Clown Wars – Official Statement

In the light of recent events concerning incidents of stalking, threats of assault, harassment, breach of the peace and other nuisance-making – all allegedly perpetrated by people dressed as clowns – the authors of Clown Wars: Blood & Aspic wish to make the following statement:

“We do not condone, nor have we ever, clown impersonators and/or clown-associated accoutrements, disguises or paraphernalia for the purpose of causing intimidation, harm or unrest. Nor do we find the global spate of such ‘attacks’ in any way amusing.

Clown Wars: Blood & Aspic is a work of pure fiction written, like any other novel, as entertainment. It was never intended to inspire idiots to dress up as clowns and run around terrifying innocent people.

We now feel it is time to distance ourselves from any and all such activities by saying loud and clear: this has nothing whatsoever to do with us.

This is our final comment on the matter and we do not wish to hear from reporters – or members of the public pretending to be ‘real’ clowns. Nor will we field any further complaints about the contents of the book. None of this is our responsibility. It’s just a story.”

Joseph D’Lacey and Jeremy Drysdale
Oct 10th, 2016

NB: All comments will be strictly moderated.

Traditional publishing vs self publishing: some thoughts and an interview with Jeremy Thompson, MD of Troubador Publishing Ltd

The publisher I’m using for The Hairy Faerie is Matador – an imprint of Troubador Publishing Ltd.

As you probably know, this is the first time I’ve ever self-published and I wasn’t keen to do it.

However, because I read The Hairy Faerie aloud at school assemblies and writing workshops, I wanted a ‘real’ book; something children could take home and enjoy. Waiting the ‘traditional’ amount of time for publishers to get back to me meant I was missing opportunities to take the book into schools.

So, I decided to do this title myself.

I’ve taken a lot of advice from some very experienced people, already running their own indie houses and imprints. I looked into Kindle, Lightning Source and Ingram Spark. None of them offered exactly what I wanted – even though I wasn’t sure what that was, at first – and all of them had negative legal and taxation aspects that were off-putting.

In the end, a personal recommendation from someone who freelanced for Troubador Publishing
caused me to investigate. And now, here I am, reading proofs of The Hairy Faerie with publication just around the corner.

It struck me that the best person to explain some of the pros and cons of traditional and self-publishing was the Managing Director of Troubador – Jeremy Thompson – a man with vast experience in both fields.

I got in touch with a few questions and this was the result: Continue reading

An unusual announcement…

It may come as a surprise to some that the gentleman you think of as a twisted horror sickling also writes children’s fiction of an altogether fluffier nature.

It may surprise others even more to hear that my first ever submissions to editors were of illustrated nonsense verse – that was 17 years ago. My illustrator and I were rejected by every children’s publisher in the UK.

That was something I got used to as the years passed!

So, my news today is not that I have a new Horror or Dark Fantasy novel coming soon but that my six year old daughter and I are about to launch our first collaborative work – a little book called The Hairy Faerie.

Here’s the back cover blurb:

Mary Moffett is a lovely faerie in every respect – and she bakes a mean mushroom and nettle crumble.

But one day something happens, something horrible. Something…hairy! Can Mary find out where the hair came from, how it got there and why? More importantly, will she be able to get rid of it?

Join Mary Moffett and her best friend Deetle McBeetle as they search for answers and overcome dastardly magic in The Hairy Faerie.

The book is for 5-8 year olds and is the first in a series of tales recounting the surprising adventures Mary Moffett. There are strange beasts, nasty witches and a lot of laughs. Oh, and there’s quite a bit of baking, if that’s your bag.

We hope to publish the second tale, Invasion of the Pastry Snatchers later this year but the next thing I post here will be the cover – hopefully tomorrow!

See you then…

I’m supposed to be working

Ibn Battuta (minus the scooter...)

Ibn Battuta (minus the scooter…)

My daughter came home from school yesterday, talking about Ibn Battuta – arguably one of the most travelled individuals in history. Had I heard of him? Had I binglepots.

So, I looked him up. His name and the places he’d been became the inspiration for some nonsense verse, something I used to love writing.

This was the result – not sure her teachers will approve!

The World’s Greatest Traveller

There once was a Berber named Ibn Battuta
Who travelled the East on a wind-powered scooter Continue reading