|It’s been a while since I last checked in, so I thought I’d give you a sneak peek of the project I’m currently working on.
As you know, Emergence, A Storytelling of Ravens and Cribbins are all standalone horror, but this time around I’m working on a series. The first few books will have a nostalgic vibe – think along the lines of It, Stranger Things and Stand By Me. The story will follow the main character, Sullivan Carter, from the mid-90s, when he’s a teen, right up to the current day.
So far Book 1 in the series is all drafted up and I’m halfway through drafting Book 2. My aim is to complete the first four in the series before launching them early next year. It’s a pretty hefty project, but one I’m having a lot of fun with.
To give you an idea of what it’s all about, here’s a summary for Book 1:
When 14-year-old Sullivan Carter and his younger brother, Colton, are forced to hide from school bullies in the cundy (a water conduit in Castle Eden Dene), they are attacked by a terrifying creature which goes on to haunt their dreams.
Rumour has it that some older teens have been performing strange rituals at the cundy and Sullivan believes that he and Colton are now being hunted by an ancient creature that’s been in East Durham since the 900s, when Scula the Danish Viking warlord ruled the area.
When Colton hears voices that draw him back to the cundy, he tells Sullivan he thinks one of them belongs to their dead mother. Sullivan must now step up, reaching beyond his own grief, in order to defend them both against the wily creature.
Or sacrifice himself in order to save his little brother.
Till next time,
P.S. The main character from the new series got a sneaky shout-out in Cribbins, so do watch out for that. (John Gimmerick from Emergence did too, I couldn’t resist).
P.P.S. You may remember the cundy from Emergence. My hope is that eventually Sullivan Carter’s, John Gimmerick’s and Sophie Harrington’s paths will cross. They’re all from Horden, my hometown, after all. And they’re all of a similar age. I’m thinking I could do something pretty cool with that.