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September 2013

- Hello, it's me again.
- Who, exactly?
- John Connolly. You know—me. Mysteries, supernatural, something for the little 'uns. Signed books a specialty. That bloke.
- Not J.K. Rowling pretending to be you?
- No.
- You're sure?
- Pretty sure. Actually, strike that: absolutely sure. It's me. I've checked. I'm not a lady.
- Oh, well that's a shame.
- Why?
- Well, if you were really J. K. Rowling masquerading as someone less interesting—
- Steady. I can hear you, you know.
- Well, if you were, then I'd be more inclined to buy your book, because, you know, it might be worth something.
- But it is worth something.
- Not much. Not as much as a book signed by J. K. Rowling pretending to be a bloke. I mean, a book like that, it's worth millions. Thousands, at least. I could buy a car or something. I could go on holiday. I could - I dunno - look at it. Not read it, obviously. After all, it's worth a fortune. I wouldn't even look hard at it, just kind of glance at it in passing.
- Oh. I see. - Don't feel bad. Just because you're not J. K. Rowling and are instead simply you doesn't mean that you're insignificant. Okay, a bit insignificant, but not completely worthless.
- That's... nice.
- Look, last time: you're definitely not J. K. Rowling?
- No.
- Oh well. Not to worry.
- So you'll buy my books anyway, then?
- No.
- Right.
- But carry on. Don't let me stop you.
- Right.
- But you don't know J. K. Rowling, do you...?


This month brings not one but two full-length novels for younger readers and the rest of the family, at least in the UK; the US will have to wait a little longer for these, but keep reading for details.

CONQUEST by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard


CONQUEST, by me and Jennifer Ridyard, my better half, will go on sale in Ireland, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand on September 26. It is the first of the Chronicles of the Invaders, a new series for teen readers about Syl Hellais, the first of her kind - the Illyri - to be born on Earth, and about Paul Kerr, who has been fighting against the invaders for most of his young life. CONQUEST will be available in the U.S. on February 11, 2014.

Those seeking copies signed by both Jennie and me should note that Jennie won't be touring the book outside Ireland for now, as someone has to get cracking on the next one in the series while I swan about, acting all big and clever. We will be jointly signing copies of the US edition prior to release. Those seeking UK copies signed by both of us should consult with our friends at the fine bookselling establishments below, two of which - Gutter and No Alibis - will also be hosting events, as you shall learn upon progressing further through this little communication.

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

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

For more information about CONQUEST, including an excerpt, click here.

THE CREEPS (Samuel Johnson vs. The Devil, Round 3)


Also on sale in Ireland, the UK, Australia and New Zealand on September 26 is THE CREEPS, the third novel in the Samuel Johnson trilogy, which finds Samuel, Boswell, Nurd and their terrestrial and infernal friends fighting the forces of evil one more time. Samuel and his friends are invited to the gala opening of a very special new toy store in Biddlecombe - but they don't know who really invited them, or why. THE CREEPS will be available in the United States on October 22.

If you buy a copy of THE CREEPS at one of these events, I will throw in a lovely set of collectible button badges - these come in sets of three, so you can wear a different one on alternate days, or make attractive clusters with them.


For more information about THE CREEPS, including an excerpt, click here.


Most of the events for these books will be private talks in schools, but we've scheduled a handful for Ireland, the UK, and Australia. For those of you planning to attend the London events, my apologies; the publicists have me on a very tight schedule this time around, and I must leave for interview appointments immediately after both signings.

Sorry, no U.S. events are planned for THE CREEPS, but some U.S. bookstores may have buttons to give away - look for more information in the October newsletter!

Wednesday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Dublin launch of THE CREEPS and CONQUEST with Jennifer Ridyard!
The Gutter Bookshop
Cows Lane, Temple Bar
+353 (0) 1 6799206

Thursday, September 26 at 6:00 p.m.
Belfast launch of THE CREEPS and CONQUEST with Jennifer Ridyard!
The Ulster Museum
Botanic Gardens
Tickets available through No Alibis Bookstore
+44 (0)28 9031 9601

Tuesday, October 1 at 5:00 p.m.
John Connolly discusses and signs CONQUEST and THE CREEPS
Goldsboro Books
23-25 Cecil Court
+44 (0) 207 497 9230
This event must end by 6:30 p.m., and John must leave immediately afterwards for an interview appointment. Sorry!

Saturday, October 5 at 1:00 p.m.
John Connolly discusses and signs CONQUEST and THE CREEPS
Forbidden Planet London Megastore
179 Shaftesbury Avenue
London WC2H 8JR
+44 (0) 207 420 3666
This event must end by 2:00 p.m., and John must leave immediately afterwards for an interview appointment. Sorry!

October 11-13
AWM GenreCon 2013
State Library of Queensland
Cultural Centre, Stanley Place
South Brisbane, Queensland, 4101

Saturday, October 12 at 4:00 p.m.
John Connolly in Conversation with Angela Slatter
discussing his process, his career, and his favourite genre works

Sunday, October 13 at 1:30 p.m.
Thinking Like a Pro: A Panel Discussion
Moderator: Aimee Lindorff; Panellists: John Connolly, Kate Forsythe, Valarie Parv How do you start thinking like a professional, even when you're starting out? What is being a full-time writer really like? Three established authors discuss the trajectory of their own writing careers, outline some of the habits it's worth developing before you quit your job, and dispel the myths about writing full-time.

Monday, October 14
Brisbane Library Event
We're still waiting on a time and venue for this one! We'll post the details as soon as they're available.

Wednesday, October 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Kingston Library
11 Hutchins St
Kingston, Tasmania

Friday, October 25 at 12:30 p.m.
Subiaco Library
237 Rokeby Road
Subiaco, Western Australia
To book, contact the city on 9237 9300 or

Friday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m.
Altone Park Public Library
332 Benara Road
Beechboro, Western Australia

INHERIT THE DEAD Coming October 8!

Writers aren't well known for being able to play well with others, but it was my honor to participate in INHERIT THE DEAD, a serial novel edited by Jonathan Santlofer that includes contributions from some of crime fiction's brightest lights: Mary Higgins Clark, Charlaine Harris, Mark Billingham, Lawrence Block, Lisa Unger and 14 others. INHERIT THE DEAD is a hardboiled PI novel about the search for a missing Manhattan socialite. I wrote Chapter 8. Best of all, any profits from this book go to Safe Horizon, the United States' leading provider of services to victims of violence and abuse.

In fact, if you're in New York on October 9, you can buy a ticket to a reception and dinner celebrating INHERIT THE DEAD, hosted by Safe Horizon. Several authors will attend, and the great Lee Child and Linda Fairstein are serving as the event's honorary co-chairs. I can't be there myself, I'm sorry to say, but if you'd like to go, all the details are here.


Irish fans of crime fiction, fans of Irish crime fiction, or really just fans of any kind of crime fiction wherever you are will want to tune into "Irish Noir," a new series on RTE Radio 1 that explores the past, present and future of Irish crime writing. Legendary broadcaster and polymath John Kelly serves as host, with contributions from almost all the major names in Irish crime fiction, including John Banville, Tana French, Declan Burke, Declan Hughes, Arlene Hunt, Alex Barclay, Stuart Neville, and - discreet cough - me.

The series began on Saturday, September 14 and will continue for four weeks, with archives available online here.


Just to let you all know that on the weekend of November 22-23, 2013, Trinity College Dublin - my old college, but not that you'd know it as, so far, it seems a bit tardy with progress on my statue - will be holding a spectacular crime festival. Among the guests will be almost every Irish mystery writer worth his or her salt, but the big draw will be Michael Connelly, who will participate in his first ever public interview in Ireland, hosted by yours truly in Trinity's beautiful Exam Hall. There will also be panel discussions, a surprise film, and all sorts of other distracting goodies.

Entry to the festival will be free, except for the Connelly interview, but places will be limited, so you'll have to sign up. We'll keep you posted as the schedule is finalized, but details on early ticketing and other essentials can be found here.

THE WOLF IN WINTER: Coming in April 2014

For those of you who have been asking about the next Charlie Parker novel, rest easy: I've just turned it in to my publishers in the UK and the US, for publication worldwide next April. It's called THE WOLF IN WINTER. It's about 400 pages long, and features Charlie Parker. Future newsletters will offer more information. May I recommend some other John Connolly titles, while you wait?

Until Next Time...

As you may have gathered, things are a little busy around here, and will be until at least November. Look for more news in late October, around the U.S. publication date for THE CREEPS, but in the meantime, you can keep up with me via Twitter or Facebook.

Minion Clair is good about posting news and answering questions on the Official Facebook Page, and I check in when I can. I do/did have a personal Facebook page, but it's so badly underwater that I'm going to have to merge it into the fan page before I leave for Australia. I'm sorry about this; it's not you, it's me. It doesn't mean that we're not friends! At least, I hope it doesn't. Likewise, I apologize that I can't accept invitations to join Goodreads, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google Circles or any of the other multitude of social media platforms that seem to have sprung up while I was writing. There simply aren't enough hours in the day, especially when there are books to be written, radio shows to be programmed, dogs to be walked, etc., etc. . . .

Thank you, as always, for your forbearance and support, and I look forward to seeing as many as possible of you in the weeks ahead.

Best wishes,

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