At the British Fantasy Convention I saw my brand new collection, Nothing as it Seems, launched from the mighty PS Publishing. It features beautiful artwork from the very excellent Caniglia, a good friend and an artist I’ve worked with several times before. It’s wonderful. From the cover, to the interior design, to the contents page, it’s a real work of art. Just as you’d expect from PS! There’s also an insightful intro from F. Paul Wilson.
This is my seventh collection to date (following Faith in the Flesh, As the Sun Goes Down, White and Other Tales of Ruin, Fears Unnamed, After the War, Last Exit for the Lost), and without doubt my best. It contains two of my best, and most personal pieces of writing, Discovering Ghosts and the novella The Reach of Children. The former was nominated for a British Fantasy Award, the latter won it. Both stories are heavily influenced by my mother’s death six years ago (and is it really that long since you went, Mum? It feels like yesterday), and I’m so proud to see them collected together for the first time.
It’s also great to see The Reach of Children available to a wider audience. When it was released, its publisher Humdrumming was on its last legs, and I had to buy up the remaining stock––maybe 100 copies–– and sell them myself. So until now, the novella has been available to only about 150 readers.