Quintette of Questions: PJ Blakey-Novis

Today I’m asking PJ Blakey-Novis 5 questions about his latest book!

1. What’s the name of your latest book – and how hard was it to pick a title?

My latest book is Four, a horror novella. The title came about as there are four key characters who take a camping trip into the English countryside, then telling four stories around the fire which they hope will scare the others. Only not all is as it seems, and each member of the group has something to hide. The story contains four shorts interwoven within a longer story.

2. If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest book?

If the book was to be made into a film (I can dream, right?), I could see Taron Egerton and Keira Knightly playing the parts of Noah and Martha, with perhaps Daniel Radcliffe as Daniel in the book. Casting Stephen is more difficult as he’s a quieter character, more of an outcast.

3. What five words best describe your story?

Campfire, anthology, ghosts, killers, and (most importantly, I think) revenge.

4. Who is your favourite fictional team/couple ?

Probably Natasha and Sebastian, from my debut novel The Broken Doll. A lot of our friends think the characters are based on myself and my wife, but if that’s true then it was subconsciously. I just like the way they act around one another, and how they cope with the horrific turns they have to deal with as the story progresses.

5. What song reflects a theme, character, relationship or scene in your book?

The first thing to comes to mind is Firestarter by The Prodigy. Of course, fire features heavily in the novella, and there is an atmosphere of anger and vengeance as we reach the climax.

About Four

From the author of Embrace the Darkness, Tunnels, and The Artist comes Four. Four friends spend a night away camping in the English countryside, each taking a turn to tell a horror story that will terrify the others. But the group soon discover that there is more to be afraid of than just some campfire tales, and that no one is as innocent as they seem.

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About PJ Blakey-Novis

P.J. Blakey-Novis is a British writer living on the south coast of England. He is the author of four collections of short horror stories to date, a horror novella, two psychological thriller novels, and a children’s book. P.J. has also had stories included in a number of anthologies. 

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So many book launches and author talks have had to be cancelled, I’ve decided to run as many Quintettes as I can to share some great upcoming work – and let you stock up on things to read while we’re all self-isolating.