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 (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?

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