Hot day, cold beer

We’ve been waiting for it for long enough and it’s finally arrived. Summer has hit the UK at last. This means we can stop moaning about it being cold and wet and start moaning about it being too hot. Summer’s the only time of the year I ever drink lager (above pics taken at Liverpool One, drinking Becks in Palm Sugar bar). Something about the heat makes a cold lager seem like heaven. The rest of the year I hate the stuff. I’ve never drunk much of it since my eighteenth birthday when I drank many, many pints of it and ended up spending the night in the garden because I couldn’t do the equation of how to  get my key in the front door. I woke up at five the next morning, soil on my lips, money strewn across the grass, and not one single droplet of moisture in my entire body. I was in bed for the whole of the next day only moving in order to throw up or do occasional convulsions like that girl off The Exorcist. I think it was about a month before I could get the taste of lager out out of my mouth. I still get terrible flashbacks to this day. On a hot Summer day, though, it’s worth the risk.

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Do you like being scared?

The feedback I’ve had from Ghost Road  has been really positive but I have had some comments which have criticised the book for being too scary. I can’t help but take this as a compliment. I wanted the book to be scary; scary in the tradition of the original The Haunting movie, of Stephen King’s The Shining, of M.R. James‘s Oh Whistle And I’ll come to you My Lad, Turn of the Screw by Henry James, and of Roman Polanski‘s Repulsion. However, I also wanted the book to be more than just scary and I really hope that the scary bits haven’t stopped people from experiencing the other aspects of the story. With Part Two on the cards, I’d like to hope that Part One has got as many people on board as possible and not just those who actually like being scared.

Before Ghost Road 2 comes out, though, there will be another book which is a psychological mystery set on a psychiatric ward. This should be out by the end of the year. I’m currently doing amendments to it but I actually have a title for it now; Mr. Mad. I’m really hoping it does as well as Ghost Road did so thanks in advance for your continuing support.

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