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CLOCKWORK DOLLS - a dark fantasy novella

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This one is a bit of a departure for me. It's darker than a lot of my other stuff, and features a protagonist who is very hard to like.

Dave is a self-obsessed wanker with few redeeming features. The fact that he reminds me a lot of myself at a certain stage of my life is neither here nor there. He's also a skeptic of all things paranormal and likes to show off.

I wanted to write about such a person having an epiphany, of sorts, and it took me down some strange alleys, into studies of philosophical discussions, and thoughts of beer, love, and my place in an uncaring Universe.

As I've said, it turned out darker than I anticipated, but there's also hope here, and I learned some stuff about myself in its progress, which was nice.

Does all human passion, all memory, all imagination come merely from the chemistry in our brains, like the movements of a clock follow from the arrangement of its cogs and wheels? Are we just clockwork dolls? Or is there an organizing principle at work, something we can ask for answers to the important questions of existence... something that might answer?

Dave Burns has asked.

Now he, and his friends, might not live long enough to understand the reply.
Full of strong and well written characters, an ever building sense of dread, topped off with a satisfying conclusion. This novella hits the mark perfectly. - Ginger Nuts of Horror

I never thought that such a short novel could have such a huge impact, not only on my emotions but also on my ideas of God, the Universe and Fate. This is a thought provoker if ever there was one ... It's totally mind blowing. - Magic of Reading

... a brilliantly written story which offers plenty of rewards for those game enough to read it. - Fantasy Book Review

It's a novella that takes a piece of metaphysics and turns it into a monster. Keep your Secret, gurus. William Meikle has the cure for what ails me. - Wag the Fox
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Seven reviews in on Amazon, 35 stars - I'll take it.
A wee stoater of a review from The Heart of Horror for Clockwork Dolls today. If I was in Inverness I'd give him a big sloppy kiss.

This is a fine story which manages to run the full gamut of emotion but is never stale, it fairly rockets along. Meikle takes what he has learned from years of writing pacy adventures, gives us a character worth caring about, an intriguing plot and away we go. I have always enjoyed William Meikle's work but with this story he firmly moves into my list of favourite authors and I will be really interested to see where he goes from here.
12 reviews now in on, and a full house of 60 stars. Pretty damned chuffed with that.
13 reviews, 65 stars. Not too shabby at all :)

And Clockwork Dolls is going to be the group read, and me the guest author, over at the HORROR AFFICIONADOS group on Goodreads for April. It's a big group, so I'm hopeful of a sales spike.

Wish me luck.
I was a bit skeptical about the genre at first, but the recognition and appreciation your book has received have changed my mind. Thanks and good luck!
Hope you enjoy it, Anna. It's picked up some great reviews now...

I particularly like this...

"I never thought that such a short novel could have such a huge impact, not only on my emotions but also on my ideas of God, the Universe and Fate. This is a thought provoker if ever there was one ... It's totally mind blowing. - Magic of Reading"
14 reviews in on Amazon, and a full house of 70 stars...

The CLOCKWORK DOLLS discussion at Goodreads is going strong... over 200 posts

And the novella now has 17 reviews at Amazon, all of them 5 star, which makes me happy.
CLOCKWORK DOLLS is my featured book this week on my Facebook page

There's even a "Share" button if you feel like doing me a wee favor.
I won something! Reader's Choice for Best novella from Darkfuse so far in 2013 goes to CLOCKWORK DOLLS...
Just renewed the UK based film company option for the feature length movie based on my novella. It seems to be stuck in pre-production hell somewhere and has been for a while but they say there hope... there's always hope...
CLOCKWORK DOLLS is back. My latest rerelease from Crossroad Press, and a novella that garnered some of the best reviews of my career.

"This novella hits the mark perfectly."- Ginger Nuts of Horror

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