Beneath the Ink is a satirical look at society's response to a horrific problem with tattoos. It would be dreadful if it happened but was rather fun to imagine.
This is scheduled for publishing in the second week of September and is a 35,000 word novella.
Meanwhile, back at the laptop, I had an idea for a short story. You all thought I was just lolling around in the sunshine, drinking gin, didn't you? I wasn't just lolling around... This has clocked up just under 12,000 words, so a rather long short story in length. The book, entitled The Novice's Demon, is, as it sounds, medieval, gothic, a shiver of horror. I now feel it's too close to the publication of Beneath the Ink to let it loose on the world. My feeling is that the dark nights, the flickering of firelight, the draughts at your neck and creaks of the settling house, are more conducive to that kind of story, so watch out for something demonic towards the end of the year.