I have a new interview up at Vampirisme.com – it’s in French though, so you’ll you have to be able to read French. Or paste it into a translator. I could make it easy and post the English version – but I won’t. Ha ha!! [Evil vampire cackle].
My publishing company, ANARCHY BOOKS, is absolutely thrilled and jiggling to announce the upcoming and incoming release of THE FOUR REALMS by Adrian Faulkner. This is a stunning debut novel, absolutely jam-packed with vampire genocide, shape-shifting cephalopods, kick-ass elderly protagonists and shotgun wielding centaurs……
Gail Z. Martin, author of THE DREAD, described Faulkner’s debut novel as “An imaginative foray into a dark world of danger and adventure. Hang onto your hat!”…. and here at Anarchy Books we are super-excited at what we believe is the BEST Anarchy Book yet!!
Advance reader copies are now available for review, and Mr Faulkner is available for interviews, comments and general “book pimping”. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Release date: 26th December 2012.
Mobi: ISBN: 978-1-908328-52-6
ePUB: ISBN: 978-1-908328-53-3
PDF copies also available for review.
THE FOUR REALMS-
Half-vampire Darwin stumbles across a corpse on the streets of London, and in a pocket discovers a notebook in a mysterious language. Divided between human ethics and vampire bloodlust, Darwin finds himself both condemner and saviour of a race who’ve never considered him one of their own. Now, he must try and lead the survivors to sanctuary in New Salisbury before Mr West completes his genocide of the vampires in his quest to obtain the book…
Maureen Summerglass is eighty-two years old, and a prisoner in her ramshackle home. She is afraid to let people enter in case they discover the oak door in her cellar. Threatened with homelessness and retirement from her job as a gatekeeper between worlds, Maureen breaks protocol when the death of a close friend is covered up… and enters the city of New Salisbury to search for his missing notebook. There, she discovers a world unlike the one of myth and fairy tale she imagined, and instead one of black market economies, brand names and tuk tuks. As she investigates, not only is she in extreme danger, but discovers she may be the first human female able to use magic…
Title: The Four Realms
Author: Adrian Faulkner
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 120,000 words
Published by Anarchy Books
Release Date: 26th December 2012
Cover by Matt “Iron-Cow” Cauley
Mobi: ISBN: 978-1-908328-52-6
ePUB: ISBN: 978-1-908328-53-3
A Hi-Res image of the cover can be downloaded from: http://adrianfaulkner.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/four_realms_anarch2.jpg
William Hussey (http://www.williamhussey.co.uk/), author of the fabulous Witchfinder series, tagged me on his blog as part of THE NEXT BIG THING author chain. So, now it’s my turn to pass on the burning brand of doom, tap out my deepest ramblings, and nobble another five authors so that our collected gibberish can spread like some great and unwholesome disease of the mind. Here we go then…
1) What is the working title of your next book?
My next novel is called THE IRON WOLVES for Angry Robot Books http://angryrobotbooks.com/.
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
After working on KELL’S LEGEND, SOUL STEALERS and VAMPIRE WARLORDS for Angry Robot, I penned a section in VW where Kell and Saark, our heroes of the moment, have to train an army from a rag-tag rabble of cut-throat inmates in a desecrated prison complex, which has been completely overrun. I loved writing those scenes, and playing with the idea of bad men turning good. Thus, when asked to pitch to AR, I came up with a Dirty Dozen-type idea and The Iron Wolves was born.
We have a group of heroes, The Iron Wolves, who held the Pass of Splintered Bones against a war-host of drooling mud-orcs, and saw the psychotic sorcerer Morkagoth slain. Now, thirty years on, a new threat emerges from the depths of The Furnace: Orlana, the Changer, who begins building an army and gathering evil to her cause.
Realising the threat, aged General Dalgoran seeks to reunite his elite soldiers, his Iron Wolves; but they are no longer the heroes he remembers. Kiki, leader of the Wolves, is a honey-leaf drug peddler and addicted to her own foul narcotic; Narnok is a violent whoremaster, Prince Zastarte a gambler who burns people alive, Dek the pit fighter, once a hit with the ladies, now bears a razor-sliced face; and Trista, originally a woman of wealth, nobility and religion, has devolved into a whore-assassin with a scorpion sting.
United in hate, the Iron Wolves travel to the Pass of Splintered Bones and the Dakrath Fortress; and as half a million mud-orcs gather, General Dalgoran realises his grave error. Together, the Iron Wolves hold a terrible secret which has tortured them for three decades. Now, they wish to be human again.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
That would be heroic fantasy. Or maybe anti-heroic fantasy, as this is going to be one dark, violent, bleak roller-coaster ride of suffering and violence. Did I mention the violence? It’s going to be nasty. It’s going to make Morgan’s and Abercrombie’s books (which I very much admire, by the way) look like children’s tales about fluffy puppies. Or so I reckon.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
For the men, actors like Ving Rhames, Clint Eastwood, Ray Winstone; that kind of dude. For Kiki? Hmm. I think Uma Thurman would do a pretty awesome job.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Forget your fine wines, art, literature and culture; forget a Time of Heroes and any thoughts of nobility… because The Iron Wolves are back. And this time, they’re dirty, nasty, violent, and playing by no rules born of this world.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
The Iron Wolves will be published by Angry Robot Books in January 2014, the second book (in the same world but with different characters), August 2014. For this deal, I agented myself.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I have six month to write and do my usual three edits; and I begin work in earnest on the 1st December 2012.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I mentioned Joe Abercrombie and Richard Morgan earlier, and I love their works dearly. They would be the closest in terms of gritty realism and violent nastiness. But this time, Dear Reader, I’m hoping to give the fantasy world something a little bit different. Something a little new.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I was always inspired by the late, great David Gemmell, may he rest well in the Hall of Heroes. I’m also inspired by Iain M. Banks, Ernest Hemingway, Orwell, Kafka, Cormac McCarthy and Sergio Leone, to name but a few.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
When reading a fantasy novel, do you like: a) your female fantasy characters to be brutal femme fatales; b) your alcoholic pit-fighters big, sour, and with razor carved faces; and c) your bad dudes something to give even the toughest cage fighter crawling little-girl nightmares? Well then, you’ll be wanting to read The Iron Wolves, won’t you laddie?
“Clever, funny, and entertaining Rocket Cat had Liam smiling as I tried to imitate some kitty language for him while reading out loud. A great wholesome read, Rocket Cat gets 10 out of 10 Liams for being such a fantastic kids book…” – The Troubled Scribe
“Whether you have kids or not, ‘Rocket Cat, The Tale of a Cat with a Rocket Pack’ is an exciting and adventurous children’s tale by Andy Remic, that follows the exploits of Tiger Puk as he desperately searches for his captured love, Libby Twinkleye.” – The Troubled Scribe
Yes, here I am being interviewed by The Robot Reader (Angry Robot Books) about our recent collaboration.
“Andy Remic is a (super duper) busy man with much on his plate and his finger in many pies (mmmmm, a plate of pies…). He’s the published author of a string of high-octane, all-action sf-techno-thrillers including War Machine, Biohell, Quake and Warhead, as well as the blood and gore-drenched fantasy saga The Clockwork Vampire Chronicles. He’s also a publisher in his own right with the wonderfully noisy, spectacularly spiky and hugely colourful independent press Anarchy Books.
We asked Andy a few questions about Anarchy Books and this is what he had to tell us:
The Robot Reader: How did Anarchy Books come about? What made a published author decide to become a publisher of other authors? ………….”
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That’s right! Andy Remic, sword champion, chainsaw warrior, bunny ninja, often described as “The Rock Hard Nutter of SF” and “The Tarantino of Fantasy” and author of 14 novels, has written a loveable fluffy cuddly children’s book entitled ROCKET CAT, about, surprisingly, a cat with a rocket pack. Out 1st July 2012 from Anarchy Books in paperback, EPUB and KINDLE formats.
Tiger Puk the ginger tomcat meets his new true love, the gorgeous kitten Libby Twinkleye. But when evil Redcap Goblin Katcats – Sooty Tailbite, Fang Whiskertwist and the terrifying killer, Claw Pawtangle – steal her away for their master, Chimera of Niffle Heim, Tiger must make a choice…
To lie in the sun purring and washing his fur, or… to dismantle a sports car and build a rocket pack? Tiger breaks out the spanners, and in a feline version of The A-Team, learns meccy hanics, builds his own enny gin, fills the tank with petty rol – and bravely roars off into the night sky!
However, the Redcap Goblin Katcats learn of Tiger’s rescue mission, and on their goblin wings head out to meet him… with their terrible, vast army from the evil world of Niffle Heim!
Will Tiger Puk ever see his Heartsong Libby Twinkleye again?
Read Rocket Cat to find out…
Mobi ISBN: 978-1-908328-47-2
ePUB ISBN: 978-1-908328-48-9
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ANDY REMIC has written lots of books for adults, but Rocket Cat is his first children’s novel. Originally written a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, this newly polished sparkly Katcat version was written for his little boys, Joseph and Oliver.
Ultimate Adventure Magazine Issue 2 is now available to download or read online.
Issue 2 contains swimming with Tiger sharks, Al Humprey’s “Microadventures” including climbing on the Isle of Skye, swimming Lake Bala with the British RAF, Pom on a Postie 2 (crossing Australia on a moped), The Art of Geocaching, interviews with Jon Bodan of metal band Halcyon Way, author Geoff Nelder and chocolate event organiser Ruth Shedwick.
That’s as well as rants from Grumpy Old Man and The Anti-Clarkson, and reviews of boots, kit, Bear Grylls, Brian Blessed and the Landrover Freelander! Plus, a chance to win 1 of 3 copies of Corel’s VideoStudio Pro X5 Ultimate, worth £79.98 each!!
Check it out at: www.uamag.co.uk
Issue 2 of ULTIMATE ADVENTURE MAGAZINE will be released for FREE on Sunday 15th April 2012. Lots of interesting stuff in this issue, interviews, reviews of kit and books and stuff, features on swimming with sharks, Pom on a Postie #2, geocaching, swimming Lake Bala with the RAF, Al Humprey’s Microadventures…. and lots more!!
Would you like a free ebook?
Would you like our Anarchy Books anthology, VIVISEPULTURE, with stories by authors such as Guy N. Smith (Night of the Crabs, Sabat, The Sucking Pit), Neal Asher (Prador Moon, Gridlinked, Brass Man), Ian Watson (who wrote the script for the Spielberg/Kubrick film A. I. Artificial Intelligence) and many more wonderful authors?
Vivisepulture is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD for 5 days only, from 6th April 2012, 12.00AM PST, until 10th April 11.59PM.
This promotion is to celebrate our Easter Anarchy Releases – 7 new novels by authors including Eric Brown (Helix, The Kings of Eternity, Necropath), film director Paolo Sedazzari (The Toybox), Gareth L. Powell (The Last Reef, Recollection) and PC Format tech guru, Luis Villazon.
We will also be releasing a new punk album by The Mice called Young Punks, to run alongside Paolo Sedazzari’s novel/oral history by the same name.
Visit www.anarchy-books.com for more details.
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