Tuesday, 6 July 2010

This year, I will be mostly taking over the world...

I have been very quiet lately, apart from promoting friends awards and visiting book shops - lazy writer, you may be thinking, but you'd be wrong...
I am moving on a pace with the next Super Maxwell book, The Isle of the Dead, and, barring disaster, this will be completely finished by the end of the summer (well, late September, to be on the safe side) - I wrote page 180 yesterday where ... We'll, I can't really tell you what happened but it involved Maxwell, six vampires and a disco ball improvised from ice!
After that, I am setting myself the unenviable task of writing a new book in two months, it's called The Resurrection Bureau, and is nothing to do with Maxwell's universe ... well, almost nothing, some of the characters from TRB may turn up Super Maxwell 6 - but that's still a long way off!
And speaking of things which are a long way off, as soon as Super Maxwell 3 is finished I will be putting the finishing touches to a special Halloween story which I will post on this site. Trevor and the Dragon takes places between the second Super Maxwell book, Burning Boys, and the third, Isle of the Dead and finds Trevor Smethurst, everyone's favourite T-Rex schoolboy, lost in time with only his wits, his Monkey Master Blaster ruler, and five bars of chocolate to sustain him - here's a taste...

Trevor and the Dragon

Trevor Smethurst is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most intelligent creature in the whole of the universe.

Unfortunately Trevor Smethurst is also, without the slightest atom of doubt, the stupidest person in the entire universe.

I don’t really need to explain this to you, as Trevor will do his absolute best to prove this himself in no time at all.

But … if you really do need proof…

Trevor has just invented, alongside Dr Lambton Arcania (probably the second most intelligent creature in the universe) a device called a Chunk. A Chunk is a computer made entirely out of wood, but as well as being the most advanced computer in existence it is also a functioning time machine, a compass, can make coffee and cola and knows all the words to every song ever written in existence (including the ones everyone would much rather forget about).

Brilliant, you might think, absolutely brilliant.

But Trevor being Trevor he decided to test the Chunk on himself…

…Which is why he is currently hurtling through time and space completely out of control.

This sounds extraordinarily exciting. It is not. All of time and space, all packed together all at once, is a sort of dirty beige colour, and by far the most interesting thing about all of time and space is Trevor himself.

Trevor Smethurst looks like a small tyrannosaurus rex dressed in a maroon blazer. In fact he is an alien called a Killian dressed in a maroon blazer. In one pocket he has five bars of chocolate, in another he has a Monkey Master Blaster collector’s edition ruler (Trevor’s favourite comic book) and on his right inside pocket he has a pair of spectacles. These spectacles are another astonishing invention (created by Dr Arcania) which transform the wearer into whatever species is on that particular planet in that particular time period – which is just about to come in very handy indeed.

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