Book Updates, delays, etc.

It is with great regret that I am forced to delay the publication of Scars on Sound.

This is in part because so much of my time has been taken up with Time’s Fool – both the crowd-funding aspect and giving the manuscript some finishing touches before submitting it to Unbound. The book is more or less ready to go, but working the publicity for it and organising the launch is currently beyond me.

It will now has the provisional release date of early 2017, and I hope to see you all in Norwich for the launch party. It will happen and I’m still very excited about it. Watch this space for details!

Meanwhile, Time’s Fool¬† is still crowd-funding, so do support that if you can. If you’ve already pledged, remember that the sooner the book is funded, the sooner it is on your shelves – so, please share links and tweets about it and just help get the conversation so all the bookworms, horror-geeks and Goths can find their way to it.A hardback release like this is a massive goal for a new author to take on, and it really does need all the help you can give it.

Did you know that in May next year, Dracula and I will be a combined total of 150 years old? Don’t you think Time’s Fool being well in to production by then would be the best present?

Anyway, take care, lovely people. Enjoy October – it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Scars on Sound cover revealed.

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:

My gods, though, isn't it lovely?
Front 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.