What do You Want to Read?

What do You Want to Read?

October is one exciting month! The final edits are going into The Holtur Curse and I’m getting pumped up for NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month). The idea of Nano is to write a complete first draft entirely within the month of November. Challenge accepted!
I’ve definitely boosted my writing speed this year, but can I pound out 50,000 words in a single month? I’m definitely excited to give it a crack.
Nano will be taken as a break from Holtur and I will be writing a complete standalone story. Browsing over my ‘Story Ideas’ document—that has grown considerably over the years—was good fun, but narrowing myself down to a single story idea was a challenge I need a little help with. This is where you come in. I want you to vote on which story you’d be most excited to read about, and I’ll write the story that secures the most votes. Here are the stories:

1. The Earth Experiment – dystopian sci-fi on modern Earth
The world is in turmoil, and creatures of myth and legend have risen in the modern world. Humanity is on its back foot and falling fast. Zed Zapper, a gruff ex-marine, feels as though something is forcing current events to unfold. Forcing the end of out humanity. Too bad for whatever it is, Zapper is ready to obliterate everything they throw at his home.
Zapper fends off the invading enemy with varying success, until the rise of the zombies that is. Flesh eating corpses swiftly wipe out what is left of humanity, leaving Zapper as the final survivor.
Loneliness destroys him, and Zepper braces himself for his demise. Despite staring death in the face, a group of aliens, known as Krethians, rescue Zapper. They don’t want much in return, only for Zapper to use his knowledge, skill, and blood to help save the Krethian home planet.

2. Black Island – set in the same world as Necrosanguin and Holtur
Hidden deep within the Tropical Current is the small island of Sunshine. The beaches are covered in pure silica sand, the fish in the surrounding waters are plump and plentiful, and the lush inland forests bear plenty of fruit. Safe drinking water constantly trickles down from the mountain, and the climate is sublime. In almost every aspect, Sunshine is the setting of the average person’s dreams.
The residents of Sunshine all live on the floating town of Dreamglass Bay. But when a tropical storm destroys their home, the people of Sunshine watch the sun rise with terror-filled tears. For when the sun rises over Sunshine, so too do the Verdantuans.

3. Glaring Chaos – set in a generic high fantasy world
Earning the rank of dark overlord was never an easy task, but it was well worth the grueling life-time of effort. The Hero of Justice, chosen by the Grand Wizard, given the Sword of Integrity, and joined by an elf, dwarf, and a half orc, thought he could destroy the dark overlord because of some prophecy. Needless to say, the undertrained do-gooders didn’t last long in their final battle. Surely no one could truly expect an alternative result; that kind of rubbish exists only in fairy tales!
After discarding the corpses of another vanquished collection of heroes, the dark overlord grasps a hold of Sword of Integrity. Suddenly, he is overcome with the urge to do good. Along with his army from underworld, the dark overlord sets out to right his wrongs. He quickly realises that doing so isn’t so easy, apparently people hold a grudge when you destroy and enslave their countries.

 

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Whichever story idea has the most votes by the 23rd will be the story I shall bring to life.

Back to Holtur for a moment, The Holtur Curse will be available on the 30th. Pre-orders are now live and worth checking out for the promo offer. The third Holtur story will be written next year. If you just can’t wait that long, the entire collection of short stories set in Holtur will be released in a single book for Christmas.

Book Review: I Am Legend

I AM LEGEND
by Richard Matheson

“Come out, Neville!”

After hearing that the original story is quite different to the Will Smith film, and that it is considered the best vampire story of the 20th century, I thought I’d give it a crack. I’m glad I did!

The story is relatively short, but that’s not a bad thing. It delves into the mind of Robert Neville as he attempts to cope with being the sole survivor of a vampire apocalypse. At some points the story jumps about a little, but for 3 years to be crammed into a novella, you kind of expect it. Still, you get a good feeling on how Neville’s life is after everyone goes vamp on him.

Events unfold through the story making his life continually seem more grim. Things begin to escalate quick as he learns the truth of the infected, leading to an unavoidable, but legendary ending.

I actually watched the movie again after reading the book, trying to trace the origins of everything to that story written in the fifties. The only things that are identical are the character names and that there is a dog. Even the whole theme of the dog is completely and utterly different. That said, it’s easy to see everything in the book inspiring all the details of the film. I’m not going to say one is better than the other; both the book and the film are fantastic in their own ways.

It’s easy to see how this short story, written in 1954, influenced a lot of books, movies, and video games that have been quite popular over the last decade. If you are a fan of anything survival, dystopian, zombie, or vampire, I’d highly recommend giving it a read. The only negative thing I can say about the book, is that I wanted more.

Want to read it now? Buy I Am Legend from Amazon.

Oh yeah, if you haven’t figured it out already, those ‘leeches’ from The Holtur Enigma have a huge impact on the upcoming sequel.

Necrosanguin is now Complete!

Necrosanguin is now Complete!

I am incredibly excited to announce the release of the third and final episode of Necrosanguin, Boulderclaws!

For fans of the series, I’d recommend you prepare yourselves as you are going to be blown away by the events that unfold in this finale! If you haven’t read any of the Necrosanguin series, now is the perfect time to grab the trilogy and binge the lot! With an epic adventure spanning across—and beneath—the ocean, filled with prehistoric-like creatures, pirates, and zombies, along with a loveable cast of heroes, you won’t be disappointed! Necrosanguin truly is a unique and amazing adventure!

There is no way to describe the month of June other than hectic; it really was full on! I spent a lot of time working on both The Holtur Curse draft and polishing the final touches to Boulderclaws. I’m really pleased with the way the Necrosanguin story has finished and everyone is loving it so far. I am keen to hear what you think about it too.

The Bristrunstium Monster Records is also supporting some new monster faces. Two new wyverns, shock and water, along with a large reptilian, and a nasty spider-type critter. Check it out!

I also have a new offer on the website, one that gives anyone the opportunity to grab some free books. If you’re interested in scoring some free reads, click here.

Happy suns,
Cameron Wayne Smith

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The Holtur Enigma begins…

The Holtur Enigma begins…

Today is an incredibly exciting day, it is the day The Holtur Enigma begins. For those who do not yet know, The Holtur Enigma is a dark fantasy full of monsters, beasts, and horrors, and is a free serial with new chapters released each week.

The first chapter see’s the protagonist, Vivian Patressi, making his way to Holtur. It was a nice steady trip too, well until a stone wyvern showed up. Will he survive the journey? Find out today by clicking here. (You may need to be logged in to Wattpad to read the entire chapter)

As well as an all new adventure, the Scholars of the Bristrunstium will be working hard to bring more monster information to you. Seven chapters, starting with this one, will be accompanied with an updated Bristrunstium Monster Records. Grab the latest release here for free.

The next ten weeks are going to be exciting. Hope you are ready to experience Holtur while Vivian attempts to survive.

A Digital Home

A Digital Home

“You don’t need an author website,” were my thoughts whenever someone brought up the concept. Well, as you can see, that has changed. This is now the digital home for all my fantasy works.

The big decider for me, is the fact that I have decided to write full time in 2017. So my Christmas gift to myself is setting up for the big year ahead. The plan for next year is to release both episode 3 and 4 of the Necrosanguin series, a small standalone story with massive monster action, and a bestiary full of black and white art of the creatures in the Necrosanguin universe.

I’ll post news updates on here, but for my readers who want to be kept up to date, and receive free goodies from time to time, you should definitely join the Bristrunstium.