Lots of sky and ocean down at Southsea this afternoon…

Lots of sky and ocean down at Southsea this afternoon…

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Backstage at Hertford Theatre with Simon Pegg! At least one of us made an effort with his attire…

Backstage at Hertford Theatre with Simon Pegg! At least one of us made an effort with his attire…

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Alex Scarrow and I getting ready back stage…

Alex Scarrow and I getting ready back stage…

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An author out and about in the handsome city of Bath.

An author out and about in the handsome city of Bath.

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Night-time in Norwich…

Night-time in Norwich…

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This tombstone at Hatfield looks perfect for a ghost story… Any suggestions?

This tombstone at Hatfield looks perfect for a ghost story… Any suggestions?

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The Whispering Skull is here!

Today’s a big day! The Whispering Skull - Lockwood & Co’s second spine-tingling adventure - is out now in the USA! Events get a little out of control for Lucy and her friends as they dig up something nasty in a cemetery… Meanwhile, the sinister skull in the jar is stirring…

I had a lot of fun writing this. Part of the pleasure of doing a series is that you can slowly, steadily uncover the world that surrounds your heroes. In The Screaming Staircase I kept the focus quite tightly on Lockwood, Lucy and George. With this second book I’ve been able to widen the perspective: we visit strange locations across London, see the highest and lowest members of society, and meet a host of new characters. And of course there are several gruesome new ghosts as well…

With publication in the UK and Germany not far off, I can’t wait to find out what you think of Lockwood book 2, and to celebrate I’m launching a little giveaway on twitter and Facebook today. Simply RT my tweet on twitter, or tell me why you’ve enjoyed the Lockwood books on Facebook, and I’ll choose one winner on both platforms to receive signed American editions of both Lockwood books.

Meanwhile, thanks to everyone who has read the series so far - and to all those who are about to discover them! Time for a cup of tea now, I think…

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Lovely new French edition of L’escalier Hurleur arrived this morning!

Lovely new French edition of L’escalier Hurleur arrived this morning!

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Went skulking through the London streets the other night, looking for Lockwood locations…

Went skulking through the London streets the other night, looking for Lockwood locations…

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Something tasty coming soon…

Something tasty coming soon…

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Signing books at the International School of Amsterdam.

Signing books at the International School of Amsterdam.

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Did some happy strolling through Amsterdam last night…

Did some happy strolling through Amsterdam last night…

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Training up a new psychic detection agent at the American School of The Hague.

Training up a new psychic detection agent at the American School of The Hague.

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Wengen and the Lauterbrunnen valley from high on the Mannlichen.

Wengen and the Lauterbrunnen valley from high on the Mannlichen.

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Lauterbrunnen in the Bernese Oberland

Lauterbrunnen in the Bernese Oberland

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