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Monday, June 02, 2008

A Night of Horror

Blimey, I've been busy this past month!

As well as finishing the (quite extensive) rewrites to my Hellboy novel, The All-Seeing Eye, I've recently embarked on a couple of potentially very exciting projects. One is a long-term project, which I'm working on with a very good friend of mine, but if all goes to plan the other one will be confirmed and contracts drawn up very soon, and will serve to fulfill a long-held ambition of mine. As soon as I'm allowed to, I'll tell you all about it.

In addition to this, I'm still reading as much as I possibly can in my capacity as a judge for this year's World Fantasy Awards. It's a rewarding task, but also an impossible one, trying to select winners in each category from the (literally) hundreds of books and magazines I and my fellow judges have been sent. I've currently got something like 14 two-foot tall piles of unread books on the floor of my study, and only 2 months left before we have to come to a decision. And still more books are arriving each day! Ah well, as I keep telling myself, I can only do my best.

I'm absolutely delighted -- and very proud -- to report that my Doctor Who book, Forever Autumn, has been voted the favourite Doctor Who fiction book of 2007 by readers of Doctor Who Magazine. I've been a massive Doctor Who fan ever since I was terrified by the sight of the Yeti shambling down a Tibetan (well, Welsh) mountainside to attack Det Sen Monastery in 1967, and have been a reader of DWM since issue 1, so this particular honour means a huge amount to me. Readers gave Forever Autumn an average score of 8.17 out of 10. Of course, what this now means is that I'm under extra pressure to repeat the success with my next Who novel, Ghosts of India, which will be out in September.

Finally, I just wanted to tell you about a Night of Horror, which will take place at Borders, Leeds, on Thursday June 12th at 7pm. I'll be there, along with Ramsey Campbell, Conrad Williams and Adam Nevill. We'll all be reading from our latest works and answering questions from the audience. Should be a great night, so I hope to see you there!

Until next time...