Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Steve Jackson's The Trolltooth Wars

Today's the day that Steve Jackson's The Trolltooth Wars launches on Kickstarter.

If you're a fan of Fighting Fantasy, or a fan of YOU ARE THE HERO, then you are going to want to be a part of this exciting new project.

The purpose of the project is to fund production of the official graphic novel adaptation of Steve Jackson's Fighting Fantasy novel, The Trolltooth Wars*. It is being adapted and written by P J Montgomery, with illustrator Gavin Mitchell on art duties.

Here is just some of the artwork that has already been produced to date.

To get on board, search for Steve Jackson's The Trolltooth Wars on Kickstarter, check out the amazing rewards the team have put together, and pledge your support.

* There's a whole chapter on the Fighting Fantasy novels, including The Trolltooth Wars, in YOU ARE THE HERO - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks, funnily enough.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Thought for the Day

"It's a problem when somebody writes a great book and they're not a great person."

~ Will Self on Lewis Carroll

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Zombie Zunday: Man smashes storefront windows to escape ‘flesh-eating zombies’

A drunken Brooklyn man said he was trying to escape flesh-eating zombies in Williamsburg when he shattered storefront windows at a shopping centre, according to police sources.

To read more about this story, click here.

Dechoxing for the British Heart Foundation

I'm joining the likes of Kim Marsh, and thousands of others, by challenging myself to a DECHOX and giving up chocolate for March to raise money for lifesaving heart research.

In November 2001 my father passed away as the result of a sudden and massive heart attack. The following year my sister-in-law ran the London Marathon, raising money for the British Heart Foundation and, quite frankly, it's about time I did something big in the hope of helping to make a big difference for the charity too.

As anyone who knows me will realise (especially people who've sat beside me in the dealers' room at a convention), giving up chocolate in all its forms is going to be no mean feat. That said, the benefits could be huge - I might lose some weight, for a start. But it's not going to be easy, and that's where you come in.

Please consider sponsoring me. Any donation is most welcome, no matter how small (or how large for that matter). You can do so very simply here, through my JustGiving page.

I'll finish by letting you check out the advert for the campaign, which, bizarrely, featuring my godson as Terry, a very well-spoken policeman. (And yes, I believe he is available to work on new projects.)

Friday, 27 February 2015

Gamebook Friday: YOU ARE THE HERO now available on Google Play

I have exciting news for you this Gamebook Friday. YOU ARE THE HERO - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks is now available to download to the Android device of your choice, via Google Play.

And yes, before you ask, that is the same book that has garnered 46 5-star reviews on Amazon - and nothing less! ;-)

Of course, if you prefer your books in processed tree carcass format, hard-backed and weighing over a kilogram, then you can still pick up a signed copy for yourself here.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Steampunk Thursday: Redemption '15

Tomorrow (Friday 20 February) sees Redemption '15, the Multimedia Science Fiction Convention kick off at the Britannia Hotel in Coventry. The event runs until Sunday 22 February, and I shall be there this year as Guest of Honour.

The event programme has been released and I will be taking part in the following panels during the course of the weekend:

Friday 20 February
5.00pm - Meet the Guests (panel)
8.00pm - Opening Ceremony
10.00pm - It's sh!t but we like it (panel)

Saturday 21 February
12.00pm - How to Write an Adventure Gamebook (workshop)
4.00pm - Has Steampunk Had Its Day? (panel)
I may also be taking part in...
8.00pm - Mark Gatiss Appreciation Society (panel)

Sunday 22 February
11.00am - Guest Talk
12.30pm - Signing Autographs
4.00pm - Closing Ceremony

I will be selling my books - Pax Britannia and YOU ARE THE HERO mainly - over the course of the weekend, and will also have Archimedes the Steampunk Parrot in tow.

So maybe I'll see you there...