Wow, this weather really isn't made for the gothically inclined among us.
Are you surprised that Time's Fool is set in all the glittering inclemency of English winter? Seems a long way distant, but the evenings are already drawing in a little, sending a shiver of the dying year. Actually, after the sun goes down, it's really beautiful in East Anglia. Spent last night out by bonfire in the back garden, practicing stories for my set a Strumpshaw Tree Fair this weekend.
Anyway, look at this gorgeous thing:
Yes, this is the original of Vic Hill's illustration - now stored carefully to keep it safe when the time comes for making prints. Look at Steven on the left, there. I can't work out if I want to give him a high five, or slap his smug, irritating face - which is more or less how I felt about him as I was writing the scene. I suspect every friendship group has a Steven and if you can't think of who it is, it's probably you.
As a thank you to you all for believing in this book, when we get to 25% funding, a high res version of this will be available to everyone who has pledged.
Speaking of pledges, there's been some very generous contributions over the last few weeks, including one person who has been brave enough to take the option of buying a Murder Mystery Party. Murder Mystery parties are inhabited by elaborate caricatures, shocking scandals and dastardly deeds. They are an excellent opporutnity to get your friends together, dress up and have an evening of exquisite silliness. The party you can pledge to receive is, appropraitely enough, The Vampire of Drury Lane, a celebration of melodrama, Gothic, and late 19th Century adventure fiction.
Low-budget theatrical magnate Henry Bigot (the most tolerant of men) holds a soirree raise the funds towards his production of The Mysterious Stranger, "A stirring tale of love and terror!" But the bloody murder of one of the guests brings the secrets and rivalaries of the collected theatricals to the surface in an atmosphere of resentment, crime and intrigue. Is this foul deed related to the stolen plans for a top-secret submersible weapon? Or do the Undead indeed stalk among the unfortunate cast?
If you like your Victoriana a little more charming, then do try to make your way to Strumpshaw Tree Fair this weekend- a return to the traditional fairs of the past, it will be showcasing the work of artists and artisans to make truly magical experience. I will be storytelling in my persona of Wilfred Lee, bring you 'Tales from the Wildwood', and those attending will be able to get £5 off any pledge to Time's Fool.
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