Monday, 16 April 2012


Okay, been beavering away on a new book, the working title of which is 'Tesla vs The Martians'. It's a stretched version of the short story 'Alternate Currents' included in the recent anthology 'Dark Currents' publish by NewCon Press and deals, as the title suggests, with how Nikola Tesla (the unbergenius who gave us electric power generation) battles it out with some Martian nasties trying to take over the world. I've shifted the action to Russia of 1906, the time of the first Revolution, the Duma, Marxist revolutionaries and enormous social upheavals, so it's a perfect setting for a writer. Meshing history with my SF fantasy was a little tricky, but in the end I only had to take one liberty with the timeline so I'm quite chuffed about that.

All-in-all I'm pretty pleased with it but now comes the difficult bit: polishing it into a readable story. A couple of the characters I've got to make a little more extreme and I want to push up the gore count but Tesla (who was a real wack-a-doodle anyway) sits really well in all this made-up mayhem.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012


My American publishers are considering using a series title for the Demi-Monde books and using 'The Demi-Monde: Winter' etc as the title that demarks the individual books in the series.

So ... the names I've come up with are ... any suggestions/preferences/comments welcome!:

CounterFate (a play on counterfeit)

Adventures in a CounterFate World
The CounterFate Wars
Must we Die in a CounterFate World?
Adventures in an CounterFate World
Of course you could substitute CounterFate with ReBorn; ReDie

UnderLand (a play in Wonder Land)

Ella’s Adventures in UnderLand
MisAdventures in UnderLand

The Shadow Wars
The War of Shadows
ShadowLand Wars
Beware the Shadow Stalkers
Those Inspired by Jose Farmer and Philip K. Dick
Who Will Dry My cyberTears
Prey … for I am made dust.
Swathe me in Shadows
Adventures in a ParaHell Universe

Into the Vortex I Freely Tumble
Rise of the Dark Charismatics

And then there's the simply random

Abandon Hope
The CyberBloc Wars
CyberBloc Girls
The Girls in the CyberBloc





Ella vs The Singularities
Soul Cage

Split Infinities
The Ghosts in the Machine