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Promoting a favourite author: Elizabeth Hunter
Stunning cover reveal of Imitation Alchemy and synopsis

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00068]I’ve been going back and forth on how I wanted to publish Imitation and Alchemy, the second prequel novella for Ben and Tenzin’s Elemental Legacy series. Last year, I published Shadows and Gold as a free serial on my website before I made it available for sale. And I loved doing that! I love being able to occasionally share work with you guys while I’m writing it. It’s very motivating, and I think it’s fun for readers, too.

But then there was some nasty business with bad people stealing an author’s work off her website and forcing Amazon to take it down and halting sales. It was finally resolved in the author’s favor, but I’ll admit, it spooked me.

BUT since I’m going to practice the optimism I was preaching last week on the blog, I’ve decided to go ahead and publish Imitation and Alchemy as a serial on…

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source: http://www.hammerfilms.com/features/19733/the-10-greatest-horror-novels-of-the-20th-century



It’s only a month until our production of The Haunting of Hill House – in association with Everyman & Playhouse and Sonia Friedman Productions – hits the Liverpool stage! 

In honour, we’re asking: in addition to Shirley Jackson’s original novel, how many of these 10 celebrated tales of terror do you know?!


Author: Shirley Jackson
Year: 1959
Publisher: Viking/Penguin Books

Inspiring two film adaptations and our own terrifying upcoming stage play, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House is regarded as the perhaps the best haunted house story ever written by critics and fans alike. A terrifying tale which plays with the reader’s perceptions of reality, Jackson’s novel went on to influence such masters of the macabre as Stephen King and Neil Gaiman.


Author: William Peter Blatty
Date: 1971
Publisher: Harper & Row

If you thought the film was scary, prepare for another level of horror with the original Exorcist novel… Inspired by a real-life case of demonic possession in 1949, the attempts of Father Lankester Merrin to exorcise a ‘presence’ from poorly young girl Reagan MacNeil are, in the worst sense of the word, unforgettable.


Author: Anne Rice
Date: 1976
Publisher: Knopf

The life and exploits of 200 year-old vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac are the subject of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, a novel which has engaged over 8 million readers since its publication, and has spawned an incredible 9 sequels.


Author: William Hope Hodgson
Date: 1908
Publisher: Chapman and Hall

This hallucinatory account of a recluse’s time spent in the remote and eponymous “house” was cited as one of fellow listee HP Lovecraft’s greatest influences. Terry Pratchett also once called the novel “the Big Bang in my private universe as a science fiction and fantasy reader and, later, writer”. If that isn’t a recommendation to read, we don’t know what is.


Author: Clive Barker
Date: 1986
Publisher: Dark Harvest, HarperCollins

While it’s true that Clive Barker’s work never strays too far from the world of horror (even his Abarat and Thief of Always YA novels paint from a surprisingly dark palette) The Hellbound Heart sees him writing at his most depraved and nightmarish. Anyone familiar with the film adaptation Hellraiser will know the story, but the Devil’s in the detail of the original novel.


Author: Stephen King
Date: 1975
Publisher: Doubleday

To be fair to his unmatched backcatalogue of horror classics, a number of Stephen King’s novels could have made this list but well, Salem’s Lot is just a personal favourite. More importantly, it’s King’s favourite too.

When a writer returns to his childhood hometown of Jerusalem’s Lot, things take a turn for the horrific as he discovers that the residents are becoming vampires… And that’s just the start.


Author: Ray Bradbury
Date: 1962
Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Lauded by critics as a masterful blend of horror and dark fantasy, Ray Bradbury’s story of a travelling carnival and its mysterious leader Mr Dark- who wields the suspicious ability to seemingly grant the townspeople’s secret desires- was also praised for its subtle and grounded storytelling. Notable fans include Neil Gaiman, Stephen King and RL Stine.


Author: Richard Matheson
Date: 1954
Publisher: Gold Medal Books

Cited by many as the most important novel in popularising the concept of a zombie apocalypse, Richard Matheson’s legendary I am Legend follows Robert Neville, the apparent sole survivor of a global pandemic which causes a form of vampirism among the infected.

A factoid for those who don’t know: In 1957 Hammer approached Richard Matheson to adapt I am Legend for the screen with Val Guest directing, under the title Night Creatures. The British censorship board unfortunately decided that the project as written would have to be banned and so it was dropped…


Author: HP Lovecraft
Date: 1936
Publisher: First published in Astounding Stories

Another horror heavyweight, and an influence on practically every other writer on this list, it’s interesting to note how few novellas Lovecraft actually wrote (much of his lasting impact comes through his substantial collections of short fiction). At the Mountains of Madness, one of his few longer works, remains one of his most terrifying. A framed narrative in which an Antarctic expedition gone wrong, scary lifeforms are discovered and pretty much everybody gets killed – this is quintessential Lovecraft.


Author: John Fowles
Date: 1963
Publisher: Jonathan Cape (UK), Little, Brown & Company (US)

Promoting one of my favourite series

This book is always free. And the series is complete, so no waiting.
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No comments….. it´s complicated

Warning: If you are one of those people that likes to blow everything out of proportion and be a drama queen or king and is easily offended over nothing skip this article, it´s not that interesting.

If you are reading this you are either too curious to let it go or you just like the crap I write. Moving on, sometimes when I read news articles I make the mistake of browsing through the comments people leave on there. Surprised regularly that some of those people even know how to write, a few are actually quite amusing but then there are those comments that just make me shake my head and say `no comment´.

My mother always told me that if I want to keep my friends never discuss, religion, politics or football (soccer for the Americans) and to this day I follow her advice. That being one of the reasons I never leave comments on news articles no matter how much I want to scream my opinion whether for or against what has been written, but you know how it goes, opinions are like assholes, everybody´s got one so I try hard not to be one of those assholes.

Today I was reading an article on Al Jazeera entitled Behind Russia´s ultra-nationalist crackdown and while not an overly interesting read (for me) some of the comments however were fascinating (and not in a good way). There was however one comment and one reply that made me halt and paste it below. As I said, I try not to be an asshole but maybe suggesting building millions of nukes to kill people the reply was well deserved, there are better ways to deal with problems in this world than nukes. But then again, what do I know? You can shake your head, smile, scowl, growl or whatever, your reaction is yours just don´t make it worse, the situation is bad enough as it is.

“Muslims should build millions of nukes to kill all those terrorists who want to harm Muslims.”
“You were born to be a bomb little girl.  Hasn´t anyone told you yet?”

25 of Oscar Wilde’s Wittiest Quotes

Source: http://mentalfloss.com/article/59484/25-oscar-wildes-wittiest-quotes

1. I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.

2. The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.

3. Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

4. It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.

5. The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.

6. Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

7. What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

8. A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.

9. When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.

10. There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.

11. Work is the curse of the drinking classes.

12. Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.

13. True friends stab you in the front.

14. All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.

15. Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.

16. There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

17. Genius is born—not paid.

18. Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.

19. How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being?

20. A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally.

21. My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people’s.

22. The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.

23. I like men who have a future and women who have a past.

24. There are two ways of disliking poetry; one way is to dislike it, the other is to read Pope.

25. Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.

And one bonus quote about Oscar Wilde! Dorothy Parker said it best in a 1927 issue of Life:

If, with the literate, I am
Impelled to try an epigram,
I never seek to take the credit;
We all assume that Oscar said it.

125 years ago today a star was born… Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie was born 125 years ago today! To celebrate, we’ve used our “little grey cells” to compile a list of fascinating facts about the beloved English crime novelist.

1. At the age of 26, she handled poisons for a living. 
After working as a nurse during World War I, Christie became an apothecaries’ assistant, allowing her access to a myriad of toxins. “Since I was surrounded by poisons, perhaps it was natural that death by poisoning should be the method I selected,” she wrote of her decision to include strychnine and bromide in her first published novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

2. Christie did her best thinking while eating apples and drinking tea—in the bath.
Unfortunately, she found modern baths “too slippery, with no nice wooden ledge to rest pencils and paper on,” so she was forced to give up the stimulating habit.

3. She was one of the first British people to try surfing. 
Christie got the opportunity on a trip to Hawaii with her first husband, Archie Christie. Already a bodyboarder, she took to the sport quite quickly: “I learned to become an expert, or at any rate expert from the European point of view—the moment of complete triumph on the day that I kept my balance and came right into shore standing upright on my board.”

4. During World War II, MI5 investigated Christie. 
The culprit? Her 1941 mystery, N or M. The British intelligence agency was troubled by the novel’s inclusion of a character named Major Bletchley who claimed to possess critical wartime secrets. They worried Christie was actually referring to a real person, her friend Dilly Knox, a codebreaker at Bletchley Park. The novelist insisted the whole thing was a coincidence—”Bletchley? My dear, I was stuck there on my way by train from Oxford to London and took revenge by giving the name to one of my least lovable characters.”—and MI5 eventually dropped their investigation.

5. She despised marmalade pudding, going so far as to use it to kill a man in her 1953 novel, A Pocket Full of Rye
Though, to be fair, the cause of death was taxine, an alkaloid poison. Marmalade was just the delivery method.

6. At the height of her popularity, Christie saw herself as a “sausage machine.”
She was producing two books per year at the point, and the exhausting schedule led her to declare, “I’m a sausage machine, a perfect sausage machine.”

7. She grew up believing her mother was psychic.
Christie always asserted her childhood had been “very happy,” and maybe Mama Clara’s second sight had something to do with it.

8. No one can confirm or deny that aliens abducted Christie in 1926.
The theory’s not as silly as you might think. (Though, admittedly, it’s one of the sillier ones). On December 3, 1926, the mystery writer kissed her daughter goodnight, got in a car, and disappeared for eleven days. Over 150,000 volunteers combed the area, but she couldn’t be found. Just as accusations of foul play began to circulate—primarily against her husband Archie—Christie turned up in a hotel in Harrogate, England. She never explained her disappearance.

9. On top of being a famous mystery writer, she was a successful romance novelist.
Christie wrote six romance novels under the pen name Westmacott, including Unfinished Portrait, a semi-autobiographical story about a writer who attempts suicide after her marriage falls apart.

10. Christie has sold more books than there are people in China and America.
With 2 billion copies sold in 103 languages, she remains the best-selling novelist of all time.

Taken from Goodreads