By andymonk, Nov 6 2016 08:44PM

There was something a little bit dead about his eyes.

Guy Furnedge was staring at himself in the mirror, examining his face, his features, his eyes, the bruise that Amy had left him that was slowly fading back into his waxy skin.

He had been home for quite a while, though he wasn’t sure how long exactly. Time had become more of an abstract concept since he’d stopped winding the clocks.

He leaned a little closer to the mirror and studied the eyes peering back at him. Weren’t they supposed to be the windows to the soul? If they were, then his were dirty, smudged, mean little windows that no one had seen fit to clean in a long time. If his soul resided on the other side of them, then he had no hope of glimpsing it through the grime.

His eyes were bloodshot and red-rimmed. Unsurprising as he hadn’t been sleeping much. Well, not at all to be accurate. But beyond that they looked flat and lifeless, the pupils the colour of rotting wood. A corpse’s eyes.

He’d only ever seen two dead bodies and he hadn’t spent much time staring into the eyes of either. While living, his father’s eyes had always been full of disappointment; Lorna’s had never held much besides scorn. He doubted death would have changed either of them much.

Faces, he’d decided, were peculiar things. The more time you spent staring at one, the more peculiar it became, the more irregular and imperfect and downright strange. Those folds of flesh hanging from the bone, pock-marked and covered in little hairs, blackheads and grease, rounded bits and angular bits, the little creases that hadn’t used to be there but had become more and more prominent.

Yet it was just skin and sinew and muscle and fat and hair, you could move bits of it to convey emotion, whether you actually wanted to or not. People read so much about someone from the cast of their face. Oh, he’s a mean looking fellow! Oh, she’s a bonny girl! Oh, he’s a sly looking one! Oh, she looks like trouble!

Oh, he looks like a murderer…

Did people think that when they looked at his face? There’s Guy Furnedge.

The murderer....

By andymonk, Oct 22 2016 12:12PM

Every step we take in the world is along a path that we cannot see.

Amongst the monsters of the Dark Carnival Amos has stumbled across one of his wife’s killers and has followed him into the great, dark night to at last find his vengeance. Amelia has been snatched from her bed, and Molly, believing Giselle, the strange carney fortune-teller, has spirited her away, desperately looks for help from the few friends she has in town. Ash returns from the Dark Carnival convinced by Mr Wizzle that Preacher Stone didn’t attack his daughter Emily and desperate to find out who was really responsible, while his wife, Kate, is increasingly ensnared by the insane Deputy Blane and his sadistic games. Cece has fallen head over heels for the love-struck Sye, but is the little voice whispering in her mind really her own? Guy sits at home burning every candle he owns to keep the darkness at bay, terrified that even the grave has proved no barrier to his wife’s madness, while both John X Smith and Sam Shenan must confront pasts haunted by lost loves.

As their paths merge, they slowly begin to unravel the town’s secrets, inexorably bringing them into confrontation with the Mayor, while, out across the long slow miles to the east, a darkness is approaching that will endanger both the good and evil of Hawker’s Drift alike….

By andymonk, Oct 15 2016 09:21AM

Well, this year is fllying by, isn't it?

The next Hawker's Drift novel, The Paths of the World, is currently being edited and is looking good for publication in December. Really pleased with the way it's turned out as, frankly, parts of it were a slog to get written. There are some new characters and a few answers to some of the questions set up in the earlier books, as well as a bit about the wider world beyond Hawker's Drift, which was deliberately left as something of a blank canvas in the first two books.

I'll be putting a couple of excerps up here and on the Facebook page over the next few weeks.

By andymonk, Apr 6 2016 11:35AM

The Paths of the World is coming along nicely and should be available towards the end of the year. I'm about halfway through at the moment. There will be some answers in this book to the secrets of the town, the characters and much more about the setting. This may be the final book or there could be one more after it. I'd like it to be a trilogy, but I don't want to cram everything in if the story needs more space or have a much longer book than The Burden of Souls and Dark Carnival.

I'm probably getting a little ahead of myself, but here's the likely cover for the book.

By andymonk, Mar 17 2016 04:04PM

The House of Shells, my seventh novel, is now out in e-book format on Amazon (there will be a paperback in a few weeks too).

Now I can concentrate on the next Hawker's Drift novel, The Paths of the World, which I've been juggling with between editing The House of Shells and doing my day job. Hopefully it will be out by the end of the year, though due to some personal stuff I haven't been able to devote as much time as I would have liked to writing for the last couple of months.

Hope people like The House of Shells, I really enjoyed writing it, though it's good to be back with Amos, Molly and the good (and not so good) folk of Hawker's Drift again.

This one is going to be a blast...

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