The Sussex Devils

By Marc Heal

The Satanic Panic Of The 1980s – A Memoir And A Mystery Story

Friday, 13 March 2015

Update 1

I submitted the draft manuscript of The Sussex Devils and I’m now waiting for a response from the Unbound editors. I added an “Epilogue” piece a few weeks ago, an endpiece which draws together a few strands from the main story. That aside, I’ve not looked at the main work as a whole in several months. Every time I dip into a chapter it feels OK – truthful at least. But perhaps I’m numb by now.

My occasional flashes of paranoia are less to do with style and more the simple folly of exposing myself in this way. Well, it’s too late for that. One of the side benefits of writing a book like this is that you end up caring less, not at all even, what people think.  

That kind of nakedness is very different from media exposure, where you stage manage the facts for your own benefit; you lie. Celebrities often complain that PR is tiring. Perhaps, but I’ll bet the standard Hello photo spread isn’t half as exhausting as five minutes in front of the mirror alone with the truth. 

And so… The Sussex Devils is now at the “Copy edit stage”.  My agent tells me that to have reached this phase means the publisher likes the structure but may ask for minor tweaks. I’m new to the writing game but referencing my experience in the music business, it's around about now that some dope smoking public schoolboy in the A&R department comes back with comments about the snare drum EQ. We will see.

Apparently, release date is still pencilled in for October.

Meanwhile: anyone with a party pledge, I’ll be dropping you a line soon. Hope to see you there.

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