Sunday, 30 September 2012
Christmas tales of terror
My new Christmas Tales of Terror ebook is out this November. It does not follow the same structure as the other Tales of Terror books, in that it does not have a narrator and wraparound story. It is - for the moment anyway - simply a collection of unconnected stories.
Writing these stories really has proved to be one of those fork in the road moments for me. I have been encouraged - for perfectly understandable and sensible reasons - to write novels and I will certainly continue to do that (I have lots of ideas for which a novel is the only vehicle), but I want to write short stories too.
Short stories have been a problem for publishers - particularly of children's books - and we have taken care to give the Tales of Terror books a structure that gives them a narrative flow like a novel. But I wonder whether they will be seen as such an issue in the age of the digital download.
As for the Christmas Tales of Terror, I will write a few more and also write a narrative to go round them as I have with all the other books. I already know what I want to do and hopefully this might mean the book will have another life in the printed world. We'll see.
More about these stories later...