Land Spirits & Viking Warlords…

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.

Please Give Ravens Some Love ❤️

So, A Storytelling of Ravens is up for an award (incidentally, and coincidentally, a Raven Award from Uncaged Book Reviews). If you have a few seconds to vote, it’s really easy and doesn’t require an email address or that you sign up or anything like that, just check the box and click ‘vote’. Simple as that. A Storytelling of Ravens is in the 5th category down on the page under “Favourite Horror/Psychological Thriller” and is at the top of that list.

So please, if you can, help Callie, Thurston, Smiler, Pollyanna and Uncle Dean get an award…they worked their socks off for that performance. And Whispering Woods grows restless and chatters excitably about it because, well, that’s just the way it is, sweetheart 😉

You can vote HERE

Ravens was also recently reviewed by Horror After Dark  ❤️

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