How has your summer been? Mine’s been ace. I’ve spent it binge-reading the works of Georges Simenon and Christopher Isherwood, dreaming up thrilling ideas for my next book – and making a racket with this:


It’s a theremin. I hope one day to play it with even a quarter of the delicacy, style and haunting beauty of virtuosos like Lydia Kavina and Thomas Grillo. For now, however, I’m more than happy to sound like flying saucers, the scream of rifts in time and space and the fatal frequencies conjured by the hapless Crawford Tillinghast in H. P. Lovecraft’s From Beyond.

It’s been a long, bloody and entirely self-inflicted slog but Draft Three of my new book is FINISHED.

Check out what I got for a tenner in a secondhand bookshop to celebrate:


I’m especially pleased with the middle one – a lovely hardback of Beast by Peter Benchley. In view of my own book’s cephalopodal elements my chancing across this titan of Squid Lit. now is eerily appropriate. :D

I’m in full deep dive mode on Draft Three of the new book. As a matter of fact I recently upgraded my writing bathysphere to one of these:


The current challenge, as often before with stories of mine at this stage, is characterisation. You’ve heard of authors who know their characters inside out before they start to write, or claim that their creations come to life and drive the story themselves? I’m not one of those. My tendency with early drafts is to focus on plot, world-building, action, structure – stuff. But of course the people in stories need attention too. Hence the question above, as posed (often) by my editor Ruth K. during the redrafting of Crawlers and resounding in my brain ever since.

That gas tank? Mine’s full of coffee. And sometimes Scotch. ;D

Books are a large part of my life, and for most of the past two months my life has looked like this:


Now it looks like this:


Happy New Year :D

A wholehearted THANK YOU to City of London Academy and to Lydiard Park Academy for the warm welcome both schools gave me this month. Some feedback on my performance just came in from students at the latter:

‘Everyone was silent – nobody could take their eyes OR ears off him.’

‘I found Sam Enthoven really passionate about his work.’


‘I was very excited about seeing an author; when I saw him he was excited about his new book, funny and, well, a bit mad! But in a good way!’

For details about my school visits and how to book one, see my page at Contact An Author.

This is 30d – or as L. and I call it, The Thod.


For more than thirteen years for me it’s been been my airship, my space station, my Batcave and my Fortress of Solitude. It’s been a gateway to imaginary dimensions. Places I’ve gone while living inside it include Hell, the secret levels of the Bank of England and the Barbican, and (most recently) a room inside the head of a giant alien lobster lurking at the bottom of the sea.

I’ve got a lot of good memories of this place. Here’s to making more in the next.



On Trapped By Monsters this week, the best fantasy series being written today: the Gentleman Bastard sequence by Scott Lynch.

A Halloween reading recommendation on Trapped By Monsters this week: Sawbones by Catherine Johnson.

This week on TBM, Economix by Michael Goodwin and Dan E. Burr.

This weekend (Oct 11th-13th) is the inaugural Wood Green Literary Festival and I’m very excited! Full details of the programme of events for younger readers (most of which are free) are now to be found here. It’s all going on at Noel Park Primary School, five minutes’ walk from the centre of the festival and the universe, The Big Green Bookshop. My panel discussion with Steve Feasey and Conrad Mason, (now-!) on Monsters, Magic and Mayhem, will be happening on the Saturday (12th) at 5pm.


Alternatively, next Saturday (19th) I’ll be doing my stuff at this:


It’s the thirtieth anniversary of the London Anarchist Bookfair. After last year’s event there, which I enjoyed enormously, I’m thrilled to have been invited back to the Older Kids’ Space at 2pm to talk about the future and maybe preview my new book.

These are my first events in a while that are open to the public. Do come. It’s always such a pleasure for me to meet people who aren’t imaginary. ;D

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