Angry Robot’s new digital short story store

I love that name. They will start a new digital store tomorrow selling digital short stories. Here’s the official Press Release …


On December 1st 2010, Angry Robot will be launching “Nano Editions”. Exclusive to the publisher’s own webstore at, Nanos are digital short stories by Angry Robot novelists, sold at sensible prices in ePub format, ready to load onto the world’s most popular eBook readers.

Most Nanos will be in the 5,000 – 15,000 word range. Shorter works than that will be automatically bundled with another story to ensure value for money.
Talking of which – stories will cost just 59p each (approximately US $0.95). Readers can bundle a collection of any 10 by any combination of authors, for only £3.49 (US$5.59). The files will be DRM-free and available worldwide. If demand for the stories takes off, AR plan to also sell them via eBook retailers.

Angry Robot Editor Lee Harris said, “Publishing is changing, but our role as publishers remains the same – to find cool stories and bring them to readers. This is another step in Angry Robot’s ongoing plan to embrace the new opportunities digital formats provide – and an excellent way for readers to sample unfamiliar authors, without breaking the bank.”

Authors included in the Nanos series include multi-million-selling novelist Dan Abnett and award-winning short fiction authors Kaaron Warren and Aliette de Bodard, along with many others. We will have at least 30 Nanos available for the December 1st launch, with more added at regular intervals.

Check out Angry Robot’s Advent Calendar !

Received in the mail today, a triple dose of Angry Robot goodness. Bookman, Zoo City, and Pretty Little Dead Things should bring some ho ho ho to my holidays.

The Ghost Prophecies

Ok, I understand what a ghost is and I understand what prophecies are, but what the hell are ghost prophecies? What happened, were all of the cool paranormal names taken? I guess what Chad Calek is trying to say is that he is a paranormal prophet who will interpret the spirit realm for we unenlightened.  Don’t we have enough of that kind of thing on Sunday morning?

If you missed Chad Calek’s ebony clad ( it seems that black is the favorite color of paranormal researchers and ninjas ) paranormal researchers last night, just watch the tease for the show and you’ve seen everything. Chad concluded the show by suggesting that the padlock be removed and a plaque placed on the haunted entrance. Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy doesn’t it.

The saddest part of the show was when one of the paranormal prophets tried to assert that the movement of a chair was paranormal by arguing that it was out of reach of the investigators. Did you really want to do that to your reputation buttercup ? Assuming the researcher’s chair was in the same location (don’t most people slide the chair out when they get up ?), all the person had to do would be to slide to the edge of his seat to reach the moving chair.

It looked like a hoax to me, but I’m no prophet.

RIP Leslie Nielson (February 11, 1926 – November 28, 2010)

You will be missed sir !

Quentin Hapsburg: I don’t recall your name on the guest list.
Lt. Frank Drebin: That’s OK. I sometimes go by my maiden name.

Banquet Doorman: Your coat, sir?
Lt. Frank Drebin: Yes, it is. And I have a receipt to prove it.

Blogger zombie walk

Have you ever thought that you could make the holidays a little better by adding zombies? Well you are not the only one! Autumnforest has created a zombie walk on December 10th. Shamble over to her site and add your blog to the list. On the 10th, surf the links for some zombie goodness!

What could be more fun ? Autumn is giving away some zombies prizes!

Speaking of zombies, I am hosting a giveaway of 2 copies of “Thunder and Ashes.”

Review and giveaway: Thunder and Ashes

Thunder and Ashes (The Morningstar Strain)
by Z.A. Recht

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Permuted Press (November 23, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1439198837
ISBN-13: 978-1439198834

( 4 1/2 stars out of 5 )

Z.A. Recht brings something new to the zombie mythos with his books, the fast “sprinters” zombies. The “sprinters” are the victims of the morningstar virus that are still living. I thought that it gave a nice spin on the usual zombie tales.

“Thunder and Ashes” is a fast-paced high-octane action story. This is the second book of the series, but I had no trouble jumping into the tale. I really enjoyed the military flair of the story, as an Air Force brat, the military jargon and equipment felt right. Most of the characters were full and rich, I suppose that the others will be zombie fodder.

I wont get into the plot points very much, but come on people it’s a zombie story. It was so good that I want to go back to the first book “Plague of the Dead” and read it.

Nice twist on the old zombie story, I give it 4 1/2 rotting corpses out of 5 !

Now to the fun part, I have 2 copies of Z.A. Recht’s “Thunder and Ashes” to giveaway. The drawing will be held on December 11th, 2010. To enter just drop me an email at titled “Thunder and Ashes” or leave a comment with an email address. The drawing is for United States residents only and no P.O.Boxes please. I will email the winners asking for your address and permission to list your name as a winner.Have fun and good luck !

Contest Over — winners emailed

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher Permuted Press / Gallery Publicity. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

RIP Ingrid Pitt (21 November 1937 – 23 November 2010)

I was a nerdy pre-teenager with the arrogant belief that I was smarter than my teachers. One of my passions in those days was horror films and Hammer Films was a big hit with me. To this day, I could watch them over and over. Although a bit dated, many of those films still stand the test of time.

Among my favorite actresses was Ingrid Pitt, I think from the above picture you can figure out why she was so beloved by me in my pre-teen years. I guess of all of her films I enjoyed “Countess Dracula” the best.

You will be missed Countess …

The Walking Dead and my zombie fix

Between AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and Recht’s “Thunder and Ashes”, I’ve gotten my zombie fix. Today’s zombies have evolved from the mindless slaves of yesteryear’s “White Zombie” into flesh rending, shambling horrors. I guess they have filled in the void created when vampires became fru-fru romantic figures for adolescent girls. AMC’s “The Walking Dead” gives us flesh-rending action and heart-rending psychology.

It wont be the scenes of zombie carnage that stick with me the longest, rather it will be the man cracking up and digging holes, or the ladies talking about missing their vibrators the most, or the strategy by a pizza delivery boy.  Of course, the zombies are still the stuff of nightmares.

By the way, I’ll have my review of “Thunder and Ashes” up on Thanksgiving day and I will host a giveaway of two copies. The drawing for the giveaway will be on December 11th, 2010. Check back on Thanksgiving day for some zombie action. Football, turkey, and zombies, now that is what I call a fun day.

Speaking of fun, I will be rolling the old “Dungeons and Dragons” dice in a couple of days for the winners of “What a Difference a Dog Makes” giveaway. It has very low entries so give it a try.