Well its not as bad as I thought it would be.
SNAFU: Last Stand
It's finally here.SNAFU: Last Stand was released to the public today.
I've had an advance copy for a while, so I've been able to read a few of the stories and there are some real crackers here.
I particularly enjoyed Skitter by Anna Stephens with it's fresh and brilliantly realized fantasy setting. And there are many other favorite authors (Alan Baxter, Jason Fischer and Patrick Freivald to name but a few) whose stories I'm looking forward to reading.
My story even gets a shout out from Tim Miler in his forward:
"This collection is truly a buffet of style, tone and desperate action. Do you want a post-apocalyptic and heart-rending story about nanotechnology gone wrong? Try 'Canute'."
If you're a fan of action-packed stories, you're bound to find something in here to enjoy. You can get your copy at the links below:
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The excellent Cohesion Press is finally releasing its catalogue of e-book anthologies in print. Next up is Wolves at the Door.
This was my first sale to Cohesion and my story Taking down the Top Cat about a military raid on a drug lord’s compound that takes an unexpected turn into the macabre is one of many great stories from authors like Kirsten Cross and James A Moore.
Cohesion Press, and particularly their SNAFU series of military horror anthologies, are focused on bringing you action-packed short stories that blend military detail with other-worldly horror.
They’ve even caught the eye of Hollywood with some SNAFU stories being adapted for Netflix by the award winning animation series Love Death & Robots.
Stories in this book typically have a theme of lycanthropy (If you’ve seen the excellent movie Dog Soldiers, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what’s in store), but the authors manage to apply that theme to a wide range of stories from Scotland in The Middle Ages to the modern day jungles of Columbia. There’s a bit of something for everyone – provided that they’re fans of fast-paced action (and are not too squeamish). You can pick up a copy of Wolves at the Door here…
My fourth outing with Australia’s own Cohesion Press is coming out later this year.
SNAFU: Last Stand features action-packed stories of desperate standoffs, heroic sacrifices and thriling rear guard actions from authors like Alan Baxter and Patrick Freivald and features a forward from Tim Miller of Deadpool and Terminator: Dark Fate fame.
Cohesion Press typically publishes stories of military action with a slice of science fiction or the paranormal. I can’t give away too much about my story, Canute. Suffice to say that I thought I’d maxed out the action and horror and then the editors’ comments came back saying they wanted even more! So I guess this one’s going to be a pretty wild ride.
You can pre-order SNAFU: Last Stand Here…
So I think I can say the novel is finished! Not that anything is ever really finished, but at least it is as good as I can get it by myself. So what now?
Well that depends. If there's any interest from the traditional publishing industry (i.e. if I get an agent or any interest direct from publishers) then no doubt they will want some input. If I self-publish then I will probably engage my own editor and there will be (yet) another draft based on their recommendations and artwork to commission and all the rest of it. But for now I can say that The View from Infinity Beach is done!
When I was working in Singapore, there was a phrase in Singlish that always stuck with me. You’d say someone was “blur” or “blur like sotong”. Sotong means squid in Malay and to say they were “blur” like a squid meant they had that same dull, glassy-eyed expression that you saw on those hapless molluscs in a fish market. If you were blur, then you were obtuse, oblivious to everything around you; you weren’t in on the joke or up to speed with current events.