How Did It Come To This : The Insect-kinden in their own words

I. Lives of the Monster Insects (from the secret histories of the Moths) “An age ago, before all records, before metal was smelted, before writing began, the great insects came. That was a world with different skies, with strange beasts, with stranger people. But the insects were the end of them. They hunted the beasts, […]

12 non-festive cartoons

Because it’s the season, my gift to you is a dozen cartoons that have absolutely nothing to do with Christmas whatsoever. I make no warranties as to whether they have anything to do with humour, either. Click on each one (hopefully) for a larger image. Anyway:

Heirs of the Blade – further reading.

Keen-eyed readers may have noticed that Heirs of the Blade brings in a number of characters previously seen in the short stories on this site. This is obviously because of my immense skill in foreshadowing and plotting ahead and not at all because several of those characters just wouldn’t leave me alone until they got […]

The World of the Insect Kinden

Herewith the lands of the Insect-kinden, as so far revealed. Click on each map to view in full detail. All maps are the work of Hemesh Alles. The Lowlands, showing the Three City Alliance The East-Empire and the Exalsee The South and West-Empire and the Dominion of Khanaphes The Spiderlands And last, for now, the […]

News roundup: Fantasycon, New cover art and cheap kindling.

Latest news from the world of the insect-kinden: Firstly, I will be at Fantasycon 2011 this year (1) and I’ve been asked to sit on a panel on Trends in Fantasy Fiction, 10am Saturday. I will hopefully be essaying a reading too, as the five people who came to the last one at Alt Fiction […]

Soundtracks for an Insect Age : The Scarab Path

Time for another soundtrack, this time the musical stylings of Khanaphes. Track 1 – Overture (A Distant Sadness, from Battlestar Galactica Season 3 by Bear McCreary) Track 2 – Che Voyaging (The Bunker (Reprise), from Shadow of the Vampire by Daniel Jones) Track 3 – Che and Thalric (The Lonely Voyage, from Shadow of the […]

New Story: Cities of Silver

This is going to be the last short for a while, as I’m on the very cusp of starting on Book 9, which so far going under the working title of “I haven’t the faintest idea what the title will be” or, given that my publishers have a fondness for punchy titles, “I haven’t the […]

That is not dead which…

In the Mythology panel I was on at Alt Fiction with KD Laity and Mark Chadbourn, the topic came up of writers who created their own enduring mythologies. Tolkien got an airing, of course, but also in the spotlight were writers like Tove Jansson (1) and, of course, HP Lovecraft. Mark pinned Lovecraft as almost […]

New Art – cartoons by Jaroslaw Rybski

Something special this time – Jaroslaw is the translator who has worked on books 5 and 6 for Rebis in Poland, and gave me these cartoons (and more) when I met him at Pyrkon. I’ve been remiss in holding onto them until now without posting them on site, so here is the first batch.

New story (as promised) – The Last Ironclad

I’ve been getting my teeth into some more short story writing before the bell tolls and it’s round one for the next actual book (book 9, title still up in the air, unfortunately (1)). This new offering is The Last Ironclad and, as the title suggests, it’s a direct follow-on from Ironclads, which you should […]