Thursday, 30 January 2014

NIGHT OF THE WENDIGO by WILLIAM MEIKLE


(Kindle Edition)


Four hundred years ago a Scottish cargo ship fell prey to a Wendigo at an early settlement on the Hudson River.
Now a team of archaeologists have uncovered the boat, and let loose the evil. Manhattan is soon overrun by an ice storm like no other before it. There are things moving in the storm. Blue, cold things, with razor sharp teeth.





















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Night Of the Wendigo is one hell of a story by one hell of a storyteller at the top of his game and is a tale that is not to be missed... I give it my highest recommendation. - Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

My Dear SophyMy Dear Sophy by Kimberly Truesdale
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A prequel to Jane Austen's Persuasion. How did Mrs and Admiral Croft met? This is a delightful telling of that tale. As the daughter of a Doctor situated in the town of Milverton and with two younger brothers Edward and Frederick her daily life is fairly predictable. Until Captain Conrad Croft returns to visit his parents.

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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

A Jane Austen DaydreamA Jane Austen Daydream by Scott D. Southard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A mainly fictionalised account of Jane Austen' life interspersed with quotes from her books and the introduction of the author into the narrative neither of which I care for in any book.

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Monday, 27 January 2014

A Pride and Prejudice Variation 

This afternoon I have just read the first 14 chapters of The Darcy Brothers - an excellent read

Read it at http://austenvariations.com/category/the-darcy-brothers/

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One- Pride and Prejudice ContinuesMr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One- Pride and Prejudice Continues by Sharon Lathan
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

A sequel to the 2005 (very bad) Pride and Prejudice movie. The 1980 mini series starring Elizabeth Garvie and David Rintoul as Elizabeth and Darcy is my favourite.
There is too much sex and not enough plot or character development

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Saturday, 25 January 2014

Pemberley WeddingsPemberley Weddings by Renata McMann
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A short story of how Darcy tries to trick Elizabeth Bennet into marriage so as to unite Bingley and Jane.
I believe the story could have been a lot better if if was longer as I felt that the writing was too abrupt in places

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Friday, 24 January 2014

Fitzwilliam Darcy such I wasFitzwilliam Darcy such I was by Carol Cromlin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How did the character of Darcy come about? What was his life like before he met Elizabeth Bennet? Here we read of the life of Fitzwilliam Darcy, of his parents, of Pemberley, his cousin Fitzwilliam and of course Wickham. Including his time at university where he meets a Bingley, followed by Grand Tour of the continent, up to the time of the Meryton Assembly. This means that only a glimpse is seen of Elizabeth.

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Thursday, 23 January 2014

Pride's PrejudicePride's Prejudice by Misty Dawn Pulsipher
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice with William Darcy and Beth Pride. I couldn't really get into the book as I felt the character of Beth was off, and it took a determined effort to actually finish.

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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Miss Bennet and Mr BingleyMiss Bennet and Mr Bingley by Fenella J. Miller
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is a refocus of the original Pride and Prejudice book. With the interactions between Charles Bingley and Jane Bennet at the front of the story. The extra action felt forced to me and I hoped to read of their dialogue but it never went into enough depth for me

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Monday, 20 January 2014

Mr. Darcy’s Noble ConnectionsMr. Darcy’s Noble Connections by Abigail Reynolds
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My first Abigail Reynolds read - a Pride and Prejudice variation which takes place several months after Elizabeth had rejected Darcy's proposal at Hunsford Parsonage. Set in a totally new location (Bentham Park) the home of her childhood friend Lady Eleanor Carlisle. All new characters are introduced as family and friends of Darcy. The story starts as Elizabeth responds to an urgent request from Lady Eleanor, what follows is the story of several couples progression to mutual understanding.

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Saturday, 18 January 2014

THE INVASION by WILLIAM MEIKLE

(Kindle Edition)

It started during a winter storm on the North Eastern Seaboard which brought with it a strange green rain. Where it fell, everything withered, died, and was consumed. The residents of remote outposts in Maritime Canada escaped the worst of the early damage, but that was a blessing in disguise, for they were left to watch as first North America, then the world, was subsumed in the creeping green carpet of terror.
And that was just the beginning. New life forms began to arise from the ooze, simple organisms at first, but multiplying with ever-increasing complexity. The few human survivors are faced with a full-scale invasion... and only radical measures will guarantee the survival of the human race.






















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Friday, 17 January 2014

ABOMINABLE by WILLIAM MEIKLE


(Kindle Edition)

Nobody knows exactly what happened on the last ascent of
Mallory and Irvine in 1924. No details have been passed down
to us. The heights of the tallest mountain have kept their
secret. -- Until now.

A short story featuring the eponymous Abominable Snowman
of legend. 












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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

GENERATIONS by WILLIAM MEIKLE


(Kindle Edition)

Tom wants to see a dragon. And his Granddad wants to make
one. But neither of them are prepared for the consequences
when they accidentally spill Granddad's special growth formula
on the ground.

Insects, grown to giant-size, start to emerge, a few only at first,
then more and more...a huge, swarming, mass of them. Now
Tom, along with farmer's daughter, Kate, must battle against
the giant bugs to save Kate's parents. They need help...big
help. The kind of help a dragon can provide...

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Tuesday, 14 January 2014

News from William Meikle


"BROKEN SIGIL - NEW TODAY FROM DARKFUSE
My latest novella is available today in hardcover from the DARKFUSE bookclub
and in ebook from AMAZON. The buying links are under the cover image. It's
already picked up some great reviews (see below), and I have high hopes for
this one. I've been having a nightmare off and on since I was a boy. It's of a bird
- a huge, black, bird. The stuff that dreams are made of. In the nightmare I'm on
the edge of a high sea cliff. I feel the wind on my face, taste salt spray, smell
cut grass and flowers. I feel like if I could just give myself to the wind I could fly.
Then it comes, from blue, snow covered mountains way to the north, a black
speck at first, getting bigger fast. Before I can move it is on me, enfolding me
in feathers. It lowers its head and puts its beak near my ear. It whispers.
The bird's most recent appearance in my dreams was early this year, and the
next morning I had an idea that fused my own history, my favorite movie
and my bad habits into one coherent whole. BROKEN SIGIL,  my Darkfuse
novella is the most personal thing I've ever written. It's also among my favorites
of all my works.
Will we talk about the black bird? "







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Plot
There are houses like this all over the world. Most people only know of them
from whispered stories over campfires; tall tales told to scare the unwary. But
some, those who suffer…some know better. They are drawn to the places where
what ails them can be eased. If you have the will, the fortitude, you can peer into
another life, where the dead are not gone, where you can see that they thrive
and go on, in the dreams that stuff is made of.
Reviews
While Broken Sigil is filled with ghosts, its true power lies in how it will haunt the
reader’s mind even after the last word is read. Broken Sigil is one of those rare
stories that is powerful enough to make the reader think about every word and
turn it into something much more meaningful than just another story.
- Examiner.com

Heartbreaking, chilling and highly recommended. - Ravenous Reads

It's a highly imaginative premise and one which is delivered consumately.
 - Dark Musings

This storyline, which begins as a dark-around-the-edges tale, seamlessly runs to
full black, and readers have a first class ticket for a rollercoaster ride in this
fascinating novella.
 — Shannon Raab, Suspense Magazine

Monday, 13 January 2014

Flower of Scotland  Volume 1- 4 [Kindle Edition] 
by William Meikle


On sale at 0.99 cents until the end of January

Buy now at 

Volume 1 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008E77F7C

Volume 2 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BJ69RU8

Volume 3 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BNVP08C

Volume 4 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BOA3IVS


Sunday, 12 January 2014

THE CONCORDANCES OF THE RED SERPENT by WILLIAM MEIKLE


(Kindle Edition)


Patty Doyle holds the secret to eternal life, but it may only
bring her an early death.

Patty is working on a journal of a 14th Century alchemist.
But after mentioning it in her blog she gets to the office to
find everyone brutally murdered. Now she's on the run
pursued by a killer who wants the secret of eternal life
it contains.











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Saturday, 11 January 2014

SHERLOCK HOLMES: REVENANT by WILLIAM MEIKLE

(Kindle Edition)

A strange sickness affecting the members of the House of Lords
 starts a new adventure for Holmes and Watson, one that will
see them on the run, accused of murder and pursued by both
the police and a deadly gang of assassins.

The case takes them up and down the country, from Scotland
 to the Houses of Parliament and leads them down arcane
paths, following their relentless foe in pursuit of the lost
secret of immortality.

Their adversary seems hell-bent, not only on their destruction
but on an act of terrorism that will shake London to its
 foundations.

Holmes must catch and unmask the revenant, and only by
 confronting his own past will he be able to prevail.

Baker Street Irregulars should quickly secure a copy of
 the book. - British Fantasy Society 


...a splendid and entertaining diversion - Black Static #28

It's a nice blend of mystery and occult adventure and you don't
find that particular flavor much any more - Don D'Ammassa 


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Friday, 10 January 2014

CARNACKI: HEAVEN AND HELL by WILLIAM MEIKLE


(Kindle Edition)


In the late 19th and Early 20th centuries Sherlock Holmes, John Silence and Allan Quartermain all fought against the powers of darkness. One other man fought the same battle, armed only with his wits, his science, and his arcane knowledge.

Meet an Edwardian occult detective who goes where no other gentleman will dare, venturing deep into neolithic barrows, into the crypts of ancient cathedrals and fighting the elemental powers of darkness on his own terms.

Meet Carnacki: Ghostfinder

William Meikle does a stand up job here of capturing the tone of the original stories. - British Fantasy Society

This version of Carnacki seems a bit more voluble than the one I remember, but horror stories of this type generally assume a more relaxed and intellectual air than most modern ones. It's a style of writing that I appreciate, and miss. - Don D'Ammassa 



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Thursday, 9 January 2014

PROFESSOR CHALLENGER:THE ISLAND OF TERROR by WILLIAM MEIKLE


(Kindle Edition)

Strange lights on the moors, weird noises in the night, cattle disappearing; these things alone are more than enough to prompt Malone’s newspaper to send him to investigate. And when his old companion Professor Challenger also goes missing, the hunt is on.
The trail leads Malone to the British military, and to a research station in the Bristol Channel, where an old terror proves, once again, that some things are not meant to be contained.

Mr. Meikle continues to write outstanding stories, and Professor Challenger: The Island of Terror is no exception, it further cements his place as one of the best storytellers writing today and I highly recommend it. - FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND






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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

THE VALLEY by WILLIAM MEIKLE


(Kindle Edition)


In 1863, a group of mercenaries are hired to help out a mining town in Montana. They arrive to find the town empty and some of the buildings wrecked and strewn over a wide area. A new cave leads them to a land that time forgot, a high valley full of animals that are extinct elsewhere, but have thrived in the remote environment. But something else is loose in the land, something even older that has emerged from the cave system.
Soon the remaining men are fighting for their lives, and the lives of everything in the valley.







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Monday, 6 January 2014

ISLAND LIFE by WILLIAM MEIKLE


(Kindle Edition)

Some legends are true... The old stories tell of an evil far beneath the earth. When an archaeological expedition ignores local wisdom and opens an old barrow on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides, they unleash a horror beyond their darkest nightmares. Will anyone survive the onslaught of the Island Life?









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Sunday, 5 January 2014

THE CREEPING KELP by WILLIAM MEIKLE


(Kindle Edition)


Some seaweed, a jellyfish and some material brought back
from the Peabodie expedition to Antarctica. An innocuous
enough blend you might think. But when a storm in the
 North Atlantic frees a sample that has been dormant inside
 an old wreck, the new creature finds that it is hungry.
Our plastics-oriented society has given it an abundant
supply of food... more than enough for it to grow, and
build, and spread.

Can anyone escape the terror that is... THE CREEPING KELP?


If you are like me and grew up on those glorious nature run amok movies you will absolutely love The Creeping Kelp and I highly recommend it. - Famous Monsters of Filmland

The Creeping Kelp would make for a great beach read, and will give you shivers the next time you step on a piece of seaweed in the water. Highly recommended. - The Monster Librarian

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Saturday, 4 January 2014

CRUSTACEANS by WILLIAM MEIKLE

(Kindle Edition)

Giant killer crabs invade Manhattan.
Crustaceans is definitely horror, but it's also Science-fiction,
 in a very 1950's B-Movie kind of way, a creature-feature if
you like. It runs in my head like one of those lurid early
 technicolor monster movies, and readers will have fun
 thinking of it that way themselves.


I don’t think you can have much more fun reading a book
than Crustaceans. It is one hell of a ride that will keep you
turning the pages as fast as you can read them.
 - Famous Monsters of Filmland

At bottom, it’s a fun book, written to show the reader a
good time and nothing more than that, on which level it
succeeds admirably well. I thoroughly enjoyed its pulp(ish)
pleasures. --  
 Peter Tennant, BLACK STATIC #31




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Friday, 3 January 2014

WATCHERS by WILLIAM MEIKLE

The Watchers vampire trilogy is now available in a single volume omnibus edition for the Kindle

The Watchers trilogy, the retelling of the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion
in Britain. Bonnie Prince Charlie, and all his highland army, are Vampires and are heading south to claim the British throne.
The "Watchers" of the title are the guards of the old Roman
wall built by Hadrian, now reinforced to keep the vamps out.
It is constantly patrolled by officers of the Watch, two of
whom become the main protagonists of the series.


"Breathtaking, Scary and Original. A must read.
An impressive blend of horror, history and
 imagination." - Dave Dreher, Horror News Network

"I’m always impressed when anyone can add a new
 twist to the venerable vampire canon. Hugely
enjoyable fun to read." - Joe Gordon, The Alien Online

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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

WATCHERS
BOOK 1: THE COMING OF THE KING by WILLIAM MEIKLE



It is 1745, and the long awaited night has come. The BloodKing
calls his army to battle and will bring them South to claim his
 birthright; the throne of Britain.

Only the Watchers on the old wall stand in his way.

Aims for pure entertainment ... and hits the mark
 Simon Morden, VECTOR

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Austen Authors (http://austenauthors.net is a group of published novelists in the Austenque genre set up in 2010 by authors Sharon Lathan and Abigail Reynolds. 

The January giveaway is available to enter at


http://austenauthors.net/giveaways  

and includes the following prizes - Autographed copies of All My Tomorrows by Colette Saucier and The Truth About Mr. Darcy by Susan Adriani.


As part of the AustenAuthors there is -  Pride and Prejudice: Reader’s Choice -  a collaborative, original Pride and Prejudice variation written by Austen Authors. Once a week a different Austen Author writes an installment and at the end of each scene the readers decide the turn the story will take.

The current story is The Darcy Brothers and the weekly installments can be read at  http://austenauthors.net/writers-block/the-darcy-brothers