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Dark Currents from NewCon Press

I’m very pleased that my very short story “In Tauris” will be appearing in the anthology Dark Currents, edited by Ian Whates, published by NewCon Press, and launched at Eastercon. This is a particularly exciting publication for me, because it will mean that this year is my tenth consecutive year in print. Other contributors are: Adrian Tchaikovsky, Adam Nevill, Tricia Sullivan, Rod Rees, Nina Allan, Andrew Hook, Finn Clarke, Lavie Tidhar, Jan Edwards, Emma Coleman, Rebecca J Payne, Sophia McDougall, Aliette de Bodard, V.C. Linde, and Neil Williamson....
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An experiment in e-books

I got a Kindle last year, and I’ve been really enjoying using it. I’m thinking about the possibilities of self-publishing, but wondered about the technical barriers. I thought I’d experiment with some of my longer fanfictions, to see how easy the process was and whether I could get a look like that I liked. A Game of Chess is my first novel, written and published online across two crazy months in the spring of 2002. It’s a romance about Faramir and Éowyn, after the fairy-tale wedding. There’s lots of riding to and fro and being intense in...
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Audiobooks and honorable mentions

You can hear a sample of Clare Corbett’s reading The Way Through the Woods here (you can also purchase the recording there too!). There’s a rather nice review of the (dead tree version of the) book here (super-spoilery). And I’m very pleased that my short story “War Without End” received an Honorable Mention in Gardner Dozois’ Year’s Best SF anthology. The story appears in the NewCon Press anthology...
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Writing for pleasure

I’m coming to the end of what’s been an extremely busy period of writing projects and teaching commitments, and last week was my first chance to play with words for entirely my own purposes for quite some time. At this time of the year, my imagination usually wanders back to Middle-earth. Yesterday was the ninth birthday of a mailing list that I set up in the wake of the release of Peter Jackson’s film of The Fellowship of the Ring. The mailing list is a place where people who enjoy writing Tolkien-based fanfiction can gather to share stories. For those...
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Doctor Who: The Way through the Woods

Exciting things going on in advance of the release of my new Doctor Who novel, The Way through the Woods. An extract is now available on Amazon (and you can pre-order the Kindle edition there too). And don’t miss the extracts from the other two books coming out at the same time: Dead of Winter by James Goss and Hunter’s Moon by Paul Finch. I’ll be signing copies of The Way through the Woods at Forbidden Planet in London on Saturday April 16th. James Goss will be there too signing Dead of Winter. And don’t worry if you can’t make it, because...
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New publications this week

My Eleventh Doctor novel The King’s Dragon is now available for download as an audiobook read by Nicholas Briggs (published by AudioGo). You can download it from here. In the city-state of Geath, the King lives in a golden hall, and the people want for nothing. Everyone is happy and everyone is rich. Or so it seems. When the Doctor, Amy and Rory look beneath the surface, they discover a city of secrets. In dark corners, strange creatures are stirring. At the heart of the hall, a great metal dragon oozes gold. Then the Herald appears, demanding the return of her...