Blackstone Towers

Blackstone Towers

The Ashley Lister Blog Tour – Day 8

Blackstone Towers

First, I’d like to thank @TheTweetOfColin for allowing me to bring my blog tour here today. This is day eight of the blog tour and I’m very excited because I’ve written a really fun horror novel and I want to tell you a little bit about it.

(I’ll be honest and admit I’m introducing myself in the same way each day, in case these words encounter someone who doesn’t know me or who hasn’t been following the blog tour. If you’ve already read my introduction on one of the other blogs, or if you simply don’t care who I am or what I’ve got to say, skip to the bit under the picture of the book cover).

By way of introduction, I should begin by saying my name is Ashley Lister; I write horror fiction and some of the crudest poetry known to mankind; and I’m here talking about a horror novel I’ve written which will be published on August 22nd. It’s called Blackstone Towers and this is what the story is about:

The talismans of the magi control seven realms of the mortal world. One can grant the bearer immortality; another gives its owner unfathomable wealth; a third gives the holder unerring foresight. There is a talisman to control reality, success, the deliberate and the accidental, and a talisman that governs the balance between love and hate.

The planets are now aligning, and one worldly resident of Blackstone Towers knows the talismans urgently need collecting and destroying before they fall into the wrong hands.

The only problem is establishing whose hands are the wrong ones.
Look at that cover. Isn’t it brilliant? I have to rate this as one of my favourite covers of all time, which is why I owe a huge thank you to Colin Davies for creating it for me. Everything about it from the full moon and the mackerel clouds, right down to that imposing sinister building, give it an irresistible sense of mystery.

Colin, as I’m sure everyone reading this knows, is not just a superb graphic designer. He’s also the author of some pretty incredible books, including the unputdownable Blood Ink. And, within the pages of Blood Ink, you’ll find mention of Raven and Skull.

I mention this because Raven and Skull is the title of an earlier horror novel of mine which is all about the horror of working in an office job. Personally, I’ve had far too many dull office jobs where life is squeezed from you as you sit in front of a PC and shift information from one program to another. The words ‘soul-destroying’ don’t even hint at the crushing ennui, although they are surprisingly apposite.

I’ve also had other jobs that qualify as ‘soul-destroying’. I worked for several years for an odious little penny-pincher who kept a dog that bit staff and customers. I’ve worked as a cleaner and found the way other people treat a cleaner is actually pretty shitty. And I tried door-to-door sales for exactly 22 minutes before I realised I wasn’t cut out for door-to-door sales.

All of which is my way of building to my question for today: What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? And why?

Try not to be libellous in your response but please, I’d love to know what working situation you considered to be the epitome of a living hell.

Answer on Twitter using the hashtag #BlackstoneTowers. If you don’t use Twitter please feel free to email me at I’ll be collecting all the answers and, on the day of publication, I’ll choose my favourite response and send one lucky winner a free copy of one of my novels.

This is day 8 of a 9-day blog tour and, each day up to the launch, I’ll be on a different blog, as detailed below. And, each day, I’ll be asking a different question. Please feel free to follow me, answer as many questions as you like, and if you’ve got any questions about the book or anything else, I’ll be happy to answer.

Also, if you fancy coming to the online launch, where I’ll be reading from Blackstone Towers and sharing some of my ribald poetry, drop me an email and I’ll send you an invite.

Thank you again to @TheTweetOfColin and to all your readers. I look forward to hearing about your jobs from hell. And, if you want to pre-order a copy of Blackstone Towers, this link should take you through to the Amazon page:

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