Well, the Goodreads giveaways that spanned most of January and February are over.
Following half a day of printing and signing letters, personalising title pages and stuffing envelopes, all the prizes are now in the post.
*pats self on back*
I gave away: Continue reading
I’m delighted to announce that all my proposed Goodreads give-aways have been approved.
This means that from the 11th to 24th of January I will be giving away six different titles, totalling 42 books! So entering means there’s a very good chance of winning something. Continue reading
It’s 2017. Extraordinary. Astounding.
Or perhaps nothing more significant than flipping a page on a calendar…
Whatever the case, I’m celebrating by giving away a load of books on Goodreads this month. These are some of the titles I’m hoping to share:
So, watch for updates and get ready to pounce – some of these will be signed, out-of-print copies. Meanwhile, wishing you every joy and fulfilment for what is bound to be a year to remember.
Today it’s nothing to do with me. Really.
Apart from the fact that I know some of these clowns personally…
And because of that, I hope you’ll enjoy this excellent one-minute film by Chris Brosnahan. Continue reading
I have two events coming up in November, both in honour of new books. Drop in and say hi if you’re free…
Clown Wars book launch
My friends Simon and Tim at the Big Green Bookshop have made the foolish schoolboy error of allowing Jeremy Drysdale and I to have a secret clown party on their premises. Except it’s not a secret and no clowns are allowed – see below.
Making of that what you will, do join us for tea, sandwiches and custard pies on the evening of 17th November from 7pm onwards. We will read a passage or two from the book, discuss your concerns about the current spate of clown profiling and mingle a bit too.
Signed copies, as you’d expect, but stocks of the physical books are limited.
The Veil book launch
A few days later, on 26th Nov, I’ll be at Sledgelit in Derby with the owner/editor of Horrific Tales Publishing, Graeme Reynolds. We’ll be launching the limited edition hardback of The Veil (ebook and audio versions also available).
There’ll be lots of other cool stuff going on at Sledgelit and many of your favourite genre authors will be there too. Come and see us!
Well, folks, it’s time for Jeremy and I to launch the print version of Clown Wars: Blood & Aspic!
We’re going to do that very thing on the evening of November 17th at the Big Green Bookshop – further event details will follow closer to the time.
Meanwhile, current events being what they are clownwise, we’ve had to adjust our plans for the evening somewhat and we’re asking for a little cooperation from those of you planning to attend.
- Please do not dress up as a clown – clowns will be refused entry to the event
- A bag search will be in operation on the door to prevent clown ‘paraphernalia’ being brought in
- Real clowns are welcome but must be dressed like humans
- Red noses – real or detachable – will not be permitted inside the building
- Any inappropriate remarks or jokes concerning clown security may result in your arrest
- Do show your support for recently unemployed clowns by leaving donations in the Hobo charity box
- Custard pies will be served throughout the evening, however the police have insisted we remove the custard for security reasons
- Spoken passages from Clown Wars: Blood & Aspic have been ‘modified’ to remove all reference to clowns, clown activities and anything that might be construed as silly, farcical or humorous
- Nevertheless, trigger warnings will be issued on the night to prevent audience discomfort during the author readings
- Whilst the organisers appreciate that book launches are intended to be fun, we ask that attendees stick to sensible topics when in conversation with each other, the shop owners or the authors
- For safety reasons, we ask that levity of any kind be avoided. Attendees ignoring this stipulation will be asked to leave
Most importantly, we hope you’ll have an entertaining, enriching and completely clown-free evening.
We look forward to seeing you there – it’s going to be a great night!
In the light of recent events concerning incidents of stalking, threats of assault, harassment, breach of the peace and other nuisance-making – all allegedly perpetrated by people dressed as clowns – the authors of Clown Wars: Blood & Aspic wish to make the following statement:
“We do not condone, nor have we ever, clown impersonators and/or clown-associated accoutrements, disguises or paraphernalia for the purpose of causing intimidation, harm or unrest. Nor do we find the global spate of such ‘attacks’ in any way amusing.
Clown Wars: Blood & Aspic is a work of pure fiction written, like any other novel, as entertainment. It was never intended to inspire idiots to dress up as clowns and run around terrifying innocent people.
We now feel it is time to distance ourselves from any and all such activities by saying loud and clear: this has nothing whatsoever to do with us.
This is our final comment on the matter and we do not wish to hear from reporters – or members of the public pretending to be ‘real’ clowns. Nor will we field any further complaints about the contents of the book. None of this is our responsibility. It’s just a story.”
Joseph D’Lacey and Jeremy Drysdale
Oct 10th, 2016
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