The new book has a title – The Damned – and a cover too.  Both took a while to get right, but I gotta say, they feel like a perfect match right now.

(The Damned is out February 2015 in the US and Canada, and March 2015 in the UK).

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There may yet be some changes to come, but it seems that the pub dates for The Demonologist are firming up.  Currently, Simon & Schuster is planning to publish on March 5, 2013, simultaneously in Canada and the US.  And Orion has set the novel for May 2, 2013 in the UK.  Still a ways off, in normal human anticipation-of-future-events terms, but right around the corner in publishing terms.  Certainly close enough to pre-order the book from your favourite bookstore so that it’s waiting for you, with a devilish grin, when it arrives hot off the press…

The Demonologist – UK Cover

The publication date may not be entirely settled yet (it will be some time in the first months of 2013) and there may yet be some tweaks to come, but I thought I’d share Orion’s cover design for The Demonologist in the UK!

I really like it, though I was at first surprised by its “historical” vibe (the novel is set in the present day).  But then, given the mythological context of the story – Paradise Lost, ancient spirits, original sin – it makes a lot of sense.  Plus Venice is just simultaneously beautiful and haunting and somehow corrupt-looking in a way I love.  I particularly like the font they’ve chosen for the title.  Again, not what I would have expected, but it has a creepiness all its own.

There’s also a couple little visual surprises buried in the image.  Look carefully:  there’s a girl falling from one of the rooftops.  Look carefully again:  there’s a classical demon “face” in the waves of the Grand Canal.

And big thanks to SJ Watson (he of the brilliant Before I Go to Sleep) for the cover blurb!  Here’s the full text of his comment:  “Plenty of books claim to be scary, but this is genuinely terrifying, don’t-read-late-at-night stuff.  Thrilling, compelling and beautifully written, The Demonologist makes Rosemary’s Baby feel like a walk in the park.”  Naturally, that Rosemary’s Baby comparison is particularly gratifying…

(I should add that it’s interesting how completely different the cover is turning out to be for the US and Canada – but more about that another day).

The Guardians – Second Printing

Just heard from Orion that the mass market paperback edition of The Guardians has gone into its second printing in its first week out in the U.K.  Hope this means a few more otherwise good night’s sleeps will be trans-Atlantically spoiled…

The Guardians in the UK

The mass market edition of The Guardians makes its oh-so-affordable appearance in the U.K. next week (publishing on February 2nd).  It’s a novel with a haunted house in it, which explains the, well, haunted-looking house on the cover.

To all those living in or traveling to Britain in the coming days, keep an eye out.  If you happen to see copies in a store somewhere, let me know.  Better yet, read it.  Satisfaction (or at least some seriously twisted dreams) guaranteed.

The Guardians – UK Mass Market Edition