Day 4 of the blog tour and 4 cracking reviews!

Today’s crop of book blogger write-ups for Game of Crones have had me dancing with delight. They’ve showered the book with compliments.

 

Black Books Blog declared:“All of the stories are brilliantly written with lots of atmosphere and twisty endings which I never saw coming, even though I know from past experience how Jay writes.

Overall, this is  brilliant collection of stories, which you can dip in and out of when you have a spare ten minutes.” 

 

The Divine Write wrote: This is a great collection of short stories, which you know by now I love.  Firstly the title, I love a good pun and this one is clever.

“There are eight tales in total and although they all have a common thread, they are all very different in tone.I enjoyed them all but my favourite was Suggestion of Evil, which I thought was very captivating. In this story Pandora, has all but wiped out crime from every town she visits, simply by the method she uses to execute prisoners.  What is her secret?”

 

While ReviewsFeed said: “After briefly starting this before bed one night, I read 90% of this book in one sitting the following day. That’s how quick and enjoyable it is! 

“Each story is nice and short, easy to read and distinctly different from each other. We meet a variety of characters, but the one thing they all have in common is a woman able to wield supernatural powers over us mere mortals with terrifying consequences.

“As I started each new tale, I couldn’t wait to see how events unfolded! I couldn’t anticipate how each story was going to end. A few of the stories are almost fable-like, with a lesson in the morality of seeking out such power…or meddling with the wrong person!”

 

And Odd Socks and Lollipops revealed: “I am a big fan of dark fantasy, and I loved reading Crimson Siege by Jay Raven so I had high hopes for Game of Crones and I am happy to say I was not disappointed! These tales were every bit as dark as I had hoped. I couldn’t out Game of Crones down and ended up reading all of the stories in a single day.”

 

I can’t tell you guys how thrilled I am. Many, many thanks for taking the trouble to read the collection and share your kind thoughts with your readers.

 

A cackle of witches!

Really thrilled to announce that my dark fantasy witchcraft-themed short story collection GAME OF CRONES is out now. Eight scary fairy tales tales to chill and surprise. Plenty of twists and surprises, all dished up with a dash of mayhem and malice.

Check it out by clicking HERE for Amazon.co.uk and HERE for Amazon.com.

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.