A Glimpse of Bogeys

Greetings from all at Vale of Strange HQ! We thought we’d start the New Year by sharing some impressions of The Shop on Peculiar Hill. One of our readers, Janet, sent some great, very spooky pictures of bogeys. You may have seen them on our Facebook page but here is one of them again.

I don’t know about you at home but everyone here in the office is now hiding behind the sofa. These bogeys look very similar to the bogey pictured in the top right of Pete Lyon’s excellent cover illustration (see below) so maybe they’re genuine bogeys. Perhaps Janet went out for a stroll and just happened to have her phone handy when the bogeys flew by. I hope you had your hat with you too, Janet.

This is actually one of two bogeys on Pete’s cover. Have you noticed the other one? If so, can you write and tell us where it is? And while we’re about it, what do you think is peering out of the cellar of the Shop on Peculiar Hill? Have you noticed those eyes?

We shall be excited to hear your own impressions of Peculiar Hill, the Vale of Strange, and the scary creatures which live there. Please write in with your pictures or descriptions and we’ll post them here. (Please note that by sending these in, you are giving us permission to post them here and/or share them online. We will just identify you by your first name unless you tell us otherwise.)

You can write to us at grimlydarkwood03 (at) gmail (dot) com or use the ‘ContactGrimly’ form.

Don’t forget you can also share your impressions of ‘The Shop on Peculiar Hill’ by leaving a review on the Amazon.com or Amazon UK sites. This is very useful, as it helps to spread the word about the book. You can also leave reviews on other sites such as iTunes and Goodreads.

Grimly says “Hi!” but is too busy to say any more because he is working hard on the next book in the Vale of Strange series, ‘Stranger Days on Peculiar Hill ‘, which is due out later this year and is due to reveal some further secrets about the vale and its inhabitants. Don’t forget to look out for it – and don’t forget your hat!


The Books Have Arrived!

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Ha, ha! This is actually Grimly Darkwood here. They let me near the typing device at last!

What are they afraid I’ll do? Set fire to it or something?

Probably the most likely pending catastrophe is I’ll shatter the glass, because the picture up there now is of my chief assistant, accountant, typist, and odd job man Simon Ounsley, who is proudly holding up two copies of ‘The Shop on Peculiar Hill’ for all the world as if he’d written them himself. The trumped up hoo-hah!

What I want to know is exactly how he got that paint on the wall of the hovel he lives in  such a similar shade to the backdrop of this glorious blog of ours. I wouldn’t be surprised if he hasn’t taken a can of the paint we used for the blog off home with him when no one was looking.

Eh, what’s that? What do you mean: you don’t use paint on a blog? How’s else do you get it that colour? You must think I was born yesterday. And no, I am not colour blind!

Anyway, forgetting about Ounsley for once, though he does rather spoil things, the books themselves look rather magnificent, don’t they? The glorious Pete Lyon illustration looks splendid even at this distance and the glossy green surround, which I believe was my idea, shows it off to perfection.

Eh? What’s that? The surround was Pete’s idea? Oh well, maybe. It’s very fine at any rate. But how come we haven’t even mentioned Pete Lyon on this blog yet when his painting’s the best thing in the book – well, apart from all that stuff I wrote inside, that is.

What? We have a feature coming up on Pete? About time too! Better stay tuned to this blog then, everyone. You don’t want to miss that.

Now then, are my sausages done yet? They were down there on the camping stove, just by the photocopying machine. Oh dear! Where are all those flames coming from?

Is that the time? I’d better be off then. No, no, I don’t want my sausages. They look a bit on the overdone side. You can have them yourself if you like.

Oh, now there seem to be flames coming out of the typing device as well. Better switch it off and on again. That usually does the trick.

I’ll see you all tomorrow then. Bye for now!

PS If you would like a copy of ‘The Shop on Peculiar Hill’, complete with almost 300 pages of scary, hilarious story, Pete Lyon’s wonderful cover illustration, and only a few slightly singed pages in the wake of the fire (joking about that bit) go to Amazon UK, Amazon.com, or other appropriate online store to purchase your copy (either paper or electronic).

With very best wishes till the next time,

– Grimly and The surviving members of the Team

PPS We now have two five star reviews on Amazon UK!