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May 21, 2010
The Spook’s Nightmare Tour
Filed under: Blogroll, Writing, Appearances, Nightmare Tour — admin @ 1:46 pm

The Spook’s Nightmare will be available in shops from May 27th.

“The Spook, Alice and I were crossing the Long Ridge on our way back to Chipenden, the three wolfhounds, Claw, Blood and Bone, barking excitedly at our heels………”

Little do they know what awaits them in the future. This is the stuff of nightmares. Will the Spook live to see the morning? Is his apprentice ready to face the dark alone?

“The moon went behind a cloud, plunging us into darkness, and all I could see was a pair of glowing red eyes. Then it bellowed loudly - a fearful cry that made the ground - and the very trees - shake. So terrifying was that cry that I was rooted to the spot, unable to move.”

The details of the ‘Spook’s Nightmare Tour’ are now being finalised. Here are some of the public events where I will be signing.

Wednesday 26th May
Pritchards Bookshop, Formby
For signing 4.30-5.30

Thursday 27th May
Pritchard’s Bookshop, Crosby shop
For signing 4.30 to 5.30

Saturday 29th May
Waterstones, Preston
12.30 to 1.30

Tuesday 1st June: LIBRARY DAY
Maghull Library 11-12
Crosby Library 1.30-2.30
Birkdale Library 4-5

Saturday 5th June
Bury Waterstone’s for signing.
13.00 – 15.00
Address: 4 Union Arcade, Bury BL9 0OF

Sunday 6th June
Waterstone’s Trafford Centre:
1.00pm
Address: 42 Regent Crescent, Trafford Centre, Barton Dock Road, Manchester M17 8AP

Friday 11th June
Derbyshire Literature Festival
6.30 – 8.30 Long Eaton Library, Tamworth road, Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 1JG - Public event

Sunday 13th June
1.00pm Public event – talk and signing at Harris Library
Address: Harris Library, Market Square, Preston Lancs PR1 2PP

Monday 14th June
Lancaster Cornmarket Waterstones
3.30pm – public signing

Saturday 19th June
Wigan Waterstone’s
10.00 – talk and signing
Address: 6 Grand Arcade, Wigan WN1 1 BH

Waterstone’s Bolton
3.30pm – public signing
Address: 32-36 Deansgate Bolton BL1 1BL

Please visit the sites to see additions to the above.

Best wishes,

Joseph Delaney


44 Responses to “The Spook’s Nightmare Tour”
  1. Diana Says:

    Will there be a United States book tour? More specifically Southern California?

  2. Annie Says:

    Does that release date apply to Ireland? I’m beside myself with excitement here!

  3. Jenifer Says:

    Where exactly are these book shops?

  4. Harry Says:

    ive just pre-orderd it and will get it soon XD

  5. sadhbh Says:

    I hope there are open auditions!!!!!

  6. Sim Says:

    Pre ordered it like a week ago.
    Cant wait.
    Been rereading all the old books to refresh my memory.
    Gonna be great

  7. Dave Says:

    already pre ordered the book from the internet! (:
    sooo happy! either way it’ll take a while before the order gets to israel.
    cant wait to get my read on! :D

  8. Magnus Says:

    Yes Yes Yes, a new book from my favorite writer!!!
    Please come to Sweden!!

  9. Elliot Baxman Says:

    Hi i love all of your books and i was wondering if you could do a book signing in southampton or at Romsey

  10. Elliot Baxman Says:

    please

  11. Granger P. Says:

    To see book 7 american cover google the last apprentice rise of the huntress. Then look for greenwillow books.

  12. Jordan Langston Says:

    Hi again,
    Only one more day til the release of The Spook’s Nightmare, I can’t wait in all fairness. Sadly, my copy doesn’t arrive until Saturday because I pre-ordered mine off Amazon, but at least I get it cheaper than it is in the shops.
    I really hope that The Spook’s Nightmare is the best so far, because the rest are good (Especially The Spook’s Mistake, that was my favourite so far) and it would be amazing to have one that tops even all of them. If The Spook’s Nightmare is as good as the rest, then I hope it’s better than The Spook’s Sacrifice. Sorry to be critical and everything but I jus didn’t like it as much as the others.
    I review books and stuff on LibraryThing and I always review every book of The Wardstone Chronciles right after I’ve read each one and I’ll be doing this with The Spook’s Nightmare. LibraryThing is a pretty big network in all fairness . . . I manually added The Spook’s Nightmare to the LibraryThng database and I’m currently the only member if I’m honest (The American edition, The Rise of the Huntress, has three members however).
    I really like your books, Joseph and I think you are a brilliant writer. Lol, I check this blog everyday to see if you’ve posted anything new, that’s how much I like the series.
    Really looking forward to it Mr Delaney, you’ve done really well so far keep it going.

    Jordan :)

  13. Dan Says:

    I hope that there’ll be a special edition cover again in the old style

  14. Znook Says:

    Ditto what Dan’s said, a hardback version with the original cover design please! Thanks.

  15. Annie Says:

    there probably won’t though :-(

  16. adam Says:

    can you come to salisbury any time whould be nice

  17. Harry waters Says:

    Please can you go to Newcastle sometime thanks.

  18. adam Says:

    finshwd book 7

  19. Rosehaven Says:

    Very sad that the new book is not available in the old style covers! Come on what about all the thousands of people already collecting the old covers? We will not be buying with the new covers.

  20. Kate Says:

    I agree. I want to read the new book, but I love the old covers.
    Please release a special edition original cover set again?

  21. p.j. Says:

    Please release a special edition original cover

  22. p.j. Says:

    just cant understand why there is no old style covers .i collect these books and have got all so far.i had intended to get all sign in dublin but missed the date .i read the paper backs and keep the hard back untouched .this has destroyed my collection and think all fan should complain more.its not just kids reading these books.i was proud of my collection and though it was better than my harry potter collection because of the two style covers but not now.PLEASE PLEASE RE-THINK FOR ALL TRUE FANS

  23. jennifer Says:

    waterstone bolton……signing on 19 june at 3.30…..was it cancelled???

    as your above tour include signing at bolton. so i was dissapointed that this site was not updated and it still says that your were to be there for signing so what happened?

  24. Tottos Says:

    Some one who knows wen the book Comes to sweden

  25. Brian Greswolde Says:

    I would like to see the old cover as well. My collection is now ruined. Why not produce the old style cover on it’s own for collectors to purchase.

  26. Brian Says:

    Where is the old cover. Is it for sale?

  27. Charlie Ellcome Says:

    I agree I liked the old covers as well, they made the books feel, somehow special. Also I have just read the Spooks Nightmare in one sitting, it was AWESOME. The cliffhanger at the end was unfair as now I have to wait. It would be great if you came to Portsmouth on your book tour as I would very much like to meet Mr DeLaney, he seems to have a wicked, evil imagination. I respect that.

  28. Sam Says:

    Hi Joe. Really. Whose marketing brainwave was it to change the covers anyway? Was it because American children only like bright shiny things that attract their fleeting attention? Or were the old covers too ’spooky’? Bring back the old covers and stop mucking about! (Yes, I know you probably don’t have a lot of say in it, marketing people being what they are). The cover was what made me buy ‘Apprentice’ in the first place! I thought the soft cover was a bit like Tom’s notebook. Do you realise how many adult readers love these books? I live in Sydney and have introduced them to a number of my workmates, who love them - but HATE the new covers. I would have thought the outcry over ‘Sacrifice’ would make the penny drop, but apparently not. Many of us are waiting for sense to prevail with ‘Nightmare’ too. Some of us may not even buy it at all if it doesn’t, and that would be a great shame, (although, I expect I still will, because the stories are so good, and I suppose that’s what the marketing morons are banking on). The new covers are jarring and incongruous. Anyway, had my say. Thanks for humouring me. Take care. Sam.

  29. Bobbster Says:

    The old cover is awsome. Please bring it back. Thats all there is to say.

  30. Marie Says:

    Mr. Delaney–I have just found your books/series at age 49! I have never been so happy with a series in my life. I hope you continue to write The Spook/Last Apprentice books. I have ordered everything I can get my hands on. I cannot thank you enough. It is hard for me to relax and these books are so enticing, that I can barely put them down and always hope to have more to order/read. Also, can we have a tour/book signing in the United States? I am in Atlanta, Georgia, but would be willing to travel to any other state. Thanks for your brilliance! Marie

  31. Marie Says:

    Mr. Delaney,
    I have found your wonderful books at the ripe old age of 49. They are truly life saving for me, as it is difficult for me to relax. As I read each one, I cannot wait to get to the next one. Please continue to write the Last Apprentice/Spooks books. I hope I always have one waiting to read. Also, would it be possible to do a tour/book signing in the United States? Your Grateful Fan, Marie

  32. Fay Says:

    Agreed with all of the abve :). Your books are amazing , I’ve been reading them since I was like, Seven. I haven’t really been following them to closely recently and actually missed the realease of “Nightmare”. So here I, so excited by the prospect of a new book to read over the summer, searching for an old cover edition of “Nightmare” only to find out they don’t exist. When you brought out “Sacrifice” you brought out old cover editions so people could “preserve their collections” and now you just go printing glossy, rubbishy versions. I am now 14 and I really don’t appreciate it, I always loved the pictures on the front and they were alot scarier and more mysterious than these weird abstract things you’ve got goin’ on now. Anyway just saying I’m not buying the book till the covers change.

  33. Eleanor Says:

    I also agree with the above. I’ve been looking all the time in case they print a version with the old cover. I desperately want to read the book, but I refuse to buy it in the new cover. The old ones just stood out in the shop. They looked different that’s why I picked them up. I really love your books so please Mr Delaney, talk to your marketing people or whoever’s in charge of it and make them change their minds. Show them all the posts on the site asking for the old covers. Thank you.

  34. Jaclyn Says:

    i would like to know which book is the first one so i can go in order because i dont want to start from the middle then go in diffeent directions of the books, then i would get confused so if you will answer this question that would be great.

  35. admin Says:

    Hi Jaclyn,

    The Spook’s Apprentice is the first book in the series. You can see them in order on the books page: http://www.spooksbooks.com/spooksbooks.asp

    Enjoy reading them!

    The Spook’s team

  36. Rosehaven Says:

    Dear Spook’s Team
    Why is there no response about the old style covers, surely the comments above are enough to tell you there is a huge demand for them?

  37. Marie Says:

    Hi Joseph,
    Could you let me know whether the signed version of the spooks nightmare on amazon is the old style cover or just signed versions of the new style cover. I already own the new style cover but would like to keep our collection complete with the old style covers as I believe they are visually a nicer collection.
    Please let me know if, when and where the old style is/will be available!
    Many Thanks,
    Marie

  38. Heather Says:

    I saw you in Long Eaton I waS there with my girl-looking Bro!!!!
    Your talk was really cool. We brought loads of books for you to sign

  39. Ayman Says:

    dear Joseph Delaney,

    i am writing this letter to you because i really love reading ”The spooks” and is my fifith time readng your books again.I’m 10yrs old and have loved reading ur books and anyway i sent you lots of letters and you still haven’t replied. I live somew were in the county and yes boggarts are real so wow i love reading the spooks.

    your sincerely Ayman Asif

  40. Ayman Says:

    dear marie,

    i have the old style books and the new style books i have all of them…

  41. salvatore picarella Says:

    there is a chance that you go in Belgium

  42. Annie P Says:

    you need to come to Garstang Library again sometime, or the book shop. Or mabey you should come to Lancaster Library. Love the books, :) your no.1 fan
    Annie :)

  43. Rahul R Says:

    Hi Joseph. First of all, thank you so much more writing an incredible series. My only complaint, is one it seems is shared by many here. I was in a book store once with money I saved up, and had decided to buy a book. It was between Julian May’s ‘Conqueror’s Moon’, and Phillip Pullman’s ‘Subtle Knife’. However, I just about noticed ‘The Spook’s Curse’. Everything about the soft cover book intrigued me, and for looks alone, I decided to buy your book. I was definately not dissapointed, and soon after, I purchased ‘The Spook’s Apprentice’ and ‘The Spook’s Secret’. In the context of the story, the cover’s of the books could not have been designed better. It was as if the book was lifted out of the Spook’s library. On my next shopping trip, I was looking for the next book in the series, and of course the cover had changed. Most disappointed, I researched online and found out that the newest books were released with new covers! Your first 3 books were by far the most attractive books sitting on my bookshelf and I was…well, heartbroken. from the comments above, I know it may not be down to you, but if possible, could you TRY to change the covers back, or at least release the rest of the series in the old style cover. I don’t normally buy paperbacks, but as I mentioned, they fit so well in the context of what you read inside the book! I very much hope you can help for all of your fans who have followed you from the very first book in the series.
    From one of your many fans, Rahul :)

  44. Rahul R Says:

    Hi Joseph. First of all, thank you so much more writing an incredible series. My only complaint, is one it seems is shared by many here. I was in a book store once with money I saved up, and had decided to buy a book. It was between Julian May’s ‘Conqueror’s Moon’, and Phillip Pullman’s ‘Subtle Knife’. However, I just about noticed ‘The Spook’s Curse’. Everything about the soft cover book intrigued me, and for looks alone, I decided to buy your book. I was definately not dissapointed, and soon after, I purchased ‘The Spook’s Apprentice’ and ‘The Spook’s Secret’. In the context of the story, the cover’s of the books could not have been designed better. It was as if the book was lifted out of the Spook’s library. On my next shopping trip, I was looking for the next book in the series, and of course the cover had changed. Most disappointed, I researched online and found out that the newest books were released with new covers! Your first 3 books were by far the most attractive books sitting on my bookshelf and I was…well, heartbroken. from the comments above, I know it may not be down to you, but if possible, could you TRY to change the covers back, or at least release the rest of the series in the old style cover. I don’t normally buy paperbacks, but as I mentioned, they fit so well in the context of what you read inside the book! I very much hope you can help for all of your fans who have followed you from the very first book in the series.
    From one of your many fans, Rahul

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