The Book of Thoth!
I am really pleased with it, and it looks great thanks to Matt ArtPix's design and typesetting skills. I love this man.
It was a lot of fun to write, and it was a real challenge; I thought: I adore Gothic novels, can I write one that ticks most of the genre boxes whilst adding in a twist or two (or more?). The book is heavily influenced by the work of some of my favourite authors: Wilkie Collins, Michel Faber, M.R. James, maybe even a bit of P.G. Wodehouse - it features a few 20s socialites!
So it's a Gothic novel set in the roaring twenties with time travel, a vengeful Egyptian princess, an arrogant Egyptian god, a confused alchemist, a cold-hearted former Shakespearean actress, a psychic young boy on the verge of anorexia, an ancient curse and a skeptical man trying to recover from depression.
Everything Egyptian became trendy again in the twenties, especially after the sensation of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun by Howard Carter in 1922.
The cover is minimalist on purpose to go against the usual trend of having dark covers with ruined manor houses and trees with twisted branches illustrating novels of the Gothic genre. It's inspired by Art Deco, and reflects the contents in more subtle ways.
It is not a scary book, and very little blood is shed, but I hope I've managed to create an atmospheric environment that will make people eager to turn the pages.
It will be available to buy at a special pre-publication price of £12 from me at events and from next week online until its official publication date of 31st January 2015.
At events, people will also get a free handmade 1920s Dazzling Decades card by Matt ArtPix!