Monday, 21 August 2017

Cold Fusion 2000 - Updated Edition


It's here! Cold Fusion 2000 has a new edition. New publisher, new ISBNs, new blurb, new interior formatting, new distributors, and a new cover. There have also been small tweaks to the story itself: occasional strengthening of themes or recurring images, and another buff of polish to the language.

The biggest change is that I made Alex a year younger, and Natalie a year older, since a few readers thought the age gap was too much - yes, I do pay attention to what my readers say! Also, if you have read 2000 Tunes and wondered what happened to Mark’s Kangol hat after Denny threw it in the river – the new version of Cold Fusion 2000 answers that.

I love this new edition, and hopefully 2000 Tunes will be updated to match in early 2018, at which point there will also be a collected e-book edition of both books (as happened with my bestselling horror anthology). If you've already got Cold Fusion 2000 then there's no need to buy the new edition, since 99% of the content is the same. Save your pennies for something else. :-)

Oh, the e-book is also on special at the moment - $1.99 instead of $3.99.

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Two New Audiobooks: They Move Below, And Turner


They Move Below and Turner are now available as audiobooks, joining Harvest Festival. Both have great narrator/producers: Rosie Alldred for They Move Below (Rosie also narrated Harvest Festival), and Tom Freeman for Turner (Tom seemed to really relish playing Lord John!)

You can buy all my books here, but these are quick links for the audiobook versions:
Some comments on the stories:

THEY MOVE BELOW

"Like all of Karl’s other work I’ve read, the writing is excellent. [...] each tale is unique, some horrific, and all leave the reader’s imagination run wild."
-- Banshee Irish Horror Blog

"They Move Below is a collection of 16 short stories and contains some of the creepiest tales I've read in a long time. [...] an absolutely excellent collection and one I would definitely recommend. [...] I gave this book 5 stars."
-- Life of a Nerdish Mum

"creepy short stories that will have the hair on the back of your neck standing, holding your breath and listening out for things that go bump in the night. [...] the majority of them left me creeped out and back to how I felt back in the days when I first read horror."
-- So Many Books, So Little Time

"Karl Drinkwater has expertly ended several of the stories with great handfuls of doubt, leaving you guessing and drawing your own conclusions. I thoroughly enjoyed this approach, especially as it makes you think and consider what you have just read before moving onto the next story."
-- damppebbles

"They Move Below is a magnificent collection of stories. [...] What impressed me so much about They Move Below, however, is the quality of Karl Drinkwater’s prose. He writes with considerable sophistication and an almost urbane style that is so pleasurable to read. I also enjoyed the variety of the stories, with the different voices and perspectives. There’s such a range of presentational devices that They Move Below has something for every reader."
-- Linda's Book Bag

"Mr Drinkwater has a delightfully warped imagination."
-- Grab This Book

TURNER

"I loved the isolated Welsh setting and the overall atmosphere of the village. The village reminded me of Summer Isle in the classic horror  film, The Wicker Man. [...] Turner would make an excellent horror film, with its twists and turns and constant action. [...] Like Harvest Festival, tension builds steadily throughout the book to a horrific and shocking ending."
-- Banshee Irish Horror Blog

"Turner is one fast paced, horror slasher of a read, that had me turning the pages at breakneck speed. To be honest I was thoroughly creeped out while reading this book. [...] This novel worked so well for me because of these characters. They were hugely believable and fully drawn."
-- Brew and Books Review

"I was really surprised and delighted by this wee book [...] I read it in one night. [...] The book reminded me of many, many horror movies that I have loved growing up."
-- So Many Books, So Little Time

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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Karl Drinkwater’s Horror Collection - The Promo Was A Success

I was #1 in a UK horror chart

This week I ran a special offer on my horror collection (which contains three terrifying books), reducing the price from $5.99 to $0.99 and promoting the deal in lots of places. Well, it was successful. :-)

I sold over 1,204 copies of Karl Drinkwater’s Horror Collection in the week. Wow.

Amazon UK

I also saw some big moves in Amazon rankings.

Amazon US horror charts

Amazon US

Just seeing my book get to #1 in one of the Amazon charts (this was occult horror, UK) was a proud moment; also it got to 13 in the Amazon US all-horror chart, putting it above some of my horror heroes.

One of the places I promoted the deal - I was listed first in this email

I want to thank those of you who have been supporting my writing, especially my horror stuff (which I write when I've had enough of writing books about super-geek man-babies). It's your support that keeps me going.

[Update, 12th August 2017: In the end, I sold over 1500 copies in one week.]

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