I’m delighted to be part of StoryBundle package RACING THE CLOCK with
my Supernatural Crime Thriller POSING FOR PICASSO (As Sam Stone). The
Bundles are selling fast and it won’t be available for long so get over
there now and bag your own collection of great titles from
The Racing the Clock Thriller Bundle, curated by Dean Wesley Smith who said …
“I love reading stories that grab me and don’t let me go until I come
up at the end of the story, sometimes breathless from the ride the
author has taken me on. Those kinds of stories make me want to instantly
get more stories from that author, repeat the ride like getting back on
a roller coaster for a second trip around. With Racing the Clock
StoryBundle, those were the types of books I was looking for to put
together in one place. And since I love just about all genres, I didn’t
care if the books were science fiction, mystery, fantasy, or thriller,
as long as the author could take me on a ride. Fast-paced and gripping
can be done in any area. I just wanted the feeling. The thrill. So I
went to find writers I knew had the ability (an advanced ability,
actually) to take all of us readers on a breathless adventure. And in
this bundle are some of the best writers in the business at doing just
Read more about the bundle here, and make sure to click on each cover for a synopsis, reviews and preview of each book
Here are some selected reviews of each of the wonderful titles involved.
Posing for Picasso by Sam Stone
“A novel that is dark, disturbing, and utterly tremendous entertainment.” – Ken Bruen
Helmet Head by Mike Baron
“This is pure Grindhouse and I mean that in the best possible way.” – Amazon Review
Conflict of Interest by Lauryn Christopher
“…Christopher turns the hit-man formula on its head, and in doing so gives us a surprising and entertaining read.” – Big Al, Big Al’s Books & Pals
The Tower by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“‘The Tower’ is not only a compelling read, but also an informal treatise on social psychology.” – Tangent Online
The Case of the Claw by Keith R.A. DeCandido
“In conclusion, this is a great book for those who love superhero
novels and something I recommend to people who enjoy taking advantage of
prose fiction. In this universe, superheroes and villains can die or
change or be disgraced forever. It’s not limited by the conventions of
the unlimited comic publishing cycle and all the stronger for it.” – CT Phipps, United Federation of Charles
Until Death – Death and Redemption Book 1 by Kari Kilgore
“Until Death is an innovative take on a familiar story, with
layers of authenticity stacked on top of love, loss, hope, and death.
Kari Kilgore is an author to watch—her lyrical voice a siren song; her
insight, conjured voodoo.” – Richard Thomas, author of Breaker and Tribulations
Missing White Girl by Jeffrey J. Mariotte
“But his true masterpiece is Buck Shelton. In his hero, he’s crafted one of the finest new sleuths in fiction.” – Tucson Weekly
Fiction River Presents: Racing the Clock by Allyson Longueira
“… fans of the unconventional will be well satisfied.” – Publishers Weekly on Fiction River: Pulse Pounders
The GLOBAL WOMAN SUMMIT takes place in London 13-14 July 2019. The summit has a range of incredible speakers and is a 'New Paradigm in Empowering Women'.
I'm delighted to tell you that I've been invited to attend the GLOBAL WOMAN SUMMIT Gala Dinner on Saturday 13 July. Global Woman celebrates the successes and achievements of women all over the world. I'm very proud to be one of their guests this year.
Tickets are still available to attend the summit. Please check their website for further information. Global Woman Summit
Pleased to say we'll be returning to Em-Con Nottingham this year!
Here's the details:
EM-CON, NOTTINGHAM 5th-6th May 2018 Sam
Stone and David J Howe join the line-up of guests and this ever popular
event. Copies of all of their latest titles will be available to
purchase at the event, including Sam's new title POSING FOR PICASSO,
published by Wordfire Press, and the regular edition of the Doctor Who spin-offTHE DÆMONSOF DEVIL'S END novelisation. Date:Sunday 5-6th May 2018 Address: Motorpoint Arena Nottingham, Bolero Square, The Lace Market, Stoney St,
Nottingham, NG1 1LA Time: 10am - 6pm
When I was a child, about 8 years old, I was given extra reading classes at school. My teacher thought I couldn't read. The truth was, I didn't enjoy reading out loud. I wanted to keep the stories I was reading inside my head because when I did they lived. I'd invent dialogues in my imagination with characters, always with the right inflection that each of them had: their own soulful vocals would lend themselves to reveal their true nature.
I have always loved words - ever since I learnt to read. I wanted to absorb them. Feel them. Taste and smell them. I wanted to hear them. Above all I wanted to hog them privately to myself - because that is the beauty of reading. It is a secret and personal joy. It is a lovely and amazing pastime. For a short time a story is yours and yours alone as you connect with it. This is why words are powerful, intimate, magical, poetic and incredibly musical.
When I'm working on a book or story I often think of music (my other passion). To me words are chords and notes. They are the beats that move a story in a certain rhythm. They flow with the energy of music and have their own melody. Writers, like musicians, can hear this flow and then they write the story that comes from their hearts. The story that just has to be told can then be shared.
Some of the greatest works out there have music in them. I refer to writers such as Tanith Lee - sadly missed - she was one of the greatest word musicians in the world.
Maybe you already understand what I mean about music in words ...?
We recognise the rhythm as poetry, poetic prose, a narrative voice: that is the skill of the writer. We label it as verbs, nouns, adjectives, similes and metaphors. It speaks in onomatopoeic tones, and personifies inanimate objects.
And what I feel about this is, that anyone can learn to write if they choose to, but not everyone can hear the music of words. Perhaps the tune is not always to their taste, or is discordant. Whatever it is, when the music is missing the rhythm just isn't there and can't be felt.
So when you are reading something new - perhaps if I'm lucky it will be one of my titles - look out for the music. It might be in the roll of the sea, the caw of a bird flying over a barren wasteland, or maybe it will be the cut-off cry of a victim silenced in the night.
can be a learning curve. For example, I never realised just how lucky I was to
be able to sleep in until 10am every weekend. Before kids, I never really
appreciated just how luxurious it can be to go to the toilet without an
around kids – whether your own or other peoples’ – can make you look at mundane
matters in a whole different light. They ask questions about the perfectly normal,
but an answer of “just because” is not sufficient. You have to break down mundane
matters to a level that they can understand and which you’ve never thought of
I have a
regular horror movie evening with a female friend every couple of months. I mentioned
this when walking home with my daughter and her friend, and her friend asked
me: “Why do people watch horror movies?”
really thinking, I answered: “Because people like being scared.”
“Why? I don’t
like being scared.”
And there he
had me – why do we watch horror movies? Why do we enjoy being scared as adults,
when it’s the worst possible experience to have as a child? It took a moment of
thinking, but the answer I came up with was: because horror movies are safe,
and because we learn from them. And then, because he was five, he asked me a
question about something completely different.
are just the latest extension of an age-old tradition of storytelling. Before
we had written words, people used to gather around the fire and tell stories.
Stories in those days had a purpose: to educate as much as entertain. This is
perfectly illustrated with fairy tales, which are still around today. Fairy
tales are stories with a moral message. What that message might be has been
changed or interpreted differently over time. One of my favourite fairy tales
is that of Little Red Riding Hood which is constantly being re-examined for both
obvious and hidden meanings ranging from “don’t stray from the path” to an
allegorical tale of a woman’s growing sexual awareness.
To quote the
exceptional Roald Dahl, fairy tales today are very “soft and sappy”. As Dahl so
accurately points out in his Revolting
Rhymes book, fairy tales used to be filled with far more gore and terror
than they are now. For example, the original tale of Rapunzel, as collected by
the Grimm brothers, didn’t have Rapunzel being a witless dolt and saying to her
captor: “Oh my, you weigh so much more than my fair prince!” What actually gave
away their liaison was the fact that she fell pregnant with twins and her
clothes stopped fitting as her belly grew. While these details were included in
the first edition of the Grimms’ work, it was changed by the second edition
when the Grimms decided that pre-marital pregnancy was too immoral for their
One thing the
brothers did keep in the stories however was the part about the prince falling
down from the tower and being blinded when he fell into a rose bush. It is
interesting to note that sex outside of marriage was seen as objectionable,
while blinding someone or pushing an old woman into an oven was seen as
acceptably necessary to the moral lesson. I have seen some modern children’s
retellings retain the subplot of the prince being blinded, but it’s certainly not
something that you would find in, for example, Disney’s “Tangled.”
love for horror stories – whether in book or movie format – can grow out of a
love of fairy tales, as there are many similar elements in evidence. There is
gore. There are definite good guys and bad guys. Luck can play a strong role.
And there’s always a moral message whether that’s something as simple as “don’t
go into the cellar when you hear weird sounds” or something greater like “don’t
fiddle with DNA and try to play God or your creation will try to eat you.”
modern horror movies and novels, we live vicariously through an experience and
come out the wiser for it. We enjoy watching or reading about other people getting
stalked by the monster because we learn what not to do in the same situation.
At the same time, the story also validates the lessons we already know from the
fairy tales of old: for goodness sake, Natalie Dormer, don’t go off the path in
the suicide forest when you’ve been told not to and your sister is missing. We
all know that you shouldn’t do something that stupid, and we enjoy being proved
right, even as we root for Natalie to get out of it alive.
societal judgments involved in horror movies as well, some of which are
receiving a backlash. The most notable one is the sexual transgression: you can
pretty much guarantee that anyone who has sex in a horror movie is next in line
for killing – we’re right back to Rapunzel’s pregnancy again. Whether it’s
horror stories or fairy tales, you can’t have a woman survive and be the
heroine if she’s had non-marital sex at any point in the narrative.
stories, whether in the form of movies or books, fills a hole in our psyche. We
want to be aware of the dangers in life – both real and imagined – and know how
best to deal with them should we ever encounter them. We like to see others
triumph, and watch while those we deem unworthy fall prey to whatever is
hunting them. Horror is validating, it’s educational, it’s been around a very
long time and, most likely, is here to stay.
About Charlotte Bond
Charlotte Bond is an author, ghostwriter, freelance editor, reviewer and podcaster.
Under her own name she has written within the genres of horror and dark
fantasy. As a ghostwriter, she's tackled everything from romance to cozy
mystery stories and YA novels. She is a reviewer for the Ginger Nuts of
Horror website, as well as the British Fantasy Society. She is a
co-host of the podcast, Breaking the Glass Slipper.
MEET DAMARIS HAYMAN, KEITH BARNFATHER AND THE WRITERS OF
THE DAEMONS OF DEVIL'S END.
THE WHO SHOP, Saturday 18th November 2017 Some of the authors of this amazing Doctor Who Spin off, will be in store to sign and promote THE DÆMONSOF DEVIL'S END Novelisation and DVD with actress Damaris Hayman, Richard Franklin and David Simeon.
Join Sam Stone, David J Howe, Raven Dane, Debbie Bennett, Suzanne Barbieri and Jan Edwards.
Date: Saturday 18th November 2017
Address: The Who Shop, 39-41 Barking Road, Upton Park,London. E6 1PY
Join: Suzanne Barbieri, Raven Dane, Jan Edwards, Debbie Bennett, Sam Stone and David J Howe for the first date on THE DÆMONS OF DEVIL’S END novelisation, book signing tour.
Date: Friday 10th November Address: Forbidden Planet, 179 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8JR Time: 5-6pm
GALAXY FOUR, Sheffield, 11th November 2017.
MEET THE ACTRESS, DIRECTOR AND THE WRITERS!!
Sam Stone, David J
Howe, Raven Dane and Debbie Bennett, join Director Keith Barnfather and Damaris Hayman at Galaxy Four in Sheffield to launch the DVD andBook Novelisation of THE DÆMONS OF DEVIL’S END.
Date: 11TH November Address: Galaxy Four, 493 Glossop Road, Broomhill, Sheffield, S10 2QE Time:12-3pm
I'm delighted to reveal the cover for my forthcoming title POSING FOR PICASSO.
Above with a quote from crime writer Mike Ripley. Artwork by the amazing Marcela Bolivar. This supernatural thriller will be published on 10th January 2018 with Wordfire Press.
POSING FOR PICASSO
It was Annabel, and something was wrong with the features … He
thought he saw a triangle, not an irregular jigsaw shape after all. And
it was missing from her face. As if a sharp pastry cutter mould had been
stamped through her skull.
When Detective Jake Chandler is
called in to investigate a murder, nothing can prepare him for the
gruesome sight of Annabel Linton …
Annabel was his model for Russian artist Avgustin Juniper who finds
himself in the centre of the investigation … but he had no motive.
Criminal attorney Cassandra Moúsa sees this a her next big case will stop at nothing to prove her client’s innocence.
But as more of Juniper’s models die, Chandler’s investigation leads him
to four beautiful, unique women and the lost diaries of Pablo Picasso.
Something wants to return … and Chandler has to stop it.
There has been a few changes to our appearances since I last posted - so here is the updated list:
Coventry, 1st October 2017.
Sam Stone and David J
Howe will be attending this new event in Coventry. For Further Information COVENTRY
Date: 1st October 2017 Address: Main Hall,
Sports Connexion, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry CV8 3FL Time: 10-5PM
SFW IN THE CITY, Sheffield, 7-8TH October 2017.
Sam Stone and David J Howe will be running Author Central at this new SFW event. Join Chic Festivals, Telos Publishing and Area 51 with media and author guests, live music and more.
Date: 7-8 October 2017 Address: 37-43 Arundel Gate, Sheffield S1 2PN Time: ALL WEEKEND For more information visit SFWINTHECITY GALAXY FOUR, Sheffield, 11th November 2017.
Sam Stone and David J
Howe join Keith Barnfather and Damaris Hayman at Galaxy Four in Sheffield to launch the DVD of DEAMONS OF DEVILS END. Date: 11TH November Address: Galaxy Four, 493 Glossop Road, Broomhill, Sheffield, S10 2QE Time:TBC
Stone and David J Howe run Author Central in Spaceport at this event.
Please join Chic Festivals, Telos Publishing and Area 51 with a host of
Media and author guests at the Hafan Y Mor Holiday camp in North Wales.
This is a long weekend of Panels, Talks, Music, entertainment, cosplay
Date: 22-25 March 2018 Address: Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park, Pwllheli LL53 6HX Time: ALL WEEKEND For more information visit SFW9
Sam Stone and David J Howe run Author
Central in Spaceport at this event. Please join Chic Festivals, Telos
Publishing and Area 51 with a host of Media and author guests at the
Hafan Y Mor Holiday camp in North Wales. This is a long weekend of
Panels, Talks, Music, entertainment, cosplay and more.
Date: 22-25 March 2018 Address: Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park, Pwllheli LL53 6HX Time: ALL WEEKEND For more information visit SFW9
is a Sussex-born writer now living in the West Midlands with her husband and
obligatory cats. She was a Master Locksmith for 20 years but also tried her
hand at bookselling, microfiche photography, livery stable work, motorcycle
sales and market gardening. She is a practising Reiki Master. She won a
Winchester Slim Volume prize and her short fiction can be found in crime,
horror and fantasy anthologies in UK, US and Europe; including The Mammoth Book
of Dracula and The Mammoth Book of Moriarty. Jan edits anthologies for The
Alchemy Press and Fox Spirit Press, and has written for Dr Who spinoffs with
Reel Time Pictures.
I asked her
about the inspiration behind her new crime novel ...
Downs - Jan Edwards
Downs grew out of a
deep affection for the South Downs, and of Sussex in particular. My parents
were from Wales and Northumberland but Sussex was the area that I grew up in,
on the cusp between the Sussex Weald and the Downs themselves. Perhaps the very
fact that I was something of an outsider in a close knit community allowed me
to view the place and the people with a dispassionate eye; even though I may
not have realised it at the time.
sketching out a setting for Bunch Courtney to dive into with her amateur
sleuthing I deliberately failed to name any specific village. In a city such as
London or Manchester a writer can get away with any fiction they choose because
no matter how accurately the streets are drawn there will always be a level of
anonymity. This is something far harder to do with a small hamlet. Claim that
the Squire of "Upper Bottomley" was a total blaggard and the
descendants of the genuine squire tend to get upset. I do pinpoint a few local
towns to lend a sense of place.
sister lived and worked on a farm on Devil's Dyke, just above Brighton, and I
was deeply interested from a very young age by the folklore attached to that
particular spot. There are places along the Weald and Downs that have tales of
ancient belief firmly attached. The tree rings of both Chanctonbury and
Sissbury hills for example, or St Leonards Forest where the last dragon in
England was officially reported to have been killed as recently as 1614. Sussex
is rich in dragon lore and even has its very own variety of water dragon called
almost as many recent myths and legends lurking in the vicinity. Many are
attached to the most beautiful of counties. Dark legends such as
John George Haigh, the Acid Bath Murderer; Christiana Edmunds, the
Chocolate Cream Poisoner or the as yet unsolved Brighton Trunk murders. And of
course the fishing villages of the Sussex coast have been as rife with
smugglers as any Cornish cove.
I was (and
still am) an avid listener, and when the adults talked, regaling each other
with details of local gossip, I listened. Some of the talk was dark and
much was not, but all made for excellent background material that I can
always draw on for local colour. Stories such as the vicious bull who wore an iron
mask to prevent him charging anything that moved using his senses of scent and
sound to follow my aunt across a field. Or the darker report of the local lad
who almost blew his hands off making home made bombs to go fishing in the River
these old tales of course was the spectre of the WW2. With occupied France jus
a matter of fifty or so miles across the English Channel tales of that era were
often to be heard at social gatherings and those, along with the remnants of
pill boxes and bunkers as well as hastily built air strips. The War Department
began requisitioning large country houses in 1939. Some as schools and others
as rehabilitation centres or just plain military billets. Not all of them
survived that allied occupation. Shillinglee Park in Sussex was famously burned
to the ground by Canadian soldiers living there - allegedly after a riotous
party if local rumour was to be believed twenty years after the event.
Shillinglee was rebuilt, but a similar the ruins of Appeldurcombe on the
Isle of Wight, which suffered a similar fate can still be seen.
these things had an impact on me and when writing Winter Downs I brought
together the notions of requisitioned houses and a country waiting and watching
for the enemy to strike from across the water, and adding the joys of heavy
snow to hamper movements and smother potential evidence, went a long way to
weaving an everyday tale of murderous Sussex folk!
Downs is just the first in the series with two more roughed out and ideas for
many more. This will not be the last you hear of Bunch Courtney and her nemesis
Chief Inspector Wright.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WINTER
3rd June 2017 | Penkhull Press
Paperback £9.99 | ebook £2.99
of 1940 a small rural community on the Sussex Downs, already preparing for
invasion from across the Channel, finds itself deep in the grip of a snowy landscape,
with an ice-cold killer on the loose.
Courtney stumbles upon the body of Jonathan Frampton in a woodland clearing. Is
this a case of suicide, or is it murder? Bunch is determined to discover the
truth but can she persuade the dour Chief Inspector Wright to take her
Downs is first in the Bunch Courtney Investigates series.
in paper and e formats (after 3rd June) HERE.
After being under the hospital for over a year now, and after going
through two mammograms, a biopsy, the draining of cysts, and various
other scares, I can no longer put myself through this stress.
Therefore I'll be going into hospital at the end of June to have risk reducing surgery in the form of a double mastectomy and reconstruction.
Naturally, this was not a decision I took lightly.
My sister Sharna is recovering from breast cancer and we have lost a niece and, possibly, our grandmother to the disease. On top of that my nephew has recently survived Lung cancer. There have been various other family members diagnosed over the last few years too. As a result, my family have been diagnosed as high risk.
I am incredibly grateful to the NHS hospital who is dealing with this and for the amazing support from the Macmillian nursing team. They have been there for us every step of the way and have helped me make an informed decision that I know is the right one for me.
ASYLUM, LINCOLN, 26-29th August 2016 Sam Stone, David Howe, and Raven Dane attend this wonderful Steampunk event of the year! Specific events and places we'll be ... Saturday - 1-2pm Telos Publishing with Sam Stone, Raven Dane and David J Howe - MEET AND MERCH in the castle! Sunday
August - We'll be trading in Cathedral Centre - which is open to the
public and we will also be doing a panel SAM STONE AND FRIENDS there at 4-4.45pm. Time: ALL Weekend Address: Lincoln Town Centre, Various Date:26th-29th August 2016 For more information and to book:Asylum
WHOOVERVILLE 8, 3rd Sept, Derby Sam Stone and David J Howe join the guests at this super one day event in Derby. Time: 10am-5pm Address: Derby QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby DE1 3AS Date: 3rd September 2016 For more informationWhooverville
UK BOOK FESTIVAL, XXII, Nottingham, 1 Oct 2016 Sam
Stone and David Howe will be attending this great Nottingham event.
LEARN TO WRITE HORROR with Sam, in an interactive writing workshop
(Please Bring Pad and Pen). And Join David as he talks about the history
of Doctor Who's Target Books and the amazing art that became iconic. Time: 10am-4pm Address: County Hall, Loughborough Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7QP Date: 1st October 2016 For More Information visit New Writers Uk New Writers Uk
DIMENSIONS, Newcastle, 7-9th October 2016 Sam Stone, David J Howe and Frazer Hines join the impressive line up of guests in this year's exciting Dimensions Doctor Who convention. Time: All Weekend Address: The Copthorne Hotel, The Close, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 3RT, Tel: 0191 222 0333. Date: Fri7- Sun 9th Oct 2016
LONG ISLAND WHO, Long Island, New York, USA, 11-13 Nov 2016 Sam
Stone, David J Howeand Frazer Hines are delighted to be returning to 'Long Island
Iced Tea' Convention at Hyatt Regency, Long Island.
There will be more Match Game and great panels at this ever growing
event as it takes place for the fourth year running. Time: ALL WEEKEND Address: Hyatt Regency Long Island,1717 Moter Parkway, Hauppauge, New York, USA, 11788 Date: 11-13 November 2016
GALLIFREY ONE, LA, USA, 17-19th Feb 2017 Sam Stone, David Howe and Frazer Hines join the line up guests at the fabulous Gallifrey Convention in Los Angeles. Time: All Weekend Address: LAX Marriott, Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA Date: 17th-19th February 2017
SCI-FI WEEKENDER 8. Pwllheli, 30th MArch -2nd April 2017 Sam Stone, David J Howe and Linzi Gold will be returning to this fabulous event of the year in North Wales. Join them and James Marster, Frazer Hines, Paul McGann, Daphne Ashbrook, Wendy Padbury, Gareth David-Lloyd, Freda Warrington, Phil Ford, Jenny T Colgan, and many more guests. Time: All Weekend Address: Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales, LL53 6HJ Date: 30th MArch-2nd April 2017
INFINITY 7 - RUGBY SCI-FI, Rugby, 20th May 2017 Sam Stone
and David J Howe will be attending this exciting Infinity 7 Events in
Rugby, Sam will be presenting one of her writing workshops, and if you
wish to attend this please bring a pad and pen! David and Sam will also give a talk on writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, with an opportunity for the audience to ask questions. For Further InformationRUGBY SCIFI
Time: TBA Address: The Benn Hall, Newbold Road, Rugby, CV21 2LN Date: Saturday 20th May 2017