Tuesday, 18 November 2014

This Week I'll be At ...

MEMORABILIA, Birmingham, 22-23 Nov 2014.

Sam Stone and David J Howe join the line-up of media guests at this very popular event in Birmingham NEC.


AUTOGRAPHS FREE WITH EVERY BOOK PURCHASE.

For More Information of this event go HERE

Time: All Weekend
Address: Birmingham NEC, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham, B40 1NT
Date: Saturday 22nd Nov ONLY

Saturday, 15 November 2014

UPDATE

UPDATE RE: MEMORABILIA - BIRMINGHAM - NEXT WEEKEND

Hi All,

I just wanted to let you know that David and I will only be attending SATURDAY now. This is due to some personal circumstances beyond our control. So if you want to see us at Memorabilia - then please do come along to our table on Saturday. Because another dealer present will be stocking many Telos Titles, we will only have our 'personal' books and audios on our table. If you want any other Telos titles then please let us know and we will have them there for you.

Thanks and hope to see you soon!!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

This Week I'll be At ...

LONG ISLAND WHO, New York, USA, 7-9th November 2014

Sam Stone and David J Howe are attending as guests once more to the second Long Island Iced Tea Convention as part of this year's USA tour.

To book tickets and hotel to attend this event: LONG ISLAND WHO

Time: All Weekend
Address: Clarion Hotel, Ronkonkoma, Long island, New York, USA
Date: 7th-9th November 2014

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

This Week I'll Be At ...

WALES COMIC CON, Wrexham, 30 Nov 2014 

Sam Stone, David How and Raven Dane join the line-up of guests at this ever grown and well loved North Wales event.

 AUTOGRAPHS FREE WITH EVERY BOOK PURCHASE.

For More Information and to book your tickets go HERE

Time: 10am -5pm
Address Glyndwr University, Mold Road, Wrexham, LL11 2AW
Date: 30 November 2014.

This Week I'll be At ...

HURRICANE WHO, Orlando, USA, 31st Oct - 2nd Nov 2014.

Sam Stone and David J Howe are delighted to return to this growing and hugely popular event in Orlando, Florida.

For further details or to book see: HURRICANE WHO

Time: All weekend
Address: Double Tree Orlando Resort near Seaworld, 10100 International Drive, Orlando, Florida, 32821, USA 
Date: 31st Oct - 2nd Nov 2014

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

This Week I'll be At ...

DIMENSIONS, Newcastle, 22nd-26th Oct, 2014

Sam Stone and David J Howe join the line up of guests for this ever popular Doctor Who and Media convention in Newcastle.


Also taking part in Drinks Reception (Friday Evening) and Guest Dinner (Saturday Evening).




ALL AUTOGRAPHS FREE WITH EVERY BOOK PURCHASE.

Time: All Weekend
Address: Copthorne Hotel, The Close, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 3RT
Date: 22-26 October 2014

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

THIS IS ME: MR INSTRUMENTALIST

Musician and composer Mr Instrumentalist reveals what inspires his beautiful music.
 
 
I am a musician and my main style is funky mellow jazz. I am self taught and my music is a reflection of the sounds I hear when I see different scenes, such as a pretty landscape, a pretty lady, a dirty junkyard (etc). I knew I could create music almost before I could speak as I used to hum tunes. original melodies all the time. 
 
As you can see by some of the titles of my songs, nature inspires me a lot.  
 
I am from Houston Texas my musical influences include my mother, who is a huge Mahalia Jackson fan. I listened to a lot of music growing up like Jimmy Reed, Lightning Hopkins Zapp and Roger, James Brown, Genesis. When I hear Genesis, I love the, the older stuff, I love the blending of styles, fast drums and smooth keys on top. 
 
My first instrument was harmonica, guitar and bass then drums. When I heard the song Cars by Gary Nueman  I knew I wanted to be a keyboard player. 
 
 
Though I play everything on my album on keys, my goal is for the music to be authentic. 

I am also a film composer and this is where the authenticity comes in. Composing allows me to leave the boundaries of genre and create whatever emotion the scene is evoking. From classical to big band to hip hop to electronica to blues and country, to me good original music  is good music. 
 
My current film that I am writing the score to is the George E. Johnson story from Block Starz productions.http://blockstarz.teamelitephoto.com/

Being a cinematographer and video producer/editor and graphic designer event videographer and reporter  
 
I can take a project from start to finish. My projects always have a certain musicality about them because I am first and foremost a musician.

 
 
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

THIS IS ME - RISA HALL

Guest blogger Risa Hall tells us about her extensive career in the music industry.

This is me:  My name is Risa Hall and I am a singer-songwriter from New York who settled in Manchester in the 80's after moving here from New York.  
I was already a working professional actor when I came to England and was in the Broadway cast of Grease as well as the National Tour of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof amongst other plays.  
For a few years I did a range of voice overs for TV, film and radio.  
But since the age of 5, all I've ever wanted to do was to write songs and sing and, after hearing Nerina Pallot, KT Tunstall and Sheila Nicholls, I decided to pick up the guitar in 2006 and give it a go.  
After trying out some original tunes at Open Mic Nights, I sent a bedroom demo to David Agnew,
who runs the wonderful Arts Centre, The Met, in Bury.  He must have heard potential in me as I was then booked to play as the supporting artist to James Apollo.  I have since supported Nerina Pallot, Alice Gold, Jess Klein, Justin Lavash and others as well as headlining the Met and other venues.  
I was the most asked for guest on BBC Radio Manchester's 'Andy Crane Show' and appeared about 14 times. I have done also been invited onto BBC Radio Lancashire, BBC Manchester, Merseyside, Cornwall and Nottingham. 
My album, Glass Half?... was produced by Thea Gilmore's husband, Nigel Stonier and received 5 star reviews where it was called 'dynamic from start to finish' (Fatea Magazine). 
My latest release (EP) is called New York Nights and reviewers are already saying it is 'an outstanding piece of music-brilliantly sung, played and produced'. 
You can download Glass Half?... and New York Nights via my website www.risahall.com  as well as find out about all my latest gigs, sign up for news and see the latest photos.  
I am also on Facebook as www.facebook.com/risahall and on Twitter as @risahall.  
Please send me a message as I'd love to hear from everyone.  Sign up to my mailing list and find out where I'll be! 

Have a listen to the title track! If you like what you hear then let me know.

Looking forward to hearing from you ...

Monday, 6 October 2014

THIS IS ME - Guest Blog Spot Starts Soon!!

I'm delighted to tell you that I have decided to open up my blog to some very special people. The new weekly spot will be called THIS IS ME and it will an opportunity for Authors, Film Makers, Writers, Radio Hosts, Artists, Musicians and other interesting and creative people to tell YOU about what they do.

The post will included links to their works, as well as a brief background on the person which may tell of their road to success, or merely talk about their aspirations. It may even explore their sources of inspiration. I expect we will see some wonderful art, terrific videos, some may even share extracts of their work if they feel kind enough!!

Welcome to all who wish to take part in this.

If you are interested in being featured on THIS IS ME then please send me a first person narrative that will tell some interesting facts about you and what you do. (About one A4 page will be enough) Include links to your work/website and any pictures that you would like to be included. This can be book, album covers, artwork you've created, etc.

First feature coming shortly. Watch this space.

sam@sam-stone.com

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

This Week I'll be At ...

FORBIDDEN PLANET, London, 27th September, 2014

Sam Stone and Rhys Hughes will be launching their new Steampunk books at the ever popular Forbidden Planet store in London. Titles include WHAT'S DEAD PUSSYKAT (Sam Stone) and CAPTAINS STUPENDOUS (Rhys Hughes).

Come along and join these two very popular authors!

For more information and to pre-order your book check this out HERE

Time: 1-2pm
Date: 27th September 2014
Address: Forbidden Planet, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Asylum Book Launch

Calling all Steampunks who are attending Asylum this week!

I will be launching my new book WHAT'S DEAD PUSSYKAT on Friday 12th Sept. This will take place in the Assembly Rooms at 6pm.

What's Dead PussyKat (RRP £12.99) Kat Lightfoot Mysteries #3


Nothing ever seems to go Kat Lightfoot’s way. If she’s not in the middle of battling a plague of gargoyle-like monsters in 1865 New York, she’s falling head over heels in love with her friend George Pepper … which wouldn’t be so bad, except that every other female is doing the same.

When Kat is caught in a passionate cinch with Pepper, a wedding is afoot, but no-one expected a gaggle of vampire women to be staying at the Chateau Chantel at the same time … nor for them to take such an interest in poor Pepper themselves.

Kat has her work cut out …



A tale of vampires, gargoyles, faith and farce from the author of Zombies at Tiffany’s and Kat on a Hot Tin Airship.


There will also be 50% discount on the previous two books. 

Zombies At Tiffany's (RRP £9.99) Kat Lightfoot Mysteries #1


Kat Lightfoot thought that getting a job at the famed Tiffany’s store in New York would be the end to her problems … She has money, new friends, and there’s even an inventor working there who develops new weapons from clockwork, and who cuts diamonds with a strange powered light. This is 1862, after all, and such things are the wonder of the age.

But then events take a turn for the worse: men and women wander the streets talking of ‘the darkness’; bodies vanish from morgues across town; and random, bloody attacks on innocent people take place in broad daylight.

Soon Kat and her friends are fighting for their lives against a horde of infected people, with only their wits and ingenuity to help them.

A steampunked story of diamonds, chutzpah, death and horror from the blood-drenched pen of Sam Stone.

 Kat On  A Hot Tin Airship (RRP £12.99) Kat Lightfoot Mysteries #2

All three books are currently available on Kindle.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

This weekend I'll be at ...

KNIGHTCON, Doncaster, 6th September, 2014
Sam Stone, David Howe, Frazer Hines and Chase Masterson will be joining the line-up of terrific guests at this fabulous event at Doncaster Racecourse: KnightCon Star Cars and Heroes. A great event to see some of your favourite media celebrities.

For information and to buy tickets for this event HERE

Time:10am-5pm
Date: Sat 6th September 2014
Address:  Doncaster Racecourse, The Grandstand, Leger Way, Doncaster DN2 6BB

Friday, 29 August 2014

What's Dead PussyKat is live

What's Dead PussyKat is now live on Kindle, Nook and (in 24 hours) on Kobo!!!

Get you copy now!!!

Nothing ever seems to go Kat Lightfoot’s way. If she’s not in the middle of battling a plague of gargoyle-like monsters in 1865 New York, she’s falling head over heels in love with her friend George Pepper … which wouldn’t be so bad, except that every other female is doing the same.

When Kat is caught in a passionate cinch with Pepper, a wedding is afoot, but no-one expected a gaggle of vampire women to be staying at the Chateau Chantel at the same time … nor for them to take such an interest in poor Pepper themselves.

Kat has her work cut out …

A tale of vampires, gargoyles, faith and farce from the author of Zombies at Tiffany’s and Kat on a Hot Tin Airship.



There are two paperback editions available of this book. USA customers can buy this now from Amazon.com.

Please note: the USA edition does not have flaps however. If you want the UK edition you need to order this direct from the Telos website on the link below.


Buy the USA Edition now What's Dead PussyKat USA

Pre-Order the UK edition with flaps direct from Telos Publishing Ltd What's Dead PussyKat UK

UK edition copies should be with Telos around 5th September - please allow a few days for processing of the pre-orders which will be done as quickly as possible.

To Buy on Ebook:

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Nook 

Kobo - available shortly


Thursday, 28 August 2014

The next tour kicks off soon ...

Our ever growing list of events for this year so far kicks of with KnightCon in Doncaster. If you are in the are, do come along and see us. David and I will be moderating the Doctor Who Q and A.

All current information is below but keep checking my Appearances and Bookings page for updates.

KNIGHTCON, Doncaster, 6th September, 2014
Sam Stone and David Howe, will be guesting at this fabulous event at Doncaster Racecourse: KnightCon Star Cars and Heroes. A great event to see some of your favourite media celebrities.

For information and to buy tickets for this event HERE

Time:10am-5pm
Date: Sat 6th September 2014
Address:  Doncaster Racecourse, The Grandstand, Leger Way, Doncaster DN2 6BB

ASYLUM STEAMPUNK WEEKEND, 12-14 September, 2014
Sam Stone, David Howe, Raven Dane, Rhys Hughes will be at this weekend with their new Telos Publishing books.

Time: All Weekend
Date: 12-14 Sept, 2014
Address: Assembly Rooms, Lincoln Town Centre, Lincoln
VSS Website http://www.britishsteampunk.org/the-asylum.php

FORBIDDEN PLANET, London, 27th September, 2014
Sam Stone and Rhys Hughes will be launching their new Steampunk books at the ever popular Forbidden Planet store in London. Titles include WHAT'S DEAD PUSSYKAT (Sam Stone) and CAPTAINS STUPENDOUS (Rhys Hughes).

Come along and join these two very popular authors!

For more information and to pre-order your book check this out HERE

Time: 1-2pm
Date: 27th September 2014
Address: Forbidden Planet, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London


DIMENSIONS, Newcastle, 22nd-26th Oct, 2014
Sam Stone and David J Howe join the line up of guests for this ever popular Doctor Who and Media convention in Newcastle.

Time: All Weekend
Address: Copthorne Hotel, The Close, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 3RT
Date: 22-26 October 2014

HURRICANE WHO, Orlando, USA, 31st Oct - 2nd Nov 2014.
Sam Stone and David J Howe are delighted to return to this growing and hugely popular event in Orlando, Florida.

For further details or to book see: HURRICANE WHO

Time: All weekend
Address: Double Tree Orlando Resort near Seaworld, 10100 International Drive, Orlando, Florida, 32821, USA 
Date: 31st Oct - 2nd Nov 2014

LONG ISLAND WHO, New York, USA, 7-9th November 2014
Sam Stone and David J Howe are attending as guests once more to the second Long Island Iced Tea Convention as part of this year's USA tour.

To book tickets and hotel to attend this event: LONG ISLAND WHO

Time: All Weekend
Address: Clarion Hotel, Ronkonkoma, Long island, New York, USA
Date: 7th-9th November 2014

MEMORABILIA, Birmingham, 22-23 Nov 2014.
Sam Stone and David J Howe join the line-up of media guests at this very popular event in Birmingham NEC.

For More Information of this event go HERE

Time: All Weekend
Address: Birmingham NEC, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham, B40 1NT
Date: 22-23 November 2014

DIGICON, Doncaster, 10-11 Jan 2015
Sam Stone and David J Howe are attending this up and coming, exciting new convention.

To book tickets and hotel to attend this event: HERE

Time: All Weekend
Address: Doncaster Racecourse, The Grandstand, Leger Way, Doncaster DN2 6BB
Date: 10-11 January 2015

GALLIFREY ONE, Los Angeles, 13th-15th February 2015
Sam Stone and DavidJ Howe  return to this fantastic Doctor Who Convention in Los Angeles to join the amazing line-up of guests.

For further information go to Gallifrey One

Time: All Weekend
Address: Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5855 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles.
Dat: 13th-14th February 2015


EM-COM, Nottingham, 15th March 2015
Sam Stone and David J Howe join the list of fabulous media guests for the second Em-Con in Nottingham - this year taking place at the Capital FM Arena.

Time:10am - 5pm
Address: Capital FM Arena, Bolero Square, The Lace Market, Stoney St, Nottingham, NG1 1LA
Date: 15th March 2015

SCI-FI WEEKENDER, Pwllhelli, 19th-22nd March 2015
Sam Stone and David J Howe return to this much loved Sci-fi event in North Wales.

Time: All Weekend
Address, Hafan y Mor Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales, LL53 6HJ
Date: 19th-22nd March 2015

EASTERCON - Dyprosium 2015, London, 3-6th April 2015
Sam Stone, David Howe and several Telos authors (TBA) will be attending Eastercon this year to launch new Telos Moonrise titles. This will include Tanith Lee's newly commissioned Vampire Collection 'Blood Twenty' and Raven Dane's alternative history epic fantasy novel 'Prince of Raven's'.

Time: All Weekend
Address: Park Inn Hotel, Bath Road, Heathrow, UB7 0DU
Date:3-6 April 2015


Thursday, 14 August 2014

COVER RELEASE!

I'm very excited to show you the cover for my new Kat Lightfoot Mystery. This is WHAT'S DEAD PUSSYKAT: a vampire story with a difference and a tribute to my favourite lady vampires in film.

To celebrate the release of this new volume in the life of Kat Lightfoot, Victorian Steampunk Demon Slayer, my publisher, Telos Publishing, have decided to offer a 50% discount on the first two books.

So, what is the new book about?

WHAT'S DEAD PUSSYKAT

Nothing ever seems to go Kat Lightfoot’s way. If she’s not in the middle of battling a plague of gargoyle-like monsters in 1865 New York, she’s falling head over heels in love with her friend George Pepper … which wouldn’t be so bad, except that every other female is doing the same.

When Kat is caught in a passionate cinch with Pepper, a wedding is afoot, but no-one expected a gaggle of vampire women to be staying at the Chateau Chantel at the same time … nor for them to take such an interest in poor Pepper themselves.

Kat has her work cut out …





A tale of vampires, gargoyles, faith and farce from the author of Zombies at Tiffany’s and Kat on a Hot Tin Airship.


 The two previous titles are:

ZOMBIES AT TIFFANY'S 

Kat Lightfoot thought that getting a job at the famed Tiffany’s store in New York would be the end to her problems … She has money, new friends, and there’s even an inventor working there who develops new weapons from clockwork, and who cuts diamonds with a strange powered light. This is 1862, after all, and such things are the wonder of the age.

But then events take a turn for the worse: men and women wander the streets talking of ‘the darkness’; bodies vanish from morgues across town; and random, bloody attacks on innocent people take place in broad daylight.

Soon Kat and her friends are fighting for their lives against a horde of infected people, with only their wits and ingenuity to help them.


A steampunked story of diamonds, chutzpah, death and horror from the blood-drenched pen of Sam Stone.



KAT ON A HOT TIN AIRSHIP

It is 1865 and the American Civil War has come to an end. Now Kat Lightfoot finds herself in the middle of another kind of war: a family feud involving her brother Henry and his new wife. But what is behind the strange behaviour of this affluent Southern family?

Caught in the crossfire of an implacable spirit’s attempt to wreak vengeance on the Pollitt family, Kat must once again enlist the help of journalist George Pepper and the inventor Martin Crewe to find out what really haunts the family’s past.

In order to learn what devastating secrets the Pollitts are hiding she must first explore her own feelings for Maggie’s brother Orlando, who is one of the seductive Nephilim.



A ghostly steampunked tale of family secrets, voodoo and vengeance from the author of Zombies at Tiffany’s – to which this book is a sequel.


To qualify for 50% discount on ZOMBIES AT TIFFANY'S and KAT ON A HOT TIN AIRSHIP put the code PUSSYKAT in at checkout. 

All books will be signed and dedicated on request.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

What's been happening in the world.

Apologies to my regular readers for the extended period of no blog posts. I've been extremely busy in the personal life front, which has pulled me away a great deal.

News on the work front however ... 

  • I've recently written a Book Club piece for SFX Magazine - this will appear in issue 253 and explores the Julian May classic THE MANY COLOURED LAND. SFX have already announce this and you can participate by tweeting your opinion of this book - your tweet might even be picked up and printed in the magazine alongside my piece. So let's hear your thoughts! More information on how to join in can be found HERE.

  • A horror collection that I'm involved with called Phobophobias is due to be released next month. This has 26 original stories by some very big names - also includes one of mine! Mine story is A for Achluaphobia - AKA The Promise.  This is a horror story about someone who is afraid of the dark ...
  • My new novel Jinx Town : Chronicles of The Jinx - Book 1 will be released and launched in August. This is the first part in a new epic fantasy trilogy. 

Think War of the Worlds meets Lord of the Rings via Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.

Teacher Jasmine Regis’ world is turned upside down when an alien race attacks and devastates the Earth. The Jinx  – named by soldiers who find that Human technology fails during attacks – are a race of savage warriors from elsewhere. They have one agenda: take the women and kill any male who stands in their way.

After saving Andrew, one of the children in her care, Jas has to find refuge in the remnants of the world she once knew. Humanity has almost been wiped out, and those who remain cannot always be trusted: some are feral, displaying savage and monstrous qualities, while others harbour brutal obsessions.

As the world changes around her, Jas soon learns she must disguise who and what she is in order to remain safe. But how can she so effectively turn from male to female? And what dark secret is being kept by the remaining military hiding in their underground base?
Jinx Town is Book 1 of The Chronicles of the Jinx. It is an epic science fiction portal fantasy with dark horror.


PRE-ORDER JINX TOWN NOW

More news on my new commissions to follow shortly!











Tuesday, 6 May 2014

PRE-ORDER JINX TOWN

I am offering a special incentive to people who pre-order my new epic novel JINX TOWN: BOOK 1 THE JINX CHRONICLES.

Order now direct from the Telos Publishing Website and receive a special gift from me along with your signed and personalised copy.

ABOUT JINX TOWN ...

Think War of the Worlds meets Lord of the Rings via Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.



Teacher Jasmine Regis' world is turned upside down when an alien race attacks and devastates the Earth. The Jinx  - named by soldiers who find that Human technology fails during attacks - are a race of savage warriors from elsewhere. They have one agenda: take the women and kill any male who stands in their way.

After saving Andrew, one of the children in her care, Jas has to find refuge in the remnants of the world she once knew. Humanity has almost been wiped out, and those who remain cannot always be trusted: some are feral, displaying savage and monstrous qualities, while others harbour brutal obsessions. 

As the world changes around her, Jas soon learns she must disguise who and what she is in order to remain safe. But how does she so effectively turn from male to female? And what dark secret is being kept by the remaining military hiding in their underground base?

Jinx Town is Book 1 of The Jinx Chronicles. It is an epic science fiction portal fantasy with dark horror.
 
If you like the sound of this then you can pre-order now at TELOS PUBLISHING. And if you pre-order before the end of May you will also receive 10% discount at the Checkout when you insert the code newwebsite14. So don't delay! Order your copy now!

There will also be a great new cover provided by Artist Jim Burns - to be revealed in July 2014.

Friday, 2 May 2014

This Weekend I will be at ...

GEEKS UNLEASHED II - DONCASTER

Sam is delighted to be guesting this weekend with David J Howe, Frazer Hines and many more media and literary guests at Geeks Unleashed II - this Sunday.

Location: Doncaster Dome Leisure Centre, Doncaster Lakeside, DN4 7PD
Time: 9am - 4pm
Date: 4th May 2014 (May the 4th be with you ...)

Find out more HERE

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

NEWS! Telos Publishing new website

This has probably been the busiest twelve months in my life!

As you may know last year I took on the role of Commissioning Editor for Telos Publishing's new imprint, Telos Moonrise which had four imprints under the label. These were Dark Endeavours, Steampunk Visions, Criminal Pursuits and Sinful Pleasures.

Over the past year the expansion of the company has meant that a new, modern and user friendly website needed to be developed.  It also became very clear that we needed to expand the imprints still further and we now have Romantic Encounters added to the Moonrise line-up with some very exciting titles to be revealed later this year.

The Telos site is now set up and running with many of the forthcoming titles on there that the company has been waiting to share.

In Telos Moonrise : Criminal Pursuits I'm delighted to share the news that we have signed top female crime writer PRISCILLA MASTER, securing six of her titles in the Joanna Piercy Mystery Series. The first two titles WINDING UP THE SERPENT and CATCH THE FALLEN SPARROW are due to be released immanently but there is now a facility to pre-order these terrific books direct from the Telos Website. Also - you can now purchase the Paperback of ANDREW HOOK'S fabuloous crime noir novel THE IMMORTALISTS.

We have also recently released our two brilliant Sinful Pleasures titles. These are AWAKENING JESSICA by ATHENA MICHAELS and BYTE ME! by ROBERTA STEELE.

In Dark Endeavours take a look at my own Sci-Fi Horror THE DARKNESS WITHIN; the terrifically horrifying short story collection ABSINTHE AND ARSENIC by RAVEN DANE; Time-travelling horror, THE FALL by SIMON CLARK and a spine-tingling tale by STEPHEN LAWS called SPECTRE.

Steampunk Visions has my two KAT LIGHTFOOT MYSTERIES short novels ZOMBIES AT TIFFANY'S and KAT ON A HOT TIN AIRSHIP as well as the wonderfully imaginative tale of DOCTOR TRIPPS: KAIJU COCKTAIL by KIT COX.

THERE ARE AMAZING DISCOUNTS ON BOOKS TO BE HAD - PLUS 10% OFF ALL TITLES UP UNTIL THE END OF MAY 2014.

But what is exciting me the most??



Well - here it is : JINX TOWN - Book 1 The Jinx Chronicles - is now available to PRE-ORDER. And if you order now you will save 10% and receive a signed and dedicated copy when it is in print!

So - if you fancy browsing the new site - check out www.telos.co.uk now!





Friday, 4 April 2014

The Definitive List of My Books ...

Every now and then I like to gather a definitive list of my books together to remind people what is out there and how to get them. If you have been toying with the idea of buying some or all of my titles then I hope that this list will help you to chose your first one. You can buy my work in various medias. They are available in Paperback, Ebook and in some cases, audio.

So beginning where it all started let me introduce you to ...

The Vampire Gene Series

If you want to try Vampires with a difference then currently you can buy the first 3 books in a compendium from Amazon or direct from me at events. It's currently being advertised at £15.92 with free postage!

The Vampire Gene Trilogy

Queen of The Damned meets Quantum Leap with a dash of Hellraiser.
 
Killing Kiss - Four hundred year old vampire Gabriele Caccini searches for a mate in twenty-first century Manchester while reflecting on the events that led to his immortality.

Futile Flame - Gabriele seeks out his maker Lucrezia Borgia when a mysterious entity threatens to ruin the happiness he has found with Lilly. But can he believe anything she says?

Demon Dance - Waking in the Garden of Eden, Lilly discovers that mysterious forces have contrived to separate her from Gabriele. Thrown through time against her will, she has to fight to regain control of her own destiny. 


BUY HERE:
Paperback - Trilogy
Kindle: Killing Kiss - Book 1 

Kindle: Futile Flame - Book 2

Kindle: Demon Dance - Book 3

The next two books in the series are Hateful Heart and Silent Sand. Paperbacks of Hateful Heart & Silent Sand can be purchased from www.murkydepths.com or direct from me at events

Hateful Heart

Lilly, Gabriele and Caesare's vampiric life at Rhuddlan Castle is disrupted by the arrival of Amalia: a new vampire created by Lilly's one-time companion, Harry. They learn that Harry is dead, killed by some powerful weapon weilded by the mysterious time-traveller known only as Carduth. Realising that their lives are now in peril, the quartet begin an incredible adventure through time and space. They must track down Carduth, and somehow disable the weapon, before they too succumb to its fatal effect.

Also seeking Carduth are the remnants of the historic order of the Knights Templar who have been tracking a mysterious box for many centuries as they covet the power which rests within.

And all this time, the box is travelling; wending its way through time to seek a deadly revenge on the carriers of the vampire gene.

Kindle: Hateful Heart - Book 4



Silent Sand

Secrets can be found in the most unlikely places ...

Lilly thought that her vampire lair under Rhuddlan Castle in North Wales was safe ... until the dangerous fixer Darren Preacher tracked it down.

Gabriele Caccini thought that he knew all about being a vampire, but his life with newly turned lover Anya is sent out of control by the discovery of a new strain of vampirism, one which leaves its victims as ghoulish revenants, shells of the beings they used to be.

And deep in the Nevada desert, Lucy Collins, Gabriele's maker, is undercover, working with the CIA investigating the vampire revenants and what they might mean for humanity.

When preacher brings Gabriele into the CIA base, Lucy fears her cover may be blown, but there is something far more dangerous than vampires hiding beneath the sands of Nevada ... something ancient and vengeful, with an eternal patience and lust for revenge.

Soon, the ancient vampire family will find themselves facing their greatest foe yet, something primal and insidious, and from which they have no protection.

"Fast-paced and sexy, SILENT SAND is a stunning fusion of hi-tech thriller and gory folklore. As the action sweeps our vampire anti-heroes from an ancient castle in Wales to Las Vegas, from the court of Louis XV to the sinister military base in the Nevada desert, they stir up horrible secrets that really should remain buried ... What a delight to discover a grown up tale in which vampires are not afraid to be vampires! I devoured it." Freda Warrington. 

Kindle: Silent Sand - Book 5


The Kat Lightfoot Mysteries


If you like Steampunk, Zombies, Horror and Black Comedy, then the Kat Lightfoot Mysteries could be for you. Firstly, try Zombies At Tiffany's, then the sequel Kat on a Hot Tin Airship 


Zombies At Tiffany's

Kat Lightfoot thought that getting a job at the famed Tiffany’s store in New York would be the end to her problems ... she has money, new friends, and there’s even an inventor working there who develops new weapons from clockwork, and who cuts diamonds with a strange powered light. This is 1862, after all, and such things are the wonder of the age.

But then events take a turn for the worse: men and women wander the streets talking of ‘the darkness’; bodies vanish from morgues across town; and random, bloody attacks on innocent people take place in broad daylight.

Soon Kat and her friends are fighting for their lives against a horde of infected people, with only their wits and ingenuity to help them.

A steampunked story of diamonds, chutzpah, death and horror from the blood-drenched pen of Sam Stone.

Kat On A Hot Tin Airship

It is 1865 and the American Civil War has come to an end. Now Kat Lightfoot finds herself in the middle of another kind of war: a family feud involving her brother Henry and his new wife. But what is behind the strange behaviour of this affluent Southern family?

Caught in the crossfire of an implacable spirit's attempt to wreak vengeance on the Pollitt family, Kat must once again enlist the help of journalist George Pepper and the inventor Martin Crewe to find out what really haunts the family's past.

In order to learn what devastating secrets the Pollitts are hiding she must first explore her own feelings for Maggie's brother Orlando, who is one of the seductive Nephilim.

A GHOSTLY STEAMPUNKED TALE OF FAMILY SECRETS, VOODOO AND VENGEANCE FROM THE AUTHOR OF ZOMBIES AT TIFFANY'S. 


Paperback: Zombies At Tiffany's and Kat on A Hot Tin Airship
Kindle: Tiffany's 
Audio: Tiffany's Kindle: Kat on a Hot Tin Airship

If you like your horror a little darker then maybe delve into my sci-fi/horror: The Darkness Within - Final Cut. 

The Darkness Within

ZOMBIES ON A SPACESHIP!

Chief Engineer Madison Whitehawk suspects foul play when a series of small anomalies occur aboard the ark ship Freedom. But Madison’s fears are nothing compared to the impending disaster heading their way.

As the team of scientists, engineers and crew take their precious colonist cargo towards New Earth a deadly parasite has found its way onboard.

Soon Madison, Second Officer Crichton and colonist Syra Connor are fighting for their life’s against trusted friends and former lovers.

What is the parasite that changes the minds and behaviour of those it infects? And how can the crew of the Freedom destroy the darkness within?


BUY HERE
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Audio

Or look for variety in my collection Zombies in New York which contains, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, black comedy, Crime and Erotica.

Zombies In New York and Other Bloody Jottings

‘Sam Stone without doubt is a mistress of the grisly and the glutinous. She is one of the few horror writers who makes you feel when you have finished her stories that you need to wash your hands. Twice. I believe that we can look forward to seeing Sam Stone develop into a major influence in the realm of blood and shadows and things that wake you up, wide-eyed, in the middle of the night.’ Graham Masterton

Something is sapping the energy of the usually robust dancers of the Moulin Rouge … Zombies roam the streets of New York City … Clowns die in mysteriously humorous ways … Jack the Ripper's crimes are investigated by a vampire …

Welcome to the horrific and poetic world of Sam Stone, where Angels are stalking the undead and a vampire becomes obsessed with a centuries-old werewolf. Terror and lust go hand in hand in the disturbing world of the Toymaker, and the haunting Siren's call draws the hapless further into a waking nightmare.

Thirteen stories of horror and passion, and six mythological and erotic poems from the pen of the new Queen of Vampire fiction.

I hope you have found something that appeals to you.

Sam xxx

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

The Last Few Months

As you know my blog page has been quiet of late. This is because, as well as appearing at many events already this year, I have been a little swamped on the work front.

At the moment my day usually consists of 8-1pm = my own writing. After lunch = Telos Moonrise editing and sometimes early evening I go back to my own work. Normally this would be a 7 day week, but due to the amount of events I'm attending it is more like 4 or 5 and so I do feel as though there really aren't enough days in the week, let alone hours in a day. 

Earlier this year I sold my alien versus humans trilogy The Jinx Chronicles to Telos Publishing. The first book Jinx Town is due to be released around September this year and will have cover art from top artist Jim Burns. I am therefore working on the second book in the trilogy Jinx Magic with the hope of delivering to Telos early next year. The third in the series Jinx Bound, should be completed and delivered by early 2016.

As well as this Telos released my darkest novel yet The Darkness Within: Final Cut in February 2014. Originally written for audio, this is an extended version and contains some gruesome and sexual content that was omitted from the original text. For all formats click HERE

Last year I accepted the role of Commissioning Editor for Telos Moonrise and their new imprints, Criminal Pursuits, Steampunk Visions, Dark Endeavours and Sinful Pleasures. We have spent many months acquiring new and exciting titles for all of these imprints which has involved a lot of reading, editing and design in order to bring you these beautiful new books. What I couldn't have anticipated though was the unbelievable response we are having to the Telos Moonrise imprints. Our first titles have now hit the shelves and Telos Moonrise under the Telos Publishing banner is massively expanding this year. We have even expanded into Romance which also includes a very big name historical romance writer! But more on that later when we are ready to announce ... But I am pleased to say we now have Romantic Encounters as our newest imprint. This means that I am also going to be EXTRA busy on the editing side as well!

For more news on Moonrise titles please visit Telos Moonrise to see what we've been up to!

As well as all of this I have been asked to write screenplays for Zombies At Tiffany's and Killing Kiss with a view to options. I took some time out of writing the new novel (Jinx Magic) to begin work in earnest on Zombies At Tiffany's and I am now halfway through. It's slow going, due to the small amount of time I have for my own work at the moment, but hoping to finish this first draft very soon.

Other news ... KAT ON A HOT TIN AIRSHIP, the second in my Kat Lightfoot Steampunk Mysteries, is now available on Kindle.

Well that is all from me for now ... have to go and pack for Sci-Fi weekender 5 this weekend. Maybe I will see some of you there!







Wednesday, 29 January 2014

THE DARKNESS WITHIN - Final Cut

I'm delighted to share with you today the cover for The Darkness Within - Final Cut. Artwork by Martin Baines.

This book is a reworking of the original audio I wrote for AudioGo last year - an audio that has been taken over by Audible and is still available from them.

However, I digress ...

For those of you who already bought the previous version on kindle or audio, there are some additions you might be interested in. The content has been extended by approx 5000 words. This contains some salacious and gruesome content that was too strong for the audio version. There is an author's introduction outlining the origins of The Darkness Within, how it was sold to AudioGo and the unfortunate circumstances that led to AudioGo's closure.

This Telos edition is available now on Kindle and will also be released in  paperback next week.  It will be launched for the first time at Gallifrey One Convention in Los Angeles.



So, what is The Darkness Within - Final Cut about?

ZOMBIES ON A SPACESHIP!

Chief Engineer Madison Whitehawk suspects foul play when a series of small anomalies occur aboard the ark ship Freedom. But Madison’s fears are nothing compared to the impending disaster heading their way.

As the team of scientists, engineers and crew take their precious colonist cargo towards New Earth a deadly parasite has found its way onboard.

Soon Madison, Second Officer Crichton and colonist Syra Connor are fighting for their life’s against trusted friends and former lovers.

What is the parasite that changes the minds and behaviour of those it infects? And how can the crew of the Freedom destroy the darkness within? 

To buy on Kindle click the appropriate link below:

Kindle UK 

Kindle USA

Paperback out soon with TELOS PUBLISHING LTD - More to follow ...



Sunday, 19 January 2014

Goodbye 2013 ... Hello 2014

What a year!

The beginning of 2013 started with an interesting and rapidly filling schedule for event attendances.

January was reasonably quiet: it gave me time to think, plan, write. And work wise I had lots on. I had story commissions, a six-parter novel to shape, and an original audio for AudioGo to write. My career was moving in the right direction again after what had felt like something of a false start the previous year.
February and David J Howe, Frazer Hines and I were booked to guest at Galaxyfest in Colorado Springs, followed by Gallifrey convention in Los Angeles. A whirlwind two week trip to the US that mean we got time to spend with our lovely friend Kevin J Anderson and Rebecca Moesta in Colorado, and Chase Masterson, Joshua Lou Friedman and Dean Haglund in LA. In LA we got to sing 'scary-oake' with some interesting friends of Josh's. Colorado we had a fab sight-seeing trip with Kevin and meals out with him and Rebecca: they are such great company. Gallifrey Convention was, a particular highlight for us. We got to catch up with people we really care about but only manage to see once a year. Our friends Tony and Jane Kenealy, Ben and Kim Adams, Ed and Jen Comstock among many!

In March we attended Sci-Fi Weekender at Hafan Y Mor. A great event! Packed to the doors with approx 6 thousand people. David and I had a great presence at the event and were involved in many panels, onstage interviews and we judged the masquerade with the lovely Chase Masterson. We met some new people, and caught up with the unique Brian Blessed. We also took part in BIG FINISH DAY in Barking. Here we met some of the cast of 'Allo, 'Allo and I had a brief chat with the lovely Tom Baker for the first time. I signed the contract with AudioGo for my novella The Darkness Within and my short story Urban Wolf was published in an interesting anthology called The Demonologia Biblica. I also took on the role of Commissioning Editor for Telos Publishing's new digital imprint Telos Moonrise.



April brought us back to Wales Comic Con. This event has been rapidly gathering momentum over the last few years, and this year the event topped it's previous attendance with around five thousand people I think. I also met Nicholas Brendan (Xander - Buffy The Vampire Slayer).

This month I was approached by German publishers Verlag Bucheinband Ines Neumann and the rights for my first Vampire Gene novel, Killing Kiss, were sold for translation.


Life change events also happened: David became a grandfather for the first time! And his grandson, Benjamin, is a constant source of delight.

I also commissioned my first piece for Telos Moonrise - Absinthe And Arsenic a Victorian Horror Collection by Raven Dane.


May was a quiet month for events but I was working really hard reading submissions for Moonrise. We commissioned the intriguing YA steam/diesel punk novella DOCTOR TRIPPS: KAIJU COCKTAIL by Kit Cox, two crime novels by Andrew Hook, The Immortalists and Church of Wire, and the erotic novel, BYTE ME! by new writer Roberta Steele. All of which made varied reading.

As well as working on these I was continuing to write a Victorian Supernatural Thriller called The Soul Thief.

In June we went to David's grandson's baptism in Cambridge. A lovely day and Benjamin is absolutely gorgeous!

My short story Imogen, originally published in Hersham Horror's PentAnth Siblings had been chosen for Salt Publishing's Best British Fantasy 2013 Anthology. It came out this month. Telos Publishing commissioned me to write the second steampunk short novel, Kat On A Hot Tin Airship, which was the sequel to Zombies At Tiffany's.

July saw me frantically writing Kat On A Hot Tin Airship as well as prepping Kit's and Raven's books for publication. We also went along as guests to Who@Hoylake, and I met Terrance Dicks for the first time. A totally adorable man.


In August we attended our first Lammas Party hosted by the lovely writers and editors, Jan and Peter Coleborn. And we went for a barbeque at crime writer Debbie Bennett's home. In fact it was a truly wonderful summer.

Events-wise we revisted the historical library at Leeds for Steampunk At Central Library. Here I read extracts from Kat On A Hot Tin Airship, and Doctor Tripps: Kaiju Cocktail and Absinthe and Arsenic got their first outing.
 
We also had a lovely visit from David's family and we were able to take them sightseeing. The weather held out and was glorious for most of the time. It was a relaxed visit that ended with a large party on 24th August at our local Chinese to celebrate David's birthday.

On the 31st we launched Kat On A Hot Tin Airship  at Browsers Bookshop in Porthmadog. Copies literally just arrived the day before - so it was a tense week!

At the beginning of September we had a visit from my German translator, Gunter Olchowsky and his lovely wife, Ines and son, Max. it was really great to get to know them and to start building a relationship that I hoped would grow with future books. We had a signing at Waterstones, Bolton and a visit from David's son James and his wife Rachel, with their lovely son, Ben. On the 13th we drove up to Lincoln and put on our best Steampunk clothing as we joined in the fun at Asylum Steampunk Weekend. Here David announced the forthcoming publication of Robert Rankin's new book, The Abominable Showman, we launched Absinthe and Arsenic, Doctor Tripps, and Kat On A Hot Tin Airship and they were all received extremely well. As always David and I were on the naughty table at the ball! Brilliant event as always. Can't wait until the next one!

On the 22nd we had a Telos Publishing signing at Forbidden Planet attended by myself, Raven Dane, David Howe and Stephen James Walker. And at the end of the month we went to Harlech Festival and I hopped on a train to London to attend the recording of Zombies At Tiffany's, which had been bought by Spokenworld Audio and to take part in a reading/signing to launch Best British Fantasy 2013, with Salt publishing, in which I read some shocking content from my story Imogen.


At the start of October, David and I hosted the screening of Hellraiser 2 and did a Q and A with Barbie Wilde and Nick Vince at Grimm Up North Film Festival. We also appeared as guests at Tenth Planet's brilliant Doctor Who convention, DIMENSIONS.

Then on 28th we flew to Florida to begin another fantastic two weeks in the USA. We arrived in Florida to be met at the airport by Stephen Sigal who took us to Jen and Ed Comstock's lovely home to stay for a few days.

After hitting the malls, getting over jetlag, and drinking copious amounts of wine, we moved over to the Double-Tree Hilton, at Orlando and joined the other guests to take part in HURRICANE WHO. Guests included Colin Baker, Frazer Hines, Colin Spaull, Daphne Ashbrook, Chase Masterson, Tony Lee, Paul Bradley, Ian McNeice, terrence Dick, Bob Baker and many more ... It was a fantastic weekend full of fun, laughter and we forged some new friendships there that I hope will continue into the future. The weekend ended with a terrific meal provided by the convention organisers for the guests and helpers, and David, Frazer, Chase and I all stayed on for a few days to rest a little. So we actually did a little bit of sunbathing (I had ultimate sunblock on - as I don't do sun!!)


This month also saw the publication of two more of my stories. The Jealous Sea that appeared in Terror Tales of the Seaside, Edited by Paul Finch and published by Gray Friar Press, and The Last Resort, Published by Crystal Lake Publishing in their Fear The Reaper anthology.

Also AudioGo launched The Darkness Within on audio, in ebook and in large print hardback.


We flew onto to Long Island on 6th November to take part in LONG ISLAND WHO. The organisers took all of the guests on a winery trip. We had a truly wonderful time, and hooked up once more with Daphne Ashbrook and Ian McNeice, and we were joined by Sylvester McCoy. This event was also great fun. Extremely well attended, and was slick in it's organisation. One of the highlights of the event was the Match Game that David, Frazer, Ian, Sylvester, Daphne and I took part in. It was rude, it was funny, and people kept talking to us about it all weekend so I think they must have enjoyed it. David, Frazer and I also got to be Daphne Ashbrook's pips when she sang We Don't Need No Doctor to Sylvester. We also had an early thanksgiving dinner on the last night, which was put on by the organisers for the guests. A great weekend!



But our events calendar was far from complete. We flew home and attended Who@Avoncroft, and I was invited to guest at Memorabilia in Birmingham, while David took part in the Doctor Who Anniversary weekend over in London.

In Birmingham my sister, Adele and I met Barry Bostwick - who was definitely someone we both wanted to meet. And this man did not disappoint. He was totally adorable. A real gentleman.

But not everything was going well. We also had some very bad news mid November: AudioGo were going into liquidation ... and so The Darkness Within's future seemed bleak. No writer wants to see their works fail or fall into the ether. So I was fairly stressed about this. Not least because I didn't know where I stood with the whole thing in terms of the continued sales of Ebooks on line and the Audio which was also still being sold.



December came and David and I flew to Canada for 5 nights to appear as guests at Pop Expo, Ottawa. I also took this opportunity to meet up with an old friend I hadn't seen for 24 years! My childhood friend, Wendy Allen, spent the day with us on the Friday 6th Dec and we tried the local dish Poutine, which is chips, gravy and cheese curd/Sounds weird but it was delicious. We saw the Canada parliament buildings and had the most fun day which also included a convention commitment to go to a press release. At the event we met some wonderfully interesting people, some really nice chaps who worked for Paramount, and one of my facebook friends, Writer/Editor Neil Baker. It was an event to cosplay at - and there were some super costumes.

We flew home and three days later were back on a plane, this time flying a little nearer to home as we set off to Berlin and the launch of Todeskuss, the German edition of my novel Killing Kiss.


In Berlin we were met by Gunter Olchowsky who took us to the hotel to check in, then came back to drive us to the bookshop. There we met up with Angelika Timme, who worked with Gunter on the translations, and a queue of lovely people who had been waiting for the book to hit the shelves. It was really great!

After the launch Angie and Gunter took us to a typical German restaurant and we had some interesting and tasty dishes. Mine was a veal dish with noodles, and David had some sort of frankfurter dish.


We went to a German Christmas Market: it was superb. We ate this wonderful salmon sandwich, and drank copious amounts of Gluhwein. On our last day we visited Checkpoint Charlie and the city center of Berlin, standing on the border between east and west - a sobering experience. We also hit the local supermarkets and bought Christmas presents to bring home.

Another of my short stories was published in Chaosium Anthology, Eldritch Chrome. The story, Sonar City, was chosen by editors Brian Sammons and Glynn Owen Barass.

We also received some very good news regarding The Darkness Within: Audible had bought the masters for the audio and I had my rights for ebook returned, which meant that I could now sell them on elsewhere. Look out for the new version paperback in Febuary 2014 - This version is called The Darkness Within Final Cut and is extended with scenes that had previously been too extreme for the audio and had been cut. No they are reinstated the book is no longer a novella but a short novel.

As you can imagine with all of this travel I didn't have much writing time in the latter part of the year - something I've been making the most of since the beginning of 2014.

So 2013 overall you have been an excellent year for me! Let's do it again in 2014 ... but perhaps bigger ... what do you think?


Publications for this year:

Novels
Kat On A Hot Tin Airship, Telos Publishing, August 2013
Todeskuss, Verlag Bucheinband Ines Neumann, December 2013


Novellas 
The Darkness Within, AudioGo, September 2013 (Hardback)

Audio
Zombies At Tiffany's, Spokenworld Audio, October 2013
The Darkness Within, AudioGo, October 2013

Short Fiction
Sonar City, (Eldritch Chrome), Chaosium, December 2013
The Last Resort, (Fear the Reaper), Crystal Lake Publishing, October 2013
The Jealous Sea, (Terror Tales of The Seaside) Gray Friar Press, Sept 2013
Imogen, (Best British Fantasy 2013), Salt Publishing, June 2013
Urban Wolf, (Demonologia Biblica), Western Legends, Mar 2013