Great review for “Hospitalet”

Hospitalet_storMy brand new Danish horror novel Hospitalet (The Hospital) has received a fair amount of praise so far.

The latest came from the Danish Center of Libraries, which is basically the review any library will use to determine whether they want to buy it or not.

It concludes:
A gruesome story tapping into our fears of hospitals and death, the style is comparable to a fine mix of Koontz, King and Dennis Jürgensen.
Kamp is delivering a well-written occult horror story which will no doubt keep several readers sleepless.

Praise indeed. :)

(Dennis Jürgensen is the most well known Danish author of YA horror.)

There are currently no plans for a translation.

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Blood Type

Light the bonfire, bring forth the ale and send in the scantly clad ladies and the trained chimpanzee – I have been accepted into yet another anthology.

Blood Type is a charity anthology edited by Robert S. Wilson where all the net proceeds from sales will go to The Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

The theme is vampires – in science fiction. Hence there will be vampires in space, vampires in the far future, robo-vampires and whatever else the talented crowd of writers have cooked up in the wee hours of the morning.

My own short story, Predators of Tomorrow, is a melancholic tale taking place in the last days of a dying humanity. A tale of a sole survivor on an impossible mission.

The most prominent name in the anthology is probably Peter Watts with Orientation Day, a short story set in his Blindsight universe.

This looks awesome, and since it is for charity, buy 10. (Or buy one and make a donation on the side.)

Table of Content (alphabetically):

17 by Jonathan Templar
A Little Night Music by Mike Resnick
A River of Blood, Carried into the Abyss by John Palisano
Accommodation by Michael R. Collings
Better for Burning by H.E. Roulo
Chrysalis by Jason V. Brock
Damned to Life by Essel Pratt
Data Suck by Benjamin Kane Ethridge
Eudora by James S. Dorr
Evergreen by Peter Giglio
Gods and Devils by Taylor Grant
Happy Hour by GN Braun
I, Vampire by David N. Smith & Violet Addison
I was there… by Tarl Hoch
Mountains of Ice by Jilly Paddock
Occupation by James Ninness
Orientation Day by Peter Watts
Predators of Tomorrow by Michael Kamp
Reptile House by Stephen Graham Jones
Slave Arm by Laird Barron
Strays by Robert S. Wilson
Sun Hungry by Tim Waggoner
Taxing Youth by Rebecca Brown
Temporary Measures by Jay Wilburn
The Pilot by Jason Duke
The Souls of Stars by Amelia Mangan
The Undying by William F. Nolan
Unperished by S.R. Algernon
Wet Heavens by Brian Fatah Steele

I must admit I love Brian Fatah Steele’s title Wet Heavens. It brings forth interesting visuals :)

No word on a date yet, but you can follow the project HERE.

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Horror Writers Association

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I finally got around changing the winter theme to summer here.

The header is from an old Danish bog where human sacrifices was performed in ancient times. These days – not so much. 😉

More importantly I am now an active member of the Horror Writers Association. This was a bit harder than expected, since their requirements do not factor in which language you are using.
Hence I had to make the same sales for my Danish horror novels as I would have on English to qualify as a professional writer.
Since there are only 5.5 million Danes in the world it was not as easy as it might sound.

Still – the numbers got crunched and I am now a member. 😀

The Horror Writers Association has been around since 1985 and is responsible for the yearly Bram Stoker Awards – basically the Oscars for literary horror.

Much rejoicing followed at the bogs here, but no humans were injured.
(To my knowledge.)

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Lore Vol. 2, nr. 3

lore3cover Well, sorry for the long absence, but now the anthology has hit the shelves :)

LORE vol. 2, no. 3 is now available for only $10,95 USD.

My contribution is the sci-fi / horror short story Homo Arachnida which won the Niels Klim Award in Denmark for Best Danish short-story (sci-fi) 2011.

You cant have read that many Danish award-winners, so here’s a golden opportunity. 😉

Quick – to Amazon.com.

TWELVE FANTASTIC NEW TALES!

Featuring:

“The Accelerati” Gareth D. Jones

“This is The Job” Darrel Duckworth

“Limbs and Other Lullabies” Mary J. Daley

“Driving East” Stephen Case

“A Star That Moves” Gray Rinehart

“Homo Arachnida” Michael Kamp

“Trials of the Dead King” Eric Rosenfield

“And He Cried, ‘No Hiding Place!’” Jeremy Harper

“The Goblin and the Pelican” Tim W. Burke

“Seven Wooden Toys” Kali Wallace

“Skin Tag” Jacob A. Boyd

“Doodles” Don Webb

Cover artwork by Brynn Metheney

– 176 pages –

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Homo Arachnida

lore 2-2 cover 150Another sale!

My sci-fi / horror short story Homo Arachnida won the Niels Klim Award last year for best sci-fi short story in Danish 2012. (A shared victory.)

Afterwards I had it translated into English and let it rotate the markets.

It is with great pride that I can now announce that it has been accepted into an anthology and will be featured in LORE’s publication in Marts.

I have no other details so far, but wanted to share the good news anyway.

Furthermore four of my other short stories are about to be published as e-books through Amazon + iTunes.
2013 is shaping up to be a good year :)

Check out LORE.

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Terrors from the deep

There are many weird and scary creatures in the world, but the sea hides some of the strangest.

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You would think that these pictures were from a Japanese live-action hentai movie, but it is in fact an animal that exist in reality.

It’s a so-called living fossil. One of the few animals that has a skull, but no spine.

They feed on carrion and human souls, but their most bizarre trait is that they eat their victims from the inside out. They can attack wounded prey many times their own size and gorge themselves from the inside. 😮

When police pull up a cadaver from the habitat of these guys, it is not unusual that there is virtually only skin and bones left – and a large group of these creatures inside the skin sack.

The cheerful critter is called a hagfish and in addition to an appearance from hell and funky eating habits, it has an impressive ability to secrete large amounts of slime through the skin, which it use to fend of predators.

The secrete is so potent that just a little bit can transform a large amounts of water into a gelatinous mass.

Sadly it doesn’t grow very big. The average length is about two feet, which is a shame. It would be … interesting … if specimens of twenty feet roamed the coastlines, searching for pink, squishy prey >:)

Still – Cthulhu would be proud :)

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Once upon an apocalypse

*Blaring trumpets*

Behold – I saw a black serpent rise from the sea and devour the sun!

Finally I can announce my first venture into the English markets. I will make my paperback debut in 2013 through an anthology from the publisher Chaosium. They have announced a series of anthologies called Once upon an apocalypse, where classic fairytales are mixed with horror.

Volume one will be fairy tales mixed with zombies while volume two is fairy tales mixed with Lovecraft.

I got my Lovecraftian fairy tale The Little Match Mi-Go accepted for volume two. A heart gripping retelling of The little match girl set in a world where humanity is long extinct.

Humanity is dust, snuffed out by the arrival of the Old Ones and frozen solid on the plains of old Terra. A single little Mi-Go is sent into the freezing tomb of the world, carrying an artifact of flame, in search of a hideous entity. But the world is so big, and the cold is so strong. What will the little Mi-Go do?

Sounds exciting, right? :)

It should hit the markets in 2013, but even before that my publisher, Tellerup, will make a handful of my translated short stories available through iTunes and Amazon.com.

I made it! 😀

I’m going to get rich – RICH, I tell you!

I think my first Ferrari should be white, and I really want a cloned pet Dodo. And maybe I should get all my teeth replaced with diamonds?

Still, I won’t forget the common man and will make sure to like pictures of sick children and handicapped animals on Facebook to do my part.

You can follow the proceedings of the series through their Facebook-page Once upon an apocalypse.

Do I feel like the king of the world right now? Sure – swag and all. 😉

Hugo – take it away.

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Strange Star

Neat.

The newest Danish science fiction anthology ended up being named after my own contribution Fremmed Stjerne (Strange Star).

Published by “Science Fiction Cirklen” it contains 27 short stories covering a wide variety of genres. It got time travels, alternative realities, satire, aliens in all shapes and sizes, visits from other civilizations, oppressive dystopias, surrealism and much, much more.

 

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Another scalp

This weekend saw the Niels Klim awards being handed out at the Fantasticon in Denmark. The Niels Klim awards are awards for best science fiction published in Danish the previous year (including translations), and I had a short story nominated, so excitement was rising.

In the category Short Novel the finalists were Alastair Reynolds with Minla’s Flowers and Jonas Wilmann with Mutagen. The winner: Alastair Reynolds

In the category Novelette the finalists were Alastair Reynolds (again) with Merlin’s Cannon and A. Silvestri with Faderens Sønner (Sons of the Fathers). The winner: A. Silvestri.

Finally in the category Short Story the finalists among 11 nominees were your truly with Homo Arachnida and Lars Ahn Pedersen with En helt almindelig død (An ordinary death).

Then a surprise – we had exactly the same number of votes, so it was a tie. A shared victory.

From left to right: A. Silvestri, Lars Ahn Pedersen, Michael Kamp, Alastair Reynolds

I’m very proud to recieve this award among such prominent company and will explore the science fiction genre further.
I’ve had Homo Arachnida translated to english and it is currently rotating the markets, so hopefully you will all be able to read it in the not too distant future.

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Subbed interview

As part of the evergoing quest to break into the English speaking markets, I have subbed my best interview.

Here I talk about the early years, why I write horror and how two of the new novels, Moln + Bunker 137, came to be.

Check it out :)

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