Audiobooks – Branching out

So far, I have narrated two parts of the Nature’s Magic series, two parts of the Jack Windrush series and the first part of the Blandford Candy series – YA fantasy and historical fiction – nothing wrong with that, but I am always conscious of being pigeon-holed and will be seeking to branch out into other genres next year.

After seeing Count Arthur Strong last week (see below) I bumped into an old acting friend and we got talking about our current projects. To cut a long story short, he self-published a book earlier this year and, after some discussions, we’ve decided to collaborate on producing it as an audiobook.

It’s called The Vampire Hunter’s Field Manual: A Survivor’s Guide to Narcissistic Abuse, written by Matt Davis. As a title, it’s a bit of a mouthful, but bear with me. Here it is on Amazon:


Matt has an academic grounding in psychology and has taught it extensively in schools and FE colleges. He has also had experience of the book’s subject, hence the inspiration to write it. It took him a year but the audiobook should take slightly less than that – I’m hoping to get it out by the end of February 2020.

Narcissistic abuse is not an uncommon experience, for many people. I did not know much about it but I understand this to be an important project and a service to an old acting friend. Matt refers to narcissistic abusers as ‘vampires’ (hence the title – sorry, fans of the blood-sucking kind).

Here’s an extract from the book on its subject matter:

Vampires are incapable of Love, Empathy, Compassion and Reciprocity because they see other people as objects. 

 The capacity for Love, Empathy, Compassion and Reciprocity develop during childhood. Since the Vampire is developmentally arrested, they never developed the capacity for these things. The abuse, trauma and/or neglect they experienced resulted in a developmental arrest during a critical phase in their emotional development. In the normal development of a child, the idea that other people exist in their own right is something that is learned through experience.

Young children start out by seeing people as objects, no different from their toys. It’s why you don’t leave toddlers and dogs together unattended. As they develop, children gradually come to recognise that people and objects are different, which can take many years to learn fully. People have feelings, just as they do. Objects don’t. The gradual understanding that people and objects are different is part of normal development but the development of the Vampire is massively hindered by abuse, trauma and/or neglect, potentially on an on-going basis. This prevents the development of the understanding that people and objects are different in any meaningful way. pp19-20

It’s a weighty tome – approx 104k words – but extremely well-written, engaging and at times, very funny. I’m really looking forward to getting on with this project and hopefully engaging with a new audience. We’re also aiming it at self-help/counselling groups.

I’ll use this blog as a record of progress and eventual publication – watch this space.


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