September 2022

We’re halfway there, friends…

If you follow me on social media, you’ll be privy to the fact that my follow-up novel is now written and edited up to the halfway mark. That means if I get hit by a bus tomorrow, it’ll be in semi-decent shape for you to read up to the midpoint. After that, you’ll just have to read my mad chaos of notes to see how it all pans out.

More likely than death by bus will be death by plane (although not statistically speaking) since this time tomorrow I’ll be 30,000ft in the sky flying as far away from my work-in-progress as I can. Yes, what better way to mark this milestone than to jet off to Budapest for a week? Following this, I assure you that I’ll be straight back to work and that I plan on having Witchcraft on Rücken Ridge completed by the end of the year, with publication hopefully sometime around spring.

In other news, August saw my first ever book signing event at Forbidden Planet, Glasgow. I was fortunate enough to share a table with the hugely talented Etienne Kubwabo, author of the Beats of War series of comic books. Click here to check out his awesome work.

I had an absolute blast meeting fellow horror freaks and signing copies of For Rye and The Last Testament of Crighton Smythe. I promise I’ll letcha know about the next event in advance – I was a bit nervous this time, but I’d love to have a chat and sign a copy for you in the future!

You can also find copies of both my books at the Glasgow branch of Forbidden Planet, even when I’m not there:

While I have you, I’d also like to give a huge shout-out to horror reviewer Anda Kent for featuring For Rye on her YouTube channel. Give her a follow today for brilliant content!

And finally, I’m super pleased to let you know that For Rye made the patrons’ pick a couple of months ago in an episode from Harpies in the Trees! I’m humbled for my horrid little nightmare to have been featured alongside so many great titles. Thanks again to Mers for including For Rye, and for all she does for the horror community. Make sure you subscribe to her YouTube channel!

Well, that about wraps this up. I can’t thank you all enough for your patience while I construct this latest nightmare. The thing is thoroughly outlined all the way through to the final word, so it’s just a case of…well…writing the damned thing.

Will it be worth the wait? That I cannot say. What I can say is that it’ll be darker than anything I’ve ever written. It’ll be more disturbing and certainly more harrowing, and you’ll be thrown into the action from the very first page. Unlike my previous works, this story will alternate between various points of view, giving you multiple perspectives by which to experience the events of this folk horror nightmare. It’s extremely different from For Rye, but I hope I’ve succeeded in retaining the elements that readers enjoyed so much. It’s an entirely new beast, and one I’m already pretty proud of – if only because I know the hell it’s going to put you through, dear reader.

Fear the mountain.

Right, I’m off to Hungary. See ya soon, if I decide to come back.

Happy nightmares, fellow horror freaks…


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