Old tales, old books – first stop: Jon Mayhew
This week to celebrate the release of Spirit Houses, I’m going to be taking over a lot of different blogs on my Lucky 13 blog tour. First stop is Jon Mayhew, award-winning author of creepy historical children’s tales such as Mortlock, The Demon Collector and The Bonehill Curse, all available now from Bloomsbury.
Old fashioned story, old fashioned books
My novel Spirit Houses is quite an old-fashioned tale. I intended right from the start that it should be, and I don’t just mean the fact that it’s set in a sort of alternate-universe 1920s England. I wanted the whole thing to have an authentic, vintage flavour, so I tried to steep the entire project in that atmosphere. The chapter header illustrations were done in a line-art style from around that period. The cover, although a bit more contemporary, was designed from old medical textbook illustrations, to look like engraving.