Nyctophobia: US Cover First Look

Even though it’s more straight-laced, I really like the reversed-out cover below, chosen for the US edition of my next book, the haunted house thriller ‘Nyctophobia’, while we have the spiffy lightbulb cover for the UK (see columns passim). It’s out in time for Halloween stateside.  If you’re a professional book reviewer, you can request […]

Should Writers Read Their Reviews?

Any writer who says s/he doesn’t read press reviews is a liar. We all do, without fail, because it’s human nature (also, if they’re good they get forwarded on by all sorts of people). What we should never do is over-analyse them. Or believe in them. I know how hard it is to get reviewed […]

What The Author Did Next

Friends think that when I’m in Barcelona I’m at the beach or in tapas bars. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’m working at twice my normal pace, thanks to the siesta that breaks my working day into two distinct halves and seemingly doubles my output. As I return to London and face the […]

Nyctophobia: A First Look

So, here’s the latest rough of the cover artfor my 2014 haunted house thriller, Nyctophobia. Why do so many suspense and horror films take place in virtual darkness? I’ve always found the dark a cliche, probably because I was never very bothered by it. However, an early movie, ‘Wait Until Dark’, did scar me as […]

How To Creep Someone Out

Can we still believe in ghost stories? That was the question uppermost on my mind as I finished the final draft of my supernatural thriller ‘Nyctophobia, out next year from Solaris Books. I wasn’t sure if it worked; I thought it did, but needed feedback. Usually publishers and agents are polite and practical, but this […]

What Happens Next?

I’m turning the question a reader should ask most when enjoying a novel on myself today. Well, what happens next is the cover’s in for ‘Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart’, and it’s a cracker. It’s being refined at the moment but I’ll post it asap, and I’ve confirmed that the launch date is […]