Wow, the first entry after the Covid lockdowns and I'm doing my own entries now, so it'll be in the first person singular. I've been kinda busy, here and there, with travelling to distant rainforests with my camera and with writing. My Anglo-Saxon novel 'The Wild Hunt' has been published by NewCon Press, who made a magnificent job of it. I had thought of making a trilogy out of it, but no, the thought is too daunting. Novels are hard work and year long. I've decided to stick with novellas, short stories and poems.
There is a collection of stories about giants out there, entitled 'The Gogamagog Circus'. So if you like tales of big people and big animals, get stuck into this one. Then finally, there's 'A Rural 1950s Boyhood', which are verses about a rural 1950s boyhood, the time when I were a lad. They are not deep, significant poems, but small stories about growing up in a different world to that of today, when we had no television, Xboxes or mobile phones. Poems about scrumping and making ice slides in the playgrounds and picking potatoes for pocket money. If you're over 60 years of age, you'll recognise yourself. If you're under 60 you'll wonder how us oldies survived without modern technology to entertain and guide us through life.
What better way to get your Halloween chills than to immerse yourself in a new horror anthology? Garry has a new story out in The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 3: A Miscellany of Monsters.
Monsters are many things. They come in all forms, shapes and sizes: from to the tiny to the titanic; from amorphous blobs to many limbed (or tentacled) monstrosities; from supernatural demons to man-made terrors. They come from any place and time: from under the bed to the woodshed; from the icy wastes to the darkest jungles; from the depths of the ocean to outer space; from the past, the future, the now! Many things. Any things. In this anthology we present a range of creatures, from the oceans, from the ground, from the air. With stories by Sarah Ash, Adrian Cole, Marion Pitman, Garry Kilworth, Steve Rasnic Tem, Ralph Robert Moore, John Llewellyn Probert . . . and many others.
Garry's contribution is entitled 'The Head' and is set in Polynesia, where the mythological head of a giant, severed in a battle with a god, is carried by currents and swells to Pacific islands looking for marooned and shipwrecked sailors. The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 3 is available in ebook and paperback.
Audiobooks! Thanks to publisher Encyclopocalypse they keep on coming . . . Since our last update there's been a brace of additions to the Audible catalogue. You can now wrap your lugs around no less than five Weasel books. Let's see, that's 'Thunder Oak', 'Castle Storm', 'Windjammer Run', 'Gaslight Geezers' and 'Vampire Voles'. Don't worry, at the time of writing the narrator Matthew Leiper is locked in a soundproof booth reading 'Heastward Ho!' so you'll be able to round out your set soon. Also worth checking out is the horror duology 'Angel' and 'Archangel' read by Christian Francis. Christian also lends his vocal talents to Garry's 2019 collection, 'Elemetal Tales'. Go check them out at Audible.
There's really no time like the present to check out Audible. If you are already a member you'll know the perks. If you have yet to sample the delights of audiobooks there's a free 30-day trial. Either way, fans of Garry's sf, fantasy and horror will be chuffed to know there have been several new additions to the Audible store, including the first Welkin Weasel trilogy, read by Matthew Leiper, Angel and Archangel, read by Christian Francis, and Elemetal Tales, also read by Christian Francis. The publisher responsible for this aural bonanza, Encyclopocalypse Publications, is committed to bringing more of Garry's back catalogue to the Audible store, including the second Weasel trilogy, so be sure to keep checking back.
Lockdown, social distancing, social bubbles, furlough . . . all phrases we didn’t fully appreciate a little over a year ago but are now part of our everyday lexicon. Strange days indeed. During lockdown Garry wrote a brace of strange, genre-straddling tales and now, care of Infinity Plus, we can boot up our ereaders or crack open a hardcopy if that’s your thing and enjoy some much needed escapism.
The lead story in ‘Blood Moon’ is a novella:
Scar, a lone grey wolf wandering the North Canadian plains, harbours a strange and burdensome secret which caused him to be banished from his pack. Now he must hide his grotesque affliction for as long as possible in the hope that he will find a new pack. He knows that as soon as it’s discovered he will either be torn to pieces or ostracised again, yet his one hope of redemption is that this life-long burden might actually become a weapon to use against the ultimate enemy of all wolves.
Also included in the book are eight short stories of science fiction, fantasy and horror, seven of which have never before been published. Click here for all the details regarding formats and retailers.
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Do you like audiobooks? But of course you do, who doesn’t! So you’ll be chuffed, delighted and pleased as punch to know that some of Garry’s back catalogue will soon be entering your lugs care of a company called Encyclopocalpse. First up are ‘Thunder Oak’ and ‘Castle Storm’, beautifully read by Matthew Leiper. Full details nearer the time of release. As ever, we recommend you follow Garry on facebook for the latest news.
Welcome to Garry's new website!
Designed to be clean and simple, the new site showcases Garry's books and short fiction.
Well, it’s been a while! Hopefully you have found plenty to do since the last update. Garry certainly did as he was a judge for the World Fantasy Awards and so had to read all the shortlisted entries. Not a task for the casual reader! Somehow he still found time to write and the result is a gorgeous new collection, called ‘Elemetal Tales’.
These stories were born out of a discussion on themed collections with the Canadian writer Claude Lalumiere. They are diverse in every way except that each one of them has a metal element at its heart. 'The Maskmaker' was the first to be written, a story set in an early Venice and has gold as its theme. Silver comes next, but there follows tales of robots made of lead, cyborgs who are addicted to drinking mercury, aliens obsessed with shiny chromium, a nickel coin worth a fortune and many others. The tales end with a false element, Erifium, the metal from which the sword that St Michael wields against demons in the battle of Armageddon is fashioned.
Intrigued? You should be! 18 stories, all unique to this collection. The book is available in signed and unsigned jacketed hardcover editions here.
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Right now Garry is writing a novella called ‘Blood Moon’, which is a werewolf tale with a twist: it’s about a wolf that turns into a man every full moon.
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And finally, a heads up for those of you who have embraced the e-reader revolution. It’s well worth a browse on the Amazon store. Many of Garry’s older works have become available through the Gateway imprint, and there’s a good chance you’ll find a few gems you didn’t get to own in the old dead tree format. All very reasonably priced too.