Today, I need a big celebratory cheer as I have not one, but two new pieces of fiction published. My new novella, CERTAIN DANGER and my new short story THE WIDOW RAVENS are both available now! This weekend, the first is 99c/99p, while the second is absolutely free! That’s two pieces of FRJ fiction for less than a dollar or a pound.
Hopefully you’ll consider that well worth the investment.
(And as always if you do read them, a review on Amazon would be greatly appreciated.)
So, without any further delay, let me tell you about CERTAIN DANGER.
I’ve always wanted to start a book with a car crash.
A big auto smash that is loud, violent and nasty. An incident to really begin a story with a bang. The old Hollywood maxim of you open with an earthquake and build from there.
So, here it is: Chapter One there’s a big, gruesome car crash. The singer of 1970s rock band, Certain Danger, dies in a Mini driven by his girlfriend in broad daylight on Cheam Cross.
It’s witnessed by the central character, Alice, and awakens terrible things within her. Sensations which are not only dreadful for her, but possibly for the whole world.
What did the singer’s strange final word mean? Who is the little boy who has invaded her dreams? And how does it all connect with the dilapidated, mysterious private clinic out in The Surrey Hills?
Even if I do say so myself, this is a gripping story, one filled with tension and growing dread. With the added bonus of a character written to be portrayed by the late and absolutely wonderful Peter Cushing.
As I say, it’s only 99c/99p today and is well worth your time. Click here for your copy!
But before I let you go off and start ploughing through the narrative (and hopefully leaving a lovely review), I want to talk more about the car crash.
The rock band, Certain Danger actually features in the fourth of my ‘Screen Soren Noir’ series. This is a book which exists in rough form at the moment and which I aim to finish next. If you haven’t delved into it yet, this is my series about beautiful femme fatales and the British film industry of the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies. It’s the one part of my writing which isn’t horror focused, but there are overlaps and the books – which are crammed full of danger and suspense – are well worth checking out.
In that still to be finished book, it is the lead guitarist rather than singer who plays a part. Neither of whom is actually in a good way though.
The other thing I want to mention about the car crash is the locale.
Cheam isn’t actually that far from where I live in London, but that isn’t the sole reason I chose it.
Back in 1977, T-Rex lead singer Marc Bolan was killed in a car crash, when his girlfriend lost control of the Mini she was driving. That car crash happened in Sheen, which is also in South West London. But I have seen more than one newspaper/magazine article over the years state the location as Cheam.
However, it wasn’t Cheam at all, it was it’s rhyming near namesake, Sheen.
So, this book is my opportunity to give Cheam its own rock star car crash. Its own careering mini and headline grabbing fatality.
Of course, mine is fictional, but in the pages of the book this accident could have dreadful consequences for all of us.
Also out today – and absolutely free – is THE WIDOW RAVENS. My short story about an interview with the wife of long dead horror author, Jacob Ravens.
All three of my Ghostly Shadows Shorts this summer are about, Jacob Ravens in one way or another. So, I will have more to say about him over the next few weeks. But he was a Lovecraftian figure; a pulp horror author, but one whose writings might not be all that fictional…
Completely free today, it’s time to introduce yourself to the world of Jacob Ravens.