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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An author out hiking.

An author out hiking.

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Adventures in the Swiss Alps: the Wetterhorn & Schreckhorn from high above Grindelwald.

Adventures in the Swiss Alps: the Wetterhorn & Schreckhorn from high above Grindelwald.

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The Whispering Skull is here! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ (at Random House HQ, London)

The Whispering Skull is here! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ (at Random House HQ, London)

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Dropped into Waterstones St Albans today. (at Waterstones St Albans)

Dropped into Waterstones St Albans today. (at Waterstones St Albans)

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Lockwood wins WeRead Award!!

I’m delighted and highly chuffed to say that The Screaming Staircase has won the WeRead prize 2014. The award was announced at a ceremony at University College School in Hampstead, London this afternoon. What’s great about the prize is that it’s entirely voted for by young readers from many schools, many of whom were at the event today. I’d arrived earlier and, like several of the other shortlisted authors, did a talk about my books, before going to the splendid Great Hall to hear the announcement. I was so surprised I barely knew what to say, but I’m thrilled at being awarded such a fine prize. For more about WeRead, which is co-sponsored by one of the great children’s bookstores, Tales on Moon Lane, check out its website at
Me, I’m off for a celebratory evening ice-cream…

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Two Public events in July!

Come and meet me at upcoming public events in the UK!

As part of a UK tour to promote the paperback release of The Screaming Staircase, I will be on the road visiting schools and bookshops in the South East of England. There are two public events open to any mumbers of the public who would like to meet me, hear more about Lockwood and get a book signed.


BURY ST EDMUNDS, SUFFOLK: Friday 11th July,16.00 โ€“ 17.30
Waterstones Bury St Edmunds (36 Buttermarket, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1DW)
A drop-in book signing session, informal, please do turn up or for more information call 0843 2908197.

LONDON: Saturday 12th July, 13.15 โ€“ 15.15 & 15.30 โ€“ 16.15
YALC, London Excel centre (Earls Court) (part of Film and Comic Con)
The first ever UK literary convention for young adult books exclusively โ€“ and I’m on the programme! I’ll be taking part in a panel event called โ€˜Bring Me My Dragonsโ€™ alongside Ruth Warburton, Amy McCulloch, Frances Hardinge and chaired by Marc Alpin on Saturday 12th July at 3pm. I’ll also be doing a signing session from 1.15pm to 3.15pm.
If you buy a ticket to my event you also get a pass to the whole London Film and Comic Con โ€“ a world of fantasy, graphics and stories to explore!

For programme information and to buy tickets see: http://www.childrenslaureate.org.uk/yalc/yalc-schedule/

For a guide on which tickets to buy see this helpful blog from Hot Key Books:
http://www.hotkeyblog.com/through-the-keyhole-july-yalc-takeover/

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