Who Dunnits

For me, when I was a kid, there was one reason I watched Doctor Who. Not the TARDIS, not the Doctor, not even the time travel, but the monsters. Each storyline, the big thrill would be the monster reveal — sometimes terrifying, sometimes exhilarating, sometimes, er, disappointing (1). I loved the monsters; I wanted to know more about them as […]

A Shot in the Pods

So, I have discovered podcasts. This does not, I am aware, do much for my reputation as a global trend-setter. Actually, for the longest time I didn't even know what a podcast was. Coming from a Larping background I just assumed it was the thrown weapon equivalent of a pod shot.
This development came from three directions at once, like atoms combining in a badly-researched […]

It's been a long road : some favourite moments from Shadows of the Apt

Does it seem a long time ago, that we were sitting with Sten and Tisamon and Marius in Myna, waiting for the Empire to come kick in the gates?
Back when Empire in Black and Gold was first released, as well as short stories and general fanfarage (1), I had some help from my good friend David Mumford in […]

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, they devoured the people, […]

Nom Nom Nom

Well, just a week to go before I find out that Brandon Sanderson has beaten me out for the Gemmells, the swine . However, some unexpected news on the awards front comes from the British Fantasy Society, who announced their 2014 shortlists tonight.
You can find the full listing here, but a few names certainly leap out. I am […]

Casting Revealed — Shadows of the Apt II: the Kinden Strike Back

And we're on with the rest of the books — thanks again to everyone as per last post. This lot have a decided Game of Thrones feel to them.
The casting for Empire in Black and Gold can be found here.
Dragonfly Falling, Blood of the Mantis, Salute the Dark

Nero — Peter Dinklage, Emperor Alvdan II — Cillian Murphy, Uctebri […]

Casting revealed: Shadows of the Apt — the movie

There is no movie. Just keeping that out there. But I have had an enormous number of suggestions from here, FB, Twitter and just basically people in the street, so we now have a cast! Thank you to everyone who chipped in (list at the end, but let me know if somehow I've missed you off).
I'm doing this […]

Casting Call! Shadows of the Apt: the Movie

Is not a thing. Let's get that straight right away. But as it's one of those things you speculate about, I'm interested in any thoughts people might have about actors and characters. Feel free to bung your suggestions in the comments, or to be on Facebook or Twitter (@aptshadow) or Goodreads. Then, when I have a few, I'll […]

Other People's Trumpets

I figure I've talked enough about how I'm shortlisted for the Gemmell Legend Award and desperately need every vote I can get so I want to highlight some excellent stuff I've read recently. I've been on something of a reading spree , mostly because I've been travelling around and that tends to give me more time for it. […]

Let Me Axe You Something 2 : Another Big Axe

Well, obviously my nemesis Doctor Penguino (1) has had word of my general allergy to awards, because I suddenly find myself on the David Gemmell Legend award shortlist!
Seriously, though, I am insanely grateful to everyone who cast their vote for me. This is the first time I've clawed my way onto a shortlist, and it's with book 9 of […]


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