The Dowry Blade TRAILER

Here’s the trailer for The Dowry Blade, out NEXT WEEK!!!

Please feel free to share anywhere you fancy.


Devilskein & Dearlove Trailer Goes Live

Here it is as last… the animated trailer for Devilskein & Dearlove. Please feel free to share on Facebook or anywhere else that takes your fancy, the more people who see it the better.

A fantastic crew: animation by Nick Page,inspired by Ed Boxall‘s cover design and a mass of photographs from Alex and Cherry.  Voices from Sophie Aldred, Greg Page and Cliff Chapman, music from Summer All Year Long, sound recording by Cherry Potts and Greg Page, and of course most importantly, the amazing BOOK, by Alex Smith.

I think between us we’ve captured the feel of the book, which would make any reader from the age of nine to nine hundred happy to read, although it’s mainly aimed at 12-16 year-olds. A perfect  gift for birthday, christmas, or celebration of any kind! OUT 24th July 2014. You can preorder a copy here

More Secret Gardens

Devilskein & Dearlove author, Alex Smith is keeping busy exploring more secret gardens in Cape Town and the surrounding area. Read what she has to say about them on her blog – she’s found eight so far.

Meanwhile, back at Arachne Towers, we had the mad idea we would make a trailer for Devilskein & Dearlove. We’ve written a script, and been told by the animator it’s too long, (we sort of knew that really, but were enjoying it too much, severe cuts will be made, soon) discussed accents with Alex, got authentic South Africans to talk us through it, and nobbled some friendly actors – and singers to provide demonic howling! – and a very accommodating sound studio… so it will happen, just need to make those cuts, and get everyone in one place.

Must ask Alex how to pronounce Devilskein…