Little-known fact: all of my published long fiction began life as either short stories (Blighters / You Don’t Belong Here) or as an entirely different novel (Carus & Mitch).
My guest blog post, in which I advise never to discard any of your writing, is up now at The Writers’ Greenhouse.
Reviews of the novel have started appearing online…
- The Eloquent Page – “You Don’t Belong Here is that perfect blend of cautionary tale, psychological horror and introspective character study. Tim Major does a great job of picking apart his protagonist and also keeping the reader on their toes. This is the sort of suspenseful writing I always enjoy. This story feels like it should sit somewhere between an episode of The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected. Highly recommended.”
- The British Fantasy Society – “[Daniel Faint] has either gone mad by being alone in the mansion for so long, or something has gone wrong and he is as sane as most folk. This is pretty much what the reader has to decide, and to be honest from the moment I picked the book up, I got straight into it…”
- Horror After Dark – “You Don’t Belong Here is a story that is very difficult to categorize. It’s a time travel/mystery/psychological mind game. How’s that?”
Also, you can read an extract from the start of the book at Speculative Fiction Showcase.
Thankfully, the title of this post isn’t too close to the bone, as I felt a little more at home being interviewed on camera than I expected. Or, at least, it wasn’t an excruciating experience, and I didn’t clam up. Here’s the brief interview segment from my local news channel, which contains a bit of a primer for YOU DON’T BELONG HERE, a chat about time travel and Sunday’s FantasyCon panel, as well as an unplanned reveal of the theme of my next novel.
My short piece about John Wyndham’s THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS and its influence on my novella, BLIGHTERS, is up now on the Ginger Nuts of Horror site.
Here’s a quick round-up of reviews so far for Blighters…
Ginger Nuts of Horror – “Blighters is an effortlessly readable book sprinkled with subtlety and insight, humour and honesty, and was a very pleasant surprise. It is everything that I was not expecting a book about giant space-slugs to be, and is so much better for it. Gorehounds and schlockfiends steer clear – this is strongly recommended for fans of original and uniquely weird fiction.”
Horror After Dark – “This was a fun, meaty novella that was a creature feature, but SO much more. Highly recommended-especially to fans of the old Sci-Fi/Fantasy stories and magazines!”
And, for the sake of completion, a brief ‘Look out for…’ piece from This Is Horror – “Major is a talent to watch on the British horror scene, so check out Blighters soon.”
I’ll add more as they appear…
Today on Sci-Fi Bulletin you’ll find my guest blog post, ‘Keeping it real in pulp fiction and B-movies’, in which I ramble for a bit about some of my favourite low-budget films (such as The Last Man on Earth and Carnival of Souls) and make a few bold claims about my novella, Blighters.
I had fun creating a soundtrack to BLIGHTERS.
The first couple of tracks and the final one are choices made by the main character, Becky, rather than me – she inherited her dad’s passion for 70s prog rock. Three of the tracks are actually named in the book (‘The Temples of Syrinx’, ‘Cat Man’, ‘Hocus Pocus’). The rest simulate the woozy experience of coming close to an alien slug that, though terrifying in appearance, produces a radius effect of utter contentment. I think it’s fair to say there’s no right answer about the correct musical accompaniment to that.
You can read more about the musical influences behind BLIGHTERS in my guest blog post on the Abaddon website.
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