November book launches – come along!

I have two events coming up in November, both in honour of new books. Drop in and say hi if you’re free…

Clown Wars book launch

My friends Simon and Tim at the Big Green Bookshop have made the foolish schoolboy error of allowing Jeremy Drysdale and I to have a secret clown party on their premises. Except it’s not a secret and no clowns are allowed – see below.

Making of that what you will, do join us for tea, sandwiches and custard pies on the evening of 17th November from 7pm onwards. We will read a passage or two from the book, discuss your concerns about the current spate of clown profiling and mingle a bit too.

Signed copies, as you’d expect, but stocks of the physical books are limited.

The Veil book launch

A few days later, on 26th Nov, I’ll be at Sledgelit in Derby with the owner/editor of Horrific Tales Publishing, Graeme Reynolds. We’ll be launching the limited edition hardback of The Veil (ebook and audio versions also available).

There’ll be lots of other cool stuff going on at Sledgelit and many of your favourite genre authors will be there too. Come and see us!


The Clown Wars launch: tips and guidelines for a safe event

Well, folks, it’s time for Jeremy and I to launch the print version of Clown Wars: Blood & Aspic!

We’re going to do that very thing on the evening of November 17th at the Big Green Bookshop – further event details will follow closer to the time.

Meanwhile, current events being what they are clownwise, we’ve had to adjust our plans for the evening somewhat and we’re asking for a little cooperation from those of you planning to attend.

  • Please do not dress up as a clown – clowns will be refused entry to the event
  • A bag search will be in operation on the door to prevent clown ‘paraphernalia’ being brought in
  • Real clowns are welcome but must be dressed like humans
  • Red noses – real or detachable – will not be permitted inside the building
  • Any inappropriate remarks or jokes concerning clown security may result in your arrest
  • Do show your support for recently unemployed clowns by leaving donations in the Hobo charity box
  • Custard pies will be served throughout the evening, however the police have insisted we remove the custard for security reasons
  • Spoken passages from Clown Wars: Blood & Aspic have been ‘modified’ to remove all reference to clowns, clown activities and anything that might be construed as silly, farcical or humorous
  • Nevertheless, trigger warnings will be issued on the night to prevent audience discomfort during the author readings
  • Whilst the organisers appreciate that book launches are intended to be fun, we ask that attendees stick to sensible topics when in conversation with each other, the shop owners or the authors
  • For safety reasons, we ask that levity of any kind be avoided. Attendees ignoring this stipulation will be asked to leave

Most importantly, we hope you’ll have an entertaining, enriching and completely clown-free evening.

We look forward to seeing you there – it’s going to be a great night!sad-clown

Black Feathers events

There are two launches for Black Feathers, one in Edinburgh and one in London.

Daniele Serra's wonderful event artwork.

Daniele Serra’s wonderful event artwork.

The Edinburgh launch, (30th March, 3-5pm, Blackwell’s) a combined event with Horror giant Gary McMahon and Zombie godfather David Moody, has sold out of seats – no wonder, considering the cannibalistic Jasper Bark is hosting the evening – but extra tickets have been printed for standing room.

Please e-mail with the subject line ‘This Is Horror Event’ or call 0131 622 8218 for your free ticket.


The London launch (5th April, 6.30-9pm, Big Green Bookshop) is also free, with snacks and beverages provided. There’s no need to book for this one. I’ll do a brief talk and short reading and spend the rest of the evening chatting with whoever turns up.

I have to admit, I’m pretty excited about these two evenings and can’t wait to see the book finally ‘fly’ – it’s Black Feathersbeen a long time in the making.

My sincere and heartfelt thanks to the organisers:

Ellie Wixon of Blackwell’s, Edinburgh for inviting me and for publicising the event so brilliantly; Michael Wilson for flying the ever-popular This Is Horror banner over the launch and bringing in such big names; Simon and Tim for turning their shop into a BIG PARTY!