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WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

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Looking back on book sales figures for the last year or so, I notice something of a trend: although sales are spread fairly evenly between the US and the UK, with a smattering from the rest of the English-speaking world, it’s noticeable that US readers lean towards our steampunk/fantasy output (the FRANKENSTEIN VIGILANTE series) and UK readers seem to have a preference for horror and smutty comedy (our HORROR series and LONDON CHRONICLES.) There are clearly plenty of cultural differences between the US and the UK (US goes in for religion, we go in for binge drinking, just for starters) but I’m intrigued by this trend. Anyone got any ideas?

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August 13, 2014 at 10:27 am

THEN TWO COME ALONG AT ONCE…

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Although it’s been a year since I last blogged, I’ve been pretty busy, with commissioned animation work, script mentoring duties and of course new books.

Peter and I have been beavering away, and have added a second volume to our Steampunk Series FRANKENSTEIN VIGILANTE, this one entitled THE FEAR. It takes up the narrative a few months after the first book finished, with the revolution in The Smoke collapsing, causing violence in the streets and crushing repression by the resurgent Commission and their Silencio thugs. At first Cerval Frankenstein is more concerned about the terrible injuries suffered by his lover Evangeline Evionne during the showdown that led to the death of Silencio boss Franklyn Rooseveldt Pfarrer. But once she’s been fitted with state-of-the-art prosthetic legs, Cerval and his Vigilantes set out once more to take on The Smoke’s corrupt rulers.

Our other new book is the third in our Horror Series, a 27,000 word novella entitled NIGHT OF THE DOGS. Set in and around a rundown care home on an even more rundown sink estate, it posits the question: what happens when ‘weapon dogs’, trained by their ‘masters’ to be aggressive killers, get a taste for human flesh and turn on their owners? Brutal and horrific, it’s both a bleak portrait of modern Britain and a heart-pounding tale of terror.

We’re currently working on the third FRANKENSTEIN VIGILANTE book, to be entitled THE RECKONING. Watch this space!

Written by Chris Trengove

August 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm