Freaks is Released!

Freaks! is finally here! Released as a paperback and eBook TODAY!

It’s a collection of 50 short stories. It’s a collaboration between me and Caroline Smailes. It’s illustrated by Darren Craske. It’s about people with super powers, real and imagined. And I am absolutely proud of it.

 

As Caroline says here, it actually started out as a bit of fun. Caroline hadn’t written in a while and, for one reason or another, I’d not either. So we wrote each other a story. And it WAS fun. So much so that we did it again, and it grew and grew and, somehow, turned into this collection.

I loved writing it. I loved exploring different themes and different ways of writing about different things and I loved working with Caroline (even those times when we didn’t quite agree on things). And I loved seeing how Darren interpreted the stories, how his awesome illustrations added that extra bit to them.

And today it’s published. I hope you enjoy it. I honestly don’t think there’s anything quite like it out there. There’s a woman who can freeze time, and a boy who can talk to insects. There’s a girl who can fly but can’t quite get her landings right. There’s a Minotaur. A chameleon girl. A plastic boy. There are letters. And ghosts. Even a mermaid.

So yes, I hope you enjoy it.

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And I must say a HUGE thank you to everyone who’s been kind enough to host one of the stories on their blogs. Keep an eye out – they’re popping up everywhere.

And a huge thank you to Caroline and to Darren too.

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AND, there’s a competition over on Twitter.

Tweet to tell us (@nikperring, @Caroline_S, @darrencraske, @meandmybigmouth – or any combination of the above!) using the hashtag #freaks

what your ideal super power would be. 

The winner receives an illustration (that would be PERFECT as an avatar) of themselves as a super hero (with their power, of course). It’ll be unique, bespoke even, and it’ll be drawn by our very own illustrating genius, Darren. How cool is that?

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Thanks all. Now, fingers crossed people actually like it!

9 Comments on “Freaks is Released!

  1.  by  Sam Sattler

    Nik, just a quick note to tell you that I haven’t gotten a response to my email about using your free story on Book Chase. Didn’t want you to think I’ve changed my mind.

    •  by  nikperring

      Hey Sam – thanks for letting me know. Not sure what’s happened there, but I’ve emailed James to ask him to send it along again

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