Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland LIVE - Part 4!

 This evening, from 7:00pm BST on Facebook, Ken Boyter of The Bottled Imp Fellowship will be continuing his live readthrough of the original ACE GamebookAlice's Nightmare in Wonderland.


If you have yet to pick up a copy of Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland, you can do so here.



Saturday, 10 October 2020

Short Story Saturday: The Serpent's Egg - the audiobook!

I have been wanting to share this particular piece of news with you since April! And thereby hangs a tale...

When the world went into lockdown I had an idea; I would use ACX to produce audiobooks of some of my stories, which people would then download by the score and listen to while they were off work and trapped at home, providing myself with another income stream. The trouble is, every other writer on the planet had the same idea and, unbeknownst to me, ACX reduced their workforce quite dramatically.

Meanwhile, I put The Serpent's Egg out to tender, listened to audition samples, and finally chose Mark Rice-Oxley to be the voice actor who would record the Lovecraftian novella for me. This he promptly did, and a fantastic job he did of it too. However, the approval process, which I was expecting to take a month at most, ended up taking much longer than expected...

After three months, ACX rejected the audiobook, claiming that there were all sorts of things wrong with it - which there weren't - and so Mark re-submitted it to me and I re-submitted it to ACX for approval.

Fast forward another three months and ACX finally approved The Serpent's Egg audiobook for sale this morning. It only took six months(!), and in that time Lesley Dessalles' recording of The Doll's House was approved straightaway (after only another three months), but I am delighted that you can now download it and listen to it yourself.

To find out more, click on the audiobook cover below.

Friday, 9 October 2020

Gamebook Friday: 'TWAS - The Roleplaying Game Before Christmas

This time last year, I was preparing for the publication of 'TWAS - The Krampus Night Before Christmas (and a signed copy makes the perfect Christmas gift or stocking filler, by the way).

This year I am preparing for the publication of 'TWAS - The Roleplaying Game Before Christmas, a multi-player RPG inspired by the ACE Gamebook.

The RPG features the art originally produced for the gamebook, but this time in full colour, and I am delighted to be able to report that Tony Hough has returned to provide additional illustrations for the rulebook and the supplement The Lion, the Snitch and the Wardrobe. Illustrations like these...




Anyone who has read 'TWAS - The Krampus Night Before Christmas will doubtless be able to identity this pair.


Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland LIVE - Part 3!

This evening, from 7:00pm BST on Facebook, Ken Boyter of The Bottled Imp Fellowship will be continuing his live readthrough of the original ACE GamebookAlice's Nightmare in Wonderland.



If you have yet to pick up a copy of Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland, you can do so here.



Friday, 2 October 2020

Gamebook Friday: Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland 5th anniversary hardback

These have arrived, and will be winging their way to backers of the Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland 5th anniversary Kickstarter very soon...



As you can see, the new edition* matches the other ACE Gamebooks hardbacks.


* Which is actually the 6th English edition, to date.

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Necromunda: Uprising

This is released today...


At the poison heart of Necromunda, a sickness festers: where the word of Helmawr is law, the many go hungry… but murder is cheap, and meat is everywhere, for those willing to take it. While the nobles of the spire sit and watch, bloody-handed gangers war in an endless battle for survival.

The venator Yar Umbra cuts a swathe through Hive Primus, chasing the promise of escape from Necromunda. A cawdor juve, desperate to prove himself, finds a statue of the Emperor that will change his life forever. A corpse guild drudge learns what his superiors are desperate to keep forbidden. And Caleb Cursebound, ninth most dangerous man in the underhive, thief of the Hand of Harrow, flees to the remote mining settlement of Hope’s End, pursued by those who would see his reputation forever tarnished…

Uprising: A Necromunda Anthology features my first Necromunda fiction in seventeen years, a short story called Paradise. It is available to buy now.