Asylum 1 by Sian B Claven

✫.•° Blurb °•.✫

Hans is a brilliant doctor, sent to an Asylum in the middle of nowhere to continue his post-world war experiments on the insane.

Karen is a bubbly nurse whose sole intention in the world is to do good and help those that cannot help themselves.

Good intentions cross into power hungry mania in this horrific tale of how all their failed experiments come back to haunt them, and how the Asylum holds its own secrets.

“Asylum makes your hair stand on end. This is creepy and dark, yet incredibly fascinating. To delve into the mind of the ‘scientist’ at this asylum is to find sheer madness roiling in those depths, as well as utter self-delusion. The very stones of this madhouse is drenched with horror … a clever and twisted MUST read!” Elaina J. Davidson.

✫.•° Book Links °•.✫

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US

✫.•° My Review °•.✫

This is the first book by this author that I’ve read. The question I have now is why? I’ve known that Sian is an author for a while but for some unknown reason I’ve never read one of her books until now. I’ll definitely be going back and reading more!

Asylum I is a freaky, psychological, creepy and dark read! It’s written in a diary form, so it’s clear to see the timeline of events that happened. And what a string of events they are! I’m not going to discuss them for fear of spoiling the surprise for those of you that are yet to read this.

Sian’s writing style grabbed my attention from the beginning and pulled me further and further into the world that she created. Sian’s writing is clear and informative, giving you the details needed to picture each and every scene in your mind, so clearly that you can believe it’s real and you’re there!

The characters are cleverly thought out. Hans is… um… what’s the word I want… oh yeah… crazy, a madman, I suppose it’s a mad scientist/doctor. Sian has created Hans as the doctor who wants to cure the insane. Personally, I think he’s as crazy as his patients! His methods are… different! Hans plays his roll extremely well.

Overall, I loved this book, the plot, the characters, everything! The creepy, disturbing darkness of it appealed and called to the darkness within me, so much so I’ve pre-ordered Asylum II!

✫.•° About The Author °•.✫

Hailing from Johannesburg South Africa, Sian B. Claven has enjoyed stories for all her life, whether she was reading them or making them. She has written for as long as she can remember, but Ensnared is the first book she decided to publish. Moving towards writing more for the horror / paranormal thriller genre, Sian has subsequently published the first two books in The Butcher Books series, Tatum and Kallista. When Sian isn’t thinking of ways to terrify people, she enjoys writing science fiction stories, poetry and rather long and gushy birthday wishes. When she isn’t working on her writing you can find her knitting, scrapbooking, reading, or playing Xbox. Sian previously reviewed for The Blithering Bibliomaniacs and still reviews in her private capacity. She clearly doesn’t know what the words rest and relaxation mean, at least not in the traditional sense.

✫.•° Places To Find The Author °•.✫

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon Author Page | Goodreads Author Page

The Mark by Lee Mountford

✫.•° Blurb °•.✫

A Satanic cult. A woman’s brutal assault. Can she face her darkest fear before a demon is unleashed from hell?

Kirsty Thompson is no stranger to trauma. But when a vicious attack leaves her drugged and disoriented, she never expected to wake up to a permanent scar. She starts having demonic visions, all linked to the ancient symbol carved deep into her back…

With the help of her best friend Amanda, Kirsty discovers that the mark originates from The Devil’s Bible and forges a connection between her and a terrifying entity. As they track the man who assaulted her to a satanic cult, the presence hunts them from the shadows. Can Kirsty escape the devil worshippers and her bond with the heinous demon to save herself from eternal damnation?

The Mark is a terrifying standalone horror novel. If you like mysterious depraved forces, tales of the occult, and stories that will have you looking under the bed, then you’ll love Lee Mountford’s gripping tale!

✫.•° Book Links °•.✫

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Audible UK

✫.•° My Review °•.✫

This is my review of The Mark Audiobook. This is also the first of Lee Mountford’s work that I’ve ever read/listened to. It certainly won’t be the last!!

The Mark is a fast-paced, suspenseful horror story. L. Mountford has written The Mark in such a way that it gets you thinking as you read, it makes you pause and reflect from time to time, or at least pause and look over your shoulder. I did this more than once!!

The Mark is a creepy and unsettling read, one of the best I’ve encountered for a while. That said for me I think the book/eBook would have been better for me, why? Because I don’t feel that the narrator does the book the justice it deserves, more annoyingly I can’t quite put my finger on why I feel like this. To me, it just felt off.

But don’t let that put you off if you fancy the book. I intend to get myself a copy of the book; either in eBook or paperback; and read it myself, after I’ve read some of Lee Mountford’s other work.

The actual writing of The Mark is really good. It’s easy to see that Lee has put in effort, research, thought and emotion whilst writing this. His characters have a good level of depth and are realistic.

It’s easy to become totally immersed in the world that Lee Mountford has created, and his words grab your attention and hold you there in the thick of the plot until the very end.

Overall this is a great creepy, check over your shoulder horror book. I’m looking forward to discovering more of Lee Mountford’s work!

✫.•° About The Author °•.✫

Lee Mountford is a horror author from the North-East of England. His first book, Horror in the Woods, was published in May 2017 to fantastic reviews, and his follow-up book, The Demonic, achieved Best Seller status in both Occult Horror and British Horror categories on Amazon.

He is a lifelong horror fan, much to the dismay of his amazing wife, Michelle, and his work is available in ebook, print and audiobook formats.

In August 2017 he and his wife welcomed their beautiful daughter, Ella, into the world. Michelle is hoping she doesn’t inherit her father’s love of horror, but Lee has other ideas…

You can find out more about me on my website, but also, don’t forget to claim your FREE books: http://eepurl.com/cNVDj1

✫.•° Places To Find Lee °•.✫

Website | Goodreads Author Page | Amazon Author Page | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

The Twelve by D E McCluskey

✫.•° Blurb °•.✫

Sometimes the past can come back to haunt you…

John Rydell was 4000 miles away when he got the phone call from his wife, ‘John there’s someone in the house.’

By the time he was home, tragedy had struck. A tragedy that threatened to engulf him, bringing back long forgotten and repressed memories of his days at university.

Now some of his old friends are dying, one by one. They are found gutted, disembowelled, ruined. There were twelve of them back in university, and there were twelve of them for a reason.

✫.•° Book Links °•.✫

Amazon UK | Amazon US

✫.•° My Review °•.✫

I love reading horror books and it’s been a long time since I read something that actually gave me the creeps, this book did!

This is the first of this author’s work that I’ve read, and I’ll certainly be reading more of his work in the future.

The Twelve follows John Rydell through part of his life. John loses his wife whilst he was on a business trip, his wife’s death is the starting point for a series of gruesome deaths. John slowly begins to connect the dots himself and realises that these deaths are all linked to him and some old university friends.

The Twelve uses flashbacks to give the details needed for you understand what the twelve was. These flashbacks work well and give depth to the overall story, they also give important details that help with understanding the overall plot.

D E McCluskey has done a great job setting this story up and delivering it to his readers. The images that D E McCluskey’s words create are creepy and eerie, whilst being detailed and engrossing. At the beginning there is very little given away but it’s enough to make you curious. I was intrigued to know who or what was going to happen, I wanted to know what else was in store for John and for me as a reader.

D E McCluskey’s writing style is informative, graphic, and compelling, it pulls you in and makes you want to stay, makes you feel as though you need to keep reading.

Most of the time that I spent reading this was in my room on the third floor of my house in the dark or near dark stop. I found myself on more than one occasion pausing and looking over my shoulder! Or listening to see if I had heard a noise from elsewhere in the house!

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the 12 and I look forward to discovering more of this author’s works.

I think that anyone who loves horror would find this book a great read, but I also think that fans of thrillers might find this book thoroughly enjoyable too.

✫.•° Author Bio °•.✫

I began writing in 2011, mainly for my own enjoyment. I began by making up funny, rhyming stories, with a horror-based theme running through them. I wrote them mostly for my daughter who was only four years of age at the time.

These rhymes where popular with my friends and family and someone mentioned that I should get them down in a book. That’s when the idea for a comic sprung into mind.

I scoured the internet and met a fantastic illustrator. I then commissioned him to illustrate this comic and Interesting Tymes was created. This is an anthology of short horror stories, all written in rhyme, but suitable for children to read too.

This was so popular with friends and family and further afield, that I decided to make another. Interesting Tymes X 2 continued where the first one left off, with Edward D’Ammage introducing another six horror tales.

From then I got the bug. I began to expand my series of rhyming tales, taking the original themes, and making them into longer stories. Using a different illustrator, I wrote, commissioned, and produced my first, short, horror comic. Wooden Heart.

I then began to write a zombie serial called The Few, we are currently on # 3 of what will be seven. #4 is currently in production.

I then embarked on a more ambitious project. My first graphic novel. Doppelganger is over 100 pages long and is a dark psychological tale of a man descending into madness.

Next up came DeathDay presents. This is a 4-part comedy tale about three demons in Hell who forget about Satan’s DeathDay. It has a 15 rating as the imagery in the back is rather graphic and gory, while the interactions between the demons is comedic and light.

Then I wrote and produced another full graphic novel. This one is called Olf. This is a children’s tale about Fr Christmas and his reindeer. I wrote this as I wanted to balance my brain between the darkness of Doppelganger my desire to wrote something that my daughter could read.

With a love of sci-fi and the old-style Flash Gordon type cliff-hangers, I wrote a series of tales about an adventurer called Mace Masoch, and his sidekick Miss Ninetails. The style of this comic was adult orientated, with buxom women and muscular men. #2 is currently in production.

After Mace, I went back to the list of my old rhyming tails and selected a longer, rhyming tale to produce in the same style as Interesting Tymes. This was to be a vehicle for my leading character Edward D’Ammage to run with his own titles. Edward D’Ammage Presents: The Wedding is in the same vein as Interesting Tymes although it has a different illustrator.

After this I did a collaboration with leading ‘extreme horror’ author Matt Shaw to serialise his best-selling novel, Sick B*stards, into a graphic novel. This has been a successful venture up to now, even though only #1 is available yet. #2 is currently in production.

I produced a short zombie inspired short horror comic, working with the illustrator I used for Wooden Heart, and produced Three Days in the City. This is a zombie-esque tale set in Liverpool. It’s a one-shot story and sells really well in conventions, mainly due to the location.

Bringing back my love of Christmas and my love of old comics like The Beano, I partnered up with a fantastic artist called Joe Matthews, and we produced one of my proudest pieces of work. We undertook the mammoth job of re-writing Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, completely in rhyme. Joe did the artwork in his fantastic Beano-esque style. This has been my best seller to date.

In all the time writing, I had also written several short horror stories. I took the decision to bring these together into another anthology, and teaming up again with the illustrator for Doppelganger, I produced Short Sharp Shocks. Six short horror/thriller tales all introduced by a skeletal game show host.

My next project is still in production. It’s a graphic novel about a female super-villain with a good side to her. Its called DreamCatcher. Originally, I was going to produce this as three parts, but decided that I would wait until all three parts are complete before bringing it out as a full graphic novel. Parts 1 & 2 are complete, while 3 is just about to be commissioned.

Writing graphic novels, I found long and laborious to do. I have no talent for drawing, but I do see the panels in my head and am very good at articulating them to the illustrators. But, I found myself increasingly at the mercy to how fast the artist work. I am a fast writer, and I wanted the artists to work as fast as I did. It was also proving costly, as good artists do not come cheap. I was working with a good illustrator friend on a graphic novel I had written called Thirteen. She had produced ten pages of top-notch work for me, but she was worried about the length of time it was taking her to complete the pages. She loved the story she was working on, so she convinced me to turn it into a full-length novel. She told me that the scope of the graphic novel would probably bankrupt me anyway. So, I converted the comic script and produced my first full novel. I changed the name of it to The Twelve and it is currently selling well on Amazon, and from me via my Facebook page.

Stirred on by the success of The Twelve, I teamed up with a local musical historian who I used to work with back in the days of playing in bands around Liverpool. We came up with a concept about a historical tale about the old Liverpool music scene. He did a load of research into the swing music scene in Liverpool after the war, and my second novel came to life. In The mood… For Murder was released, to excellent reviews. Bit things are in the pipeline for this book, least of all, a sequel is in the works.

Next up came my third novel, CRACK. This is a brutal story about one mans descent into addiction after a road traffic accident that wasn’t his fault. This is a specialised tale and is not always everyone’s cup of tea. Although it is selling well, the reviews, although good, are slow in coming.

Next up I am hoping to release Z: A Love Story by Christmas (or shortly after). A zombie tale inspired by one of my rhyming stories in Interesting Tymes X 2. Then I have written and am currently editing a sci-fi Jack the Ripper inspired tale entitled Timeripper. I have also written and am also editing a trilogy of books; Glimmer Trilogy. This is three books set in a fictional land, with magic and swords. I have written this for the YA genre. Lastly, I have re-written my Olf graphic novel into a children’s novel, I am currently getting illustrations completed for this, with a look to release it for Christmas 2019. This will be the first in a series of 5 novels, all set in the same land.

In my spare time, I work as a computer engineer, I am a full-time father to my daughter Grace (who will be bringing out her own children’s book in 2019, entitled The Hangry Hamster), I also do stand-up comedy around the north-west of England.

✫.•° Stalker Links °•.✫

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Interview Part 3 and Crack by D.E. McCluskey

✫.•° Blurb °•.✫

Addiction is an affliction.

As you crave you endure sweats, irritations, sleepless nights. Your life suffers, your job suffers… your family suffer.

But you need it, you HAVE to have your fix.

Joe O’Hara is having a bad morning, and it’s just about to get worse.

A random road traffic accident sends him on the path to addiction.

Crack is the only thing that can give him any relief from his living hell – but it’s a far cry from the crack you might think it is.

CRACK is a psychological horror from D E McCluskey, author of The Twelve.

✫.•° Book Links °•.✫

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US

✫.•° Interview Part 3 °•.✫

LH: What genre of books do you write? Feel free to provide links to them.

DM: Horror, horror and more horror.

My novels consist of The Twelve: this is spooky, creepy ghost story. It’s rather bloody and gory from the onset. http://amzn.eu/d/aSvBOlw

In The Mood… For Murder: this is violent thriller set in the clubs and pubs of Liverpool in 1946. Post war. http://amzn.eu/d/f41XcY2

CRACK: this is a brutal, psychological horror. It follows one man’s descent into addiction and madness following a road traffic accident in which he kills a man. It’s not the crack that you would think he is addicted to… http://amzn.eu/d/6891Hjh

LH: How important do you find reviews? And what do you make of negative ones?

DM: I love reviews. When I first started getting them they were all good and was so proud of all my hard work finally coming to fruition. I was just waiting for the millions of pounds and fame and fortune to knock on my door.

Then came the bad one… wow. I was tempted to find out who the person was and explain to them, in no uncertain ways, how much of my heart and soul I had put into the book.

Now, as I’ve matured (yeah, right) I know how to filter out the trolls from the real reviews, even if they are negative. Negative ones, I learn from. I take on-board what they are saying and I try to learn from it. If it’s something about my writing that I can change, they I’ll try to work it in, if it’s about my style or the content, or the genre, then I’m big and ugly enough to realise that that it their issue and not mine.

LH: How do you deal with writer’s block?

I have never really had it. In the early days, I wrote down absolutely everything. So, if one part of a story closes down, then I just work on something else. I have recently just finished a first draft of a book called The Boyfriend, a violent thriller, but I started writing it about two years ago, and got to a point where I just couldn’t get my head around it anymore. I knew where I wanted it to go, and I had the middle and the end, but the thought of getting there was wracking my head.

I gave it eighteen months (or maybe even more), got back to it and beasted it right through to conclusion… I think the story is so much better because of it.

LH: Do you or have you ever used events from your own life in your books? If so how close to the real event did you keep it?

Not really, or not yet anyway. In The Twelve there is a student bar called The cooler, and that was real. We spent a lot of time in there during university.

LH: If you could collaborate with any author alive or dead I who would it be & why?

DM: I don’t know. I’ve usually done things on my own. I collaborated with a local Liverpool musical historian, Tony Bolland, for In The Mood… he did all the research into the time, and the music of the time, but the story came together from me. I am in the process of collaborating with another Liverpool author (actually, he’s from Bolton, but he lives in Liverpool now), with a story that I wrote a few years back. It was originally going to be a graphic novel. I have written the story, he is going through it and putting his touches to it, then I will do the final edit, before going out to real editors. But, I couldn’t think of anyone else I would want to collaborate with.

LH: How do you research when writing your books?

DM: I’m warped. I have my own warped imagination. So a lot of what I write is fantastical.

I have a Jack the Ripper novel coming out soon that I did do extensive research for. I went to London and did the Jack the Ripper tours about twenty times, the guys (ripperologists) got to recognise me, and would alert the police to my presence every time. So, if any ripper style murders are in the news in the near future, do you fancy being my alibi?

The internet is the best, if you know how to use it.

I keep telling my girlfriend that I am doing ‘research’ on a novel about the porn industry, but she doesn’t quite believe me…

LH: Do you set yourself daily targets when you’re writing?

DM: Nope… no targets.

In my 9 to 5 job there are bullshit targets and hoops that we ‘have’ to jump through. I think it’s all a crock of crap. As long as the job gets done, and people are happy with the end result… what’s the point of all the extra pressure???

LH: Do you have people to use as a sounding board?

I do… they don’t know about it though.

LH: Why did you choose to write the genre you do?

DM: I have always loved horror… that is a total lie!!! When I was a kid, I was scared of my own shadow. I used to sneak into my mum and dads room on the pretense of telling them a joke, just because I was scared of the dark. I grew out of it by the time I was thirty.

My two sisters used to talk to me through the wall from their room, pretending that they were Tinkerbell. I used to have to tell them how good I’d been that day, otherwise bad things would happen to me… See why I write horror???

LH: Would you ever consider writing a different genre? If so which one?

DM: I write kids books too. I have a number of comics that are aimed at kids. Interesteting Tymes, Interesting Tymes x 2, Edward D’Ammage Presents: The Wedding, Olf (a take on Rudolph the red nosed Reindeer, his name is Olf and he had Tourette’s, therefore he is ‘Rude’ Olf) and I have done a re-write of A Christmas Carol, where me and the artist worked in collaboration to do it all in rhyme. The artwork is very Beano like.

LH: If any of your books were turned into a movie or tv series who would be your leading man/lady? Which book would you most like to see as said movie/tv series?

Without giving too much away… there is work afoot to bring In The Mood to the screen. Very early days yet, but it could be very big news indeed. We are talking budgets at the moment, and they are HUGE!!!

I also want to bring Interesting Tymes to life. I want it to be real-life introductions (by Edward D’Ammage) and Claymation stories.

In the end, I would love all my stories to be made (as every author does), I’ve been told that I write in a very cinematic way… so I’m hoping that its good for the future.

LH: That concludes my questions.

Now time for a shameless plug… Feel free to drop the links for your work and where people can find you and connect with you…

DM: My whole life is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

https://www.facebook.com/clusy73

https://www.facebook.com/davemccluskeyauthor

https://www.facebook.com/DammagedComics

@dammagedpro (twitter)

@dammagedproductions (Instagram)

LH: Thank you very much for taking the time to come and chat with me and my readers. 😊 I’m looking forward to getting to know you more and working with you in the future. Feel free to drop in any time and say hi.
DM: Thank you so much for the opportunity to get my books out there to your readers… And remember kids… if you read, please please please review on Amazon and/or Goodreads.

That concludes this interview with Dave. It’s been fab having him chatting with me. I’m looking forward to reading more of his work. Keep your eyes open for my reviews of Daves books 🙂 

✫.•° Author Bio °•.✫

I began writing in 2011, mainly for my own enjoyment. I began by making up funny, rhyming stories, with a horror-based theme running through them. I wrote them mostly for my daughter who was only four years of age at the time.

These rhymes where popular with my friends and family and someone mentioned that I should get them down in a book. That’s when the idea for a comic sprung into mind.

I scoured the internet and met a fantastic illustrator. I then commissioned him to illustrate this comic and Interesting Tymes was created. This is an anthology of short horror stories, all written in rhyme, but suitable for children to read too.

This was so popular with friends and family and further afield, that I decided to make another. Interesting Tymes X 2 continued where the first one left off, with Edward D’Ammage introducing another six horror tales.

From then I got the bug. I began to expand my series of rhyming tales, taking the original themes, and making them into longer stories. Using a different illustrator, I wrote, commissioned, and produced my first, short, horror comic. Wooden Heart.

I then began to write a zombie serial called The Few, we are currently on # 3 of what will be seven. #4 is currently in production.

I then embarked on a more ambitious project. My first graphic novel. Doppelganger is over 100 pages long and is a dark psychological tale of a man descending into madness.

Next up came DeathDay presents. This is a 4-part comedy tale about three demons in Hell who forget about Satan’s DeathDay. It has a 15 rating as the imagery in the back is rather graphic and gory, while the interactions between the demons is comedic and light.

Then I wrote and produced another full graphic novel. This one is called Olf. This is a children’s tale about Fr Christmas and his reindeer. I wrote this as I wanted to balance my brain between the darkness of Doppelganger my desire to wrote something that my daughter could read.

With a love of sci-fi and the old-style Flash Gordon type cliff-hangers, I wrote a series of tales about an adventurer called Mace Masoch, and his sidekick Miss Ninetails. The style of this comic was adult orientated, with buxom women and muscular men. #2 is currently in production.

After Mace, I went back to the list of my old rhyming tails and selected a longer, rhyming tale to produce in the same style as Interesting Tymes. This was to be a vehicle for my leading character Edward D’Ammage to run with his own titles. Edward D’Ammage Presents: The Wedding is in the same vein as Interesting Tymes although it has a different illustrator.

After this I did a collaboration with leading ‘extreme horror’ author Matt Shaw to serialise his best-selling novel, Sick B*stards, into a graphic novel. This has been a successful venture up to now, even though only #1 is available yet. #2 is currently in production.

I produced a short zombie inspired short horror comic, working with the illustrator I used for Wooden Heart, and produced Three Days in the City. This is a zombie-esque tale set in Liverpool. It’s a one-shot story and sells really well in conventions, mainly due to the location.

Bringing back my love of Christmas and my love of old comics like The Beano, I partnered up with a fantastic artist called Joe Matthews, and we produced one of my proudest pieces of work. We undertook the mammoth job of re-writing Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, completely in rhyme. Joe did the artwork in his fantastic Beano-esque style. This has been my best seller to date.

In all the time writing, I had also written several short horror stories. I took the decision to bring these together into another anthology, and teaming up again with the illustrator for Doppelganger, I produced Short Sharp Shocks. Six short horror/thriller tales all introduced by a skeletal game show host.

My next project is still in production. It’s a graphic novel about a female super-villain with a good side to her. Its called DreamCatcher. Originally, I was going to produce this as three parts, but decided that I would wait until all three parts are complete before bringing it out as a full graphic novel. Parts 1 & 2 are complete, while 3 is just about to be commissioned.

Writing graphic novels, I found long and laborious to do. I have no talent for drawing, but I do see the panels in my head and am very good at articulating them to the illustrators. But, I found myself increasingly at the mercy to how fast the artist work. I am a fast writer, and I wanted the artists to work as fast as I did. It was also proving costly, as good artists do not come cheap. I was working with a good illustrator friend on a graphic novel I had written called Thirteen. She had produced ten pages of top-notch work for me, but she was worried about the length of time it was taking her to complete the pages. She loved the story she was working on, so she convinced me to turn it into a full-length novel. She told me that the scope of the graphic novel would probably bankrupt me anyway. So, I converted the comic script and produced my first full novel. I changed the name of it to The Twelve and it is currently selling well on Amazon, and from me via my Facebook page.

Stirred on by the success of The Twelve, I teamed up with a local musical historian who I used to work with back in the days of playing in bands around Liverpool. We came up with a concept about a historical tale about the old Liverpool music scene. He did a load of research into the swing music scene in Liverpool after the war, and my second novel came to life. In The mood… For Murder was released, to excellent reviews. Bit things are in the pipeline for this book, least of all, a sequel is in the works.

Next up came my third novel, CRACK. This is a brutal story about one mans descent into addiction after a road traffic accident that wasn’t his fault. This is a specialised tale and is not always everyone’s cup of tea. Although it is selling well, the reviews, although good, are slow in coming.

Next up I am hoping to release Z: A Love Story by Christmas (or shortly after). A zombie tale inspired by one of my rhyming stories in Interesting Tymes X 2. Then I have written and am currently editing a sci-fi Jack the Ripper inspired tale entitled Timeripper. I have also written and am also editing a trilogy of books; Glimmer Trilogy. This is three books set in a fictional land, with magic and swords. I have written this for the YA genre. Lastly, I have re-written my Olf graphic novel into a children’s novel, I am currently getting illustrations completed for this, with a look to release it for Christmas 2019. This will be the first in a series of 5 novels, all set in the same land.

In my spare time, I work as a computer engineer, I am a full-time father to my daughter Grace (who will be bringing out her own children’s book in 2019, entitled The Hangry Hamster), I also do stand-up comedy around the north-west of England.

✫.•° Stalker Links °•.✫

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Interview Part 1 and The Twelve by D.E. McCluskey

The next 3 weeks are going to feature the work of DE McCluskey. In the posts, I will spotlight one of his novels and a part of the interview that David kindly agreed to be part of.

This is Post 1, Spotlighting The Twelve, which is my current read too, my review will follow soon. What I’ve read so far is pretty darn good! Now onto The Twelve and PART 1 of the interview with David.

✫.•° Blurb °•.✫

Sometimes the past can come back to haunt you…

John Rydell was 4000 miles away when he got the phone call from his wife, ‘John there’s someone in the house.’

By the time he was home, tragedy had struck. A tragedy that threatened to engulf him, bringing back long forgotten and repressed memories of his days at university.

Now some of his old friends are dying, one by one. They are found gutted, disembowelled, ruined. There were twelve of them back in university, and there were twelve of them for a reason.

✫.•° Book Links °•.✫

Amazon UK | Amazon US

 

 

 

 

✫.•° Interview Part 1 °•.✫

LH: Hi David, Welcome to Hands on Books. I’m Lou. It’s an absolute pleasure to have you here.
How are you?

DM: I’m great Lou. Thanks you so much for this interview. It gets so lonely being a writer sometimes that I have to talk to myself in the mirror, just for the human interaction!!! 😀

LH: Do you prefer to be called David or Dave? Or something completely different?

DM: Everyone calls me Dave, even my mum. I’m never really naughty so I never get the full mantle of DAVID EDWARD GET YOURSELF IN HERE NOW!!! I write under D E McCluskey for my adult novels, Dave McCluskey for my children’s stuff. The last thing I want is a child who enjoyed Olf searching for me and ending up with a copy of CRACK!!!

LH: I’d love to get to know a little about you, the person before the author comes out to play.
Tell us a bit about you & your background?

DM: I live in Livepool in the UK. I’m divorced with one gorgeous 10 year old girl. She is the most important thing in my whole world, with the exception of my MacBook Air. If I had to choose… I don’t know if Grace would like the outcome!!!

LH: What are your favourite movies and/or TV show/series?

DM: Huge nerd… I love the current Superhero series on Netflix. I love the Marvel series, but I absolutely detest the films. I love Gotham, but hate the DC movies… The movies have lazy writing with too many clichés and plotholes… totally catering for the lowest denominator. I adore Power and Peaky Blinders, American Horror Story… I am also a fan of EVERYTHING Tim Burton does, with the exception of Alice In Wonderland… that was empty garbage!!!

LH: Do you have any music that you love? Genre/band/group/artist?

DM: I’m a massive fan of hard rock/heavy metal… but not really a big fan of anything produced after 1993. Huge Queen, Beatles (I’m from Liverpool, it’s in our DNA, youre not a proper scouser if you don’t bleat on about them) Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Van Halen. That kind of thing. I do like classical music too… And, don’t tell anyone this or my reputation will be shot to pieces… I LOVE musicals. My future is now in your hands :O

LH: Do you enjoy reading? If so what do you like to read? Are you reading anything at the minute?

DM: I love to read. Obviously Stephen King was my first love. I read Skeleton Crew when I was 11 (collection of short stories) and then went straight onto The Stand… He blew me away. I’m also a huge fan of James Herbert, Richard Laymon and Dean Koontz (although he has a tendency to do my head in from time to time)… I have started to read a lot of indie authors lately too, Duncan Ralston, Andrew Lennon, Matt Shaw.

LH: I love James Herbert’s work, I’ve read a few Richard Laymon novels in the past but none recently. I’ve only read 2 of Dean Koontz, but they struggled to keep my attention. I’ve never managed to read a Stephen King novel they have never captured my attention and I’ve tried a few times to read different ones, I think I manage about 10 pages!!!

DM: I’m currently reading Fellside, but M E Carey, the guy who wrote The Girl With All The Gifts. I like his style as I feels its similar to my own. He began his career writing graphic novels too, and you can tell that by his descriptions.

LH: What hobbies do you have?

DM: I love to write… did you know that? LH: I have to admit, I had no idea!!! 😀 

DM: I love cooking too, I’m fascinated how and what spices and herbs work together, and the ones that don’t… I’m currently getting my head around Lamb with lemon sauce!!! What the hell??? How does that work? LH: I love cooking too. But… Lamb with lemon sauce?? I’ve not heard or tried that. I might have to go look for a recipe to try it now.

DM: I’m also a amateur stand-up comedian. Between all that writing and performing, working a full time job and juggling my little girl around netball and dancing, I don’t get a lot of time to do much else.

LH: If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? Or is it somewhere you’ve already been?

DM: I’m a big kid… totally. I’m 45 years old but never really got past that cheeky 10 year old phase. I love Orlando. I know that its shallow, but I just love the whole ‘get lost in a world of imagination’ vibe of the place.

I’ve always wanted to go to Canada.

I’m not a big fan of the sun. I love the warm, but the sun irritates the inner vampire/ghoul within me. To my girlfriend’s annoyance, I’m the one who totally robs all the umbrellas at the pool side and is constantly adjusting them so every single inch of my body is in the shade…

LH: Favourite type of food and drink?

DM: Thai… without a doubt. I love the fusion of coconut and chilli every time. Also the hotter the better. I love to cook (when I get the chance) and that is my favourite.

I’m not really a big drinker (unless I’m away with the lads, then I’m a monster) but my all-time favourite tipple is spiced rum with ginger ale… the stronger the ginger, the better. LH: I love rum! I prefer dark rum, as I find the spiced a little sweet. I discovered rum with ginger beer at christmas last year… yum… 😉   

LH: Can you describe your perfect weekend?

DM: Perfect weekend? With my little girl, my girlfriend and her daughter, either chilling or walking, or at the fair…

As I said before, and if you tell anyone I will hunt you down, and if you have read any of my books, then you’ll get an idea of what is going through my head, I love musicals and theatre. So a nice meal, a show and then early to bed (if you know what I mean…) LH: Your secret is safe with me.

LH: If you could be any age, what age would you be and why?

DM: I’m loving my 40’s… I came to the writing table at a late age after attempting to be a computer specialist, a welder, a rock star in a few bands, a musical instrument salesman, an ice-cream man, a barber… now I write.

So, I’m totally enjoying my age right now, although, the vampire in me (again) will tell you that I’m NEVER getting any older!!!

LH: Most embarrassing moment to date?

DM: Stupid one… but I don’t really embarrass easily. But when I lived in London (briefly, lovely place to visit, but I couldn’t work there permanently) we had a work party on a barge on the Thames… everyone told me it was fancy dress!!! I goes out and hires the BEST Elvis Presley costume, then I made myself into a zombie and called myself HELLvis (don’t try to rob that, I’ve trademarked it 😀 )… Best fancy dress in the whole history of EVER…

Yup… you guessed it, I was the only one!!! Had an absolute ball though. There was a little bit of a fight on board that I was in on the fringes of (I’m a lover, not a fighter, crap at both to be honest), so when it came to identifying who was fighting, of course HELLvis was the easiest to point out!!!

LH: What freaks you out or gives you the heebie-jeebies?

DM: Mortality… The dark… Ghosts… Creepyness… The human psyche… when normal people snap…

LH: Which famous person dead or alive would you most like to meet & why?

DM: I don’t really have any famous heroes. They always seem to disappoint in real life. They are normal, everyday, flawed people like us.

I used to think that I would get on really well with Tim Burton, but I’m not too sure about that anymore. I think passionate people have a real place in our society, as we would never get anything done without them, but Jesus, that can be boring people!!! Always harping on about their next book, or what project they are working on now. Posting boring stuff on facebook every single day…

Hang on a moment… I think I’ve just described myself!!! DOH

LH: Do you have any pet-peeves? Care to share any with us?

DM: People who drive in baseball caps… should be pulled over and removed from their cars, tagged and never allowed in a car (even as a passenger) again. Couples who dress alike, get a grip… Men with men buns!!! I used to have long curly (OK it was permed) hair, but I wore it down, like a real man!!! Man buns (looks to the sky to ask God WHY!!!!!!!!!)

LH: Do you have any strange habits? Fancy sharing any?

DM: I sometimes like to dress as a 5’10” bat and patrol to city of Liverpool at night, fighting against injustice. I have had my head kicked in so many times!!!!

LH: Do you have any superstitions? What are they?

DM: Whenever a hearse goes by, I always cross myself. It’s more a respect for the passing of the deceased than a superstition. That’s the only one I can think of right now.

I’m such a level headed individual (honest)

LH: Thank you for joining us today, I’m looking forward to doing this again next week.

Join us Monday, October 1st for part 2 of the interview and a look at another novel by DE McCluskey 🙂 For now, there’s a little more information on Dave and the places that you can stalk him 😉

✫.•° Author Bio °•.✫

I began writing in 2011, mainly for my own enjoyment. I began by making up funny, rhyming stories, with a horror-based theme running through them. I wrote them mostly for my daughter who was only four years of age at the time.

These rhymes where popular with my friends and family and someone mentioned that I should get them down in a book. That’s when the idea for a comic sprung into mind.

I scoured the internet and met a fantastic illustrator. I then commissioned him to illustrate this comic and Interesting Tymes was created. This is an anthology of short horror stories, all written in rhyme, but suitable for children to read too.

This was so popular with friends and family and further afield, that I decided to make another. Interesting Tymes X 2 continued where the first one left off, with Edward D’Ammage introducing another six horror tales.

From then I got the bug. I began to expand my series of rhyming tales, taking the original themes, and making them into longer stories. Using a different illustrator, I wrote, commissioned, and produced my first, short, horror comic. Wooden Heart.

I then began to write a zombie serial called The Few, we are currently on # 3 of what will be seven. #4 is currently in production.

I then embarked on a more ambitious project. My first graphic novel. Doppelganger is over 100 pages long and is a dark psychological tale of a man descending into madness.

Next up came DeathDay presents. This is a 4-part comedy tale about three demons in Hell who forget about Satan’s DeathDay. It has a 15 rating as the imagery in the back is rather graphic and gory, while the interactions between the demons is comedic and light.

Then I wrote and produced another full graphic novel. This one is called Olf. This is a children’s tale about Fr Christmas and his reindeer. I wrote this as I wanted to balance my brain between the darkness of Doppelganger my desire to wrote something that my daughter could read.

With a love of sci-fi and the old-style Flash Gordon type cliff-hangers, I wrote a series of tales about an adventurer called Mace Masoch, and his sidekick Miss Ninetails. The style of this comic was adult orientated, with buxom women and muscular men. #2 is currently in production.

After Mace, I went back to the list of my old rhyming tails and selected a longer, rhyming tale to produce in the same style as Interesting Tymes. This was to be a vehicle for my leading character Edward D’Ammage to run with his own titles. Edward D’Ammage Presents: The Wedding is in the same vein as Interesting Tymes although it has a different illustrator.

After this I did a collaboration with leading ‘extreme horror’ author Matt Shaw to serialise his best-selling novel, Sick B*stards, into a graphic novel. This has been a successful venture up to now, even though only #1 is available yet. #2 is currently in production.

I produced a short zombie inspired short horror comic, working with the illustrator I used for Wooden Heart, and produced Three Days in the City. This is a zombie-esque tale set in Liverpool. It’s a one-shot story and sells really well in conventions, mainly due to the location.

Bringing back my love of Christmas and my love of old comics like The Beano, I partnered up with a fantastic artist called Joe Matthews, and we produced one of my proudest pieces of work. We undertook the mammoth job of re-writing Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, completely in rhyme. Joe did the artwork in his fantastic Beano-esque style. This has been my best seller to date.

In all the time writing, I had also written several short horror stories. I took the decision to bring these together into another anthology, and teaming up again with the illustrator for Doppelganger, I produced Short Sharp Shocks. Six short horror/thriller tales all introduced by a skeletal game show host.

My next project is still in production. It’s a graphic novel about a female super-villain with a good side to her. Its called DreamCatcher. Originally, I was going to produce this as three parts, but decided that I would wait until all three parts are complete before bringing it out as a full graphic novel. Parts 1 & 2 are complete, while 3 is just about to be commissioned.

Writing graphic novels, I found long and laborious to do. I have no talent for drawing, but I do see the panels in my head and am very good at articulating them to the illustrators. But, I found myself increasingly at the mercy to how fast the artist work. I am a fast writer, and I wanted the artists to work as fast as I did. It was also proving costly, as good artists do not come cheap. I was working with a good illustrator friend on a graphic novel I had written called Thirteen. She had produced ten pages of top-notch work for me, but she was worried about the length of time it was taking her to complete the pages. She loved the story she was working on, so she convinced me to turn it into a full-length novel. She told me that the scope of the graphic novel would probably bankrupt me anyway. So, I converted the comic script and produced my first full novel. I changed the name of it to The Twelve and it is currently selling well on Amazon, and from me via my Facebook page.

Stirred on by the success of The Twelve, I teamed up with a local musical historian who I used to work with back in the days of playing in bands around Liverpool. We came up with a concept about a historical tale about the old Liverpool music scene. He did a load of research into the swing music scene in Liverpool after the war, and my second novel came to life. In The mood… For Murder was released, to excellent reviews. Bit things are in the pipeline for this book, least of all, a sequel is in the works.

Next up came my third novel, CRACK. This is a brutal story about one mans descent into addiction after a road traffic accident that wasn’t his fault. This is a specialised tale and is not always everyone’s cup of tea. Although it is selling well, the reviews, although good, are slow in coming.

Next up I am hoping to release Z: A Love Story by Christmas (or shortly after). A zombie tale inspired by one of my rhyming stories in Interesting Tymes X 2. Then I have written and am currently editing a sci-fi Jack the Ripper inspired tale entitled Timeripper. I have also written and am also editing a trilogy of books; Glimmer Trilogy. This is three books set in a fictional land, with magic and swords. I have written this for the YA genre. Lastly, I have re-written my Olf graphic novel into a children’s novel, I am currently getting illustrations completed for this, with a look to release it for Christmas 2019. This will be the first in a series of 5 novels, all set in the same land.

In my spare time, I work as a computer engineer, I am a full-time father to my daughter Grace (who will be bringing out her own children’s book in 2019, entitled The Hangry Hamster), I also do stand-up comedy around the north-west of England.

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