People keep telling me that an important part of launching a new book is the cover reveal. So here (drum roll!) is the cover for Dark Magic. It was designed by David Slaney, who I think has done an amazing job.

Dark Magic is now available for pre-order on Kindle at mybook.to/DarkMagic. (For some reason this link is giving some people trouble. If it doesn’t work for you, just search Amazon.) It will be published, appropriately enough, on Halloween. A paperback edition will be along shortly.

Dark Magic counts as a novella at just 33,000 words, but I hope you will savour every one of them. It costs £1.99 in the UK and $2.58 in the US.

Dark Magic is a tale of magic, murder and malicious mendacity featuring supernatural goings on and splashes of both blood and dark humour. It is something of a departure for me and I hope you enjoy it.

Baby’s blood… Virgin’s tears… Chainsaws… It’s remarkable what some magicians keep back-stage.

Two magic shows: the Maestros of Magic touring the country, playing provincial theatres; the Carnival of Conjurors successful in the West End. When the Maestros learn that the Conjurors are using real magic – Black Magic – to do their tricks they decide that they must use their own, distinctly unmagical, stage skills to stop them. Soon people are dying on stage – but can the Maestros really beat a team that has the devil on their side?