Some of you may not know this, but March 21st 2017 is a very important date.
I’m going to sound like an egomaniac by explaining another bout of absence, not just here but in other places on the web. I always think it sounds a bit weird when an unknown blogger apologises for not blogging, as if the internet has been holding its breath, but I can see where these people are coming from.
What’s in a name? Where do characters come from? Sometimes, the questions authors are asked are difficult to answer: ‘where did you get the idea from?’ is the perennial lump hammer of a question; virtually unanswerable.
But occasionally a question can be answered, and today I’ll tell you how I created Belarussian rock band There Will Be Blood.
Looking back on 2015 I think the one word that best sums up my writing career would be underwhelming. Sales figures could be counted on the fingers of one hand, and not necessarily a healthy hand at that. But part of this could be down the fact that I did virtually no promotion.
Well, what do you expect, you moron, I hear you mutter. I’m hoping that 2016 will be a little more active, so read on to discover what I’m planning to do.
No one knows the true barycentre of the TotenUniverse. The band are only part of a wider growing European conspiracy. You can now explore further details of this conspiracy and Alien Noise Corporation’s future plans and releases.
Click the image to see the TotenUniverse in detail. As universes go the image is quite large, and best viewed in landscape mode…
And you can learn more about the future plans for Alien Noise and the different story lines and strands here:
In the third Toten Herzen story Raven has lost her mate, Rob Wallet, and suffered a second setback when Susan Bekker does the dirty on her promise to turn Raven into a vampire. After a brief meeting with an Interpol investigator Raven lets off steam in a phone call to a friend back in Britain.
Raven is questioned by Interpol investigator Pierre Dremba…
“Why are you called Raven if you have blue hair?”
“Because the only bird I know with blue hair or blue feathers is a peacock, and I’d sound a bit stupid calling meself Peacock, wouldn’t I.”
“I suppose so. . . .”
“Rob told me about blue tits, but that’s even worse.”
A 1st draft abridged extract from the third Toten Herzen novel There Will Be Blood v.2 (The novel will be published at the end of Toten Herzen’s Malandanti world tour, some time in 2016.)
The band take a fateful decision…
For as long as Wallet had been with the band, he thought he had an ally in Rene. A foolish presumption. Rene always remained detached, mentally detached from discussion as if he were the band’s pet dog. TotenherzenDog.
Official statement from Alien Noise Corporation.
Rotterdam, March 9th
Toten Herzen will not be performing at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Austria. Reports that the band would be representing Azerbaijan are incorrect and malicious.
Susan Bekker, speaking from Sao Paulo where the band are on world tour, described the rumours as vicious and vindictive. “The whole rumour thing has got out of hand and we think we know where it’s coming from.”
The third outing in the Totenseries. And a major surprise in store.
Finally out of the studio the band are ready to go on the road, prepare for the world premiere of the film and sort out Rob Wallet. They think they have the world eating out of their pale white hands until . . .
A Russian svengali has big plans for his own band: There Will Be Blood. More shocking, more outrageous, more depraved than Toten Herzen. The wedding party circuit beckons as the band look set to become a pastiche of themselves.
In the south of France, an ostracised Rob Wallet teams up with three ex-pat English ghostbusters. And are they delighted when their equipment lights up every time Wallet goes with them on a mission?
Throw into the mix a serious Interpol investigation into the band’s links to a string of historical murders (the list goes on and on), only Raven’s interference can save them. But then she discovers something unusual about Rob Wallet, discovery that forces him into doing the ultimate deal with her.
There Will Be Blood is a sordid tale of deception and identity in the long tradition of Toten Herzen’s dark paranormal humour. The Gwando Awards will never recover.
Publication date 2016