US Paperback Cover Reveal
I can now reveal to you the cover art of the US paperback edition. Click below to enlarge:
The central figure is an ukiyo-e woodblock print by Utagawa Toyokuni, who interestingly enough was the teacher of Kuniyoshi, the artist who was responsible for the figure on the hardback edition. The paperback is released in North America on December 3rd.
Second piece of news is that I have finished the second draft of Hours of the Dog. It clocks in at 178,000 words, compared to Child of Vengeance which was 112,000. That being said I feel it can still be cut down further, so I might take a third crack at it before sending it off to my editors. It'll be worth waiting for. It's more audacious and exciting and weird and historical than Child of Vengeance. The ending makes the battle of Sekigahara seem tame.
Otherwise, the humid summer in Japan crawls on. It's 2am as I type this (waiting for the Manchester City game which kicks off at 4am here) and it's still 30 degrees and high humidity. The only air con i have in my house is downstairs, my office has nothing but a shitty little fan whirring away. End it please god, give me autumn...