Earlier in the year I was asked by Ian Whates, head honcho at the award-winning Newcon Press, about some short stories set in Kray, the city at the heart of my debut Memory Seed. Ian then asked me whether I would write new material for a proposed volume collecting every Kray short story. I was delighted to accept, and even more delighted when the experience of writing the new material proved to be not only enjoyable and satisfying, but deeply evocative, reminding me of all the mental images, thoughts and feelings I had when writing the original novel.
The new book, Tales From The Spired Inn, is out on October 14th, in standard paperback but also in a special limited edition (see Newcon Press website for details – you can preorder the limited edition). It has six stories:
Dr Vanchovy’s Final Case
Funeral For A Pyuter
The Green Realm Below
The first story was published in Spectrum SF years and years ago, the second is new, the third came out in Strange Pleasures in 2001, the fourth is new, while the fifth is an extract from the end of the original novel – a pause before the final tale, which actually was the first one I wrote, for Keith Brooke’s Infinity Plus website.