Wednesday, 7 November 2012

The Next Big Thing

Time to play...

THE NEXT BIG THING is a chain of book and author recommendations. You know how it goes: one author tags five others, who then each tag five others until the Elder Gods are satisfied that we are all hard at work telling their stories and you're all hard at work reading them. Adam Nevill tagged me on his blog and now it's my turn.

1) What is the working title of your next book?

It's gone through so many already I daren't presume this will be the last one but currently I'm vacillating between The Needing and The House of the Unwanted.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

Like everything I write, it's a combination of my personal fears and obsessions.

3) What genre does your book fall under?


4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

That's always a tricky question. I like quirky actors and my main characters are a young couple, so can I have Sara Paxton and Jake Gyllenhaal?

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Nick and Elisabeth are happily married and don't want children - but the house they've just moved into does.

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I'll let you know when it's finished!

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

See no. 6.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

As it's a haunted house story, comparisons with classic haunted house stories are inevitable: Hill House, Hell House, etc. But throw in a touch of Rosemary's Baby and perhaps a bit of Lovecraft.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The initial inspiration came from the flat my partner (now husband!) John and I bought. It's part of an imposing Victorian gothic building and it has some striking and unusual features. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be haunted. So I've made it so in my story. Quite horribly too.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?

If you like haunted house stories, ghost stories or supernatural horror in general, I think you'll like this one. At least I hope so.

And now for the tagging... You can read their answers to the same questions next Wednesday.

Go for it, Angela Slatter, John Forth, Stephen Bacon, Ray Cluley and Carole Johnstone!

Saturday, 3 November 2012

the fourth ghost

Just revealed: the gorgeous gothic cover of Spectral Press' first Christmas ghost story annual! I'm proud to say it features my first-ever Christmas story.

Where the Stones Lie - Richard Farren Barber
A Taste of Almonds  – Raven Dane
All that is Living - Nicholas Martin
And May All your Christmases...  – Thana Niveau
Carnacki: A Cold Christmas in Chelsea – William Meikle
Concerning Events in Leinster Gardens - Jan Edwards
December  – Paul Finch
An Odd Number at Table - John Costello
We are a Shadow  - Neil Williams
Lost Soldiers - Adrian Tchaikovsky
Ritualism - Gary McMahon
Now and Then - Martin Roberts
The Green Clearing by John Forth