A novel for M R James fans who sometimes want something a little more modern and edgy from their weird fiction
Autumn in the market City of Barchester, and two bright students begin their final year at University, content with old friendships, paying lip-service to old dreams. Until, that is, an ill-conceived prank introduces them to Julian.
For Sophia and Steven, the friendship they form with this worldly stranger marks a coming of age, a possibility to embrace the needs and longings they have never had the language to express. But Julian has his own secrets, and as the nights grow longer, it becomes clear that not all desires are without cost; that some things should never be brought into the light.
Time’s Fool is a novel about monstrosity, about desire and communication. It’s about the self we present to the world and the needs we whisper to ourselves in the darkness. It is about honesty and the fear of honesty. It is about the things we refuse - refuse to say, refuse to seek, refuse to believe - because sometimes, ignoring those things is all that keeps us sane.You can see a transcript of the video script here
Beside him, Lucy’s head hit the table with a quiet thud. It occurred to Steven this might be some sort of prompt.
“What I mean,” he said, raising his voice to be heard above the pub noise, “is that knowledge is the antithesis of fear.”
Across the table, John stared into his pint with an expression that suggested he’d sooner be elsewhere - but no one cared about John.
“Bring it out in the open and,” Steven blew a raspberry, “and okay, while there’s some evidence that Le Fanu...”
Lucy started to move her head in a slow, rocking motion, sending seismic ripples through John’s beer. Steven snatched up his own glass before her convulsions sent it over the edge of the table. He took a drink. Opposite him, Sophia massaged her temples.
“Where was I?” he said.
“You were shutting up,” Lucy replied, her voice muffled by her hair.
“Le Fanu!” he said.
“Please not Le Fanu,” said Sophia.
“Well, now, there is some evidence Le Fanu was a believer, but we’ll let him off. The fact is, though, the stronger a writer’s conviction that they knew how spiritual manifestations worked, the worse the ghost story.”
“Steven,” said Sophia.
He tipped his glass in her direction and tried to arrange a smile on his face. It was difficult, as he had reached the stage where his flesh felt rubbery and uncooperative, where his fingers seemed to be moving without him instructing them.
“Please shut up, Steven.”
“I will not be censored,” he said, or maybe he shouted it, because a couple at the next table turned, looked at him in a bemused fashion. “No,” he insisted, more quietly, “I shall not have my rights violated in this fashion. Le Fanu is very important.”
“So’s my birthday,” said Sophia.
“And technically, that isn’t until tomorrow.”
“Do you really believe all that?” said John.
Steven tried to trace back over the last few exchanges to establish some context for this, but drew a blank, “All what?”
“All this ghost story bollocks.”
“Well, yes,” said Steven, “yes, I should hope so. I mean, it is sort of central to my dissertation, so I should really try to, shouldn’t I?”
John stared at him as though he was obtuse which, all things considered, was unjust.
“He meant, do you believe in ghosts,” Sophia explained.
“No-one believes in ghosts,” said Steven, and leaned back against the booth, “that was my point.”
Lucy raised her head, grabbed her glass and drained it before resuming a face down position.
“Exactly, so why bother?” said John, “Why would you study something that you know doesn’t exist?” And he had that smirk on his face, the point scoring one.
Rewards, reviews, and all that jazz!
Tuesday, 4 December 2018
I hope you all had a fantastic November, and now the nights are really drawing in, we are well in to novel time. Chapter 8, if my memory serves...
So, by now, wherever you are in the world - you should all have your books! I am so glad to have been able to share this novel with you, and your support and kind words, both pre- and post- publication, mean the world to me.
A fair few reviews have…
Wednesday, 31 October 2018
... are signed. Happy Hallowe'en!
I've dated them all with 31/10/18 because I thought that was a pretty cool thing to have there, and am just waiting for the Unbound pixies to collect them and send them on to you wonderful people.
For fun, I signed in four colours - (goth) black, (blood) red, (midnight) blue, and purple (prose). Alas, it was more of a magenta shade, but the lid was purple. Let…
The paperbacks are here!
Friday, 26 October 2018
So, you should all have had your eBook editions already, but these beautiful things arrived at my door today, so I thought I would share them. Those of you who ordered a paperback will have probably had an email telling you that it's on it's way. Signed copies will be a little longer as, well, I need to sign them. I've got a beautiful purple Sharpie to do it with, to go with my beautiful purple…
Cover reveal and launch
Thursday, 18 October 2018
The incredible Mark Ecob of Mecob design has created the actual perfect cover for Time's Fool and it is my actual pleasure to reveal it to you.
If that weren't enough good news, your eBook copies of Time's Fool will be with you on 22nd October - which is Sophia's Birthday.
Well, the day before it, actually, but let's not be a pedant, Steven. **correction. I have previously…
The first ghost story I ever made...
Wednesday, 3 October 2018
Over on Twitter and Facebook, I'm trying to post something at least half interesting every day until the release of Time's Fool. I won't share them all on here but this one is a bit special. I've often said that Time's Fool is my love song to the Gothic: I grew up on ghost stories, from books, from family members, my next door neighbours - wherever I could get them. And what I longed for was to be…
It's getting close to midnight...
Monday, 10 September 2018
...and on Midnight, Thursday 13th September, the supporter list for Time's Fool will close. If you want to get your name listed in the back then you need to make your pledge before then. If you've manage to mispell your name on your account, then you need to change it before then, because after 00:00 GMT 13/09/18 it will not be possible any longer.
And because my student protagonists would have…
Nottingham Unbound fetival!
Saturday, 25 August 2018
On 6th October, the Unbound writers will be having the first Unbound festival at Waterstones in Nottingham. We'll have panels, Q&A, and readings. Come along and hear some absurdly talented people talking about their books, their writing, and hear them read.
Plus, I'll be there representing the horror contingent on the 'Genre Writing' panel. Gods help me!
Tickets are £5 which will be redeemable…
Friday, 13 July 2018
This afternoon, I made the last changes to the Time's Fool proofs before sending them back for final corrections and formatting. I'd been through every word in it, checking that not only was it spelled correctly, but that it was the right word and in the right place in the sentence.
I will not be touching the manuscript again until there's a copy of it in my hands.
There's a still fair bit…
Author fairs, interviews and the slow trickle of time...
Tuesday, 3 July 2018
Had an incredible weekend at the Beccles Charter weekend with lots of talented East Anglian authors, like Martin Ferguson, Ash Ford, David Merrifield, A D P Sorsi, and many others. There was a big variety of both traditional and indie writers, and a lot of different genres on offer. Some Chequered Affection seemed especially popular with the good people of Beccles - which I guess means I should…
On to the fun stuff!
Monday, 18 June 2018
The final MS of Time's Fool has been okayed by the copy-editor and now it's off to be type-set and I realise I am turning a lot of words in to verbs and I'm not quite sure I'm doing it correctly. Anyway! Now we're on to the fun bit, where I chat to Unbound about things like covers, and I can stop using that picture of the John Maddermarket/ The Belgian Monk on all the promotional material.
Come say hi!
Saturday, 9 June 2018
So, as you've probably all had an email telling you, the final MS for Time's Fool has been submitted, and now we're deep in to the copy edits.
But, if you're in East Anglia: I will be at Great Yarmouth Author's Fair on 16th June at Christchurch Methodist Hall, and Anglian Authors Unite on 30th June and 1st July, at Beccles Town Hall. I will have copies of Scars on Sound and Some Chequered Affection…
It's creeping closer....
Monday, 21 May 2018
Here's a photo of a very Barchester-y bit of Norwich, outside The Tea House on Elm Hill. I love the way my City just startles you with beautiful old buildings tucked in to corners. The past is always there - you ignore it at your peril.
While I was sitting there, a young pigeon was occasionally rattling and thumping at the glass, having flown in at another window and got itself stuck, making…
All the changes!
Wednesday, 9 May 2018
After an epic battle with the one chapter that has been a nightmare since the first draft of this novel, I have just - literally just - sent the first round of edits back to my editor. I suspect he'll have more changes to suggest, but that's where Time's Fool is at right now.
Anyway I've been stuck inside working on this for the last few weeks which which is quite fortunate as we've been is the…
Editing, editing, all the editing!
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Just a quick post to keep you all up to date on where the MS of Time's Fool is at - I had my structural edit back last week and am working on that now. Well, not right now, right now, I'm typing this blog post. But hopefully it will soon be a more polished, focused and generally unsettling novel for you all.
After getting the MS in, I had a couple of weeks off from all things writerly and spent…
Time's Fool update
Monday, 26 March 2018
The manuscript to Time's Fool was submitted to Unbound editors on Thursday evening at around 10:30pm. They now have the dubious joy of looking through the 300 odd doublespaced pages, pointing out any darlings that have survived the redrafting process, and handing me the requisite bolt-gun.
The act of handing off your precious book-baby to people whose job it is to find all the flaws, foul-ups,…
100%. Oh my.
Tuesday, 20 March 2018
So, I had just left the house to do some groceries, when my phone pings and informed that, nope. Time's Fool in fact has nothing left to raise.
The sound I made was probably audible only to bats.
It takes one heck of a lot to render me speechless, but there was a good hour there were I could not make word good.
ANYWAY. I'm back home now, and hitting the calm point - sorry if my posts…
A video, a reading, some merch and some giveaways...
Sunday, 11 March 2018
Because you lot seem to like me making a fool of myself in front of a camera, here's a little video I made to announce the winners of the degree certificates, and introduce the Some Chequered Affection chapbook.
The general gist of it is - the degree certificates will be posted to winners in the next couple of days, but if haven't won and want one for yourself they are £10 + p&p (a large letter…
World Book Day short scene
Thursday, 1 March 2018
Woooh! 90% funded. Time's Fool has a little over £400 left to raise (so, if there are any millionaires out there feeling generous...)
To celebrate World Book Day, I thought I'd share a microscene from the March before the novel starts. Now, back when these characters were at school, World Book Day amounted to being given £1 book token, and - if you were Steven - wandering around your classroom…
Time's Fool swag
Monday, 19 February 2018
Wow! 89%! Time's Fool now has officially less than £500 to raise and is only a couple of pledges away from 90% funded.
To celebrate, I'm giving away a couple of these:
Yes - that is an official, Barchester University degree certificate for the class of 2007 - Sophia, Steven and Lucy's year. They are in useful, employable subjects such as Bsc Cryptozoology, Bsc Psychogeography, BA Retrocognition…
The Vampire's Kiss
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
As a special Valentine's Day gift to my lovely readers, supporters and well wishers, here is a sensual, seductive, and relatively spoiler free excerpt from Time's Fool.
[TW: dub/non-con. Blood.]
The Vampire's Kiss
He was standing beside her bed. She lay, calm and asleep upon her side, her hair spreading across the pillows like smoke, her smoke-grey eyes pressed closed. He inhaled, tasting…
Artwork winner, take two!
Friday, 2 February 2018
It is now time to announce the winner of the second piece of artwork, and with the help of my fabulous assistent, the Incredible Clockwork Karloff, we are able to tell you it was *drumroll*
I will get that in the post to you asap.
Thank you all for your support, and as we approach the final lap, there will be more exciting Time's Fool news and prizes soon...
Wednesday, 31 January 2018
Time's Fool has reached 85% funding, so, with the help of the Desktop Draculas, it is time to annonce the winner of the "Her Red Eyes Again" artwork. Drumroll, please.......
That is Bill and Ann Lewis! Thank you, once again, Count Duckula, for your help.
The draw for the smaller, pen and ink piece will be on Friday, to give you a little more of a chance to tell me if you have got a friend…
Art giveaway - the absence in out landscapes
Tuesday, 30 January 2018
So, here is the second picture for my art giveaway at 85%, from which we are a really not very far at all.
It is A4, in pen and ink wash, and is entirely hand-drawn and original. It's a picture of a empty niche in the (very beautiful) porch of St Michael's Church, Beccles, where I sat sketching this, and got so cold I couldn't actually feel the pen in my hand.
A recurring theme in these…
Her Red Eyes Again, art giveaway update:
Monday, 22 January 2018
So, this is one of the pictures I will be giving away when Time's Fool reaches 85% funding - which is really close now. It is A3, in ink, watercolour and maybe some other bits because I like mixing my media.
If you want to be in with a chance of winning this, all you need to be is a supporter of Time's Fool. The other piece of art will be done when we reach 84% funding (from which we are a…
Goth Karaoke - 80% dare, and how to win some artwork
Tuesday, 9 January 2018
So, those of you who follow me on Twitter, or have 'liked' my Facebook page will already have seen this, but I thought I should post it here as well. As you can see, it's on Youtube so you are able to share to my mortification as widely as you see fit.
It's a bit late up here, I appreciate. My computer decided New Year's Eve was an excellent time for a total crash that nearly lost me ALL my work…
Some Chequered Affection, Part 10
Friday, 8 December 2017
This is the tenth, and final, part of the loose prequel to Time's Fool, Some Chequered Affection. If you are just joining us, then it begins here.
Charles Morland has gone to confront his lover about the death of a young serviceman last seen in Fulbeck's company, but they have interrupted by another of Fulbeck's conquests. How's it going to end?
Things get a little heated in this…
Some Chequered Affection, Part 9
Saturday, 2 December 2017
This is the ninth part of a prequel to Time's Fool, which begins here:
Letting himself in to Fulbeck's house, is it answers Charles Morland is seeking? Or revenge?
[CN: mention of suicide, murder and funerals]
Stepping in to the hall, he was aware of how loud his footsteps were upon the tiled floor. The sudden enormity of what he had done struck him, but it did…
I asked the good people of Twitter what I should do at 80% funding
Wednesday, 29 November 2017
... and they want me to post a video of me singing Dancing Queen.
"You can dance! Yooooouuuu can jiiiiiivvvee...." Well, this won't be embarrasing at all.
If you don't want to wait to see me publicly humiliated like this, why not upgrade your pledge, or buy a copy for a friend?
Also, if you're in Beccles this weekend, do come by and say hello at the Anglian Authors Unite event…
Time's Fool makes an excellent Christmas present
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Stuck buying a present for that awkward person in your life? Looking for a stocking filler for a bookworm? Why not pre-order them a copy of Time's Fool?
It's perfect for winter, a story of darkness closing in and the light that we make in it, a proper old-school supernatural horror for the festive season. Not only can you get them a copy, but they can have their name in the list of supporters in…
The creature's house
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
I like old buildings. I get a bit like Steven about old building, which makes me do lots of loitering, take pictures at dutch angles. My parents were National Trust members, so a lot of childhood weekends were spent trailing round stately homes, not touching the antiques and not walking on the grass. On the long car journey home, I would stare out the window, daydreaming about ghosts, Bad Barons…
Some Chequered Affection, Part 8
Friday, 3 November 2017
I feel as though I've been spamming people with updates a bit of late, but we are at 76%, so here is the next part of Some Chequered Affection. The story starts here.
This is the beginning of the final "chapter" of the story, but it's a long one, so will be spread over three or four updates - and remember, the quicker we fund, the sooner the next update. Also, any new pledges or upgrades…
Limited time offer - name a character
Wednesday, 1 November 2017
Ever wanted to see your name in a book? Or got a brilliant name and nothing much to do with it? Well, make a new, or increase an existing, pledge to Time's Fool before midnight 5th November 2017 and you can name a character in my 2017 Nanowrimo project, Leech*.
Simply pledge (or increase your pledge) and write in the comments what you want your character to be called. The novel is set in a diverse…
Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Just a quick post to wish a Happy Hallowe'en/Samhain to all my wonderful supporters.
The last two weeks in October are always a bit of a nightmare for me - but just to tide you over, here's a little sketch I got to do in the chapel of what is probably the Time's Fool landscape - specifically, the closest thing I have to a real world model for the creature's house:
Stay spooky! Have a wonderful…
The Desktop Draculas announce the winners
Monday, 9 October 2017
In the balmy days before the Sprogs were mobile, I had a little Tod Browning's Dracula set up on my desk - with a clockwork Dracula, a clockwork potato beetle, a solar powered spider, and a dear little armadillo. Unfortunately, the years between moving and able to understand that not all toys belong to them sadly robbed this collection and they have since been replaced by the desktop Draculas, plus…
Wampire Woice Wideo
Friday, 6 October 2017
75%. We're on 75%. *Does a little crowdfunding dance* Oh, my goodness, you people are amazing! We are on the homestretch. I am overwhelmed and jazz-handing.
No, I'm being serious, I always do *jazz hands* when I'm excited by something and I do have a little crowdfunding dance - tho we all know I ain't no dancer, so it's honestly more of shimmy.
Sorry, I'm gushing. What you're all really here…
Some Chequered Affection, Part 7
Monday, 2 October 2017
This is the seventh part of a free short story that forms a loose prequel to Time's Fool. It begins here.
Leaving Beechworth's funeral, Morland is shaken by Graves' revelation. But as he makes his way home, it becomes clear that violent events of the past month are not finished yet.
Morland had not wept. All the tears that he had not shed seemed to fill his whole body, to build…
I said I'd dress up as a vampire, didn't I?
Monday, 25 September 2017
Fangs and all, when we got to 75%.
But you know what, I didn't even specify which vampire! I could put on some casual wear and pretend I was one of those pretty boys from True Blood. You lot would have nothing to complain about!
But where would the fun be in that?
What's more, I promised "an offensively bad Bela Lugosi voice." You know, I'm beginning to regret this already...
All the same…
Some Chequered Affection, Part 6
Thursday, 21 September 2017
Before we start, an ENORMOUS thanks to everyone who has pledged recently. And remember, I will be giving a signed, original piece of Time's Fool Landscapes artwork (approx A4) when I reach a hundred supporters - at the time of posting there are still SIX chances left to win this.
And, co-incidentally, this is part six of a serailsed short story which is a loose prequel to Time's Fool. It…
Monday, 18 September 2017
Ah, no place is closer to a Dracularian's heart that Whitby - at least for one who's never been able to afford a trip to Romania. This time, however, it was my great pleasure and privilege to attend meetings of the Dracula Society and spend a slightly boozy weekend with people who *actually get my jokes*.
I've been a member for a year or so now, but I'd never been along to a meeting before…
Some Chequered Affection, Part 5
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
This is the fifth part of a free short story which starts here.
Confused and grieving, Charles Morlad has run from his father's house after yet another quarrel, seeking solace in the night-time streets of Barchester.
Apologies for the lack of picture - this will be remedied asap.
Fulbeck had told him that such places existed - yes, even in places as provincial and conservative…
Some Chequered Affection, Part 4
Friday, 8 September 2017
This is the fourth part of a serialised story that acts as a loose prequel to Time's Fool. It begins here:
Charles Morland has agreed to his lover's version of events, and made no more mention of the other 'accusations' in Beechworth's note. The story resumes later the same day.
The Colonel was eating. He did it with the savage pleasure of a man who had earned his…
Performances, holidays and term starts.
Tuesday, 5 September 2017
Ah, September. The mornings are grey and misty, the leaves turn and catch in the first autumn breezes, and everything smells of new shoes and fresh stationary. Night whispers at the edges of everything.
In the city of Barchester, the corridors are clean and empty, troubled only by lecturers and postgraduate students. In childhood bedrooms, students pack up clothes, print off reading lists, and…
Some Chequered Affection, Part 3
Sunday, 23 July 2017
This is the third part a free short story, which begins here:
So, Charles Morland has found the body of Henry Beechworth, an apparant suicide, and has sought his friend Fulbeck for comfort and advice. But Fulbeck has not been quite as sympathetic as Morland had hoped.
“There,” Fulbeck said, in his old voice, the one made him sound so tender, so very sincere, “you poor…
Some Chequered Affection, Part 2
Tuesday, 4 July 2017
This is the second part of a free short story, which begins here
Charles Morland has discovered the body of his oldest friend, Henry Beechworth - dead by suicide. Who does he turn to with this news?
The door was still in shadow when he reached it, and stepping in to its lee was a blessed relief from the sun, now high, cut through his Norfolk with…
Some Chequered Affection
Monday, 26 June 2017
So, I promised it, and here it is, the first part of Some Chequered Affection. If you've ever wondered why, and what, is said to haunt the creature's house, here the story behind Steven's "average post-Victorian spook".
This story has a different vibe to main novel, being more of a period piece, and with a touch more of the thriller/murder mystery to it than supernatural horror. However, there…
Cards, short stories and guided tours
Monday, 19 June 2017
Woo, 67%, look at that! We are very much getting there! So, couple of awesome new things lined up:
1) A few people on social media have been saying nice things about my Time's Fool landscape sketches so we're looking to add a new reward level where you can get one of these on a card with a personalised message from yours truly. This would be especially good for overseas supporters…
Some mixed news
Tuesday, 16 May 2017
A minor change of plan on the Time’s Fool front, I’m afraid.
Rather than the hardback version we were initially aiming for, Unbound and I have decided to reduce the funding goal, and release Time’s Fool as a paperback instead.
While I would have loved to be able to bring this crowd-funder to completion at its original target, life has had other plans this past year which means everything has…
Scars on Sound, the Book Hive, 27th April
Monday, 24 April 2017
I will be a the BookHive in Norwich on 27th April between 6:30 and 8:30, launching a collection of short stories called 'Scars on Sound'. It's a series of folk horror and traditional ghost stories with a lyrical edge.
There be music, wine and couple of performances of local weird fiction, so do come along if you're in the area, because it looks to be a really lovely night in one of my favourite…
24% forfeit, an interview with Rachel Plummer
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
I promised another forfeit at 24%, chosen by the supporter who got me over the mark. That turned out to be Rachel Plummer - who asked for a no-holes barred interview, and a reading of B.J Novak's The Book with No Pictures (which unfortunately I can't share here.)
Want your chance to call a forfeit? I'll be doing another at 26% and 28% - get pledging!
Rachel Plummer is a poet whose publishing…
A quarter of the way there! Prizes, news, sunshine!
Monday, 13 March 2017
Although apparantly there'll be a cold snap this weekend. So, to announce the winner of the free gothic novel which I promised to give out at 25%, it is *drumroll* Mr IAN GILES who was the ninth person to pledge to Time's Fool.
I will try to contact him directly to see which book he'd prefer, or he can leave a message in the comments - choices are Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber, Lost Souls…
Friday, 10 March 2017
If you've wondered exactly what it is I'm wearing around my neck in the promotional video, it's this:
As a lump of rock, it'd be pretty unremarkable, except that the hole at the top is not man-made. Instead, it probably made by a piddock - a shy little bivalve who drills a hole in a stone, then hides in it. (A creature after my own heart.) When the piddock moves on elsewhere (or dies,…
Friday, 27 January 2017
Editing Time's Fool, I was struck by how seldom Sophia was seen without a glass of something in her hand. Those who know her creator, however, understand that I am abstemious, practically teetoal, and would never do something so undignified as get hammered. However, my hometown is historically famous for distilling gin - a practice that has recently been restarted by The Maiden Distillery, who make…
Oh, what a wealth of sorrow in a few words
Tuesday, 10 January 2017
In our society, we do not deal well with death. I remember when my grandfather was dying, standing beside my sister, my mother, my gran, with the sick harshness of grief like a wall between us all. I closed my hands to fists and wished that we had a etiquette to deal with it, a form of words to express the chaos, the loss that began to skirl about inside me.
Death is sanitised, closed away in the…
It is the longest, darkest night of the year
Tuesday, 20 December 2016
“ …when the sun is a small and distant thing. Imagine how it must have been, in earlier times before electric light. Villages cut off from one another as the snow drifted and the wind howled at the doors. The animals housed nearby, or inside, for there were still wolves and bears roaming the last stands of the wildwood. People sending their frail little prayers up to heaven for safety, and for health…
Bad planning, working titles and contractions: the joy of first drafts
Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Writing a novel was the last thing I should have been doing. 1st November 2009: I was eight months pregnant and three months into an MA, and there I was, logging in to nanowrimo.org, and writing the first, uncertain sentences of what had the catchy title of Alys’ Vampire Novel.
Over the next thirty days - between reading my course texts, going to NCT classes, heartburn and essay planning - I snatched…
Live Reading! (23rd November)
Thursday, 17 November 2016
This is a reading I did at the Birdcage in Norwich back in July, reading from chapter twelve. I believe I will be back there on 23rd of November, either giving another little review of Time's Fool, or else something from my upcoming book of short stories, Scars on Sound. If you are about in the Fine City, do come along and see it!
Hallowe'en - we are in novel time
Sunday, 30 October 2016
Time's Fool is a novel for the dark half of the year. It is set in the listing light of autumn and winter, and deals with themes of darkness, secrets, and death, and was written (in first draft) through one glittering, Norwich November, when the trees blazed like fire and the nights were frost spangled.
Fitting then, for the plot proper to start on Hallowe'en - the ancient festival of Sanhaim,…
The V word.
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
The eagle-eyed among you may have spotted that there is a specific word that the creature does not use to refer to himself: Vampire.
This may feel a little odd, considering that vampire fiction is one of my favourite sub-categories of Gothic fiction. Worse, it might seem as though I'm ashamed of the fact - claiming I'm writing something that isn't a first cousin to all the other vampire fiction…
Monday, 10 October 2016
So, as promised, I've uploaded a little performance. The whole thing can be read here although a transcript of the reading can be found below. It introduces us a little more to Steven in a context where he is not being a deliberately irritating know-it-all.
Steven is - at the opening of the novel - 20 years old and beginning his final year of a BA in English Literature. He lives with Lucy in a…
Happy Bi Visibility Day
Friday, 23 September 2016
A little sketch I did of the creature (Julian) for Bi-Visibility day. LGBT+ representation is very important to me in my writing and I've never hidden my characters' orientations - although being a 14th century gent, the creature is a little behind on his terminology.
Sorry the colours are a little off on the flag, this ended up being done very much with what I had to hand, and what was to hand…
Thursday, 8 September 2016
You meet a vampire. You know it's a vampire.
How do you kill it?
So, I was in a forum discussion the a while back and there was a game running where you get to ask a vampire three questions. An impressive number of the responses were things likes, “Would daylight kill you?” “Would a stake through the heart work?”
Really? You're actually going to say that? Is that not incredibly gauche? You…
My five favourite Gothic novels (that you possibly haven't read) - book giveaway
Thursday, 11 August 2016
If you fancy any of these books, when Time’s Fool reaches 25% I’ll be posting one of them to a lucky subscriber. In addition to their choice of the titles below (or an equivalent book token) they’ll also be getting a handwritten letter thanking them for their support. So, if you fancy any of these, spread the word and pledge yourself for your chance to win.
What makes the Gothic? Is it the…
Introducing the creature
Wednesday, 3 August 2016
Sorry for the delayed post - technical issues last week meant I lost a whole ton of work and have spent the intervening time kicking things in frustration.
So, one thing that probably needs to be said is that - although the city in Time’s Fool is Barchester - it’s based very much upon my time in Norwich. Much was it was plotted on late night walks after the UEA library had finally…
Adventures in the Gothic
Wednesday, 20 July 2016
Wow, this weather really isn't made for the gothically inclined among us.
Are you surprised that Time's Fool is set in all the glittering inclemency of English winter? Seems a long way distant, but the evenings are already drawing in a little, sending a shiver of the dying year. Actually, after the sun goes down, it's really beautiful in East Anglia. Spent last night out by bonfire in the back…
Art work level
Tuesday, 28 June 2016
Here's a little sneak preview of Vic 'Iddstar' Hill's illustration-in-progress of the first scene of Time's Fool.
I've known Vic's art for a good while now, and it was her expressive lines and clean style I was imagining when writing that fraught and youthful scene in the union bar. She has absolutely captured the expression on Sophia's face.
A wallpaper style download of this will be made…
Friday, 24 June 2016
As you may have noticed, there is a new pledge available on the project page:
Cake or death
Yes, that is a cake. When I'm not being a badass goth, a hobby of mine is making occasion cakes in all sorts of weird and wonderful shapes and designs. If you want a cake that will be utterly unique and eye-catching at a special event, then you can receive one if you pledge to Time's Fool.…
Radio interviews, new reward levels, artwork, and a preview of Chapter Two
Monday, 13 June 2016
So, some cool stuff is going on. Shortly after this goes live I will be adding a preview of Chapter Two of Time's Fool to the Shed - however, this will only accessible to people who have pledged. If you want to read it, you know what to do! As an added incentive, I have some really cool stuff lined up for subscribers when we hit milestone funding points and various arbitrary percentages which I've…
Transcript of the Time's Fool pitch video
Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Hi, I’m Alys Earl and I want to introduce you to my debut novel, Time’s Fool.
Time’s Fool is a novel for M R James fans who sometimes want something a little more modern and edgy from their weird fiction. It’s very much a novel that’s come out of my love of the classics of the supernatural horror genre, but also from the problems that some of these stories raise for me.
We like to be scared…
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