Newt's Update #80
Newt's Update provides subscribers with news on the author's latest work, upcoming releases, and events.
I went with the title SHADOW OF THE WOLF, but the story fared poorly with beta readers. Good title, good cover, terrible story. So it gets archived. It was fun to write, though. I hope that I’ll be able to fix it up one day.
I finished EIGHTEEN MINUTES. It ended up being TWELVE MINUTES as the story needed to be tighter. It is a dark time in the world when the inspiration for horror stories comes from BBC News.
I’ve been rewriting an old story, I HAVE THE POWER (How many of you remember reading it?). I’ve always loved Ancient Greece and this story is a love letter to the classic movies and TV shows about it from when I grew up. I was inspired by a few people I've met in real life who tried to make up for having neither intellect nor self-control with belligerence. Beta reader feedback so far is positive!
Deak’s smashed out a magnificent free horror short story. THE COMPLAINT which has a brilliant twist.
Ryan wrote a free Christmas flash fiction horror, THE WREATH for NoSleep which was wonderfully dark and gripping.
I am really looking forward to the TALES OF THE MACABRE, VOL. 1 launch party on the 8th!
WHAT AM I WORKING ON NOW?
A novel. I have been predominantly been a short story writer, but in 2017 I wrote NESTOR LYNCH. Now, I am working on the sequel. Nestor was my first major work, and it’s quite the challenge. I did write a sequel two years ago, but it was sadly not in a publishable state. So, I am trying again.
EIGHTEEN MINUTES, a tale of a New Year’s Party, gone horribly wrong.
5th April - TALES OF THE MACABRE, VOL. 1. A collected works of sixteen tales of spine tingling terror is released on Amazon. The debut collected works of Newton Webb.
8th April, TALES OF THE MACABRE, VOL. 1. Book launch, Saturday, 18:00–22:00. Project Orange, Clapham Junction, London, England.
19th April, TWELVE MINUTES. Released as a free short story.
3rd May, THE POWER WITHIN. Probably released as a short story, might be released as a novella. Just finishing it up at the moment!
7th June - NESTOR LYNCH. Murder and revenge abound in this techno thriller. The debut novel of Newton Webb. ARC copies available.
10th June, NESTOR LYNCH. Book launch, Saturday, 18:00–22:00. Project Orange, Clapham Junction, London, England.
Free Story Compilations
BOOKS YOU CAN'T PUT DOWN. Featuring 103 horror stories! Including: THE COCONUT KILLER, THE IRON DOOR, THE ENIGMATIC SKELETON.
GRIMDARK SFF. Featuring 53 horror stories!
NEVER EXISTED… Featuring 36 horror stories, free to those with Kindle Unlimited. Including: THE BALLAD OF BARNACLE BILL, THE HORROR AT HARGRAVE HALL.
SOUR ROOTS, by Shawn Burgess, FREE download.
Roger and Gertrude Davis enjoy an idyllic existence in the small Appalachian town of Harper Pass. With vast landholdings, a successful business, and love for the family they’ve built, they’ve avoided the suffering The Great Depression has wrought on the area until it all comes crashing down on a sweltering summer day in 1932.
With the twin daughters they dote on gone missing and ominous signs of foul play evident, a suspect quickly emerges. But not everything is always what it seems. Amidst the murder, madness, and mayhem, they soon learn there’s blood to pay when the past comes calling.
THE DEAD MAY DANCE, by Nikky Lee, FREE download.
Unnatural things are afoot in Lapachka village. A monster lurks the streets, killing at random. Father Gavriil is spooked. The villagers terrified. Through it all Olya grieves for a friend murdered before the madness began.
A friend who will not go quietly.
CLIFF HOCK: THUNDERCLAP, by M Rothmus, FREE for Kindle Unlimited or available for purchase.
Nobody gets out alive. If the Communists don't kill you, the dreams will.
A region of space only 75 light-years from Earth has a reputation for being haunted. But Cliff Hock doesn't believe in ghosts. Nightmares that come to life and kill people have a logical, scientific explanation. So, he joins forces with a mother-daughter team to find out what's “really” going on.
FURY, by Joan De La Haye, available for purchase.
Two rival crime bosses fight for dominance on the streets of South Africa’s capital city.
And Alice, a university student, is caught in the middle of a bloody battle for survival.
Will she survive or get snuffed?
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Newton Webb Bibliography
Available on Amazon
2022 – The Heir Apparent, Novella
2018 – The Morrígan, Novella
2017 – Nestor Lynch, Novel
2013 – Festival of The Damned, Novella
2012 – The Platinum Service, Novella
1958 – The Black Fog, Short Story
1864 – Smoke in the Sewers, Novella
1832 – The Horror at Hargrave Hall, Novella
1818 – The Ballad of Barnacle Bill, Novella
1194 – Hunted, Short Story
Read a collection of free short stories by Newton Webb on his website.