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The Garbage Man cover: Take II by JD’L

I’m finally able to reveal the cover you’ll see on the shelves when The Garbage Man is released in May ‘09!

Once again, like Bill, I’d like to talk about ‘mood’ and ‘subtlety’ as key aspects of my latest cover.

I’d like to but I can’t.

Here’s why: (more…)


November 18, 2008 at 11:41 pm 5 comments

To edit, change nappies or clean house? That is the question by JD’L

This is a very swift entry about the realities of working part time, writing the other part of the time and being a parent…

Today I’m at home with mini me while her mum is out at work. Tomorrow, the role-reversal reverses and I’m out at work. (more…)

November 17, 2008 at 3:29 pm 4 comments

The Garbage Man ‘cover’ by JD’L

I’d like to echo Bill’s sentiments on cover art.

I’d like to do that because today I received the proof copies of The Garbage Man. I’d like to talk about ‘mood’, ‘subtlety’ and ‘menace’ as key aspects of my latest cover.

I’d like to but I can’t.

Here’s why:


November 9, 2008 at 12:53 am 5 comments

‘The Absence’ Cover


Well, after blogging about the importance of the cover, I’m happy to give HR a first proper glimpse at the cover design for my second horror novel, ‘The Absence’. I’m absolutely thrilled with the artwork, which conveys just the mood I have tried to capture in the book. As with the subtle design of ‘Through A Glass, Darkly’, I hope you will agree that the artwork is sombre and menacing without being a traditional in-your-face horror cover. Anyway, over to you – what do you think?

November 6, 2008 at 11:59 am 7 comments

Halloween at The Whitby Bookshop by Bill Hussey

Hi All

Just popping by to say I’ll be appearing at the Whitby Goth Weekend this Friday (31st Oct – Halloween in Dracula country!). I’ve been invited to come along and talk about Through A Glass, Darkly  and horror writing in general by the good people at The Whitby Bookshop (88 Church Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22 4BH tel. 01947 606202). I’ll be there from 7pm, chatting, signing books and doing a reading. Be there or be pumpkin-shaped!

October 29, 2008 at 3:53 pm Leave a comment

Rue Morgue Goes Through A Glass, Darkly

I’ve always been a fan of good ol’ Rue Morgue – the magazine, that is, not the French street made famous by Poe’s pesky orang-utan. It’s a real shame that we Limeys have to search high and low to find it, but it’s always worth the hunt. Anyway, I’m absolutely delighted to report that a review of TAGD has appeared in my favourite horror mag.

Here are a few quotes from Justine Warwick’s piece:

‘By blending a supernatural occult storyline with a contemporary detective yarn [Hussey] manages to use familiar genre tropes in an unfamiliar way.’

‘While the novel never becomes a bloodbath, its understated gruesomeness is one of its strengths, along with the best prolonged death-by-birds scene outside of Alfred Hitchcock.’

Through A Glass, Darkly marks the arrival of a strong new voice in crime and horror.’

The review is pretty complimentary throughout, with the caveat that perhaps I try to fit in too many ‘diverse instances of the supernatural.’

Also in the issue: an entertaining rundown of the 50 essential Gore Films (I’ve not seen all of those listed but Cannibal Holocaust and Ichi the Killer freaked with my fragile little mind. Didn’t see Society there – maybe a bit tame for the compiler’s tastes), a retrospective on Famous Monsters of Filmland and a beautiful full-colour print that brings together the most iconic figures from 20 years of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman – possibly my favourite comics series ever!

October 22, 2008 at 2:13 pm 1 comment


Bill is a happy horror bunny (horror bunnies… hmm, not a bad idea. Well, James Herbert has his rats, Shaun Hutson has his slugs, why can’t Bill Hussey have his bunnies?). Anyway, my hippety-hoppety happiness comes from the fact that the good folks at Bloody Books have accepted my second horror novel for publication! And so I thought I’d better follow the example set by Diabolical Joe D’Lacey and give you guys a taster of what’s to come…


October 20, 2008 at 10:19 am 2 comments

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