Monday 30 September 2019

Thought for the Day

"Wherever they burn books, they will also end up burning people."

~ Heinrich Heine, poet

Sunday 29 September 2019

Buy your Fighting Fantasy Fest 3 T-shirt here!

If you were unable to attend Fighting Fantasy Fest 3, or you did attend but didn't get the chance to pick one up, we have some event T-shirts left over that you can buy, if you wish.

The T-shirts are available in Small (34-36"), Medium (38-40"), Large (42-44"), Extra Large (46-48") and Double XL (50-52") sizes, and cost £25 each.

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Small T-shirt (to fit chest 34-36")

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Saturday 28 September 2019

Short Story Saturday: Wonderland Reviews

Editors Marie O'Regan and Paul Kane, along with the team at Titan Books, have done a really good job of promoting Wonderland: An Anthology, and a large part of that has involved the epic book blog tour it's been on.

Personally, I took a great deal of satisfaction from reading this review on Blue Book Balloon:

"Jonathan Green's The Hunting of the Jabberwock gives us the true story of this famous quest - in which things turn out to be both less, and more, heroic than the legend which has been handed down. Drawing on the possibilities for the Hunt as a self-contained episode Green creates what could almost be a Dungeons & Dragons module, complete with an eager young Squire, a battered, world-weary knight and an unfriendly Hermit. Liberally spattered with gyres and gimbles, more raths and fearsome Jubb Jubb birds, this story is fun and entertaining."

This one on Rising Shadow:

"The Hunting of the Jabberwock by Jonathan Green... This is one of the best and most entertaining fantasy stories I've read this year, because the story is gripping and the ending has a nice twist to it."

And this one over on Grimdark Dad:

"The Hunting of the Jabberwock by Jonathan Green was an absolute blast, and ended up being one of my favorites in the collection. It’s whimsical without being too cute, and really funny on top of it. It’s basically epic/heroic fantasy, and comes with a killer twist! This was awesome!"

And then there's this one posted by The Sassy Book Geek:

"This story tells the tale of a character named Nobody who is seeking out the Jabberwock to become a monster slayer and claim a reward. The “Alice” references here are very clear and I have to say I really enjoyed this one for the characters, plot, and writing. It’s got action and even a few twists, which for such a short story was definitely a nice surprise! The ending was one of those twists and while one was pretty satisfying the other was a little bleak but this is horror after all. Overall a creative and entertaining story!"

The Hunting of the Jabberwock was also one of Sarah's highlights at Feeling Fictional.

If you don't already have one, you can pick up a copy of Wonderland: An Anthology here, and my own Alice-inspired book, Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland here.

Friday 27 September 2019

Gamebook Friday: Dracula - Curse of the Vampire

I've been sitting on this news for a while, but having already informed subscriber's to my Newsletter, and members of the ACE Gamebooks Facebook group, earlier this week, it's now time to tell the rest of the world.

The sixth title in the ACE Gamebooks series will be Dracula - Curse of the Vampire, and will be published by Snowbooks in the autumn of 2020, following a (hopefully) successful crowdfunding campaign, which will happen early next year.

And I am delighted to announce that Martin McKenna will be illustrating the book. This will be the first time we have collaborated on a gamebook in ten years, and anyone who knows Martin's art from such classic genre titles as Vault of the Vampire, Dead of Night, Howl of the Werewolf, and Night of the Necromancer, will know that we are in for a treat!

To be kept up to date with developments, subscribe to my Newsletter and make sure you sign up to of the ACE Gamebooks Facebook group too, just to be certain.

And yes, you will be able to play the adventure as Count Dracula himself.

Monday 23 September 2019

Thought for the Day

"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe."
~ H. G. Wells

Saturday 21 September 2019

Short Story Saturday: Tales from Wonderland and the Red Planet

Wonderland, the Alice in Wonderland-inspired anthology, has been been undertaking an epic blog tour of late, which has resulted in all sorts of positive comments. But the one which stood out for me was the one that appeared on Set the Tape, and that mentioned my own story, The Hunting of he Jabberwock.

Meanwhile, the latest issue of the Judge Dredd Megazine (#412), features a piece by Stephen Jewell about the Scarlet Traces anthology, which mentions my own story, Wonderful Things, and even includes a soundbite from Yours Truly*.

Wonderland: An Anthology , published by Titan Books, and Scarlet Traces: A War of the Worlds Anthology, published by Abaddon Books, are both available to buy now.

* Although I'm not keen on the rather pejorative use of the word 'claims' in that part of the article.

Tuesday 17 September 2019

Tie-in Tuesday: Wonderland - out now!

Wonderland, the anthology of original works inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, edited by Marie O'Regan and Paul Kane, is published today by Titan Books.

Featuring 18 stories by the likes of M. R.Carey, Genevieve Cogman, James Lovegrove, Alison Littlewood, Cav Scott, George Mann, Catriona Ward and Yours Truly, reviewers and book bloggers have been going all Mad Hatter over the book.

Here's what one reviewer had to say: "There is something for everyone here... What the anthology tells me as a whole, is that Lewis Carroll’s story is a living entity, ripe for adaptation and inspiring to every new generation and reader."

Wonderland is available to buy here.

Monday 16 September 2019

Thought for the Day

"The most beautiful and deepest experience a man can have is the sense of the mysterious."

~ Albert Einstein

Monday 9 September 2019

Thought for the Day

"It is huge fun writing a synopsis for a book that doesn't yet exist. It's like the work of those early map-makers who, lacking any knowledge of a particular ocean, spent their time making up sea monsters."

~ Rod Duncan, author

Thursday 5 September 2019

Steampunk Thursday: Scarlet Traces - Out Now!

Scarlet Traces: An Anthology Based on H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds, edited by Ian Edginton, is available now!

It is the dawn of the twentieth century.

Following the Martians' failed invasion of Earth, the British Empire has seized their technology and unlocked its secrets for themselves. It is a Golden Age of discovery, adventure, culture, invention—and of domination, and rebellion.

Scarlet Traces reveals a world of ant-headed nightmares; vacuum salesmen; war machines; deadly secrets; clockwork marvels; and Sherlock Holmes, T. S. Eliot and Thomas Edison as you've never seen them before...

Including stories by Stephen Baxter, I. N. J. Culbard, Adam Roberts, Emma Beeby, James Lovegrove, Nathan Duck, Mark Morris, Dan Whitehead, Chris Roberson, Maura McHugh, Jonathan Green, and Andrew Lane.

Ian Edginton is a New York Times bestselling author and multiple Eisner Award nominee.

His recent titles include the green apocalypse saga The Hinterkind for DC/Vertigo; Steed and Mrs Peel for BOOM, the steam- and clock-punk series Stickleback, Ampney Crucis Investigates and Brass Sun for the legendary UK science fiction weekly, 2000 AD; game properties Dead Space: Liberation and The Evil Within for Titan Books, and the audio adventure Torchwood: Army of One for the BBC.

He has adapted the complete canon of Sherlock Holmes novels into a series of graphic novels for Self Made Hero, as well writing several volumes of Holmes apocrypha entitled The Victorian Undead. He has also adapted H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds as well as writing several highly acclaimed sequels, Scarlet Traces and Scarlet Traces: The Great Game.

He lives and works in England. He keeps a bee.

Also out today is Dr Janina Ramirez's brand new Ladybird Expert book about Beowulf. And yes, that is the same Dr Janina Ramirez off the telly who wrote a cover quote for Beowulf Beastslayer.