Category Archives: Tales From Between

Tales From Between Box Set!

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Hey there, Strangers!

Just a quick post to point you in the direction of the brand new Tales From Between Box Set. That’s all three books for the price of one.

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These have been so fun to write, and I hope you’ve enjoyed them. If you have, let me know, and maybe even leave a review!

Click the links and check the box set out:

AMAZON U.S.

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Release Day!

Hey there, Strangers!

Well, looks like I’ve got a shiny new book out there. The Increasingly Transparent Girl is new in my Tales From Between series. Although it’s a series, each stands on its own; you don’t need to have read the others, or to read them in any strict order. Just grab one and enjoy!

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You’ve probably seen that cover before, but by heck, isn’t it lovely? This story is a little more fairy tale than the last, and was really fun to write.

Here’s the links for the eBook:

AMAZON U.S.              AMAZON UK

If you fancy it in paperback:

AMAZON US PAPERBACK         AMAZON UK PAPERBACK

I hope you dig it, and feel free to spread the word.

Thanks, nerds!


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Covers & Batman

Hey there, Strangers! Here’s what’s on my mind:

Batman!

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Batman was really the only ‘superhero’ comic I read as a kid. Mostly collecting graphic novels, but for a few years I would collect individual issues, too. I loved Batman because he didn’t have any super powers; he couldn’t float and shoot lasers out of his hands. He couldn’t run super fast or stick to walls with his hands. He was just the worlds greatest detective and could kick your arse.

This meant he could have brilliant bad guys, and a hero is only as good as his villains. Not being super strong or invulnerable or any of that malarkey meant that he could have a fantastic villain whose only ‘power’ was that he was completely crazy. A Superman can swat a Joker away, you have to go even bigger with a hero like that. It’s not as interesting. Batman can deal with ‘realer’ seeming threats, and so just connects more immediately with me. I don’t believe in giant space robots that can travel through time, I do believe in crazy people who want to cut your face off and wipe their bum-bum with it.

The latest trailer for Superman Vs Batman dropped, and it has some SUPER-SEXY-HOT Batman action. The opening fight scene is just awesome. This film is getting a lot of flak, partly because of Man of Steel disappointing, and partly just because a lot of people have a thing against the director, Zach Snyder. I’m not a huge fan of his myself, and thought the way he chose to cut up the narrative of Man of Steel basically stopped the viewer becoming emotionally attached, but I’m not going to damn this before having seen it. People were slating this film before a frame had been shot.

Duh.

As I said, I think Snyder’s films often look better than they play, but I am a fan of his Dawn of the Dead, and I thought Watchmen was pretty darn good, all things considered. But yeah, lots of people just want to slate it, or poke fun at the darker tone.

Not everything has to be Iron Man or Guardians of the Galaxy, okay?

It’s just ‘cool’ to bag on DC films, The Marvel-Marvel-rah-rah-rah crew seems to only want one type of superhero movie, and it’s the Marvel way.

Anyway, I’m hopeful because I love a bit of Bat’s, and Affleck looks like he’s nailing it. Snyder is a visuals guy; if the script has been nailed, then this will work great.

Writing

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This week I’ve been playing around with parts 2 & 3 of my Apocalypse mini-series, getting the beats in good shape to start writing, whilst I allow the latest draft of part 1 to sit un-fiddled with for a little while.

Aside from that, I now have the paperback ready to go for The Increasingly Transparent Girl, and I just commissioned a NEW COVER FOR A NEW SERIES!

WHOOP!

It’s for my new Strange Stories series of stand alone weird stories I mentioned recently. I want to get a consistent brand for the series, and I can’t wait to see what ideas my designer comes back with. This is one of the best parts of indie publishing, developing an ace visual to sit up top. If it gets nailed, and the stories are good enough, people should want to snap up the next Strange Story, and the next. They’re no longer stand alone, they’re a cool series to grab all of.

Well, that’s the idea at least….

Okay, that’s it for now, Nerds. Stay tuned, because I have a new release coming!

@MattStottWrites


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Finishing the Draft & Transparent Girls

‘What’s the matter, Bill? We did good, didn’t we?’

Writing

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Hey there, Strangers! Well howdy-doodly-doo, looks like I just finished the latest draft of Apocalypse Book 1…!

*does a little dance, gets down tonight*

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I wanted part one to be forty-five thousand words, and somehow it came out at exactly that. That seems to happen A  LOT when I give something an arbitrary word goal to work towards.

So yeah, first hybrid draft done. First draft halfway between the original story and the fresh take. Now I can have that sit for a week, before diving in and really making it into something.

In the meantime, I guess I should start shaking Part 2 around, and working out exactly how this whole thing is going to play out in Part 3…

Tales From Between

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I just had the third Tale From Between book back from my editor, which means it’s almost ready to unleash upon an indifferent world. It’ll probably be out there to buy in around two weeks time.

This might, might, be it for the series. Let’s wait and see. It’s not as though they’re flying off the digital shelves, so how enjoyable they are to write aside, there’s no pressing reason to add further tales to the line. Now, that could change of course. Now the third one is ready, I’m going to really up the promotion for the series. Really look for new ways to show it off, for new places to throw it at. I think the books are pretty good, they’re fun, and they deserve a chance to be seen.

Who knows what form this promotion will take, but I’m going to try to do my best for the series, and see if that, coupled with a third release, will really bring the Tales From Between series to life. If it does look like it’s working, then there’s no reason for me not to revisit every now and again and put out more tales in the series. One reviewer likened it to a modern-day Goosebumps, and it would be awesome to see that become a reality. To see an audience really take to Between so I (and perhaps others, even) can carry on adding more spooky goodness into the series.

Anyway, we’ll see. I’ll let you all know (repeatedly) when this third book in the series is available. If you’ve read Monstrous, this one may or may not see a familiar face or two return.

Alright, that’s it for now, Nerds!

@MattStottWrites

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The Identical Boy is Out!

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Hey there, nerds: GUESS WHAT?

The Identical Boy is available NOW through Amazon!

Click one of the links below to buy for just $0.99/£0.99

AMAZON US  |  AMAZON UK

My new book, The Identical Boy, is now available to download, direct from Amazon! *does a little dance*

It’s a creepy little tale about a lonely boy and a monster. Here’s the blurb:

Things live between awake and asleep. In the moment after your eyes grow too heavy to stay open, but before the dreams take you.

Night after night, Sam dreams that he has a real life best friend; but when he wakes up, he always seems to forget him. One day he does not forget. One day he remembers. And on that day, the boy comes to stay…

OOH…! Here’s a peek at the first chapter:

The Identical Boy: A Tale From Between

Chapter One

This sort of thing happens to children all the time.

More often than you’d think, really.

Wherever the dark night falls and tired eyes falter.

Sam didn’t know that, of course, as he lay curled within the thick blanket upon his single bed and listened to the wind howling outside, rattling the wooden sash windows. The only people who do know are those whom it’s already happened to, and just who are they in a position to tell?

Sam could hear a voice.

He thought he could.

He was sure he could.

Had? Would? Was right now?

Sunlight crept through a parting between the frayed, drab curtains of his bedroom. Sam’s forehead creased at the intrusion, eyes wrinkle-tight.

There was a voice.

A boys voice, wasn’t it? Yeah. Or? Was it actually a boy? Maybe it was something else. Something other. He was sure that sometimes the voice seemed to change. Perhaps it was really a—

Sam needed the toilet. He turned over in bed, legs curling up to meet his stomach.

Where was he? In bed, asleep? No, he was in the forest again, yeah.

‘Sam! Over here, Sam!’

The voice!

Sam stopped wondering about whether he was or wasn’t asleep, whether he was dreaming or really sprinting through a forest with trees the size of skyscrapers, and instead focussed in on that voice. That voice. That intoxicating sound that was…. Wait.

What had he been thinking about?

Was there a voice? Perhaps it was just in his head. Had he been alone all along?

The trees knew, but they wouldn’t let on.

‘Did you hear a voice, too? I think I might be waking up, and I can’t quite remember what’s happening. It’s all going away again. Dreams do that, don’t they? They can just go away and hide when we wake up. Tell me, did you hear a voice, or not?’

The trees rustled their leaves and whispered at each other in the sleeping place, but they refused to answer in any way that Sam could understand.

‘Over here, Sam; you have to remember!’

Remember what? Remember wh— Brown hair. A conversation. Running and running and laughter and secret signs and not alone! At last, at last—

Sam blinked. Once. Twice. Again. He could see his bedroom ceiling. The other place, the dream place, was fading. The trees had gone; his bedroom pushed them out of the way.

What had he been thinking about again? Had he been dreaming? He tried to grasp it and pull it close as he awoke, but it was like trying to hold onto smoke. It fuzzed and warped and fell apart as he became more and more awake. Sam sat up in bed and rubbed the sleep from his eyes as he yawned, expelling the night and inhaling the day.

It was gone again. Whatever it was, whatever he’d been dreaming, it was gone—just like the day before, the day before, the day before.

But wait—

No. No, not quite like the day before. Something was different this time. Sam balled his blankets tightly in his fists as he concentrated. This time something had clung on. Ever so slightly, but it was there. A hook had lodged. At last, at last. An idea remained.

Itching.

Persistent.

There had been a voice.

*****

The Identical Boy is available NOW through Amazon.

Click one of the links below to buy for just $0.99/£0.99

AMAZON US  |  AMAZON UK

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0.99? Why that’s hardly any money at all! PLZ give it a go if you can. It’s a stand alone story, you don;t have to have read any other Tales From Between (that goes for any of the Tales, incidentally…)

The paperback version has been delayed, but should be available within a week or two.

So that’s my third release, out there in the wild. Time to get the third Between tale done, and then… a whole new series…..

@mattstottwrites

The Identical Boy Is Almost Ready!

Hey there, nerds!

Very excited to say that The Identical Boy, the next Tale From Between, is ALL DONE. *does a little dance, gets down tonight*

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The manuscript is polished, edited, polished again, and is now in Amazon’s mighty mitts. It’s darker than A Monstrous Place; it leans into the horror more. It’s definitely a lot less jolly. It used to be even less jolly, but that’s a story for another time…

The Identical Boy will be available on Dec 1st. It will again be £/$0.99, at least for the first few weeks, so get in early, people!

Now it’s time to polish off the third (and possibly final) Tale From Between: The Increasingly Transparent Girl. I’m hoping, again, for a two month gap; so for it to release early Feb. After that, I’ll either move on entirely, or add more to the series, depending on demand.

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But anyway, yes, yes, The Identical Boy is almost ready to run out into the wild. FUN!

@mattstottwrites

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