In fifteen days time my book Twelve Minutes to Midnight is published. Hurrah! To give you a taste of the story to come, here's a glimpse of the back cover blurb:
It's 1899. Every night at twelve minutes to midnight the inmates of Bedlam, London's notorious hospital for the insane, rise from their beds and begin scribbling strange words on any surface they can find - scraps of paper, the walls of their cells, even their own skin. What can it mean?
Penelope Tredwell, thirteen-year-old owner of the bestselling magazine, The Penny Dreadful, is intrigued. She's always seeking out sinister stories to fill her magazine's pages but she's never encountered anything as chilling as this. Soon she's ensnared in a venomous plot, and Penny realises that this isn't just a story, it's the future.
And the future looks deadly...
As each tick of the clock brings the publication of Twelve Minutes to Midnight closer, I'm going to give you the chance to win a signed copy today! All you need to do is make your own prediction of the future in the comments below.
From flying cars to books you can download directly into your brain, what do you think the next hundred years will bring? The contest is open internationally and closes at twelve minutes to midnight on Sunday 22 January (UK time).
I can't wait to see what you think the future holds...
So, seven days to go until Twelve Minutes to Midnight is published, but somebody has won themselves a signed copy already! Thanks to everyone who entered the Twelve Minutes to Midnight giveaway - it was fantastic to read your future predictions and I think that some of you could put Mystic Meg to shame. Anway, without further ado, here's the winning entry from AliB68:
I think that genetically modified exotic animals will be kept as pets. Giraffes the size of greyhounds, hippos you can keep in an aquarium, jaguars the size of tabbies. It will be brilliant.
A visionary prediction that I think JG Ballard would have been proud to have come up with! Congratulations AliB68 - please get in touch with your address so I can send you a signed copy of Twelve Minutes to Midnight.
Right, off to a pet shop now to ask if they've got any pocket-sized zebras!
The sequel to The Dead Ways is out now, so if you love supernatural conspiracy thrillers filled with shady politicians, secret societies and non-stop action, then check out Army of the Dead.
I've got one signed copy to giveaway and all you have to do to win it is tell me who you would like to see leading your army of the dead into battle. So whether it's Queen Boadicea at the helm of undead horde or a zombie Oscar Wilde slaying the enemy with his perfectly weighted bon mots, let me know in the comments below for your chance to win a signed copy. The contest is UK only and closes at midnight on Sunday 10 September (UK time).
May the best army win...