Hi. My name is Brian and I’m … still here. Blogging break over, back to business. Starting with a quick update on various book-related matters.
Because I have nothing better to do with my time, and am easily interested by things others would not expend any mental energy upon, I note something that’s been on my mind ever since the first translations of my books started to appear: UK and Dutch books generally seem to have the title running vertically down the spine so that you read from top to bottom; German and French have the title running up the spine. It always looks odd to me, whenever I notice it. Just what you’re used to, I guess.
And while we’re on the subject of translations, thanks to Martin for sending me the Czech cover to Fall of Thanes recently. Fantom continue their tradition of using gorgeous, if rather unrelated, art to cover my books!
And on the Edinburgh Dead front, what news to report? Well, there’s an August publication date on both sides of the Atlantic. Don’t know about anyone else, but I’ll be glad to finally see this one hit the shelves. The proofs – the final pre-printing paperwork that lets you see how the whole text is going to look once bound in book form – have been cluttering up my desk for a while now, so here, by way of tiny teaser is a snapshot (very poor quality, for which apologies; I hope your eyes are up to the task) of the quote that prefaces the book:
‘dens and holes to which the Genius of Iniquity has fled, and become envenomed with newer and more malignant inspirations.’ That’s good stuff, that is. Mr. Thomas Ireland Jnr had a way with sensationalist words.
Feels surprisingly satisfying to be blogging again, so you can expect to hear quite a bit more from me in the coming weeks. Coming this Friday: the return of Moving Pictures on a Friday. I know. How exciting is that? Be still your beating heart and all that.
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