Eric Forbes, my intrepid editor for the past decade, has suggested that I unleash on you good folk a new collection of short stories as a follow up to 44 Cemetery Road: The Best of Tunku Halim.
I came up with the title: Gravedigger’s Kiss.
As with 44 Cemetery Road, the collection will comprise 18 stories from my previous collections, plus 3 new ones. Compared to 44 Cemetery Road sitting at 335 pages, Gravedigger’s Kiss is going to be a whopper at more that 460 pages. Real value for money!
Keeping to the title structure of 44 Cemetery Road: The Best of Tunku Halim, we thought that Gravedigger’s Kiss: More of Tunku Halim would be great.
But to be quite honest, I prefer Gravedigger’s Kiss: The Best of Tunku Halim 2
Why? I feel that it’s a more marketable title. I’m worried that if you saw read the title of both books you might think that the stories in Gravedigger’s Kiss are not as good as those in 44 Cemetery Road. That’s just not true.
Gravedigger’s Kiss contains some of my best tales including “Mr Petronas” (it’s about an orang minyak and the twin towers!), “Strangling the Soul”, “The Woman Who Grew Horns” and, perhaps my very best, the novella “Juriah’s Song”. “Juriah’s Song” is almost 20,000 words in length, hence this much thicker book.
The only drawback is that only 6 or 7 of my previous stories don’t make it into either collection. Which means most of my stories are “the best”. Is this puffery gone too far?
Which should I go for?
Gravedigger’s Kiss: More of Tunku Halim or
Gravedigger’s Kiss: The Best of Tunku Halim 2