Free Stuff! Free stuff!

Hello folks, it is time for another free give-away. Until the end of the week (Sun 13th) you’ll be able to get both The Mariner and Zigglyumph & Other Poems for free! Yes, you too can enjoy amusing little rhymes about Dingos whilst on the loo for absolutely no cost. Why not pick up a friend’s kindle and download it for them? That way when their partner finds The Mariner on there it’ll cause them all manner of awkward conversations.

The Mariner UK
The Mariner US

Zigglyumph UK
Zigglyumph US

As of writing, The Mariner is riding high at #3 Contemporary Fantasy and #5 Horror on the UK Free charts.

Double Giveaway

It’s that time again folks! Free goodies! But it’s not the just the one ebook I’m giving away, but two: The Mariner and Zigglyumph are available for free on Amazon until Sunday.

Praise for The Mariner

“This story is the wildest of rides – fast paced, energetic, unafraid, relentless, exhilarating, disturbing, and smart. I absolutely loved it.” C.W. RHODES, Writer & Blogger

“A barrage of harrowing imagery and bitter-sweet revelations… Both despicably vile and heart-warmingly comforting.” David Chapman, Goodreads Reviewer

“A surreal, political, critical and analytical allegory.” David Shelton, Amazon UK Review

“Made me wince at my species… my sex especially.” J. Hooker, Amazon USA Review

Praise for Zigglyumph and Other Poems

“I was drunk when I read this collection… and had a blast throughout.” Richard Langston, The Mind Of Madness

“Hilarious and warped… you can read it whilst drinking your afternoon tea, or indeed using the loo.” M, Amazon UK Review

Mariner Giveaway

The Mariner is available for free on Amazon from 22/03 – 23/03. Why not snare your free copy today? Some quotes from readers:

The Mariner, Free Giveaway!

“Ade Grant’s particular brand of psychological horror is a corrosive assault on the reader’s morals, which repeatedly promises reprieve, only to smash all hopes with a barrage of harrowing imagery and bitter-sweet revelations.”

“I felt the flow was like that of a road-trip, a nightmare highway journey… The Mariner himself made me wince at my species, at my sex especially.”

“…a polemic, twenty-first century “Gulliver’s Travels” of satirical fantasy. I think that it is a surreal, political, critical and analytical allegory. It seems to challenge perceived politics, religion, science, reason and physiology.
Read and think.”

“I was so completely disturbed at times, and at others times I was disgusted. At times I hated the Mariner character – wanted to end his wretched life myself – and at times I empathized with him greatly, wanted to protect him. It was a very difficult book to read at times, though the story was so engrossing I couldn’t stop. And when they end came around – though still some things were left deliberately without answers – I was completely fulfilled and left the story, in my opinion, a better person than when I started.”

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Mariner Redesign Finalised

And the final version is….

The Mariner, Kindle Edition

Bravo, and huge thanks to artist Christopher Hayes!

Blogger, writer and editor C.W.Rhodes recently reviewed The Mariner for his blog. Below is an except:

“I haven’t felt so many wonderfully conflicting emotions while reading a book in a long time. This story is the wildest of rides – fast paced, energetic, unafraid, relentless, exhilarating, disturbing, and smart. I absolutely loved it. The plot was magnificent and revealed its points in such a way that was always exciting, always changing, always moving forward into some new territory. There are so many interesting ideas thrown into it that not only kept me entertained, but intellectually interested in what was being said.”

To read more, check out the full review here.

Mariner Cover Revision

As a part of a redesign of the Mariner (Kindle edition), artist Christopher Hayes has taken his original work and re-jiggered it to work better in thumbnail format. What do folks think?

EDIT: Any now we’ve added a third!

In other news, Eastleigh by-election is taking place. This vote looks to be a disaster for every losing party (aside from UKIP), and not much better for the winner neither. Keep an eye on twitter for cursing well into the night, though I expect many a re-count will be requested.

The Mariner, Hardback Cover

Hardback Cover

Kindle Cover

Alternative New Cover

Hail To The Chris

Forest Dragon 2 by Christopher Hayes

Steam Engineers, The Tote

Many have been praising the artwork within The Mariner of late, so I thought I’d draw your attention to the illustrator behind them: Christopher Hayes. Chris lives in the Yarra Valley, outside of Melbourne, though like myself can trace his scarred memory back to Croydon, England.

He is one of the three developers of the world of the “Tote”, a steampunk environment for which he is the principal artist. Whilst Paul Hayes and I thrash out the workings of the great city and those who live within, it is Chris who gives this world its visual style and flavour.

A long time horror fan, Chris was able to turn his skills to the darker arts, supplying all the artwork for The Mariner, both the front cover and the ink sketches within. Below is a scene from the book in which the Mariner observes an abandoned philosophy teacher adrift in the ocean. Those who have read the chapter will notice Chris’ amazing ability to take the flavour of the scene and then go in his own direction creating something that is more than just a representation of the events.

You will hopefully be seeing more of Chris’ artwork later this year with the release for the first Tote novel. Too see more of Chris’ work, please visit his deviantART page.

Rotten Philosophy by Christopher Hayes

Mariner Giveaway

From 23/01/2013 – 27/01/2013 The Mariner is available for free from Amazon.

The Mariner by Ade Grant

Available for free on Amazon until 27/01/2013

Sailing through an endless ocean on an antique slaver, the Mariner is hopelessly alone. The few remaining settlements are broken husks peppered with survivors and dangerous cults, each and every one as lost as he. Fixated upon a need for answers in a world full of rot and with a deep sadomasochist streak, he’s a pervert, an addict and a monster, and might just hold the key to finding a route home.

“Ade Grant’s particular brand of psychological horror is a corrosive assault on the reader’s morals, which repeatedly promises reprieve, only to smash all hopes with a barrage of harrowing imagery and bitter-sweet revelations.”

“I felt the flow was like that of a road-trip, a nightmare highway journey… The Mariner himself made me wince at my species, at my sex especially.”

“…a polemic, twenty-first century “Gulliver’s Travels” of satirical fantasy. I think that it is a surreal, political, critical and analytical allegory. It seems to challenge perceived politics, religion, science, reason and physiology.
Read and think.”

Get it now!

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Giveaway!

It was reported to me that a certain Michael Howard was displeased at having to pay the paltry sum of £3 for an Ade Grant book on kindle when he could get Alexandre Dumas for free. I could go on about how Dumas books weren’t free when he was alive and needed to feed himself, but instead of fighting my corner I’m going to surrender…

So I give you:

THE MICHAEL HOWARD GIVEAWAY!

In honour of this gent’s stingy ways, for three days, starting today, you can get The Mariner kindle edition for free! Head on over and enjoy:

As Baldrick's sign says, "Get It Here"

The Mariner Sails Online!

It’s been long in the coming, but here it finally is…

Available Now!

Available Now!

Hate Rage Persecution Mutilation Isolation
Guilt Perversity Self-Harm Paedophilia Alcoholism
Deviancy Devils Zombies Ostracism Pornography
Wasps Insanity Masturbation Loneliness Voyeurism
Addiction Murder Rape Depression
True-Love & THE MARINER

Sailing through an endless ocean on an antique slaver, the Mariner is hopelessly alone. The few remaining settlements are broken husks peppered with survivors and dangerous cults, each and every one as lost as he. Fixated upon a need for answers in a world full of rot and with a deep sadomasochist streak, he’s a pervert, an addict and a monster, and might just hold the key to finding a route home.

A post-apocalyptic jaunt through a psycho-sexual nightmare, Ade Grant’s debut novel takes an uncomfortably honest appraisal of male sexuality and acts as an enema to the very darkest elements that lurk within us all.

Many thanks to Christopher and Paul Hayes on this one. Check out the links below to get your copy!

Kindle Edition
Hardback Edition