A decade after after the publication of the first Nocturnes collection, John Connolly brings readers another 13 tales of the uncanny and the supernatural.
Much of this book appears in print here for the first time. Fans of The Book of Lost Things will be delighted to find "The Hollow King," a story set in that world. Night Music: Nocturnes 2 also includes two novellas: the multi-award-winning "The Caxton Private Lending Library and Book Depository," and "The Fractured Atlas," featuring the "Wanderer in Unknown Realms," previously published as an e-book and here developed into a five-part novella.
Night Music: Nocturnes 2 is a masterly collection to be read with the lights on menace has never been so seductive.
Night Music: Nocturnes Volume 2 is also available as an audiobook read by Gareth Armstrong, Jeff Harding, Penelope Rawlins, and Luke Thompson. US listeners can download the audiobook from iTunes or Audible, and should soon be available in the UK. Listen to an excerpt here:
John spoke about Night Music: Nocturnes Volume 2 with the Hodder Books podcast. Listen to the interview here:
Isobel Hughes, THE RAVEN by Edgar Allan Poe
Kara Brauen, THE WOMAN IN WHITE by Wilkie Collins
Jez Hill, JAWS by Peter Benchley
Joanne Forshaw Edwards, THE BIRDS by Daphne du Maurier
Cathy Hookey, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson
Paul Draper, CASTING THE RUNES by M.R. James
Anne Lambelet, DRACULA by Bram Stoker
The Night Music Art Competition
Thanks and congratulations to the four dozen artists who submitted entries for the NIGHT MUSIC: Nocturnes 2 art contest, which asked entrants to design a book jacket for a traditionally published work of horror or suspense. We were delighted by the quality of the entries, and the range of works chosen, and we convened a suitably august panel of judges to determine the winning designs: Neil Shawcross, one of the greatest artists currently working in these islands, and my particular favorite; Hodder & Stoughton art director Alasdair Oliver; my co-author Jennifer Ridyard; and Atria Books Art Director Albert Tang. The judges ranked at least half the entries among their individual favorites, but a consensus emerged around seven top choices shown beside.
You can see these and all the designs submitted for the contest clicking below. The winning designs are being printed as part of a limited edition of postcards, signed by me