Here is another update for my upcoming horror collection Bedtime and Other Tales of Terror. I've been unbelievably busy with work and real life commitments which has been really frustrating as it has slowed me down substantially, but I've still been trying to put something towards the book every day. I know I keep saying it is nearly ready, but I'm hopeful this will be one of the last updates to the book in terms of story inclusion and running order.
As you can see the stories included and the running order have changed significantly since the original Indiegogo campaign. The book is now substantially longer than originally intended, containing four novellas and twenty short stories. Of the material included I am planning to share the stories Freefall and Seven Nights in a Haunted House for free before publication as a thank you to my readers who have been so patient. Freefall is a contemporary urban ghost story, while Seven Nights in a Haunted House is a serialised NoSleep story with - you guessed it - seven parts.
One aspect that I have been struggling with is the running order. I'm torn about how to start and end the collection. It might seem obvious to start with Bedtime, but I would prefer to begin with a shorter story which will encourage new readers. For the last story in the book at the moment I've gone for On a Hill. I think the way that it ends on an ambiguous note could have real impact, but then I would quite like to conclude with Forgotten Valentine as it ends on a bitter-sweet note. If anyone has any thoughts on this, please do let me know.
Some of you may notice that stories such as A Dark Flame and In a Window have been removed from the book. They might still make it, but I'm not happy with them yet and really have to push forward with the proofreading and editing process.
That's all for now. As always thank you all for being so patient. I realise that some of you pre-ordered before the turn of the year - and I am really grateful for that - but all I can say is that this is a labour of love, and one which I want to be as good as possible. I don't want any of you to be short changed, I want you to get your copy and say 'This was really worth the wait!'.
All I can say for now is that it will be here sooner rather than later. Something I can be proud of, and you can be scared of.
Thanks again everyone!