Matthew James Publishing is pleased to announce that David Palin has signed a one-book deal for the publication of the author’s forthcoming novel ‘Let The Game Commence’. A thrilling Faustian whodunit, ‘Let The Game Commence’ will become a part of Matthew James Publishing’s Digital-First initiative and will be released as an eBook in 2022.

David Palin is the author of several published novels with a focus on dark psychological thrillers. He tends to be drawn to all things dark, mysterious, and the things that lurk in the shadows. ‘Let The Game Commence’, his forthcoming novel, combines all of these things and more.

In a Faustian tale, Arthur Du Fuss, a lonely, bitter millionaire, commits suicide and leaves his fortune to one of his uncaring neighbours – a choice determined by them all playing a customised game of Chancery, the creepy, cult board game from which Arthur made his money. But participation in the game brings a curse far more sinister than anyone could expect, which leaves no-one untouched, including Arthur himself.

This is a wonderful opportunity for me to reveal a different layer to the darkness of my writing,” says Palin. “The book is very much set in this world, but with more than a hint of the supernatural.

‘Let The Game Commence’ continues Matthew James Publishing’s foray into the world of contemporary fiction, following releases from RJ Mitchell’s prolific ‘DS Thoroughgood’ series of novels amongst others.

We’re so pleased to have David on board,” says James Shaw, Publisher and Managing Director at Matthew James Publishing. “The quality of his work speaks for itself and we’re so pleased to extend our fiction offerings with such a dark and intriguing new book.

The Matthew James Publishing ‘Digital First’ initiative will see the publisher release new titles as high-quality eBooks — available from Kindle, Apple Books, Kobo, and more — before looking to bring books to market as paperback titles at a later date.

The effects of the pandemic have taken their toll on us, just like they have everyone else,” says James Shaw. “This Digital First initiative allows us to bring exciting new books to market whilst we work within the constraints of increased timescales, balance our workload, and refocus our output overall.

Let The Game Commence’ will be released in 2022. More news on this title will be available soon.


About David Palin

The author of several published novels, David Palin has an appetite for the dark and mysterious. Born in West London but now residing in Berkshire, he is intrigued by the things that hide, often in plain sight, in the shadows beyond the light of our everyday lives. From studying both English and German literature, he believes we are drawn to darker tales and imaginings. All of this manifests in his own work. Away from writing David enjoys sports, music, and the theatre — all of which have seemed like elements of a fantasy tale in our recent tough times.


About Matthew James Publishing

Established in 1993, Matthew James Publishing is a family-owned and operated independent publisher based in Stockport, Greater Manchester with a focus on high-quality contemporary fiction, popular non-fiction, poetry, and personal development books.

For more information and for any press inquiries, please contact Anthony Barlow at Matthew James Publishing — a.barlow@matthewjamespublishing.com