5 Dark Urban Adventures Are Back This Week!
Hurrah! This Thursday sees the e-book release of my five Dark Urban novels, Rune, Red Bride, Disturbia, Psychoville and Soho Black. Designer Martin Butterworth created the beautiful matching covers for all twenty releases. ‘Roofworld’ and ‘Spanky’ are already available. All are priced just £2.99.
Strange suicides occur in the city’s corridors of power. Coincidence, hallucination, chance and fate each reveal their part in the pattern that must be broken before others die…this is a modern take on Jacques Tourneur’s ‘Night Of The Demon’, with bar-codes being used by a sinister corporation in place of runes.
The book was inspired by my discovery that London Transport did a study about the chances of everyone who had a travel card turning up in one station on the same day – what if you could upset the laws of chance? The book features a very early appearance of Bryant & May (already fully formed).
A film editor sees a beautiful woman running through the rain at Waterloo Station, and is mystified to discover the girl re-enacting the same moment in a film he is cutting. The more he finds out about her, the more suspicious he becomes that she has been put on earth with the sole purpose of destroying him.
Well, this was really my ‘odd book out’, a thriller about a marriage made hell by a couple who can’t trust each other – even though their lives depend on it. It’s a relationship novel that can be read as paranoia or something genuinely evil. One particularly lurid passage made its way onto London Underground posters!
This is very dark satire in which a young couple share a psychologically damaging upbringing in a suburban new town. They return years later to find the neighbourhood unchanged, and carefully plot their revenge on everyone who hurt them.
It was inspired by my own upbringing, after we were forced out of our family home because of a road-widening scheme. The experience upset me greatly, and I plotted revenges that eventually found their way into this book. I was very pleased with the strange character of April, and there’s a terrific twist ending that I’m still proud of.
A working class journalist is challenged by an upper-class adversary (and the young woman whose love they share) to solve a series of fiendish hourly puzzles and survive the night in storm-swept London.
I had great fun writing this book, which is stuffed to the gills with weird London lore. My editor made me perform the tasks myself in order to time the events of the novel accurately. It gave me a chance to put lots of crazy-but-true stories and larger-than-life characters into one book. A screenplay exists, if anyone’s a budding director.
A stressed film executive walks into his Soho office and finds everyone wearing black. ‘Did I miss a meeting, or was there a funeral?’ he asks. Then he takes a trip into lifestyle-hell after he suffers a heart attack in a fashionable bar, and finds that he’s more respected dead than alive because he’s now fearless. But he won’t allow a little thing like mortality to hamper his career…
This was my funny/horrific take on the new macho work ethic of London, where risking all is considered a sign of executive bravery. It’s almost a zombie novel crossed with a Guy Ritchie movie, except that Shirley Bassey sings a number in it and nothing actually supernatural happens. Over the years, a lot of really famous people wanted to turn it into a film. *sound of crickets*