First of all, as a festive treat, Wesley Peterson’s first case The Merchant’s House is, for a short time, only £2.07 from Amazon as part of 12 Days of Kindle. And to think his 18th investigation is about to hit the bookshelves (and your e-books of course).
The publication of a new book is always an exciting event. There’s nothing quite like that moment when a delivery van screeches to a halt outside and someone hands over a brown cardboard box filled with crisp copies of your latest novel. This happened to me about a week ago when my author copies of THE SHROUD MAKER arrived. My publisher, Piatkus, has done me proud with the wonderfully sinister cover – hope you agree. The official publication date for the hardback and e-book is 2nd January – a new book for a new year.
As I write this Christmas is approaching fast. Apart from the usual seasonal goodies such as decorations, food and carol singing, one Christmas traditions I love is sitting by a roaring fire with a good ghost story. When I was growing up, the reading of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was an annual fixture in our house. But soon I moved on to something much more horrifying. I’ve always eagerly devoured the ghost stories of M R James, which range from the disturbingly sinister to the truly horrifying (Lost Hearts is particularly grisly in my opinion). I’m very pleased to see that M R James’s story The Tractate Middoth has been adapted by Mark Gatiss for television and will be broadcast on BBC2 on Christmas Day. For many years the BBC has had a proud tradition of showing supernatural stories each Christmas, either adapted from M R James’s stories or created by other writers. Many of these, such as Whistle and I’ll Come to You, have become classics but one production that particularly stuck in my memory was The Stone Tape – I know some people complain about repeats on TV but this is really one programme I’d like to see again.
Something else to look forward to over the next couple of weeks is a brand new Sherlock episode on New Year’s Day. I can’t wait to see the explanation of how Holmes escaped death (in the modern day equivalent of the Reichenbach Falls) – I have my theory, of course, but it’s probably wrong.
Anyway, I hope all of you have a wonderful Festive Season. All the best for 2014 and Happy Reading.