Yeah, you read it right. A nine book deal. I've been writing fiction for 28 years (about 10 with a mind to publication), and so days like August 31st, 2013 should be treasured.
It was birthday. I got up a bit cross-eyed from the pre-celebration celebrations the previous evening and logged on to my email. And there it was: a communication from Shane Staley over at DarkFuse in the US offering me a three-year deal, involving the publication of three novels and six novellas. I was delighted, as you probably imagine, not just because DF have a real presence in the US horror market, but also because it offers me a regular market for my work, a readership to nurture, a focus and a purpose that is sorely lacking when you're just an odd-jobbing writer trying to hit as many markets as possible in the hope being noticed.
I've already got started on the fiction, first a sequel to my next DF novel (April, 2014) called SEVERED. The follow-up will involve the same character, a guy called Stephen Hobbs who's a reckless academic researcher ("more Indiana Jones than Stephen Hawking," as he puts it). The book will be called FRACTURED.
I also have lots and lots of ideas for the other stuff, and it's really a question of choosing the right projects to retain my growing readership, following the publication of CONJURE HOUSE this summer. I can't wait to get stuck in and I'm greatly looking forward to continuing to interact with a new set of genre fans, as well as working alongside such fine scribes as Ronald Malfi, Greg Gifune, Michael McBride, Jeff Strand and so many more.
Bring it on.