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Philip was hemming and hawing about writing 'something Christmas-y' for his blog, and I begged him to write a Mortal Engines short story, 'something a bit horrible,' I said, 'with severed heads and violence, not your standard sentimental holiday stuff... but maybe with a little bit of winter warmth somewhere in there'. And I kept barraging him with mostly-rubbishy ideas that he kept batting down because they didn't quite fit in the Mortal Engines world, and when I said I'd do the pictures, he got fed up with my pestering, caved in and wrote it, properly, with characters and a setting that perfectly nestle into the marvelous world he's already created. So... SUCCESS! I was rather pleased with how the pictures came out, too. They were hugely fun to draw, and very different from the project I'm currently working on.

Go make yourself a cup of tea, pull up your chair, and have a read of the story, The Bleak Midwinter over on Philip's blog. Let us know what you think!

If you haven't read the Mortal Engines books, you are in for a massive treat. You can either start with Fever Crumb, the first of three prequels (that's where I started), or with Mortal Engines, the first book Philip wrote in the Mortal Engines quartet.

And there's another treat coming up in April, the launch of Philip's new book, Goblins (available for pre-order!), which I've read and which threw me back and forth between belly laughing and being completely spell-bound. It's a cracker of a story, so I'm sure you'll see more goblins popping up on this blog as spring advances.



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Dec. 21st, 2011 11:19 am (UTC)
Hi Sarah

I read this story last night (via your tweet on the subject) and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I'll definitely be checking out Philip's books too.

And your illos are lovely on this. Makes me want to see you do a steam-punk comic.

Have a great Christmas.

Matt Badham
Dec. 21st, 2011 11:26 am (UTC)
Hey, thanks so much, Matt! I had so much fun playing with the line work on it, particularly the sky in the first picture. I recently bought a book of old British wood engravings and it got me all inspired, and it seemed perfect to bring to the Mortal Engines world.

Hope you like the books! There's an audio book version of Fever Crumb available, if you'd rather listen than read. And it's not in the series, but Here Lies Arthur and the illustrated Larklight are both fabulous tales.
Dec. 21st, 2011 12:42 pm (UTC)
Woo hoo!
Yay! I am so chuffed with my copy. Made my day yesterday after a rather bad evening. Thanks, folks. :) xx
Dec. 21st, 2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Woo hoo!
Yay! I hope the picture plates don't start peeling, it really was put together when I got the final edit, about ten minutes before I headed out the door! Glue still wet, etc. Sorry I couldn't stay later, hope to catch you before Christmas! xx
Dec. 21st, 2011 01:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Thank you so much to you and Sir Philip for a perfect present for Mortal Engines fans such as myself! I was uncharacteristally giddy when I heard of this story, and couldn't wait to read it. Incidentally, I emailed it to my kindle, and your illustrations look superb on there. Perhaps yourself and Mr Reeve might consider doing a full ebook? Merry Midwinter, Dan (a 32 year old librarian)
Dec. 21st, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you!
Thanks for the feedback, and you're very welcome, Dan! :)

It's great to hear the images look good on an e-reader, it would be fun to explore those kinds of options... Merry Midwinter, yourself!
Dec. 21st, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
I read this while listening to carols from the HP Lovecraft Historical Society - e.g. this one http://www.cthulhulives.org/solsticecarol.html

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