September in October

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Wow, it’s almost the middle of October and I haven’t posted an update. I’m going to blame the fact I was at a writing retreat in Colorado at the end of September. And my book release, yes, that too. The Colorado trip was excellent. Great company, some drinking, good food, good conversation and a big chunk of writing. And this guy: Apart from the writing retreat, it was a pretty light month – 12,412 words in total. Most of my time was spent revising the third zombie book. It’s now going through a second pass with my editor and should be wrapped up pretty quickly. Now I’m working on what was supposed to be a prequel novella for my next series. However, I’m already 17,000 words in which should be around the halfway point. It’s more like a quarter of the way through the story. I may have to rethink this plan. I’m really enjoying writing it though, it’s got the same sort of geeky humour I sprinkled throughout Unseen Planet which makes it a lot of fun to write (and hopefully read). My September reading was mostly dominated by one book – Clive Barker’s Coldheart Canyon and I still … Read More

“More than one has wound up dead”

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To celebrate the launch of Serial Killer Z, I thought I’d post this zombie themed video from The Bonnevilles’ latest album. Bear in mind, it does get a bit gruesome so if you’re squeamish check out this video instead. No Law in Lurgan is from Arrow Pierce My Heart.   I’m one of a whole bunch of authors taking part in an October Frights themed blog hop at the moment. Click on the image for links to the other authors taking part. [“More than one has wound up dead” by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 11th October 2017]

Five Things I Learned Last Week (about Zombies)

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It’s been a while since I did a Five Things post but to celebrate the launch of Serial Killer Z, I thought I’d go with a zombie themed list. So, here’s five things I learned about zombies last week. Zombies go back as far as the ancient Mesopotamian poem, Epic of Gilgamesh In the poem, the goddess Ishtar claims, “I will knock down the Gates of the Netherworld; I will smash the doorposts and leave the doors flat down, and will let the dead go up to eat the living!” [Thanks to All That is Interesting for that one] Ophiocordyceps, the so-called “zombie ant fungus” hijacks  its victims central nervous system and forces it to do its bidding Then it kills its host and launches new spores to infect more ants. I live in one of the top 10 safest countries during a zombie outbreak  – According to geographic location, topography, armed populace, population density, and military preparedness these are the best places to live when the inevitable outbreak hits – 1) Australia, 2) Canada, 3) United States, 4) Russia, 5) Kazakhstan, 6) Bolivia, 7) Norway, 8) Finland, 9) Argentina, and 10) Sweden. [Thanks to LiveScience for making me feel … Read More

Out Now – Serial Killer Z

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I’ve been looking forward to this day for months – the first book in my new series, Serial Killer Z, is finally available from Amazon. Serial Killer Z is my big project for 2017, and I’ve got the next two books ready to go. Book Two, Sanctuary, will be released in about a month’s time, and the preorder will go up soon. I’ve just wrapped up some edits on the third book and it’s lined up for an early December launch. For a limited time, Serial Killer Z, is just 99c Click here to get your copy or read or free through Kindle Unlimited. For some, the zombies are a good thing. The man who calls himself Marcus Black was a killer. He stalked the city, hunting those he deemed guilty and executing them for their imagined crimes. Now he’s just trying to survive in a zombie infested world. With the dead a constant threat, Marcus is forced to suppress his true self and fight against the shadow that lives inside him. Losing that fight will leave him exposed and could cost him his life. When he discovers an abandoned camp deep in the forest Marcus believes he’s finally found a home. A place … Read More

Out Now – Immersion Therapy

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I’m pleased to announce that my creepy horror story, Immersion Therapy, is now available on the Dead Oaks Podcast and they’ve done a phenomenal job. This is the first audio version of one of my stories, and I’m really impressed with how much care and attention when into producing it. Edward Whalen’s narration was excellent and the music (Creepy,” written and performed by Nicholas Critney and “Haunted,” courtesy of Purple-Planet) was perfect for this particular story. A HUGE thank you to Christopher Waltz and the rest of the Dead Oaks team for first accepting the story and then doing such a fantastic job on the audio. Draw the curtains, turn off the lights and give it a listen. Click here to listen My new series, Serial Killer Z, launches at the beginning of October but you can get a head start on Marcus Black’s story. I’m giving away a free prequel novella that tells the story of how the zombie apocalypse started, and Marcus’ part in it. It’s called Serial Killer Z : Infection, and all you need to do to get it is sign up for my newsletter here. As well as the prequel, you’ll get four other free books, plus a copy of … Read More

Massive Science Fiction Giveaway

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Against my better judgement, I tend to write in all sorts of genres. My upcoming series, Serial Killer Z, is horror, but I’ve also written a lot of science fiction including Glitch Mitchell and the Unseen Planet – my homage to the old Flash Gordon serials. Unseen Planet is currently part of this amazing Signed Book Giveaway from Sci-Fi Bridge. Subscribe to Sci-Fi Bridge for a chance to win a package of signed paperbacks from an amazing collection of bestselling and emerging Sci-Fi authors! Everyone who enters will receive 6 FREE ebooks. 1 Winner will receive 25+ Signed Space Opera/Exploration/First Contact Books. 1 Winner will receive 25+ Signed Dystopian/Post Apolcayptic/Time-Travel Books 1 Winner will receive 15+ Signed Military Sci-fi/Space Marine Books 1 Winner will receive a Brand New Kindle Fire 7 2 Winners will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card Click Here to Sign Up [Massive Science Fiction Giveaway by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 14th September 2017]  

For some, the zombies are a good thing

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It’s been a long time coming but I’m finally ready to announce my new horror series – Serial Killer Z. I’ve always had a soft spot for zombies. Return of the Living Dead is one of my favorite movies, and The Walking Dead is one of the few TV shows on my “must see” list. But other than a couple of very short stories, I’d always shied away from writing about them. Zombies are extraordinarily popular, but it’s hard to bring something new to the genre without losing the elements that make zombies so much fun. Even when the idea of throwing a serial killer into the zombie apocalypse came to me (in the gym of all places), I resisted. But the idea just wouldn’t let go. Pretty quickly that basic premise had grown into a series of books and, eventually, I gave in. I’m glad I did. It turns out writing about a serial killer and zombies is a lot of fun. I’m four books into the series so far, and I’m really enjoying putting my serial killer through hell. Of course, writing a book is only the first step in the journey to publication. It’s been three and a … Read More

“The odd uneven time”

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August was vacation month for my wife and me. We spent three weeks back in the UK, visiting family, Cardiff, and London. We normally go back at Christmas so this was the first time we’d been back in the summer for something like seven years. Of course, the weather didn’t cooperate. It didn’t rain all the time, there were some very sunny days, but as the photos show, it was fairly grey for our trip to London. We had a good time though. I’ll probably post more photos from the trip (including a visit to The Doctor Who Experience) in future. There was writing, of course. Total word count for August was 17,038 which is the lowest word count since March. Most of that time was spent on random scenes for a possible urban fantasy series. They were a lot of fun and I may well try writing a novella to see how it goes. I did finish a new short story that I wrote specifically for a very cool anthology. I submitted it a couple of days ago so now I have my fingers and toes crossed that the editor likes it. Time will tell. Talking of short stories… my … Read More

London, August 2017

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Don’t forget, if you sign up to my newsletter you’ll get four free ebooks, plus a new short story collection later this year. CLICK HERE to get started. [London, August 2017 by Philip Harris first appeared on Solitary Mindset on 2nd September 2017]