Octoberish

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We’re well into the second week of November, it’s a dreary day here in Vancouver, and I’m supposed to be getting ready for a strip to Sweden so now seems like a perfect time to post a quick October update. The big writing news was the release of Serial Killer Z (finally). I was about to write a long piece about the launch strategy for the series, but then I realised this is supposed to be short so I’ll save that for another day. I’ll just say that I went with a soft-ish launch (a limp launch?) for the first book. I told my newsletter subscribers over the course of a few days, and posted here on the blog and social media, experimented with some ads, but that was it. No big promos, no concerted marketing. That will come later, when book three is released in a couple of weeks. But even without any real marketing the book has been doing pretty well. People seem to like it and it’s already at the number four slot in my personal sales chart. That bodes well for the future. The launch took up a good chunk of my free time in October, … Read More

Out Now – Serial Killer Z: Sanctuary

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It’s launch day! Serial Killer Z Book 2, better known as Serial Killer Z: Sanctuary is available now on Amazon Kindle. Sanctuary kicks off a couple of weeks after the end of the events in Serial Killer Z. Marcus has found a new home and is back to his zombie-killing ways. Unfortunately for him, the outside world has a habit of intruding on the lives of serial killers who just want to live a nice, quiet, bloody life. For a limited time, you can get Serial Killer Z: Sanctuary for 99c/99p or the equivalent in your country. Save yourself a couple of bucks by picking it up now. Also for a limited time, I’m giving away the prequel to the series, Serial Killer Z: Infection. To get your copy, just sign up to my mailing list by clicking here. The dead are not the only threat. After being forced to leave the safety of Camp Redfern, serial killer, Marcus Black, has found himself a new home. Hidden in a cave deep in the mountains, he’s free to unleash his true self and hunt the dead that infest the world. When a chance encounter with a group of scavengers turns violent, Marcus flees to a … Read More

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

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

Hey, It’s Saturday

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We interrupt my regularly scheduled absence with a quick update. The box set of The Leah King Trilogy launched on Wednesday and its going extremely well. Far better than I hoped. Thanks to everyone who’s bought the book so far. If you haven’t, you can get your copy from Amazon right now by clicking HERE. I’m pushing on with the first draft of Zombie Book 3 (working title). It’s going very well and I’m racing toward the big finale which is always the bit I enjoy most. When I’m not writing or refreshing the Amazon sales dashboard, I’m getting in some reading. At the moment I’m in the middle of Clara Coulson’s Soul Breaker, the first in the City of Crows series. The books center around the Department of Supernatural Investigations and their fight against the various supernatural nasties that have a habit of popping up to cause mayhem. I’m enjoying it so far and there’s a few other books in the series that I’ve already picked up.   I’ve also been gradually getting back to running after a disastrous BMO Half Marathon at the beginning of the month. Everything was going well and I was on track for a … Read More

Out Now – The Leah King Trilogy

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It’s launch day! I’ve created a box set of all three of my Leah King ebooks (The Girl in the City, The Girl in the Wilderness, and The Girl in the Machine). Yes, they don’t really come in a box but you know what I mean. I tried to up the stakes and the action with each successive book, and I’m very pleased with how the trilogy turned out. More importantly, readers seem to agree. Feedback on all three books has been excellent. The normal price for the set will be $5.99 but for a short time I’m offering the complete set for the ridiculous price of 99c/99p. That’s over 500 pages of dystopian cyberpunky science fiction goodness for less than a dollar/pound/whatever the equivalent is in your country. Or to put it another way, about $6 less than the books cost individually. So, if you haven’t read any of these, or you’ve read the first one or two, now is the time to pick it up. You can get your copy from Amazon right now by clicking HERE. With the oppressive Transport Authority controlling every aspect of their existence, Leah and her father do what they can to carve out a … Read More