Yes, I know, it’s been a while again since my last post – haven’t got any better at updating my blog since I moved to the new one. Hopefully this won’t become just an annual thing, but for those who want to follow what I’m up to on a more regular basis there’s always my Twitter feed which you can find at https://twitter.com/PaulKaneShadow and my website at http://www.shadow-writer.co.uk
It does at least reflect the kind of year we’ve had, keeping our heads down and getting on with the work after the rigours of 2013. That said, and looking back over the last twelve months – as you tend to do at this time of the year – there have been a fair few public events I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. The Gemmell Awards at the Magic Cicle in June, for example; Edge-Lit in July where I sat on the ‘Dark Borders’ panel talking about cross-genre fiction; FCon in September where I was on a panel talking about Horror TV; and the Mega Halloween signing at Forbidden Planet in London, followed by a BFS Open Day in a nearby pub. As always, making brilliant memories that I never thought I would and will stay with me forever. Oh, and if you still haven’t seen the online show I was a guest on in December – The Soska Cenobite Christmas webcast – then you can watch that here (with apologies in advance for our singing).
So, what about the work? I’m particularly proud of the two publications that were out this year: volumes one and two of the non-fiction Shadow Writer books (which you can buy here and here), but slightly less than the eight publications I had out the previous year. Fortunately, I look set to top that number in 2015 – look out for a big announcement involving some of these in January – and I’ve also been involved in some terrific projects that will be out next year. One, yet another Sherlock Holmes story ‘The Case of the Lost Soul’ out in The Mammoth Book of Sherlock Holmes Abroad, another my very first motion comic: an adaptation of Clive Barker’s ‘In the Hills, The Cities’ from the Books of Blood, illustrated by Sam Shearon. You can check out a preview of the first issue from this series here. The book releases start in February with my novelette The Curse of the Wolf, which I really enjoyed writing and traces werewolves back to the very first one, tossing in links to my mythologies from RED and Gemini as a bonus. It’s available for pre-order here.
In terms of reading and watching stuff, my favourite books I’ve read this year include Michael Marshall Smith’s superb collection Everything You Need, Sarah Pinborough’s Murder and Alison Littlewood’s The Unquiet House. Film-wise, I loved Winter Soldier, Godzilla, Days of Future Past, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians and Gone Girl. But for sheer chills, my favourite horror movies of the year have to be Oculus (which sees Mike Flanagan follow-up Absentia with an even more impressive entry), Axelle Carolyn’s haunting Soulmate and Deliver Us From Evil (a great blend of cops and exorcism). There’s also been some fantastic telly this year, including BBC drama The Missing, True Detective, Prey, Arrow & The Flash, The Leftovers, The Strain and The Walking Dead to name but a few series…
So, all things considered, not a bad year – but I’m looking forward to the next one for so many reasons. I’m hoping some of you will join me on the next step of this little adventure in 2015!
Take care of yourselves and have a wonderful New Year, people.