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ghoulking-largeOut this week is book two of the Dreaming Cities trilogy, The Ghoul King.

In a dark, post-apocalyptic future, mysterious angels rule the shattered North American continent in the name of the Lord.

The Knight, Quinn, is down on his luck, and he travels to the very edge of the civilized world – whatever that means any more – to restock his small but essential inventory.

After fighting a series of gladiatorial bouts against the dead, he finds himself in the employ of a woman on a quest to find the secret to repairing her semi-functional machine.

But the technological secret it guards may be one truth too many.

The Ghoul King is out from Tor.com Publishing, where it is available as a paperback and DRM-free ebook in all formats. You can also buy it from all your favourite vendors. Here’s the link for the first part, The Emperor’s Railroad.

The books are a novella series conceived to be akin to a TV serial, with each one being an “episode”. They’re each self-contained, but build a big story. Quinn’s reality features my characteristic deep world building. I believe a good SF/fantasy story should introduce you to a living, breathing world through its characters. I’m not a fan of worlds dominated by a big idea, which beyond being hosts for a single parasitic meme, don’t have a life of their own. I like settings that make you feel if you took a right turn off the page and wandered about, they would appear real. “Whole cloth” worlds, I call ’em. It’s what I strive for.

But good drama is powered as much by revelation as by character, so in each episode of Quinn’s adventures there’ll be some substantial information about the Dreaming Cities. I promise, eventually, you’ll know exactly why Quinn’s world is the way it is…


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Aiee! Cough, hack, splutter. I’ve had flu. It has not been pleasant, and I get flu nearly every damn year. Come the pandemic, I’m screwed.

One light in the dismal netherworld of my suffering was the release of the cover for my next Dreaming Cities book, The Ghoul King. Here’s Quinn, Knight of the Angels of Atlantis, walking very carefully through the ruins of Old Columbus. And right he is to be cautious too. Why? Well, look at the title! It’s not full of kittens down there.

The first Quinn book, The Emperor’s Railroad, will be out in April. The Ghoul King follows hot on its heels in July.

This image was originally published on SF Signal alongside covers for Melissa F. Olson’s Nightshades and Willow Palecek’s City of Wolves, both also out imminently from Tor.com. Follow the link to see!

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