Darkmatter, my newest novel, has been released.
Set in an alternate history London, in a 1961 nobody's ever been to, Darkmatter is a re-imagined cold war in which there never was a second world war, and as such, no Manhattan Project, no atomic weapons and no Soviet Union to steal them. Actually, there's still a Soviet Union, but they're busy stealing something much more dangerous.
The physicists who brought us "the bomb" have brought this lot "the project," a barely understood, barely working technology to project things through time.
You don't want to think about what the KGB has in mind to project through time if they manage to pinch it.
LizardLand was something of a "lost" novel for a time — I knew exactly where it was, but several literary agents and publishers made a point of pretending they didn't. One of them said with considerable weight of authority that satires just don't sell. I asked him what does sell, and after some consideration he suggested a book having to do with teenage vampires. No doubt he was right, but that was a manuscript I could have lost with real enthusiasm.
After almost a decade of pondering over it, we decided to do LizardLand as an electronically-published work through Amazon Kindle. Aside from being state-of-the-art and massively cool, Kindle represents something of a proving ground for speculative books. Publishing a book to Kindle doesn't involve sinking a big blue barrel of money into a press run, and then potentially having stacks of unsold books hanging around for the rest of time to embarrass everyone involved in the project.
Cat lovers are going to go ballistic over this one. So will parents, orthodontists, psychiatrists, documentary film-makers, paleontologists, gift-shop owners, natives of Alabama of German descent... the list is extensive. With a bit of luck, they'll all want to buy a copy of it so they can become outraged and delete it in protest.
The Order was my second novel, and the first of my books to be published by Jam Ink. I rarely re-read my old books, as in doing so I always encounter things I could have written differently, with the benefit of a few decades of hindsight.
Thus The Order remained for well almost twenty years, until the final copies of the most recent print run were sold. In preparation for its next reprinting, I decided to dust it off and revise it. The undertaking turned into something of a total re-write.
I'd forgotten how raw, violent and licentious The Order was. In another age, it would unquestionably have been banned in every civilized country on earth, and become a timeless best-seller.
With the advent of the great economic meltdown and end of civilization as we know it, a new printing of The Order remains something of a fiscal Cheshire cat. Available now for the Amazon Kindle tablet, however, it has sold remarkably well for an obscure small-press novel written in 1992.
I like to think that it's outraging readers who weren't born when it was originally published.
If you'd like to read my books on Kindle without having to beat up your credit card for an actual Kindle tablet, you might want to check out Amazon's free downloadable Kindle software for pretty much any device with a power switch.
Download the Kindle software to your computer, tablet or smart-phone and it will become a Kindle e-book reader for as long as you're feeling literary.
The available Kindle software includes: