Has it really been two months since I last posted? Wow, that’s shocking. I promise to do better. Unfortunately, I have a day job that’s been hectic recently, so that’s why I’ve been rather quiet. Now, though, Abigail (Dark Season 3.1) and Quisling (Dark Season 3.2) are out!
Abigail picks up after the end of The Death of Sophie Hart (Dark Season 2.8), and starts the story of Sophie and Patrick’s daughter Abby. This is going to be the main element of the third (and final) series of Dark Season books, as Abby learns who and what she is, and where she came from. But don’t worry, because although Sophie’s dead, she hasn’t been forgotten. I’m not going to spoil the end of the series, but let’s just say that the final book will wrap things up very neatly. As for whether it’ll be a happy ending, well… Some parts of the story will end happily, and others won’t.
Next up is The Bureau of Lost Vampires (Dark Season 3.3), which will be out on (or maybe a few days before) Monday December 3rd. This will continue Abby’s story as she learns the limits of her strength. She’s got this huge problem: part of her wants to be human like Sophie, and part of her wants to be more like Patrick. Then there are the Watchers, a shadowy group who have been tracking vampires for centuries. They’re led, at the moment, by a man named Benjamin who has his own plans for Abigail. Shelley’s involved with them, as is Sophie’s brother Todd. I’ll give you a hint: not everyone will survive to the end of the series, and you might be surprised when you find out who dies (and how it happens).
Finally, a quick mention of some other stuff I’m working on. For a while, I’ve been mentioning Rain and Arrival (The Stranger Chronicles 1.1). These are both definitely still coming, but I didn’t want to rush them. The Stranger Chronicles was going to be a new series, in the same style as Asylum, but I’ve had a rethink and I need to heavily rewrite the storyline. That’s something for January, along with Rain, which is more of a sporadic series. They both have covers, though, which you can see in this post. The cover for Arrival will change, though, because the series won’t be called The Strange Chronicles any more. The new title is tbc, as I’ve got a few ideas in mind.
Anyway, my main focus right now is the third and final series of Dark Season. I really hope that people like the way the series ends. I’ve had the ending worked out from the beginning, and I’ll admit that I’ve been tempted to try to stretch it out to make four series. But that wouldn’t be the right way to do it. The final book, The End (Dark Season 3.8), is almost finished, and I never thought I’d be so sad to be leaving these characters behind. I think (and hope!) that for anyone who’s read all the previous books, the end of Dark Season – particularly the final two books – will be very emotional. Right, I’d better get back to work, but I’d love to know what you think of the latest books. You can contact me via this form, or leave a comment on this page, if you have any comments.