Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Sometimes December 2014. Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas, Listeners! My latest podcast, Sometimes December 2014, features news, music, the return of Mr Yip, and a new classic story reading - H.P. Lovecraft's The Statement of Randolph Carter. Also muscling in on the action are Terry and Tony Nash, the two puppets pictured with me in the festive pic above.

After a bit of a delay, the podcast is now available to download through iTunes - huzzah!!

To download / listen live, click this link: Sometimes December 2014

Monday, 8 December 2014

Disturbing the Devil by Paul Warren

More listener works of art. This time we have Paul Warren with his latest U&F inspired piece, "Disturbing the Devil". Love that moustache.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Night Crossing - Graphic Novel: Latest Pic

For a while now, U&F fan Amanda Whipp has been working on a graphic novel version of the U&F pilot story, Night Crossing. The book will be available to buy next year, but for now, here's a look at Amanda's latest mini-masterpiece. It is of course, the razor scene Mr Jenkins' cabin.

Lovely detail, don't you think? I used to have a similar razor to that one when I was a young man. Of course, disposables existed then, but I wanted one like my dad used to have. I nicked myself more than once with it and eventually - several dozen blood-blotted toilet paper dressings later - I gave it up. It was that or end up looking like Edward Scissorhands. Anyway, I'll keep you posted on Amanda's progress with the graphic novel on this site.

And talking of this site, the more astute among you will have noticed that U&F.com has had something of a change of appearance. This new model lacks some of the user features of the old site, like the fan art gallery and whatnot, but it is extremely phone / tablet friendly. It's also hosted by Blogger, so it's dead easy for me to update. That means I'll be updating U&F.com more often than I have done for much of 2014 ... which is nice.

Monday, 17 November 2014

New Podcast - Meanwhile! - Number One

"Meanwhile" - it's a news show in which I basically explain what's been going on in my writing and audio production world (or the lack thereof) for the last season or so. Also features news of Free Ebook of The Month and a five minute sample of Disturbing the Devil. It's in iTunes now, or you can listen direct here ...

Disturbing the Devil - New Pay-Download Story.

Happy Halloween! Here it is, Disturbing the Devil. 

Blimey, but I've had a frightful time trying to get this damn thing online. It took the usual millennia to write and record, but on completing it today, I discovered that my struggle had only just begun. I thought I'd just produce it as I would a podcast audio file, upload it to a host, and that's it! Oh, no. Getting an audiobook onto Audible is murder. Figuring out Gumroad is easy, but the whole US-UK tax hell is, well, hell. In the end I went with Payhip. They've let me price it a price I think is reasonable for you, and also good for me (if I sell enough ;-) You'll see a UK £ price of £2.50, that equates to $4.00 US. I will get it onto Audible in the next few days, but when I do, it'll be over $7.00 US (their pricing, not mine) so if you're on a budget, Payhip might be the best way to go. You'll need a Paypal account and then they'll send you a download link.

I haven't been able to test it because I'm both vendor and buyer, and paypal doesn't like that. There's also a possibility that buyers outside the UK £ region may be told that the vendor doesn't accept your currency (I do, but Paypal might not) I don't know, I'm hoping everything will work for people outside the UK, but if not, I'm afraid you'll have to bear with me until I can get things sorted out better, but right now, my brain is broken and there's steam coming out of my ears; I can't think anymore, I've been at for 6 hours straight and I'm done for the night.

If you want it on iTunes, that'll have to wait for my Audible set up to finalise. Other phones and apps, I have no idea, probably the same - Audible will deliver via your network somehow. But for me, for now, I'm knackered: I need a drink ... or two ... or three ;-)

The Hardback and Paperback of U&F Complete, Now on Sale.

OK, here it is, for everyone who doesn't want the two individual ebook volumes of U&F at $2.99 each, I present the paperback and hardback all-in-one volumes.

The hardback is the high-end luxury product, with the paperback as the more affordable option. Yes, they aren't as cheap as stuff you see on Amazon, but remember, there are two novels in one volume, and that's a lot of paper. If U&F were in the hands of a "real" publisher, the books would be edited down to a fraction of the size.
The hardback is priced as it is so I can make a modest profit from any Amazon sales (because Amazon want their cut, too). The paperback is priced as it is because I've kept it OFF Amazon in order to keep the cost down. For this reason, only the hardback has an ISBN (international standard book number, which is what retailers need to sell it in their stores). For both books, discounts exist ONLY at Lulu, and that's where I urge you to buy.
Here are the links ...

Hardback: http://www.lulu.com/shop/mike-bennett/underwood-and-flinch/hardcover/product-21742664.html

Paperback: http://www.lulu.com/shop/mike-bennett/underwood-and-flinch/paperback/product-21746569.html

Once again, my huge thanks to all the U&F Fundraisers for helping to make this happen. Your names adorn the dedication pages!
NB: There's a printing and delivery time of over a week - I know, not ideal, but that's self-publishing companies for you.