Adrian Chamberlin's Blog

July 23, 2013

Hi folks,

Sorry I've been quiet on here. Have I missed anything since Amazon took Goodreads over, or is it business as usual?

Well, I haven't been lazy, honest! Finished the eBook of the Lovecraftian novella collection DREAMING IN DARKNESS, which I wrote with Aaron J French, Jonathan Green, and John Prescott. We launched the limited edition hardback version at the World Horror Convention in New Orleans earlier this year, and the general release print copy will be available soon.

Full details of the stories and the superb artwork can be found here:

http://www.archivesofpain.com/dreamin...

At the moment, it's available on all Amazon sites and the Barnes and Noble Nook store. Here are the links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dreaming-In-Dar...

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dreaming-In-D...

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dream...

Any reviewers or bloggers out there fancy a review copy? If so, please drop me a line here or on the Facebook page.

Cheers!
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Published on July 23, 2013 15:42 • 188 views • Tags: lovecraft-cthulhu-horror-fiction

November 29, 2012

A round-robin blog-hop is doing the rounds, and I was invited to take part by good friends and excellent writers Frank Duffy and Stuart Young. The piece is posted here:

http://thehorrificallyhorrifyinghorro...
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Published on November 29, 2012 16:12 • 73 views

October 17, 2012

Deadline: October 13th, 2012.

Deadtination: London

An account of what I got up to on World Zombie Day this year, with lots of gory pictures:

http://thehorrificallyhorrifyinghorro...
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Published on October 17, 2012 15:11 • 88 views

September 20, 2012

Welsh author Rhys Hughes and his publisher Meteor House recently held an auction for charity with a superb prize: the chance to be a gladiator in his latest book, "The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange" and to be pitched in mortal combat with an author of your choice!

The six highest bidders won the prize, and the more you pledged the longer your time in the arena and the more violent and sensational your death.

I was the second highest bidder, and I asked to fight my literary hero Bernard Cornwell. The weaponry will be secret for now; suffice to say I have some rather unusual tools of devastation.

Although the auction is over, you can still be a part of the comedy carnage. Have a look here:

http://meteorhousepress.com/charity-a...

"Our charity auction, to be Tuckerized in The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange to benefit Animal Aid, went even better than expected with $584 worth of bids. Even though you have missed your opportunity to be written into the book as character fighting a famous writer to the death (and losing!), you haven’t completely missed the boat. As we said when we first announced this book: the world has never seen a publishing event quite like this. There are two ways you can still get in on the fun.

First, if you preorder the book your name will appear among the spectators in the stadium during the fights. How cool is that? And the spectators will be listed by sections, which means if you want an up close seat in a good section, order now! Wait too long and you’ll be sitting in the nose-bleed section with the riffraff.

Second, you can still have Rhys Hughes write a scene where you fight to the death with a famous author! In the history of publishing we don’t know if anything this crazy has been attempted before. Luckily we have just the author to pull it off.

For just an extra $15 when you order your copy of The Abnormalities of Stringent Strange Rhys will write a scene specifically for you. This scene will not appear in the book, but it will be printed out and mailed to you with your book. While all of the deleted scenes would have appeared in the same place in the novel, each scene will be unique and feature a different author and victim (you). Click here to read an example.

See, that is the kind of silliness that is in store for you, if you order a “deleted scene.” And a portion of the $15 fee will be donated to Animal Aid. So once again, being impaled on a sword, trident, javelin, axe, or any other weapon Rhys comes up with, will do some good beyond your personal entertainment."


So, fellow gladiators (and gladiatrixes), whaddya waiting for? Come and join me, Mr Cornwell, and a host of literary legends in Rhys Hughes's book.

As the wise Icelandic proverb says, "Cattle die, kinsmen die, and so shall you die too. But one thing I know that never dies: the fame of a dead man's deeds."

BRING IT!
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Published on September 20, 2012 10:48 • 120 views

September 16, 2012

Easy when you know how...

Calibre has been great for creating eBooks. I've been learning the ins and outs of the process, and am getting much more experienced.

I'm now formatting all eBooks for Dark Continents Publishing - Kindle and Epub - and have learned (what was for me) the trickiest part of all: creating a table of contents. I've rejigged THE CARETAKERS also, to include the cover image and a TOC.

Future books include John A Karr's Wild West horror UJAHWEK and Rab Swannock Fulton's TRANSFORMATION.

I couldn't have done it without this excellent book from Jerrod Balzer, of KHP Publishing. He gives superb advice on all stages of the process, and gives solid reasons not to go via Smashwords. Highly recommended.

http://www.amazon.com/On-Making-Ebook...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/On-Making-Ebo...
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Published on September 16, 2012 04:07 • 87 views

September 11, 2012

This is an essay I wrote for the Horrifically Horrifying Horror Blog, about the various ways new writers can get readership...and the pitfalls along the way.

Don't worry - it contains humour.

http://thehorrificallyhorrifyinghorro...
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Published on September 11, 2012 10:20 • 143 views

September 6, 2012

Hi all.

Last week I performed my annual reading at the Storytelling Fringe at the Wallingford Bunkfest.
http://www.bunkfest.co.uk/storytellin...

It went even better than last year's, ably assisted by a packed room and plentiful supplies of lovely beer.

I started off with the flash fiction "Contacts", then "Kriegsmaterial" - my contribution to Hersham Horror Books' FOGBOUND FROM 5.

Then came the comedy-horror "Demon's Seed" and the Lovecraft/du Maurier mash-up "False Light" from the Lovecraft eZine and the BFS's FULL FATHOM FORTY.

Sadly, the video recording from my laptop didn't come out too well in the sound department, but some kind soul recorded most of my readings on a digital camera. You can see the videos here:

Introduction and "Contacts":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFHj_4...

(Get your ear close to the speakers for that one!)

"Demon's Seed" and "False Light":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuNcAS...

Enjoy!
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Published on September 06, 2012 11:07 • 97 views

May 2, 2012

Well, I finally did it! I burst my self-publishing cherry with a four-story collection released on Amazon Kindle yesterday.

THE DARK SIDE OF THE SUN is available now, and I owe massive thanks to John Prescott for the superb cover artwork (representative of the second story SUNRISE AT THE PORTARA) and Suzanne Robb for editing the collection.

Formatting was a lot easier than I expected: I used Calibre on an RTF file of the collection, and the only problem I had to begin with was extra indents were placed at the start of each section when I clicked "Remove spaces between paragraphs". Unchecking the box left horrible big lines between each paragraph, but I figured out what I was doing wrong and got the final file resolved well before release date.

I agonised over making it exclusive to Kindle, because exclusivity is something that raises red flags to my eyes and I hear lots of arguments against this practice, but lots of advantages to the indie author via Amazon's marketing tools.

So, I thought I'd try it and see for myself. It's exclusive to Kindle for 90 days.

THE DARK SIDE OF THE SUN

From a quiet English country garden to an ancient Greek temple...from the dark past of Lapland to the bleak future of a post-Rapture world...

Four tales of darkness amidst the light. Four tales of the sun’s power to bring death as well as life. As the seasons change, only one thing remains constant: The Dark Side of the Sun.

UK link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Dark-Side...

US link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Dark-Side-S...
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Published on May 02, 2012 09:54 • 93 views

April 29, 2012

One of the problems with reviews - here and Amazon - is the star system. I don't have much time to review books I read for pleasure, but when I do I like to spend some time and discuss the work: what worked for me, what didn't, and so forth. And yet the first thing people will notice -sometimes, all they want to know about - is how many stars you gave it.

I really don't like the star system, but in our time-starved society when there are too many books and not enough time to read them I can understand why people will rate a book with three, four or five stars and leave it at that. Trouble is, there's a world of difference between three stars and two stars in the eye of the beholder. Two stars indicates a poor work, three stars points to an average piece. There's nothing in between.

I recently reviewed "The Last Temptation of Christ" and gave it two stars but with a detailed review. Two stars in the Goodreads system means "it was ok." And yes, that's how I felt about it. Neither brilliant nor poor.

However, a friend on Facebook who is a fan of the book, was puzzled and said "even your own review suggested it's worth more than two stars."

I see what he means, and how the review looks with the stars. But if reviews are subjective, the star system is even more so. Two stars: it was okay. Three stars: liked it. Four stars: really liked it.

It's not how good the book is - it's how you, the reader, personally feel about it. Liked it/didn't like it.I've read books I've admired but didn't enjoy or like, and I've read books that are rubbish but enjoyable. Perhaps I should continue reviews without adding stars?

Or perhaps a different system - a ten star rather than a five star would allow more.

What d'you think?
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Published on April 29, 2012 04:26 • 134 views

March 26, 2012

What's with the title? Well, Mr Golien is a character I created for my novella ARCHIVES OF PAIN, available as a free download on my website. The Gory Story Theatre Company is what I performed three splatterpunk versions of Punch & Judy under.

Just to give you an idea of what sort of twisted individual I am...

I'm a founding member of Dark Continents Publishing and author of the critically acclaimed supernatural thriller THE CARETAKERS. I'm now working on two new novels: a Lovecraftian thriller entitled FAIRLIGHT and the transatlantic zombie apocalypse saga SNAREVILLE III: THE TIES THAT BIND, a collaboration with American author DM Youngquist.

In addition, I'm plugging away on an English Civil War novella for a Lovecraft collection entitled DREAMING IN DARKNESS, which will feature fellow Lovecraft fans Jonathan Green, AJ French and John Prescott.

My choice of reading material is varied - horror, historical fiction and contemporary thrillers top my reading list. Favourite writers include Bernard Cornwell, Jasper Fforde, Graham Masterton, Clive Barker, Gerald Seymour...the list goes on.

The purpose of this blog? Just to share news and interests, discuss books in general and the great adventure that is small press genre publishing.

I'll keep my spamming to an absolute minimum. Guaranteed!

Take care,

Ade

http://www.archivesofpain.com
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Published on March 26, 2012 18:05 • 340 views