First, this is not a list of everyone who has helped out ever. It’s not even a list of everyone who helped me in November. That list would be much, much longer and I’m already feeling stressed about not writing.
The people listed here are the bloggers, reviewers, and writers who helped out in the last month or so (Nov/Dec) with my attempt at increasing the visibility of Beyond Redemption. The list is alphabetical. If I forgot someone it’s because I’m an ungrateful bastard and not because I’m a brain damaged alcoholic cheesey.
Below the list are links to most of the articles, guest-posts, interviews, and reviews that were released in November (and early December) as a result of their efforts.
Adrian Collins and the entire crew at Grimdark Magazine (http://grimdarkmagazine.com/). Amazing grimdark stories in every issue along with author interviews and book reviews.
Anna Smith-Spark shared a prett sweet list of UK bloggers and reviews, has been awesome, and is currently trying to find a home for a book which will make Beyond Redemption look like puppy kisses and a long walk in the flower garden.
Anthony Ryan (http://anthonyryan.net/) Having one of your favourite writers blurb your book is the dream of every writer. But then Anthony went on to mention it in various interviews! Thank you!
Bob Milne (http://beauty-in-ruins.blogspot.ca/) Blogger and SFF reviewer, and a man with excellent taste in books.
Eric Fomely (http://thegrimdarkreview.com/). Looking for good grimdark/dark fantasy, check out his site.
James Schmidt (https://mightythorjrs.wordpress.com/) Blogger and SFF reviewer and all round awesome dude.
Jeremy Szal and Tony C. Smith (http://www.starshipsofa.com/) Starshipsofa are producing a narrated version of one of my very first short stories for release in the near future. Details to come!
Katrina Sisowath (http://draconis.co.uk/index.html) A site dedicated to mythologies real and imagined.
Kristopher Kneidecker (http://klneidecker.com/) has offered invaluable help in maintaining my site and helped incredibly with building the various wikis I have on the go. I couldn’t do any of this stuff without him.
Leona Henry (https://leonahenry.wordpress.com/) Leona is currently working on her first novel.
Lorina Stephens published my first novel, 88, and has been a never-ending source of guidance and wisdom and all around awesomely supportive.
Marc Turner (http://www.marcturner.net/) Author of the epic fantasy When the Heavens Fall which I am currently reading.
Matt Staggs (http://suvudu.com/) Matt writes for Suvudu (which I think has something to do with Random House) and loves metal and fantasy and gaming and MMA. He rocks.
Matthew Summers (http://smashdragons.blogspot.ca/) One of the first folks to review Beyond Redemption and help spread the word. Check out his site for a plethora of fantastic interviews with all your favourite SFF authors.
Mogsy AKA Steff (http://bibliosanctum.com/) All things gaming and reading. Lot’s of great interviews and reviews.
Rob Bedford (http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/author/robhbedford/) Rob writes and reviews for SF Signal, an excellent SFF resource.
Rob Matheny and Philip Overby (http://thegrimtidingspodcast.podbean.com/) These guys run the best grimdark podcast on the planet. Their roster of guests is nothing short of the who’s-who of fantasy fiction.
Sadir Samir (http://thereisnomuse.com/) Reader, writer, game producer, and solid dude.
Wendell the Bookwraith (http://bookwraiths.com/). Wendell reads and reviews more books in a week than I manage in several months.
What follows is a list of the interviews, reviews, guest posts, and miscellaneous thingies (shut up, it’s a word) that were released in November. This was my best attempt at a publicity push.
November 2: Surviving NaNoWriMo
I used to think Nanowrimo was a town on Canada’s west coast where writers flocked once a year to work on their novels. I still think that’s a great idea.
It seems a little cheeky of me to write about NaNoWriMo when I’ve never actually done it, but on the other hand I did finish a novel (147,000 words) in three months which is a hair off three back-to-back NaNoWriMos. I’m going to pretend that qualifies me to spout advice. Most of this will be coming too late for you this year, but remember it for next year.
Nov 4: The NaNoWriMo Diet
It’s tempting to let this devolve into a humor piece and talk about my love affair with whiskey and how sometimes, when my brain won’t shut-up and let me sleep, I bludgeon it into submission with liberal doses of Jameson. But no. I’m gonna keep this serious. Well, mostly serious.
My suspicion is that successful writers all have at least a little OCD. Who else would sit for hours on end mashing away at the keyboard with their face? What, you don’t type like that? Weird.
Nov 5: The Cult of the Dead Cat
Nov 9: Facebook Give-Away
A quickie Beyond Redemption give-away on facebook.
Nov 10: Rules of a Responsive Reality – part one
Some background: My dark fantasy novel, Beyond Redemption, takes place in a world where reality is responsive to the whims and desires of humanity. Mass belief—be it shaped by religion, politics, or public opinion—can cause sweeping changes in physical reality. Conversely, a single person, if insane enough to believe the impossible with utter conviction, can also twist reality. What follows is a brief discussion of some aspects of that reality.
Nov 11: Rules of a Responsive Reality – part two
Factors Defining and Limiting the Abilities of Geisteskranken
The insane and responsive reality of Beyond Redemption is nonetheless defined by rules. Geisteskranken, while capable of altering—and to some degree defining local reality—are not gods. There are limits to what they can achieve.
On the other hand, if enough people worship them, they might Ascend to become gods. How lovely is that thought? Who demands worship? Sociopaths! And thus most of your favourite deities are Ascended self-centred arseholes.
The factors below are not quite as simple as they seem. They’re interrelated, each touching upon the others.
Nov 11: Teresa Frohock reviews Beyond Redemption
Fletcher’s characters–Bedeckt with his desire to retire; Wichtig, who is determined to be the Greatest Swordsman in the World; Stehlen, who isn’t exactly as she seems; and Konig, who is racing against his own madness in search of wholeness–are the very thing that redeems Beyond Redemption.
Nov 12: Rules of a Responsive Reality – part three
In this post I’m going to look at the many and varied types of Geisteskranken and give a few examples as to how their powers (delusions) might manifest. What follows is hardly a definitive list; there are as many kinds of Geisteskranken as there are people. There is no reason two people’s Cotardism must manifest in exactly the same way.
All of these delusions are based on real/reported cases of unstable behaviour. That said, I have played with them (and how they manifest) to suit the stories. In some cases I have made use of out-dated psychiatric diagnoses because frankly they are cooler. In most cases I have included a link to the relevant wikipedia page on that delusion. It’s been a while since I put this together, so might see text lifted pretty much verbatim from wikipedia.
Nov 13: Grimdark Review – Interview
Nov 13: Bookwraiths review: Beyond Redemption
Exquisite mayhem and madness, Beyond Redemption is a novel which appears once every few years; a harbinger of things to come that takes the familiar fantasy tropes and twists them into something fresh and original.
Nov 14: Beyond Redemption review: Timothy Ward
“Ingenious insight into the human mind of those who feel the pull of failure and the hopelessness of redemption.”
Nov 15: Q&A with BookWraiths
Nov 17: Santa and Fantasy – Guest post at Leona’s Blog of Shadows:
My five year old daughter recently lost her first tooth. She was very excited at the prospect of a visitation by the Tooth Fairy and asked many intelligent questions. How will the Tooth Fairy get in when the door is locked? Does she come through the window? How big is she? Can she carry the tooth if she’s really small?
My wife—who grew up without Santa, the Easter Bunny, or the Tooth Fairy—let me field the questions. As I answered I began to question what I was doing.
Nov 17: Rob Bedford at SFWorld Reviews Beyond Redemption
“Beyond Redemption might be the grimdarkiest grimdark novel to ever grimdark.”
Nov 18: MIND MELD: Our Favorite Animal Companions in SFF
I tend not to pay a lot of attention to pets and animal companions in fiction. I suppose my issue with them is that all too often they are simply a plot device. As soon as you see that the protagonist has an animal companion you know at some point it’ll get hurt or killed and that’ll be the emotional pivot driving the character to do something.
That said, Pip the minidrag from Alan Dean Foster’s “Humanx Commonwealth” books is easily my favourite ‘animal’ companion. She was a character in her own right, not just a crutch for the author.
Nov 18: CHILDHOOD PROGRAMMING (A NOT TERRIBLY SNEAKY WAY TO LOOK AT THEMES)
This will ramble because that’s the way I roll. I can’t plan breakfast, never mind a blog post or a novel.
I have come to realize that I spend a lot more time thinking about themes than I do plot. I know what my next book’s themes are long before I know what horrendous shit happens to the characters. Take Beyond Redemption for example. I had the title before I’d written the first word.
I wanted to write a book where no one learned anything. The novel starts with a host of shitty human beings and at the end of the book I wanted the few survivors to remain shitty. It didn’t quite turn out that way, but I stayed true to that vision. This grew out of a suspicion that people are basically too stupid to learn or change. What can I say, I was in a bit of a dark place. If I wrote the book today it would be different. For one thing, I’ve managed to learn a few things myself—who I am and how I interact with people has changed in the last year.
And if I can change, anyone can.
Nov 18: Grimdark Magazine hosts a Give-Away for Beyond Redemption and 88
The Grimdark Magazine crew have been absolutely amazing.
Nov 19: Smash Dragons Interviews my Doppel, Rage
Feeling somewhat burned out by all the guest posts and interviews, I allowed one of my Doppels out of the basement to handle this interview.
Nov 21: The Mythology of Beyond Redemption
Nov 24: Writing Crazy – A Guest Post
Today I’m pleased to present a guest post from the one and only Michael R. Fletcher, author of Beyond Redemption and also Grandmaster of the Insane! *whispers* Trust me, folks, he knows what he’s talking about. Don’t believe me? Just get a load of his crazy post! And also don’t forget to check out his book, which is bar none the best grimdark fantasy novel I’ve read this year, out now from Harper Voyager.
Nov 25: Music and Writing – Guest Post
“I am at war with reality. And if you’ve read Beyond Redemption, this will make some sense.”
Nov 27: Pants or No Pants
Matt Staggs collected a few quotes from the AMA I did at r/Fantasy and put them together into a post that makes more sense than I usually do.
Nov 27: Getting to “The End.” Standalone Fantasy Books That Came Out in 2015
Nov 29: Lightning Round Guest Post with Michael R. Fletcher
Philip Overby (of the Grim Tidings Podcast) and I play a mad word-association game.
Dec 2: Reseña: Beyond Redemption de Michael R. Fletcher
A review of Beyond Redemption…in Spanish!
Dec 3: Best of 2015: A 5-Star Year in the Ruins
Bob Mile at Beauty-in-Ruins picks his favourite n=books of 2015.
“This is dark, grim, and gritty stuff, with a wild imagination that is just as often manifested in moments of bleak, black humor.”
Dec 5: The Speculative Herald’s Best of 2015
Beyond Redemption takes the #6 spot!
Dec 8: Favorite New Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015
Dec 9: Smash Dragons Best of 2015
Beyond Redemption takes the #2 spot!
“Truly the best fantasy début I’ve read in the last decade, and the new standard-bearer for the Grimdark movement.”