Only the Guilty Live new cover reveal!

As you might be aware, I released my grimdark (fancy for horror fantasy) novella, Only the Guilty Live, on Kindle late in 2018.

The story of a PTSD suffering soldier teaming up with several others, including a former slave, a dispossessed bigoted colonist who lost his family during the civil war, and a demon possessed child, to free a noble trapped in a besieged city, Only the Guilty Live came with a cover made by…me!

It’s an okay cover, as homemade covers go.  It also is a well-known image – Goya’s Saturn Devouring His Son.  I’ve never been 100% happy with it.  A well-designed, striking cover draws attention, and I fear that my attempt did anything but achieve that goal.

So, to remedy that, I’ve been fortunate to have engaged the services of a Melbourne professional book cover designer, Onur Aksoy, who designed the new cover you see at the bottom of this post!

Onur can be reached here:  https://www.onegraphica.com  or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/onegraphica  or via his Instagram page:  https://www.instagram.com/onegraphica_bookcoverdesign/

I think you’ll agree that this new cover is a huge improvement on the original – it’s moody and brooding, which matches the tone of the novella.  It’s also very well composed.

Massive thanks to Onur, for agreeing to work on this for me – he was easy to work with and provided a product he’s proud of, and I’m delighted to have grace my story.

The quality of his work speaks for itself and at the higher tiers, it’s outstanding!R-Mammone-Guilty

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A collection of reviews

Hi all,

For better or worse, Amazon is the lifeblood of the book industry today.  And what gets the lifeblood pumping is reviews.  Click on the links below to check out reviews for each of the following titles I’ve been involved in.  Most good, one not so good (his opoinion, I disagree, politely!)

If you’ve bought and read something by me, and haven’t had a chance to review it on Amazon, give it a go, please!

 

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Rise of the Dominator – it’s out there, folks!

So, as many of you would know, I had a book published this month by Candy Jar Books, called Rise of the Dominator.  Eighteen months of work, including some (metaphorical) blood, sweat and tears and some (literal) screaming, bitter denunciations, imprecations and selling of souls (not mine, yours), and my little book is out in the world.

Begun in September 2017 and finished about a year later, Rise of the Dominator is my first published novel (the other, unpublished novel, languishes on a hard drive at home and at work.  One day…)  I’m especially proud of Rise, not only because I think it’s a pretty good read, but the fact I managed to get it completed and out in the world.  And to think I once thought writing a book was the easiest thing in the world (idiot).

Special thanks to Shaun at Candy Jar and especial thanks to range editor Andy Frankham-Allen – Rise wouldn’t be as good as it is without his wonderful help and advice.  Thanks, Andy!

All the ordering information is below, but first, a big request – if you’ve read the book, please leave a review – somewhere, anywhere, but particularly Amazon, if you don’t mind.  Something about the power of algorithms changing the fabric of the universe…look, it’s maths – I was never any good at it.  But I do know all your kind thoughts on the book help put it in front of more people.

First, the blurb!

 

London 1973 – A man in police custody burns to death with no known cause of ignition. Anne Travers and Bill Bishop find themselves catapulted into the middle of a police investigation into the rise to power of the newest criminal godfather – the Big Man, aka, the Dominator, Dominic Vaar!

A Spanish safe cracker lands on the English coast and is whisked away to a secret meeting with none other than Vaar. His mission? To liberate a priceless sword forged when Sumer was young, a sword whose unshakeable thirst for life threatens the existence of all life.

And lurking in the background plots a fugitive Nazi, using Vaar’s rise to power and his own knowledge of the occult as cover for his plans to build a new Reich on British soil.

Lost in time and brought together by destiny, can Sir Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart from BBC TV’s Doctor Who, Dame Anne Travers and Brigadier Bill Bishop stop Britain being pitched into a new age of darkness?

 

Obviously, you should all support Candy Jar Books by purchasing the novel direct from them here.

However, if you prefer, Amazon has the paperback here.

And the Kindle here.

And if like me you like free postage anywhere in the world, the Book Depository is selling it here

The cover is by the supremely talented Adrian Salmon whose site is here

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Rise of the Dominator – press release!

Below is the press announcement for my first published novel, Rise of the Dominator.

Candy Jar Books is proud to announce book four in its anniversary series of Lethbridge-Stewart novels, The Laughing Gnome: Rise of the Dominator.

Following on from The Laughing Gnome: The Danger Men, book four sees the team get back together when they all arrive in 1973 and face off against the Dominator, Director Vaar!

Rise of the Dominator sees the return of popular Lethbridge-Stewart author, Robert Mammone, who previously wrote two short stories for the range, and the first of the Travers & Wells novella range.

Robert says: “When Lethbridge-Stewart range editor Andy Frankham-Allan reached out to me and asked if I was interested in being a part of the latest run of Lethbridge-Stewart books, I was, of course, surprised, ecstatic and to be honest, a little daunted. Writing my Travers & Wells novella had been a relatively smooth affair, but a 40,000 word novella is a different beast to a full novel. There were a few times during the writing process where I wondered whether I had bitten off more than I could chew but, thankfully, Andy talked me off the ledge and here we are!”

Rise of the Dominator sees the return of Director Vaar, the Dominator behind the nuclear machinations in the 2015 novel, Mutually Assured Domination (a special edition of which is due publication to tie-in with Rise of the Dominator). Andy talks about why it took so long for the Dominator to return: “The Dominators, in particular Vaar, was originally planned to return in 2017 but sadly that novel fell through, and then it was planned for 2018 with a different author, but the cessation of the ongoing narrative put it on hold once again. The Dominators are, of course, the main antagonists behind the Travers & Wells range, as seen in the short story, Time and Again. But the idea of bringing Vaar back as a gangster in 1970s London has been on the backburner for a couple of years, and when it was decided that The Laughing Gnome would be set in the various decades of Lethbridge-Stewart’s association with Doctor Who, it seemed the time was right to finally do a Gangster Dominator story.”

Robert talks more about the development of his gangster story: “I’d long had a story idea lurking around in the back of my head for a while about alien knowledge that looks like black magic, with Nazis thrown into the mix, which I readily adapted to this new storyline. The setting was the key for me, and early ‘70s Britain, with its Satanic rituals in cemeteries, and the tabloid coverage of it, seemed the place to be. There’s something about the grit and grime of the era that is inherently appealing, against the rather slick and superficial modern day we’re forced to endure. I’ve strived for verisimilitude for the most part – sideburns, flares, corduroy, The Sweeney, end of empire ennui, three-day weeks, uncollected rubbish, criminal gangs, Soho are all there, but so are an alien warlord on the make and a lurking Nazi.”

As well as alien warlords and Nazis, Rise of the Dominator finally reunites the Brigadier, Bill and Anne Travers, who have been separated since the end of book one, Scary Monsters. This was Robert’s first time writing for the Brigadier, who was absent in his previous works: “I really enjoyed writing for Anne Travers and Bill Bishop in my short story for Candy Jar, Eve of the Fomorians, so it was a pleasure to return to them in far different circumstances. And the chance to have Lethbridge-Stewart front and centre in the novel was something I could barely have thought possible. He was a lot of fun to write, in what is effectively a dual role. I hope that in my hands, the stoic, upright soldier with a twinkle in his eye still shines strongly through.”

The 1970s setting carries with it something special for fans of Doctor Who. Head of Publishing Shaun Russell explains: “As this range is a journey through the Brigadier’s association with Doctor Who (each book is set in a decade that featured him on the television series), setting a book during the UNIT era was a forgone conclusion. Of course, UNIT and the Doctor do not appear, but there are plenty of fan-pleasing nods to that era.”

The cover is by regular Lethbridge-Stewart artist Adrian Salmon, currently best-known for his work on the recent Doctor Who DVD animations, including the forthcoming The Macra Terror. Adrian says: “Illustrating Dominator Var as a cross between Al Capone and Reggie Kray was probably the best thing I’ve ever been asked to do by Candy Jar Books; I mean how can you go wrong? Once I’d settled on the central image, which included a menacing Golem from the story, I worked out the car chase. This being the ‘action scene’ of the cover, it needed to be dramatic and exciting, breaking out of the design template. Finally, I created a suitably seedy London street at night (think Soho), resplendent with neon lights and noir shadows. Eagle-eyed viewers might even spot that a certain film, which was doing the rounds at the time the book is set, is showing at the private cinema club.”

Blurb:

London 1973 – A man in police custody burns to death with no known cause of ignition. Anne Travers and Bill Bishop find themselves catapulted into the middle of a police investigation into the rise to power of the newest criminal godfather – the Big Man, aka, the Dominator, Dominic Vaar!

A Spanish safe cracker lands on the English coast and is whisked away to a secret meeting with none other than Vaar. His mission? To liberate a priceless sword forged when Sumer was young, a sword whose unslakeable thirst for life threatens the existence of all humanity.

And lurking in the background, plots a fugitive Nazi, using Vaar’s rise to power and his own knowledge of the occult as cover for his plans to build a new Reich on British soil.

Lost in time and brought together by destiny, can Sir Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, Dame Anne Travers and Brigadier Bill Bishop stop Britain being pitched into a new age of darkness?

The Laughing Gnome will continue in April and May with books five and six. Lucy Wilson and the Bledoe Cadets by Tim Gambrell, with On His Majesty’s National Service by David A McIntee.

NB: IF YOU HAVE A SUBSCRIPTION THE LAUGHING GNOME SERIES IS COVERED BY THIS. THIS BOOK IS ALSO INCLUDED IN THE LAUGHING GNOME SIX-BOOK BUNDLE.

The Laughing Gnome: Rise of the Dominator is available for pre-order now for £8.99 (+ p&p). The book is due for release at the end of March.

http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/riseofthedominator.html

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Travers & Wells now on Kindle!

My Candy Jar Books novella, Travers & Wells: Other Wars, Other Worlds has recently been re-released on Kindle, after the limited edition hardcover sold out!

Just in time for the BBC release of their adaptation of War of the Worlds, Travers & Wells sees Edward Travers (Doctor Who: Web of Fear) and HG Wells (Doctor Who: Timelash) venture into an alternate Britain…where the Martians won!

I loved writing it, and the readers love reading it!  Don’t take my word for it, check out the reviews at Goodreads!

A new review, from a German reader was posted to Goodreads.  Here it is reproduced below…

Für mich bisher die beste der Lethbridge-Stewart Novellas und das beste Doctor Who Spin-Off Duo seit Jago und Litefoot. Travers und Wells passen wirklich hervorragend zusammen. Die ganze Geschichte ist sehr gut geschrieben und spannend. Der Cliffhanger am Ende macht gespannt auf die (bestätigte) Fortsetzung. Sehr gut!

Um das ganze genießen zu können, sollte man auf jeden Fall Times Squared gelesen und Timelash gesehen haben.

Which translates…

For me the best of the Lethbridge-Stewart Novellas and the best Doctor Who spin-off duo since Jago and Litefoot. Travers and Wells are really great together. The whole story is very well written and exciting. The cliffhanger at the end is looking forward to the (confirmed) sequel. Very well!

To enjoy the whole thing, be sure to read Times Squared and see Timelash.

Not only is Travers & Wells available, but also my grimdark horror fantasy Only the Guilty Live is on Kindle for the pricely sum of barely a cracker! (No, seriosuly, it’s $0.99 everywhere!)  Check it out.

 

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Grimdark novella ‘Only the Guilty Live’ – published!

I’ve been heavily revising my sword and sorcery novella Only the Guilty Live for Kindle publication and it has gone live today!  I’ve added a new opening, and heavily revised the body of the story, adding around 3000 words in new text.

This is something of an experiment for me, hence the cover, Goya’s Saturn Devouring His Son has been nicked and modified for publication.  I’ll be pushing this a little around the usual places and will be interested to see if it gains any traction at all.

Here’s the description:

The Dirty Dozen meets The Exorcist in this exciting chase across a war-ravaged empire!

Marduk, the hero of the siege of Skalak’s Pass, is a nearly broken figure. But when his general commands him to lead one final mission deep into enemy territory, he cannot say no. Leading a rag-tag group of misfits, including the demon-possessed corpse of a child, he must overcome his own fears and venture into the besieged capital of the enemy to fulfill his mad Imperator’s demands.

Betrayal lurks in every corner, and not everyone gets out alive.

Sword and sorcery at its darkest, as blackest magic and highest ideals clash in this exciting novella that will tear at your heart while burying its fangs in your throat!

‘Mammone spins a taut tale, painted in deep shades of black, from which, by the end, all light has been removed.’ Fletcher Vredenburgh, Black Gate Online’

So, if you like your grimdark grim and dark, this is the novella for you.

I’d really appreciate it if people tweeted and generally spread the word on social media to give this at least the tiniest bit of traction.

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Major Spoilers Patreon and more!

So, I’ve been away from the blog for a while.  I doubt you’ve all been waiting with baited breath for my latest missive – one has to be realistic.

I have, however, been busy, beavering away at a new novel for Candy Jar.  They’re celebrating the Brigadier with a new series of linked novels, and mine, the third, is called The Day of the Matador.  Can’t say more than that, other than the first draft is complete, has been hit over the head with the editing hammer, and is having a lie down for a week or so before I take a butcher’s knife to the structure and give it a good hiding.

As a result, I haven’t had a chance to do much in the way of other writing.  I did manage to squeeze in a submission to this anthology which was a huge amount of fun to write, and is, how can I say, disgusting!  The submission process is ongoing, so we’ll hopefully find out whether it is loved or no soon.

The other writing I’ve done has revolved around reviewing comic books for the fantastic Major Spoilers site.  Owned/managed/wrangled by the indefatigable Stephen Schleicher, Major Spoilers has been around for just over twelve years and is one of the premiere comic review/discussion/coverage sites out there.

Not only that, but Stephen manages a large network of podcasts, dealing in RPG gaming, comic book and pop culture discussion, comic book reviews, comic book creator interviews and heaps more.

Major Spoilers relies on community input and funds.  Like many other creator owned sites, Major Spoilers has a Patreon running, which covers all the costs of a very large site with an extremely extensive catalogue.  I’ve signed up at the $5 level, which gives me access to bonus tracks, behind the scenes pre-show chatter and the satisfaction I’m helping an entrepreneur keep not only his dream alive but give it the chance to grow and expand to cover more news, more reviews and more podcasts!

Dare I suggest you show your support by signing up?

You can catch all my reviews here and there will be many, many more to come over the coming months.

While the Day of the Matador percolates on my hard drive, I’ve been sketching out ideas for some new writing efforts.  I hope, more as an experiment than a grand design to rake in tonnes of filthy Amazon lucre, to self-publish a novella in the next month or two.  I’m working on the edits and will begin looking into covers etc.

Otherwise, there are two other novellas I have in the pipeline, and possibly a collection (maybe self published) of my better short horror fiction efforts from the last few years.  We shall see.

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Travers & Wells – released!

In the last few months, I’ve had a 45,000 novella released from UK publisher, Candy Jar.  Of course, Candy Jar is well-known for its long running series of Lethbridge-Stewart books, based on the beloved Doctor Who character, Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart.

These books use elements, under license, from two 1960s Doctor Who stories, The Abominable Snowmen and The Web of Fear.  Characters such as Anne Travers, her father Professor Edward Travers, the Great Intelligence and its robotic servitors, the Yeti all appear throughout the books, which are set in the 60s and 70s.

I was approached last year to write a short story, Time and Again, which featured as a bonus extra in the John Peel penned novella, The Life of Evans.  Time and Again is effectively a ‘backdoor’ pilot for the range of stories featuring HG Wells (who appeared in Doctor Who’s Timelash, in 1985) and Professor Edward Travers.  More in the range are promised.

Travers & Wells (sub-titled Other Wars, Other Worlds) uses as its launching pad HG Wells‘ The War of the Worlds and then branches off as Travers and Wells attempt to survive a Britain overrun by the Martian invaders.

As you can imagine, I’m very proud of the end result, which came after a lot of blood, sweat and tears.  The cover, as you can see below, is fantastic and many thanks are owed to my editor, Andy Frankham-Allen for keeping me on the straight and narrow.

If the idea intrigues you, and you like page turning action adventure that never lets up, then I trust Travers & Wells will suit you to the ground.  Certainly the guys at the Traveling the Vortex podcast, reviewing the novella in their latest release, absolutely loved it!

400 hardcover copies are available in this limited run, so go here to order yours!TAW_Cover

 

 

 

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Between the Tracks: Tales from the Ghost Train anthology out now! (I’m in it!)

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Delighted to announce that I have a short story in a newly released anthology called Between the Tracks: Tales from the Ghost Train which is available now.  The editor is fellow Australian Steve Dillon, and he’s put together a cracker of a book.

Snag a copy of the hardcover, (which has a 6 page comic included) or the tpb or paperback at  Amazon or the Book Depository

The theme is all things to do with trains, and features works from writers such as Ramsey Campbell and M.R. James, which makes me enormously proud (and a little freaked out) to be included with these wonderful authors of the weird and horrific.

 

 

 

 

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Two stories by me available from Pseudopod

It’s been about seven years since two of my stories, The Copse and Widdershins, were made available as free audio readings from the horror site, Pseudopod.

The Copse sees a family relocate due to the GFC and come up against strange doings in rural England.  As a listener said on the Pseudopod forums:

I liked this one quite a bit. To me, anyway, it’s not really about what happens, because it’s pretty clear from the beginning that our poor protagonists are doomed — if this were a movie, I’d be yelling at the screen for that family to get out of the friggin’ house! — but more about anticipating the slow unreeling of their inevitable doom. As others have pointed out, it’s about atmosphere, and the kind of horror that is based not in shock or gross-out but gradual, mounting dread. I thought the author pulled this off quite well, here.

Widdershins is a creepy little story about a fellow who may be on a path that unmakes the world.  That should turn out okay, you know? As another listener said:

I loved this one. The hints about weird things having happened on previous occasions of the ritual were very effective. The characters were fleshed out just enough to involve you in the events. The idea that a man could unseat reality simply by walking in a certain direction at a certain time was the brilliant part. It felt like a nightmare, and the transition was handled perfectly. Also, the images at the end were horrifically beautiful–surreal and suggestive rather than blatantly monstrous.

Click the links on each of the titles in the first paragraph and you’ll be exposed, like a dose of hard radiation, to these two early horror stories from me.  I like them and hope you do too!

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