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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COLDBROOK out now in the USA!

April 9th, 2014 • Posted in Book News, Reviews & Interviews |

My zombie apocalypse alternate reality thriller COLDBROOK (it’s also a love story and a road story), is out now in the USA thanks to the mighty Titan Books!

I’ve been looking forward to its release in the USA for quite some time, and I’m thrilled with the job Titan have done.  They’re a true pleasure to work with.  The cover is amazing, and I’m doing loads of publicity — interviews, blogs, etc. So you’ll either be sick of the sight of me soon, or … just buy the book, immerse yourself, and miss it all.

To kick things off here are two glorious reviews, one from SF Signal, the other from Examiner.com.  Nice!

Publishers Weekly also gave it a lovely starred review.

 

 

 

 

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Mannequin Man…

March 25th, 2014 • Posted in Book News |

… and the Plastic Bitch is available NOW as an ebook!  Check out the Dreaming in Fire page for details.

This is the only book of mine about which my mum said, ‘Oh Tim, can’t you write something normal?’  Probably because it’s filled with sex and violence.

What?  Haven’t bought it yet?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Reach of Children, and other updates

March 19th, 2014 • Posted in Book News, Random Stuff, Reviews & Interviews |

My novella THE REACH OF CHILDREN is now available on Kindle. It comes with my short story ‘Discovering Ghosts’, and together they’re two of the most challenging stories I’ve ever written, terribly hard to write, and I haven’t re-read either of them since. Influenced by my mother’s death, I also think they’re two of the best.  Both were nominated for the British Fantasy Award, and THE REACH OF CHILDREN won.  I hope you’ll give it a go!

Here’s great review for WHITE (which incidentally is available as a free download for a very short time from Amazon).

And don’t forget I’ll be launching the UK edition of my Star Wars novel at Forbidden Planet, Shaftesbury Avenue, tomorrow 20th March from 6-7pm.  Be great if you could come along.

I’m currently in a familiar position … waiting for some exciting news.  More soon!

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Star Wars UK release and book signing along with more Aliens

March 13th, 2014 • Posted in Book News, Reviews & Interviews |

Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi gets a UK Hardcover release from Century today, and is now also available in the UK as an ebook.  Head over to the book page here for ordering details.

Alternately you can head to Forbidden Planet in London next Thursday, March 20th, where Tim will be reading, signing copies, and doing a Q and A session between 6pm and 7pm.  All the details on the Forbidden Planet website here.

The reviews for Alien:Out of the Shadows are still coming in the latest ones are at Shock Totem and Fright Fest

There is also an in-depth review of the book and follow up interview over at AVP Galaxy, be aware that there are spoilers.

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Short Stories, Goshawks, and Belladonna

March 10th, 2014 • Posted in Random Stuff |

Over the past three or four months I’ve written and sold four short stories, and I have at least four more to write before the end of the summer.  It’s been a while, but I’m really enjoying writing so many shorts. I went a few years writing only one or two per year — usually simply because of novel deadlines — and it’s a real treat.  It also means that I’ll be looking to compile a new collection maybe early 2016!  That’s what I call planning ahead …

Talking of shorts, the second ebook is out now from Dreaming in Fire.  It’s called In the Valley, Where Belladonna Grows, and you can see details and Kindle links here.

In other news, I completed my first mountain bike events yesterday, a 25k race around Wentwood called the Goshawk Challenge.  I thoroughly enjoyed it, although some of the downhills I found pretty terrifying.  I was surprised to see quite a lot of those fit mountain bikers pushing their bikes uphill … and they were probably equally surprised to see me pushing downhill, instead of just plunging down.  Really good fun.  Aching now, but I’m keen to do more.

Lastly, I’m hoping for some novel news soon.  Watch this space.

 

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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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More Alien reviews

February 28th, 2014 • Posted in Reviews & Interviews |

If you haven’t already bought a copy of Alien:Out of the Shadows then perhaps one of these three new reviews will tempt you?

Horror Novel Reviews

SF Book.com

Ravenous Monster

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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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More reviews and an extract

January 30th, 2014 • Posted in Book News |

With Alien:Out of the Shadows in the wild this week, the reviews continue to come in.  The latest can be found over at Popmythology here.

Those of you looking for an extract, look no further, there is one at Tor.com here.

Finally there is a review of previous release, “Still Life”, over at Twilight Ridge, here.  Paperback and Hardback copies are still available at Spectral press, all the details can be found on the book page here.

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