Today sees the release of Freaks’ illustrator, Darren Craske’s third novel in his Cornelius Quaint series. And I’m thrilled to have the man of many talents here, today, to talk a little about it, and to announce something a little exciting, AND to launch a competition. So, without further ado –  happy publication day, and enjoy!



To mark the release of The Lazarus Curse’, the 3rd book in the Cornelius Quaint Chronicles published exclusively on ebook today, I have organised something a little special, and Nik has kindly allowed me to hijack his blog for the day to explain…


     For the initiated, the Cornelius Quaint series began way back in 2008 and follows the adventures of Victorian conjuror and his troupe of circus performers. Getting himself into trouble is a by-product of Quaint’s inability to leave matters alone, even when his clairvoyant confidante Madame Destine warns him against it. Thankfully, getting himself back out of trouble is a talent that Quaint excels at.

In the first book in the series, ‘The Equivoque Principle’, Cornelius Quaint faces deceit and discord at every turn as he attempts to clear the name of his circus strongman, wrongfully imprisoned for murder, and accidently stumbles into a plot by the villainous Hades Consortium. In the sequel, The Eleventh Plague’, Quaint heads to Egypt where he faces a vicious band of desert thieves, deceit and betrayal, and phantoms of the past rise from the grave. We barely pause for breath before ‘The Lazarus Curse’, the penultimate chapter in the first series arc, before the final part of the story ‘The Romulus Equation’ is released next year.

To celebrate the release of The Lazarus Curse, a new and exclusive Cornelius Quaint short story begins on February 20th on the conjuror’s brand new blog  – and to coincide with the release there will also be weekly competitions to win free ebooks by deciphering a simple code.

To learn more about how to join in and help spread the word, please visit Quaint’s Facebook page.