After a probably excessive amount of time, the proper book version of the Succumbing is now available. I’ve updated the text of the Kindle version a bit slightly to reflect recent changes to the text, but anyone who already has it should get the updates automatically from Amazon. You can buy copies of Succumbing for UK delivery directly from me here. It’s also available pretty much anywhere in the world from Amazon in its various international incarnations.
I’m always interested to hear what people have to say (including the negative), so do please leave reviews on Amazon or just tell me what you think. Someone’s comment about the first book was “The story of the dead lady put me off completely”, which I took as mildly harsh but probably understandable (I ended up putting that on the back cover of Succumbing). Someone else told me that they thought it was very brave to start the book with a story about necrophilia. I can’t pretend that I did that on purpose, but it probably works as an acid-test for the rest of it.
Succumbing, the follow-up to my anthology Sinful Submissions is available now for Kindle. You can get it here in the UK and here in the US. For the time being it’ll be exclusive to Kindle, but as Amazon will happily tell you, that means it’s available in digital form for a plethora of devices including most phones, PCs and tablets.
Continuing some of the stories from Sinful Submissions, in this volume we find out more about the life of the tragic artist Antoine, and what it was that drove him to abandon his paints and brushes in favour of crafting the dead into the works that made him famous. We also meet many new people with tales to share, like how Alastair got his scar, how distance helped to bring Laura and Richard together and what love did to Lewis. The tales are illustrated with more than twenty new nude drawings and the book also includes two of my translations of some of Catullus’ most infamous poems.
The story of Hannah and her experiences with love has already been available in a few places, but now it reaches Kindle. It includes a revised version of the full story as well as a series of seven new illustrations. You can get it here in the UK and here in the US. It’s available in lots of other countries too through the magic of Amazon.
It’s no secret that it’s taken a while between my releases. It’s a year since Sinful Submissions came out, and almost seven since Beheld. Despite that, my time between hasn’t been completely inactive. Here’s a few of the other things that I’ve had on the go that are likely to reach daylight sooner or later.
Hannah’s Story – the Kindle version of this, what, novelette? Whatever you’re supposed to call something that’s about 9,000 words will be available in the next few days, with revised text and new art.
Succumbing – the follow-up to Sinful Submissions. I’ve got the body of the text pretty much sorted, so soon it’ll be on to sorting the formatting and the art. I’ve also got a very rough version of the next book after this waiting to be looked at and finished.
Ripples – a novel. I started writing this a few years ago and then got distracted by Sinful Submissions and never really went back to it. There’s a finished draft of the text that could do with some editting. It’s contemporary fiction, the story of a man who discovers that he has a child by an ex-girlfriend he hasn’t seen for many years, and that the child is being hailed as the new messiah by a cult.
Social Necrosis – a novel. Set in London in the near future, years after an initial zombie outbreak has killed most of the population. The story centres on Marcus Strang, an erratic but powerful psychic being used to collect information by the Met Police. Book one is done and I’ve partly written books two and three of the story.
Once again the Kindle edition of my short story collection Sinful Submissions will be arbitrarily free over the course of a bank holiday weekend. It’ll be free as of some time today (25/8) based on whatever weird timezone Amazon exists in until some equally weird time on Monday. You can get it from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com .
After more time than I care to think about has been spent figuring out the intricacies of their weird-flavour of html, the Kindle edition of my short story collection Sinful Submissions is now available. It’s about a dollar or 77p for it and using either a Kindle or the Kindle reader app you can read it on a very wide range of different smartphones, tablets, PCs and ebook readers. Check it out here: Sinful Submissions Kindle Edition
The first print proof of Sinful Submissions was completed a couple of months ago, but I wasn’t happy with it so the time since has been spent improving it. The text itself is the same, but I’ve changed the formatting and moved the pictures around a bit. The revised version should be available within a couple of weeks and it’ll be available as a paper book from this website and from Amazon. I’ll post links when it’s up. There will also be an ebook version of Sinful Submissions coming soon, for Kindle and other platforms.
In the mean-time, for NaNoWriMo 2011 I wrote the first draft of the follow-up, Succumbing. This is another collection of short stories about sex and death featuring a range of returning characters from Sinful Submissions along with a load of new faces with their own tales to tell. Find out why Antoine stopped using paint and how he learned to use corpses as the basis for his great works and how distance helped to bring Richard and Laura together.
I’ve added a Page to this site where Beheld and Sinful Submissions can be bought directly from me. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need.
Apparently it’s been a little while since I’ve updated anything. Let’s just pass it off by pretending I’ve been doing something useful in the intervening time that has precluded internet access, like working with starving children somewhere in Africa. Not feeding them of course, making sure they dig enough to keep me supplied with diamonds.
That aside, the book that I wrote over the course of NaNoWriMo last year is perilously close to being unleashed upon the world. To save me from having to read back over what I’ve written about it I’ll proceed on a basis of assumed ignorance, which is generally one of the safer assumptions that can be made. National Novel Writing Month is an annual project that encourages people to write a novel (they call it 50k+ words) in a month, specifically November of each year. The rough text of Sinful Submissions was completed within it last year. Other than some light editing the text is as it was written.
Sinful Submissions is a collection of interlinked stories about sex and passion. Mostly sex. Stories include the life affirming story of how Svetlana became a mail-order bride, how Antoine’s love of the dead helped him become great, why isn’t always the priest’s fault when there’s sinning in church and how John and Beatrice found out what really made them happy. Needless to say, it includes explicit sexual content.
It’ll be available via Amazon and other online shops, as well as directly from me. It’ll also be available from Amazon as an ebook for Kindle. In addition to the text, the physical book includes more than twenty of my drawings. I’ve also designed the covers of both version, using my drawings. The costs haven’t been fixed yet but I’ll be posting details shortly. I’ve got a sample story from it that is available to anyone that would like to read it for no charge. You can find it here. It’s also available as a .pdf for those that prefer them. Drop me a line at email@example.com if you’re interested.