Debut Short Story Collection STRANGE MATTERS by Bret Allen is Releasedby BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2015
With a print edition just being released, fantasy fans can get their hands on both printed and ebook versions of this fresh short story collection.
The debut ebook Strange Matters by Bret Allen is the perfect way to jump into new fantastic worlds and stories. Ranging from urban tales of Ethiopian hyenas in London to classic sword-and-magic wielding warriors, this 20-strong collection of tales and poems explores the uniting factor between all sub-genres of fantasy: the strange.
From ancient British gods in the style of Neil Gaiman to a dream diary that becomes far too real, 'Strange Matters' looks for new angles and twists for fantasy while retaining a sense of wonder and deep-seated truth. With stories ranging from two pages to two hundred, readers can dip in for a quick read on the Tube (try 'They Found Him Weeping' set on the London Underground), or get their teeth into a novella-length adventure (such as 'The Firebird,' a Slavic fairy tale for a new generation).
This book includes twenty pieces of poetry and fiction (some with mature themes), including among others:
Kate's night is interrupted by meeting a mute, half-naked Ethiopian boy, which would be fine if he wasn't being hunted through the streets of London by hyenas.
When a group of bikers get lost in a forest, they find that they are not alone.
Ekaterina wants to be taken seriously by the men of her village, so she sets out to hunt the greatest prey of all... the legendary Firebird.
A nameless criminal explores his capacity for magic- and empathy- when he's forced to make unusual acquaintances to escape justice.
It Wants To Eat Me
The diary entries of a teenage girl who finds an unusual and unwelcome intruder in her dreams.
Two strange figures watch the violence of the London riots unfold and do what they can to help, as only forgotten gods can.
Having just died, Andy's not pleased to find himself in the ancient Egyptian afterlife, where the goddess Bastet wants a word with him.
'Strange Matters' is a journey through many facets of fantasy, all united by a fresh, modern eye for incisive storytelling and magical realism.
Bret Allen is a writer from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. He has written for video games and his blog. Strange Matters represents a first huge milestone in his fiction writing career. The story 'It Wants To Eat Me' is featured in the Smashwords Writer's Forum Anthology 2015. Bret has won a txtlit competition for extremely short fiction in the space of one SMS, plus has written for computer games. He also features on the Don't Lose Your Headline comedy podcast.
Reviews of 'The Firebird':
- A classic tale of folklore and fable rolled into one, easily devoured in a single sitting!
- After the first few paragraphs you'll be truly hooked! A welcome change from the humdrum vampire and '50 shades' knock offs - a very refreshing change!
Reviews of 'Strange Matters':
- These are fantastic, well crafted stories, and they will stay with you a long time after you've finished.
- This is a fantastic collection of short stories and poetry, a must read for fantasy fans.
Neil Gaiman's tweet on 'British Gods':
'I think it's great! Makes me homesick for the UK, in odd ways.'
'Strange Matters' is available as an ebook on Amazon, Smashwords, Google Play, iTunes, Barnes and Noble and Kobo for £1.99. The print edition costs £8.99 on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and more.
A free sample- 'The Firebird and Other Extracts from Strange Matters' is available in all formats except Amazon (coming soon).
Find links to all the major ebook retailers at http://bit.ly/1HWsgsD and www.bretallen.info.
A quote from Bret Allen:
'What is there to say? I'm Bret Allen and I'm a writer!
'In fiction, my favourite genres are fantasy, scifi and supernatural. There's something fascinating about the comparisons drawn between real life and the fantastic; in a contrary fashion, they can be more profound than those drawn by real-life stories.
'Most of all, I try to put a new spin on those genres, which in many cases have become stiff, old shambling corpses. Stitch on a smart new head, put a little truth in the heart, run a 500 megawatt current of strangeness through them and suddenly... they live again!'
Email: bret at bretallen dot info
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B00FAV5XOC
Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/bretallendoingwords
Strange Matters home page http://bit.ly/1HWsgsD
Strange Matters on Smashwords - http://bit.ly/1Fkfwsw
Strange Matters on Amazon - http://amzn.to/1JbB932
Don't Lose Your Headline - https://soundcloud.com/dlyhl/
The Firebird free sample on Smashwords - http://bit.ly/1QfUKEU (more...)
Photo Flash: WOOD BOY DOG FISH at the Bootlegby BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2015
Award-winning artists' collective Rogue Artists Ensemblepresents its most ambitious project to date in association with Bootleg Theater: a modern, mature and delightfully macabre adaptation of Carlo Collodi's 'The Adventures of Pinocchio.' Theworld premiere of Wood Boy Dog Fish opens at the Bootleg on November 13, with performances continuing through December 12. Low-priced previews begin November 6. Check out photos from the show below! (more...)
Rogue Artists Ensemble Presents WOOD BOY DOG FISH, Now thru 12/12by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2015
Award-winning artists' collective Rogue Artists Ensemble presents its most ambitious project to date in association with Bootleg Theater: a modern, mature and delightfully macabre adaptation of Carlo Collodi's 'The Adventures of Pinocchio.' The world premiere of Wood Boy Dog Fish opens at the Bootleg tonight, November 13, with performances continuing through December 12. (more...)
13th Floor Premieres THE BROKEN KNIFE Tonightby BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2015
13th Floor is proud to announce the world premiere of THE BROKEN KNIFE, an original play conceived by Artistic Director Jenny McAllister. (more...)
Award-Winning Author Geoff Notkin Releases Third Bookby BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2015
Before he was known to millions of viewers worldwide as an Emmy Award-winning television personality and half of the globe-trotting, space rock-hunting duo 'Meteorite Men,' Geoffrey Notkin was a cartoonist.
A comic book fan from childhood, Notkin pursued his passion professionally as a young adult in New York in the 1980s. After graduating from the acclaimed School of Visual Arts, he remained in Manhattan and found employment in the global epicenter of the comics and publishing industries.
'My Incredibly Strange and Amazing Real-Life Adventures in the World of Comic Books' is a sometimes hilarious, sometimes profound memoir of Notkin's life and times during the Bronze Age of Comics.
Through an astonishing and almost unbelievable series of coincidences, he befriended and worked with some of the greatest comic book creators of the last hundred years, including Neil Gaiman, Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, Art Spiegelman, and many others.
Notkin's first job after college was at RAW Books and Graphics, where he worked for owners Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly. He was a production assistant on the graphic novel 'Maus,' for which Spiegelman won the Pulitzer Prize.
Spiegelman was also the co-creator of the Garbage Pail Kids trading cards, and based the now iconic 'Deaf Geoff' card on Geoff Notkin himself.
'From childhood, during my New York City publishing career, and all the way through 'Meteorite Men,' comics have been a driving force in my life,' said Notkin. 'The friendships I formed with these Titans of the comic book world had a profound effect on my professional life, and the episodes recounted in this new book number among my strangest and most amusing adventures.'
An initial print run of 'My Incredibly Strange and Amazing Real-Life Adventures in the World of Comic Books' will consist of just 250 personally signed and numbered copies, with an exclusive tipped-in color panel.
This special limited handcrafted edition will be published on October 31, 2015. Orders are now being accepted at http://www.geoffnotkin.com/books or by calling 888 SKY ROXX.
The #1/250 signed copy of the book will be up for auction on eBay. Visit http://stores.ebay.com/Aerolite-Meteorites on October 31, when the auction will begin.
In addition, a launch party for the book will be held at TusCon 42, Tucson's annual sci-fi, fantasy and horror convention, where Notkin is appearing as a Special Guest. The book launch will be held during an autograph session on Saturday, October 31, at 4 pm local time, at Hotel Tucson City Center, 475 N Granada Avenue, Tucson, Arizona.
Just released on YouTube is a short video featuring Geoff Notkin entitled, 'The Making of My Incredibly Strange Life.' See the video now at: https://youtu.be/O_qifuZ0LaQ
Advance copies of the book are available for reviewers and media outlets. Media wishing to request a review copy, schedule an interview with Geoff Notkin, or book him as a speaker, are asked to contact Becca Gladden, Director of Public Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (623) 210-6554.
Source: Aerolite Meteorite Public Relations
About Geoffrey Notkin: A television host, professional meteorite hunter, science writer, and photographer, Notkin is President of Aerolite Meteorites, Inc., the world's largest commercial meteorite company. He starred for three seasons on Science Channel's award-winning TV show 'Meteorite Men' and hosted the Emmy-winning educational TV series 'STEM Journals' for Cox Media.
He has also made documentaries for National Geographic, Discovery, PBS, BBC, History Channel, A&E, and Travel Channel. Notkin has written more than 150 published articles on meteoritics, paleontology, adventure travel, history, and the arts, and is the author of three books.
The minor planet 132904, discovered at Mount Palomar, was named 'Notkin' and approved by the Minor Planet Center in recognition of Geoff's contributions to science and education. (more...)
New Comic Books Based On James Cameron's AVATAR is Announcedby BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2015
MILWAUKIE,Ore., Oct. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ During a special panel at New York Comic Con 2015, Dark Horse Comics in conjunction with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment announced thatAVATAR, the highest-grossing film in history, will expand into the world of comic books in anticipation of the three upcoming film sequels. (more...)
Rogue Artists Ensemble to Present WOOD BOY DOG FISH, 11/13-12/12by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2015
Award-winning artists' collective Rogue Artists Ensemble presents its most ambitious project to date in association with Bootleg Theater: a modern, mature and delightfully macabre adaptation of Carlo Collodi's "The Adventures of Pinocchio." The world premiere of Wood Boy Dog Fish opens at the Bootleg on November 13, with performances continuing through December 12. Low-priced previews begin November 6. (more...)
SPARKLE & CIRCULATE Podcast to Feature Brendan Macleanby BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2015
SPARKLE & CIRCULATE with JUSTIN SAYRE - the official monthly podcast of the International Order of Sodomites - has posted its eleventh episode, which features an interview with Brendan Maclean, the acclaimed Australian singer and songwriter. Maclean - hailed as "infectious and hypnotic" by BuzzFeed - discusses his new EP Thought I'd Cry For You Forever, his role in Baz Luhrmann's film The Great Gatsby, his upcoming album with RuPaul's producer Lucian Piane and collaborating with Neil Gaiman on a new song. Also, Justin gives the back story behind his debut novel Husky, released this month from Penguin Books. The show is available on iTunes here. (more...)
John Cameron Mitchell's HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES Picked Up by A24; CURIOUS INCIDENT's Alex Sharp Joins Castby TV News Desk - Sep 15, 2015
A24 has acquired U.S. rights to John Cameron Mitchell's HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES. (more...)
Chipotle Launches Super Short Book Report Sweepstakesby BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2015
Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today announced the latest installment of its popular 'Cultivating Thought' author series, and with it a new online sweepstakes called the Super Short Book Report. The sweepstakes, presented with Amazon Kindle, invites participants to submit a 103-character book report, based on one of the new 'Cultivating Thought' stories, for the chance to win prizes including one of 500 Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-readers. (more...)
13th Floor to Premiere THE BROKEN KNIFE This Novemberby BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2015
13th Floor is proud to announce the world premiere of THE BROKEN KNIFE, an original play conceived by Artistic Director Jenny McAllister. (more...)
Author, Blogger, and Screenwriter Neil Gaiman Comes to The Long Centerby BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2015
Nine days ahead of his new release 'The Sleeper and The Spindle', the Long Center is proud to present award-winning author Neil Gaiman to the Meredith Family Stage in Dell Hall. More than just an author, Neil Gaiman has written everything from short stories, novels, comic books, and graphic novels- in addition to audio theatre and films. (more...)
Space 55 Sets 2015-Seasonby BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2015
Space 55, the cutting edge theater in downtown Phoenix announces its 2015-16 Season. The year includes MainStage performances as well as single weekend shows and the popular Late Nite Series. Space 55 is located at 636 E. Pierce Street, Phoenix AZ 85004. (more...)
Extempore Theatre Presents THE SOCIETY OF STRANGE at Edinburgh Festival Fringeby BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2015
From the pioneers of British improvised theatre and creators of the award-winning international smash hit Showstopper! The Improvised Musical and Ken Campbell's School Of Night, Extempore Theatre brings the spooky The Society of Strange to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from the 18th - 30th August. (more...)
Vintage & Anchor Books Announce New August Publicationsby BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2015
AUGUST PAPERBACK ORIGINALS. . .
THUG NOTES: A Street-Smart Guide to Classic Literature by Sparky Sweets, PhD (Vintage • 304 pages • On Sale: 8/18/15 • Price: $14.95 • ISBN: 9781101873045).Sparky Sweets, PhD. and Wisecrack proudly present this outrageously funny, ultra-sharp guide to literature based on the hit online series, Thug Notes. Inside, you'll find hilarious plot breakdowns and masterful analyses of sixteen of literature's most beloved classics, including: The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill A Mockingbird, Pride & Prejudice, The Color Purple, Hamlet, Things Fall Apart, and more! Thug Notes has been featured on BET, PBS, and NPR and has been used in hundreds of classrooms around the world. Whether you're a student, teacher, or straight-up literary gangster like Dr. Sweets, THUG NOTES has got you covered. You'll certainly never look at literature the same way again.
PUBLICIST: David Archer • 212-572-2331 • email@example.com (more...)
Cohesion Theatre Company Sets Second Seasonby BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015
Fresh off the successes of their Inaugural Season, including ParityFest, a city-wide festival of new play readings by female playwrights running through August 9, Cohesion Theatre Company announces Season Two, which will include four main stage productions, and a season-long workshop series. Cohesion will be working closely with new and emerging playwrights on world premiere works, and expanding its collaborative mission by working in partnership with local companies like Iron Crow Theatre and Baltimore Shakespeare Factory. (more...)
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