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May 2013


I know, you don't hear from me for months, and then I'm pestering you all the time with things—but really, this is important, or at least to me, and if it's not important to you I hope that at least it might be relevant to your interests. It's not as if I think only of myself—at least, not most of the time. Or not some of the time.

Well, anyway . . .

Shall I tell you what's new with me? I do apologize for turning every newsletter into a therapy session, but feel free to ignore me or doodle on a pad while I unburden myself on the Couch of Self-Promotion.

A Novella

One unexpected benefit of technology for authors and readers is that it's given new life to shorter forms of fiction, particularly the novella. Short stories might find homes in magazines, and the novel fits nicely on a bookshelf, but some stories simply fall somewhere in the middle. I'm delighted that my latest work has found a home in both e-format and a beautiful limited print edition.

THE WANDERER IN UNKNOWN REALMS is an old-fashioned horror story in the tradition of M.R. James and Dickens, and has been one of the most difficult things I've written. It's the story of Soter, a Great War veteran with no past he wants to remember, who takes the occasional assignment from the London barrister Quayle. His new task is to find Lionel Maulding, a wealthy bachelor with only one distinctive attribute: a passionate, almost obsessive love of books.

Visiting Maulding's country home, Soter finds rooms and rooms of books, but strange and frightening things as well. Wherever Maulding has gone, Soter realizes, it had to do with the hunt for one specific book, a book with powers Soter cannot even imagine. Where Soter's quest converges with Maulding's, entire worlds may be revealed and changed.

Emily Hall, one of the winners of the last year's WRATH OF ANGELS art contest, provided six illustrations for the book; Hodder & Stoughton's been posting them to Twitter and Facebook over the past week, but here we see Mr. Soter waiting for someone or something...

Emily Hall illustration

Because my different publishers set their own schedules, the book will be available at different times in different places, and I apologize for any frustration this may cause. The limited edition hardcover, printed by the lovely folks at Nicholson & Bass in Belfast, will be available worldwide in early June. You can buy it directly from me via ABE for €40.00 plus shipping. If you prefer to purchase the book from a book-and-mortar store—and I applaud you for doing so—it will be available only from four retailers, all of whom are close to my heart:

Alan Hanna's Bookshop
270 Rathmines Road Lower
Dublin 6
353 1 49 67 398

Goldsboro Books
23-25 Cecil Court
London WC2N 4EZ
44 207 497 9230

The Gutter Bookshop
Cow's Lane, Temple Bar
353 1 6799206

No Alibis
83 Botanic Avenue
Belfast BT7 1JL
Northern Ireland
44 28 9031 9601

Readers in the UK and Commonwealth countries other than Canada will be able to purchase the e-book on May 23. Links are aggregated here for UK readers; South African readers can purchase the e-book here, and Australian readers should find it here. Readers in the US and Canada will be able to purchase the e-book on or about June 25, here.

There. That didn't take long, did it? Thank you, as always, for your time and attention, and for buying my little book (if you do), and I hope you enjoy it. Until next time, be well, and if you can't be good, please don't call me for bail money.

Best wishes,

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