for a while now, I’ve come to learn that there’s really no such thing as perfection.  A piece of fiction is never actually finished, it’s just put to one side, published (if I’m lucky), and then I move on to something else.

There’s something quite comforting in that, actually, because it means I always strive to make my next piece of writing better than the last.  That’s probably why I don’t find writing particularly easy, and while I usually enjoy it, it’s challenging and demanding.

So … that’s why I’ve called my new ebook publishing venture DREAMING IN FIRE PRESS.  Just because I like the quote.  And I can.

Now then, I’m not the most tech-savvy bloke around.  I have an iphone, yes, and I use it mainly for … well, phoning people. I text with it and check my emails, too, but that’s about it.  I haven’t so much dived into the sea of apps available as dipped my toe in.  In fact, the very tip of my toe (bloody Flappy Birds!).  I also work on a Mac, but it’s not attached/tuned into/magicked into the whole icloud thingy.  And I don’t even want to talk about the Windows laptop we bought our daughter for Christmas…

So the whole idea of ebooks has troubled me for some time.  I’d think, Well, yeah, I really should.  And I will.  One day.  But it scared me.  It took some time to take the plunge, and I’d like to think Robert Swartwood for all his help and advice (and also his splendid book designs), Graeme Reynolds for advice and support, and also Kealan Patrick Burke of ElderLemon Design for his great covers.

I’ve come to realise that I have a LOT of stuff hanging around on my hard disc that really should be out there for readers to — hopefully — snap up.  Novellas, several novels, short stories… For now it’s all work that’s been published before in one form or another (although there will be some rarities coming out soon), but depending on reaction to these first ebooks I’m putting out, that might change.  There’s at least one novelette series I’d very much like to continue (anyone guess what it is?), and other ideas that might suit the whole ebook platform very well.

So I hope you’ll enjoy this first round of ebooks.  It starts with WHITE because … well, I can’t think of a better place to begin.  It won the British Fantasy Award, was optioned for movie (still alive!), was selected for the two major Year’s Best anthologies as well as the Mammoth Book of the Best of Best New Horror, and it’s one of those stories that people still want to talk to me about, even thirteen years after it was first published.

Hope you’ll pick it up.  It’s March, and there’s still time for snow.

 

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Kindle Aliens and a starred review

February 6th, 2014 • Posted in News |

Alien:Out of the Shadows is now available on the Kindle in the UK.  Head over here to buy it or visit the book page here for other buying links, reviews and an extract.

Meanwhile Coldbrook is due out in the US in early April, and Publishers Weekly have a starred review of it here.

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New Year roundup

December 8th, 2013 • Posted in Book News, News |

As a new year rapidly approaches here are some of the things to look out for.

January – At the start of the month Dark Duets is released featuring a short story collaboration between Tim and Michael Marshall Smith, then at the end of the month Alien: Out of the Shadows is released.

April – Coldbrook finally has a US release (with a new cover), and Star Wars: Into the Void comes out in Paperback.

Also during the first part of the year “Dreaming in Fire” press will launch.  This will be for ebooks and will start with a series of Novella releases.  More details on this to follow.

 

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