‘Roofworld’ And ‘Spanky’ Are Both Back
‘The lightness of the author’s touch conceals an underlying narrative of alienation,’ fellow author Joanne Harris says about me, adding, ‘perhaps this is why, in spite of having won countless genre awards, he has never received the mainstream acclaim he so deserves. Perhaps it is the sheer scope and variety of his output that continue to defy categorisation.’
Yeah, easy for her to say. But say it she did, and very kindly in one of two new forewords to the e-book edition of ‘Roofworld’, now available on Kindle for a measly £2.99.
I wonder how they’ll read now. Are they period pieces? As your writing becomes more refined you disappoint those readers who were simply enjoying your plainly-worded genre romps. And now here you are years later with your heavy themes and big ideas and all they want is your early stuff. It’s you who changed, not them. But how wonderful to see my books back in print, all with new introductions and covers – twenty of them in all, including a new collection of stories.
I haven’t read the book in years, and frankly am nervous of doing so. One of the things I stupidly realised after writing the book is that London is on a slope, drifting down from Hampstead to the river basin. But I know there’s a lot of it I’ll still like. I had a review at the time which said;
‘It’s rich with startling imagery, a brooding and highly entertaining depiction of a seductive shadow city’ – Kirkus (US)
My Faustian thriller ‘Spanky’ has also returned to print this week as an e-book.
If it’s not one you’re familiar with, it’s about a hopelessly shy young man who meets his amoral demonic alter-ego and is taught how to have everything and everyone – but there is a terrible price to pay for his success. This is a modern-day take on the Faust legend, with a psychological twist and a rather outrageous, charismatic lead. The novel was a big success for me, partly because of its earlier raunchy cover, and was very nearly made into a movie by the charming Guillermo del Toro, who with my permission re-used his own Spanky designs for the film in ‘Blade 2’.
I almost wrote a sequel. In fact there is a short story in one of my upcoming republished collections called ‘Spanky’s Back In Town, which works as a nice postscript to the novel.
‘From the first line to the last, ‘Spanky’ is erotic, intelligent and beautiful – wins our Stiffy Of The Week Award’ – Evening Standard
‘Spanky’ is available from Amazon with new introductions and cover, priced just £2.99.
In quite a few of these new releases you can see the roots and growth (and often the actual characters) of the Peculiar Crimes Unit forming in my head. It’s as if I had a huge map unfolding bit by bit over time that would make up my version of the world.
If you never read these, you may find a different side of my writing here.