SOON: THE FIGHT THAT STARTED THE
Conquistador Press is proud to announce the forthcoming release of
Samuel Hawley's narrative history of sports, entertainment and
technology history, The Fight That Started the Movies: The
World Heavyweight Championship, the Birth of Cinema and the First
Feature Film. Watch
for it on October 1, 2016!
On March 17,
1897, in an open-air arena in Carson City, Nevada, Jim Corbett and Bob
Fitzsimmons fought for the heavyweight championship of the world. The
contest was recorded by film pioneer Enoch Rector from inside a
huge, human-powered camera called the “Veriscope.” Rector’s movie
of the contest premiered two months later. Known today as “The
Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight,” it was the world’s first feature-length
The Fight That
Started the Movies is
the story of Corbett’s and Fitz's journey to that ring in Nevada
and how the film of their battle came to be made. It reveals how boxing
played a key role in the birth of the movies, spurring the development
of motion picture technology, and pushing the concept of “film” from a
twenty-second peephole show to a feature attraction projected on a
THE FIGHT THAT STARTED THE MOVIES: The World Heavyweight
Championship, the Birth of Cinema and the First Feature Film
by Samuel Hawley
ISBN (eBook): 978-0-9920786-9-0
371 pages + 32 pages
HOMEOWNER WITH A GUN "ONE OF THE
YEAR'S BEST CRIME NOVELS"
The website BestThrillers.com
has called Samuel Hawley's Homeowner
With a Gun "one of the year's best crime novels." The full
review is here.
A few other recent reviews:
“Definitely a page turner.” (Bookie-Monster.com)
“Terrifying...One I recommend.” (TheMusingsOfaBookAddict.com)
“The writing is solid, the characters vivid.” (MasqueradeCrew.com)
“A very deep story about so much more than simply the suspense that
Hawley provides.”(Pure Jonel:
Confessions of a Bibliophile)
THE IMJIN WAR: CHINESE TRANSLATION
Conquistador Press is proud to announce the sale of Chinese translation
rights for Samuel Hawley's The Imjin
to Post Wave Publishing in Beijing. There was considerable interest in
China in the book, with three publishers submitting bids.
HOMEOWNER WITH A GUN NOMINATED FOR
2015 READERS' CHOICE AWARD
Samuel Hawley's Homeowner With
a Gun has been nominated for a Readers' Choice Award in the
"Thriller" category on the book review website Big
Al's Books and Pals,
|NEW FROM CONQUISTADOR PRESS:
SKIN FOR SKIN by LLEWELYN POWYS
First published in 1925, Skin For Skin
is a deeply personal account of Llewelyn Powys’ encounter with
tuberculosis, which he contracted in 1909 at the age of twenty-five. In
those days, prior to the discovery of antibiotics, TB - or consumption
as it was then called - was a leading cause of death; for Powys, the
bubbling sensation in his lungs and the blood in his mouth amounted to
a sentence of death. In the pages of this uncompromising memoir we
accompany him to a Swiss sanitarium to recover his health, then back to
the south of England for a period of convalescence, hoping that the
symptoms of the “hideous complaint” do not return.
Hoping - but
not praying. For Powys, an atheist, there is no comfort in a belief in
God and an immortal soul, and so he finds himself staring into the
abyss. The experience, as so much else in the book, is recounted in
powerfully vivid, lyrical prose: “I would wake in the small hours of
the morning swaddled in fear. With scared eyes I would peer into the
darkness of my room, and into the unknown days before me, and come to
realize, during those tense, suspended moments, how completely
unattended, how intolerably alone we are, each one of us, like cattle
herded into a merciless stockyard, to be driven into the shambles,
separately, when our turn comes.”
And yet, despite the soulless
darkness, there is reason for existence. As we see in Skin For Skin,
Powys finds it in enjoying life to the fullest, in feasting upon it
while he has it, in squeezing the last drop of joy from each day. As
the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
concluded in its review in 1925, "Rugged, rutal and yet, in spots,
tender, Skin For Skin makes
life worth living after all."
SKIN FOR SKIN
by Llewelyn Powys
Conquistador Press, Nov. 2014
THE EARTHQUAKE IS HERE!
Press is proud to announce the publication of a sci-fi classic from the
age of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, H. Rider Haggard and Edgar Rce
EARTHQUAKE by William Holt-White
In the early hours of September 8, 1907, an
unprecedented power strikes London.
Nelson’s Column topples over. St.
Cathedral is shaken to pieces. The Houses of Parliament subside into a
heap of rubble. Westminster Abbey partly collapses. Bridges across the Thames tumble into the river. And the Thames
blocked below Gravesend, cutting off shipping and threatening England
So begins The Earthquake, a work
of Edwardian alt history and natural disaster fiction by William
from the early years of science fiction.
With appalling death, destruction and chaos in
every direction, Britain’s
Prime Minister Blair declares martial law and begins restoring order.
situation is worse than he can imagine. For evil forces in the person
Von Prosen of Saxony are at work, plotting to permanently cripple England
bring the Empire down. Standing against Von Prosen is Blair’s nephew,
of Wilmers, and the woman Wilmers loves, American heiress Virginia
After discovering the enormity of the scheme, Wilmers and Virginia must
against time and Von Prosen’s henchmen to save England
from violent uprising and
economic collapse before it’s too late.
Inspired by news reports of the San Francisco
earthquake of 1906, William Holt-White’s The Earthquake
moves with breakneck speed through the broken streets and perilous back
of London across the Atlantic to a breathtaking denouement in the
States. A popular disaster thriller in its day, it was the first of ten
in the science-fiction, fantasy and mystery genres that Holt-White
between 1906 and 1916, earning for himself a place alongside
Rider Haggard, Edgar Rice Burroughs and H. G. Wells as a successor to
by William Holt-White
the print edition
the Kindle eBook edition
FREE E-BOOK COPIES AVAILABLE OF BAD
ELEPHANT FAR STREAM
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SOON FROM CONQUISTADOR: WILLIAM HOLT-WHITE'S THE EARTHQUAKE
In production from Conquistador Press is William Holt-White's science
fiction classic from 1906, The
Earthquake. Holt-White, a contemporary of H. G. Wells and Edgar
Rice Burroughs, spins a thrilling "what-if" tale of England in the
aftermath of a huge, San Francisco-style earthquake!
by William Holt-White
(forthcoming, Fall 2014)
HOMEOWNER WITH A GUN IS HERE!
Samuel Hawley's suspense thriller Homeowner
With a Gun is now available in print and eBook editions.
WITH A GUN print edition
WITH A GUN eBook
IMJIN WAR E-BOOK NOW AVAILABLE!
Samuel Hawley's The Imjin War
is now available as an eBook.
THE IMJIN WAR: NEW IN PAPERBACK
FROM CONQUISTADOR PRESS
Conquistador Press is proud to announce the pubication of a new
paperback edition of Samuel Hawley's monumental work THE
HAWLEY ON "THE G ZONE"
Talk Radio host Giovanni Gelati had author Samuel Hawley back for
another guest appearance on his book chat show "The G Zone." They talk
about Hawley's forthcoming thriller Homeowner
With a Gun, his 2013 novel Bad
Elephant Far Stream, his nonfiction book Speed Duel and a whole lot more.
Click to listen.
COMING IN SEPTEMBER: THE IMJIN WAR
Coming this September, a new
paperback edition of Samuel Hawley's monumental work The Imjin War: Japan's Sixteenth-Century
Invasion of Korea and Attempt to Conquer China.
"Magnificent!" (South China
"A wonderful read!"(JoongAng Daily
"The scope is truly vast!" (Seoul Magazine)
"A feast!" (Shogun-ki)
"Like a prelude to Shogun!" (Strategy Page)
In May of 1592, Japanese dictator Toyotomi
Hideyoshi sent a
158,800-man army of invasion from Kyushu to Pusan
southern tip. His objective: to conquer Korea,
then China, then
of Asia. The resulting seven years of
fighting, known in Korea as imjin
waeran, the “Imjin invasion,”
after the year of the water dragon in which it began, dwarfed
in Europe and was one of the most devastating wars to grip East Asia in
past thousand years.
The Imjin War
is the most comprehensive
account ever published in English of this cataclysmic event, so little
the West. It begins with the political and cultural background of Korea, Japan
explores the diplomatic impasse that led to the war, describes every
incident and battle from 1592 to 1598 and introduces a fascinating cast
characters along the way. There is Hideyoshi, hosting garden parties as
armies march toward Beijing; Korean admiral Yi Sun-sin, emerging from a
cell to take on the Japanese navy with just thirteen ships; Chinese
Zhao Chengxun, suffering defeat after promising to “scatter the
Japanese to the
four winds”; the courtesan Chu Non-gae, luring a samurai warrior into
and jumping into the Nam River with him locked in her embrace.
One nation fighting to expand, another to
Shockwaves extending across China
and beyond. The Imjin War is
an epic tale of grand
perspective and intimate detail of an upheaval that would shape East Asia for centuries to come.
HOMEOWNER WITH A GUN: COMING THIS
2 million burglaries are reported in the United States every year.
Another 2 million go unreported. In an estimated 162,000 of these
cases, the intruder is confronted or scared off with a gun.
It’s the middle of the night. You’re awakened by a noise. Someone is in
your house. What do you do?
When it happens at 148 Maple Drive, homeowner Jeff Shaw goes
with a gun. He finds two young men in the kitchen and shoots them both.
The incident puts a great strain on Jeff and his family. He reassures
them that they just need to carry on with their lives and everything
will return to normal. But it’s not that easy. The dead intruders
belonged to a gang, ANG, “Ain’t No Game,” that now wants revenge. And
one of the gang, a prison parolee known as I-Man, knows more about the
break-in than he’s letting on.
It starts with a threatening phone call. Then it gets worse. The police
urge the Shaws to move away for a while. But Jeff isn’t going to be
intimidated from his home. Homeowner
With a Gun
takes the reader on a white-knuckle thrill ride as this everyman fights
to save himself and his family, while something a detective said plays
in the back of his mind: Maybe the
intruders broke into the wrong house. It happens all the time...
EVOLUTION OF A BOOK COVER
Here's a guest post by author Samuel Hawley on The Book Designer website
about the creative process he went through to design the cover for his
novel Bad Elephant Far Stream.
Evolution of a Book Cover: "Bad Elephant Far Stream"
BAD ELEPHANT FAR STREAM AUTHOR ON
"THE WRITERS LOUNGE"
Samuel Hawley was on the BlogTalkRadio show "The Writers Lounge"
with hosts Tom Riddell and Lisa Lea to talk about his latest book, Bad Elephant Far Stream.
BAD ELEPHANT AUTHOR ON "BACK PORCH
WRITER" WITH KORI MILLER
Bad Elephant Far
Stream author Samuel Hawley was on the BlogTalkRadio show "Back
Porch Writer" with host Kori Miller. Click on the image to listen:
SAMUEL HAWLEY ON "INDIE BOOKS" WITH WILL WILSON
Samuel Hawley appeared on the BlogTalkRadio show "Indie Books" with
host Will Wilson to talk about Bad
Elephant Far Stream:
SAMUEL HAWLEY ON "THE G-ZONE"
Author Samuel Hawley discusses Bad
Elephant Far Stream on the BlogTalkRadio show "The G-Zone" with
host Giovanni Gelati:
ELEPHANT FAR STREAM
Press presents Samuel Hawley's unique novel Bad Elephant
Far Stream, taking the
reader inside a circus elephant's mind.
Bad Elephant Far Stream
is an elephant's harrowing life story, told from her own perspective,
through her own eyes. Inspired by the life of a real elephant known as
Topsy, it follows Far Stream from her birth and her capture in the
forests of Ceylon in the late 1860s through her transportation to
America and thirty years of travel and adventure with the circus, which
ultimately led to her being labeled as "bad." It's an unusual and
uncompromising novel that explores the questions: What is it like to be
an elephant trained for human amusement? What does such a creature
think? What does it feel? What does it yearn for? Bad Elephant Far Stream takes the
reader on a voyage of discovery to find out.
Samuel Hawley is the author of I Just Ran:
Percy Williams, World's Fastest Human, a biography of one of Canada's
greatest Olympic athletes; the land speed story Speed Duel: The
Inside Story of the Land Speed Record in the Sixties, about the epic jet car rivalry on
the Bonneville Salt Flats between Art Arfons and Craig Breedlove; and The Imjin War,
the most comprehensive account in English of Japan's sixteenth-century
invasion of Korea and attempted conquest of China. He lives in
Kingston, Ontario. Bad Elephant
Far Stream is his first
BAD ELEPHANT FAR STREAM by SAMUEL
Press (November 2013)
Historical fiction; 263 pages