Monday, 30 September 2013

print edition available

now available from double dragon is a print edition...

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

My Poetry reading...

A reading of my poem which is on display at the Roald Dahl museum. It is also featured in “The Vril Codex II – The Dresden Benefactor” which will be properly published next year.

Brief reading excerpt...

Here is a brief excerpt from my vril codex reading at the big green bookshop in London.  Sadly the organizers camera died so only a short clip...

Friday, 20 September 2013

UKAuthors event...

On Saturday the 21st (tomorrow night) I shall be doing a reading of the Vril Codex which shall be being filmed for the UKAuthors UKA Press youtube channel. The Event at the big green bookshop, wood green, London. starts at 7pm so do come along!

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Interview and vril feature in "Haunted after Dark" magazine - sponsors of the BRITISH HORROR FILM FESTIVAL 2013

Fantastic news! Next month I will be interviewed in a major horror magazine and sponsor of the "British Horror film festival 2013" (at Leicester square, London) - "Haunted after Dark" magazine...this will include a feature on "The Vril Codex"

Monday, 2 September 2013

TWO 5 Star reviews in 2 days!!! this is another really nice one for the vril codex...

""The Vril Codex" by Ben Manning is an unusual and to me a highly original read.
While the main protagonist is a widower and tries to overcome his grief with a work trip to Berlin, the plot edges into paranormal area and sheds light on some supernatural cult around Hitler and his hardcore followers.
I have read quite a few stories and articles about it, all handled as rumours, but their existence is so persistent that the plot - speculative conspiracy as it may be - sounds very plausible to me.
The book is well written and held my interest throughout.
The most pleasant aspects of the book are that the characters are so real and believable, more dimensional and that the storyline is far from flat, as I find so often with books in the genre.
I found it a compelling and fascinating read. "

Sunday, 1 September 2013

New five star review on amazon!

Ben Manning wrote a story with a tightly knitted plot!

With a touch of romance, tragedy and loss the story takes the reader to Berlin.  

Modern Berlin is a hubbub of the arts with a progressive youth that is in stark contrast with the Berlin of Nazi German. The contrast should be stark and in certain aspects it is though the true ethos of the book lies in the fact that we as a people have not learned our lesson.

Conspiracy theory and secret societies abound this book is reminiscent of Dan Brown. Detail and a workable hypothesis adds a level to the plot while psychic abilities and curses overlies the detail to add ever more to the story.

This is a book that I would not have passed by in a bookshop. And I would not have been disappointed.  

What I loved the most about this book is the fact that the author includes several plot lines interwoven and make it work expertly in one continuing page turner. The fact that the author did all this whilst building up characters shifting from modern to gothic is a testimony of his research and his surety of the subject of the book.

A 5* rating hardly seems fair for a 10* read.