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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The Havoc Files 3 – released!

Get the book my short story Eve of the Fomorians appears in here, from Candy Jar Books.

The range editor, Andy Frankham-Allan talks about the book and the contributors in this video.

 

 

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Time and Again coming from Candy Jar

I have a new short story appearing in an upcoming release from Candy Jar Books.

A quasi-sequel to the Doctor Who television adventure Timelash, Time and Again will appear as a special bonus in John Peel’s upcoming novella The Life of Evans arriving in March 2017.

I had a short story, Eve of the Fomorians, come out over Halloween 2016 and made available to subscribers of the range.

Happily, the editor of the Alistair Lethbridge Stewart range Candy Jar, Andy Frankham Allen liked my story and commissioned me to do another one.

Time and Again not only revists Karfel, and one of the key rebels who toppled the infamous Borad, but it’s actual remit is to set up a series of novellas, under the umbrella title, Travers & Wells.

Here’s the press release.  Travers & Wells will be a novella series inspired by the works of HG Wells.  It promises to be a very exciting range indeed.

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Let slip the Dogs of War and pre-order Havoc Files 3!

Candy Jar Press, through its Lethbridge Stewart range presents The Havoc Files 3, their latest, limited edition short story collection.  It brings together previously published short stories from 2016, plus new material, including my Hallowe’en spookfest, Eve of the Fomorians.

Pre-order here and have a read of part of the press release:

Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce its latest volume of The HAVOC Files, collecting short stories from late 2016 (in print for the first time) and brand-new exclusive material!

candy_jar_thf3_smallThe HAVOC Files 3 contains five short stories only previously available in digital format and released late-2016: The Last Duty by Christopher Bryant; Eve of the Fomorians by Robert Mammone; The Wishing Bazaar by Sharon Bidwell; The Feast of Evans by Simon A Forward, and Home for Christmas by the Author Collective. It also contains exclusive brand-new stories, including episode two of the three-part novella, The Lost Skin by Andy Frankham-Allen (episode one of which was published in The HAVOC Files 2).

Head of Publishing, Shaun Russell says: “We always enjoy putting these collections together, but we’re nearing a point where we have less previously-released short stories. Fortunately, this gives us the opportunity to release brand new material, making this latest collection an even more sought after product.”

Includes:

The Bledoe Cadets and the Bald Man of Pengriffen by Tim Gambrell
The Last Duty by Christopher Bryant
Eve of the Fomorians by Robert Mammone
The Wishing Bazaar by Sharon Bidwell
The Feast of Evans by Simon A Forward
Home for Christmas by The Author Collective
Slouching Towards Det-Sen by Shaun Collins 
Lucy Wilson by Sue Hampton

and

The Lost Skin by Andy Frankham-Allen
(part two of a brand-new novella)

Pre-order now!

 

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Grave Warnings horror anthology released!

I’ve been part of a trio editing an anthology of horror stories for Pencil Tip Publishing.

Five stories, by five exciting authors, are contained in Grave Warnings, released in the last few days.

If you like horror from the quieter end of the spectrum, Grave Warnings is for you.  And check out that fantastic cover by Jack Drewell!

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Here’s the blurb…

Five windows into Hell, five doorways into Damnation.

From Pencil Tip Publishing comes Grave Warnings, an anthology featuring five upcoming authors of the strange and weird. Journey into the eerie emptiness of the Australian outback, where a researcher gets too close to the insects he’s cataloguing. Travel back to the blood drenched streets of Paris during the Great Terror, where ghosts haunt the survivors. A haunted house lays claim to fresh victims, while a strange new housemate worms his way into his landlord’s life. While a deceased estate in Victorian England brings nightmares to those linked to it.

Grave Warnings features stories from: Sarah Parry, Hamish Crawford, Jodie van de Wetering, Craig Charlesworth and Hannah Parry. Edited by Bob Furnell, Robert Mammone & Jez Strickley.

I’d like to thank Bob Furnell, owner of Pencil Tip, for the opportunity to work on the collection, and the other editor, Jez Strickley, for his sterling work in helping bring it all together.  A true team effort, and we all hope it shows in the quality of the stories we selected.

You can go to Pencil Tip Publishing, or head to Lulu.com to order.

 

 

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Eve of the Fomorians reviewed!

As you all know, my short novella, Eve of the Fomorians, was made available to subscribers of Candy Jar Books Lethbridge Stewart range in time for Halloween.

A review, via the guys at the Traveling the Vortex podcast, has now become available.  Check out episode 308 to download.  The review starts in the last fifteen minutes.  It’s a positive review and although they confuse me with the cover illustrator, I can forgive that as they’re nice about the story!

 

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