Welcome back to Cat After Dark, Luke! It’s great to have you back.
Luke sent me his manuscript DEAD SUN while he was still editing it and told me that he plans to self-publish it very soon. So that’s the first thing we’ll talk about. At the risk of saying too much – I despise spoilers – I’ll let you know it’s about life, death, angels, demons, and ummm saving the world. Does that about sum it up, Luke? What else would you like to say? When can people buy it?
DEAD SUN is a dark fantasy (or light horror) about all the fun things you mentioned. Angels, demons, dead people and saving the world. All worlds as it happens. To sum it up, there’s a midway point between life and death where the dead are met by a loved one who’s passed on and then guided to Heaven or Hell – and neither place is exactly as you might expect. Problem is, there’s a blockage because someone has convinced dead people their lives have been unfairly cut short. They’re going no further forward so this midway point is growing. Soon, it’ll be in our world which is why angels and demons are involved along with a woman named Emma who’s looking for the soul of a deceased family member. Unless they can work together and undo the blockage, everywhere will become this dead world.
Most of my stuff is dark horror; Dead Sun is quite a bit lighter although the stakes are as high as I usually go. More so, probably, seeing as all of reality will be destroyed by. . .I’m not saying.
What are you working on now? What does your publishing schedule look like for the future?
I’ve got a few things on the go. After signing contracts with Hellbound Publishing for two books (The Unredeemed and The Dead Room) recently, I will soon have work to do on them. Also, Kensington Gore will be republishing my novella The Mirror Of The Nameless which has been out of print since last year. They’ve contracted me for a new novel, as well, which is outlined and looking pretty fun. So, I’m looking at four books over the next year or so. I did write the first draft of a new book earlier this year but with these contracts and books, that will have to wait a while.
What are some of the things you enjoy doing when you’re not working? And how you spend your time if there were no restrictions in place – either time or moneywise.
There’s not a lot of time that doesn’t involve writing or my 9-5, but when I am free, it’s reading, films (usually bad action or foreign horror) and time with my wife and friends. Occasionally, I sleep. And I do like a small glass of sherry at Christmas.
If you could go back in time and change one thing (knowing with absolute certainty what you were doing was right), what would do?
Wow. A heavy one. I’m with Dr Weizak in The Dead Zone when John Smith asks him about going back in time.
Or, you know, if there was a modern-day equivalent, I’d probably do the same without needing to travel in time.
What would your last meal consist of?
Depends on the manner of my death. I would say a good curry but that could be unpleasant for all concerned. How about a nice steak and a few pints? Yeah. I can dig that.
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And here’s the kick-ass cover for DEAD SUN!