Richard Wright

author of strange, dark fictions


The Rift Opens

July 10, 2012 by Richard Wright in Journal, News, Writing

The Rift has opened, and the end of the world can commence. Welcome to World’s Collider!

The book launches today, so if you’ve already pre-ordered it, you can expect it very soon indeed. If you haven’t, either pop over to Nightscape Press and correct your error, or jump here for a list of other places you can buy it for the Kindle, Nook, iTunes, in paperback, etc. As usual, I’ll keep the list updated as outlets are added. Please note that you can buy it direct from Nightscape as a mobi book (Kindle), ePub (iTunes, Nook, and just about everything else), or PDF (read it from your laptop or print it off), as well as in paperback. There’s no need to wait around for the usual stores to add the book listing (and you can pay by Paypal too).

As you hopefully know by now, the anthology (more of a mosaic novel, in truth) begins with an explosion at the Large Hadron Collider, and ends with… well, that would be telling. It’s the apocalypse writ large, with a full house of madness, weirdness, and creatures that have never been. The Talent includes (but is not limited to) Steven Savile, James Moran, Aaron Rosenberg, Trent Zelazny, Jonathan Green, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Kelly Hale, and a host of new talent. I’m in there too, with a story called ‘Twitchers’, set during the dying days of the world.

It’s been a fantastic experience, working in this brand new world. Mosaic novels, where many stories are organised into one narrative, are bloody difficult to pull off, but Richard Salter has a real talent for orchestrating these things, and being part of his crew when he does so is a real treat as a writer. I suspect it’s something a bit special for readers too. Go and find out.

While you’re waiting for your book to arrive on the back of a snail, or while it’s downloading to your swish ebook reader of choice, you can also check out this almost insensible roundtable interview with me and most of the other authors, or scan the editor’s list of random trivia about the book. One day, you’ll be in a pub quiz, and one of these may be the decider. That really could happen!You have been warned.

Now go and get a copy!

As this is a news type post, I’ll also take the opportunity to remind you to sign up to my monthly newsletter – a quick summary of anything from the previous four or five weeks that you might have missed. You might even win free stuff. Somebody has to… the signup box is in the sidebar, near the top of the post. Tap in your email, and you’re away.

I wrote all that this morning, ready to post as soon as the book launched. Well, it turned up on Amazon about four hours ago. I downloaded a copy to get stuck into, and meant to post then, but got sort of lost in the book. It’s excellent. Normally when I read a book I’m in, the first story I read is my own, so that I can find any errors before readers point them out to me (forewarned is forearmed). I’m reading this from the start though, often with a big grin on my face. I hope Richard Salter gets huge amounts of recognition for pulling this together.

And the best thing? I realised that I don’t know how it ends. I don’t know what the two Steves put together to follow ‘Twitchers’ and wrap the book. I get to find out in exactly the same way you do – as a reader instead of a writer. I can’t wait.

Anyway, stop reading this and go and order the book.

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