Friday, 18 September 2020

Gamebook Friday: NEVERLAND - Here Be Pirates!

Tomorrow, Saturday 19th September, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so today seemed like the perfect occasion to plug my pirate-themed ACE Gamebook NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters!

In fact, I have a flash sale on. You can buy a signed copy direct from me, with playable character bookmarks included, for £10. And if you live in the UK, postage is free!

NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters!
900 section gamebook
Signed by the author
4 playable character bookmarks

Post and packing

Think you know Peter Pan? Think again!

Monday, 14 September 2020

Thought for the Day

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”
~ William Faulkner, author

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

National Teddy Bear Day

Held annually on 9th September, National Teddy Bear Day honours the history of one of childhood's favorite toys.

In 1902, American President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear cub while out hunting in Mississippi. The incident made national news, with Clifford Berryman publishing a cartoon of the event in the Washington Post on 16th November 1902, and the caricature became an instant classic.

The Berryman cartoon of Teddy Roosevelt and the cub inspired New York store owner Morris Michtom. He created a new toy and even had a name in mind. Michtom wrote to President Roosevelt to ask permission to name the new toy a 'Teddy Bear'.

Naturally, the Teddy Bear is one of the PCs in the forthcoming 'TWAS - The Roleplaying Game Before Christmas, and has the Special Abilities Charm, Fearsome and Strength. All it wants is to keep its child-owner safe from harm. The faithful, big-hearted bear can do this by giving the child a comforting cuddle, when required, or by fighting off those who would threaten its beloved owner, in a frenzy of flailing claws.

To find out more about 'TWAS - The Roleplaying Game Before Christmas, an RPG based on last year's ACE Gamebooks release 'TWAS - The Krampus Night Before Christmas, follow this link.

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland LIVE!

After a very successful four week run, playing through Beowulf Beastslayer, tonight Ken Boyter of The Bottled Imp Fellowship is going to commence a live readthrough of the original ACE Gamebook, Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland.

So why not join Mad Hatter Ken from 7:00pm BST on Facebook, and if you have yet to pick up a copy of Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland, you can do so here.

Monday, 7 September 2020

Thought for the Day

"Social media gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community... but now they have the same right to speak as a Nobel Prize winner. It's the invasion of the idiots."
~ Umberto Eco, author

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Warhammer Wednesday: Uprising - A Necromunda Anthology

I love New Book Day. And the latest New Book Day was yesterday, when these arrived.

It is seventeen years since Necromunda Underhive appeared in 2003, which featured the last pieces of Necromunda fiction I have had published to date. And now Uprising: A Necromunda Anthology features my latest short story for the Black Library.

Paradise, sees a gang of Orlocks looking for a lost dome. It is rumoured to be an oasis of fresh water and clean air, a veritable... paradise. But the Dust Dogs aren't the only ones searching for it...

Uprising: A Necromunda Anthology is released on 1st October.

Monday, 31 August 2020

Thought for the Day

"I Learned Today: Over 80% of published authors stop after three books. About 10% of published authors make it to six books. And 5% make it to twelve."
~ Mark Chadbourn

Saturday, 29 August 2020

Short Story Saturday: World War Cthulhu

World War Cthulhu: The Fiction Anthology is now available through DriveThruRPG. Now only that but it's been marked down by 20% for the duration of this weekend!

As the shadows of war gather over Europe something is stirring within the darkness; something far older than humankind. Those with evil intent will seek to harness these terrible powers, while those fighting to turn the tide of war will find themselves up against far more than bullets and bombs. In forgotten R’lyeh, Cthulhu stirs as the mighty armies of the Third Reich march.

Critically-lauded editor Jonathan Oliver (The End of The Line, House of Fear, Magic) has collected together fourteen original tales of the Mythos including work by James Lovegrove, Weston Ochse, Rebecca Levene, Robin D. Laws, Simon Bestwick, Gaie Sebold, T.P. Pike, Sarah Newton, Greg Stolze, Paul Finch, John Llewellyn Probert, Jonathan Green, Archie Black and World Fantasy Award winner Lavie Tidhar.

The World War: The Cthulhu Fiction Anthology is an ebook download, featuring ePub, mobi and prc formats.

Monday, 24 August 2020

Thought for the Day

"You are never truly locked down with a book. Books give you room to exist beyond the reality you're given. Reading makes the world better. It is how humans merge. How minds quietly and deeply connect and expand. Dreams. Empathy. Understanding. Escape. Reading is love in action."
~ Matt Haig

Friday, 21 August 2020

Gamebook Friday: ACE Gamebooks at Virtually Expo

Virtually Expo - the online, social-distanced, coronavirus-free of the UK Games Expo - kicks off today and runs from 9.00am Friday 21st - 7.00pm Sunday 23rd August 2020.

You can visit the ACE Gamebooks virtual stand at V-814 where you will be able to find out more about the books in the series, as well as buy signed copies, just as you would at the psychical version of the event. I even have some Fighting Fantasy Fest T-shirts for sale.

I am hoping that we will all be able to gather at the UK Games Expo again next June, but in the meantime I hope you will stop by my virtual stand this weekend and maybe buy a book or two.

Thursday, 20 August 2020

Cthulhu Thursday: Happy Birthday, Mr Lovecraft!

Today is - or rather, would have been - H P Lovecraft's 130th birthday. The impact his work made on the horror and science fiction genres cannot be underestimated, and his Cthulhu mythos has inspired writers and artists all over the world.

I have written a number of stories that reference the Cthulhu mythos, and I have move ideas I would like to develop in the pipeline. I also edited an anthology of Cthulhu short stories that merged Lovecraft's creations with the Bard of Stratford's plays. There are even elements of the mythos in my ACE Gamebook NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters!

So why not check one of them out today?

An anthologie of fine stories inspir’d by the Bard of Stratford and the Lovecraftian Mythos

Imagine if it had been William Shakespeare, England’s greatest playwright, who had discovered the truth about the Great Old Ones and the cosmic entity we know as Cthulhu, rather than the American horror writer H P Lovecraft.

Imagine if Stratford’s favourite son had been the one to learn of the dangers of seeking after forbidden knowledge and of the war waged between the Elder Gods in the Outer Darkness, and had passed on that message, to those with eyes to see it, through his plays and poetry. Welcome to the world of Shakespearean Cthulhu!

To mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, Snowbooks proudly presents fifteen stories of eldritch horror that blend the Bard’s most famous plays with Lovecraft’s most terrifying creations. But before you dip into this curséd tome, be warned – that way madness lies...

A Dark Tale of the Cthulhu Mythos

“When oblivion comes, it is forever, as endless as the slumber of those beings that lie buried beneath the roots of the world, dreaming in darkness.”

A writer’s research into the legend of the Lambton Worm takes a horrifying twist when he uncovers the true origin of the story: a legend that stirs, knowing the time for its rebirth is near…

An ACE Gamebook

On the 15th April, 1912, during her maiden voyage, the RMS Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg. 1,503 people died, including passengers and crew. But 706 people survived, among them Wendy Darling and her dog Nana...Separated from the rest of her family, Wendy's lifeboat is washed up on the shore of a mysterious island a place lost in time home to creatures long thought extinct, a forgotten tribe, and a boy who can never grow up.

But the notorious pirate Captain James Hook and his crew have also found their way to Neverland, and the island is angry...

In NEVERLAND Here Be Monsters! YOU decide which route to take, which perils to risk, and which of the island's strange, prehistoric denizens to fight. Play as shipwreck survivor Wendy Darling, automaton avenger Peter Pan, heroic hunter Tiger Lily, or plundering pirate Captain James Hook. But be warned whether you succeed in your quest or meet a dire end will be down to the choices YOU make.

Will you manage to escape from Neverland?

The Scottish Patient
As featured in the World War Cthulhu anthology

As the shadows of war gather over Europe something is stirring within the darkness; something far older than humankind. Those with evil intent will seek to harness these terrible powers, while those fighting to turn the tide of war will find themselves up against far more than bullets and bombs. In forgotten R’lyeh, Cthulhu stirs as the mighty armies of the Third Reich march.

Monday, 17 August 2020

Thought for the Day

"Each night when everyone is asleep I stand at the computer, tired, uninspired, and not wanting to work. But I open the document anyway, find my place, stare at it a bit, and then I start getting ideas. And then suddenly I'm not so tired anymore.."

~ Peter V. Brett

Friday, 14 August 2020

Gamebook Friday: ACE Gamebooks at Virtually Expo

Next weekend Virtually Expo is taking place from Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd August 2020. And ACE Gamebooks will be there!

In March, the organisers of the UK Games Expo took the difficult decision first to postpone, and then to cancel UK Games Expo 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, they were determined not to let the year pass without providing some way for everyone to enjoy as much of the Expo as possible. Thanks to the vast array of technology solutions available and the continued support of customers, volunteers, sponsors and show partners, they are happy to present Virtually Expo!

The ACE Gamebooks stand is V-814 and looks like this...

You can do all the things you would normally do if you visited the ACE Gamebooks stand at the physical UK Games Expo - in other words, buy signed books!

So please stop by next week, and let all your friends know. You can find out more about how Virtually Expo works here.

Monday, 10 August 2020

Thought for the Day

"Books are the mirrors of the soul."
~ Virginia Woolf

Saturday, 8 August 2020

Short Story Saturday: Have you listened to a good short story lately?

Thanks to some recent releases, and some older titles, you can now listen to three of my short stories as audiobooks, and a whole anthology of shark stories edited by Yours Truly.

Features my short story The Hunting of the Jabberwock.

Features my short story Who Walks With Death,.

Friday, 7 August 2020

Gamebook Friday: International Gamebook Day

I recently learned that 1st August is International Childfree Day, which drove it home to me that you really can have a day for anything.

So I am proposing that 27th August be designated as International Gamebook Day, when people around the world can celebrate their love of interactive fiction.

Why 27th August? Because it was on that day in 1982 that the first Fighting Fantasy gamebook, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, written by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, was first published.

So who's with me?

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Wonderland: An Anthology available now from Audible

Wonderland: An Anthology of Works Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, edited by Marie O'Regan and Paul Kane, and which features my short story The Hunting of the Jabberwock, is available now as an audiobook from Audible from today.

From the greatest names in fantasy and horror comes an anthology of stories inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Join Alice as she is thrown into the whirlwind of Wonderland.

Within this audiobook, you'll find myriad approaches to Alice, from horror to historical, taking us from the nightmarish reaches of the imagination to tales that will shock, surprise, and tug on the heart-strings. So, it's time now to go down the rabbit hole, or through the looking-glass or...but no, wait. By picking up this audiobook and starting to listen to it, you're already there, can't you see?

Also available from Audible...

Monday, 3 August 2020

Thought for the Day

"A lot of people think that you wait to get creative, and then get to work. But more often than not, the truth is you get to work and then get creative."

~ Peter V. Brett

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Short Story Saturday: The Doll's House

Available now from Green Man Books and Audible, as an audiobook narrated by Lesley Dessalles...

What horror dwells behind its peeling paint façade and lifeless windows?

A young mother, struggling after the birth of her second child, starts to question her sanity when the appearance of an unwanted childhood toy rekindles unwelcome nightmares.

A chilling tale written by award-winning author Jonathan Green.

“Jonathan Green will make you lose sleep." ~

"Seeing the name Jonathan Green on a cover of a novel, for me, sells it instantly." ~

Download The Doll's House from Audible here, and download the eBook from Amazon here.

Friday, 31 July 2020

Gamebook Friday: NEVERLAND - Here Be Reviews!

When a new book comes out I excitedly/anxiously check for any reviews, but I often forget to check

Recently I happened upon NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters! on and discovered these rather pleasing reviews...

"If you are wanting to give modern gamebooks or choose-you-own adventure style books a chance, this is a great one to get started with."

"The characters aren't exactly like the book and movies that we've enjoyed and loved before. Rather, they are a twist on the classics. The story is enjoyable, with many options, twists, and turns. You might encounter Giant Serpents and Sabre-Tooth Tigers, or Saurian Lizards and a Colossal Crocodile."

"The actual writing is so imaginative and the artwork is amazing. Definitely recommend all of Jonathan Green’s adventure gamebooks."

"J. M. Barrie's fantasy world is re-imagined by Jonathan Green through a "mixed fantasy" lens with an RPG bent. The book provides re-playability since each of the four characters available for selection provide different perspectives and play-styles, and each with a unique ending. A recommended read especially for gamebook aficionados, though if you are not familiar with other works by the author, then you clearly aren't a gamebook fan."

You can buy your own copy of NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters! on here, and on here, and a signed copy direct from the author here.

Monday, 27 July 2020

Thought for the Day

"Life is always going to be stranger than fiction, because fiction has to be convincing, and life doesn't."
~ Neil Gaiman

Monday, 20 July 2020

Thought for the Day

"Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy."

~ Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Warhammer Wednesday: Humble Warhammer Bundle 2020

The Age of the Imperium is at hand in Humble Bundle's newest bundle!

Guide mankind (or their foes) in games like Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Collection, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III, and Blood Bowl 2 Legendary. Plus, your purchase will support SpecialEffect and a charity of your choice!

One of the games that comes as part of the most basic level is my very own Legacy of Dorn: Herald of Oblivion, so this is probably your very last chance to get hold of Tin Man Games' app adaptation of my Path to Victory gamebook.


So don't delay - download the Humble Warhammer Bundle 2020 today!

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Beowulf Beastslayer LIVE!

This evening, at 7:00pm, Beowulf Beastslayer (my fourth ACE Gamebook) is going to be the subject of a live readthrough by Ken Boyter of The Bottled Imp.

So if you've ever wondered how Beowulf Beastslayer plays, check out the Event page here on Facebook, and don't miss the chance to pick up a signed copy of the adventure too.