Tuesday 31 March 2020

DRACULA - Curse of the Vampire Late Pledges


Even if you missed the Kickstarter for my latest ACE GamebookDRACULA - Curse of the Vampire, you can still place a Late Pledge.

Here's what you need to do if you would like to make a Late Pledge to the Kickstarter:
  1. Look through the list of Rewards below and select the one you would like by clicking on the PayPal button underneath it.
  2. Look through the list of Add-ons and select any you would like by clicking on their PayPal buttons.
  3. Once you have selected your Reward and Add-ons, you will need to checkout through PayPal to actually place your Late Pledge.
  4. If you have selected any physical rewards, you will need to pay for postage at a later date, when the books are ready to ship in Spring 2021.
Please note - you can find out more about precisely what comes with each reward level by visiting the DRACULA - Curse of the Vampire project page here.


Monday 30 March 2020

Dracula - Curse of the Vampire... 18 hours to go!

Dracula - Curse of the Vampire has just 18 hours left to run on Kickstarter. If you haven't backed the project yet, now's the time to do so, and if you have, now's the time to make sure you've selected all the Add-ons you require, from Playing Cards and Dice, to T-shirts and copies of my other ACE Gamebooks.


Thought for the Day

"Measures of success change depending who we talk to – my accountant probably doesn't care that my book has won awards, but I know my publisher does."

~ Damian Barr, writer

Friday 27 March 2020

Gamebook Friday: Alice's Nightmare in Italy

Next week I was supposed to be attending PLAY: The Games Festival, held in the Italian city of Modena. The Italian language version of Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland was due to launch at the event, and I was going to be signing copies of the book.

As things stand, PLAY has been postponed until the end of May, but I really can't say for certain at this time whether (a) the event will still go ahead, or (b) whether I'll be there.

However, in anticipation of the launch of L'Incubo di Alice nel Paese Delle Meraviglie, I was interviewed for Librograme's Land Magazine. You can read the interview, if you can read Italian, here.

I was also supposed to be giving a talk to The Lewis Carroll Society in London this evening, but, unsurprisingly, it has been cancelled.

In other gamebook-related news, Dracula - Curse of the Vampire now has just four days left to run on Kickstarter and has already passed Stretch Goal #1. Can we reach Stretch Goal #2 before Tuesday lunchtime? If everyone keeps spreading the word, I am sure we can!

I must have been subconsciously influenced by the Coronavirus Pandemic, as there are four places in the adventure where you can pick up infectious diseases!

Tuesday 24 March 2020

Dracula - Curse of the Vampire... One week to go!

The Dracula - Curse of the Vampire Kickstarter concludes one week today, at 1:00pm on Tuesday 31st March.

Currently, we're about £800 away from hitting the first stretch goal, which would pay for additional art for the book.

In terms of the writing, I am now more than halfway through the Vampire Hunters' adventure, but once that's done I will still have to write Dracula's narrative path through the book.

So if you've yet to back the project, don't delay and do so today. And if you have already backed the project, thank you very much and please keep spreading the word.

Monday 23 March 2020

Thought for the Day

"There is no shame in having another job: Kurt Vonnegut managed a car dealership and Harper Lee was a travel agent. But, yes, it bewilders and depresses me that even the crappiest footballer is paid more than our finest literary novelists."

Damian Barr, writer

Sunday 22 March 2020

Alice's Nightmare in Lockdown-Land

Having to occupy restless children while the schools are shut due to the Corona Crisis? Feeling stressed and need something to help you relax, now that you can't go to the gym or down the pub?

Then you need the Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland Colouring Books, illustrated by Kev Crossley and published by Snowbooks.

Saturday 21 March 2020

Short Story Saturday: FREE Reads

I suspect that a large number of people who read this blog will currently be self-isolating in their homes, or are practising social distancing and so will be looking for alternative forms of entertainment for the next month or so. As a result, I thought you might like to know about some of my stories that are available to read for FREE.

If zombies, steampunk alternative histories, Lovecraftian horrors, or occult detective stories are your thing, then this little lot should keep you going for a couple of days. Simply click on the cover of the story you would like to read...

The Nazis, desperate for victory at all costs, explored every avenue open to science, including some long forgotten... and some best left dead. But what if they had succeeded?

In the obscure village of Totenstadt, a team of the Reich's best minds, under the terrible Colonel von Teufel, are blending technology and the occult to create a new and terrible weapon, to test the boundary between life and death itself.

Elite British snipers Joe Randall, George "Ginger" Gibbs and Harry Atkins are sent deep into enemy lines to locate and destroy the facility. The mission will test their courage - and their sanity - to the limits...

When Courtney got together with Jimmy, she thought she was taking one small step towards getting out of this god forsaken mining town. Years went by and still she was barely making ends meet, peddling drinks and hoping for tips at the local strip joint. Little did she know, her new life was just about to begin as a new infection spreads throughout town. Forget the beer soaked dollar bills and chump change, a new hunger is taking over now... hunger for fresh human flesh.

Action and adventure in a new Age of Steam!

In two scant months the nation and all her colonies will celebrate 160 years of Queen Victoria's glorious reign. But all is not well at the heart of the empire. It begins with a break-in at the Natural History Museum. A night watchman is murdered. An eminent Professor of Evolutionary Biology goes missing. Then a catastrophic Overground rail-crash unleashes the dinosaurs of London Zoo. But how are all these events connected? Is it really the work of crazed revolutionaries? Or are there yet more sinister forces at work?

Enter Ulysses Quicksilver - ­ dandy, rogue and agent of the throne. It is up to this dashing soldier of fortune to solve the mystery and uncover the truth before London degenerates into primitive madness and a villainous mastermind brings about the unthinkable - the downfall of the British Empire!

Pax Britannia is an exciting steampunk series, set on an alternate Earth where the British Empire still reigns and steam technology rules. This, the first Ulysses Quicksilver adventure, is a must-have for fans of steampunk and swashbuckling adventure alike!

Begleiten Sie Ulysses Quicksilver bei einem mysteriös-spannendem Abenteuer und lernen Sie die fantastische Welt von PAX BRITANNIA kennen.

VANISHING POINT ist eine Kurzgeschichte aus dem PAX-BRITANNIA-Zyklus von Jonathan Green, von welchem bisher die Titel UNNATURAL HISTORY und LEVIATHAN RISING auf deutsch erschienen sind.

“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…

A chilling tale of the Cthulhu mythos, written by award-winning author Jonathan Green.

A year on from the events of Charles Dickens’ 'A Christmas Carol', Ebenezer Scrooge finds himself visited once again by the ghost of his late business partner, Jacob Marley, who brings with him a new proposition. Just as Marley helped Scrooge to avoid the cruel fate that the last of the Three Spirits foretold, Marley wants Scrooge to help him reduce his time in Purgatory.

And so begins an epic adventure that will see the former friends face off against all manner of phantasms, freaks and fiends, with only one thing at stake… Everything!

Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghost-hunting partner Jacob Marley (already a ghost himself) visit the cathedral city of Cloisterham in order to investigate the disappearance of a young man... A certain Mr Edwin Drood.