The story started off as a kind of English variant on films like Last House on the Left or The Straw Dogs, but during the writing process a lot of metafictional elements started to creep in and it mutated into some unholy offspring of Craven's Last House and Haneke's Funny Games. I loved what I'd done, but knew immediately that I'd have problems finding a home for something that mixed a Grindhouse mentality with more experimental literary aspirations
I put the novella aside and wondered where the hell I might place such a beast. A couple of writer friends read it, and they thought it was one of the best things I'd written. One publisher knocked it back; they didn't seem to quite get what I was doing with the piece. I didn't send it anywhere else.
Cut to a few weeks ago. A US publisher approached me and asked if I might have anything to send them. I gave the novella an edit and emailed it across...and they loved it.
So the novella has undergone a title change. It's now called NIGHTSIDERS.
That's a better, more appropriate title, I think. It should be out early or mid 2013 in limited hardback and eBook editions. I'll post further details here when I have them.
Fantastic news! Congrats!
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