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The Village of Lost Souls - psychological horror
« on: December 20, 2012, 01:41:20 pm »
This (link in signature below) is my debut novel. Here's the blurb:

John Andrews is five years old when he watches his brother fight the fearsome Mahoneys on a patch of wasteground in Newcastle in pre-war England. It is a battle that will reverberate down the years. He is nine when World War II arrives and tears his family apart. He is seventeen when his mother flees the North-east and her despair. He accompanies her to the other end of England, to Cornwall. To the village.

It is in the village that John meets his first love, but joy is overshadowed by a rapidly-increasing series of events that has no business occurring in a rational world. As these events spiral out of control, John has to battle to save what remains of his family, his first love and his very sanity. Not to mention his life.

The Village of Lost Souls is hungry to claim more...
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    Re: The Village of Lost Souls
    « Reply #1 on: December 20, 2012, 02:20:19 pm »
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    Re: The Village of Lost Souls
    « Reply #2 on: December 27, 2012, 07:08:52 am »
    Unless I have something specific to pass on, I thought I'd post excerpts of The Village of Lost Souls here, rather than prattle on about it. This should be more interesting to anyone stumbling in here and I'm not very good at prattling. So I'll post some random samples, starting with:


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    Re: The Village of Lost Souls
    « Reply #3 on: January 03, 2013, 01:12:52 pm »
    Here's another random sample (slightly censored for language):


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    Re: The Village of Lost Souls
    « Reply #4 on: January 10, 2013, 11:15:13 am »
    Well, the Village received its first review. It took me completely by surprise (jumping-in-the-air-and-whooping surprise) as I didn't think anyone was reading it. The review can be seen here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Village-Lost-Souls-ebook/dp/B00AQNWSWE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1357844720&sr=8-2&keywords=sam+kates

    Here's a little snippet:


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    Re: The Village of Lost Souls
    « Reply #5 on: January 17, 2013, 10:32:38 am »
    Another random sample;


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    Re: The Village of Lost Souls
    « Reply #6 on: January 24, 2013, 08:53:05 am »
    And another:


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    Re: The Village of Lost Souls
    « Reply #7 on: January 31, 2013, 10:23:06 am »
    And another:


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    Re: The Village of Lost Souls
    « Reply #8 on: February 07, 2013, 12:17:20 pm »
    The Village just received its second lovely review. Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1YWBPVDE12QAQ/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00AQNWSWE&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=133140011&store=digital-text

    A snippet:


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    Re: The Village of Lost Souls
    « Reply #9 on: February 16, 2013, 07:41:33 am »
    Time for another snippet:


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    Re: The Village of Lost Souls
    « Reply #10 on: February 28, 2013, 11:18:08 am »
    Horror with love and loss and growing up...
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    Re: The Village of Lost Souls
    « Reply #11 on: April 06, 2013, 03:31:55 am »
    The Village has picked up a few more reviews, all positive. Of course, it could always use more...

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    Re: The Village of Lost Souls
    « Reply #12 on: April 20, 2013, 04:48:03 pm »
    This week I signed a contract with a publisher for the publication of The Village. (Still sinking in that I'm about to become a published author, rather than a self-published one.) This will likely result in a revamp of the cover; unsure yet whether they'll require any other changes. Exciting times...

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    Re: The Village of Lost Souls
    « Reply #13 on: May 03, 2013, 04:59:16 pm »
    Another brief sample:


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    Re: The Village of Lost Souls
    « Reply #14 on: May 30, 2013, 04:23:46 pm »
    Couple of samples from the most recent Amazon reviews...


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    Re: The Village of Lost Souls
    « Reply #15 on: September 12, 2013, 11:29:20 am »
    Well, despite a smattering of good reviews, The Village is sinking into obscurity under the weight of competition and the incompetence of its author at self-promotion. Hopefully, the publishers will do a little better when they take over...

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    Re: The Village of Lost Souls *AUTUMN SALE*
    « Reply #16 on: September 21, 2013, 04:40:30 am »
    Autumn price reduction (a Fall fall?): for a limited time, until Halloween, the ghostly novel The Village of Lost Souls is available at 0.77/$0.99.

    All honest reviews welcome.

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    Re: The Village of Lost Souls *AUTUMN SALE*
    « Reply #17 on: October 18, 2013, 11:24:55 am »
    Just under two weeks to go, then The Village reverts to its previous price of $2.99. In December, it will be taken over by my publishers, which will mean a new cover and new price. The next two weeks are probably the last chance to pick it up for less than a dollar.

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    Re: The Village of Lost Souls *AUTUMN SALE - LAST DAY*
    « Reply #18 on: October 30, 2013, 03:29:58 pm »
    Last day of the sale. Happy Halloween!

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    Re: The Village of Lost Souls
    « Reply #19 on: August 12, 2014, 11:55:47 am »
    Publication of The Village of Lost Souls has now been taken over by Smithcraft Press. It has a snazzy new cover and is available in paperback. If you like your horror more psychological than gory, this could be for you.

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    Re: The Village of Lost Souls - psychological horror
    « Reply #20 on: September 07, 2017, 07:01:27 am »
    Crikey! More than three years since I posted to this thread. How good at marketing am I?

    I have a number of new works out since this was published, but I'll always have a fondness for this my first novel.

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    Re: The Village of Lost Souls - psychological horror
    « Reply #21 on: October 02, 2017, 06:04:01 am »
    Horror, yes, but also a tale about families, growing up, falling in love, and loss.

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    Re: The Village of Lost Souls - horror for Halloween
    « Reply #22 on: October 24, 2017, 04:59:45 am »
    When they have unfinished business, the dead don't always stay dead...

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    Re: The Village of Lost Souls - psychological horror
    « Reply #23 on: November 13, 2017, 06:16:08 am »
    Set before, during and after World War II, this is a novel about growing up and families and losing loved ones. It's also about the power of brotherly love.

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    Re: The Village of Lost Souls - psychological horror
    « Reply #24 on: January 23, 2018, 06:19:03 am »
    If you like your horror more unsettling than gory, this might be for you.

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