Snicket wrote his final Unfortunate Events book in 2006
Children's author Lemony Snicket is to write a further series of books after signing a new deal in the UK, it has been announced.
Snicket - real name Daniel Handler - is famous for his popular, but sinister, A Series Of Unfortunate Events books.
More than 60 million copies of his stories have been sold worldwide.
The first book in Snicket's new series of four titles will be published by Egmont Press in 2012.
Egmont publisher Leah Thaxton joked: "Usually, I look forward to opening my post. It's exciting to think that I might find a manuscript to bring comfort and joy to any reader.
"But that morning, when I saw the handwriting on the envelope - well, how would you feel if you knew you were about to unleash yet more untold misery on the unsuspecting children of this country? We at Egmont can't escape Lemony Snicket's grim story."
Snicket, who is based in the US, said: "I can neither confirm nor deny that I have begun research into a new case, and I can neither confirm nor deny that the results are as dreadful and unnerving as A Series Of Unfortunate Events. However, I can confirm that Egmont will be publishing these findings."
Director of Egmont Press, Cally Poplak, said: "As if the recession weren't bad enough, now British readers have the threat of a new series from Mr Snicket hanging over them.
"As a responsible publisher, of course we shall put all our efforts into ensuring no child is exposed to yet more misery from Mr Snicket's investigations."
Snicket is famed for the dark world he created in he Unfortunate Events books, which featured the terrible scrapes of orphans Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire.
The trio were subjected to numerous misadventures as their evil relative Count Olaf imprisoned, mistreated and tried to kill them.
The first three books were made into a hit film starring Jim Carrey, Billy Connolly and Meryl Streep in 2004.
The Unfortunate Events books will published in paperback for the first time next year, for which Snicket will be visiting the UK.