I was absolutely delighted to receive this beautiful Frozen Charlotte art from 14-year-old Lucy Treleaven earlier in the week. I’ve always wanted to be able to draw but, sadly, it is not one of my talents. Sometimes even my smiley faces end up looking a bit deranged. But I really admire artists and, for a writer, there’s no greater thrill than seeing your characters brought to life. I recognised Lilias, Cameron, Sophie, Piper and Rebecca straight away – they all look spookily similar to the way I see them in my head, and it was like saying hello to old friends again. So a big thank you to Lucy for producing such a great little piece of art, and for letting me see it. It really did make my day.
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I’ve had a few emails/tweets etc recently from people wanting to know when my next horror book comes out so I’m really pleased to be able to finally share this beautiful cover for my new Red Eye novel, The Haunting:
I am SOOOO happy with this artwork! In fact, I love it even more than the cover for Frozen Charlotte. I don’t want to give too much away, but the girl in the image is one of the main characters in the book, and she is haunted by birds …
The book is scheduled to come out February 2016 and I really hope that it will appeal to fans of Frozen Charlotte. Here’s the blurb:
People say that all Cornish inns are haunted, but the Waterwitch’s history is particularly chilling. Built from the salvaged timber of a cursed ship, the guest house’s dark secrets go further back than anyone can remember.
Emma is permanently confined to a wheelchair after an accident at the Waterwitch which took place when she was ten. Seven years later, she decides to return to the place where the awful even occurred. But the ancient inn still has its ghosts, and one particular spirit is more vengeful than ever …
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My short story, The Confession, was published earlier in the week in this new anthology from Constable and Robinson:
A captivating collection of original science fiction and fantasy stories based on the same alternate world premise: a collection of documents that have been suppressed by the Vatican and hidden away for years, in some cases centuries, are revealed when the vaults are thrown open by a reforming pope.
In this alternate reality, Pope John Paul (I) does not die a month after his accession in 1978; instead he lives on for over 30 years to become the most reforming pope of all time. In addition to relaxing the rules on birth control and priestly celibacy he also opens up the most secret parts of the Vatican Library to scholars . . .
In the Vatican’s deepest vaults, documents are discovered which shed new light on world history, containing information which, if true, would cause many parts of accepted history to have to be rewritten. These include not just the undercover involvement of the Catholic Church in world affairs, but documented accounts of what really happened in historical conundrums, the real lives of saints and popes, miracles, magic, angels and even alien encounters.
My story is set in 1889, and concerns the real identity of Jack the Ripper. Warning: expect a certain amount of gory unpleasantness.
Interestingly, family tree research shows I might be distantly related to Jack the Ripper’s fourth victim, Catherine Eddowes, via my great-great-great-great-grandfather, John Eddowes, who was also from Wolverhampton . . .
I’m pleased to say that I’ll be at the Edinburgh Book Festival this year, doing an event with Keith Gray on Sunday 16th August from 5pm-6pm.
If you fancy coming along to hear me talk about Frozen Charlotte then you can check out the details here: Ghostly Secrets with Alex Bell and Keith Gray.
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For the first time this year, the Reading Agency are doing a book list for the teenage volunteers supporting the Summer Reading Challenge over the holidays, and I’m delighted that my book, Frozen Charlotte, is on it! Yesterday they also announced that they’re looking for Creative Champions to promote some of the books from 1st June to the 8th August. The winning submissions will receive copies of their chosen book and £100 to fund their campaign to promote it as creatively as they like, whether that involves joining up with a film maker to produce a trailer, commissioning an artist for something arty, or just having a big old book party with cupcakes and bunting and stuff.
The competition is open to young people aged 13-24, and you can enter individually or as a group with a bunch of book-loving friends. Full details here. If you want to enter then make sure you do so by the 27th May deadline.
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