It’s the day before Halloween and today we welcome Will Macmillan Jones! He has an extensive collection of work you should check out – something for everyone.
‘His visit to the house has awoken that which was sleeping: how many must be taken before IT can be laid to rest?’
For Sale again is Mister Jones’ family home: a house he had known and feared since his childhood. On a nostalgic whim he decides to visit the house, with disasterous results. The house reacts to his appearance and the estate agent who is showing him around vanishes. Shortly afterwards the next agent appointed to handle the sale of the property also disappears.
Mister Jones wants nothing to do with the property. His visit has awoken old memories for him, and the memories are not pleasant. But it is clear that something else has also been awoken by his visit, and when he is begged to help find the young agent who has vanished, he can no longer avoid the responsibility of facing his legacy of evil, and dealing with the curse laid upon the house.
But what will happen when he faces IT, and who will emerge alive?
If you knew just how much of this story is true, how well would you sleep tonight?
The following books in the series of Mister Jones Mysteries are:
Portrait of a Girl
The House Next Door
The Curse of Clyffe House
What is the first story you wrote?
- When I was eighteen and taking my English A level exams in the UK, I also took the Creative Writing option. To gain the qualification for that option, I had to write a four thousand word story. I’ve a small confession: I’ve always had a weakness for sea stories, and so I wrote a piece about a deep-sea fishing trawler going down in a storm. I still have it around somewhere, but to be honest I’m too scared to read it now, as I just know it will be awful. But it gave me a taste for writing.
Which fictional character would you most like to have a drink with?
- Humm, that’s a toughie. You see I read a lot of fantasy and horror and the trouble with that is most of the characters either like to get into brawls in taverns (and I’m a peaceful sort of chap) or fall down holes in the floor, or take the wrong door to the toilets and find themselves in a temple to Chuthulu or something… and I would love to survive the experience to tell the tale! So maybe one of the crew from the TV series Red Dwarf, as the worst that would be likely to happen to me is waking up in a difference star system!
In the spirit of Halloween, what scares you?
- I’m not really into gore or slasher works. I’m much more likely to be drawn into a state of terror by an atmospheric or creepier sort of book. The Woman in Black, or The Haunting of Hill House are two classic examples. It’s all down to taste, isn’t it? My eldest daughter considers any film that lacks multiple body parts sliding down walls to be a bit too tame for her, whilst that does nothing for me. It’s normally all about atmosphere, the unseen thing lurking just out of vision. In my latest book, The Curse of Clyffe House, I have a scene where one character is standing in a corridor, and wet footprints suddenly appear on the wooden floor – walking away from beside her. That’s creepy, isn’t it?
Favourite Hero and villain in a book or a movie?
- Villain first, then, for we all love a good villain, don’t we? There’s so many to choose from Villains get to wear the best clothes, look cool and stylish and get the best girls normally as well. In fact, I wouldn’t mind being a fictional villain one day, myself. I stand a better chance of that than being a film villain, anyway. One I had some trouble getting out of my head was Leland Gaunt in King’s Needful Things. The power of Evil as expressed through each individual’s small but deep desires and actions. The very opposite of Gandalf’s speech about the triumph of Good arising from the small deeds of ordinary people. And so very, very possible, wouldn’t you say? As a second choice, I’ve always enjoyed Dr Lecter.
- A hero? Well, like many of us I’ve always had a bit of a yen to be a spellslinger. Dark Fantasy has many overlapping points with more traditional horror and I think you could trace a direct line of descent from Denis Wheatley’s Duke de Richleau and Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden. Both up against seemingly overweening evil forces, both battling desperate odds to win. But de Richleau is rather better off financially, so I’d prefer to be him, I think! Also Harry Dresden eats too much fast food, and I’m vegetarian.
What do you consider the hardest part of writing?
- Full stop. Creating plots and characters is no problem for me. At the time of writing, I have outlines for fourteen possible novels across a number of genres (I’m a multi genre writer you see. Not just gothic horror, but also Fantasy, humour, childrens’, YA and general fiction all either on release or working their way to that point.) and sometimes it seems that the hardest thing is finding the time to get through the ideas! But editing is dull, worthy, not just necessary but essential and the part I enjoy least. The act of getting the first draft down, the actual creation of the concept, these things I love. But editing? Sheesh.
What are you working on now?
- I’ve just released the seventh in my collection of humour books, so the next one in that group is on a back burner for a few months. I’m over half way through a general fiction book called The Last Viking, about a man who becomes obsessed with the idea of building a replica Viking Longship, and at the same time I’m playing with the concept for extending a darkish Young Adult short story into a full length novel. Oh, and the fifth in the Mister Jones Mysteries series is slowly taking shape in my head at the same time.
Phew, is that the end of the inquisition? You didn’t need to get that glowing poker out of the fire after all, did you? Or lower that swinging pendulum towards me. So can you unlock these chains then? Please?
Will Macmillan Jones lives in Wales; a lovely green, verdant land with a rich cultural heritage. He does his best to support this heritage by drinking the local beer and shouting loud encouragement whenever International Rugby is on the TV. A fifty something lover of blues, rock and jazz he has just fulfilled a lifetime ambition by filling two walls of his study with bookcases and then filling the bookcases.
When not writing he is usually to be found lost on top of a nearby hillside (with the aid of a GPS/Satnav) looking for dragons. He hasn’t found one yet, but insists that it is only a matter of time.
Where to find Will
Details of all his work can be found at www.willmacmillanjones.com
He is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/william.macmillanjones
The Showing is presently in Amazon Select and therefore on restricted release. The later books in the series are also available on iTunes, Nook, Barnes and Noble and KOBO. Paperbacks for all the books are available by Createspace.