Friday, 28 August 2015

Gamebook Friday: Alice's Nightmare in Lincoln

Just a quick reminder that I am at Weekend at the Asylum VII this weekend.


I will be based at the Westgate Academy, home to the literature and gaming zones, along with the other authors, publishers, games companies and gamers who are also attending this year.

On Saturday 29th at 3:00pm, I will be giving a talk about my latest Steampunk-related project, Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland. So if you want to find out more about what I have in store for our heroine (150 years old this year!) and maybe have a play through of part of the book, then why not pop along?

On Sunday 30th at 12:00pm, I will also be giving a reading from my first brand-new Pax Britannia short story in three years! An opportunity not to be missed I am sure you'll agree.

Hopefully I'll see you there!


Thursday, 27 August 2015

Steampunk Thursday: Unnatural History still feelin' the love!

The very first Pax Britannia novel Unnatural History may have been published over 8 years ago(!) but some people are still discovering it - and loving it - for the first time.

The following quotes are from just some of the people who've enjoyed Ulysses Quicksilver's opening adventure in the last year.

"A real Boy's Own type adventure story from a bygone era. Loved the characters."

"A real rip-roaring adventure full of spills, thrills and quite little digs at modem society... an excellent read."

"The characters are well rounded and interesting, the hero's are both square jawed and stiff upper lipped."

"Very much enjoyed this adventure, well worth it. The characters are fun and the story moves at a fast pace that keeps the eager hooked."

"A rip-roaring read of a Steampunk alternate modern day universe."

"The pace is quick, and the action exciting."

"This is an effortlessly entertaining pulpy read."

And do you know what else? Unnatural History is currently ranked
#14 in Kindle Store > Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Steampunk.

You can download your copy here, for free!

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Warhammer Wednesday: Return to the Herald of Oblivion!


I am delighted to be able to report today that my Warhammer 40K Path to Victory adventure gamebook Herald of Oblivion is set to return, this time as a downloadable app.


But that's not all... Herald of Oblivion is the first title in the newly conceived Legacy of Dorn Trilogy, which places the player within a vast choice-based adventure novel, written by Yours Truly.


Tin Man Games are using their critically acclaimed Gamebook Adventures Engine to bring the 41st millennium to life, replacing the paper book with an interactive computer terminal where players choose their path through the adventure. The original dice combat (which was always the book's weak point) has also been replaced with an exciting first-person turn-based combat system.


When you play the app, your phone, tablet or computer, turns into an Imperial Cogitator. Not only will you be manipulating the archive of Brother Nabor’s mission, but when you encounter the myriad of life-forms aboard the eponymous space hulk, the cogitator turns into a holographic combat simulator which brings the player face-to-face with the xenos horrors!


Legacy of Dorn : Herald of Oblivion will be available to download from the iOS App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore for Android at the end of September 2015. It will also be available on Steam and the Humble Store later in the year. Two sequels, Pits of Commorragh and Forge of War, are planned for release in 2016.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Tie-in Tuesday: PIXELS vs GAME OVER

Well I've finally been to see PIXELS, the Adam Sandler movie inspired by this awesome short film...



PIXELS works on a basic level - there are some great set pieces, particularly the Pac-Man chase - but it demonstrates the kind of sexism that gives gamers a bad name, there are some really crude, misjudged jokes - Serena Williams, you're better than this! Martha Stewart might not be, but you are, Serena - and Josh Gad's sole purpose in the movie appears to be to scream in the most irritating manner for most of the time he's on screen. In a nutshell, somebody really should have hired a writer to work on the script.

Right at the end of the movie, the words 'GAME OVER' flash up on the screen, at which point my son turned to me and said, "Great product placement!"

The good news is that GAME OVER, the horror anthology inspired by classic arcade games - the launch date of which was brought forward to coincide with the release of PIXELS - is still available for your Kindle for a Hall of Fame High-Score Table-busting £1.19. And, as is so often the case, the book is considerably better than the movie.


Tie-in Tuesday: Doctor Who




Monday, 24 August 2015

Thought for the Day

“Every time you write, ask yourself: Could this scene take place in a hot-air balloon? If the answer is yes, then it probably should.”

~ Haruki Murakami, Author


Saturday, 22 August 2015

Short Story Saturday: SHARKPUNK and GAME OVER

This time last year I had never had anything published that I had edited and compiled before: now there are two books out that I have nurtured and helped bring into being along with a host of very talented writers.


SHARKPUNK may have come out in May, but it received another glowing review this week, over on ZeroSignalMagazine.com. As the reviewer says, "Once you bite, you’ll be hooked."

GAME OVER is also starting to make an impact and I'm hoping to receive some official reviews soon. But what's so impressive about GAME OVER, I think, is that we put the book together, from scratch, in less than 5 months!

You can buy both books direct from the publisher Snowbooks.