To celebrate the release of my first self-narrated audiobook, THE BLACK ROOM, PART ONE (Part Two is also up, and three and four and The Man On Table Ten are being processed as we speak) here’s the sound of me getting angrier and angrier as I keep screwing up! Apologies for all the swearing. Check the books out on Audible.com!
Or rather, how to find some fantastic tips on how to increase your writing output.
This says it all.
Hey guys. I’ve been working on a lot of things … expect regular stuff on here now. Trust me
Stuff like this! One of those things I’ve been busy with is coming to fruition. I’m very excited to announce the upcoming audiobook of The Stone Man, read by the excellent Matt Addis and featuring an all-new afterword read by me … so how about a teaser sample? Check it out!
Sorry it’s been a bit quiet here on the website for a while … but it’s because I’ve been WRITING! And the new book is out THIS SUNDAY! It’s called A HEAD FULL OF KNIVES, and here’s the blurb:
Martin Hogan is being watched, all of the time. He just doesn’t know it yet.
It started a long time ago, too, even before his wife died. Before he started walking every day. Before the walks became an attempt to find a release from the whirlwind that his brain has turned into.
He never walks alone, of course, although his 18 month old son and his faithful dog, Scoffer, aren’t the greatest conversationalists.
Then the walks become longer. Then the other dog starts showing up. The big white one, with the funny looking head. The one that sits and watches Martin and his family as they walk away.
All over the world, the first attacks begin. The Brotherhood of the Raid make their existence known; a leaderless group who randomly and inexplicably assault both strangers and loved ones without explanation.
Martin and the surviving members of his family are about to find that these events are connected. Caught at the centre of the world as it changes beyond recognition, Martin will be faced with a series of impossible choices … but how can an ordinary and broken man figure out the unthinkable? What can he possibly do with a head full of knives?
Luke Smitherd (author of the Amazon bestseller THE STONE MAN and THE BLACK ROOM series) asks you once again to consider what you would do in his latest unusual and original novel. A HEAD FULL OF KNIVES will not only change the way you look at your pets forever, but will force you to decide the fate of the world when it lies in your hands.
Out Sunday May 11th!
NEW BOOK INFO! Interview over on sfsignal.com about The Stone Man, The Black Room … and the next book, ‘A Terrible Grip!’
Yep, it’s another interview, this time with the good people over at sfsignal.com, courtesy of Max Pfeffer. This one goes more in-depth on my thoughts regarding The Stone Man, and perhaps more interestingly for you long-time Smithereens, some titillation about the NEW book, hopefully available by April. Max asks some sharp questions here about the themes and ideas behind TSM, and it was nice to talk about them. Check it out:
Hi folks, it seems several Smithereens (this is actually catching. I. Do. Not. Believe. It) on the Luke Smitherd Book Stuff Facebook Page are emailing about not hearing the interview that they missed with me on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire today (well, yesterday, as it’s nearly 2am here but I’m not in bed yet). In particular, my American readers who were only just waking up when it was on, especially as I didn’t mention anything about it online before it happened.
Well, fret no more, because here it is in it’s entirety. Don’t expect any searing insights into the creative process, or tips on self-publishing; it’s very light, very fluffy, and probably focuses more on the ‘tribute act’ element of my day (night) job than the books, but for those of you that may be wondering what I sound like, it’s all here. You also get to hear me do an American/Canadian accent that drops badly in and out as I begin to wonder what the hell I’m supposed to be saying. Either way, I’m very grateful to the good people of BBC Coventry and Warwickshire for having me on anf for giving me a chance to plug my stuff to their audience. I enjoyed doing it. See what you think:
Seeing as The Stone Man has been out in paperback (thanks to Amazon Createspace) for a few days now and has actually shifted a few copies, I thought it might be fun if those of you that have made very, VERY sensible choices and bought a copy sent me in a shot of the book; either just the book in an interesting location, yourself holding it, or even just a shot of it sitting snugly in your hand. I’d love to see them, and either way I’ll post all of the ones I get up on here! And BEFORE any wags send in their shots of them wiping their arses with it, I saw the gag coming, okay ..?
Hmm, anyway, maybe I’ll think up some sort of little prize for the best photo? I’ll ponder it …
Anyway, for now, here’s my very basic attempt. Surely you can do better than this, or at least match it?
It’s been a while since I updated the blog, but I’ve been preparing to give the entire website an overhaul whilst working feverishly on book promotion, as well as preparing for the PAPERBACK LAUNCH of TSM on November 12th. As a part of that, here’s a link to the new trailer for The Stone Man; I’d be very interested to hear from people who have read the book, and get their opinion on whether or not this captures the tone of the book/sells it correctly.