A question for the readers

As I may have mentioned on various social media platforms, I had a lot of fun recording Seagulls from Hell. It’s currently being uploaded to Amazon’s Audible and should be available soon. If you want to hear how it sounds, this is the opening of the first chapter:

I have to admit I’m a huge consumer of audiobooks. I can listen to them whilst I’m travelling. I can listen to them whilst I’m at the gym. I can listen to them whilst I’m doing gardening or chores around the house. Because of this love for audiobooks, I’m now committed to transforming as many of my existing titles into this media as is humanly possible.

Which leads me to the question I have for you guys: which should I be recording next?

I’ve narrowed it down to a choice between two titles as the focus for my next recording project, and I’m hoping you, dear reader, can help me come to a decision. I’ve put samples of each one below and I’m hoping you can take a moment to listen to them both and then, by using the poll option at the bottom of the page, tell me which you’d prefer to hear as a full length audiobook.

Conversations with Dead Serial Killers

“A clown can get away with murder.”
John Wayne Gacy, the killer clown.

Derek Turner makes his living as a psychic. But, when he makes his first genuine contact with the spirit world, it is an encounter that starts him on a pathway to holding conversations with dead serial killers.

Someone is recreating the most infamous crimes of the world’s sickest serial killers: including Jack the Ripper, BTK, Charles Albright and Ed Gein. Derek learns that it’s within his power to either profit from this situation or bring it to a needed conclusion and prevent further unnecessary deaths.

But profit can be a compelling argument.

Blending the reports from true crime stories with the lies from a professional psychic, Conversations with Dead Serial Killers explores the danger and obscenity that comes from glamourising murderers.

PayBack Week

At the end of each summer season, the staff at the Fun Park enjoy a private ritual called Payback Week. Every customer who ever upset them, every boss who ever crossed their path, every person responsible for a grievance becomes eligible for payback. This year, Payback Week will be special because there’s a homicidal killer clown with a meat cleaver patrolling the Fun Park and a lot of debts have come due.

Your input is extremely valuable to me and i appreciate you taking the time to listen and respond. I’m hoping to make a start on recording one of these in the next couple of weeks, so I’ll be closing the survey by August 22nd.

Conversations Video

The thing that few people appreciated about Ed Gein was his skill as a seamstress. Clive had sat through every episode of the Great British Sewing Bee and, whilst the finalists on that show invariably produced some nice-looking creations in the last episode of each series, and sometimes that was when they were working with awkward fabrics such as organza, pleated lace or chiffon, none of them had (yet) been challenged with creating something original from human skin. To Clive’s mind it was an injustice that everyone looked at Ed Gein’s work (the belt made from nipples, the lampshade made from Mary Hogan’s face, and the chairs, fully upholstered, in human skin) and all they saw was the Grand Guignol horror that came from murder, the desecration of graves, and the violation of corpses. No one appreciated the man for his craftsmanship and finesse with a needle and thread.

“A clown can get away with murder.”
John Wayne Gacy, the killer clown.

Derek Turner makes his living as a psychic. But, when he makes his first genuine contact with the spirit world, it is an encounter that starts him on a pathway to holding conversations with dead serial killers.

Someone is recreating the most infamous crimes of the world’s sickest serial killers: including Jack the Ripper, BTK, Charles Albright and Ed Gein. Derek learns that it’s within his power to either profit from this situation or bring it to a needed conclusion and prevent further unnecessary deaths.

But profit can be a compelling argument.

Blending the reports from true crime stories with the lies from a professional psychic, Conversations with Dead Serial Killers explores the danger and obscenity that comes from glamourising murderers.

Order your copy of Conversations with Dead Serial Killers today.

Death by Fiction

Death by Fiction

Sex, lies and murder. The aspiring authors of the Manchester Mystery writers’ circle don’t just write about these vices. They commit them…There’s been a murder at the Manchester Mystery Writers’ circle. A publisher with a sordid reputation turns up dead at their Friday night meeting. A single shot to the forehead. A cold-blooded execution. And a hotel full of suspects. It’s a major inconvenience for some. And a golden opportunity for others. The circle’s five aspiring mystery authors try to work out whodunit. A policeman, a gangster, a pensioner, a psychopath and a femme fatale. Each hopes to solve the mystery in his or her own distinctive style. The correct solution could land one of them the publishing contract of their dreams. And all of them try to unravel the crime without exposing their own torrid involvement.

Order your copy today: http://mybook.to/DeathByFiction

Tuesday Book Review: The Ash

This is the Blurb for Dan Soule’s The Ash:

Even on the day of his divorce, Constable Jim Castle just wants to get back to his family, but no one can risk going outside. Not anymore. Worse still, when the fallout starts, Jim is hostage to a gang of armed thieves in a rundown farmhouse. Their plan is simple: wait it out as the radioactive ash piles higher and try not to kill each other. But they don’t have to worry about any of that. Because all their assumptions about what caused the end of the world are about to be snatched away – like a body into the ash.

A blend of The Road meets Alien in the English countryside, The Ash is a breakneck horror ride. Another of Dan Soule’s Fright Night tales, where even if one man can face his demons, it still might not be enough. So turn the page and get pulled screaming into… The Ash.

This is my first taste of Dan’s writing and I’m annoyed that I’ve left it this late in life to find him.  He writes horror at a breakneck pace that means you don’t want to put the book down.  His characters are easy to empathise with and the situations he creates are the result of meticulous research.  If you enjoy your fiction when it’s fast-paced and exquisitely executed, you’re going to love The Ash.

Tuesday Book Review: Compulsions

As some of you may know, I write and perform the occasional piece of poetry. Some people have said that my poetry ‘stretches boundaries’ and ‘pushes the envelope’.  This is the polite way for people to say, “What the hell was that, Ash?”

I don’t mind this reaction. I write poetry to get a response and this incredulity and outrage are the responses I seek.

Donna A Latham clearly understands the audience for her poetry because, in Compulsions, she has created some astute pieces of writing that manage to combine the warm anticipation of the erotic with the cold dread of horror. Her economical use of words allows the tension to build perfectly and, as readers, we don’t know if the conclusion is going to be what we most desire or what we most fear. These poems are intelligent, unsettling and beautifully composed.  Well worth investigating.

Tuesday Book Review: Sean Hawker

Full disclosure here: Sean Hawker is a FaceBook friend.  We’re both horror authors. We visit a couple of the same groups on FaceBook and he’s one of those friends with whom I share memes.

Most memes that I find funny I will share on my FaceBook feed.  I’m not particularly worried that people will find my sense of humour outrageous, offensive or warped, so I’ll share some dark and disgusting things. However, occasionally, I’ll come across memes that are excruciatingly offensive and those are often the ones that make me laugh the loudest and I know, if I were to share them on FaceBook, I’d end up in FaceBook jail and probably be an unemployed pariah. 

All too often, Sean is the person who has sent me those memes.

Which is why, reading Sean’s work is exactly like looking at those sick and twisted memes: you know you shouldn’t be enjoying it – but it’s just too clever a concatenation of concepts not to be impressive.

I read Adult Babies back-to-back with Brutal Bigfoot R*pefest and came away from both feeling delightfully soiled and convinced I’m in the presence of a genuine artist.  Sean’s strength is that he can take the most taboo topic and include it in a narrative that is well-paced, eloquently descriptive and wholly original.

In short, if you’re still wondering what’s in the content of those sick and twisted memes, you need to read Sean Hawker.

And, to find out more about Sean’s work, click on either of the images on this post to go directly to his sales page on Godless.

Tuesday Book Review: Bishop

Bishop was my first novel from Candace Nola but it won’t be my last.  From the opening of the story we’re introduced to the icy cold of Northern Alaska and inserted into an eloquent piece of writing that takes us into a wonderfully well-wound plot.

There’s a theory on plot that says there are seven types of conflict in fiction, and it includes Character Vs Character, Character Vs Technology and Character Vs God.  In Bishop we’re introduced to Character Vs Nature and Character Vs the Supernatural and, in Candace Nola’s hands I don’t know which is more terrifying. 

I read this story in a single day and every second of it was thrilling. I can’t wait to read more from this remarkable lady of horror.