THE RITUAL has made two more Horror/Halloween lists since I’ve been away – SFF World and Joseph D’lacey’s Guardian Halloween Reading; good to see ONE by Conrad Williams and THE ROAD on there. Must read the Mendal Johnson novel too. It’s very satisfying to still see THE RITUAL being talked about two years after publication, and I can say that my novel-in-progress for the last 14 months (NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE) is closer to THE RITUAL in style and intent than any other book. I’m going back into the final drafts this weekend after six weeks away. Without a trace of hype or insincerity, I will confess that writing the new book has been putting a genuine shudder through my mind. I hope it will be contagious next October!