2014 in the Mirror

Well, happy holidays to you all, whether you observe Christmas or not.

Thanks for the follow, if you do, and please do if you don’t.
I don’t update a lot, but when I do, it *may* be funny or pertinent to the writing and/or publishing business.

In this post, I’ll will cover how my 2014 has been, both as a writer and as owner/operator of Cohesion Press.
It’s been a big year. It’s also been a sad year, with the loss of Rocky Wood, a renowned writer and president of the HWA. I miss you, mate.
That said, let’s look at the positives.

As a writer, I’ve had two published works this year, with another accepted for publication in 2015:

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‘Junksick’, a tale of addiction, deception, and a new world order, was published by Crystal Lake Publishing in their anthology Tales from the Lake Volume 1
It tells the story of Joe, a hopeless junkie selling his own soul, along with the bodies of others, for his next fix.

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‘Happy Hour’, published in Blood Type: An Anthology of Vampire SF on the Cutting Edge (Nightscape bgPress) takes a futuristic, weaponised look at vampirism, played out in a small town in outback Australia. It’s violent and brutal. Just how it should be.

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Also accepted in 2014 but not due for publication until 2015 (and even then in a very limited format) is my Cthulhu mythos tale ‘Depth Lurker’, part of the powerful anthology Cthulhu: Deep Down Under to be released (initially) by Horror Australis. The anthologists for this one, Steve Proposch, Bryce Stevens, and Christopher Sequeira, have now given the anthology over to a US agent for potential placement with a publisher. More news as it happens. All I know now is that if you missed out on one of the crowdfunding versions, it’s a big loss, as these will truly be ultra rare.

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That’s pretty much it on the writing acceptance side.

I have managed maybe 30,000 words on a novel work-in-progress, a military horror thing, that I like very much so far.
I’ve also managed a lot of editing and layout work, to bring in money to survive on.

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On the other side of the coin, my new publishing house, Cohesion Press, has been fairly active over the last year or so.

Dark WatersFINALTRIMFORCOVER2frontNine books now out, starting with Kaaron Warren’s fantastic The Gate Theory in late 2013, and culminating with Dark Waters by Australian author Deborah Sheldon. In between that, we’ve released a number of novels and novellas, both fiction and non-fiction, covering a variety of genres.
Cohesion’s main line of anthologies, the SNAFU series, is doing very well, too. With two released so far (SNAFU and SNAFU: Heroes) and two more on the way over the next six months (SNAFU: Wolves at the DOOR and SNAFU 2), we’re making serious headroads into the military horror scene.final
With stories by such renowned authors as Jonathan Maberry, Weston Ochse, Greig Beck, James A Moore, and Joseph Nassise already released as well as upcoming, and authors like S.D. Perry, Jeremy Robinson/Kane Gilmour, and Bob Mayer contracted for 2015 release, we’re certainly doing well.
2015 holds some new announcements, too, and some surprising moves for Cohesion.
The first of these involves a comic imprint, Cohesion Comics. Working with artists like Montgomery Borror and award-winning Aussie writers like Amanda J Spedding, we’re looking at releasing at least two comics through the year, the first in time for a launch at Oz Comic Con in Melbourne in June.

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It’s certainly been a busy year. 

On top of all this, 2014 was my first year as a teacher of editing and publishing at tertiary level. Lots of work involved there, I can tell you.
And finally, I’ve also been studying online (full-time) for a BA in Professional Writing and Publishing.

All I can say is that the overall workload has kept me out of trouble.
I feel that 2014 has easily been the most successful year of my life, so bring it on, 2015, and let’s see what you’ve got.

Geoff Brown aka G.N. Braun

Four Sleepless Nights – new fiction available

Just this week a new (long) short story of mine was published through Apokrupha Publishing.

Four Sleepless Nights is a collection of four novelette-length tales of horror.

Authored by Gerald C. Matics, Michele Mixell, G.N. Braun, and William Meikle and edited by Jacob Haddon, this looks to be great value at $12.99 for the print and $3.99 for the ebook.

PRINT HERE

KINDLE HERE

EBOOK (SMASHWORDS) HERE

Four novellas. Four sleepless nights for you to enjoy.

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‘Double Vision’ – Gerald C Matics

Henry has been having problems with his sight. What his doctor calls ‘floaters’ instead seems to be something much more sinister.

‘End of the Night’ – Michele Mixell

It is the ’60s, and a young girl leaves her past to find the ocean. She finds something else on the way first.

‘Chimera’ – G.N. Braun

The Cantrell Company has a dark secret on Chimera Island and when the alarm sounds, and the communications stop, a small group of elite soldiers is sent it to find out what has happened.

‘The Auld Mither’ – William Meikle

David returns to his father’s estate after a brutal murder. David looks to finally rid himself of his father’s legacy, only to find it went deeper than he knew.

Four Sleepless Nights

Publication Date: Oct 13 2013
ISBN/EAN13: 1492979236 / 9781492979234
Page Count: 178
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 6″ x 9″
Language: English
Color: Black and White
Related Categories: Fiction / Horror

Geoff Brown Talks to Alex Laybourne About Overcoming Adversity, Personal Triumphs… and Editing | Official Site of Alex Laybourne – Author

G.N. Braun (Geoff Brown) was raised in Melbourne’s gritty Western Suburbs. He is a trained nurse, and holds a Cert. IV in Professional Writing and Editing. He is currently studying for a Dip. Arts (Professional Writing and Editing). He writes fiction untied to any genre, and is the author of ‘Boneyard Smack’, ‘Bubba wants YOU’, ‘Insurrection’ (all available as free downloads from Legumeman Books) and ‘Santa Akbar!’ (published in Festive Fear: Global Edition, out through Tasmaniac Publications in Australia). He has a short story–’Autumn as Metaphor’–in the charity anthology Horror For Good, as well as numerous articles published in newspapers. He is the current president of the Australian Horror Writers Association, as well as the past director of the Australian Shadows Awards. His memoir, Hammered, was released in early 2012 by Legumeman Books. He is the owner of Cohesion Editing and Proofreading.

I like to begin my interviews with something gentle, so please tell us a little about yourself?

via Geoff Brown Talks to Alex Laybourne About Overcoming Adversity, Personal Triumphs… and Editing | Official Site of Alex Laybourne – Author.

Midnight Echo Issue 9, Edited by Geoff Brown » This Is Horror

Midnight Echo Issue 9, Edited by Geoff Brown (aka GN Braun)
eBook 150pp
Release Date: 31 May 2013

I edited this issue, and this review by UK site This is Horror is fantastic.

“Mythology is the theme for this issue of Midnight Echo, and it’s testament to the editors that the familiar and often overdone folklores are left out in favour of more obscure legends that will thrill, chill and enchant you.”

Read more via Midnight Echo Issue 9, Edited by Geoff Brown » This Is Horror.

My Latest Published Short!

Hi everyone.

It’s my pleasure today to announce that the anthology For the Night is Dark, featuring my short story ‘His Own Personal Golgotha’, has been released in both print and Kindle format via Amazon.

Amazon Print
Amazon Kindle

Other ebook formats coming soon.
It’s one of my favourite stories so far, and the collection seems pretty good, from what I have so far.
Edited by Ross Warren.

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Competition time:…

Courtesy of Crystal Lake Publishing, who release a new anthology on Monday which contains one of my short stories:

Competition time: to win print and eBook copies of future releases like Fear the Reaper, Children of the Grave or The Outsiders, follow the link to the website and subscribe to the newsletter.
http://www.crystallakepub.com/contact-us.php

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The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing is a chain of book and author recommendations – so far including authors such as Sarah Pinborough, Paul Magrs, Adam Nevill and Angela Slatter.

What happens is an author answers ten questions about their new/next/most recent release before tagging another five authors who have to do the same thing one week later. And we all Facebook and/or tweet about it.

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And here are the questions:

1)      What is the working title of your next book?

Grey Man

2)      Where did the idea come from for the book?

After having Hammered: Memoir of an Addict published, I wanted to delve into the criminal underworld in a fictional sense. This has been done plenty of times before, so I looked for an angle that hadn’t been taken as often: a more unique hook. I thought about making the protagonist a Special Forces soldier, having read plenty of Andy McNab and Chris Ryan, so I combined the two and gave it a shot. I know that Special Forces and ex-military protagonists are always popular (Jack Reacher, Nick Stone, Alex Morgan etc.).

3)      What genre does your book fall under?

As stated above, it’s a crime thriller with military undertones.

4)      What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

For the lead character of Graham ‘Grey’ Man, definitely Callan Mulvey, the actor who played Mark Moran in Underbelly Series One and ‘Mark Anthony ‘Snoddy’ Spencer in the more recent Bikie Wars series on Australian television.

For the main antagonist, I would have to go with Robert Rabiah, who played Paul ‘PK’ Kallipolitis in Underbelly Season One, for his excellent portrayal of unpredictability and insanity while still remaining threatening.

5)      What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Grey man is military/crime thriller that pits a Special Forces soldier against his brother’s killer, the criminal underworld and his own inner demons.

6)      Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I will definitely be submitting to all the publishers. I like to take that road before I consider self-pubbing.

7)      How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

It’s still a work-in-progress. I’m over a third through, with a full chapter summary at hand to help with structure as I write.

8)      What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Grey Man is like a cross between Underbelly, Jack Reacher/Lee Child and Andy McNab.

9)      Who or what inspired you to write this book?

People like Australian author Greig Beck, with his military thrillers, as well as the writers of the Underbelly and Bikie Wars television series, which are always extremely popular.

10)  What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

Grey Man is placed in two settings—Afghanistan during the opening phase of the War on Terror, and Melbourne, Australia, during the closing phases of the gangland war known as the Underbelly Murders. Both of these seem to be of interest at the moment, especially here in Australia.

Also of potential interest to readers, I have the experience to write the ‘underbelly’ side of things in a realistic and knowledgeable way, as a result of knowing and spending time with that dark-side of society for many years of my life.

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It seems I came in on the tail-end of this, and authors who haven’t take part are few and far between, at least in my network. Here are my three, rather than five:

Matthew Revert, Author of A Million Versions of RightThe Tumours Made Me Interesting and How to Avoid Sex

Jaime McDougall, Author of Echo Falls

James A. Moore, author of way too many books and film/TV tie-ins to name here