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Blame It on the Dwarf

by:  Barry Rosenberg

Genre: Dark Fantasy/Horror


Blame it on the Dwarf. Everyone else did – even his mother, the local witch. Despised at home, Bogden left Europe for the 19th century gold rush in Australia. But very soon, he found himself in conflict with Jack, a red-haired digger.

Matters became worse when the albino Dwarf found gold. Big Jack and his mates beat him up and left him for dead. Bogden, however, had enough of his mother’s magic to survive. He returned to the camp at night and woke the drunken Jack just to stick a shovel into his head. Cursing Jack’s descendants, the Dwarf set fire to the miners’ tents and fled.

Buying nearby land, Bogden cursed it to keep other people away. Naturally 150 years later, that was the place chosen for coal seam gas mining. Blame it on the Dwarf. Why else turn a food bowl into a wasteland?

Sophie, an actress with a greenie theatre group, led the protest against the mine. But just days before she is to lead an important rally, she is kidnapped. By Red Jack, of course, who has started to manifest a dwarfish aura.

Sophie, still in her costume as a modern Madame Butterfly, is hidden with a man obsessed by butterflies. Fortunately, the theatre group includes Thorn, a woodturner. Unusually, he can intuitively judge the depths of bowls, or other spaces. Eventually, this leads to Sophie’s rescue.

Her rally is a success but the theatre group want justice. One of their members, Tubs, an ex-junkie, maintains contact with a former veteran who has become a security expert. With his help, justice happens.

Finally, the thespians create a ritual and remove Bogden’s curse from the land.

Released on August 15th, 2017!

Author Interview with Barry Rosenberg!

As a reader having to wait for a book to release can be excruciating.  To help with this, we asked Barry Rosenberg to have a moment with an online interview and let us know a little bit more about himself as an author and person. Here it is!  Enjoy!

What were you like at school?

As a child of refugees, I was brought up in the East End, London, and school was a battleground. I was very introverted but often involved with street fights. In grammar school, I took up boxing and then judo.

Were you good at English?

I wasn’t particularly good at English. Although I didn’t like school, I did excel in maths and physics. I went on to do a B.Sc in maths at Bristol Uni. In the early days of computing, I then went on to do a Ph.D at Southampton Uni in artificial intelligence. For quite a few years, I was quite convinced that brain/mind was a matter of information processing. Later on when I began meditation, my little mind exploded and I went down the rabbit hole with Alice. Meditation created poems in my mind that stayed as an itch until I wrote them down.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

To be sufficiently well known in spec fic to be an invited speaker at writing festivals. Maybe even earn more than a few dollars as a writer.

Which writers inspire you?

I've twice shaken hands with Terry Pratchett in the 1990s when he came to Canberra and spoke at Gaslight bookshop. Every so often, I reread a disc world novel. For quite a while, I refused to read Stephen King. Then a few years ago, I read one extract of his novel, The Green Mile. Since then I've been hooked. I also like Dean Koontz although his dialogue, especially if he is aiming for humour, can be a bit twee.

So, what have you written?
I’ve had three novels published:

Call of the Swami, http://www.amazon.com/Call-Swami-Barry-Rosenberg/dp/1483956660 2013. This was a slightly erotic, horror novel but the publisher no longer exists.

Glide in Slowtime, http://www.amazon.com/Glide-Slowtime-Barry-Rosenberg/dp/0987154818 2011. This was a steam punk fantasy but the publisher, Winterbourne publishing, no longer exists.

The Buddha Leaves, http://www.jaffabooks.net/novels.html . This was published only as an e-book. But I’ve since withdrawn it from the list.

Recent Short Stories

A chill subterfuge, in Snowpocalypse, ed Clint Collins & Scott Woodward, Black Mirror Press, 2016.

The Twitch, in A Door Appeared Anthology, https://horrifiedpress.wordpress.com/sinister-saints-press/ 2016

Dr Priority, http://www.joshstrnad.ztechcomputers.net/?page_id=233, 2016

A Made Man, http://www.lulu.com/shop/sinister-saints-press/when-disaster-strikes/paperback/product-22471738.html 2015

Stroking the devil, In Hidden in Plain Sight Anthology, ed JW Kirk, https://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Plain-Sight-James-Ward/dp/069259437X

And a Cup of Tea for James, in Displacement, Sinister Saints Press, http://www.lulu.com/shop/sinister-saints-press/displacement/paperback/product-22333004.html https://horrifiedpress.wordpress.com/sinister-saints-press/ 2015

The Life of Pry, http://www.greengeckopublishing.com/passion-for-puns.html 2015

Ma'af, Jam Berapa?in Anak Sastra, issue 20, July 2015 http://www.anaksastra.com/uploads/3/3/1/5/3315157/20th_issue_pdf.pdf

A Close Shave, in Growing Pains, Horrified Press, 2015.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

Thorn is the name of my main character in Blame it on the Dwarf. He starts as a fairly narrow-minded character but interaction with an eco-active theatre group makes him develop. He does have one unusual skill and that is the ability to know the real size of spaces – a talent that is explained in the book.

What are you working on at the minute?

Another novel.

What’s it about? (*if relevant)

In part1, X is a character with an unusual ability who becomes a stalker until caught. In part 2, Y has a similar ability and is being trained as a spy. The words have just been coming out with no strong hook. Recently, I discovered that Y is a bullet for a political cause. No doubt, this will strongly affect my second draft. In part 3, X meets Y. What then?... ???

What genre are your books?

Spec fic, paranormal or horror-lite.

What draws you to this genre?

In practising meditation, one is warned against concentrating on acquiring psychic powers. I dunno, they seem like fun to me.

How much research do you do?

This 1st draft is slow because of the need to constantly Google.

Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?

No. Stephen King keeps begging me but......

Why did you do decide to collaborate and did that affect your sales?

When did you decide to become a writer?

Poems forced themselves on me with meditation. I then found a need to write about incidents and observations. Then I found myself giving people odd quirks.

Why do you write?

The need to be creative. Most days, I probably spend more time on woodwork but wood has restrictions. Words can go anywhere one’s imagination can go.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

It’s 9.30am, just one more turn on the lathe. Cup of mint tea – which I don’t really like – then sit at the computer till 10.30 am when I go out for a decent cappuccino. So, I just do it.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

Things to do with writing can occupy 2-4 hours of my day.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

Woodwork, writing, out for coffee. Repeat 2 or 3 times a day.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?

7 days a week is more usual although in summer, writing is somewhat replaced by going into the surf on my boogie board. The board is held together by masking tape.

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

It’s more based on the time available, For instance, I’m in Australia but writing about Madame Tussaud’s in London so I’m constantly fact checking.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I speak to my Dragon. So speech recognition straight into my computer.

Where do your ideas come from?

I normally pinch them. Shakespeare is a good source. Sometimes I read a story and think: what if...? Often on going to sleep, I think about stories and ideas come.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

A short story begins with one quirky idea to which I apply a format to get 3-5000 words. The current novel has a very vague outline and tends to be telling me what it’s about.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

My knuckles no longer touch the ground.

I don’t worry about being creative. I just do it. I’m sure a lot of my writing is boring but I guess that’s what editing is for.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Sitting inside when the Queensland sun is shining and the beach is 25 minute drive away.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

In the current novel, I couldn’t see enough to drive character Y. About 40,000 words in, and possibly due to events in Russia, I saw a political slant that can provide a hook when I rewrite.

What is the easiest thing about writing?

Listening to people and thinking I must put that it. Overheard:

Woman: I must go to the shops. I’m running out of knickers.

Man exaggeratedly turns and looks behind for knickers.

Both burst out laughing.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Two years. Stick it in a drawer. Two years. Stick it in a drawer.

Do you ever get writer’s Block?

No. But I don’t try to rite gud.

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

Plagiarise. Just change the characters and the events. It’ll look different.

Give a quirky slant to an event from one's own life.

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?

Not a series.

What are your thoughts on writing a book series.

It feels to me like an unwelcome commitment.

Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.

I read about 2 hours of fiction a day. I scan a couple of online newspapers. Nowadays, I tend to go for genre: crime and horror, rather than authors. With occasional rereading of those mentioned above.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

Never read an ebook. Give me the paper book. Something you can spill coffee on.

What book/s are you reading at present?

Forty Acres by Dwayne Smith and Making Ceramic Sculpture by Raul Acero – I already know who did it in this one.

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

I do several edits myself. Send it out, Edit again. Send it out, Edit again....

Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?

Stewing is good. Once the first draft of the current novel is finished, I’ll concentrate on short stories for a bit.

Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?

Me. He was just lying around waiting to be put to use.

Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.

I took incidents from the novels and described the art to the artist until we had reached a happy conclusion.

Who designed your book cover/s?


Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

The image probably conveys the genre, allowing the potential buyer to make a quick decision whether or not to peruse the book.

How are you publishing this book and why?


What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?

With self-publishing, the writer gets a bigger percentage of the profits. On the other hand, the writer has to do all the marketing.

How do you market your books?

I’ve had just put a couple of short stories on Amazon Kindle and I’ve found Facebook pages where I can advertise them. I'm still a bit slow in doing that.

Why did you choose this route?

These are both stories that have already been published. Instead of hoping that they might be accepted as reprints, I decided to self-publish them.

Would you or do you use a PR agency?

No. Very few writers and enough money to pay for an agency.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?

So far, all I know about is Facebook and Linkln.

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?

10%. When I remember, it's what I do of an evening.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?

No. I did join goodreads but nothing came of it.

What’s your views on social media for marketing?

Trying. In both senses of the word.

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?

Goodreads - nothing came of it,

Why do you think that other well written books just don’t sell?

I have read some terrific books but the authors remain unknown. Fate is fickle.

What do you think of “trailers” for books?


Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?


Did you format your own book?

The editor formats any stories I've had published.

How do you relax?

Why would I want to relax?

Reading, going out for coffee, folk dancing and hip-hop dancing. Four times a week at the gym.

What is your favourite motivational phrase?

I hate motivational phrases.

What is your favourite positive saying?

Be negative.

What is your favourite book and why?

I have probably read the Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett more than any other book.

What is your favourite quote?

To be or not to be?

What is your favourite film and why?

Although animation films often contain a lot of screaming, BFG is one that I like a lot.

Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

I dream of fame but doubt that it will come.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Learn to use your hands for creative work.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?

I don't think about such things.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Live a life that can provide material. Avoid desks.

Where do you see publishing going in the future?

Away from hard copy and more into e-reading. Stories will be cheap, perhaps containing video and multi-media.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/barry.rosenberg.528

Thank you very much, Barry, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.  Gnome On Pig Productions is happy to have your brilliant work as a part of our printing house.


Serial Murders of Mars

by: Paul Boulet

Cover Reveal: Coming Soon!

Synopsis: Coming Soon!

Releasing in 2017!


Pink Decisions

by: Matt Army

artwork by:  Nathaniel Purdy

Back Cover Caption

“This is the worst book ever”


“I like my poems cathartic, raw, and almost too real to read.

This is that kind of book.

These are those kinds of poems.” 


“Matthew, this isn’t very appropriate, but I like ”


“Peels back the layers and pulls from a deep well of experience.

Conflict and angst pulsate throughout.”


“Something about the fusion of visual art and writing as representative of the human experience and the duality of consciousness”


RELEASING Summer of 2017


The Redemption of D.C. Hayes

by: Alexis Allinson

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Original Novella released in August 2012.  With the anticipation of being picked up by another publication house it was pulled from self publication.  As the deal fell through and the fans of the book wanted more, Alexis Allinson chose to take the time and rework the book into a full sized novel, adding 7 chapters to the story of her demi-god character.

With new cover art, a reworked story and so much more, The Redemption of D.C. Hayes will be finally re-releasing in 2017.


Limited Time Offer:

Download the original novella for a short time at: Amazon.com 

Re-Releasing Summer of 2017

Coming Soon!

Rataskor Don't Like Salsa

written by: A.M. Scott

illustrated by:  Elizabeth Eichelberger

The second book in the Mythical Creatures Don't Like Condiments series of children's literature.

These little creatures, Rataskor ( a kind of half squirrel and half bird) are said to inhabit the Norse woodlands, keeping the forest free of harm from humans.  One day, someone sees them and offers for them to try salsa.  It is discovered that they really don't like it at all.  Find out why through this fun tale.

Other released books in the series are:  Aliens Don't Like Cheese; Werewolves Don't Like Raspberry Jan (in the works); Zombies Don't Like Ketchup (in the works and more!


Coming to Bookstores Soon!


edited by: Jessica Lami

A general audience friendly compilation of stories surrounding the fantasy realm.

Whimsy has authors from all over the world lending their writing for a great cause...CANCER RESEARCH.  

Proceeds from the sales of the book will be going directly to Cancer Research.  

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