SeventySecond Time

March 20, 2011 at 8:26 am (Uncategorized)

…and I’m back! Yes, yes, I know it’s been a while, but I’ve been living a life of high intrigue and shenanigans at an international level…or I’ve just been being lazy. Doing the blog every week was definitely too much too often (I don’t have that much news, after all) but when I do it every two weeks, I tend to forget. Or think, Next week…

Anyway, it’s blog time again, and I do actually have news! The first exciting thing is that my story ‘Rough Music’ has been accepted for publication by Simon Marshall-Jones’ Spectral Press! Hurrah! Spectral is a really nice outfit, and an interesting approach: limited editions of 100 single story chapbooks, with a set number sold by subscription and the rest available as single purchases. Details of my story and the press in general can be found here:

http://spectralpress.wordpress.com/2011/02/11/announcement-simon-kurt-unsworths-rough-music/

I’d urge you to join while (a limited) number of subscriptions available – tell Simon that Simon sent you, he won’t give you a discount or anything (it’s only about £10 for three chapbooks!) but it will make me look good…

Right, further news: my story ‘Child’ has been accepted for Black Static magazine! Hurrah 2! This is my third acceptance in Black Static, which I’m really pleased about! Andy Cox (the editor) tells me that he hopes that ‘Child’ will appear in the next issue, so get ready folks….

I’ve been interviewed! The lovely Billie Mulholland asked if I’d answer questions for her blog, which I naturally agreed to (there nothing I like better than talking about myself, after all), and the results can be seen here:

http://www.billiemilholland.com/?p=275

The interview seems to have gone down pretty well, which is gratifying…

There’s another sale but I can’t tell you about that at the moment. Suffice it to say I’m very excited about it, and more news when I get it!

One more piece of news: this last couple of weeks, I’ve entered the epublishing world! Yes, it’s true, I decided to experiment and put together a short collection of (mostly) new tales and uploaded them to Smashwords:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/45530

To Amazon UK (note 5 star review!):

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Uneasy-Tales/dp/B004RPXTBG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1300609097&sr=8-1

And Amazon US:

http://www.amazon.com/Uneasy-Tales-ebook/dp/B004RPXTBG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1300609145&sr=8-2

So, those of you with Kindles or other ebook readers or who read ebooks on your phone/computer, what are you waiting for? Less than 50p per story? A picture of Morecambe with my wife and child in the distance as the cover (designed by Simon Maarshall-Jones)? A damned bargain I’d say!

On last plug: Gaslight Arcanum, the follow-up anthology to Gaslight Grotesque, containing my  story ‘A Country Death’ (featuring a death occurring in the country and an investigation of said death, with much mysteriourness and terror in association…) is up for pre-order! It can be purchased from Amazon UK or Amazon US at:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gaslight-Arcanum-Uncanny-Sherlock-Holmes/dp/1894063600/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1300653250&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Gaslight-Arcanum-Uncanny-Sherlock-Holmes/dp/1894063600/ref=sr_1_1ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1300653477&sr=1-1

[EDIT]: One more thing, I promise! Those lovely people at Twisted Tales have interviewed me, and I almost sound like I know what I’m talking about:

http://twistedtalesevents.blogspot.com/2011/03/simon-kurt-unsworth-interviewed-by.html

I think that’s it…the work on Quiet Houses continues chugging along, with only a couple of stories left to do. I have my cover artist lined up (more news soon!) and it’s definitely being launched at FantasyCon 2011 in Brighton, along with Dave Jeffries’ Campfire Chillers. Should be fun, and I expect to see you there…

Right, that’s it I think. It’s enough to be going on with, isn’t it? So what are you waiting for? Go buy stuff!

Later, Lords and Ladies…

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