It’s launch week for Blackshirt Masquerade, which has entailed a flurry of social media posts, blogging and cross-sharing. A key part of the launch was giving a talk at the Alderney Literary Festival entitled ‘Was British Fascism Doomed to Fail?’ Given that Hugh Clifton’s undercover work aims to thwart the fascists, his success seems pre-ordained but he doesn’t know that. Told that ‘no heroics’ are required, his mission turns out to be nowhere near as straightforward as promised.
In the run-up to publication day I also wrote a series of short pieces for e-zines and websites. ‘Fascists – the Perfect Villains?’ for the Crime Readers’ Association blog. A pair of features in Case Files issue 55 includes a peek into my study, and you may want to guess which of the mystery ‘interesting snippets’ is mine. The Level Best publication The Dames Docket issue 12 includes a piece on Twisting History. Subscription to all three is free.