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A Comedy of Terrors
A Comedy of Terrors
A Novel by Graeme Smith
Genre: Humorous Fantasy
Release: June 15, 2012
Editor: Christine I. Speakman
Line Editor: Richelle Putnam
Cover Designer: Charlotte Volnek
Segorian Anderson’s an Idiot. But that’s fine with him. It’s a well paying job with no heavy lifting.
Every movie-maker wants to find an ingenue working as a waitress and shout, "Sweetheart, I'm gonna make you a star!" And every editor (or avid reader) wants to find a hitherto-unknown author and proclaim that she has found the next Neil Gaiman, Connie Willis, Steven Brust, or your-favorite-author-du-jour. But despite my earnest desire for talent-discovery, I've learned that you really do have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince, and you collect plenty of warts along the way. I want to help newbie self-published authors, honest I do, but based on the hundreds of "Please review my book!" e-mail messages I get, usually it is immediately evident why a Traditional Publisher turned down the author's manuscript and they turned to self-publishing instead. (Technical explanation: Because they suck. Sorry.) Graeme Smith's A Comedy of Terrors is, I am happy to say, among the reasons that it's worth kissing all those frogs. Amazon reader 4/5 star review
In times of stress, either in wartime, or in economic hard times that create insecurity, we lose that sense of safety we often had as children, and when that happens, one of the first things to go is our sense of humor. We become deadly serious, and frivolity of any sort seems to be out of place. Ironically, it is in exactly those times of stress when we need to get a good laugh, get a bit silly, tip everything upside down and look at ourselves and the world around us from a new, and definitely more capricious angle.
“A Comedy of Terrors” is that rare breed, a fantasy designed to make you laugh. Many fantasies revolve around a hero, but Segorian Anderson is hardly the run-of-the-mill fairy tale hero. --A Book A Day Reviews...READ FULL REVIEW
About the Author:
Graeme Smith. Fantasy author. Mostly comic fantasy (which is fantasy intended to make you laugh, not fantasy in comics).
When I'm not writing I'm doing things like online gaming. If you know Bard Elcano (who says things like ‘greetings, Lady Desdemona’ a lot - sometimes even when he’s talking to someone called Desdemona), you know me. If you know a grumpy old dragon called Sephiranoth (who never uses one word where ten will do), you know me. If you know a tall, dark, handsome but brooding vampire, charming witty and brilliant - we never met. That's someone else.
So there you are. Graeme Smith. Me. Short, fat, bald and ugly (fortunately my wife has lousy taste in men). Time was, I worked on a psychiatric ward. Now I write about people who believe in magic and dragons, and who live where the crazy folk are the ones who don’t.
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