As such, I won't be shutting up about this book - my first ever collection! - for the next few weeks. My plan is to talk through each of the stories in turn, to give a little taste of what it's all about, but in the meantime, here's the basic table of contents:
- The Burning Room
- The Facts in the Case of Algernon Whisper's Karma
- The Desert Cold
- War of the Rats
- The Sign in the Moonlight
- My Friend Fishfinger by Daisy Aged 7
- Prisoner of Peace
- The Door Beyond the Water
- Caretaker in the Garden of Dreams
- A Twist Too Far
- The Way of the Leaves
I say basic because it's set to vary a little depending on which edition you get, the idea being that there should be some reward for splashing out on the paperback over the e-book edition, or - for the ultimate Sign in the Moonlight experience - on the sure-to-be-delectable hardback version. So the paperback comes with The Untold Ghost as an extra, and the hardback includes both A Stare From the Darkness and the seasonally (in)appropriate A Study in Red And White, all of which also are accompanied by their own unique illustrations.
Because, oh right, illustrations! See that gorgeous cover there? That's by superstar artist-stroke-Scotsman Duncan Kay, and he's produced something equally spectacular for every single story. We also have an introduction from one of the finest Fantasy writers writing today, Mr Adrian Tchaikovsky, because why do things by halves? I mean, who knows, maybe I'll get eaten by termites tomorrow and this will be the last short story collection I ever get to do, and while that remains even the tiniest risk, I wanted to throw everything at this book.
So there we have it: The Sign in the Moonlight and Other Stories, by me, with art by Duncan Kay, edited by Simon Marshall-Jones and due for release in early December from award-winning publisher Spectral Press. Expect to hear me talking about it a whole lot between now and then.