Today, I approved the cover proof of Gary McMahon's collection To Usher, the Dead – a collection that has been talked about for many a year, the delay being all mine. Featuring the eponymous Thomas Usher, a "psychic detective" who featured in the two-book series Pretty Dead Things and Dead Bad Things
I can't remember where I read his first appearance, but when Gary asked me about the collection the first book wasn't yet published. He stated that it would contain a new novella called "The Other Tenants" and since I love novellas and didn't really relish reading every story I asked him just to send me that – I knew the stories would be good anyway.
I think it was less than a week when I said yes to the collection – and so the wheels turned, and for me very slowly (anyone who has dealt with me, past present and future will testify to this). It was around this time that I also noticed Paul Mudie's cover work on Charles Black's series of horror anthologies and thought he would be the perfect artist. He agreed.
I can't explain why I took so long to publish this collection – money probably – but all I can say is that I'm glad it is now coming to fruition and in my cold hands next Friday, 28th September.
As a consequence of getting this book ready, Gavin Salisbury's short-novel Fade-Out won't be making the party – but will be available later in October – and the much fabled Nasty Snips Project will too be available (or at least the first couple of instalments) around Hallowe'en.
Just when enthusiasm for the business and industry wane, I get a jerk of adrenaline from what is I believe – and I say this without apology – a very important book for not just Pendragon but the horror/supernatural genre.
I just hope I can do Gary and Thomas some justice.