Jack of Ravens Extract

I’ve posted an extract from Jack of Ravens: Kingdom of the Serpent Book One on my MySpace blog. The hardback and tradepaperback have sold out, but the mass-market paperback is published on December 2.

As I did with Age of Misrule, I’m making the extract free for anyone to post on their blog or website, as long as they include the copyright notice and a link where to buy the book. And if they sign up for Amazon Associate, they can make some cash from anyone clicking through that link and purchasing a copy.

Solaris Book of New Fantasy

Pimp alert. The good people at Solaris have kindly offered to publish one of my short stories in their excellent new anthology. The story is called ‘Who Slays the Gyant, Wounds the Beast’ and features Elizabethan England’s greatest spy, Will Swyfte, the devilish forces of Faerie, intrigue, romance and a touch of swashbuckling.

And if that’s not enough – and why should it be? – the book also includes work by Steven Erikson, Juliet E McKenna, Lucius Shepard, Jeff Vandermeer, Hal Duncan, Janny Wurts and more. Find out more about it here and buy it in the UK here for the very reasonable price of £2.82 (currently) and in the US here for $7.99.

Money In Misrule

I’m trying something a little different… Over on my MySpace blog I’ve posted an extract from Age of Misrule. Anyone can copy the extract on to their blog or web page, email it to friends or print it out and hand it to interested parties, as long as they include the copyright notice at the bottom and the link to where the book can be bought online.

Quick-witted entrepeneurs can use it to make a little cash, by setting up an Amazon Associate account and getting paid every time someone clicks from their site to buy the book.

I’m going to be trying the same with the extract from The Burning Man when I post it in a few weeks’ time.

Elizabethan England’s Greatest Spy

Will Swyfte, who made his debut in the Elizabethan chapter of Jack of Ravens will be going solo in a new short story to appear in a prestigious fantasy anthology from Solaris later this year.

Entitled ‘Who Slays the Gyant, Wounds the Beast’, the tale fits into the mythos established in my recent books. It’s Christmas Eve, 1598, and the aristocracy of Elizabeth’s court has gathered at a country house for a night of debauchery. Will Swyfte, Elizabethan England’s greatest spy, is despatched by spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham to prevent a terrible turning point in the cold war with Faerie. But the Tuatha de Danann are gathered in the cold wastes beyond the house and will do anything to achieve their aim before dawn breaks.

Details on publication date and other authors coming shortly.

The Burning Man

If you don’t visit the messageboards, you may like to know that the title of the next book is The Burning Man (Kingdom of the Serpent Book Two, to give it its full title).

What does it mean? All I can say is that the Burning Man is a motif that runs through the entire book (as the Ravens did in its predecessor) – and quite literally hangs over all the characters.

I still don’t have an official publication date, but my deadline for delivering the completed manuscript is June – and I fully intend to hit that mark.

I’ll be posting links to an extract and the cover shortly.

The Age of Misrule – New and Improved

A brand, spanking new omnibus of the Age of Misrule trilogy – featuring World’s End, Darkest Hour and Always Forever – is now available to buy.

Age of MisruleIt’s got a great, black and red designery cover and, more importantly, has a very slightly updated text to eliminate some of the errors that crept into the original printings.

The story – like the current Kingdom of the Serpent – was designed as one big tale, which for marketing reasons was split into three and published annually. Now it’s presented as originally intended, where the more subtle interweaving of plotlines are clearer.

And maybe now more people will get that enigmatic final paragraph…

You can see it on Amazon.co.uk.

Don’t forget – if you’ve only read Jack of Ravens, the epic story starts here…

Hounds of Avalon Award Nomination

My novel The Hounds of Avalon has been shortlisted in the Best Novel category for this year’s British Fantasy Awards. That makes five out of the last six books that have been shortlisted for Best Novel, which must be some kind of record. (Also, no wins, which must also be a record on the nominations/failure to win ratio…)

The award will be presented at Fantasycon in Nottingham next month, which is shaping up to be one of the best British conventions in recent years. Well worth a visit.

And there are some great books also on the Best Novel shortlist: Ramsey Campbell, Secret Stories; Hal Duncan, Vellum: The Book of All Hours; Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys; George R R Martin, A Feast For Crows; Mark Morris, Nowhere Near An Angel.