Award-winning author and filmmaker Matt Dickinson has announced that Killer Storm, the third and final book in The Everest Files trilogy will be released this August.
The book will be launched at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Sunday 20 August ahead of the premier of Dickinson’s new play, Everest Calling, which will be performed by the pupils of Glenalmond College, Perth at the Edinburgh Fringe from 21–26 August.
Killer Storm concludes the adventures of teenage explorer Ryan Hart whose dream to summit Mount Everest reaches a dramatic climax as a terror attack sees him held hostage at Base Camp. The book is being published by Shrine Bell, the fiction imprint of Vertebrate Publishing – an independent publisher of adventure and outdoor titles.
Dickinson’s filmmaking career as a director/cameraman for National Geographic television and the Discovery Channel has taken him to some of the most remote corners of the earth – often in the company of the world’s leading expeditioners. Inspired by his 1996 ascent of Mount Everest with actor Brian Blessed, Dickinson’s popular Everest Files series has seen him make appearances at hundreds of high schools across the UK and abroad in a bid to promote literacy and cross-curriculum learning.
Commenting on the release of Killer Storm, Dickinson said, 'Killer Storm marks the end of a fascinating journey for me as a writer. Setting out to create the Everest Files trilogy was a huge challenge for me – almost as big a challenge as summiting Everest itself! During the research phase of the book I travelled twice to Everest to join expeditions in search of inspiration and background. So the project has been the perfect mix of real-life adrenaline on the avalanche-prone slopes of Everest and writing excitement as the three books came together. Now the summit is in sight with the impending publication of Killer Storm and my email inbox is filling up nicely with comments from readers who are eagerly anticipating it! I look forward to launching the book at the Edinburgh Festival this summer!'
The Everest Files trilogy forms the basis of Dickinson’s popular creative-writing programme, the ‘Everest Reading Challenge’, which aims to promote literacy and to open a window on mountain regions and cultures. Now in its fourth year, the scheme is available across the UK, with Matt planning hundreds of appearances at schools and events over the coming months.