Today and tomorrow (Saturday 12Oct13 and Sunday 13Oct13) my two Book Of Lost Doors novels are free for Kindle e-book download.
Although I have been writing about James & Catskinner and his world for about two years now, I still have difficulty explaining exactly what sort of books they are. I have them listed under a couple of the Fantasy headings on Amazon, mostly because I have found that calling something Science Fiction tends to lead readers to expect starships and blaster guns, and that’s not what I write.
You’re not going to find any alien worlds with double suns in my work, instead you’ll find a world that looks very much like ours, on the surface. It isn’t our world, though, it’s a strange and dangerous place, inhabited by things that only look human.
James, my narrator, is an ordinary man with an extraordinary monster living in his head and sharing his body. Catskinner is a walking hole in the world, cold and lifeless and without empathy or compassion. Catskinner kills, and he is very, very good at it.
All of his life James has run from the consequences of Catskinner’s actions, living like a rat in the walls of the world and hiding from human beings.
Until the day he finds out that Catskinner isn’t the only monster in the world, and that there are some monsters that you can’t run from, and that sometimes there is nowhere to hide.
I have called these books (and the next, which I am working on now, and, I hope, more to follow) The Book Of Lost Doors. I set out to create a world that is equal parts quotidian and fabulous, where the impossible and the real exist in an uneasy equilibrium. For inspiration I have drawn on the works of some of the more surreal authors of speculative fiction, William Burroughs, Phillip Dick, Samuel Delany, Clive Barker, China Mieville, Tim Powers.
The world, though, is entirely my creation. No vampires, no werewolves, no zombies or fairies or unicorns. Instead you will find creatures that are half-human or not at all human, new gods and monsters that I hope will surprise and delight and frighten you.
This is my world, welcome to it.
I hope you like it here.