A few more nice things have happened lately. The news in brief:
A new review of Tide Of Souls has been posted by Matthew F. Riley here. Thanks Matthew!
A gentleman by the name of Jim Dodge Jr gives the novel a short and sweet review here. I don't remember setting the novel in Ireland, mind you, but it seems churlish to complain when being complimented- ta muchly, Mr Dodge!
Another Matthew, the very cool Matthew Fryer to be precise, gives Pictures Of The Dark a glowing review at his site. Matthew's an excellent reviewer and a connoisseur of the best the genre has to offer. Although obviously of course I'm going to say that... but if you appreciate the best of the weird fiction genre then do yourselves a favour and go check out the Hellforge.
Tide also got a good write-up in Black Static magazine by the estimable Peter Tennant.
There are interviews as well! I've posted a link to Peter's interview with me previously, but what the hey, here it is again. And there's a new one from Steve Jensen at The Black Glove.
I'm off to Fantasycon in a couple of weeks, which I'm looking forward to tremendously, as it's a great chance to meet up with fellow writers and talk about the things that interest us without getting (too many) funny looks. Also to polish off large amounts of beer and curry. The convention is also the occasion where the winners of the annual British Fantasy Awards are announced. And I'm very proud to announce I'm on the shortlist in the Best Novella category.
That shortlist in full:
- Cold Stone Calling (Simon Clark) Tasmaniac Publications
- Gunpowder (Joe Hill) PS Publishing
- Heads (Gary McMahon) We Fade To Grey, Ed. Gary McMahon - Pendragon Press
- N (Stephen King) Just After Sunset - Hodder & Stoughton
- The Narrows (Simon Bestwick) We Fade To Grey, Ed. Gary McMahon - Pendragon Press
- The Reach of Children (Tim Lebbon) Humdrumming
To be honest, I'm trying to make myself not care about the award. The work's the important part, not the tick you get for doing it... but I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't be pleased (try ecstatic) if I won. That said, just getting to the shortlist is something to be proud of.
Right, I'm all pimped out. Abnormal service will be restored as soon as possible.