27 June 2011

Peculiar Noises

So, another month's gone by. Hello.

Because I know you're sick of me plugging A Romance in Twelve Parts by now, I'm going to start by plugging something you won't have heard me mention since, ooh, last March: my novella Peculiar Lives. It's still available through all the following methods:However, I'll soon be able to add to that list the audiobook, due to be released by Fantom Films in August. It's an unabridged four-CD reading of the story recorded by John Leeson, the voice artist best known as K-9, but who -- I'm reliably assured -- can do lots of other voices as well. Nobody's ever recorded one of my stories before, so I'm looking forward very much to hearing how he tackles my narrator, Erik Clevedon.

The audiobook's available via Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com, or direct from Fantom Films.

And having eased you in gently... if I now tell you that I've now read all of A Romance in Twelve Parts, and that it's quite wonderful, you'll naturally (and correctly) conclude that I'm biased. So I'll have to refer you to these good people, all of whom have reviewed it on the internet:
  • asmoranomardicodais at Gallifrey Base (a Doctor Who discussion forum where you'll need to register to read the post, unfortunately).
  • War Arrow (aka cover artist Lawrence Burton, who admittedly can't be called entirely unbiased either) at the Faction Paradox forum (which you won't need to register for, although you will unfortunately be spammed with unwanted video ads).
  • Andrew Hickey at his blog, which happily neither spams you nor demands your personal details.
In the interests of full disclosure, I should also point you to:
  • Emily Carter (scroll down to the bottom of the page), who mostly doesn't like it at all, but does make a grudging exception for my story.
An admiration for the stories by Matt Kimpton (Anglo-Saxon storyteller versus narrative-subverting witch), Blair Bidmead (the Faction does The Apprentice, with hilarious results), Ian Potter ("We are about to militarise the Peace") and Daniel O'Mahony (an unsettling and warped take on the myth of the American frontier) seems to be an emerging theme here, and quite deservedly so. People seem to like my story too, which is pleasing.