Friday, 24 June 2011

Being an Author: Thriller/Chiller/Horror

So I looked in the dictionary (Yeah, I can read).

Thriller: an exciting, suspenseful play or story, especially a mystery story.

Chiller: a device for cooling or refrigerating.
No wait. That's not right.
Chiller: a frightening or suspenseful story or film; melodrama.

Horror: Hold on. Horror's not the same. Each of the definitions of Thriller and Chiller are nouns from Horror is different. If you look at it, doesn't link horror to stories, films, writing, refrigerators, or any of the above. The noun definition is: an overwhelming and painful feeling caused by something frightfully shocking, terrifying, or revolting; a shuddering fear.

So are you telling me that horror isn't a genre? Yeah. That's what I'm telling you. It's a feeling. (I've got a sense of Deja vu. I'm sure I've written that before - or maybe that's just the drugs?)

So you want to tout your wares? What do you tout them as?

It's easy:

Thriller: Ask yourself this; is it a straight up whodunnit? Are deaths played out through motive? Do the deaths happen 'off screen'? Yes? It's a thriller.

Chiller: Is it a whodunnit? Did who didit die before they dunnit? Is it a thiller with dead people init? (This is giving me a headache). So yeah, go Chiller with this one.

Horror: Does anyone get anything ripped off? Is your intent to scare/revile/disgust the reader? Okay. It's horror.

So you're asking yourself does it matter? The is obviously Hell Yes!
I've had the rejections:

  • It doesn't fit.
  • It's not for us.
  • It's not really what we're looking for. 

Okay, they could mean exactly what they say, or, they could mean... We're putting together an Philip Marlowe type assemble of shorts and you sent over The Case of the Werewolf Demon and the Blood Splat from Uranus.

'Til next time.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Rock n Roll is Dead - Now Available!

Rock n Roll is Dead is now available from all good retailers as they say. You can find the latest reviews of it here: and here:

It's available for purchase through Amazon UK here, and Amazon US here.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Being an Author: Writing's Hard

When you sit at the screen, when you look inside your heart for the words... writing's hard. So, I'm in the middle of a couple of projects - somewhere in the region of 120K, just to give you an idea - and I'm struggling.

You know everything that I've said, write everyday (when you can), set aside an hour etc. but now, when the chips are down it's just not that easy is it?

No. You know what I'm talking about. 1K a day just isn't enough... that means an hour isn't enough. So I write more. And more. That's fine. I deal with it... when it happens, you deal with it. Then you get over week one, then week two... the words flow... it's cool. Then the words stop. The brain says NO MORE...

So what do you do?

Take a day, maybe two, and then sit back and start. At this point every part of you will want to not do it. No, it'll say, play a game, drink a beer, watch a film, go out - find out what sunlight is. When this happens take this:

Write something.


It maybe a complete waste of your time, the words may not mean much, and most certainly, you'll hate them. It might take a couple of days of this. Eventually it clicks.

Just remember, write. It all comes back together.


'Til next time...