Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Disturbing Works by Jon Ritcher | Neverland Blog Tours | Author Q&A, Giveaway & My Review.


The first volume of my Disturbing Works is a collection of twelve twisted tales perfect
for people who like their stories dark, despicable,
and deeply unsettling.  Containing fantasy, sci-fi, dark humour and a lot of deliciously
nasty horror, it should have something
for every reader that has a sinister side and nerves of steel…

This chilling volume (along with my first novel, Deadly Burial) is available now for your
Kindle or eReader at www.amazon.co.uk/kindle/

Book links:

The shortened ‘Bitly’ version is as follows:

Author bio and links:

Jon Richter lives in London and spends most of his time hiding in the guise of his sinister
alter ego, an accountant called Dave.  When he isn’t counting beans, he is a self-confessed
nerd who loves books, films and video games – basically any way to tell a good story.  
Jon writes whenever he can and hopes to bring you more disturbing stories in the very
near future.  For more information, visit www.jon-richter.com, or chat to him on
Twitter @RichterWrites.

Giveaway: 1 ecopy of the book - open internationally! Good Luck! 

My Review of Disturbing Works:

I read this e-book on the train to Leeds and I was instantly hooked. Every story started off normally enough but after reading the first you knew the rest would have a twisted and horror filled ending. I am a massive fan of horror films so it's only natural that I would love a book in the same genre and I was absolutely right. Each tale was more macabre than the last but I couldn't not read them, wanting to turn each page and read the next short story. Having hosted a previous blog tour with Jon's other book 'Deadly Burial' I knew what kind of writer he was but at the same time, every book an author writes is always completely different so I was ready to dive straight in and judge this book on its own merits. 

It was interesting to see how Jon took each tale and made it so different. If you're a fan of the horror/thriller genre then I would highly recommend you pick up a copy and get stuck in. The bonus is that it's a collection of short stories so you can pick and choose which ones to read, not worrying that you have to finish the whole book in one sitting! 

" Creepy, dark, thrilling and only for those who love their horror and gore! 5/5 stars from me!"


Jon Richter’s Disturbing Works – Q&A

Q1: Hello there, nice to have you here on SunshineSarahxo! Please could you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your book:

Hello there, and the pleasure is all mine!  My name is Jon Richter, and I’ve been writing since I was about six… always dark and sinister stories of course (I blame video games!  And cartoons.  And movies.  And The Dark Portal by Brian Jarvis.  And… )

Today, I’m here to talk about my second book, Jon Richter’s Disturbing Works (Volume One).  While my first book was a crime thriller, my second is a collection of more bizarre and chilling short tales designed to surprise, shock and (hopefully) delight my readers.  These are not gore-fests or cheap clichéd scares – these stories will leave a lingering impression long after they are finished, and all have a stinging twist in the tale...

You can find me at www.jon-richter.com or on Twitter at @richterwrites if you would like any more information, or to grab a copy!

Q2: At what point did you decide to write books and share them with the world??

As mentioned earlier, I’ve been writing since forever.  However, as I grew older, life took over, and I spent my twenties and early thirties concentrating heavily on my career (my sinister alter ego as an accountant called Dave…) and not doing anywhere near enough writing.  This persisted until I took a very short career break a few years ago, and although I could only afford a couple of months, it was like a ‘shot in the arm’ for me, and I was able to complete reinvigorate my writing efforts, and continue them even as I returned to work.

Since then, I’ve been able to write a huge amount of short stories.  One of them grew and morphed into my first novel, while the very best of the others are collected here in Jon Richter’s Disturbing Works (Volume One).

I think the reason I want to share these stories is that I love the impact of a chilling final paragraph, something unexpected and shocking that haunts you long after you put down the book.  This is my attempt to recreate that feeling, and I really hope I’ve been successful.

Q3: How would you describe your writing style? Has it changed over time at all? 

I would describe my style as punchy, pacey, and occasionally brutal.  I love descriptive writing, but I’ve had to train myself not to get bogged down in too much of it, and I am determined to avoid all clichés, whether they are tired old similes, well-used metaphors, or hackneyed narrative devices.  I want my books to be a joy to read, never dull, full of surprises, and able to shock without resorting to cheap gore (although a little here and there never goes amiss…)

Q4: Was there anyone in particular who inspired you? Which authors do you emulate? 

I really really enjoyed a short story collection I read by Jeremy Dyson (The Cranes That Build The Cranes) and it was that book that encouraged me to try my hand at short tales.  I read quite a wide range of books including sci-fi and fantasy as well as horror and psychological thrillers, and although I admire many of the writers of these excellent works, I don’t think I’m actively seeking to emulate any of them directly; in many ways, the ‘feel’ I’m trying to capture comes more from other media, for example the movies of David Lynch, or the atmosphere of perfect dread conjured by video games such as Silent Hill 2.

Q5: Do you have any other books in the pipeline which you are excited about?! 

Yep!  A sequel to my first novel is due out in March 2018 with Bloodhound Books, so I’m currently working on final edits, and hoping to reveal the title and cover very soon.  I genuinely think it is the best thing I have ever written, and I hope the readers do too!  After that, who knows, there may be another collection of Disturbing Works at some point…

Q6: Has your writing helped you in other areas of life?! 

This is an interesting question.  I think, for me, writing is the thing I would most prefer to be doing, all the time.  So all other areas of life – work, chores, life admin – simply get in the way of writing more!  But it has undoubtedly helped me manage the challenges life inevitably chucks at you, as an outlet, as an escape, as a way of coalescing and capturing my thoughts.  And nothing beats the feeling of having a great idea that you just can’t wait to get down on paper – it gives you something to look forward to at the weekend!

Q7: Why did you decide to write 'Disturbing Works?'

As mentioned above, I rediscovered the writing bug a few years ago, and short stories were the perfect way to ‘get my ideas out’ while I was building up to a more ambitious project.  Disturbing Works is a collection of my very best short stories, the ones I like so much that I want everyone to read them – it’s a book I myself would love, so hopefully others do too!

Q8: From reading just a few of your short stories it seems that you have an interest in all things dark and twisted, if this is true, is this the reason you decided to make the all the stories have a twist in the tale?

The ‘tale with a twist’ is my favourite type of story, and that applies to movies and video games too – I absolutely crave that feeling of jaw-dropping shock and horror when something unexpected and dark happens at the end of a piece of fiction, or perhaps there is a shocking revelation that makes you look again at everything you’ve just read/watched from a completely new angle.  Best twist of all time?  The mid-game twist in Bioshock.  Go and play it immediately!!

Q9: Is there any possibility of any of the short stories being made into a book of their own? Was this ever possibility when you began writing 'Disturbing Works'?

This actually happened with one of the stories that eventually grew into my first novel!  Deadly Burial is a quirky murder mystery tale about a dead professional wrestler, but it was actually the setting that I enjoyed so much I wanted to write more and more about it; the story takes place on a fictional island called Salvation, which I’ve imagined as a crumbling and derelict seaside resort overrun by wild rabbits.  A mist-shrouded and melancholy place, Salvation felt like such a rich backdrop for a story to develop, I just couldn’t stop!  Ultimately I was so happy with the end result that I submitted it to a publisher, and was delighted when it led to my first ever book deal.

Q10: Did any of the books - whilst you were writing them - want to be a book in themselves? Sometimes authors say characters have minds of their own and want to do things the authors never expected them to - was this ever a problem with the stories themselves?

I’ve mentioned above how one of the stories evolved into my first novel, which was a really surprising development!  I definitely intend to keep writing short stories whenever a good idea occurs, and I fully expect to find a range of outcomes: some will never quite live up to the promise of the original idea, others I’ll be really happy with and proud of, and who knows, maybe another will mutate into something bigger and more monstrous…


Thanks to Jon for answering my questions and best of luck to you in the giveaway!

Is this book right up your street?! Are you a fan of horrors?! Let me know in the comments below!

Love, Sarah

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