So, for those of you who have been hiding from me for the past three months may just be forgiven for being unaware that, this Autumn, I’m releasing Scars on Sound, a book of scary stories in the folk horror tradition. It has everything you’d expect from me; morally ambiguous necromancers, implacable vengeance, and love betrayed. All of this, framed against the dark bones and old music of this rainy little island I call home.
Well, they do say write the book you’d want to read.
It will also feature a glorious series of illustrations by Ruth Tucker, and if you want a taste of the sheer unsettling beauty of her work, you need look no further than the wonderment that is this cover:
The alchemy combining Ruth’s images and my words is the designing genius Alina Sandu, whose talent is only matched by her patience in dealing with my hyperactive emails these last few weeks. But I think, in the circumstances, I’m entitled to a few exclamation marks.
I promise not to use any interrobangs.
If you wish to contact Ruth Tucker with commissions, or to requests originals or prints of the images appearing in Scars on Sound, she can be reached via IllustratorRuth (at) gmail.com. Alina Sandu can be contacted through her website.