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More Creepy Creations from the Caterham Kids!

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

I recently posted some amazing artwork and creative writing pieces from the very talented pupils of Caterham School, all of it inspired by the Witchfinder books! I’m really proud to bring you yet more grisly and ghastly offerings from the brilliant kids of Caterham… (Click the pics for larger images).

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Competition Winners!

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

A BIG thank you to all who entered the Witchfinder Christmas Competitions!

And the winners (selected at random) are:

Phyllis and Gerry Ellett who found me on Twitter at WitchfinderBook. They win a signed copy of Witchfinder 1: Dawn of the Demontide.

Beth Williams who found me on Facebook at William Hussey Witchfinder. She wins a signed copy of Witchfinder 2: Gallows at Twilight.

And Sarah Webster, who posted a comment on this site. She wins a signed copy of Witchfinder 3: The Last Nightfall.

If I could ask the winners to send me their address by email their prize will be in the post ASAP. My contact details can be found by clicking onto the Author Visit and Workshops section.

Please come back again – more competitions will be posted in the very near future!

Summer’s Demon

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

The Rabicus - based on an evil squirrel!!!

During the first Witchfinder Tour back in 2010 I ran a very special competition in each of the schools I visited. Children were challenged to invent their very own demon or monster! I wanted to know loads of facts about this grisly beastie – its name; what it might eat; whether it had scales or slimy skin; razor-sharp teeth or terrible tentacles; could it fly or did it slither along the ground like a snake? The most creative, inventive character would be chosen from the top 10 entries and would then become a proper character in Witchfinder 3: The Last Nightfall!

I received loads of really great monsters through the post – some of them were even from kids entering the competition! Seriously, though, all the wonderfully witty and beautifully bizarre characters really blew me away.

But there could be only one winner…

And that clever young lady was Summer Furniss of Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Alford! Summer’s demon is called ‘Rabicus’ and appears about halfway through the finished book. He even has a chapter named after him – ‘Rabicus on the Road’. Rabicus was exactly what I was looking for – scary, vicious, gruesome, and downright nasty. A great little adversary for Jake Harker and his friends. Summer is given full credit for her creation at the front of Witchfinder 3, where it says – ‘The first ever Rabicus was created by Summer Furniss’!

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Łowca Czarownic!

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

 

 

Just received my complimentary author copies of the Polish edition of Witchfinder: Dawn of the Demontide! Publishers Wydawnictwo Jaguar have done a great job producing a beautifully-designed and very creepy book. Very different from the UK cover, huh? I’d like to pass on my thanks to all at Jaguar for their hard work and especially to translator Grzegorz Komerski. I’m just wrapping a few of these to hand out as gifts to my Polish friends.

Oh, and while I’m here – there’s another chance to win a full set of signed Witchfinders. Head on over the brilliant Tall Tales and Short Stories blogsite to find out how (click here). Competition closes midday 13th October (UK time). Good luck!

Masters of Horror!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Hi guys,

Just a reminder that KJ Wignall and I will be at the Bath Festival of Children’s Literature this Friday (30th September) from 6pm at the Guildhall. We”ll be chatting away about all things grisly, ghostly and ghastly, reading particularly creepy extracts from our books, taking questions from the audience and generally having a spine-tingling laugh!

I’ll also be demonstrating some of the more gruesome methods of torture used by the 17th Century witchfinders. You know, piercing with sharp objects and near-drowning! Audience participation is a must! Be there or be yellow!

I’ve almost finished reading Mr Wignall’s new Young Adult vampire novel ‘BLOOD’. As we used to say back in my young day, it’s ACE! Go straight to Amazon/Waterstones or your friendly local indepedent bookshop and order your copy right now!

For further details of the Bath Fright Night events click HERE

Should be a brilliant evening!

Something Special

Friday, August 26th, 2011

To celebrate publication the final book in the Witchfinder series (the official release is next week but it’s available at Amazon etc right now!), my friend and gifted website designer Tom Latham put together this frankly freaky trailer for The Last Nightfall. Right, enough gabbing from me, crank up the volume, sit back, and prepare to be creeped out!

 


If you want to contact Tom for web design or trailer queries he can be contacted here

With thanks to David Wyatt for his brilliant Witchfinder artwork and Carol Kemp for the trademark calligraphy.

The End is…. HERE!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

A morning of long, tedious but ultimately necessary research was stretching out ahead of me (I’m in the thick of preparing all the material I’ll need to write my new set of supernatural thrillers for Oxford University Press – more news about those to follow in the next few months) when I heard the postie coming down the lane. Now, postie’s been delivering proof pages and ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) of my five published books since 2008 and he knows when a new one’s in the offing. He was also aware that the Witchfinder series was drawing to its close. The last book was on its way…

The doorbell rings.

The post is handed over with a knowing smile.

I tore open the package stamped ‘Oxford University Press’. Inside, a slip of paper from Helen Bray, office administrator at OUP children’s books, confirming ‘here is the FINAL instalment of the Witchfinder trilogy!’ And so it proved to be. The last book, in which we journey into the bleakest regions of the hellscape, accompanying Jake Harker on his final desperate quest to defeat the Demon Father and discover the ultimate truth about himself and the mysterious source of Oldcraft. Here it was: almost two years of work in my hands. Over 1,100 pages and in excess of 260,000 words. The tale is told, the journey is over. To quote a famous Hobbit, I’d been there and back again…

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