Bad Moon Books, one of the United States' leading small press publishers will publish my fourth novella The Last Night of October for Halloween!
There was a lot happening behind the scenes here, but essentially a few months ago I was given an open invitation by Bad Moon Books to send them a manuscript. BMB's publisher Roy Robbins made my Christmas when he got back to me in early December with an acceptance letter.
Bad Moon is one of the publishers I've always dreamed of working with; they've published names such as Clive Barker, Gene O'Neill, John R. Little, John Skipp, Weston Ochse, Tim Waggoner and many other great authors. They started off as a bookseller and decided to get into the publishing in 2007 and now have the reputation of being one of the best in the small press and have even snagged quite a few Bram Stoker Awards.
These guys are also very well known for their special edition prints and hardcovers. I have no idea yet what format my book will be in, but it might feature some of illustrations as well! All very exciting! This is another huge notch in my belt for my burgeoning writing career and I feel very overwhelmed to be joining the ranks of Bad Moon.
I guess I should tell you a bit about the book, right? Well, here's the synopsis:
Seventy-year-old Gerald Forsyth dreads Halloween.
Every year, on October 31st, a lone child has knocked on his door – a nightmarish reminder of a tragedy from Gerald’s past.
As each Halloween came and went, Gerald has been able to keep his door locked and the monstrous memory at bay, but the ravages of emphysema have left him a disgruntled and feeble-minded old man.
When a new hospice nurse named Kelli arrives unexpectedly to replace his regular nurse on Halloween night, Gerald is caught unawares and before he can warn her, Kelli is inviting the threat into his home.
The horrors that unfold will be no trick and the only treat the child will accept is the old man’s soul.Before the night ends, Gerald will have no choice but to bring his dark secret into the light.
So, how does that sound? I had real fun writing it, striving to capture the essence of Halloween and ensure the right balance of supernatural and psychological horror. But the tale does have a lot of heart too because after all horror is the most "human" of emotions.
I will very much be looking forward to October and I hope you will come along with me for the ride!
And don't forget to check out some of my other titles - including my graphic novel - which you can find HERE