Candleman – Preview

Murder, mystery, and adventure aren’t your typical birthday presents . . . But for Theo, anything that breaks up his ordinary routine is the perfect gift. A mysterious “illness” and Theo’s guardians force him into a life indoors, where gloves must be worn and daily medical treatments are the norm. When Theo discovers a suspicious package on his birthday, one person from the past will unlock the secret behind Theo’s “illness” and change his life forever. Molded into an exhilarating steampunk adventure that gives birth to the next great fantasy hero, Theo Wickland, Candle Man: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance is the first book in a trilogy by debut author Glenn Dakin.

One of the great things about doing this website and the podcast is finding out just how many cool things are out there waiting to be discovered. Even better than that is to be able to tell other people about them and spread the word.

A few days ago I mentioned on the site a panel that was being held at the Bristol International Comic Expo to help promote the follow-up to the awesome all ages graphic novel Rainbow Orchid. I noticed the panel was also going to promote something called Candle Man by Glenn Dakin which was described as a ‘British Batman’. The moment I put the article live I was on the web trying to find out more about this intriguing concept. The first shock I had was that it wasn’t a comic but a novel. I then read the synopsis and saw two words which instantly pushed it to the top of my reading list ‘Steampunk Adventure’.

The Candle Man website is good example of how to get people interested in your work. There are old newspaper clippings pimping the novel, graveyard image tours and reviews. If the book lives up to half of the promise of the website and the premise then it looks like I’m in for a fun ride.

Head over to the Candleman website and have a look for yourself. I was planning to attend the panel (2pm Sat 22nd May, Mercure Hotel at the Bristol Comic Expo) anyway for Rainbow Orchid but now I have another reason, it seems, not to miss it.

GS Reporter: Nuge

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