Local Christmas Gift Ideas: Books for Grown-ups

The North-West is burgeoning with exceptional authors.  Altblackpool would like to highlight a variety of publications which we think would make terrific stocking fillers.  As an added bonus, if you complete our readers’ survey (competition closed: 24/12/12) (a mere 2 minutes of your time) you are in with a chance of winning copies of all 4 books featured this week!  Today’s books are suitable for adults.


The Sweetest Kiss

edited by D L King

The Sweetest Kiss is edited by D L King and includes fiction from Ashley Lister, D L King and Remittance Girl (all of whom recently attended a Blackpool erotic fiction reading).  Vampires have a timeless allure, mesmerizing us in every medium from books and graphic novels to movies and television shows. Immortal, eternally beautiful, strong, and sexy, these creatures take what they need, stealing the life force from those unlucky enough to cross their paths — or from those whose luck leads them to the most thrilling experience of their lives.  These blood-drenched tales give new meaning to the term “dead sexy” and feature beautiful bloodsuckers whose desires go far beyond blood.

The book is aimed at adults with a taste for well-written erotic fiction.

How much does it cost?

You can buy copies of this from Amazon for £10.79 (£7.55 on Kindle).

About the author

D L King’s collection brings together some of today’s most popular erotic fiction authors.  Remittance Girl writes intelligent, insightful erotica with a fearless attention to detail.  Ashley Lister, here published under a psuedonym, writes intense, intimate prose with a darkly humorous twist. At the recent erotic fiction reading, his story was read by the superb performance poet Vicky Ellis who brought the work to life.

Where can it be bought?


Ashley is in the process of finishing a book on how to write erotic fiction. That’s being published by How to Books and it will be available early next year. Check out http://howtowriteeroticfiction.blogspot.co.uk/ for further details.



Haunted Blackpool

edited by Stephen Stroud

This is the Dead Good Poets’ Haunted Blackpool book, edited by Stephen Stroud and signed by several of the contributing authors.
It’s a collection of the thirteen spooky stories and poems that were used in the Haunted Blackpool installation during 2012’s illuminations, written by members of the Dead Good Poets’s Society and illustrated by Dead Good Poet, Lindsay Barlow.It’s an ideal gift for anyone who enjoys writing, anyone who enjoys the work of local writers and anyone who likes spooky stories that are based on reportedly true events. Many of the stories are part of local folklore.How much does it cost?
The copies we have remaining are not currently for sale. The Dead Good Poets have looked into doing another print run and selling copies but that’s a way off at the moment. For now, this can be considered a one-of-a-kind offer.About the authors

The Dead Good Poets are a group of Blackpool writers who meet for an open mic session on the first Friday of each month at the No. 5 Cafe in Blackpool’s town centre.  The Dead Good Poets also have a successful and award-winning online presence at http://deadgoodpoets.blogspot.co.uk/ where regular members discuss various themes.

Where can it be bought?
As soon as they have products for sale, announcements will be made on http://deadgoodpoets.blogspot.co.uk/



More noteworthy titles from North-West writers

Short stories: Sweet Home by Carys Bray (winner of the Scott Prize for short stories 2012)

More short stories: Keeping Light by Norman Hadley

Horror: Quiet Houses by Simon Kurt Unsworth

Contemporary thriller: Cold Light by Jenn Ashworth

Fantasy: The Wardstone Chronicles by Joseph Delaney

Dark humour: The Colonel and the Phallus of Incomplete Mortality by Vicky Ellis

Mystery novella: The Case of the Melted Fox by AJ Wolf

Poetry:Eliza and the Bear by Eleanor Rees




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