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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Top ten Alien moments

January 27th, 2014 • Posted in Book News |

Over at Dread Central there is a guest blog with Tim listing his top ten Alien moments, you can read them here.

Also another review of Alien:Out of the Shadows has come in, this one over at SciFi Bulletin here.

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Newsround

January 26th, 2014 • Posted in Book News |

A few bit and pieces to round up.

Alien:-Out of the Shadows is officially released next week.  An ebook version is now available to pre-order for Kindle in the US and hopefully a UK version will follow on release day.  Links on the book page here.

The first couple of reviews for the novel have appeared, one at borg.com here and one at The Geek Girl Project here.

In other news Tim will have  a story in a new Noir Urban Fantasy collection called “Streets of Shadows” which is being released via Kickstarter.  Details of the various support levels and other authors can be found here.  Funding closes on Monday 24th February.

 

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“There’s movement all around us !”

January 20th, 2014 • Posted in Book News |

Alien:Out of the Shadows is due for release next week, however Amazon UK are listing it as in stock now.  So head on over to the book page here to order/pre-order.

 

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