The Birds Began to Sing – About the cover

Here is the cover for my upcoming book, The Birds Began to Sing.

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For the design, Charles Bown – who I interviewed earlier in the year on this blog – presented me with a number of striking options, but I eventually settled on the image of a woman’s silhouette in a dark corridor as it immediately conveyed the mysterious and sinister mood of the novel. The story does feature a few sequences involving the protagonist creeping down an important sinister corridor, so that was obviously another reason for my choice.

The other options offered included stylised exteriors of Blackwood House on Dartmoor, where the bulk of the plot takes place. These images also struck the appropriate tone. However, one of my favourite designs – a stark graphic of black birds on a white background – I rejected because to me it said “highbrow, Booker Prize baiting endeavour” rather than “page-turning genre piece”. People quite understandably judge books by their cover, and it was not my intention to mislead anyone into thinking I had literary delusions of grandeur.

For the full interview with Charles Bown from earlier this year, check out the link below:

Also, you follow Charles on Twitter here:


In addition to the cover, here is the blurb from the back to whet your appetite:

From the author of Children of the Folded Valley…

When aspiring novelist Alice Darnell enters a competition to write the ending for an unfinished manuscript by late, world famous author Sasha Hawkins, it appears she might have her big break at last.

However, upon arrival at Sasha’s former home – the sinister Blackwood House – Alice is unsettled by peculiar competition rules, mysterious dreams and inexplicable ghostly visions. She begins to question her sanity as she is drawn into a terrifying web of deceit, revenge and murder.

The Birds Began to Sing is released on the 27th of October in various downloadable formats. It is currently available to pre-order at Amazon.

Print copies will be available from the 2nd of November.

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