Here Come More Backlist e-Books!
Last month saw the arrival of ‘Rune’, ‘Red Bride’, ‘Disturbia’, ‘Psychoville’ and ‘Soho Black’ as matching e-books, all with new covers and forewords. Next month sees the arrival of my only YA novel ‘Hellion: The Curse of Snakes’, and one of my favourites, ‘Calabash’ (on September 15th to be exact).
Here are their synopses:
Hellion: The Curse Of Snakes
Tricked into breaking down the gates of a sealed London park, Red Hellion meets wild boy Max and haunted Emma, and uncovers a mystery that involves the ancient Greek legend of the Medusa. Setting off on a trail that leads him to a terrifying secret hidden on an abandoned London council estate, he is forced to risk the life of himself and his friends. This is my only YA novel, but it was designed to be read by anyone of any age. It was going to be the first of six YA novels, but was handled with spectacular incompetence by my then-publisher.
This coming-of-age novel concerns a clever, lonely bullied teenager who finds himself able to travel between the end of a pier in a rundown British seaside town and ancient Persia. But the more time he spends in his fantasy world, the more he is in danger of never getting out and back into real life. Can he find a way to unite his dream-life and reality?
The idea came to me when I looked at the Persian-influenced street architecture of seaside towns in England. Lots of people are very fond of the novel, which is about healing rifts and learning to grow up. It reflects how I felt about a child with ‘too much imagination’ and the perils of becoming an adult. It also contains a locked-room mystery and plenty of crazy jokes. There’s a sentimental streak which is uncharacteristic of my writing. This is a very special touchstone book for me.
‘A really sophisticated look at why we need imagination in our lives, incredibly gripping and very funny’ – BBC Radio 4
(Top picture) My old pal Keith Page sourced some lovely illustrations for a mooted comic version of ‘Calabash’ that I tried to sell, but comic companies rarely accept adapted material, sadly.