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Dear Folks,

I know it hasn't been long since we last spoke, but I missed you and—yes it sounds crazy, I wanted to reach out and, well, touch you. There. Just there. Weird, isn't it? I'll stop now. Okay, one more time. There.

Bilek, my adopted generic Eastern European orphan, is no more. He simply toddled off one morning to go fishing for carp and never returned. He did leave a note, in rather halting English, recommending his sister to me, but I ignored it. Unfortunately, Ludmilla arrived a day later, and it's all been a bit awkward at Connolly Towers ever since.

Ludmilla is not a conventionally attractive woman, to put it mildly. She looks a bit like one of those East German shot putters from the seventies who would be taken aside at the end of the Olympics and asked if she'd ever attended a boys' school, even for a little while. In truth, although I'm reluctant to say so openly, I think she may be Bilek in a wig and dress. She has quite the baritone, does Ludmilla.

I am uneasy.

We move on...

A Song of Shadows A SONG OF SHADOWS

The English-language edition of A SONG OF SHADOWS is now on sale in fine bookstores everywhere. If the bookstore near you does not have a copy, perhaps it is not a fine bookstore, and you should look elsewhere for your literary needs. In that case, you can order a signed copy from one of the excellent stores listed here.

A SONG OF SHADOWS is the 13th Charlie Parker novel, and finds Parker retreating to the small Maine coastal town of Boreas to recover from the wounds he sustained in THE WOLF IN WINTER. There he meets a widow named Ruth Winter and her daughter, Amanda, close in age to Charlie's own daughter, Sam. Ruth's past is about to catch up with her, and her secrets will pull Charlie into a mystery that goes back to the atrocities of the Second World War. Reviewers and readers have been very kind about this book, which marks a major turning point in Parker's story.

Night Music NIGHT MUSIC: Nocturnes Volume 2

NIGHT MUSIC: Nocturnes 2 will be out next week in the United States in a handsome and affordable trade paperback edition. It goes on sale October 15 as a signed hardcover in the UK and Ireland, and my hand has still not quite recovered. I look like The Claw from Get Smart ("Not The Craw! The Craw!", although I'm not sure if that joke is permissible any longer), but without the magnetic powers. NIGHT MUSIC: Nocturnes Volume 2 is my second collection of short fiction, and includes two novellas: "Caxton Private Lending Library and Book Depository," which won last year's Edgar® Award, and "The Fractured Atlas," which incorporates and builds upon "The Wanderer in Unknown Realms." The book concludes with a revised and extended version of a nonfiction essay, "I Live Here," that discusses, among other things, my personal experience with the supernatural. Seventeen stories in all. Feel the width.

In addition to the formats mentioned above, David Torrans of No Alibis books is producing a gorgeous limited edition of NIGHT MUSIC: Nocturnes 2 with illustrations by Anne Anderson, available directly from No Alibis at £125.00 plus shipping. These limited editions will go very fast. If you want one, send an email to or call the store at 44 (0)28 9031 9601.


Because I am a man who can't say no, we have added a few events to the U.S. schedule for A SONG OF SHADOWS and NIGHT MUSIC: Nocturnes Volume 2, bringing the total to six:

Monday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m.
The Mysterious Bookshop
58 Warren Street
New York, NY

Thursday, October 8 at 6:00 p.m.
Naples Public Library
940 Roosevelt Trail
Naples, ME

Saturday, October 10 at 1:00 p.m.
430 Gorham Road
S. Portland, ME

Sunday, October 11 at 1:00 p.m.
The Toadstool Bookshop
Lorden Plaza
Milford, NH

Sunday, October 11 at 4:30 p.m.
Jabberwocky Bookshop
50 Water Street
Newburyport, MA 01950

Friday, October 16 at 6:00 p.m.
Longfellow Books
One Monument Way
Portland, ME 04101

All of these stores will take orders for inscribed books, will have signed books available after the event, and can ship worldwide. Bridgton Books will serve as bookseller for the Naples Public Library event; you can order books from them by calling 207-647-2122.

Anyone who orders or buys a copy of A SONG OF SHADOWS from these stores will also receive a copy of the Shadows CD, while NIGHT MUSIC: Nocturnes 2 comes with a set of very nice signed postcards based on the winning illustrations from our recent competition to reimagine the covers of great horror and fantasy works.

Also keep an eye out for the stunning new U.S. trade paperback editions of the earlier Charlie Parker novels, with cover designs that match the hardcover of A SONG OF SHADOWS. Reprints are now available for EVERY DEAD THING, DARK HOLLOW, THE KILLING KIND, THE WHITE ROAD, and THE BLACK ANGEL, with THE UNQUIET coming on November 24.

Every Dead Thing Dark Hollow The Killing Kind The White Road The Black Angel The Unquiet

Ireland and UK Events for NIGHT MUSIC: Nocturnes Volume 2

We have added events to the Irish and UK tour for NIGHT MUSIC: Nocturnes 2, most notably a Dublin launch at Dubray Books in Grafton Street on Sunday, October 18 at 3:00 p.m.—come along to get your set of cards—and a lunchtime event at Waterstones Liverpool One on Monday, November 2 at 1:00 p.m. The Belfast launch on October 22 will be at No Alibis itself, and will be a joint event with the fine author Brian McGilloway. On Friday, October 30, Goldsboro Books will be celebrating Hallowe'en in the Court at 6:30 p.m., with writers of scary books (not scary writers, no, really) including Sarah Lotz, Sarah Pinborough, myself and others to be named. The London event with David Mitchell at Waterstones Piccadilly, on Halloween night, will begin at 6:30 p.m. The complete events schedule is here, and we'll post updates and last-minute changes to Facebook and Twitter.

As you'll see from the schedule, I'm going to be racing around from event to event, and city to city, so don't be offended when, as the last book is signed, I vanish into the night. I'm like the wind, so to speak. You're a fool to believe I have anything you need. Well, except maybe CDs, cards and a signature, which is actually quite a lot.

I'll be a Guest of Honour at FantasyCon in Nottingham, October 23-25, in very good company with Jo Fletcher and Brandon Sanderson. The event is close to sold out, but tickets may still be available here.

Everything Else

As of October 7, anyone who purchases a music release from Caldo Verde Records will receive, while supplies last, a copy of Mark Kozelek's four-track EP Down in the Willow Garden. This EP includes a song called "Chapter 8 of John Connolly's 'A Song of Shadows,'" which is very flattering indeed.

Once Upon a Place October 19 is the Irish publication date of ONCE UPON A PLACE, a collection of stories and poems compiled by Eoin Colfer in his capacity as Ireland's Children's Laureate. The book includes an original story of mine called "The Bear," with beautiful illustrations by P.J. Lynch. Royalties go to the Laureate na nÓg project, advancing the cause of quality children's literature in Ireland. Copies will be available from our usual nice Irish booksellers—Gutter, Alan Hanna, No Alibis—and I'll be happy to sign a copy for you should you order one.

ABC to XTC, my weekly show on the Internet radio station RTÉ 2XM, is settling nicely into its new timeslot at 1:00 p.m. Dublin time on Sundays. It happens every week regardless of where I am in the world, and you can listen on your desktop or via the handy RTÉ Player app on your mobile device.

And now I must leave you, for Ludmilla's five o'clock shadow is particularly noticeable today, and her trouser suit is revealing the kind of bulge usually only associated with the smuggling of root vegetables. Something must be done about this situation, and I'm the man to do it. Although I suspect Ludmilla may well be the man to do it too, which is part of the problem...

Best wishes,


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