It hardly seems any time at all since I first pitched the idea of a serial novel to Simon Marshall-Jones at Spectral Press, but it's been nearly a year. And that brings us to the tenth - and penultimate - episode of Black Mountain.
I can't thank Simon enough for giving me the chance to do this project, or Graeme Reynolds for the formatting. And I can't heap enough praise on Neil Williams for his series of amazing and eerie covers for the episodes, many of them produced in less than a day. I think that with his work for The Watcher Neil has outdone himself yet again; I have to admit that when the print edition of Black Mountain appears, one of the best things about it will be seeing his work given a more tangible home on paper.
Black Mountain has been a fascinating project to work on, albeit sometimes frustrating - I tend to work quickly on projects because my mind is quick to wander to the next, so getting started on the last couple of episodes was like pulling teeth! Once the writing was underway, though, it was as fun as ever.
So now we're into the final stretch, which means I'd better finish here and get back to work on the final episode, The Dancers In The Pines. But first, a quick taster for episode #10:
For centuries the Bala Triangle has kept its secrets. But now Rob
Markland, having investigated it from afar for so long, was determined
to make it give them up at last.
Into the woods of Coed Capel and Coed Dinas, the ruins of Maes
Carnedd and Blas Gwynedd, four people ventured. Only one would return,
driven mad by what he’d witnessed.
By the presence that still haunted the empty farmhouse at Ty Mynwent.
That waited by the lake of Llyn Daioni, in the long-abandoned pod houses of Hafan Deg.
By the Watcher.
The UK edition is here and the US one here.