Nothing finer than launching a new novel into the world. It’s been a while, but things do not always go to plan, and publishers come and go also.
So here it is Something More than Night, originally entitled Farewell the Dawn. Why the change, both are good, just Something More than Night, is creepier I think. The idea stems way back to a short story I wrote Into The Endless Sea of Night (A personal favourite) first published in Astonishing Adventures Magazine Issue 6 in the USA in 2009 and reprinted in Full Fathom Forty: The British Fantasy Society’s 40TH Anniversary Anthology in the UK in 2011. You can read the story on my website and its tiny addendum. Why it is an important story? Because it introduces the certain creatures and elements and mythos that envelops this new novel release.
The idea to expand the idea into a novel came partly from a dream and a simple premise: what would happen if the sun didn’t rise today?
Big thanks to Mick Sims for reading it first and for Daniel Boucher for the great cover. It was Mick who suggested I omit a couple of pages from the book, which you can see as the deleted scene right at the end of the book after the epilogue. He suggested the scene though a lovely piece, had nothing to add to the story, a dead end of chapter finish. Taking something you love out of a novel can be hard, but it was the correct call. It might pop up again in another story one day, who knows.
The epilogue at the end might be one of those Marmite moments. If you hate it, then just pretend the novel finishes a page before. If you liked it, it just adds context and a deeper mythos to the novel and explains the darkness.
I hope you enjoy the book. Thank you for being an ever patient reader, I won’t leave it so long next time, I promise.
Something More than Night will be launching on Saturday 22nd October 2016 at Gamesfest Tring Herts UK. http://www.gamesfest.co.uk/ and available on Amazon in print and Kindle formats.