Forgotten Warriors is finished and gets a new official synopsis

So earlier this week I received the final draft of Forgotten Warriors from the editor. The novel is now complete.

It is very hard unless you write to understand what it is like to finish a novel. The sheer emotional weight that hits you is something I don’t think you ever prepare for. As I sit here a blubbering mess trying to type this I have over seven years of emotional weight and memories of working on this novel settling on my shoulders. The times when I felt like a failure. The times when all I saw was a blank screen for hours on end, laughing at me. The times when I thought this was the best work I had ever done. The times when I lost my brother, my father and felt like I would never write again. Always in those times, both good and bad, I would hear my mum whispering to me to keep going, to just do one more word Titch, one more page.

To say writing is a rollercoaster of highs and lows may sound cliche but it is as good a metaphor as any.

Some writers would have you believe that writing is a solitary profession, it is not..at least not for me. The amount love and support and ‘kicks up the ass’ from friends and family can not and will never be underestimated.

So thank you all for your love and support, some more than others (you know how you are).

And lastly… Mum…still here, still trying to save the world.

The plan is to launch the novel at the Thought Bubble Exhibition together with The  Chimera Factor graphic novel. The comic is stand alone, in many ways, but it also acts as a prequel to Forgotten Warriors.

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Look out for a post of how to pre-order your copy soon. It will be doing a limited edition special edition copy in the first instance..more details on that soon.

In the meantime if you’re a fan of Fallen Heroes…thank you for your support and sticking with me all these years..not much longer now. If you want to pick up Forgotten Warriors and want to read Fallen Heroes first you can still pick up a copy from Amazon.

Here’s the new story blurb to give you an idea what’s coming.

Hold your breath.

Stand your ground.

The worst is yet to come.

Three years ago, on the eve of their greatest triumph, the Book of Cademus instead suffered their greatest defeat.

Today the leaders of this apocalyptic cult are hunted across the globe as their followers lose faith in their gods.

Reduced to striking out from the shadows in petty acts of vengeance, the cult hatches one last desperate gambit to regain all they have lost.

The Icarus Foundation, ignorant of the danger, has become locked in a political power struggle. The United Nations believes Icarus are too dangerous to be left unchecked and take drastic measures to bring them under control.

With Icarus’ focus turned elsewhere the burden falls on those scarred survivors to stand against the Book of Cademus once more. If they can…

 
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A little look at The Chimera Factor Page 8

Well the last time we saw Steph in a meeting like this she was about to head off on Operation Solomon. This time around the stakes are even higher. This page also shows off United Nations Secretary General Jane Morton who is hosting the meeting. Morton puts in an appearance in the Fallen Heroes novel but this is her first comic outing.

Check out this first look at Pete Woods pencils for page 8 of The Chimera Factor.

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A Few Character Designs from The Chimera Factor

So, at the moment, The Chimera Factor creative team are working hard to really nail down the look of the characters before moving on with the next set of pages.

It’s been an interesting and collaborative process (god bless you facebook messenger) with Richmond Clements(the writer) and Pete Woods (the artist). It’s a great feeling seeing the evolution of each character’s look especially those who have come directly from Fallen Heroes through to this graphic novel. Anyway here’s a look at some of the designs.

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Unseen Shadows at Thought Bubble 2015

So it’s been a while but Unseen Shadows never goes away, we linger in the…well…um…shadows.

Unseen Shadows will be heading to the Thought Bubble Comic Festival  in Leeds this weekend and we will not be going empty handed. We will be launching two comics (Knights of Cademus and The Lament of Lady Mary) at the festival and our very first graphic novel ‘The Heart Which Makes Us’, which clocks in at a lovely 100 pages.

As well as the new comics we will also be launching the recently completed audio movie (which is one part prose,one part audio movie and about ten parts adventure!) Empire of Blood. The first three episodes of this four part audio movie are available to listen online for free.

As well as all this you will also be able to pick up the Fallen Heroes novel and the comic anthology Tales of the Forgotten.

Barry Nugent, founder of Unseen Shadows had this to say about the launches. “I am extremely proud of what the creative teams have done on these projects and looking forward to spending the weekend showing off their work.”

All the comics being launched at Thought Bubble are available to pre-order here.

I also was a guest on the Awesome Comics Podcast recently to talk about the project.

The Unseen Shadows team will be on table 71 in the Thought Bubble Marquee (aka the Teepee) so come and check us out!