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Interview with Simon Marshall-Jones of Spectral Press
August 11, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Simon Marshall-Jones is founding publisher and editor at Spectral Press, the small but already highly regarded British producer of horror and dark fiction chapbooks and anthologies. I spoke to him about what prompted him to publish in this genre and about how viable an operation of this kind is in the modern publishing environment. TeleRead: What prompted you to found an independent press focused on the horror/dark fiction genre? Simon Marshall-Jones: At my first convention in 2010, Fantasy Con in Nottingham UK, I was handed a pair of Nightjar Press chapbooks by Nicholas Royle to review for the website I was then working for. After...

Interview with Harry Bingham on being a hybrid and the Amazon/Hachette thing
July 23, 2014 | 2:25 pm

author harry bingham[caption id="attachment_116356" align="alignright" width="210"] Author Harry Bingham[/caption] Harry Bingham reached out to me last week with a link to an article he published on his blog about the Amazon/Hachette situation. I was intrigued by his point of view and his intentions to become a hybrid author. He kindly agreed to an interview to expand on his views. His candor and openness impressed me, and I hope you feel the same. TeleRead: You've been a traditionally published author for fifteen years or so and yet you’re embarking now on the process of becoming a true hybrid author: that is, one with books that...

Finnish sci fi novelist pens water-fueled The Memory of Water
April 24, 2014 | 12:46 pm

memory of waterFrom Finland, a new global talent emerges. Meet Emmi Itaranta. Itaranta's new climate-themed sci fi book [easyazon-link asin="0451223039" locale="us"]The Memory of Water[/easyazon-link] has been published in Finnish and 14 other languages worldwide. In a starred review, Publisher's Weekly described the book as "a deceptively tranquil examination of a world of dust and ashes where the tenacious weed of hope still survives." Her debut novel also won the Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize in 2012 and the Young Aleksis Kivi Prize in 2013 in Finland. She is surely someone to watch. In a recent interview, I asked Ms. Itaranta if she thought of her book when...

Interview: Dark Fiction author Simon Strantzas
April 23, 2014 | 10:31 am

Acclaimed dark and weird fiction author Simon Strantzas is releasing his fourth collection of short stories, Burnt Black Suns, from Hippocampus Press. I spoke to him about the genre he works in and how he operates as a writer. TeleRead: Do you think that horror/weird fiction reflects or channels any current social/cultural concerns or shifts, as well as more perennial human preoccupations and anxieties? If so, what might the current resurgence in weird fiction be tapping into? Strantzas: I do, but I also feel that the full extent of this isn't all that clear as it's happening—it's only clear in hindsight. There are...

GenCon 2013 Interview: M. Sechin Tower, Lead Developer at Exile Game Studio
April 15, 2014 | 9:00 pm

GEDC1287During GenCon 2013, I had the chance to speak with Sechin Tower, Lead Developer at Exile Game Studio and author of Mad Science Institute. I asked him about Exile’s use of Kickstarters for publishing its game products, and this is what he had to say. Me: Tell me what Exile’s been doing with Kickstarters. Sechin: Exile has been a recent comer to the Kickstarter market, but we’ve found it extremely useful to not only jumpstart a project that would take a little longer to get going, but to also get the word out and to give people a...

Sci fi writer Hugh Howey feels the pain
February 10, 2014 | 2:17 pm

hugh howey"Wool" is a gripping genre novel published as an ebook and trade paperback and set in a dystopian future after global warming and its impact events have made human life on the Earth's surface iffy. Below ground, a community exists in a giant silo, 144 floors down. Self-published at first by sci fi novelist Hugh Howey, the novel went mainstream later on with a major publisher picking it up for release after Howey used social media platforms to push the 'Wool" series uphill. There's an option on the table for a movie deal with Hollywood now and if the film gets...

Interview: Claudia Zimmer, CEO, Aquafadas
February 8, 2014 | 11:04 am

I spoke to Claudia Zimmer, CEO of the French company Aquafadas, which provides software for digital publishing, especially of magazines and periodicals, on the company's view of the current market and plans for the future. TeleRead: What is the Aquafadas house view of the optimal future for digital news and magazine publishing? What solutions is the company deploying to deliver this? Claudia Zimmer: The most important thing for our clients is that they’re able to create amazing and beautiful digital publications in a short period of time. Today, economic pressure on publishers is an important factor; they need solutions that are both...

Interview with Author D. B. Corey
December 26, 2013 | 12:04 pm

author d. b. coreyEditor's Note: This is my last in the series of author interviews from the Creatures, Crime and Creativity conference. It should have been posted months ago, but I had technical difficulties with the audio file and finally just emailed the author directly with my questions. TeleRead: So, you've got your first novel published. What's it like to have it out, promoting it and talking about it? Corey: It's made my life busier, that's for sure. With Facebook and Twitter and other social media, getting the book out there, my name as a writer, and discussing it with anyone and everyone who asks,...

GenCon 2013 Interview: Lee Cherolis, writer, Little Guardians webcomic/graphic novel
December 1, 2013 | 5:15 pm

GEDC1342 Here is another interview from this year’s GenCon, in which I spoke briefly with a number of self-published or independently-published authors in the authors’ alley. In this interview, I spoke with Lee Cherolis, writer and co-creator of a webcomic and graphic novel series called Little Guardians. Me: Tell me about your books. Lee: Little Guardians is a fantasy adventure graphic novel series; we’re also serializing online two pages a week. We put out a book whenever we have enough pages. This story arc will span 13 chapters and six books. We have Book One...

Banana Writers is where ethnic Asian writers get ‘unpeeled’
November 28, 2013 | 9:46 am

banana writersPP Wong is a British-born Chinese woman who is the editor of a unique website called Banana Writers that encourages and supports new Asian writers from over 30 countries. In a recent email interview, Wong was kind enough to answer a few questions about ethnic idenity, the writing life and her own novel due for release next year. When asked why she started the website, she told TeleRead: "I think there comes a time in your life when you have to make a decision. You can either moan about the state of the world and society, or you can do something...

Interview with Caleb Mason of Publerati
November 16, 2013 | 4:44 pm

publeratiWhen I became editor of TeleRead a month ago, Caleb Mason of Publerati reached out to me on LinkedIn. I took a look at his hybrid agent/publishing company model and was intrigued. He was kind enough to answer a few questions via email. Enjoy! TeleRead: From what I've seen from browsing your site, Publerati doesn't work quite like most people expect from a publisher or literary agent. Give us a quick overview of what you do and how? Caleb: Publerati is a hybrid ebook fiction publisher and literary agency. In many ways we are playing both sides of the street: looking to...

Interview: Anne-Sylvie Homassel
October 21, 2013 | 12:37 pm

anne-sylvie homasselAnne-Sylvie Homassel is a translator from English into French, founding editor and publisher of the French horror/dark fiction magazine and associated imprint Le visage vert, and writer under the name Anne-Sylvie Salzman of highly-praised dark fiction stories, including "Darkscapes," published by Tartarus Press. I asked her about her writing, and the state of dark fiction/fantastic literature in France. TeleRead: What influenced you to write the kind of fiction you write? Anne-Sylvie Homassel: Books, I suppose, are the main trigger. Not only fiction but also science books. I was an avid reader as a child of both Arsène Lupin and Sherlock Holmes, providers of wicked...