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Friday, October 6, 2017

Hell Hounds
Cover Reveal

Well, the day of the cover reveal has finally arrived and as you can see, it encompasses the action you will find between the covers, perfectly. Though Grim and his team of Hell Hounds pursue their quarry through many levels of the underworld, several epic scenes take place in hell’s dark version of Paris – or as the damned say – Perish.

Thus the epic panorama introducing you to the book itself.
I really love it!

All credit and respect to Roy Mauritsen
who once again worked his magic to produce a marvelous first impression.
(Much appreciated, Roy. A fantastic job!)

And of course, a special “thank you” goes to Janet & Chris Morris
and the team at Perseid Press who toiled so hard to ensure we have an amazing treat in store for you this coming Halloween.

Here’s the blurb:
Feared throughout the many circles of the underworld, Satan’s Reaper – and chief bounty hunter – Daemon Grim, is known as a true force to be reckoned with.
Having eliminated a major player in the uprising eating its way like a cancer through the underbelly of hell, Grim is stunned to discover he cannot afford to rest on his laurels, for the rebellion runs far deeper than was ever imagined. New players have emerged – denizens with uncanny abilities – who seem determined to support Chopin and Tesla’s revolutionary agenda.
Ever keen to test their mettle, the Sibitti – personified weapons of the ancient Babylonian plague god, Erra – also appear eager to capitalize on the growing unrest, and set about maneuvering events in order to place themselves in direct opposition to Grim’s investigation.
And if that was not cause for concern enough, there’s an insane angel on the loose, a creature as hell-bent on creating havoc as he is to return home.
How do Grim and his rabid pack of bounty hunters respond?
Baying for blood – doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Buy Link to follow soon
For those of you who want to find out more about the release itself, Daemon Grim, or Heroes in Hell, I’ve devised a little schedule up until Halloween that should fit the bill.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, A Reaper in Hell Blog will provide a brief rundown of Daemon Grim’s exploits so far:

Daemon Grim - A Reaper in Hell

Tuesday’s – The blurb for each adventure Grim has appeared in;
Thursday’s – An excerpt from the same featured story.
Through these tasters, you’ll be reminded how the Reaper’s story has evolved toward what you get to read in Hell Hounds.
Daemon Grim’s Facebook Page will do something slightly different:

Daemon Grim - Facebook Page

Wednesday’s – a brief clip from that week’s highlighted story;
Friday’s – A promoted post featuring a themed article about Hell Hounds itself

By following along, you’ll get an accurate idea of the mood and flavor you will experience on the spookiest night of the year when the Hell Hounds are unleashed upon the public.


Friday, September 8, 2017

In Memoriam: 

Jerry Pournelle
(b.1933) died on September 8.

I only ever communicated briefly with Jerry prior to his death after the guys over at Black Gate Fantasy compared The IX – to “King David’s Spaceship” – an honor I’ll never forget, as I’d read some of Jerry’s work growing up and knew him to be something of a legend in sci-fi circles.
Think of some of his achievements for a moment: the long running A Spaceship for the King series; The Mote in God’s Eye; Inferno; Lucifer’s Hammer, to name a few.
He was a John W. Campbell Award – Prometheus Award – Seiun Award and Heinlein Society Award winner for all sorts of contributions during his lifetime.
Although by the time we spoke Jerry was in poor health, I found him a charming and witty man who was only too ready to offer an aspiring author the benefits of his wisdom, (One of only several legends who have freely done so).
Though he’s no longer with us, his legacy lives on.

If you’re in mind to treat yourself, try and get your handsome of his work. You won’t regret it.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Are YOU Looking Forward To October?

Ask any fan of quality science fiction what the best month of 2017 will be, and there’s a good chance they’ll tell you – October!
Why? Because that’s when Blade Runner 2049 comes out.
Do you remember Blade Runner? It’s hard to believe it first came out in 1982 isn’t it. I’ve never forgotten how much I was enthralled by the story of near-future ex cop, Rick Deckard  – a blade runner – whose job was to track down bioengineered superbeings known as replicants and "retire" (a euphemism for killing) them.

Unmatched in skill, Deckard is called on by his ex boss, Bryant, and told that four dangerous replicants have managed to reach Earth, illegally. As Tyrell Corporation Nexus-6 models, they have only a four-year lifespan and it is suspected they have returned to try and extend their lives.
Deckard watches a video of a blade runner named Holden administering the "Voight-Kampff" test designed to distinguish replicants from humans based on their emotional response to questions. The test subject, Leon, shoots the investigating officer and makes off. Bryant wants Deckard to retire Leon and the other three replicants: Roy Batty, Zhora, and Pris. Deckard initially refuses, but after Bryant ambiguously threatens him, he reluctantly agrees.
What follows is a dark and haunting story of Deckard’s investigation, during which he is followed by another officer – Gaff – and discovers the creator of the replicants - Eldon Tyrell – has advanced the production of his artificial humans to such an extent that they don’t realize they aren’t human. Enter Tyrell’s assistant, Rachael, an experimental replicant who believes herself to be a real woman. Rachael has been given false memories to provide an "emotional cushion". As a result, a more extensive test is required to determine whether she is a replicant.

Events are then set into motion that pit Deckard's search for the replicants against their search for Tyrell to force him to extend their lives. Excellent stuff. It’s earthy, gritty, and you can almost taste how downright depressing it would be to live in a world like that.
The film culminates in a high-rise apartment where Deckard is ambushed by Pris. After a fierce struggle, he manages to kill her just as Roy – a combat expert – returns. As Roy starts to die, he chases Deckard through the building, and they end up on the roof. Deckard tries to escape by jumping to an adjacent rooftop. Misjudging the distance, he misses and is left hanging precariously between buildings. Roy makes the same jump with ease, and as Deckard's grip loosens, Roy surprises him by catching his arm and hoisting him to safety.

As Roy's life at last runs out, he delivers a now famous monologue about how his memories "will be lost in time, like tears in rain." Roy dies in front of Deckard, who, exhausted, looks on silently. Gaff arrives and shouts across to Deckard, "It's too bad she won't live, but then again, who does?" When Deckard returns to his apartment, he finds the door ajar, but Rachael is safe, asleep in his bed. As they leave together, Deckard notices a small tin-foil origami unicorn on the floor, a familiar calling card that brings back to him Gaff's final words. Deckard and Rachael quickly leave the apartment block.
Macabre; disturbing; provocative. Solid; thoughtful; insightful of human nature. Blade Runner was all of these things and I loved it.
But that was thirty-five years ago.
And Now?

Blade Runner 2049 is set thirty years after the events of the first film. A new blade runner, LAPD officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who has been missing all this time.

We can only guess what’s coming. But if this new rendering possesses only half the atmosphere of the original, it’ll be an outstanding film.

Roll on October...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The IX Series

Prelude to Sorrow

Fight or Die

The task force dispatched to eradicate the Horde menace on far Exordium has failed, and for those left alive, that axiom resounds as never before.

Now marooned – out of time and out of place – the survivors lick their wounds and struggle to recover while the fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance. But fate, it seems, isn’t done with the Ninth, and our heroes find themselves forced to mount a last-ditch attempt to end the threat once and for all.

But just how much will they have to sacrifice and what implications might this entail? Will the darkness be vanquished, or will our heroes’ efforts finally signal the beginning of the end of their adventure?

Find out soon in – Prelude to Sorrow – the stunning conclusion to the IX saga.

Watch this space for the forthcoming cover reveal

Sunday, July 2, 2017


Last week I had the rather delightful experience of delving into a dark and macabre BBC drama entitled, Taboo.
I knew I’d be onto a winner as it involved collaboration between “Peaky Blinders” creator Steven Knight, Ridley Scott of “Alien – Blade Runner – Gladiator – and a shedload of other hits” fame, and Tom Hardy (in the title role), to name a few.

Here’s the scenario:

It’s 1814. James Keziah Delaney is a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa to inherit what’s left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. But his father’s legacy is a poisoned chalice. Enemies – especially among the “all-knowing & all-powerful” East India Company – lurk in every shadow and under every rock.

A man with ungodly, terrible secrets, Delaney is forced to navigate increasingly complex waters to avoid a death that just about everyone seems to lust after. Why?

Ah, that begins to emerge in this sinister, brooding, slow burning and gritty drama that shows you the depths some will plunge to in order to protect their interests.


Often brutal, sometimes poignant and always gritty, Taboo is utterly original, packed with a stellar cast who blend together perfectly, and the perfect murder mystery to long as you’re not easily shocked.

As Oliver Twist might say: “Please sir, can I have some more?”

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Clue Is In The Title

I’ve spent rather an entertaining week – courtesy of Netflix – watching one of the most enjoyable series I’ve seen in a long time.

The show? The Santa Clarita Diet.

Now, I’m never one to give the plot of a film or series away, so I’ll promise not to do that, but you know you’re onto a winner with this little gem from the start.

Imagine the scenario:  Husband and wife realtors Joel and Sheila (Timothy Olyphant & Drew Barrymore) are stuck in a humdrum middle of the road existence. Living in a suburban street sandwiched between a sheriff on one side and a cop on the other, they’re nothing out of the ordinary and something of a boring couple.
The first sign that something’s amiss is when Sheila complains she’s not feeling too good. Later that day, they’re showing a couple around a house, and, when they get to the plushy carpeted bedroom and bathroom area, Sheila commences to add a wall to wall veneer to the thoughtfully laid out d├ęcor by projectile vomiting.
Professional to a tee, Joel ushers the shocked prospective customers downstairs where he tries vainly to portray the benefits of the kitchen to the background and somewhat echoing accompaniment of his wife’s gastric misadventure upstairs. (She literally brings up the contents of her stomach...internal organs an all).

Thus begins a gory, nose turning, dry humored adventure where Joel and Sheila have to come to terms with a drastic change, and what that entails.
Though we’re not told directly what that change is, the clue is in the title:

The Santa Clarita Diet.

Clue - Sheila need 100% fresh meat off the bone. Preferably while it’s still alive.

Awesome fun. Don’t forget the cop and sheriff neighbors. Adding to the mix is Liv, their dry teenage daughter and Eric, her next-door shadow who worships the ground she walks on and who just so happens to be geeky enough to help out.

I’ve got to say, I absolutely loved it. Lots of twists and turns, close to the knuckle laughs, last second surprises and most of all...unashamedly gory.
The interaction between the main characters is top notch and I wished this was one of those 20 episode series you get from time to time.

An 5 star comedy gore-fest....and roll on series 2.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Terminate All Piracy

But not until you've run a shot across the bow of the very latest offering from Janet Morris' Heroes in Hell Universe - Pirates in Hell

That's right! You'll find no fool's gold or bootlegged booty inside this little treasure chest of 12 authentic adventures that'll light a fire in your hold and make you feel inclined to splice the mainbrace on a bottle of Captain Gorgons finest!

Just look at the list of scurvy sea dogs waiting to pressgang you into perdition:

If you like what you see then rest assured, there's no need to scour the seven seas to get your grimy hands on one.

No, YOU can get your very own genuine pirate copy right here:

Press the link to avoid the worse case of black spot you'll ever suffer this side of 
Davey Jones' Locker.