Hi, guys! Faye here! Coming back from my hospitalization in order to introduce you to an awesome guest post by one of my favorite authors. I’m very happy to have Jonathan Stroud stop by because his series, Lockwood and Co., was a favorite last year and its sequel, The Whispering Skull, was just as good this year, too, and I want all of us to have a sneak peek into the place where all the magic happens. I take a look at these pictures and all I keep thinking is, “Man, this is where Anthony, Lucy, and George were first conceived?! … in the imagination, that is…” Haha! I hope you all enjoy it and that you check out Stroud’s books if you haven’t yet. You’d be missing a lot if you won’t!
And oh, while you’re at it, make sure to go to the kick-off post here at The Midnight Garden!
Hello. Welcome to my office! Come and take a look round.
1. Here’s my desk. I type the actual book directly onto the computer, but always do extensive hand-written notes, which for Lockwood III are going into the black notebook you see here. Also visible are the invaluable London A-Z, so that I know where my characters are going; a dictionary of folklore for vital reference; and (Lockwood, Lucy and George would certainly approve of this) the remains of my morning cup of tea.
2. My office is (predictably) filled with books. These are some of my foreign editions.
3. A nice little array of ghost stories lined up on my reference shelf, including the great M R James, and lots of superb anthologies.
4. Bartimaeus watches over everything from the topmost shelf. He’s continually bugging me to write another story about him.
5. I write lots of notes and ideas in my Lockwood notebook – everything from structural plans to possible ghosts for future books. This is a gruesome spectre contributed by my seven-year old son, Arthur.
6. When I’m in need of a break, I head out to nearby fields for a run or country walk. Many of my best ideas come when I’m out walking: somehow it shakes up the mind and gets things moving again.
7. And a quick selfie back at my desk. The picture on the wall is from the Swiss Alps – one of my favourite places anywhere in the world.
The Whispering Skull Synopsis
In the six months since Anthony, Lucy, and George survived a night in the most haunted house in England, Lockwood & Co. hasn’t made much progress. Quill Kipps and his team of Fittes agents keep swooping in on Lockwood’s investigations. Finally, in a fit of anger, Anthony challenges his rival to a contest: the next time the two agencies compete on a job, the losing side will have to admit defeat in the Times newspaper.
Things look up when a new client, Mr. Saunders, hires Lockwood & Co. to be present at the excavation of Edmund Bickerstaff, a Victorian doctor who reportedly tried to communicate with the dead. Saunders needs the coffin sealed with silver to prevent any supernatural trouble. All goes well-until George’s curiosity attracts a horrible phantom.
Back home at Portland Row, Lockwood accuses George of making too many careless mistakes. Lucy is distracted by urgent whispers coming from the skull in the ghost jar. Then the team is summoned to DEPRAC headquarters. Kipps is there too, much to Lockwood’s annoyance. Bickerstaff’s coffin was raided and a strange glass object buried with the corpse has vanished. Inspector Barnes believes the relic to be highly dangerous, and he wants it found.
The author of the blockbuster Bartimaeus series delivers another amusing, chilling, and ingeniously plotted entry in the critically acclaimed Lockwood & Co. series.
About Jonathan Stroud
Jonathan grew up in St Albans where he enjoyed reading books, drawing pictures, and writing stories. Between the ages seven and nine he was often ill, so he spent most of his days in the hospital or in his bed at home. To escape boredom he would occupy himself with books and stories. After he completed his studies of English literature at the University of York, he worked in London as an editor for the Walker Books store. He worked with different types of books there and this soon led to the writing of his own books. During the 1990s, he started publishing his own works and quickly gained success.
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Monday, October 6 Xpresso Reads Deleted Scene from Mary: The Summoning
Tuesday, October 7 Love is Not a Triangle 5 Questions with Laurie Stolarz
Wednesday, October 8 For the Love of Words 10 Great Horror Films with Jonathan Stroud
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Friday, October 10 YA Romantics Quiz: What Dark House Character Are You?
Monday, October 13 My Friends Are Fiction Fashion Accessories for Ghosthunters (guest post by Jonathan Stroud)
Tuesday, October 14 The Flyleaf Review 5 Questions with Hillary Monahan
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