Random waffle.

I’ve been writing for hours now and my brain has turned to mush, but I’ve still got an hour to go before I’m officially allowed to call it quits so I wandered through my old notes to see if anything sparked.

I came across this:

Every YA fiction is about some Chosen One. How about a satire of someone convinced they’re the chosen one, and everyone else shouting: ‘No, you’re not, you delusional dudmonkey! Everything’s fine.’

I’m not going to write this because I’m not convinced it would actually work as a novel, (or not for me, anyway) but I’m still tickled by the idea.

And so because I’m procrastinating. I am sharing it with you. Be glad it’s not a picture of a cat doing something cute.


The promotion is doing really well so far.  In the free lists, I’m currently sitting at #70 of the Top 100  and #1 in Horror.

The Secret Dead is still free today and tomorrow, and then I’m out of free days so get in quick if you still want a freebie!

Goodreads Giveaway!

Woohoo! Physical copies of A Murder of Crones are now available on Amazon.  (UK link, US link)

To celebrate, I’m giving away signed copies of both A Murder of Crones and The Secret Dead on Goodreads.

The Giveaway will open on 29 January and close on 5 February. You can enter via the link below.


Goodreads Book Giveaway

A Murder of Crones by S.W. Fairbrother

A Murder of Crones

by S.W. Fairbrother

Giveaway ends February 05, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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An exciting announcement…

I’m excited to announce I have a story coming out in a new Science Fiction anthology titled No Way Home.

Sci-fi is a bit of a departure from my usual genre, although I read plenty of it. I loved the challenge, and I’m really happy with how my story has turned out.  I hope you’ll like it too.

The anthology features some of the greatest up-and-coming speculative fiction authors on the indie scene. You’ll find stories from Lucas Bale, Harry Manners, Alex Roddie (writing as A.S. Sinclair), S.Elliot Brandis, Michael Patrick Hicks, J.S. Collyer, Nadine Matheson, and me, of course. I’ve had a sneak peek at some of the other stories in the collection, and trust me when I say you don’t want to miss them.

Expected Release date: 2 March 2015.

No Way Home Kindle

Stories From Which There is No Escape.

Nothing terrifies us more than being stranded. Helpless, forsaken, cut-off. Locked in a place from which there is no escape, no way to get home.

A soldier trapped in an endless war dies over and over, only to be awakened each time to fight again – one of the last remaining few seeking to save mankind from extinction.

In rural 70s England, an RAF radio engineer returns to an abandoned military installation, but begins to suffer hallucinations, shifts in time and memories that are not his own.

A widower, one of ten thousand civilian space explorers, is sent alone to determine his assigned planet’s suitability for human colonisation, but stumbles across a woman who is part of the same programme and shouldn’t be there at all.

A depressed woman in a poverty-stricken near-future America, where political apathy has allowed special interests to gain control of the country, takes part in a particularly unpleasant crowd-funding platform, established by the nation’s moneyed elite to engage the masses.

An assassin from the future, sent back in time to murder a woman, is left stranded when he fails in his mission and knows he will soon cease to exist.

These sometimes dark, sometimes heart-warming, but always insightful stories and more are to be found in No Way Home, where eight of the most exciting new voices in speculative fiction explore the mental, physical and even meta-physical boundaries that imprison us when we are lost.

And now…taking fan requests

I’ve had a few people tell me that while they enjoyed A Murder of Crones, it did take quite a different tack to what they were expecting: no zombies, not much of the police procedural etc.

This was done on purpose. I wanted to get Vivia’s backstory out of the way so I could get on with exploring the London Bones universe.

The next book is going to focus on a problem within Zee’s hive and I’m very excited about it.

That said, other than Zee (she seems to be a fan favourite), things  readers have said they’d like to see more of are: the history of zombie London, Vivia’s relationship with Charon the Boatman,  Shaun Little and his relationship with his neighbours …

I’ve been invited to contribute a longish (10,000 words) short story for an anthology that will be published in October. I’ve got some great ideas for it, but one of the wonderful things about publishing independently is that I can be really flexible about what I put out there. I thought I might take requests and give you what you want to read.  So tell me, what do you want to know? Any particular character you’d like to see shoved into the spotlight?

The mystery of Dr X

So, I have a character in the new book who is a doctor and I haven’t figured out his name yet,  so for now he’s just Dr X in my notes and the first draft.

And of course, that means I’ve had the line ‘Dr X will build a creature‘ from Rocky Horror stuck in my head for days. [insert earworm and manical laughter here. Mwah ha ha]

And then, because I was procrastinating (as you do), I googled Dr X and by god, there are a lot of them in fantasy/sci fi.


The first one gets away with it, but after that? I can’t help wondering how many writers did what I’ve done because they haven’t decided on a name, and then just think:  ‘Actually, just Dr X sounds pretty cool,’ and leave it at that.

I’m so tempted to give him a name starting with an X just because, but I can only think of Xavier.  And we all know there aren’t any  fantasy/scifi doctory types out there with that name…

Or maybe it counts as homage. Who knows? Decisions. Decisions. Watch this space.





Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination – Review

The always fascinating British Library has an exhibition on at the moment titled Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination.


As with every other exhibition I’ve been to at the British Library, it was well worth a visit. The exhibition begins with Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto, considered to be the first gothic novel, and continues all the way to the present day, discussing gothic influences on everything from Hellraiser to Twilight.

A highlight for me was the handwritten manuscript of Jane Eyre, a particular favourite of mine. I’d never thought of Jane Eyre as particularly gothic (if asked I’d more likely have come up with Dracula or Frankenstein), but, of course, it does have mystery, an isolated gothic mansion, the stern Mr Rochester, and a madwoman in the attic.



Plenty of original manuscripts and first editions are on display (of course, it is the BL) as well as a nineteenth century vampire staking kit


Fans of supernatural literature and classic horror will love it.

The exhibition closes on 20 January so if you’re a Londoner, or are going to be in London, get your tickets quick. It was also, unfortunately, fairly crowded. I went in the afternoon though, and usually find the early morning tickets are usually quieter.

Highly recommended!


Goodreads Giveaway!

To celebrate physical copies finally being available, I’m doing a giveaway of a signed copy. Enter via Goodreads!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Secret Dead by S.W. Fairbrother

The Secret Dead

by S.W. Fairbrother

Giveaway ends December 17, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win