Here at Scifind.com we have been fans of Sam Stone and it is fantastic to see Scifind’s own Neil Gardner producing the audio of Sam Stone’s Steampunk horror novella ZOMBIES AT TIFFANY’S through his audio production company Spokenworld Audio.
‘We’ve long been an admirer of Neil’s work in the audio field,’ says David J Howe of TELOS, publishers of Zombies At Tiffany’s. ‘He’s a great supporter of genre fiction and audio, and so when he approached us about whether the rights to Sam’s book were available, we were over the moon.’
Neil goes on to state… ‘I am extremely excited to be bringing the zombie-infused adventure of Kat Lightfoot to audio, Having previously produced Sam’s short horror story collection ZOMBIES IN NEW YORK AND OTHER BLOODY JOTTINGS on behalf of AudioGO, I jumped at the chance to work on another of her brilliant stories, and bring Sam to my own audiobook label. We have the fantastic Stephanie Cannon back to read, and will be indulging our love for adding music and sound effects. Hopefully this will be just the first of many Sam Stone audiobooks that Spokenworld Audio will be producing … she is a unique talent who brings creativity and incredible imagination to everything she writes.’
‘I can’t wait to hear what Neil and the crew at Spokenworld do with my Zombies,’ says Sam Stone. ‘I was absolutely delighted with their work on my short story collection, and I know that they will do a fantastic job on this book too. It’s a pleasure hearing my characters come alive in this way …’
Autumn 2013 sees Spokenworld Audio rapidly expanding its audiobook range, with a whole host of titles including factual history, science fiction and anthology horror. Leading this slew of great releases will be ZOMBIES AT TIFFANY’S by leading UK horror author Sam Stone.
ZOMBIES AT TIFFANY’S – the audiobook, will be released on 31st October 2013, exclusively at www.spokenworldaudio.com
Sam Stone‘s new novella, entitled Kat On A Hot Tin Airship, will be published in September 2013 now Stephen James Walker, Editorial Director of Telos Publishing in London, has acquired world rights to this new Steampunk/horror/dark fantasy novella.
The novella is a sequel to Sam’s 2012 novella Zombies At Tiffany’s, and sees the Victorian Steampunk heroine Kat Litefoot once more adventuring against creatures of the underworld. Stone said of the deal: “Like many of my readers, I fell in love with Kat the moment I put her on paper, and I wanted to see what she got up to after the great Zombie invasion of 1854. Telos are a fantastic publisher to work for, and I’m delighted that my new book will see print through them.”
Walker commented: “Sam Stone’s work always guarantees depth and quality in the writing, and I was delighted when she offered us Kat On A Hot Tin Airship! It combines her keen sense of humour and lightness of touch, with the psychological and effective horror for which she is known. Kat On A Hot Tin Airship will be snapped up by her legions of fans.”
Sam Stone’s first novel, Killing Kiss, won the silver award for Best Horror Novel in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year competition, and her subsequent novels and short stories have gained her much acclaim, including winning the British Fantasy Award. She holds an MA in Creative Writing and is a noted public speaker and lecturer. Sam’s website is at www.sam-stone.com, and Telos Publishing is at www.telos.co.uk.
Zombies Of New York And Other Bloody Jottings is the collection of short stories by horror author Sam Stone.
In the past 12 months Sam has continued to widen her profile and is now penning the movie screen play to her critically respected Zombies At Tiffanys novel.
This is the first audio of her works and is a very good place to start with Sam’s work. The stories themselves are connected by a central female character, Lucrezia, who was introduced in her Vampire Gene Novel ‘Futile Flame’. The characte of Lucrezia is brought to life by reader Stephanie Cannon.
Stephanie’s voice brings real life to the stories, her soft tones can hold a real edge and sexy quality as the story commands.
I think it is fair to say that Sam’s writing style is less Twilight and more Sookie Stackhouse, where there is a good mix of flirtatious sex with the blood, violence and gore.
Sam’s writing style is very fast moving, not looking to dwell on detail, but the perpetual linking of events ever pushing forward. This ‘movie style’ writing does not lead to a series of carboard characters though.
Of the 14 stories included in this volume (13 from the book and an original exclusive addition in form of ‘Walking the Dead’) my personal favourite is “Fools Gold” version of events set around ‘Jack the Ripper’. Though a fairly common story, the Jack the Ripper tale is very much a contender for a Doctor Who episode, would love to see the Doctor with a Victorian Vampress companion.