Under the microscope

With just three days left to the launch of my historical sorcery thriller To Snare A Witch, AltGothTalent magazine puts me under the microscope.

I tell why I’m excited to be writing in the Kindle age, how I’m reinventing Hammer Horror for a modern generation and reveal my unexpected link to the Cadbury chocolate-making family.

Read all about it by clicking HERE

The countdown has begun

Really excited. The launch of my historical sorcery themed book To Snare a Witch is only six days away. This coming Tuesday, July 17th, it’ll be going live.

It’s set in the 17th century, in the reign of Charles 1st and not long before the outbreak of the English Civil War, and follows the torments of beautiful Elizabeth Fiennes when she becomes the object of lust of Sir Henry Cruttendon, the 3rd Earl of Banbury, and the country’s most evil nobleman.

He is determined to make her his mistress, even if it means framing her for witchcraft. But his plans go awry and soon both he and Elizabeth are plunged into a nightmare of wickedness and vengeance – where no one is quite what they seem and even the innocent aren’t safe.

The book is the first in a chilling witchcraft series which proves that once you’ve started down a corrupt, supernatural path, there is no way to escape, no redemption without pain, loss and eternal damnation.

The question is, will Elizabeth be prepared to pay that price?

The buzz is already building and this opening volume is scheduled for a 9-day blog tour from this Monday. But don’t worry – if you act quickly you can still grab To Snare A Witch at the pre-order price of 99p/99c by clicking HERE.

 

 

PUTTING THE BITE BACK INTO VAMPIRES

I’ve always wanted to write a chilling nosferatu series, pitting mankind against the most alluring, mysterious and deadly monsters to ever walk the Earth. I’ve been obsessed by vampires since sneaking out of school to watch Hammer Horror films at my local fleapit.

But when it came to actually planning the first of my Blood Riders books I came to a startling realisation.  Vampires had been – if you’ll pardon the pun – done to death.  A tidal wave of self-published horror novels had flooded the market with fang-filled fiends, so many that the bloodsuckers seemed hackneyed and dull.

Added to that, there was huge confusion about what a vampire was. Depending on who you spoke to, they wore tight leather cat suits and fired machine guns, acted like consumptive Victorian poets –  all lace shirts and languor – or hung around with teenagers and twinkled.

My mission was to make these creatures of the night genuinely scary again – and original, offering elements and twists that would surprise and intrigue. So I tackled the problem from two directions. Firstly, a back to basics make-over.

My monsters were going to be… well, monstrous – vicious, cold, amoral predators with supernatural speed, strength and intelligence. They’d view humans as playthings to satisfy ALL their appetites. And to up the ante, they’d be able to communicate  telepathically over short distances.

These would not be the kind of creatures to give you a playful nip on the neck, they’d rip your entire throat out in a single visceral gulp and go on to devour half your face.

Secondly, I wanted them to have a new context, a new environment in which to hunt and slay, so I made my 19th century Transylvania  a mirror of the American wild west – lawless, violent, desolate and unpredictable. A decade on from a war between mortals and monsters, the vanquished aristocratic vampire families are holed up on reservations. To stray from their safe havens makes them fair game for bounty hunters.

Crimson Siege charts the horrifying consequences when the favourite son of the feared Modjeski vampire house is kidnapped and held in a small town jail. His kin invade the town but rescuing their leader leads to death, terror and destruction for both sides,  as the small community is defended by the only man vampire-kind has good reason to fear…

I hope I’ve injected a dose of newness and awe into the genre. My fingers are crossed horror fans will think so too.

This post originally appeared on the Books ‘n’ All website as part of the launch blog tour.

Less than 24 hours to go!

Less than 24 hours to go the launch of my Gothic horror vampire chiller CRIMSON SIEGE – Blood Riders Book One and I’m beside myself with excitement. It’s my first full-length novel so I’m anxious to see what the reaction of readers will be.

I set out to write the kind of book I’d want to read, fast paced and packed with twists and surprises – as well as a number of sub-plots and mysteries. Plus, of course, loads of vampire hunting action…

This is the amazing cover for the paperback. Check it out at – http://geni.us/9E27uh