Hello Gentle Reader,
Okay, so I know it's been a while, but I was thinking of you. No, I wasn't carousing with other readers, honest. There's only ever been you. Just you. You know that. You can see it in my eyes. It's you, you, you. Well, you and that bloke over there. And her. Oh, and maybe her. And see him? Yep, him as well.
But really, it's only ever been you. You're special. You know you are.
Come on, give me a hug...
On to more important matters. There are books coming out, tours being finalized, and some good news for you nice Australians—unless, of course, you're an Australian who doesn't like my books, in which case it's not very good news after all. Look, you're a long way from anywhere. You should just be happy anyone comes to visit.
BOOKS TO COME
One reason I've been so quiet recently is that I was trying to finish a whole slew of projects, some of which have been gestating since 2011. The result is that 2013 is going to see a veritable landslide of material from me. It's a Connollython, a Johngasbord. Seriously, at the very least I expect to have my own postage stamp by the end of the year. Here, in order of publication, is what's likely to appear before the end of the year.
THE WANDERER IN UNKNOWN REALMS
The Wanderer... tells of a troubled WWI veteran named Soter who is hired to find a collector of occult manuscripts, and is drawn into the hunt for an atlas of alternate universes. It's a creepy tale, and a kind of dark reflection of The Book of Lost Things.
The Wanderer in Unknown Realms will be published initially as an e-book by Hodder and Atria, but for those of you who fancy a printed version, we're putting together a special signed limited edition of the book. Printed by Nicholson & Bass in Northern Ireland, who did the beautiful limited edition of The Book of Lost Things, it will be signed by both Emily and me, with head and tail bands and a ribbon bookmark. We'll have details of how to order it very soon, but we're working to keep the price at an affordable level.
A note on this: e-books and printed books perform different functions, and I think that people should have some choice in how they read. That's what annoys me most about the e-book purists: the pleasure they seem to take in the perceived demise of the printed book. It's a sign of ignorance, and suggests a hatred of books in general that sits ill on the shoulders of a writer. Whether you choose to read The Wanderer... as an e-book or a printed book is entirely your choice. I hope that you enjoy it in whatever format you may decide to use, but the crucial word here is "choice."
THE CAXTON PRIVATE LENDING LIBRARY &
"For many bibliophiles, especially aficionados of mystery fiction, some of the most beloved books and stories feature a background of bookstores, libraries, rare books, manuscripts, priceless volumes and eccentric book collectors. The Mysterious Bookshop publishes a new bibliomystery every month. Each story features books and/or those who write them, buy them, read them, collect them, sell them or are in some way involved with them. All are written exclusively for the store and are not available anywhere else until sometime after our publication."
My contribution to the series will be published at the end of May, and is entitled The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository. I'm very fond of this tale, which, given that it's 20,000 words long, probably qualifies as a short novella. Like The Wanderer in Unknown Realms, it comes from the same universe as The Book of Lost Things, but is lighter and more playful in tone. I don't want to give away too much about it, but it concerns a would-be writer in the England of the 1960s who sees a woman throw herself under a train and then, some months later, rather unexpectedly sees the same woman try to throw herself under another train...
The story will be available as a very limited edition hardcover volume in an illustrated dust jacket. The hardcover editions are limited to only 100 copies, numbered and signed by the author, at $50; there also will be 26 lettered copies, also signed by the author, at $100. The stories will also be available in paperback for $4.95 each. Click here for more information on ordering in any format.
So you've had the appetizers, and now come the main courses...
Samuel Johnson is not in a happy place.
The Creeps will be published in the UK and elsewhere by Hodder & Stoughton on October 10th. US and Canadian publication by Atria will be at roughly the same time, but we'll confirm dates in the next newsletter.
And last, but by no means least...
The Earth has been invaded by the Illyri, a beautiful, civilized, yet ruthless alien race. Humanity has been conquered, but still it fights the invaders. The Resistance grows stronger, for it is the young people of Earth who are best equipped to battle the Illyri.
Conquest, the first in a projected quartet of novels, will be published in October in the UK, Australia and elsewhere by Headline. Again, we're just waiting on a publication date from Atria for the US and Canada.
And as if that wasn't enough...
INHERIT THE DEAD
A CARNIVALE OF HORROR
THE WRATH OF ANGELS
Now, on to other matters...
GONGS, GONGS, GONGS...
As you may be aware, Books To Die For, the anthology of essays by mystery writers on mystery fiction edited by Declan Burke and me, with staunch assistance from Ellen Clair Lamb, has been nominated for an Edgar® Award in the Best Critical/Biographical section. We're very honoured, so thanks to the Mystery Writers of America for giving us a nod. The gongs will be handed out on May 2nd, closely followed by the Agatha Awards, for which Books To Die For has been nominated in the Best Non-Fiction category. The Agathas will be awarded at Malice Domestic, which this year takes place in Bethesda, Maryland from May 3rd-5th. Again, thanks to all involved with Malice Domestic for considering Books To Die For.
I have a new Italian publisher, TimeCrime, an imprint of Fanucci, and The Whisperers has just been released under its Italian title, I Tre Demoni, or The Three Demons. Thankfully, I've retained my brilliant Italian translator Stefano Bortolussi, who has looked after my Italian translations from the beginning. More details here.
UN ABRAZO, ESPANA!
Meanwhile Tusquets, my very fine Spanish publishers who have been supporters since the first book, have gone back to Bad Men, which is now available at last in Spanish under the title Malvados. Find out more here.
THE REFLECTING EYE
We have a handful of copies of the signed limited edition of The Reflecting Eye left. Priced at $40, they can be purchased from ABE here. Be warned, though: we're down to low double-digits on them, so they're nearly gone...
NICOLA'S SPECIALTY EMPORIUM
As those of you who've read The Wrath Of Angels may recall, Nicola's Specialty Emporium at 55th and 1st in Manhattan plays a starring role. Nicola and Freddy have put up a poster of WRATH... to mark its appearance in the book. Should you fancy having your picture taken where Parker, Louis and Angel have walked, drop in, buy a coffee, and say hi.
The schedule for the year is still being worked out, but here's what I have confirmed:
Wednesday, April 24 at 6:30 pm