I had a great email last night.
The House in
is looking to be released next week!! Wales
I knew it was coming, I'd already been told it was on its final edit and they'd approved of the cover, but to read those words incited the same range of emotions I'd experience if I were locked in an off license.
So, what's it about?
Well, the main protagonist, Daniel Kelly, is a young man from
Liverpool who has recently lost his mother during
the Blitz. He's evacuated to to escape the destruction and ends up in
the home of a vicar and his very prim house keeper. Colwyn Bay
However, all is not what it seems...
I won't go too much into the story but the prudish facade soon falls away to reveal the true nature of their relationship, one of sexual obsession, devil worship and human sacrifice.
It is, without a doubt, something I would not have naturally moved on to. My plan was to write part two to The Division of the Damned and then finish off my
meets War and Peace epic. However,
Kathleen stopped those plans in their tracks when she wrote to me and asked if
I would have a go at writing a story about a haunted house, (a part of the
story I haven't yet mentioned but is germane to the plot). Jurassic Park
The thing was, American Horror Story had just finished its first season and had done really well, putting haunted houses firmly back on the horror map. Would I be interested in having a go at writing something in that vein?
I hadn't even seen American Horror Story, but I tentatively said yes and watched some episodes, (kindly lent to me by my good friend Andi Renson) to have a feel for how it should be.
I loved it and started the project off more or less straight away. The whole twisted nature of the series, with the personal issues and histories of the characters adding to its maniacal ambience, inspired me immediately. Nevertheless, how was I going to approach it? There was no way I could simply copy the programme so I looked for an idea that could carry the plot.
I didn't have to wait long, (if there's one thing I'm never short of, it's ideas for stories) and I set the plot down.
We'd just returned from a holiday in
and my home town was ever present in my
thoughts, so I decided to set it in Wales , (well, Old Colwyn to be specific). I knew
that The Bay had received evacuees from Colwyn Bay Liverpool and that period felt about right. Hardly anyone had a
telephone at that time so isolating Daniel in a foreign environment would be
easy. I could also make the prim and proper bearing of the villains believable.
People like Miss Trimble and Reverend Davies just don't exist any more, not in
these unashamedly self-indulgent times anyway.
The book is off my beaten track but I'm immensely proud of it and I hope that you'll like it too.
That said, I'm also praying fervently that my Mam doesn't read it. There are a couple of rather racy/pervy/sick parts in there that might mar the immaculate mental image she has of her eldest son... ;-)
All the best.