Well, here I am, fully recovered from last week’s excitements (check out the full story of the opening of The Big Green Bookshop here) And I’m now gearing up for TIM’s impending launch in the USA! It’s officially out in America at the end of this month, but I’ve already received my author copies, and that means it could be in shops any day now.

Pauses to wave tentacles in the air in what’s probably a thoroughly uncool way: YAAAAAAAAAAAAH! HEE HEE HEE HEE HEE!

Ahem. ‘Scuse me! 😉

All sorts of cunning plans are afoot. Allow me to share a couple with you…

First up, here’s an article I wrote for the SF wiki site SCIFIPEDIA. My US publishers, Razorbill, asked me to write my own entry there, to explain what I do – and let me tell you, for a while I was completely stumped! I had to tear up what I wrote and start again, something like three times, before I realised that a certain correspondence I’d had with one of Black Tat‘s young readers a couple of months back seemed to sum up for me what this sinister masterplan of mine is really all about. Hope it does the same for you. [And thanks again, Jasmine!]

Speaking of Black Tat, it’s with great glee and delight that I can announce we have another winner for the No Monsters Were Harmed In The Making Of This Website Competition! Not content with clinching Round Two with his fabulous frog photo, the awesome SKULLIAN has stormed back into the fray to take the NMWHITMOTWC crown once again in Round Five with his gorgeous Snakeskin. Check it out, it’s a stunningly beautiful image – and while you’re there, be sure to take a look at our other winners, which are every bit as sinister and striking! Time to ask yourself: do you fancy a chance at monster glory? Closing date for Round Six is May 26th, so send us what you got. 🙂

Lots more good stuff in the pipeline, I’ll be back soon to keep you posted. But before I slither off into the night again I have one more item of news to show you. Awesome up-and-coming scary-story-author Barry Hutchison has been reading TIM and saying all sorts of kind and flattering things to me about it (ahh, cheers Barry! [blushes a meaty pink] ;p) But even better, he sent me this link to a BBC News story that seems eerily close to a certain set of inventions by TIM’s nemesis Professor Mallahide. As Barry said in his email – “Just found this and thought you might appreciate it. Or cower in terror.” HEE HEE HEE HEE!


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