Newt's Update #84
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I rewatched PHANTASM using my experience as a horror veteran to break it down and understand the complex narrative structure. Sadly, at the end of the movie I was still none the wiser as to what was going on. I really enjoyed it nevertheless. If any of you have replica silver balls then sent me pictures!
I’m on Substack Notes! Notes is a new space on Substack for us to share links, short posts, quotes, photos, and more. I plan to use it as a replacement for the more traditional social media, mainly because I really don’t enjoy using or approve of FB, Instagram or Twitter.
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WHAT AM I WORKING ON NOW?
Still on HS2, protestors, and DRAUGR. It’s well into novella territory now, so will be slightly longer form than most of my stories. The clue is in how long I’ve been mentioning it. I’m looking forward to sharing it with you.
Probably another trip to the 18th century... It will either be historical or space opera. I have done quite a few contemporary ones recently and want to flex my imagination.
We had a bank holiday this weekend, which involved celebrating BELTANE. This was relaxing, but scarcely productive.
The bank holiday next weekend is looking vastly more promising for productivity, as it’s just to celebrate the ascension of our latest monarch. I shall celebrate it by ensconcing myself in my house, curtains drawn, avoiding the crowds, and when I’m not busy writing, watching THE HOLLOW CROWN and IRONCLAD.
5th May! I release the free short story, THE POWER WITHIN. A paranormal story of family, retribution and murderous dachshunds.
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.
5th July, THE DRAUGR. Hacking their way through ancient woodlands, construction workers unearth a long buried crypt with murderous results.
6th September, TALES OF THE MACABRE, VOL. 2 is released. The sequel to the bestselling horror short story compilation.
Horror Story Compilations
FREE SUSPENCE, THRILLER, AND HORROR BOOKS. Featuring 103 free horror stories. Including: TREV RIDES FORTH and 12 MINUTES.
CREEPY THRILLERS. Featuring 84 horror stories. Including: THE HORROR AT HARGRAVE HALL and TALES OF THE MACABRE, VOL. 1.
SPINE CHILLING READS. Featuring 77 free horror stories! Including: THE COCONUT KILLER, THE IRON DOOR, THE ENIGMATIC SKELETON, TREV RIDES FORTH, 12 MINUTES and WELCOME TO PARADISE.
DARK VILLAINS, DARK WORLD. Featuring 63 free horror stories! Including: TREV RIDES FORTH and 12 MINUTES.
FREE HORROR READS. Featuring 35 horror stories! Including: THE COCONUT KILLER, TREV RIDES FORTH.
THE SHADOW HOST, by River Starling, free to download.
Can Sinopa and her family defy the odds and make it through the jungle to the rumored safe haven in the valley? Only the desperate would attempt this journey. But trying is not succeeding – or even surviving.
OASIS, by Joan De La Haye, free to download.
A family of civilians, guided by a squad of soldiers who have seen more action than they can handle, must make their way to the safety of a UN base at the South Pole called New Atlantis. But can they make it to this oasis alive or will they only reach it as the undead?
WITHDRAWAL, by Bradley Lejeune, free to download.
When the enigmatic but powerful Koru unexpectedly abandon their embassy on Proxima Centauri, Vik—a one-time activist and war hero—and his shadowy friend Copeland attempt to find out if this is a prelude to a war that would prove disastrous for humanity.
DEMON KING: A SUPERNATURAL THRILLER, by Erik Henry Vick, available for purchase or free on Kindle Unlimited.
Each of them paid a terrible price and had to survive as best they could—wrapped in fantasy, the comfort of amnesia, or the silence of self-imposed isolation. Twenty-eight years later, they are drawn together to once again face the town's horrible secrets--the horde of demons infesting Oneka Falls.
DEAD BY MORNING, by Kayla Krantz, available for purchase or free on Kindle Unlimited.
After a classmate disappears, Luna is haunted by violent nightmares so real they leave her traumatized. Terrified, Luna begins to question her sanity until a call from a long-lost friend warns her of things to come.
Does Chance’s seemingly perfect exterior hide an unhinged evil?
BRIGHTSIDE, by Mark Tullius, available to purchase for free.
Joe hates his life. His ability to read minds gets him thrown into Brightside, a prison town far from society. Sure, he gets a new girlfriend, but the oppressive environment combined with their exposed thoughts increasingly wears at their relationship over time.
After a horrible tragedy, some of the telepaths decide to make their escape. But they’re up against a vicious pack of guards who see the prisoners as dangerous freaks. Can the group’s unique abilities free them from Brightside's oppressive confines, or are they doomed to live in captivity and slowly lose their minds?
DON'T TELL THEM I'M ALIVE, by Tim Kizer, available for purchase or free on Kindle Unlimited.
In August of last year a superyacht named Lady Athena disappeared with 27 people on board. Twelve months later, plastic surgeon Natalie Finlay meets a man who looks exactly like one of its passengers. What she doesn't know is that he is a vicious killer.
THE FEMALE BREEDERS, by Melanie Bokstad Horev, available for purchase.
Young brilliant scientist, Neen Salvek of genetically enhanced Clan Triverser is assigned to screen imprisoned males of the Dome, to assess their mental and emotional fitness before breeding season. Her task is crucial to protect the breeding women, and continue the development of their genetic enhancements. As she embarks on her mission she finds more than she bargained for – a system of brutal mutilation and slavery that condemns any male who doesn't make the cut in the breeding competition to death.
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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.
As a writer of epic fantasy and horror, I really enjoyed this post. I'm going to have to go back later today and really dig into it. Thanks!