Richard Wright

author of strange, dark fictions

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Xmas Shopping

December 5, 2009 by Richard Wright in Journal, Writing

I am currently feeling smug, for much of my Christmas shopping for the wider Wright clan is accomplished.  Amazon is a fine and wondrous thing sometimes.  I can’t remember the last time the festive season actually drove me to a post office, and of course, now that I’m in India, there would have been additional complications getting gifts to loved ones.  It might have required pre-planning, for example, and that rarely goes well when I’m involved.

Anyway, it’s time for my annual ‘buy books wot I’m in for Christmas presents for people you like’ post.  Let’s face it, etiquette demands you buy them something anyway.  You probably haven’t got a clue what they’d like, and will end up panicking and grabbing something completely at random.  You might as well take a punt, and try them with one of the following…

Dark Wisdom – I’m halfway through reading this at the moment, and you’re going to have to trust me that it’s everything a collection of dark fiction should be.  Put together by one of the best editors in the business, including some genuine short story gems, and featuring my own tale ‘Mopleoli’, it’s a big, satisfying chunk of horror.  Get it in the USA, Canada, the UK, or at your online store of preference.

Short Trips – Re:Collections – Pave the way for the Christmas specials and the end of the Tenth Doctor’s era by looking back at the man he used to be.  Features my own story ‘Lonely’, in which the Eighth Doctor discovers online chat (really), and between the hardcovers there are over twenty other tales.  DON’T buy it at Amazon for nearly forty quid when the publisher currently has it on sale for a tenner.  Worth reminding you, when this book sells out, you won’t be able to read this story anywhere else, as I can’t resell it (given that I don’t own the characters).

Hiram Grange and the Village of the Damned – Not written by me, but the first in a series of five books, the last of which will be out in the Spring, and that one will be written by me.  You’ll be able to read it separately from the other books, as each of Hiram’s adventures stand alone, but we’ve worked hard to reward those who follow the series through from the start.  When you read Hiram Grange and the Nymphs of Krakow you’re probably going to want to grab the others anyway, so you might as well jump in now.

And if you’re one of those horribly organised people who have already finished their Xmas shopping, any of the above tomes would be a great way to reward yourself…

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