EUROPE, 1925. The continent still licks its wounds from the devastating war that raged across it a few years before. Meanwhile, in London, an aging professor has uncovered the clues to the whereabouts of pieces of an ancient statue, all but forgotten by history.
When his investigations lead him to fear for his life, he enlists the aid of an unlikely group of allies; a retired colonel, a secretive academic, a magician’s wife, and a Yorkshire matriarch with her reluctant assistant.
Together they will journey across Europe to recover the long-lost statue. They will travel in style, on the most luxurious train the world has ever seen. Unbeknownst to them, however, their activities have already attracted the attention of a sinister cult, desperate to acquire the artifact for their own dark purposes, and now a terrible creature, trapped for centuries, senses that the opportunity for revenge has come at last…
THE EXPRESS DIARIES is a tale of a journey into darkness and horror on the world’s most famous train.
“I would recommend this book to anyone, if only to show how writing should be done… It’s a really good story, too, full of complexities and twists and a great big dollop of horror.” – The Horror Zine
How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
The Express Diaries was funded by the IndieGoGo crowdfunding website, so we decided to create a trailer to generate some interest. Using images from the book and some simple, easy-to-use video software, I think we managed to create an exciting trailer that, to me, really helps to sell the style of the book.
This trailer definitely helped us get the book funded in the first place, and I’d strongly recommend trying. We used simple Mac software and the trailer didn’t take more than a day to create, but it says different things in a different way, and grabs you in a way that ‘blurb’ just can’t.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The Express Diaries is inspired by a number of different things – the novels Dracula and Murder on the Orient Express, and the Horror on the Orient Express supplement for the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game. The book is actually a novelization of a play-through of the game by the players at www.yog-sothoth.com – so quite an unusual genesis!
I couldn’t be happier with the way the book turned out, and it’s proved to have a very broad appeal – people who have never heard of Call of Cthulhu are sending me messages telling me how much they enjoyed reading.
Nicholas Marsh has never forgiven his parents for giving him a happy childhood, thus depriving him of the necessary angst and bottled-up rage to become a full-time writer. Not only that, his genetic inheritance has so far thwarted every attempt to grow a beard to make him appear dark and brooding. Four weeks of strenuous effort only result in a near-invisible fluffy covering that even a student would quickly shave off in embarrassment.
Since his late teenage years he is proud that he had managed to maintain his height at a constant five feet ten inches. If only everything in life were that simple. He currently works as a veterinary surgeon in Plymouth, UK, and doesn’t think the job is all that bad really. On his days off he spends his time being cruel to pot plants, drinking cups of tea and, occasionally, writing.