I’m a father again! My lovely publishers have left a magnum of champagne on my front step (it would only be nicked around here if it was a beer keg with a St Andrews flag on it) and I’m signing books tonight at my favourite store in the world, Forbidden Planet, Shaftesbury Avenue @ 6pm, which must mean that I have a new novel out. Bryant & May Off The Rails is my ode to the London Underground system, complete with ghosts, killers and maniacs on the loose – plus the odd dance routine.
It’ll be the last Bryant & May for a while, because I’m working on several new projects which I’m very excited about – but they’ll be back before you know it.
As for Forbidden Planet – I remember them before they aimed for world domination; FP was simply a comic book stall in Berwick Street market, Soho, before moving to a scuzzy empty shop in the same street. Derek ‘Bram’ Stokes and Diane Lister set up way back in 1969. The shop was managed by fantasy author Stan Nicholls and (I think) his mum. They became ‘Dark They Were And Golden-Eyed’ (from the Bradbury story) before moving to St Anne’s Court and changing their name – the rest is history. When I moved to America I gave them my underground entire comic book collection, only to move back to London some time later. D’Oh! So I go back a loooong way with those guys. If you’re passing, look in.