Start Reading Nyctophobia Now!

Christopher Fowler
IMG_3593IMG_3594                             By the pricking of my thumbs, something evil this way comes... If you cast your orbs to the right of the site's homepage you'll find a link to an extract of my foreboding-filled haunted house thriller, 'Nyctophobia', out from the lovely folk at Solaris on October 9th. What you won't be able to see from this is that they've done a sterling job on both the outside (spot gloss - mmmm) and the inside, where the designers have added several eerie pages of darkness like a little storyboard, just to get you in the mood for what lies ahead. Bloody lovely. My plan for the haunted house thriller was to subvert it a little (as I always seem to want to do with within genres) and try something new while honouring all the traditional tropes, so you've got the sinister housekeeper, the strange neighbour, the mysterious past, the bad feeling, the lone female, the locked room and so on, but with what I hope will come to be regarded as an unexpected outcome. The book has started garnering some lovely advance reviews, but I care more about what you think. Book launches are always anticlimactic because you hope for some instant gratification (or at least vindication of your hard work) but it's not a play or a film, so you don't get it - approval is gradual and disapproval is only noticeable by low sales. Anyway, I hope you'll join Callie on her quest to discover the truth about what's out there in the darkness...


J. Folgard (not verified) Wed, 17/09/2014 - 18:39

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I've already pre-ordered the little thing, via a real brick & mortar bookshop so it will be a slightly longer wait before I can read it -but it can't come soon enough! Thanks for the appetizer admin, I'm looking forward to it.

Helen Valentine (not verified) Thu, 18/09/2014 - 04:27

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Love the extract Chris! Can't wait to add it to my collection!! To be read in candle-light I think... Xx

Brooke Lynne (not verified) Thu, 18/09/2014 - 16:12

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Last line is a deft touch on a primal fear. Tantalizing extract.