Author Spotlight; Graeme Cumming

Graeme Cumming

As the ravens gather and darkness descends, the time is drawing near for history to repeat itself… Ravens Gathering is a gripping thriller, interwoven with horror and fantasy, that demonstrates how you should never take things at face value.

The above is an edited snapshot taken from the Amazon(UK) book listing. “Interwoven with horror” sounded right up my street, so I grabbed a copy there and then. The reason for the delay in producing this spotlight is, partially, down to having to read the book first (apologies Graeme; for the delay that is, not for having to read the book!).

When I contacted the author about doing this, he kindly sent me a press pack with a great deal of information that makes these easy to write. Frankly, most of it is taken from such press packs; the images, bios and book blurbs, although often I add review links if I find them.

I tend to spotlight rather than review to help authors promote their work; in most cases I will hunt out reviews on either Amazon, GoodReads or blogs to make sure the book is well accepted by readers. While I do try and read the books, time is not always my friend and my TBR pile is large. If reviews are bad, then chances are I won’t bother reading it and will be even less likely to feature it.

My first thought on receiving the author image was of a man who knew all about the frustrations of angling for carp on old estate lakes containing monsters. I rather think that was the setting and wry smile.

On reflection, it has nothing to do with angling and a great deal to do with monsters. The smile (grimace) hides a disturbed mind brimming with twists and turns that wait to grab a reader and not let go.

Absolutely loved this book.

As I said above other reviewers have done that job already so do check out their links below.

But, what else does that smile hold?

Heard of the annual Blogger Bash?

Graeme is only on the committee as “Treasurer and keeper of the keys to the Bloggers Bash vaults.”

You can find the 2018 information on that event here.

Clearly community minded and an asset to the writing and blogging worlds.

Does make you wonder though, if you were to ever shake his hand, what grim ending he’s just concocted… in those moments when palms touch…

 

Author Bio:

Graeme Cumming lives in Robin Hood country, and has spent most of his life immersed in fiction – books, TV, movies – turning to writing his own during his early teens.

With his interests in story-telling sparked by an excessive amount of time sitting in front of a black and white television, his tastes are varied.  Influences ranged from the Irwin Allen shows (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space, etc.) to ITC series (The Saint, The Champions, Randall and Hopkirk (deceased) and so many more), so the common theme was action and adventure, but crossed into territories including horror, fantasy and science fiction as well as crime and espionage.

This diverse interest in fiction continued with his reading and his discovery of the magical world of cinema.  As a result, his stories don’t always fall into a specific genre, but will always maintain the style of a thriller.

When not writing, Graeme is an enthusiastic sailor (and, by default, swimmer), and enjoys off-road cycling and walking.  He is currently Education Director at Sheffield Speakers Club.  Oh yes, and he reads (a lot) and loves the cinema.

 


 

Ravens Gathering Cover

 

Book Blurb

As she let her gaze drift around her, she saw that there were more birds.  Perhaps a dozen or so, perched among the trees that stood on the edge of the clearing.  And yet more were arriving, swooping down through the gap overhead and landing on branches that overlooked them.  The birds weren’t threatening, yet the sight of them all coming together in this dark and isolated spot was unnerving.  Tanya reached a hand out towards Martin, and was relieved to feel him take it.  She felt him move in behind her.  After the uncertainty she’d experienced with him in a similar position only a few moments ago, she recognised the irony of her reaction.  His closeness offered security. 

 “You know what they are, don’t you?” 

A stranger’s arrival in a small village coincides with a tragic accident.  For the Gates family in particular it’s more than a coincidence, but unease increases following a brutal attack.  As tensions rise, a dark past returns to haunt them and others, while newcomers to the village are drawn into a mystery with terrifying consequences.

And only a select few know why the ravens are gathering.

 


 

Ravens Gathering can be purchased from the following links

Amazon (UK)

Amazon (US)

Troubador UK Bookshop

For an autographed copy contact the author directly from here

 

Graeme Cumming - Author

 

You can follow Graeme across his social media by clicking on the following links.

Author Website

Facebook Author Page

Goodreads Author Page

Twitter Profile

 

Reviews of Ravens Gathering can be found here.

Horror Novel Reviews

Ravens Gathering on Goodreads

Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

 

Publisher.

Troubador UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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95 Comments

  1. Reblogged this on graemecummingdotnet and commented:
    It’s always nice to get feedback when someone’s read your book. What Gary did here was take a lot more time and added a whole lot extra. Not only that, there are some very positive comments here, which is largely an indication of how good Gary’s post is – but obviously reflects how good Ravens Gathering is as well!

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  2. I’m a bit of a chicken when it comes to reading anything horror like but I have two friends that I know this would be perfect for, and Christmas is coming!! I always try to give books as presents, so this will be absolutely perfect! And I love your author spotlights, Gary- everyone (including me) does reviews, these spotlights are something different and give a lot more insight!

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    • I think horror has two aspects; one is gore in your face and the other is written to take the readers imagination on a ride. My own tastes are the latter. Graeme’s book also drags the reader with it too. There are not so many good horror writers out there that can make you want to keep those pages turning once the sun goes down.

      As for the spotlights, I was going to do a post asking if they were what people found interesting. I deliberately avoided full on book reviews because a lot of people already do that and I want to move that way later on book blog tours pre-launch from publishers. I can’t thank you enough for the affirmation these ones are going in the right direction!!

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  3. A strong post Gary… Graham scary twisted? I am sure I met him at this years bash, nooo on second thoughts it couldn’t be as the one I breifly met in the Westminster hotel was charming… *gulp* maybe I should reword that bit at the blog awards. Great read for #socialsaturday.

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