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All the audiobooks are now on Spotify

Spotify in the UK has today started offering audiobooks, including my titles. (Spotify in the U.S. began offering them earlier this year.)

Rohan Quine's titles at Spotify

Narrated by me, they’re all literary fiction with a touch of magical realism and a dusting of horror, to expand and electrify—celebrating the beauty, darkness and mirth of this predicament called life, where we seem to have been dropped without sufficient consultation ahead of time.

The Beasts of Electra Drive on Spotify is at https://open.spotify.com/show/51lAU8HOK6D1TAmYJwa6OK?si=0168c29150a44584

The Imagination Thief is at https://open.spotify.com/show/0cmhfByxujEK5BfIl3RYJU?si=28004ba75f1045c5

The Platinum Raven at https://open.spotify.com/show/0G2oUu3tPN2ZRYDyOLXWsB?si=b8f90ac694dc40e9

The Host in the Attic at https://open.spotify.com/show/1IQNpBiAttP34J7UcTMsi9?si=6f05201e2fd845ae

Apricot Eyes at https://open.spotify.com/show/5bw4Z0kQ90BP0KZoi8UBd1?si=3ea690ee2ac3439e

Hallucination in Hong Kong at https://open.spotify.com/show/4JMAyIfE1mXUOC2cZ8uL14?si=f2ee88a3bb3443d9

All six (so far) are lined up together in a parade of love and poison, like a murder suspects’ line-up, at https://open.spotify.com/search/Rohan%20Quine/audiobooks

Rohan Quine's titles at Spotify

The six titles all receive accolades from the NYC Big Book Award

Glad to see my six published titles have all received accolades from the NYC Big Book Award 2021. Although it’s not restricted to the U.S., the award’s inclusion of the letters “NYC” in its name feels like an apt bit of geography, because I was a New Yorker for a decade, and NYC was where four of the six titles were partly written and three of them were started.

First, the novel The Beasts of Electra Drive is Winner in the Cross Genre category:

https://www.nycbigbookaward.com/2021winners?lightbox=dataItem-kv3o9twm4

NYC Big Book Award 2021 - banner for Rohan Quine's "The Beasts of Electra Drive" as Winner in Cross Genre category

NYC Big Book Award 2021 - Rohan Quine's "The Beasts of Electra Drive" as Winner in Cross Genre category

NYC Big Book Award 2021 - Rohan Quine's "The Beasts of Electra Drive" as Winner in Cross Genre category

NYC Big Book Award 2021 - banner for Rohan Quine's "The Beasts of Electra Drive" as Winner in Cross Genre category

NYC Big Book Award 2021 - Rohan Quine's "The Beasts of Electra Drive" as Winner in Cross Genre category

 

The novel The Imagination Thief is a Distinguished Favorite in the Literary Fiction category:

https://www.nycbigbookaward.com/2021distinguishedfavorites?lightbox=dataItem-kv58kdf64

NYC Big Book Award 2021 - Rohan Quine's "The Imagination Thief" as Distinguished Favorite in Literary Fiction category

NYC Big Book Award 2021 - Rohan Quine's "The Imagination Thief" as Distinguished Favorite in Literary Fiction category

NYC Big Book Award 2021 - Rohan Quine's "The Imagination Thief" as Distinguished Favorite in Literary Fiction category

 

The four novellas that constitute The Platinum Raven and other novellas (namely The Platinum Raven, The Host in the Attic, Apricot Eyes and Hallucination in Hong Kong) are a Distinguished Favorite in the Anthology category:

https://www.nycbigbookaward.com/2021distinguishedfavorites?lightbox=dataItem-kv58kdcn

NYC Big Book Award 2021 - Rohan Quine's "The Platinum Raven and other novellas" as Distinguished Favorite in Anthology category

NYC Big Book Award 2021 - Rohan Quine's "The Platinum Raven and other novellas" as Distinguished Favorite in Anthology category

NYC Big Book Award 2021 - Rohan Quine's "The Platinum Raven and other novellas" as Distinguished Favorite in Anthology category

 

And The Beasts of Electra Drive‘s audiobook format, which I narrated, is also a Distinguished Favorite in the Audiobook-Fiction category:

https://www.nycbigbookaward.com/2021distinguishedfavorites?lightbox=dataItem-kv58kdcn2

NYC Big Book Award 2021 - Rohan Quine's "The Beasts of Electra Drive" as Distinguished Favorite in Audiobook-Fiction category

NYC Big Book Award 2021 - Rohan Quine's "The Beasts of Electra Drive" as Distinguished Favorite in Audiobook-Fiction category

NYC Big Book Award 2021 - Rohan Quine's "The Beasts of Electra Drive" as Distinguished Favorite in Audiobook-Fiction category

The full listings are at:

https://www.nycbigbookaward.com/2021winners
https://www.nycbigbookaward.com/2021distinguishedfavorites

Photos from the recording of The Imagination Thief’s video-book format

It was fun to return to the fuzzy-booth lifestyle, to record the video-book format of The Imagination Thief, whose audio track provided the novel’s recently-published first audiobook edition.

The video-camera only looked in one direction, to create the video-book that lives at

www.rohanquine.com/t-i-t-video-book

and the short-‘n’-snackable teasers from it (some less than a minute long), which live at

www.rohanquine.com/t-i-t-video-book/short-teasers-for-the-imagination-thief-video-book

But the following photos bring back memories of what was off-video-camera, around me in that cosy den whose walls were hung with black drapes and echo-banishing fuzzy black foam, sealed off from reality in a bubble of language and spotlight for hours, hidden away like a rabbit in its basement bedroom at the furthest end of a warren.

(The first 11 and the last five photos are by Paul Lucas.)

Rohan Quine recording the video-book format of his novel 'The Imagination Thief' (photo by Paul Lucas)
Rohan Quine recording the video-book format of his novel 'The Imagination Thief' (photo by Paul Lucas)
Rohan Quine recording the video-book format of his novel 'The Imagination Thief' (photo by Paul Lucas)
Rohan Quine recording the video-book format of his novel 'The Imagination Thief' (photo by Paul Lucas)
Rohan Quine recording the video-book format of his novel 'The Imagination Thief' (photo by Paul Lucas)
Rohan Quine recording the video-book format of his novel 'The Imagination Thief' (photo by Paul Lucas)
Rohan Quine recording the video-book format of his novel 'The Imagination Thief' (photo by Paul Lucas)
Rohan Quine recording the video-book format of his novel 'The Imagination Thief' (photo by Paul Lucas)
Rohan Quine recording the video-book format of his novel 'The Imagination Thief' (photo by Paul Lucas)
Rohan Quine recording the video-book format of his novel 'The Imagination Thief' (photo by Paul Lucas)
Rohan Quine recording the video-book format of his novel 'The Imagination Thief' (photo by Paul Lucas)
Rohan Quine recording the video-book format of his novel 'The Imagination Thief'
Rohan Quine recording the video-book format of his novel 'The Imagination Thief'
Rohan Quine recording the video-book format of his novel 'The Imagination Thief'
Rohan Quine after recording the video-book format of his novel 'The Imagination Thief' (photo by Paul Lucas)
Rohan Quine after recording the video-book format of his novel 'The Imagination Thief' (photo by Paul Lucas)
Rohan Quine after recording the video-book format of his novel 'The Imagination Thief' (photo by Paul Lucas)
Rohan Quine after recording the video-book format of his novel 'The Imagination Thief' (photo by Paul Lucas)
Rohan Quine after recording the video-book format of his novel 'The Imagination Thief' (photo by Paul Lucas)

Video-book format and audiobook format of The Imagination Thief are released

It was great fun to perform the full text of The Imagination Thief recently, reading to camera through an autocue, with spongy walls of off-camera foam on either side of me. The resultant audiobook format of the novel is just starting to appear at the first few audiobook retailers, like a little dark orchid, as listed here:

www.rohanquine.com/buy/the-imagination-thief-novel-audiobook

The resultant video-book format of the novel is free to watch at:

www.rohanquine.com/t-i-t-video-book

And for some short-’n’-snackable teasers from the above (some of the teasers being less than a minute long), see here:

www.rohanquine.com/t-i-t-video-book/short-teasers-for-the-imagination-thief-video-book

The video-book and audiobook formats both resulted from the same recording, and are both complete and unabridged versions of the novel, with the same text as in the paperback and ebook formats.
 

For general juice and sugar about The Imagination Thief, see here.

For some great reviews of it, see here.

Links to the retailers of all the formats of the novel are here.

THE IMAGINATION THIEF (novel) by Rohan Quine - audiobook cover (literary fiction, magical realism, horror)
 

The Imagination Thief by Rohan Quine is about a web of secrets, triggered by the stealing and copying of people’s imaginations and memories. It’s about the magic that can be conjured up by images of people, in imagination or on film; the split between beauty and happiness in the world; and the allure of various kinds of power. It celebrates some of the most extreme possibilities of human imagination, personality and language, exploring the darkest and brightest flavours of beauty living in our minds.

 

THE IMAGINATION THIEF by Rohan Quine - video-book format - mini-chapter 13

THE IMAGINATION THIEF by Rohan Quine - video-book format - mini-chapter 22

THE IMAGINATION THIEF by Rohan Quine - video-book format - mini-chapter 52

THE IMAGINATION THIEF by Rohan Quine - video-book format - mini-chapter 77

THE IMAGINATION THIEF by Rohan Quine - video-book format - mini-chapter 115

Video-book format and audiobook format of Hallucination in Hong Kong are released

Following the recent release of its three sister novellas’ video-book and audiobook formats, these same two formats have just been released for my novella Hallucination in Hong Kong, wrapped in the radioactive-blackcurrant-coloured cover below.

The outlets for Hallucination in Hong Kong‘s audiobook are listed here:

www.rohanquine.com/buy/hallucination-in-hong-kong-novella-audiobook

The video-book format of the novella is free to watch at:

www.rohanquine.com/h-h-k-video-book

And for some short-’n’-snackable teasers from the above (some of the teasers being less than a minute long), see here:

www.rohanquine.com/h-h-k-video-book/short-teasers-for-hallucination-in-hong-kong-video-book

 

For general juice and sugar about the novella, see here.

For some nice reviews of it, see here.

Links to the retailers of all the formats of the novella are here.

HALLUCINATION IN HONG KONG (novella) by Rohan Quine - audiobook cover (literary fiction, magical realism, horror)
 

In Hallucination in Hong Kong by Rohan Quine, sliding from joy to nightmare and back, a plane-flight frames a journey into Jaymi’s and Angel’s polarised identities and perceptions, where past and present merge in an obsessive fantasy of love, death, horror and apocalyptic beauty.

 

HALLUCINATION IN HONG KONG by Rohan Quine - video-book format - chapter 1

HALLUCINATION IN HONG KONG by Rohan Quine - video-book format - chapter 2

HALLUCINATION IN HONG KONG by Rohan Quine - video-book format - chapter 3

Video-book format and audiobook format of The Platinum Raven are released

The video-book and audiobook formats of The Platinum Raven have just floated into being, through the haze of the desert between Dubai and the Hajar Mountains.

The outlets for The Platinum Raven’s audiobook are listed here:

www.rohanquine.com/buy/the-platinum-raven-novella-audiobook

The video-book format of the novella is free to watch at:

www.rohanquine.com/t-p-r-video-book

And for some short-’n’-snackable teasers from the above (some of the teasers being less than a minute long), see here:

www.rohanquine.com/t-p-r-video-book/short-teasers-for-the-platinum-raven-video-book

 

For general juice and sugar about the novella, see here.

For some nice reviews of it, see here.

Links to the retailers of all the formats of the novella are here.

THE PLATINUM RAVEN (novella) by Rohan Quine - audiobook cover (literary fiction, magical realism, horror)
 

The Platinum Raven by Rohan Quine is a triple convulsion whereby our heroine Raven escalates herself into the Chocolate Raven and then the Platinum Raven, from London to Dubai to the tower in the hills in the desert—then back down again, forever changed.

 

THE PLATINUM RAVEN by Rohan Quine - video-book format - chapter 5

THE PLATINUM RAVEN by Rohan Quine - video-book format - chapter 31

THE PLATINUM RAVEN by Rohan Quine - video-book format - chapter 25

Video-book format and audiobook format of Apricot Eyes are released

In hot pursuit of the recent video-book and audiobook formats of The Host in the Attic, those same two formats have just been released for my novella Apricot Eyes, popping up like a pair of fierce little Downtown New York City divas.

The outlets for Apricot Eyes‘s audiobook are listed here:

www.rohanquine.com/buy/apricot-eyes-novella-audiobook

The video-book format of the novella is free to watch at:

www.rohanquine.com/a-e-video-book

And for some short-’n’-snackable teasers from the above (some of the teasers being less than a minute long), see here:

www.rohanquine.com/a-e-video-book/short-teasers-for-the-host-in-the-attic-video-book

 

For general juice and sugar about the novella, see here.

For some nice reviews of it, see here.

Links to the retailers of all the formats of the novella are here.

APRICOT EYES (novella) by Rohan Quine - audiobook cover (literary fiction, magical realism, horror)
 

In Apricot Eyes by Rohan Quine, a cat-and-mouse pursuit through the New York City night involves a preacher, a psychic and a dominatrix, broadcast live on air—until a horror is unearthed, bringing two of them together and the third to a sticky end.

 

APRICOT EYES by Rohan Quine - video-book format - chapter 5

APRICOT EYES by Rohan Quine - video-book format - chapter 3

APRICOT EYES by Rohan Quine - video-book format - chapter 4

Video-book format and audiobook format of The Host in the Attic are released

Following on from last year’s filming of The Beasts of Electra Drive‘s video-book format in a sponge-insulated recording studio, I recently returned to the spongy-walled lifestyle in order to film The Host in the Attic‘s video-book. Like that earlier novel-length recording, this new novella-length one has also created an audiobook format, which has been popping up at the retailers like a little Venus flytrap, as listed here:

www.rohanquine.com/buy/the-host-in-the-attic-novella-audiobook

The video-book format of the novel is also now available, all free to watch, and can be seen here:

www.rohanquine.com/t-h-i-t-a-video-book

And for some short-’n’-snackable teasers from the above (some of the teasers being less than a minute long), see here:

www.rohanquine.com/t-h-i-t-a-video-book/short-teasers-for-the-host-in-the-attic-video-book

 

For general juice and sugar about the novella, see here.

For some nice reviews of it, see here.

Links to the retailers of all the formats of the novella are here.

THE HOST IN THE ATTIC (novella) by Rohan Quine - audiobook cover (literary fiction, magical realism, horror)
 

The Host in the Attic by Rohan Quine is a hologram of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, digitised and reframed in cinematic style, set in London’s Docklands in a few years’ time.

 

THE HOST IN THE ATTIC by Rohan Quine - video-book format - chapter II

THE HOST IN THE ATTIC by Rohan Quine - video-book format - chapter III

THE HOST IN THE ATTIC by Rohan Quine - video-book format - chapter VI

Video-book format and audiobook format of The Beasts of Electra Drive are released

It was a blast to perform the full text of The Beasts of Electra Drive earlier this year, reading to camera through an autocue, with spongy walls of off-camera foam on either side of me. The resultant audiobook format of the novel has just appeared at the audiobook retailers (including Audible and iTunes / Apple Books), like a little winter fruit, as listed here:

www.rohanquine.com/buy/the-beasts-of-electra-drive-novel-audiobook

The resultant video-book format of the novel is also now available, all free to watch, and can be seen here:

www.rohanquine.com/t-b-e-d-video-book

And for some short-’n’-snackable teasers from the above (many of the teasers being less than a minute long), see here:

www.rohanquine.com/t-b-e-d-video-book/short-teasers-for-the-beasts-of-electra-drive-video-book

 

The video-book and audiobook formats both resulted from the same recording, and are both complete and unabridged versions of the book, with the same text as in the paperback and ebook formats.

The distributor has provided some give-away codes for the audiobook, for me to give away (which is the best thing to do with give-away codes). Each code will enable a free download of the audiobook by anyone who fancies hearing it with a view to writing a review of it at any of the retailers’ sites, or on Goodreads or Facebook or their own blog. For the moment, these are usable only in the U.S.A. or Canada. But if that’s where you are and if this sounds like you, then that would be faboo, thank you very much—let me know on rohan[dot]quine[at]outlook[dot]com, and I’ll send you a code. 🙂

For general juice and sugar about the novel, see here.

For some nice reviews of it, see here.

Links to the retailers of all the formats of the novel are here.

THE BEASTS OF ELECTRA DRIVE (novel) by Rohan Quine - audiobook cover (literary fiction, magical realism, horror)
 

From Hollywood Hills mansions and Century City towers, to South Central motels and the oceanside refinery, The Beasts of Electra Drive by Rohan Quine spans a mythic L.A., following seven spectacular characters (or Beasts) from games designer Jaymi’s game-worlds. The intensity of those Beasts’ creation cycles leads to their release into real life in seemingly human forms, and to their combative protection of him from destructive rivals at mainstream company Bang Dead Games. Grand spaces of beauty interlock with narrow rooms of terror, both in the real world and in the incorporeal world of cyberspace. A prequel to Quine’s other five tales (and a Finalist in the IAN Book of the Year Awards 2018), The Beasts of Electra Drive is a unique explosion of glamour and beauty, horror and enchantment, exploring the mechanisms and magic of creativity itself.

 

THE BEASTS OF ELECTRA DRIVE by Rohan Quine - video-book format - mini-chapter 14

THE BEASTS OF ELECTRA DRIVE by Rohan Quine - video-book format - mini-chapter 33

THE BEASTS OF ELECTRA DRIVE by Rohan Quine - video-book format - mini-chapter 41

THE BEASTS OF ELECTRA DRIVE by Rohan Quine - video-book format - mini-chapter 67

THE BEASTS OF ELECTRA DRIVE by Rohan Quine - video-book format - mini-chapter 105

THE BEASTS OF ELECTRA DRIVE by Rohan Quine - video-book format - mini-chapter 120

The Beasts of Electra Drive is a Finalist in the IAN Book of the Year Awards 2018

I’m chuffed to see The Beasts of Electra Drive has been listed as a Finalist in the IAN Book of the Year Awards 2018, in the LGBT category:

www.independentauthornetwork.com/2018-book-of-the-year-winners.html

Of the novel’s seven Beasts (who are all 100% human in appearance), three sit clearly in the LGBT constellation, namely Kim and Shigem and Scorpio. Two of those three are at least as much “T” as they are “G” – each with a genderfluidity whose beauty is very different from the other’s, and that’s delved into as deeply and explored with as much intensity and joy as all the Beasts’ qualities are.

I suspect two of the remaining four Beasts may also stray into the LGBT constellation, namely Amber and the Platinum Raven, as a “G” and as an “L” or “B”; though I can’t quite be sure they reside in it. As for their creator, my fully-human narrator Jaymi, he’s so much a lens into his seven creations, and hides in such plain view, that I’m even less certain we could trust our instincts about his residency there.

In any case, cheers to all of them for a good team effort in triggering the category.

Book of the Year Awards 2018 - Rohan Quine's "The Beasts of Electra Drive" as Finalist in LGBT category

Rohan Quine's 'The Beasts of Electra Drive' as Finalist in IAN Book of the Year Awards 2018

All paperbacks and ebooks now in the British Library

 
Following the British Library’s recent implementation of full functionality for admitting the flicker of ebooks into the venerable British Library Catalogue, the ebook formats of these five published tales have popped up there, complementing the longstanding presence of their dead-tree paperback sisters on the shelves at Saint Pancras, London:

http://explore.bl.uk/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?mode=Basic&vid=BLVU1&vl(freeText0)=Rohan%20Quine&fn=search&tab=local_tab&

This is something of a homecoming, because a significant amount of those five was written in the British Library, in the Science 3 Reading Room. I usually chose this room instead of the Humanities Reading Rooms, because a roomful of sober scientists makes for a more focused novel-writing environment than a roomful of hothouse-flower artists (who tend, as we know, to swoon and emote and generally make a rumpus between the book-stacks).

Rohan Quine in the British Library - literary fiction with a touch of magical realism and a dusting of horror

It’s a homecoming for these publications in another respect, too. As a nod to the Science 3 Reading Room and its shelves filled with thousands of bound volumes of hardcore scientific journals, the novelist heroine of The Host in the Attic, named Alaia Danielle, is described as working in that very reading room while she writes her novel The Imagination Thief. As Alaia puts it herself: “I often get up and reach down some volume of cosmology or nuclear physics … and I feel such a sense of peace and wonder, as I leaf through those pages dotted with exotic equations. Of course I can’t understand them, but for me those pages full of elegantly-typeset symbols spill out a cool, dry beauty, of a quite paralysing perfection! Honestly, I just stand there bathing in it. I feel so cleansed and elevated by the surface of those symbols—probably a lot more than I would if I understood them. […] I think my favourite journal title is the International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos. Isn’t that just the best? I’m also partial to Fuzzy Sets and Systems…”

Three extended tasters of text from the novella The Host in the Attic are here; its synopsis is here; and 18 brief text and video teasers from it are here.

Its listings at all book retailers (and its own various British-Library-related catalogue entries) are here for its ebook format, and here for its paperback format. Or it may be purchased directly from this website.

Poe’s and Quine’s ravens spotted adjacent on Foyles shelf

 
Edgar Allan Poe’s raven was spotted perching in Foyles today, doubtless on a spring break from the pallid bust of Pallas just above Poe’s chamber door. Even on its vacation the raven was diligent in haunting its creator … which happened to bring it into a photographic-negative relationship, and moral counterpoint, with the pallid bust of Quine’s platinum-blonde raven beside it. My thanks to an anonymous passing wildlife photographer.
 
Poe's raven and Quine's "The Platinum Raven and other novellas" in Foyles
Poe's raven and Quine's "The Imagination Thief" in Foyles

Trisexual genre confusion at Foyles: shelved in LitFic, Fantasy and Horror

 
Let’s keep physical bookshops in business: these 5 tales are all on Foyles’ delightfully solid wooden shelves, which are still just as sturdy and woody and horizontal as they ever were, despite the world-dominating wispiness of the Internet. So if you haven’t been to Foyles’ beautiful new flagship book-palace in a while, drop in next time you’re in the West End (107 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DT), pick up some good old-fashioned paper pages full of magic, and help make sure those bricks-and-mortar stores keep on doing the work of the angels.

Being literary fiction with a touch of magical realism and a dusting of horror, The Imagination Thief and The Platinum Raven and other novellas are shelved not only among the LitFic in the Fiction section, but also in the Fantasy/SciFi section and the Horror section too—all these being on the first floor. (See snapshots of all three shelves, below.)

Or for a less brutally 3D trip to Foyles, The Imagination Thief is at:
www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/the-imagination-thief,rohan-quine-9780992754907
and The Platinum Raven and other novellas is at:
www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/the-platinum-raven-and-other-novellas,rohan-quine-9780992754914

I should add that many kind reviews, some of a quite breathless enthusiasm, are available to demonstrate just what perversely high doses of imaginative nourishment and moral guidance are available through these little tomes. Yes—barely a dry seat in the house, one might almost say! Here they are:
Press and reviews for The Imagination Thief
Press and reviews for The Platinum Raven and other novellas

(Fuller list of retailers at www.rohanquine.com/buy.)

Rohan Quine's “The Imagination Thief” in Foyles' Fiction section

Rohan Quine’s The Imagination Thief in Foyles’ Fiction section

 

Rohan Quine's “The Platinum Raven and other novellas” in Foyles' Fiction section

Rohan Quine’s The Platinum Raven and other novellas in Foyles’ Fiction section

 

Rohan Quine's “The Imagination Thief” in Foyles' Fantasy/SciFi section

Rohan Quine’s The Imagination Thief in Foyles’ Fantasy/SciFi section

 

Rohan Quine's “The Platinum Raven and other novellas” in Foyles' Fantasy/SciFi section

Rohan Quine’s The Platinum Raven and other novellas in Foyles’ Fantasy/SciFi section

 

Rohan Quine's “The Imagination Thief” in Foyles' Horror section

Rohan Quine’s The Imagination Thief in Foyles’ Horror section

 

Rohan Quine's “The Platinum Raven and other novellas” in Foyles' Horror section

Rohan Quine’s The Platinum Raven and other novellas in Foyles’ Horror section

Interview on Lichen Craig’s “Fireside” podcast

Cheers to Lichen Craig in Colorado Springs, for interviewing me in depth as part of her literary “Fireside” series of podcasts at bit.ly/Fireside201.

It was a pleasure to be grilled with sparky fun, engagement and intelligence, as we chatted about the nature of the world, the darkness and brightness of life, literature, and a sensible dose of silly stuff here and there as well – along with the four novellas and The Imagination Thief. If you listen carefully, you can hear the quiet, reassuring crackle of a cosy log-fire behind us, throughout the interview, which is a delightful touch: in reality, the two of us were thousands of miles apart, communing through a Google Hangout, but there was a log-fire crackling in our hearts nonetheless, of course!

 

Rohan Quine on 'Fireside' podcast with Lichen Craig - intro page

Rohan Quine on 'Fireside' podcast with Lichen Craig

Four novellas now available!

 
The Platinum Raven and other novellas is now perkily available—a paperback comprising a collection of four novellas called The Platinum Raven, The Host in the Attic, Apricot Eyes and Hallucination in Hong Kong. For some great reviews and interviews about it, see Reviews and interviews for the four novellas.

THE PLATINUM RAVEN AND OTHER NOVELLAS by Rohan Quine (4 novellas) - paperback THE PLATINUM RAVEN by Rohan Quine (novella) - e-book THE HOST IN THE ATTIC by Rohan Quine (novella) - e-book APRICOT EYES by Rohan Quine (novella) - e-book HALLUCINATION IN HONG KONG by Rohan Quine (novella) - e-book

Retail links for The Platinum Raven and other novellas paperback are here. And each of the four novellas is also available by itself as a separate e-book: retail links for these four individual novella e-books are at The Platinum Raven, The Host in the Attic, Apricot Eyes and Hallucination in Hong Kong.

The Platinum Raven is a triple convulsion whereby our heroine Raven escalates herself into the Chocolate Raven and then the Platinum Raven, from London to Dubai to the tower in the hills in the desert—then back down again, forever changed. A lot of its action happens in my favourite building, the fabulously flashy Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s tallest skyscraper.

The Host in the Attic is a hologram of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, digitised and reframed in cinematic style, set in London’s Docklands in a few years’ time. It’s pretty spooky, and I believe it’s a slant on Wilde’s masterpiece that we haven’t seen before. One playful aspect of my homage to him centres on the fact that one of its characters is posited as having written my novel The Imagination Thief, which helps to drive the story of The Host in the Attic forward (as an equivalent of Wilde’s character Sibyl’s acting). But this is just part of the fracturing of characterisation I’m playing with across the five tales, whose casts of characters all overlap; and you certainly don’t have to have read The Imagination Thief before you read this novella or any of the other novellas here.

In Apricot Eyes, a cat-and-mouse pursuit through the New York City night involves a preacher, a psychic and a dominatrix, broadcast live on air—until a horror is unearthed, bringing two of them together and the third to a sticky end. It’s a sassy little street-queen of a romp, embracing a few underbelly-of-New-York elements, in addition to a dose of the more bizarre stuff that I always like to throw into the mix too.

In Hallucination in Hong Kong, sliding from joy to nightmare and back, a plane-flight frames a journey into Jaymi’s and Angel’s polarised identities and perceptions, where past and present merge in an obsessive fantasy of love, death, horror and apocalyptic beauty. To me it feels like a dark and twisted firework display of some kind, or some kind of shout into the void, but it was written from a place of compassion and probably a wish that the many kinds of stunning beauty in the world didn’t have to share that world with such catastrophic chasms of suffering as some individuals fall into.

I had the pleasure of a couple of fun and intelligent interviews that recently appeared, concerning these four tales: with JJ Marsh at Words with Jam magazine; and with Jane Davis at her blog.

The Imagination Thief on Vimeo, YouTube and Google Photos

 

A few new links:

A bit of fun on Vimeo…
vimeo.com/rohanquine/videos

A bit of fun on Google Photos…
https://plus.google.com/photos/109677569152177438469/albums

And on YouTube…
youtube.com/rohanquine

My page on Amazon.com (including some of these video shenanigans here on rohanquine.com)…
http://www.amazon.com/Rohan-Quine/e/B001KCA444/

My page on Amazon.co.uk…
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rohan-Quine/e/B001KCA444/

Some new posts on Tumblr…
http://theimaginationthief.tumblr.com/

And Wattpad…
http://www.wattpad.com/story/3178545-the-imagination-thief
http://www.wattpad.com/story/6016515-the-imagination-thief-mini-chapters-99-120

And Twitter…
https://twitter.com/rohanquine

Facebook and Goodreads, up next.

I recorded the audio for this while standing in my hot-water tank closet

 

 
I recorded the audio for this while standing in my hot-water tank closet, with the door closed and a carrot up my bottom, as you can probably hear, but no matter: with a sober focus on the most vapid end of this site, the following compilation video shows me flitting about in silly outfits, hogging the camera and saying a few well-chosen words in various films and TV shows in New York, from Zoolander and Oz on downwards. Great acting it wasn’t, but fun it was—for me at least.

TNY’N Montage Video: Intro and Stills

Or as stills only…

TNY’N Stills
 

Rohan Quine - Those New York 'Nineties

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ROHAN QUINE (photo by Safeena Chaudhry)

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Film and TV Acting: Those New York ’Nineties

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