I’ve been asked to give a few clues about my upcoming books, at least two of which seem to have ‘Hell’ in the title. So here’s what I’m up to.
Shortly after Christmas ‘Paperboy’ becomes ‘paperback’, and there’ll certainly be one more Bryant & May, already delivered. But I’ll also be rediscovering my roots with some horror. It’s the year that the World Horror Convention leaves America for the first time, to be held in Brighton, and I’ll be there for that.
Before then, ‘Hellion’ arrives. This is my first title in a projected horror series for teens, and will be published by Andersen Press. Is it just for the young? No, because I’ve written it very much in the style of ‘Paperboy’.
‘Hell Train’ is adult, a novel in the style of the great Hammer horror films, and will play out like the movie Hammer never got around to making.
‘Every Day A Little Death’ is the projected title of a new collection of fifteen stories, all now written – they include two new Bryant & May tales – and I’m looking for a new publisher for them. My last collection won some awards and did well, so I have high hopes for this one.
There are two further projects, a dark urban thriller and something I’m still positioning in my head – work has started on both. At the end of September I’ll be appearing at Small Wonder: The Charleston Short Story Festival. I’ve some other appearances lined up this autumn, and as soon as I know, you’ll know!