Archive for the ‘Fiction’ Category


Available to order today is The Eternal Crusader. Taking place during the Third War for Armageddon, the novella is set aboard the titular flagship of the Black Templars, and details High Marshal Helbrecht’s role in the conflict. Expect lots of void battles, and plenty of orks. Click here to order it!

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that I’ve been working away on an army of my own. I always do something with the miniatures when I’m writing for Games Workshop, whether it’s just assembling a few or painting an entire army. Here’s my progress so far collected together in one place.

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WarstormStdI had a new book out last week – War Storm. Okay, strictly speaking only a third of it was penned by your humble scrivener. My story, ‘Storm of Blades’ is one of three contained therein. The others were written by gentlemen wordsmiths Josh Reynolds and Nick Kyme. Tardy mention, but tempus fugit and all that.

‘Storm of Blades’ follows Thostos Bladestorm, the leader of a warrior chamber of the Stormcast Eternals Celestial Vindicators host. He’s been charged with attacking The Realm of Chamon, his mission to find Sigmar’s ancient duardin allies who once dwelled in the mysterious Hanging Valleys of Anvrok. What he finds instead could change the course of the war…

It was quite the ride writing this story. The Warhammer World had just been destroyed (in real life, not in-universe, it’s long gone there), and the Realms were still rather embryonic, but in general playing in a brand new shared world like this is great fun. I love the Age of Sigmar setting – it’s old school-sword and sorcery bonkersness turned up to the max, and it’s a privilege to be involved in its creation from a point so close to its birth. It’s like showing up just after the Big Bang and helping to switch the stars on. Watching it grow in complexity and depth, some of my own ideas entwined within, is very satisfying.

You can get War Storm at the Black Library website.


On Thursday I announced the acquisition by Tor.com of “The Dreaming Cities”. Today I’ll tell you a little about it. Here’s an excerpt from my actual pitch:

A thousand years in the future, the Earth is a different place. Our civilisation crumbled in the face of a zombie plague and global war. After a prolonged Dark Age, the people of North America live in small, independent countries. Outbreaks of the living dead are not uncommon. Technology is held at an early modern level. Conflict between states is constant. Superstition is rife. Whole regions are blasted wilderness. Machine relics, mutant creatures and resurrected prehistoric beasts trouble the land.

Watching over all are the silent Dreaming Cities. Home of the angels, bastion outposts of heaven on Earth. Or so the church says. Very few go in, and nobody ever comes out. Until now…

So, it’s a post-apocalyptic zombie setting, but with several new twists. I can’t say much more about it than that for the time being, but as ever, keep popping back for more news.

 

 


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I am very pleased to announce today that I have had “The Dreaming Cities” picked up by Tor.com for their brand new, all-digital novella imprint. Click here to read their press release. As you can see on their page, there will be books by K. J. Parker, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Mary Robinette Kowal and loads of others. So I am in exceptionally good company.

I’ve had to sit on this news for a while, and I’m lucky I’ve not exploded with excitement. Tor.com is part of Tor, an SF imprint of great size and respectability. In turn it is part of Macmillan, one of the biggest publishers in the world, so I am delighted to be part of their new venture. And I mean that honestly, without a hint of hyperbole.

Tor.com’s novella range launches later this year. Keep an eye on this blog for more information, including what my series is about, as we get closer to the date.


Rise-of-the-horned-rat-HBLiving in a stable and peaceful world is a great boon, but there is a corner of the human soul that revels in a bit of destruction. Why else would we turn out to watch massive waves pound the shore, or enjoy fireworks, or play wargames.

I’m talking somewhat obliquely about my book The Rise of the Horned Rat, which came out yesterday. This is my contribution to the ongoing saga of the End Times, that great cataclysm currently taking place in the imaginationsville of GW gamers. You may or may not know that I’ve been playing Warhammer since the very first edition of the game, since about 1984, in fact. So when I was asked to write this novel early last year and be involved with some severe sandcastle stomping, it was with a mix of sick excitement, dread and guilty glee. GW played its cards so close to its chest that even we writers, hired in to pen the books, had no idea where it was going.

By now we can all see that the Warhammer World is getting a real going over, so much so that it will probably never be the same again. A lot of people have died. None of them are real, of course, but some of them are very old friends. It’s all rather shocking.

The Rise of the Horned Rat concerns Skaven, as you’d expect. But it’s also got many dwarfs in it, and my old friend and yours, Skarsnik the real King of Karak Eight Peaks. Although this is an End Times novel, when I wrote it it was at the forefront of my mind to make the book also a sequel to Headtaker, by my friend and colleague David Guymer, and my own Skarsnik. David and I have told some fun stories set in and around the City of the Eight Peaks, and I wanted to finish them in fine style. To take Karak Eight Peaks through this most turbulent of times was a great honour and privilege (David got to write Kinslayer, so he can’t complain). I deal with a lot of my own characters, and a lot of David’s too, such as Kemma, and Gromvarl and the rest, as well as many established Warhammer heavyweights.

I actually can’t say much about this for fear of spoilers. It was the most difficult book I’ve had to write, for a whole host of reasons, but in the end I managed to put my own spin on the mayhem at hand. All I can say is read it, if you will. It affected me quite deeply. You’ll see why.


Morning.

Tomorrow I’ll be attending the HarperVoyager virtual SF festival. So, I suppose as it’s virtual I won’t be attending, but I will. If you get me.

Run by the publisher in conjunction with the BFI’s Days of Fear and Wonder film festival it’ll highlight the literary side of Science Fiction and its influence on film.

Instead of me bumbling about and paraphrasing poorly (my writing brain is not yet fired up. I need more tea) here’s what they had to say about it themselves:

The festival will take place on social media. The program will reflect the 3 main themes of the BFI’s film season:

Tomorrow’s World – from post-apocalyptic wastelands to megacities to far-flung dystopia – best described by Ray Bradbury as ‘sociological studies of the future’

Altered States – the science fiction of ‘inner space’ mad scientists, mutants, man-machines and mind-bending trips – what points us towards the fragile and untrustworthy thing that is consciousness.

Contact! – the alien can tell us a lot about where we’re at as a species. Time to explore life from all corners of the universe and across multiple dimensions.

We aim to explore story-telling and the impact of literature on film. On the Sunday we will specifically focus the discussion on young adult and women of sci-fi.

Our overall aim is to create lots of buzz and excitement around science fiction.

We have some very cool people involved – authors Jeff Vandermeer, David Cronenberg, Nick Harkaway, and scientists Marcus Chown and Rowan Hooper and many others.

And me, naturally. There are twenty-plus other authors involved, including the likes of Jon Courtenay Grimwood and Margaret Atwood. Find out more at the HarperVoyager UK website.

Register here to take part – it’s free. I’ll not be appearing as a Darth Sidious-style hologram unfortunately, but rather more prosaically on Twitter, where I’ll be talking about SF colony stories, colony ships gone wrong (one of my favourite mini-subgenres) and general space exploration in SF. Join me @guyhaley with @harpervoyageruk, #BFIVoyager and #BFISciFi at 2.30pm tomorrow! I look forward to your questions.