A Plethora Of Perverse Pleasures



Happy Autumn! It’s a bit of a bumper time coming up for me, with my earliest collections of short stories, ‘City Jitters’, ‘The Bureau of Lost Souls’, ‘Sharper Knives’ and ‘Flesh Wounds’ all due out as e-books on October 28th at low prices, thenĀ ‘Bryant & May: London’s Glory’ out in paperback on November 5th.

Following this little lot, my award-winning Devil Quartet of collections, ‘Personal Demons’, ‘The Devil in Me’, ‘Old Devil Moon’ and ‘Demonized’, come out on January 11th, followed by a big new Bryant & May novel, ‘Wild Chamber’, in early March.


You’ll be pleased, or possibly horrified, to hear that I have delivered a further THREE books, one non-fiction, one thriller and one super-secret volume, which will take us into 2018 (If Trumpty Dumpty hasn’t blown the world up by then) when there will be another new Bryant & May novel, ‘Hall of Mirrors’. What I haven’t written yet.

Meanwhile this month I’ll be appearing at ‘Archway With Words’ next Saturday night, here, and then at the National Liberal Club discussing horror movies with Suzi Feay. I’ll be at the CWA Awards on Tuesday, where my story ‘Bryant & May and the Nameless Woman’ has been nominated, as well as being available for weddings, funerals, bar mitzvahs and discount-supermarket openings.

One of the things I always notice at this time of the year, when I’m editing both the US and UK editions of the next Bryant & May, is how subtly different the two versions are. To be honest, their differences are only noticeable to me. The US prefer a slightly more streamlined version, with clarity about times and dates. The UK prefers slightly more atmosphere, particularly in relation to the feel and space of rooms in which key conversations take place. Over the years the number of Americanised words has increased a little in the US editions, probably because my language can drift into obscure Anglicisms at times.

Will anything I write ever break into the mainstream of ‘popular’ fiction? Probably not, and that’s fine with me. Dumbing down is not going to happen on my watch. If younger readers struggle with long words, I have three for them; Look it up.

2 comments on “A Plethora Of Perverse Pleasures”

  1. John Howard says:

    Great advice.. When I was younger and at the beginning of the reading journey I used to ask my dad from time to time what a particular word meant. He told me to go and look it up in the dictionary and then come back and let him know what it meant which I used to do quite proudly as I had learned something new.
    Many years later my mother and I were chatting about it and she then told me that most of the time he didn’t know what the word meant either. Great parenting.

  2. Helen Martin says:

    If authors use only words their audience can be assumed to know then they will never learn anything more. I look up words in your books every once in a while so I have annotated versions. Did you mean Englishisms above? Surely your language is not specific to the Anglican church.

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