Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Open House Day One - William Meikle

What attracts me to stories about the end of the world?

There's something cathartic about seeing everything being torn down. It also makes for amusing daydreams when the boss is being a tool or when the commute seems to take forever. And who doesn't think they couldn't do better at building a society if given a chance?

So there's that, and there's also the sheer spectacle of the thing... the same reason people like to slow down to look at car crashes. There's a "there but the for grace of God" vibe you get when watching or reading the world being torn down. Emmerlich and Devlin hooked into that early and have made a pot of money out of those very same vibes.

I started my fandom of the genre young and at first it was from a Science Fiction perspective. The British ones from the '50s and 60's got my attention, in particular John Wyndham's DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS and THE CHRYSALIDS. Them, and A CANTICLE FOR LIEBOWITZ were my earliest introductions to the form. After that came tales of cosmic disaster, mainly Lieber's THE WANDERER and Niven and Pournelle's LUCIFER'S HAMMER. My interest was further piqued by Terry Nation's TV show THE SURVIVORS, and Stephen King's THE STAND, the first to being real horror to the genre IMHO. But my favorite in the genre is by Robert Macammon. His SWAN SONG is a roller coaster blockbuster which eschew's King's religious trappings for non-stop action and gritty realism mixed with a slug of the supernatural. My kind of tale.

There is much that is good about civilisation that I'd certainly miss if it went, such as books and entertainment, central heating and modern medicine. But on the whole, civilisation as mankind defines it is hell-bent on destroying the ecosystem and we're too stupid to stop shitting where we eat. I don't think it's a matter of why or why not. We're now at a stage where it's only a matter of when. I just hope it's a few more years yet.

But I have a small island off the coast of Newfoundland in mind. It has an artesian well, plenty of fish and seabirds to harvest, and some run down buildings from an abandoned settlement that could be made habitable quickly. I'd have to dig up the small graveyard to make sure nothing's coming up out of the ground, but it's been disused for many years, so any revenants will be a bit brittle by now :-)

In the meantime, I've got more stories to write. I destroyed Southern England most recently in THE CREEPING KELP, Manhattan in CRUSTACEANS, and most of North America in THE INVASION so I think it must be Scotland's turn next.

THE CREEPING KELP - available now on order at Dark Regions Press here 
Follow William' blog here

Sunday, 29 May 2011

More to come?

Since announcing the schedule for June I've received messages from a few more people who wanted to take part so I may yet extend this into July as long as I can get some women to take part rather than see it being another month dominated by men. I'll think on it, but if anyone wants to be added to the list 'just in case', let me know

Before my blog is completely taken over though I just wanted to mention that the latest Steve Lockley and Paul Lewis novella The Bell is now available for the kindle on Amazon.co.uk and here from Amazon.com. It's been a while since we have had a new collaboration out so hope you like it.

Friday, 27 May 2011

June is Open House month

A few days ago I announced that I was going to make my blog available to 30 guest bloggers across the month of June, a chance for authors, artists, editors and publishers to come along and talk about their work, and it didn't take long to fill the 30 slots. The result is a wonderful mix of people I am proud to have on board. I hope that readers drop by regularly to see what the latest blogger has to say and maybe discover someone new.

The schedule looks like this:

1st William Meikle

2nd Peter Mark May

3rd Steven Savile

4th David Niall Wilson

5th Simon Morden

6th Mark West

7th Gary McMahon

8th Aaron Rosenburg

9th Cavan Scott

10th Spectral Press

11th Ian Hunter

12th Variance Publishing

13th Seven Archons Press

14th Rick Chesler

15th Steve Upham

16th Paul Lewis

17th Paul Finch

18th John Travis

19th Jay Eales

20th Dave Sakmyster

21st Tartarus Press

22nd Bob Lock

23rd Pendragon Press

24th Daniele Serra

25th Brian M Logan

26th Stuart Young

27th Stan Tremblay

28th Guy Adams

29th Ian Whates

30th Tim Lebbon

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Gingernuts of Horror

I've been interviewed... it doesn't happen very often!!!!