Bugs incoming

April 25th, 2017 • Posted in Book News |

They’re all around us, again.

Tim has a story called “Spite” in this all new Anthology featuring the Colonial Marines in bloody conflict with the deadly Aliens.  ALIENS: BUG HUNT will send the marines into deep space, to alien worlds, to derelict space settlements, and into the nests of the universe’s most dangerous monsters.

The book is out now and you can buy it in various formats from Amazon UKAmazon US or the Book Depository.

Tim also has the following stories due out during this year:-

“In Stone” his spookiest tale for sometime will be in “Dark Cities” which is due out on May 16th.  Preorder from Amazon UK or Amazon US

“Strings” in “Adam’s Ladder”, a science fiction anthology due from Dark Regions Press later this year.

Tim also contributed to the mosaic novel “Indigo” due out in June.  More details nearer the publication date.

Finally anyone who still has to pick up a copy of “Shifting of the Veils” can pick up an unsigned hardcover from PS Publishing for £2 if you are quick, from their discount website here.  Stocks will be limited.

 

 

 

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Relics Ebook sale

April 16th, 2017 • Posted in News |

Just a quick note that for at least today (Easter Sunday) the Relics ebook can be had for 99p from Amazon UK, and $1.23 from Amazon US.

Links can be found on the book page here.

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RELICS released

March 21st, 2017 • Posted in News |

Today sees the release of my new novel, Relics.  It’s got fantasy elements, and thriller/crime elements, but as far as I’m concerned it’s really a horror novel.  And as such it’s my first published horror novel since The Silence almost 2 years ago in 2015.

Relics is also my 41st published novel.

I had to look at that number for a while after I’d typed it.  41 novels.  Yes, some in collaboration (mainly with Christopher Golden), but the vast majority written on my own.

It’s also 20 years this September since my first novel, Mesmer, was published.

20 years … 41 novels … and yet in many ways I still feel like a ‘new’ writer.  Every book I see published fills me with glee, every new review is exciting, and every time my agent calls I get a tingle of anticipation.  Whenever I get a new deal, for a short story or novel (or a movie … watch this space!), for a moment it’s almost like the first one again.  I’d hate to lose that feeling.

So, I really hope you pick up and enjoy Relics (click title for ordering info).  Please let me know what you think.  You keep reading them and I’ll keep writing them!

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RELICS blog tour

March 20th, 2017 • Posted in Book News |

RELICS is released tomorrow, so today I embark on an exciting, exhausting, and world-spanning blog tour––all from the comfort of my chair––to promote the book’s release.  First stop is at Rising Shadow, click here to check it out.

Here’s the full schedule:

 

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Kong on the horizon and Relics prologue.

March 9th, 2017 • Posted in Book News |

Kong: Skull Island is out tomorrow, so if you haven’t yet pre-ordered a copy you still (just about) have time to do so.

Relics follows in a couple of weeks time and you can read the Prologue now over at Paul Kane’s Shadow Writer site.

The latest issue of Fear Magazine contains and interview with Tim, and can be ordered here.

A blog tour for Relics will take place nearer release time, and I’ll post links when I have them.

 

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Relics unearthed and Skull Island found

February 27th, 2017 • Posted in Book News |

March is new book month, and there are not one, but two novels, to keep you reading.

First up is the film novelisation of Kong: Skull Island, book details here.

Then comes Relics, the first part of the Relics trilogy, with “Borderland” and “The Lonely” to follow.  Book details are here.

Some early reviews of Relics are now available, SF Book Reviews cover it here, whilst Cemetery Dance online cover it here.

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Delete Blood Cancer

January 9th, 2017 • Posted in News |

This year I’m undertaking 12 challenges in 12 months to raise money for Delete Blood Cancer.  I’d be very grateful if you could sponsor me.  Here’s why.

 

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2016 … sporty stuff

December 30th, 2016 • Posted in News, Random Stuff |

This is what I got up to in the swimming/biking/running realm this year!

It’s been a busy 2016.  I’ve trained harder this year than ever before (650 miles running, 2230 on the bike, 70 miles swimming … need to work on the swimming!), and I hit Ironman Wales in September feeling pretty good.  Getting there involved some other great races, loads of fun — and very tough –– training with the splendid NEWT triathlon club, and of course, a few bits of new kit.  There were more than a few wife’s-raised-eyebrow-at-yet-another-Wiggle-delivery moments.

Cirencester Duathlon was an off-road duathlon in February, cold and muddy and the only mountain bike race I did this year.  Hard work!  And very, very muddy.  I loved it, and it took weeks to get all that mud out of the bike.

Bath Half marathon was one of the biggest races I’ve done, good fun but so many people that the roads felt clogged, and it made me realise how I really prefer smaller scale races.

Talking of which, the Titan Half-iron distance was a brutal race with excellent organisation, great tee shirt and medal, and a stunning course.  60 miles of proper hills on the bike (including Llangynydr), and the half-marathon was misleadingly tough.  Didn’t really do as well as I’d hoped, but enjoyed every minute of it.

The Velothon was a fantastic closed-road bike race … well, they don’t call it a race, but it was!  Very mixed terrain, thousands of participants, and a couple of killer hills, the second of which — Caerphilly Mountain — defeated me.  I was pleased with my time, but disappointed with that 100 yard walk of shame, and because my main target for the year was Ironman Wales (which has one of the most notoriously hilly bike routes of any Ironman) I was also worried that the bike might be a problem.  So I entered…

… the Iron Mountain sportive.  Even harder and longer than the Velothon, it also put my mind at rest.  A great day.

In May I also raced the May 4th Marathon, a mountain marathon in the Shropshire hills.  Tough as hell, with beautiful scenery, it reinforced my love of trail running which will continue into 2017.  Epic bling, too.  It’s all about the bling.

The NEWT relays at the Cotswolds 113 was fantastic fun, as was the Cotswold Lake 62 Olympic distance.  We also had a great time at the Back to the Trenches poppy run in November, 6 cold muddy miles with obstacles thrown in.  Masses of mud, loads of fun with great friends.

And then…

…Ironman Wales.  The biggie.  It was one of the greatest days of my life, and you can read my in-depth race report here.

A fantastic year!  And 2017 is going to be a fun year too.  So far I’ve entered a trail half-marathon in February, the Cotswolds 113 (half ironman), the legendary Blaenafon Triathlon, the Velothon (again … can’t resist those closed roads), and in a year in which I’ve decided not to go full distance … my A race will be the Brutal Half, which includes the small matter of an ascent of Snowdon in it’s half-marathon run.

Hope to see you out there!

Mission accomplished

 

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2016 … in writing

December 21st, 2016 • Posted in Random Stuff |

2016 is nearly done, so as usual I’m spending a few minutes, and a few paragraphs, summing up my year in writing.

It started as a bit of a ‘tie-in’ year when it comes to book releases, with books 2 and 3 of The Rage War trilogy both released this year.  I had a lot of fun writing these books and immersing myself in the Alien and Predator universes, but I’m also pleased to be able to get back to my own original work, too.  The Rage War has been very well received, and I continue to get emails and messages about these books regularly.

Rime was an original science fiction novella released as an ebook from Venture Press.  I think it’s really good, and I’m hoping to look into a print edition next year.

My second thriller The Family Man was released in the summer.  An indirect sequel to The Hunt, I think it’s a better novel, and people seemed to mostly like it.  Unfortunately it didn’t make it into the supermarkets (The Hunt was available everywhere), which obviously had an effect on sales.

I had a few short stories published this year too, including a couple of reprints, in anthologies such as Peel Back the Skin, Something Remains, Year’s Best Weird Fiction Vol 3, and others.

When it comes to new work, this year I’ve been writing a new fantasy novel with Christopher Golden for HarperCollins (we’ll be revealing more about this next year), as well as developing a couple of new novel projects, writing the Kong: Skull Island novelisation, and beginning work on the follow-up to my forthcoming novel Relics.

2016 has ended with some exciting movie news which I’ll be able to say more about in the New Year.  With The Hunt being pitched to some major Hollywood studios right now, and this new news about a separate project, 2017 could turn out to be quiet interesting!

Also, 2017 sees the release of Relics in the UK and US, the first in a new series from Titan Books.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a safe, Happy New Year.

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Ten Years On …

November 30th, 2016 • Posted in Random Stuff |

Ten years ago last May my mother passed away. Sometimes it feel like just ten days. Three months following her death, I decided to quit work and try to make a living writing full-time. Mum was always very encouraging and a great supporter of my writing, and she’d instilled a love of reading in me from a young age. I’ve mentioned before how she gave me The Rats to read when I was ten years old. And how it didn’t do me any harm. Honest.

I think about Mum every day.

Ten year later I’m still here. Tomorrow, 1st December, is the tenth anniversary of my first day as a professional writer, making a living purely out of making stuff up, writing it down, and selling it.

I remember calling my Dad from work sometime that September and saying, “I’m giving up work to write.” I’d been worried about making that call––Dad is in his eighties now, and I thought he’d berate me for giving up a steady job and income. But his first reaction was, “Your Mum would be chuffed.” That was when I knew it was the right decision.

It was a leap into the unknown. Although I had some money saved, and knew there were a couple of book deals incoming, for the very first time in my adult life I didn’t have a monthly pay cheque. That came as something of a shock, but it was also extremely liberating.

I have never once regretted the decision––not even slightly––and when it comes to writing, the past ten years now feels like most of my adult life. Sometimes I still miss working with other people, but I’m also comfortable in my own company, and with various collaborative projects, the wonders of Skype and the World Wide Web (read in Uncle Bryn voice), and occasional lunches with friends, I’ve never found writing to be a lonely business.

So after these past ten years, and over twenty novels (a few in collaboration), a couple of collections, a few novellas, dozens of short stories, a few screenplays, a handful of movie options, and one Hollywood film, where am I? It strikes me that lots has changed, and yet quite a lot hasn’t. I’m still sitting at the same desk in the same position in the same room … although now that room is also home to a couple of bikes and a load of sport kit that would have left the Tim of ten years ago bemused (and probably my Mum too … I often imagine what she’d say when I’m out on my bike: “You be careful, it’s not you, it’s the other idiots out there!”) . I’m still writing horror … but I’ve also edged into thriller territory, and I’m writing another fantasy novel with my long-time collaborator and American brother Chris Golden.

And, of course, I’m still forever in that ‘waiting for news’ limbo that writers spend most of their time haunting, striding up and down, worrying, stressing, wondering just when the news they’re hoping for will come in and knowing very well that it won’t be quite as soon as they’d wish.

… waiting, stressing, striding …

So what have I learned? Writing is a twenty-four hours a day job. It’s hard work, demanding, exhausting, frustrating, your ego is massaged sometimes, but more often takes major hits that leave it low and in hiding. Only a small proportion of writers make it ‘big’, and most of us write to live as much as live to write. Book deals come and book deals go. And some people don’t view writing as a job at all. I still get plenty of ‘will you write us a short story and we’ll pay you with exposure’ requests (try that next time you’re having your car serviced: ‘Sorry, mate, I can’t pay you, but I’ll tell all my mates you do a cracking oil change’).

I’ve also learned that writers in my chosen genres are among the nicest people on the planet. It’s inevitable that whatever direction your life takes will present you with new opportunities to make great friends, and that’s been very true of my career. I’m never without a constantly fluctuating level of money-concern, but when it comes to friends I am rich indeed.

If you’ve been buying my books over the past ten years, thank you. You keeping buying them, I’ll keep writing them. I once commented to a writing friend how lucky we were doing what we do for a living, and he berated me, and said that we work bloody hard, we take hits, there’s no guaranteed income, we sometimes live on a knife-edge, and in some regards there’s an ongoing process of reinvention required to navigate our muses through the minefields of professional writing. He was right, of course. But I still feel privileged to do what I do.

I hope it continues for another ten, twenty, thirty years. I’ve got enough ideas, for sure. My muse feels younger than my 47 years. Inside, I’m still a kid huddled in my bed between waking and sleeping, staring at the darkness between the partly-drawn curtains, and wondering, What if…?

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