Turning out a cupboard to make space for yet more books, I came across this picture of myself and the estimable Barry Forshaw, author of The Encyclopedia of British Crime Writing and The Man Who Left Too Soon: The Biography of Stieg Larsson. Barry was going through his ‘Village People’ moustache phase, but then I think almost everyone was.
The occasion was the publication of ‘Darkest Day’,then the second book to feature Bryant & May after ‘Rune’. It’s common for authors to test-drive characters before getting them into a series of their own – think of superheroes and how they often appear in another character’s comic first.
It feels like a lifetime ago, though. And here I was, thinking I’d just begun!