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Lucy Wilson is an Amazon #1

Wow… that was a week. On the back of the fantastic free book promo that Candy Jar Publishing ran for World Book Day/World Book Week, Lucy Wilson: Curse of the Mirror Clowns found its way into the top 150 free books on Amazon and all the way to #1 in a few categories.

Yep, this happened…

Now, you may be thinking something along the lines of… “So what, nobody paid for those books. Anyone can give something away for nothing.“. And, if your are, I’d be inclined to agree with you – except I know roughly how many books are being given away free on Amazon at any one time (it was around 80K back in 2020) and I know this number absolutely sky-rockets on World Book Day. Perversely, World Book Day has to be one of the hardest days to promote a book because there is a huge amount of marketing noise. Everyone from the smallest newbie self-published author right way up to the major publishing houses and A-list celebrity authors takes the opportunity to drop a hashtag and mention, in the most self-effacing way possible of course, their own “little book“.

So, I am just a little bit proud that my “little book” (and don’t ask me why so many authors call their books that – it’s annoying self-effacing thing again) found its way to the top of its genre and a huge, genuinely huge, thanks to everyone who downloaded it.

Free Books for World Book Day 2022 and World Book Week 2022

The fine people of Candy Jar are at it again, arranging a monumental book giveaway for World Book Day and World Book Week!

It always warms the shrivelled shred of shedded viper skin I have instead of a heart to see the crew at Candy Jar use World Book Day and World Book Week as an opportunity to get books into the hands of kids absolutely free of charge and the range thus year is probably the best yet (and not least because I happen to be in it!)

Follow the link below to see the full range, then click any of the covers to get your free books.

http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/worldbookdaygiveaway.html?s=09

Uh, Chris, these are just free Kindle eBooks?

Don’t panic if you don’t have a Kindle reader. You can download the Kindle software onto your phone, tablet, laptop or PC/Mac. You can even read online. If you’ve got a piece of technology that can read this blog post, you can get hold of these books.

Head over to https://read.amazon.com and get started!

Travelling the Vortex review “Curse of the Mirror Clowns”

One of the best things about writing stories set in the Haisman Universe and the world of “Classic Doctor Who” is how massively passionate the fandom is. I’ve referred to it before as being given access to the best toybox in the world, but that doesn’t ever mean the toys are mine. I’m a firm believer that stories, once told, can take on a life of their own. Characters like Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, William Travers, Dame Anne Bishop, Lucy Wilson and Hobo Kostinen, all have a life beyond the words written down on the page. If I’m lucky, very lucky, the stories that I write live on past then in the minds and memories of the people who read them.

Copyright might dictate who can officially write for these characters, and I’m very privileged to be one of Candy Jar’s stable of authors, but nobody can really own characters after a little while. As soon as a kid picks up a stick and uses their imagination to transform it into a sonic screwdriver, the genie is out of the bottle.

Now, when it comes to Doctor Who, there are few parts of the fandom as passionate and as well versed in the lore of the universe as the team at Travelling the Vortex and I have to confess that when I found out they had reviewed Curse of the Mirror Clowns I was a little nervous to hear what they thought of it.

Spoiler Alert: They liked it 😉

You can hear the full review here: https://travelingthevortex.com/8696/

Chris Lynch joins UNIT

When UNIT calls… you answer. And UNIT did call, in the form of Tim Gambrell in between Christmas and New Year, looking for a story to add to the UNIT: Operation Wildcat and Other Stories collection. The deadline was pretty tight, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to step into the world of UNIT and add my own piece of the lore and legend of The Brigadier.

“Chris immediately came back with a cracking idea that put the Brigadier centre stage. It felt like I’d lit the blue touch paper – he produced the goods really quickly!”

Tim Gambrell

My story, Honourable Discharge, takes place in the aftermath of one of UNIT’s adventures. I wanted to explore the price paid by ordinary soldiers who defend Earth alongside the extraordinary heroes we know about, and what happens when one of them doesn’t quite measure up to the high standards we expect.

It’s a little dark, a little weird, but hopefully a part of the world of UNIT you’ll enjoy discovering.

“The man looked like something between a jigsaw puzzle and a cut-away diagram you might see in an anatomy textbook or hanging on the wall of a doctor’s office. Random sections of the man were missing, cut away perfectly cleanly, leaving the remaining portions of him appearing to be entirely in working order.”

HONOURABLE DISCHARGE BY CHRIS LYNCH

UNIT: Operation Wildcat and Other Stories is available exclusively via the Candy Jar website as a limited edition hardback.

DLS Reviews talks Shadows and Teeth

DLS Reviews is one of the most in-depth book review sites I’ve ever seen and I’m really pleased to see the positive response they’ve had to Shadows and Teeth…

Man, don’t you just love it when an author’s imagination is able to conjure up something utterly unique from the most unlikely of places?  That’s exactly what author Chris Lynch has done.  Using Aleksey Tolstoy’s classic fairy-tale ‘The Giant Turnip’ as his inspiration, Lynch has taken the story further, wondering off the pathway of its theme, and plunging it deeper and deeper into the unsettling depths of horror.  The writing style remains true to its original incarnation.  Told from the first-person-perspective of our unnamed protagonist, the tale maintains a purposeful air of old school ‘storytelling’ about it.  Combined with the gradual creeping realisation of the horror nestled within, the outcome is nothing short of menacing.  Ingeniously imagined and expertly executed.  Chris Lynch is a writer I will definitely keep an eye out for in the future.

dls Reviews

You really can’t say fairer than that. I remember writing most of We All Ate The White Flesh in a cold, dismal warehouse on my lunch breaks from “the day job” – I think my sense of dread and foreboding obviously made it into the story!

Read the full review here: https://www.dlsreviews.com/shadows-and-teeth-vol-2.php

Original Magpye Artwork

Digging through my old archives whilst rebuilding the website, I found some copies of original artwork and concept sketches for the original graphic novel version of The Magpye.

The Magpye in Geek Syndicate Magazine

Rebuilding my website has given me the opportunity, or more accurately the excuse, to Google my older books and search old reviews or bits of marketing that might be interesting. Today I found this copy of Geek Syndicate magazine from back in 2014 that includes a sample chapter from The Magpye.

It also features the original cover, which was reworked when I added “of Death” to the title. The artwork, as always, was provided by Stuart Tipples.

How Attack of the Quarks Came to Be

I wrote “The Arcade of Doom” for the Lethbridge-Stewart Lineage collection and it was only supposed to be a throw-away, fun story involving Lucy, Hobo, and the creepily squeaky-voiced Quarks. Set in an arcade that was an amalgam of the arcades from my childhood, including one in Porthcawl where I first encountered Gauntlet, it’s a heavy dose of nostalgia for those of us who grew up paying 10p a time to play computer games.

Stories, however, are unpredictable things and have a tendency to develop lives of their own. In this instance, The Arcade of Doom planted a seed in the mind of another one of Candy Jar’s authors, Tim Gambrell, who created two stories following on from Lucy and Hobo’s encounter with a Quark to create a wider story.

It’s an unusual, but very enjoyable, experience to find your stories developing past the point where you thought you’d typed “THE END” and it’s made me wonder if any of my other stories are waiting to spring back into life while I’m not looking…

In the meantime, if you’ve no idea what a Quark is, then this video will help!

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Attack of the Quarks

The key to identifying a great arcade was not the lights, Hobo knew. People always thought about the lights, but it wasn’t the lights. It wasn’t even the sounds. The key to identifying a great arcade was the smell.

Ozone from overheating electrics, warm plastic, old sweat, and chips. A great arcade, a truly great arcade, acquired all of those smells over a period of time. They would embed themselves in the walls, the ceiling, the sticky carpeted floors. They became part of the place, even more so than the bricks and mortar, a second skin. They clung like a mist, so that when someone walked in it felt like they were passing from one world into another, that they were walking through a fog into a new reality.

And, if it was a truly great arcade… then that was true.


I wrote “The Arcade of Doom” for the Lethbridge-Stewart Lineage collection and it was only supposed to be a throw-away, fun story involving Lucy, Hobo, and the creepily squeaky-voiced Quarks. Stories, however, are unpredictable things and have a tendency to develop lives of their own. In this instance, The Arcade of Doom planted a seed in the mind of another one of Candy Jar’s authors, Tim Gambrell, who created two stories following on from Lucy and Hobo’s encounter with a Quark to create a wider story.

It’s an unusual, but very enjoyable, experience to find your stories developing past the point where you thought you’d typed “THE END” and it’s made me wonder if any of my other stories are waiting to spring back into life while I’m not looking…

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