RELEASE DATE: THE GIRL IN THE EMPTY ROOM

My new novel THE GIRL IN THE EMPTY ROOM (Crooked Cat Publishing) has been given an official release date: 1st September 2017.
Here’s a little taster of what the book is about:
A troubled single mother goes missing. A highly unusual sexually transmitted infection spreads around a small town.
Two bodies wash up on a beach.
Are these seemingly unrelated events connected to a government plot to eliminate undesirable members of society, an ancient myth about an Indian chief, a series of unsolved copycat murders, and a self-proclaimed shaman and tattooist, a man who believes his body art is infused with magical powers?
Hundreds of people eventually succumb to the infection. The town is quarantined. The shaman’s tattoos do indeed come to life, inciting gruesome acts of violence. In a supernatural twist the missing woman becomes an unlikely hero, a wrathful conduit, avenging a great evil perpetrated against a peaceful tribe of people hundreds of years ago.
Watch this space for more information, teasers etc in the coming weeks.

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT – THE GIRL IN THE EMPTY ROOM

Announcing a major new book, coming to Crooked Cat Books, in 2017.
THE GIRL IN THE EMPTY ROOM is Neil Randall’s second Crooked Cat novel.
Keep your eyes peeled for more details. You’re in for a treat.
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FREE EBOOK – THE NINE LIVES OF JACOB FALLADA

As a special bonus, I’m offering a new unpublished story for readers to download for free. The Jacqueline Prophecies(taken from one of my latest works in progress: The Nine Lives of Jacob Fallada) is quite a surreal story featuring a talking dog, a Lee Harvey Oswald tattoo, a pig circus and a bit of minor heartache – staples of the modern literary diet!

All you have to do is sign up for my newsletter and click on the link to download the free ebook:

http://neilrandall.us14.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=9c8c76b806161021847da3493&id=45edd028e9

Here’s a little taster of the story, the opening scene:

Jacob Fallada didn’t know what shocked him more: that a hulking St Bernard was sitting on a stool at the bar, smoking a cigar, or that nobody else in the traditional hostelry was paying the immense canine any attention–not the morose-looking old-timers sitting at a nearby table, or the much younger, smartly-dressed couple deep in conversation in a booth by the window.

Almost involuntarily, Jacob found himself walking towards the bar. When he reached the counter, he stole a quick glance at the dog. Its thick white coat had black and brownish flecks; its bull-like neck; its whole body seemed to ripple with a heaving, muscular vitality, that was as impressive as it was intimidating.

The barman, a shifty, wall-eyed Transcaucasian, shuffled over.

‘What can I get you?’ he asked Jacob.

There was a brief silence, where Jacob tried to divert the barman’s attention, discretely nodding in the direction of the dog, his eyes (if the barman had been observant enough to notice), clearly said: Look, there’s a huge dog at the end of the bar, smoking a cigar, don’t you think that’s a little strange? But there was nothing, not a glimmer of recognition, indicating that the barman did indeed find the St Bernard’s presence in any way unusual.

‘I said: what can I get you?’

‘Oh, sorry, miles away,’ Jacob lied. ‘I’ll have, erm…one of those, please.’ He pointed to one of the real ales; one of the cheapest drinks available.

‘Coming right up.’

As the barman pulled off the pint, Jacob darted another glance at the St Bernard happily smoking away, seemingly oblivious to everything, like any thoughtful, melancholy drinker found in any bar across the globe.

‘There you go.’ The barman put Jacob’s dark, frothy pint on the counter. ‘That’ll be seven-forty, please.’

‘Right, okay.’ As he took a handful of coins out of his pocket, Jacob felt duty-bound to make some reference to the dog.  ‘I, erm…didn’t know smoking was allowed in public places anymore.’

Something he immediately regretted. For the dog shifted its immense body around on the stool, and glared at him.

‘No, no,’ said the barman, ‘that only applies to humans–the smoking ban, I mean. Far as the management is concerned, any of our canine regulars are more than welcome to enjoy a smoke at the bar.’

 

ISOLATION – OUT TODAY 24TH JANUARY 2017

Neil Randall’s dark psychological thriller Isolation is released today. In pre-release reviews the book has been likened to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Shutter Island and The Silver Lining’s Playbook.

The novel is available in paperback priced at just £6.99 and on kindle priced just £1.99

Click on the link below to order your copy today:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Isolation-Neil-Randall/dp/1542416299/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

ISOLATION – THE ON-LINE LAUNCH

Join author Neil Randall for the on-line launch of his dark psychological thriller Isolation, on Facebook on the 24th January 2017. Listen to exclusive readings/extracts and learn more about the inspiration behind writing the book.

Click on the link below to sign up:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1604335499593318/

TALES OF ORDINARY SADNESS REVIEWED IN BEATDOM MAGAZINE

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Read a great review of Tales of Ordinary Sadness:

http://www.beatdom.com/review-tales-ordinary-sadness/

 

WIN AN EXCLUSIVE SIGNED COPY OF TALES OF ORDINARY SADNESS

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Win a signed copy of Tales of Ordinary Sadness in goodreads give-away running from the 1st to the 9th of November.

Click on link below to enter :

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/209688-tales-of-ordinary-sadness?utm_medium=email&utm_source=giveaway_approved

RELEASED TODAY: TALES OF ORDINARY SADNESS

Neil Randall’s debut short story collection Tales of Ordinary Sadness is released today 11th October 2017 in paperback and on kindle:

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Cindy Taylor of AllBooksReview said of the collection:

Randall ‘…is an intriguing writer who kept me entranced from start to finish. His writing style is bold, intense, disturbing, thought provoking, and very descriptive, with strong imagery.’

Click on the link to order your copy today: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tales-Ordinary-Sadness-Neil-Randall/dp/1910282987/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

COMING SOON: ISOLATION – THE HEART-STOPPING NEW THRILLER – RELEASE DATE 24/01/17

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When an office worker receives a photograph of a grisly murder scene, he thinks it’s a prank, not the start of a killing spree where he knows each and every victim.

Nigel Randolph, a solitary man with a history of mental health problems, is implicated in a macabre set of killings, drawn into a dark world of subterfuge and deception, which leaves him questioning his own sanity.

As the police investigation progresses, Randolph discovers evidence of radical hypnotherapy sessions, that he may have been experimented upon as a child, and is now victim of a high-level cover-up. Only if he can piece together what happened to him during the controversial psychiatric treatment of his youth, will he ever find out the truth.

Listen to spoken word teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgrc4zK2Sro

TALE OF ORDINARY SADNESS BOOK LAUNCH – JARROLD’S NORWICH 22nd SEPTEMBER

Big thank you to everyone who attended the launch of Tales of Ordinary Sadness  at Jarrold’s of Norwich on the 22nd of September.

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The paperback edition of The Butterfly & the Wheel is released on 12th July 2016.

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Click on the below link to buy your copy today:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Butterfly-Wheel-Neil-Randall/dp/1910282960?ie=UTF8&qid=1468332426&ref_=la_B00JYXI862_1_4_twi_pap_3&s=books&sr=1-4

New short story The Tower Block has just been published by Cut a Long Story. The Tower Block is a multi-generational story set on a London housing estate, told from the point of view of a brick in a wall.

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Click on the link to download your copy for just 99p:

http://www.cutalongstory.com/stories/the-tower-block/10735.html

Listen to spoken word version of Neil Randall’s acclaimed short story Hands (Long-listed for the Penguin Ireland RTE Short Story Competition 2015) via soundcloud & Tapes and Tales

Click on below link to listen to story:

 

New novel, TRUST NO ONE, a dark psychological thriller, published by Wild Wolf Publishing on kindle today, priced just £1.99

 

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To purchase the novel, click on the link below:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Trust-No-One-Neil-Randall-ebook/dp/B015VG8YK0/ref=la_B00JYXI862_1_1/275-4973166-0084212?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1455874650&sr=1-1

New short story The Debt Collector published in the latest issue of Beatdom Magazine

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Click on link to buy your copy today! http://www.beatdom.com/?p=3458

New short story The Small Victories published by The Bear Review

 

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Click on link below to read story on-line:

http://www.thebear-review.com/#!the-small-victories/c1ejx

New poem My Old Man’s Work Trousers published by Dagda Publishing

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Paste below link into browser to read:

http://dagdapublishing.co.uk/2015/02/28/old-mans-work-trousers/

New poem The View from a Window published by Dagda Publishing.

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Click on the link below to read on-line:

http://dagdapublishing.co.uk/2015/01/07/view-window/

Review of Fugue – A Collection of Contemporary Short Stories – including Council Flat Caviar.

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Click on link to read:

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