The Confusion Of Numbers: Your Questions Answered
My piece on the confusing numbering system of the Bryant & May books threw up more questions than answers, so I thought I’d take time to address them properly here.
There are four other books in which Bryant & May appear, ‘Rune’, ‘Soho Black’ (in which they solve a very PCU-like mystery) and two others which completely escape me for the moment. I’m not sure both were published. I’m a bit ramshackle about book organisation.
There is a full list of short stories available, which I’ll post later in the week (it’s a long post!)
US and UK count the books according to which ones appeared as print hardback or ebooks.
I love the audiobooks themselves but their covers look like they were found under a Spanish grandmother’s dresser. Sepia is not a colour I admire.
The first mention of the Leicester Square Vampire was in Roofworld, which featured Janice Longbright’s ex-husband (although she hadn’t been invented yet).
Yes, there’s a rare cover for Full Dark House featuring John May smoking a pipe. When I pointed out the mistake, the artist switched it to Mr Bryant but the first covers went out.
You can’t have the same publication date in the US because the US publishers work on a different schedule, and I do a separate edit for the UD editions, so the text is marginally different, with some ‘extreme English’ remarks removed for clarity. A couple of US editions were quite heavily altered, but my new editor is happier with keeping the two as similar as possible.
If you don’t know a word, don’t be shy – ask me.
Lost in Leicester Square appears in More City Jitters.
If your copy of The Soho Devil has a mistake it’s probably my fault and I haven’t spotted it!
Bryant & May’s Mystery Tour is in London’s Glory.
England’s Finest should be out in paperback this Christmas.
The UK covers presumably have less resonance for US readers because they reference old British Rail and London Transport posters, hence the blockier type. I do not like the comedy signposts they stick into each visual. I grew up worshipping American art direction in its heyday, the 1960s.
Audiobooks are produced separately, and it’s usually by some miracle that WF Howes gets close to the original publication date of the matching book. Currently, the lockdown has affected the production of the new audiobook, but it’s on its way.