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CLANS

Finally, after doing pretty much jackshit in the way of writing for the back half of 2019, bar a short story here and there (two to be precise-one for Matt Shaw’s Next Door anthology and a 100 word piece for Kevin Kennedy’s ongoing 100 Word Horrors anthology series) I’ve got another book out.

Technically it was supposed to come out on the first of the year (January 1, 2020), but of course, since I live in the future over here in Australia, it was approved by Amazon faster than I expected and was released December 31, 2019. That wasn’t really the plan at all; I’d have rather put fucking 2019 in the rear-view mirror and been able to kick off the new year with a new release, but whatever…

In any case, the book, as most of you would be well aware by now, is Clans.

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The story itself will not be entirely new to some people, though I’d imagine not too many will have encountered it before. What it is, is a novella length expansion of a short story originally written for a little read battle anthology Punk Vs Metal.

In its inception the whole idea of Punk Vs Metal was a cool one, and I was pretty excited to be involved in it, and the notion came up when a whole slew of battle anthos were happening. Ultimately though, due to a vast assortment of fuckery and issues with the thing, I ended up hating that fucking book. It was meant to be one of those books where a bunch of judges vote on punk stories pitted against metal stories, and eventually one team would come out victorious, proving which was the best music genre as explored via horror tales. Endless delays on that, alongside line-up changes, people having to drop out, finding replacements, edits delays and all kinds of other shit just soured the whole thing, so I just took all control of it, did all edits, nixed the idea of having judges at all and got the fucking thing out of my hair.

That experience would rank as my least favourite one in working with anthologies, particularly those of the battle variety, and helped in me steering clear of doing anything in the way of running anthos for the foreseeable future. Submitting stories to other anthologies I will continue to do, at least intermittently, but I’ll definitely be picky as fuck as to which ones they’ll be. There are a select few I’d be down for any time-anything put together by Matt Shaw, always-but for the most part I’ll just be concentrating on my own work.

Anyway, the one thing I derived from the whole Punk Vs Metal clusterfuck was the notion for Clans. Due to word limit restraints the tale had to be fairly concise, so even though I was happy with the way it turned out, I always figured I could expand it into more. Whether that meant making it novella length, or even longer, or perhaps even turning it into a series wasn’t clear, but ultimately I turned that particular story in to a novella sized piece. I could, and potentially still will, do much more with the universe I created there, and the ideologies  that exist in there.

Another important point to remember; this tale is not horror at all. Yeah, there are a few horrific parts that crop up here and there, but the genre itself would probably be more aligned with urban than horror, so to most people who read my shit, that might be different, though to me it isn’t. I was dabbling with a whole bunch of different genres way, way back in the mists of time before I decided horror was where I wanted to dwell, and tales revolving around urban settings, disenchanted, reckless city youth and whatnot were things I frequently wrote about.

Further to that, not only is it not horror, but at the heart of it, Clans is some kind of twisted Romeo and Juliet shit, a love story. It’s also got a shitload of other stuff, messages and so forth woven through the narrative, but that’s up to the individual reader to discern what that is all about. It also has a fuckload of heavy metal and punk rock references threaded throughout, and again, that’s up to keen-eyed readers who appreciate those forms of music to spot them.

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Clans is set in a fictional city (most would know that almost all of my cities, towns, locations, in any of my books or stories are always places of my own creation), Mantas. It’s a city that is free of all kinds of the usual discriminations that plague all others world-wide. It is ruled by segregation though, and that segregation has to do with each resident’s musical allegiance. And where your musical preferences lie determine where you reside, who you live with, which group you form part of. Which Clan you belong in.

If you dig metal, you’re a metalhead, dwelling in the inner city with the Metal Clan. If you’re into punk rock, then you’re a Punk, existing amongst those of your own kind.

Which brings us to the core of this tale. Since it was initially written for the Punk Vs Metal antho, the main Clans to feature in here are, of course, Metal and Punk, and the ongoing war between these two factions. Yes, in reality, I’m well aware that such wars don’t really exist any more-not really since around the 80s or so, but hey, remember…fiction here. Metaphors, you get the gist.

This is where the notion of spinning the whole thing out into an ongoing series is brewing, because naturally, punk and metal are certainly not the only two of the clans that share the city of Mantas. There are many, many more, several of which are mentioned in Clans, but don’t play any major part. That’s not to say they won’t some time down the track. We’ll wait and see, but I like the world created here, so there’s a big chance I will expand it even further. Metal is my preferred choice of music, but that doesn’t essentially mean the Metal Clan would be first and foremost in every story/novella/novel/whatever I chose to explore. I might delve into the Rap Vs Dance  feud that is mentioned in this book. Again, before you suggest, that shit isn’t really a thing, suspend your disbelief. Fiction. Fucking fiction.

Mantas is a world where the only divides that exist are between warring groups of musical Clans, so that’s where most key stories are going to spring.

Anyway, enough of that shit. Time to go and check it out, if you haven’t already.

By the way, probably not a great deal, but Clans has also been my first number one bestseller, if one can call it that. It hit number one in Australia, and has also hit the number one new release spot in a few places, which is pretty cool. It doesn’t mean a shitload to me, but it is still interesting to see considering I was essentially out of the game for a good half of last year, so to have the first book I drop in quite some time rack up a good rank in a day or so after release is a good feeling.

Especially considering it isn’t really a new book per se, just an expansion of an existing (and not very widely read) story, one that adds a little more history and back story, and fleshes out characters a fraction more than an antho short tale would allow.

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Also (and admit it, you knew this was coming), since this is a tale that revolves very heavily around music, stay tuned for a playlist coming very, very soon. Already got one ready to roll-an extensive one of course, since all the songs that crop up throughout, either clearly referred to, or woven into the fabric of the narrative would take longer to listen to than actually reading the book-so that will be going up some time after this does.

Welcome to Mantas. A city unlike any other under the sun. A city not beset with any discrimination bar that between musical preferences. A city ruled by Clans.

 

 

 

HAVOC VULTURE PLAYLIST

Even though I should be finishing up Greater Extremes I figured I’d take a few minutes out to knock up a playlist for black metal horror novella Havoc Vulture, because, why the hell not? Besides, being such a music-heavy piece, revolving around metal fans, a band and whatnot, it stands to reason that it should have a playlist of some description.

Like the playlists I made for other books, the songs contained within are either mentioned (or the bands are), play some part, are appropriate to the material or serve as scene setters.

Unlike the other playlists, I didn’t exactly set them out in any specific order, though for the most part the songs listed run parallel to the story itself. I probably could have crammed in a whole bunch more considering the majority of tracks here are drawn from my favourite music genre, but in the interests of not overwhelming what is just a novella with a playlist more suited to a thousand page novel or some such shit, I’ll keep it trimmed down to twenty, listed below. Feel free to crank these particular tunes while you’re reading the story.

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Burzum-Burzum

Freezing Moon-Mayhem

Havoc Vulture-Satyricon

Chased Through the Woods by a Rapist-Waking the Cadaver

Fucked Up and Ready to Die-Darkthrone

Fucking Hostile-Pantera

Tyrants-Immortal

Expendable Youth-Slayer

Beneath the Remains-Sepultura

Into the Cold Voids of Eternity-Naglfar

The Dark Rivers of the Heart-Limbonic Art

The Possession-King Diamond

Unchain My Heart-Gorgoroth

Wolves-Marduk

A Fine Day to Die-Emperor

A Witch is Born-Gehenna

Desecration of the Holy Kingdom-Black Witchery

Atrocity March-Revenge

Stellar Master Elite-Thorns

Out in the Haunted Woods-Ancient

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There’s another point of interest regarding this book I’d be curious to know people’s opinions about. If you are reading Havoc Vulture, have already read it, plan to read it etc. etc. I’d like you to report back to me with your side of the YA debate.

As I’ve made mention in a variety of other posts, both here, Facebook and wherever, there are two distinct schools of thought regarding just what in fiction is considered YA (young adult). In this case I’m talking horror, but of course the divide occurs across all genres.

The issue is this. One side considers any work YA if the protagonist(s), chief characters and so forth are themselves young adults. Children, teenagers and so forth. That’s the only basis they use. Not content, not anything, merely the age.

The other side-and this is the side I’m on-considers YA work to fit into that category via the content of the material. Therefore, sex and violence and all those kinds of more adult-oriented materials are perfectly legit to be included, but are not extreme, excessive, explicit, you get the picture.

Havoc Vulture is driven largely by a cast of characters who are all sixteen years of age. There are older individuals, there are appearances by adults, but all of these are either secondary characters or very minor characters. The protagonists are all essentially young adults.

Therefore, by the former school of thought regarding what constitutes YA in fiction, Havoc Vulture would fit squarely in that bracket. However, the content in said book is anything but young adult in terms of the levels of violence, subversive activity, and other elements.

I certainly wouldn’t be driving it towards a young adult audience or marketing it as such, but maybe I should be, if the majority of folks tend to think young adult is anything where the characters themselves are young adults. Granted, there are probably plenty of cautionary messages and things of that nature that could be pulled from the story itself to act as warning to young adults, but trying to push it as a YA horror? Nah, I don’t think so.

Anyway, that’s up to you readers to decide. Check out this playlist, then check out the book itself, have a read and let me know if you consider Havoc Vulture to be in any way, shape or form, a young adult suitable book. If so, well shit, I’m pushing for it to be included in school reading.

Freedom’s Way doesn’t see many heavy metal concerts. Certainly not those of the black metal persuasion.
Which is why sixteen year old Reid Torrance and his friends are overjoyed beyond belief with the news that infamous black metal band, Vulture, are coming to perform in their town.
Reid and friends are diehard black metal fanatics, and everything they know about the notorious genre they learned from Reid’s big brother, Gav.
Unfortunately, Gav won’t be on hand to witness the famed Vulture show. Gav’s in prison, locked up for a string of crimes that will see him behind bars for a long time.
And now it looks like Reid and co. won’t be attending the performance either. Freedom’s Way’s powers-that-be, and morally strict, won’t abide by a corrupt musical presence in their town, and are quick to stamp out this foolish notion, and crush dreams to dust.
However, a group of older black metal fans are privy to other knowledge. The banned concert will be going ahead, regardless, and for a price they’re willing to take Reid and friends along to the unsanctioned musical mayhem, to be held at a secret location far from the prying eyes of town authority figures.
Maybe Reid should have paid more attention to his initial misgivings.
An evening of illicit entertainment is about to become far more than that for this group of metal-loving teenagers. It’s about to spiral into a vortex of unimaginable terror, where histories are laid bare and events few of them dreamed possible are going to unfold in a nightmarish chain.
Careful what you wish for. You might not be prepared for the horror unleashed when you finally get it.

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Corey Somerset, Tim Hayworth and Lee Hunter have had one hell of a good night.
And it isn’t over yet.
Celebrating their friend’s birthday with drunken debauchery and intoxicated antics, they’ve just stumbled through a mini-wave of mindless vandalism, and though they’ve wandered far out of the realms of civilization, they are keen to keep the party vibe going.
When they encounter a band of mysterious fugitive women who call a bizarre encampment deep in the woods their residence, it appears a strong likelihood that continuing the party is on the cards.
But it won’t come without a price.

The collective of unnerving lawless women are open to the suggestion, but not without the threesome completing a request first, a seemingly straight forward barter proposition that will bring the boys face to face with something else that dwells in an unorthodox co-existence with the girls in the wilderness.
These are the Plebs, and the shocking violent encounter the trio are unwittingly pitched into with these freakish feral fiends may be their first, but it won’t be the last.
As the shiftless young men become inextricably entwined and involved with the agenda driven dangerous women, so too do their fates, with them unravelling killer secrets, duplicity, bloodshed and brutality along the way, that encompasses not just them but more of their friends, new enemies and old enemies.

A simple night of bad decisions escalates and snowballs into an expedition of terror spanning all the way home and beyond, with Corey and his friends engulfed in a nightmare where the lines between man and monster blur.
Depravity, death and destruction reign supreme and it isn’t just the Plebs that want them all torn limb from limb.

COMING SOON…