Monday, 31 January 2011

Venus in Saturn: Cover Preview

Among other art and design projects, Chaz has still been finding valuable time to coax the final draft of Venus in Saturn towards a conclusion. With so many plot threads it's taken a long time to get there, but official release is now slated for this Spring.

Here's Chaz's finished artwork for the cover, front and back, featuring heroine Vanessa Descartes (in the background) and the sadistic 'Destroying Angel of Dunkelsburg', nazi war criminal Dr. Else von Hinterstoisser. As with all of Chaz's works, however, the lines between good and evil are somewhat our tormented protagonist soon finds out to her cost:

As a further taster, here's the back cover blurb text in full:

"Days before the turn of the Millennium, it is Vanessa Descartes' last criminal forensic case and seven years before the events of Maranatha, where Vanessa first met Dr. Khalamanga and Professor de Carranza.

A brutal psychopath stalks the streets of Whitechapel, echoing the crimes of Jack the Ripper, 111 years before.

The police are scratching for clues. Only Vanessa believes she understands the true meaning of the case from a series of bizarre occult, historical and scientific anomalies that stretch their
dark shadows over 10,000 years of human history.

As she infiltrates a cultish church based around the mythology of fallen angels, she begins to uncover even more terrifying details of a past she has tried to forget for so long...and one
that she never knew she had, until now.

How can she convince the police that the trauma she experienced as a child, and the strange propensity for madness and suicide in her family, are essential to the investigation?

As she struggles to reconcile her lingering guilt over the tragic suicide of her elder sister with the baffling twists and turns of the case, Vanessa is forced to examine the depths of her own mind in a shattering descent into psychological horror which drags her to the blackest depths of human depravity, madness, and purest evil...and beyond...

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Maranatha Makes it to Kindle

It took a while to get the official Amazon-branded e-book out there, but Chaz has now released Maranatha in Kindle format. This edition is branded with the 'Trinity Chronicles' series title, foreshadowing the release of Venus in Saturn later this year and the second book in the series:

for customers;

for customers.

The whole practice of uploading and conversion takes a little longer than that of, which is pretty instantaneous, but was still completed inside 48 hours.

Promoting and marketing e-books seems to be somewhat easier than pushing print copies, and Chaz will soon be turning his attention towards certain online groups and communities devoted to this very practice. Details of his experiences in this field will follow in due course...

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Fenriswulf in the Self-Publishing Press

While in the process of seeking reviews for Maranatha, Chaz started talking to Sarah at the Self Publishing Magazine, a UK-based periodical devoted to all aspects of this very subject. While the review may be forthcoming in future, Chaz also submitted an article on Maranatha and his decision to go it alone with it through the medium of Fenriswulf Books - a personal case study in self-publishing, if you will - which saw print in a splendid 2-page spread in the recent autumn issue of the magazine.

Content from Self-Publishing Magazine issue 16

Packed with wholesome advice and useful information, the Self Publishing Magazine is well worth tracking down, either in print or online, here. They also provide highly-rated publishing services with Matador Publishing.

Friday, 7 January 2011

Carving the Bloody Eagle: A History Horrors Article

Jeff Swenson, over at, is posting a new series of articles exploring the darker side of history: 'History Horrors'. Here's Chaz's first contribution to the series, with a look at Viking-style vengeance...The Blood Eagle. Writing and researching some of this stuff really brings tears to the eyes!

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