Monday, 12 November 2012

And now for something completely different

Well, maybe not completely different.

The Dead Room is more or less done so once that's out of the way, I need to start thinking about the next book. In the gap between books over the last few years, I've come up with some short stories, but I'm going to give that a miss this time. Instead, I'm thinking of a novella in the 30,000 word area. There are a couple of reasons for this. The main one is pretty simple.

I like to keep things fresh. I also like to challenge myself. It's been years since I've written anything close to a novella and while the resulting book is now trunked, I do like that book and enjoyed the experience of writing it. For at least the last five or six years, I've written a book a year (Belham and The Dead Room this year) and the average length has been in the region of 90,000 words. Coming up with a tight tale in much less space appeals to me. And there's another reason for it. I'm going for a pulp horror tale rather than my usual contemporary horror. It's very early days on this one. To be honest, all I've got in mind is a vague as hell idea, let alone anything close to an outline. Even so, I think it could be a lot of fun to write.

So, it's looking like a different wordcount and a different area for me. Don't worry, though. I'm sure I'll still kill some people and throw in gratutious swearing.


  1. Enjoy the change, Luke. Mixing it up will help prevent ruts in your mind. Who needs a horror writer with a rutted mind?

  2. Thanks, Keith. Looking forward to this one.