June, 2014. An entire year has passed, and I suddenly realize that I haven’t posted a new blog here in all that time. Things have been busy. Thanks to your willingness to follow me to 1854 London, MURDER AS A FINE ART made the New York Times bestseller list and for a while reached #1 among all books sold on the U.S. division of Amazon.
The Associated Press called it “a literary thriller that pushes the envelope of fear.” Library Journal chose it as one of the top five thrillers of 2013. Publishers Weekly called it “an epitome of the intelligent page turner” and chose it as one of the top ten mystery/thrillers of 2013.
Because of my three years of research, I was especially pleased by this review from Entertainment Weekly: “Morrell’s masterful blend of fact and fiction reads like a nineteenth-century novel, evoking 1854 London with such finesse that you’ll hear the hooves clattering on cobblestones, the racket of dustmen, and the shrill call of vendors.”
MURDER AS A FINE ART is now available as a trade paperback. The logo on the new cover READERS PICK GUIDE INSIDE indicates that this edition includes material for home book clubs. There are discussion topics as well as a conversation between me and Victorian professor/Thomas De Quincey biographer, Robert Morrison, along with an essay in which I explain how a near industrial accident (when I worked in factories to pay college tuition) made me choose my approach to writing thrillers. (more after the cover)
Many readers contacted me through my website, asking me to write a sequel. Its called INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD, and it’ll be published early next year. Thomas De Quincey and Emily will be back, along with Scotland Yard detectives Ryan and Becker. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert Will make an appearance also.
In addition, I’ve written a De Quincey short story, “Tears of Green,” which is about several terrible deaths that occurred in England’s Lake District when De Quincey lived there as a young man. This short story will probably appear first as an e-book before it’s in print. I’ll post news about it here when it’s released. If my plans work out, there’ll be an afterword that contains numerous photographs of the locations in the story.
In December, my two-part comic-book series, Spider-Man: Frost, was published, but the second issue was mistakenly released in a flawed version with typos, repeated dialogue captions, and other errors. Now that series has been released in a trade paperback collection, Amazing Spider-Man: Peter Parker—the One and Only, which contains the corrected version of the second issue, along with an essay in which I explain the tremendous detail that’s involved in writing a comic book. Next to pages from my script, there are examples of what the artist, legendary Klaus Janson, did with my descriptions.
Marvel Comics asked me to write something else for them, a stand-alone Wolverine issue, which is called Wolverine: Feral, and will be published in August. The key to the character is that he’s part animal and part human, and in my story, he’s forced to decide which he would rather be.
Please remember to visit my EVENTS page on this website, in case I’m coming to your area. Thank you for being a faithful reader. This is my 42nd year as a published author, and as I keep searching for new ways to write action and suspense, I appreciate that you make the journey with me.