Friday, 16 November 2018

Gamebook Friday: Black Friday Sale!

How would you like to get your hands on a signed copy of the hardback edition of YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2 for only £30?

Or how about a signed copy of the paperback edition of Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland or The Wicked Wizard of Oz for only £10?

This offer is on from Friday 16th - Friday 23rd November 2018, and post and packing within the UK is FREE!

To buy a signed copy of one of these books simply email info@jonathangreenauthor.com.


Monday, 12 November 2018

Thought for the Day

"They say everyone has a book in them. But nobody ever talks about which orifice it has to exit by."

Mark Lawrence, author

Friday, 9 November 2018

Gamebook Friday: ACE Gamebooks at Dragonmeet 2018

Three weeks tomorrow, on Saturday 1st December, I will be at Dragonmeet 2018, with my ACE Gamebooks - Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland and The Wicked Wizard of Oz.


I was hoping to have NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters! on sale too, but unfortunately it wasn't to be, as resident dinosaur wrangler Kev Crossley is still busy wrangling the dinosaurs. However, I may get some of his completed illustrations printed up and have them on display on my stand, to show people what they can expect from the new adventure.

And here's one of them, to keep you going for now.

Never smile at a Crocodile!

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Happy Birthday, Bram Stoker!

If he had still been alive, today would have been Bram Stoker's 171st birthday.

Arguably, it was the Irish author's gothic novel Dracula that made the vampire the horror icon it is today, and blood-suckers have certainly cropped up in works of mine from time to time over the years, including in Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland.

But I have never referenced the novel quite so directly as I will be in a project I plan to be working on next year...

Monday, 5 November 2018

Thought for the Day

"Of all the pieces of advice dealt out to aspiring authors, the one I hate most is, 'Write what you know.' It seems anti-ethical to the creative impulse. Instead, write what you love. Write what excites you. And if you don't know something essential, look it up. Have fun learning... Write with authenticity. Write the truth as you see it. Or write to find the truth."
~ Gareth L Powell, author

Friday, 2 November 2018

Gamebook Friday: Beasts, Wolves and Cheshire Cats

I have three pieces of gamebook-related news for you this week.

First of all, in case you haven't already heard, Beowulf Beastslayer funded on Wednesday, finally raising 136% of its original funding goal, meaning that two Stretch Goals were unlocked. If you didn't back the Kickstarter, look out for Beowulf Beastslayer in all good online retailers' webstores around this time next year.


Secondly, I was recently sent a copy of a fan-produced translation of my fifth Fighting Fantasy gamebook Howl of the Werewolf, and a very impressive piece of work it is too.


And last of all, copies of the German language edition of Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland arrived from Poland this week, for me to sign for those people who missed out on getting hold of a copy at the Frankfurt Book Fair - and there's quite a lot of them!


Until next time...

Monday, 29 October 2018

Thought for the Day

"Unsure about the world? Scared? Sad? Lemme help. YOU LIVE IN A WORLD WITH BOOKS! There are books f**king everywhere. Story containers! Idea boxes! Dead tree narrative delivery systems! Read a book! Write a book! Hug a book! BUILD AN IMPENETRABLE STRONGHOLD OF BOOKS!"

~ Chuck Wendig, author

Saturday, 27 October 2018

In the News: Beowulf Beastslayer!

Beowulf Beastslayer finishes its run on Kickstarter at 1:00pm this Wednesday - Halloween!

Which means there's still time to pledge your support and receive one of the heroic rewards that are on offer to backers.

Just in case you need a little more persuading, various articles about my new gamebook have appeared on various websites, which are worth checking out.

First there's Gamebook News, which posted a piece the very day the Kickstarter launched.


Then there's Starburst Magazine, which posted an interview with me about the book.


And most recently - today, in fact - Paul Hardacre's more in-depth interview was posted on Geek Syndicate.


Friday, 26 October 2018

Gamebook Friday: Beowulf Beastslayer has 5 days left to run on Kickstarter!

We are into the final week of funding for the Beowulf Beastslayer Kickstarter so, if you've not pledged your support already, now would be the perfect time.

Rewards on offer include:
  • an exclusive Beowulf miniature (as Stretch Goal #1 has been unlocked)
  • a set of 4 art prints
  • limited collector's hardbacks of  Beowulf Beastslayer signed by the author
  • your name in the Acknowledgements
  • an exclusive bookmark
  • digital wallpapers
If you still need convincing, you can read an extract of the adventure here.

Many people as Kickstarter to remind them about projects they have an interest in when there are 48 hours left to go. Currently Beowulf Beastslayer is being followed by over 300 people, so it will be interesting to see how many of them convert to actual backers before 1:00pm on Wednesday 31st October.

In the meantime, any and all help in promoting the Kickstarter and spreading the word about Beowulf Beastslayer will be very gratefully received.



Friday, 19 October 2018

Gamebook Friday: Alice im Düsterland at the Frankfurt Book Fair

This time last week I was on my way to the Frankfurt Book Fair for what turned out to be a very special birthday weekend indeed. I was there as a guest of Mantikore-Verlag, the German language publisher of Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland, who were launching my spielbuch at the event.


I arrived at Frankfurt airport to be greeted by publisher Nicolai Bonczyk holding a sign with my name on - a first for me! After checking in to my hotel, we made our way to the Book Fair where I met Nicolai's partner in business, and life, his lovely wife Karolina, and Alex, who works as a translator and proofreader for Mantikore, and who has his own YA fantasy novel coming out next Spring.

I had a scheduled signing slot at 3:00pm for an hour, but as soon as I arrived I found myself with pen in hand*, signing books for people, and posing for selfies. I was also interviewed by various book bloggers, including DieTeenX (who was wearing an Alice-themed dress) and Susanne (a.k.a. Solaria300). You can actually watch my interview with Susanne on YouTube.

My first book blog interview was with DieTeenX.

By the end of the day, Mantikore had a slight problem, in that they had sold out of copies of Alice im Düsterland! However, there was another geek con taking place nearby and so Nicolai was dispatched to collect several boxes of books.

It also happened to be my birthday last Friday and so the Mantikore team took me to dinner, where we were joined by superstar German gamebook author Jens Schumacher and his partner Mia. I sampled the local apfelwein and some very smooth spirit or other, as well as enjoying a feast of schnitzel, pork knuckle, and a special birthday apple strudel**. (I was also delighted to discover that we had been out on Franksteiner Strasse.)

Schnitzel und apfelwein!

When I arrived at the Book Fair on Saturday, it was to find people queueing to meet me and buy the book and - after a heading off to explore and grab some food - when I returned to Mantikore's stand in the afternoon it was to find even longer queues of people, some of whom had been waiting up to two hours! It was very flattering and all a little surreal***.

Having sold out again(!) Karolina then broke out the treats she had prepared especially for the event - cans of 'Drink Me' energy drink or prosecco, and little boxes of 'Eat Me' popcorn! There were even Düsterland-themed bottle openers, trinkets, and fantastic Cheshire Cat bags.

Does what it says on the tin, so to speak.

At dinner that night we were joined by more Mantikore authors, including Dominic Schmeller, and gamebook specialists Swen Harder (he of Rider of the Black Sun fame) and Jörg Benne (author of Verax: Das Experiment). Much discussion of gamebooks followed, not only concerning how we write them and the mechanics we employ, but also how in German they have made the successful transition to being regarded as suitable for adults whereas in the UK we are still struggling for them to be seen as any other than books for children. We also talked about how we might best capitalise on the success of Alice im Düsterland.

Sunday came and with it one last book of books, all of which sold out within five minutes. I then resorted to signing postcards while people filled in pre-order forms for the book, which has had to be reprinted. Which is nice.

The Mantikore-Verlag stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

There was then a chance for one last look round - Frankfurt Book Fair is like the London Book Fair and MCM Comic Con all rolled into one - and pick up something for the family, before heading to the airport. I left summer sunshine, clear skies, and temperatures of 26 degrees in Germany, to return to a cold and wet autumn in England. But it's okay - I'm already planning a return visit.

Other highlights of the weekend including meeting long-time reader, and Pax Britannia translator - Michael Knarr, meeting Game of Thrones German superfans Frank and Marion, and also meeting Bulgaria gamebook author Nikola Raykov (creator of GameTale).

Michael Knarr and Yours Truly.

It only remains for me to say another huge danke schön to Nicolai, Karolina and Alex, for looking after me so well and making such a fuss of me on my birthday, as well as all the authors, who so patiently spoke English for the entire weekend because my German is so poor****, and last, but my no means least, to all the fans. Alles gut und wunderbar!



* As well as a bottle of German beer!

** That was the second time that day that a group of German people sang Happy Birthday to me.

*** The other authors on the stand also started calling me a rockstar author!

**** Although it did improve when the beer was flowing, and I now know the German for both 'Curiouser and curiouser' and 'Welcome to Wonderland'.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Beowulf - The Epic in Performance

Last night I attended a performance of Beowulf, sung in Old English and accompanied by an Anglo-Saxon harp, given by Benjamin Bagby at the British Library, in London. The event was a prelude to a new exhibition that opens this Friday.

The audience await the performance with eager anticipation.

I do not speak or read Old English, but fortunately subtitles were provided! However, that said, it was still wonderful to hear the poem being recited, for the language is so rich and expressive, and Beowulf was meant to be performed, and listened to, rather than read. The accompaniment on the harp also took it to another level altogether - with the instrument itself being used as a prop on occasion!

Mr Benjamin Bagby himself.

It was interested how much of the language I could understand, particularly when Benjamin used both his voice and actions to emphasise what was happening. There was both action and atmosphere in his performance, humour and heroic deeds, and the hour and a half passed in a flash*.

Benjamin's interpretation of the text has also given me some more ideas to try to include in Beowulf Beastslayer. The Kickstarter still has 12 days left to run and is currently 114% funded, meaning that the first Stretch Goal has been unlocked and the second is within sight.




* The performance ended with Grendel's death in the boiling pool. To recite the entire poem would take about five and a half hours!

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Warhammer Wednesday: Orktober

This month, over on the Games Workshop website, it's Orktober.


I've written a few stories over the years featuring the alien greenskins, but most of them seem to have been branded as heretical texts and so are no longer available to buy, including the Nathan Creed Necromunda short story Boyz in the Hive*, and the Armageddon duology.

However, there is one story of mine that features orks that is still available to buy from the Black Library, and that is the much loved The Relic. Yes it's primarily about Black Templar Space Marines, but they go up against a lot of greenskins in the story, and I do mean 'a lot'.

The Relic is available as either an eBook download, or in print as part of the recently released War for Armageddon The Omnibus.


It's just a shame I never got to write a story set on the world of Gorkamorka.


* Not my name for the story, I hasten to add. It was supposed to be called Illegal Alien.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Thought for the Day

"I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."

~ L. M. Montgomery, Canadian author

Friday, 12 October 2018

Gamebook Friday: JG at Frankfurt Book Fair

This weekend I will be at the Frankfurt Book Fair, on the Mantikore-Verlag stand, helping to promote Alice im Düsterland, the German edition of my first ACE Gamebook Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland.


I will also be signing on the stand, so if you're attending, do stop by and say hello, and maybe even pick up a copy of Alice im Düsterland!


In other gamebook-related news, Beowulf Beastslayer is currently standing at 108% funded, with 18 days left to run on Kickstarter.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Thought for the Day

"A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us."
~ Franz Kafka

Friday, 5 October 2018

Gamebook Friday: Beowulf Beastslayer is live on Kickstarter

As many of you are no doubt already aware, my latest ACE Gamebook is currently funding on Kickstarter.*

In Beowulf Beastslayer, you take on the role of the eponymous hero Beowulf himself. You decide which path to take, which risks to brave, and even which of the strange creatures you will meet along the way to engage in battle.

Whether you survive your quest and rise to the level of lauded hero, and maybe even king, or succumb to the likes of the monster Grendel and his sea-hag mother, will be down to the choices YOU make.

I am delighted to report that Beowulf Beastslayer will be illustrated by Fantasy gamebook art legend Russ Nicholson. His portraiture and attention to detail - not to mention his undisputed skill at drawing caves! - make him the ideal illustrator to bring the world of 6th century Denmark to life.

If you back the Kickstarter at the HERO level or above, before 1:00pm today (Friday 5th October) you can also nab some rather special rewards, which, after that time, will go up in price.



So, if you've not already done so, check out Beowulf Beastslayer now, please tell all your friends too, and I'll see you again in the land of the Danes!



* As of 8:30am on Friday 5th October, the Kickstarter had 130 backers and was 86% funded in just under 4 days.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Tie-in Tuesday: Inferno! is back!

In the June of 1997, issue #210 of White Dwarf magazine was published and contained within was a strange pull-out called Inferno! "Issue Zero". It was a teaser for a forthcoming bi-monthly short story magazine, being put out by a new branch of Games Workshop, the Black Library. One of the stories contained within the taster copy of Inferno! was The Hounds of Winter, by Your Truly.

Skip forward 21 years and Inferno! is coming back this week, in the form of a short story anthology, and to celebrate Black Library are making the early issues of the original Inferno! available again through their Print on Demand service. Which means that you can get your hands on hard-to-get-hold-of short stories of mine, including the ever-popular Salvation - a story of Ultramarines, Tyranids and humanity that appeared in Inferno! #1 - and the first ever Nathan Creed Necromunda story Bad Spirits, which appeared in issue #3, not to mention the Kislevite mercenaries versus vampires slug-fest that is Dark Heart, in issue #5.

To find out more, simply follow this link. But don't hang around - this offer is only available for one month!

And in case you're wondering, I wrote a total of 13 short stories for the original incarnation of Inferno! - five Torben Badenov stories, five Nathan Creed stories, two Space Marines stories, and one Warhammer fire wizard story - along with various comic strips and other pieces.



Monday, 1 October 2018

Thought for the Day

"Art and fiction are important because they put us in the shoes of others. They create empathy and understanding, and promote education and intelligence. They allow us to share ideas and discuss what it means to be human, and unpack the fundamental commonalities we all share."

Friday, 28 September 2018

Gamebook Friday: The Beowulf Beastslayer Kickstarter launches on Monday

In case you've been living in 6th century Denmark and haven't already heard, the Kickstarter campaign for Beowulf Beastslayer, my fourth ACE Gamebook, launches on Monday 1st October 2018 at 9:00am BST.


Rewards on offer to backers included exclusive bookmarks, signed hardbacks, dice and card sets, and (if we achieve the necessary funding goals) exclusive miniatures of the main characters from the story.

To help get you in the mood, here's the promo video, now with added Old English! And I'll see you on Monday. ;-)


Monday, 24 September 2018

Thought for the Day

"How to be a Writer:
Re-read chapter you wrote yesterday.
Delete chapter.
Feel inexplicable sense of achievement.
Tea."

Friday, 21 September 2018

Gamebook Friday: Beowulf Beastslayer sets sail for the Land of the Danes soon!

On Monday 1st October 2018, the Kickstarter for Beowulf Beastslayer, my latest ACE Gamebooks project will go live. Five years in the making*, here's the video promo for the gamebook...



And if you want to know a little more about the story of Beowulf, here's me from five years ago, to fill you in...



* Or, more precisely, five years since I first announced the project.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Thought for the Day

"To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time." 

~ Leonard Bernstein, American composer and conductor

Friday, 14 September 2018

Gamebook Friday: ACE Gamebooks Abroad

Four weeks from today I will be attending the Frankfurt Book Fair for the first time. I will be a guest of Mantikore-Verlag who are launching the German language edition of Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland at the event.


In fact, Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland is becoming a rather well-travelled book. Long time readers of this blog will remember that The Wicked Wizard of Oz is already on display in the All Things Oz Museum in the United States, but in July I was contacted by Vladimir Dorda, from the Russian Federation, asking if I would be willing to donate copies of some of my books to the department of the international literature at the library where he works. And yesterday he sent me this photograph.

Vladimir with copies of The Wicked Wizard of Oz and Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland in the Anton Chekhov Library in the Russian city of Taganrog.

In other gamebook news, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain: Goblin Scourge Edition is now available to buy from the Nintendo eShop, which means that you can now play a game I worked on on your Nintendo Switch console.



I also sent NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters! to the publisher this week, ready to be laid out, which means that I've been able to spend some time working on my next ACE Gamebook, Beowulf Beastslayer.

The Kickstarter to fund Beowulf Beastslayer will launch on Monday 1st October 2018. Join the Beowulf Beastslayer Facebook group to be kept up to date with developments.


Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Monday, 10 September 2018

Thought for the Day

"Okay, writing advice. Best piece of writing advice I ever had was "Use words." This saved me a lot of trouble. I'd tried to write a short story using some cucumber slices and the skeletised spine of a vole, but the pacing was off, the plot dull, and the characters smelled weird."