Sunday, 2 March 2014

The Deadline Song

It’s not easy writing your novels to deadlines.
Keeping up those plot positions
Watching out that they all transition
Plot and rewrite both at the same time.
Smells like subplots I’ve forgotten
Curled up died and now their rotten

I’m not an editor tonight
Don’t want to lose that word count
’m getting careless, baby
And you’re not in the last third

I can’t decide
Whether this scene lives or dies
Oh, it’ll prob’ly be in the sequel
Or a short story on the side
No wonder why
My brain feels dead inside
My thoughts are all emulsified
Lock the doors and close the blinds
We’re running out of time.

It’s a bitch convincing people to read you
If I stop now call me a quitter
If I wrote less I’d be much fitter
Pleasing everyone isn’t likely
Banging keyboards till I’m crippled.
Read reviews until I’m fickle

I’ve got to hand it to you
You’re in all the outlines
But my characters surprised me
And you’re no longer necessary


Oh I could throw you in the bin
Or just simply do you in
But the readers might miss you when you’re gone
I could spin you off a series
But the publisher might query
Whether anyone would buy them…
That's why….


Thursday, 27 February 2014

Neon Lights!

I was recently told by Natalia Tena on twitter that Rivers of London was part of the inspiration behind one of the songs on Molotov Jukebox's upcoming album. It's always flattering when your own work inspires other artists - it's even more flattering when the result is as good as this song is.

So it gives me great pleasure to present to you - Neon Lights by Molotov Jukebox.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

A Chase Through Bloomsbury

Last year I met artist Wayne Reynolds at a convention in Belgium and he said he'd always wanted to do a cover for Rivers of London so I commissioned him to do a sort of alternative cover for an imaginary edition of the book. Here is a low res copy...

I believe limited edition prints may be available soon.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Broken Homes - North American Release

My latest novel BROKEN HOMES will be released in North America.

Febuary 4th 2014 

Because soon the whole northern continent will be under my sway! Bwahahahaha!

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Ein Wispern unter Baker Street Wins Award

Ein Wispern unter Baker Street has won second place in the fantasy catagory of the Leserpreis - Die Besten Bucher 2013.

I'd like to thank all the people who voted for the book and more importantly handed over their hard earned cash for a copy in the first place.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Rivers of London Rap

You see my nephew Mikis is a composer and musician of some note(1) and he works with Doc Brown on their hugely successful 4 O'Clock Club for the BBC. Anyway Doc Brown read Rivers of London and asked if we could meet up. So we three sat down for a big lunch, very nice, and we decided that a Rivers of London rap would be a fine thing to have. You can listen to the result here.

Music and lyrics by Doc Brown and Mikis Michaelides.

(1) he's got shiney metal coloured disks on his wall and everything - I've seen em.

Friday, 29 November 2013

Coming Soon: Broken Homes auf Deutsch

Der böse Ort
Magische Architektur in Südlondon

Seltsame Dinge geschehen im Skygarden Tower, einem berüchtigten Sozialwohnblock in Südlondon. Dinge, die eine magische Anziehungskraft auf Police Constable und Zauberlehrling Peter Grant ausüben. Zunächst geht es nur um ein gestohlenes altes Buch über Magie, das aus der Weißen Bibliothek zu Weimar stammt. Doch dann weitet sich der Fall rasant aus. Denn der Erbauer des Tower, Erik Stromberg, ein brillanter, wenngleich leicht gestörter Architekt, hatte sich einst in seiner Zeit am Bauhaus offenbar nicht nur mit modernem Design, sondern auch mit Magie befasst. Was erklären könnte, warum der Skygarden Tower einen unablässigen Strom von begabten Künstlern, Politikern, Drogendealern, Serienmördern und Irren hervorgebracht hat. Und warum der unheimliche gesichtslose Magier, den Peter noch in schlechtester Erinnerung hat, ein so eingehendes Interesse daran an den Tag legt …

Details here.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

PC Grant: Now In A Box

Worried about what to buy your loved ones for Christmas? 

Are they short of reading material perhaps? 

Tired of the same old literary fiction? 

Want to give genre a go?

Then look no further than the PC Grant boxset - containing not one, not two but three whole volumes of crunchy PC Grant goodness. Not only is each novel a police procedural but it also contains 90% of your recomended daily dose(1) of Fantasy.

Available November the 21st in all good book shops and some bad ones as well.

 (1) The World Health Organisation's recomended minimum daily fantasy intake for adults is 300 milligandalfs (48.7 microdresdens). Chidren under the age of 14 may well require twice the adult dose to maintain a balanced childhood.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Japanese Release Day!

Whispers Under Ground Released in Japanese

At least I think it's today, not being able to read Japanese it can be hard for me to tell.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Space, Time, Machine and Monster

Space Time Machine Monster Poster

Saturday 19 October 2013
3.00 - 4.00 pm

The Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre
In Newport the beating cosmopolitan heart of 21st Century Wales.
NP20 1HG

Making Sure You Know Which Story You’re Telling
Yes I shall be imparting this crucial piece of writing wisdom, plus rambling anecdotes and answering questions on whatever it is people want to ask questions about.

Tickets: £5.00

Details are here.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Locations, Locations, Locations; Whispers Under Ground

 Whispers Under Ground

Everytime I do one of these maps I find myself having to revise it as I remember new locations. Still here is the current Whispers Under Ground map. The map for Broken Homes will be posted to coincide with the US publication of same - along with a useful glossery for those that don't speak English proper.

View Whispers Under Ground in a larger map

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Currently Reading: The Hairdresser of Harare

The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu

Vimbai is the star hairdresser of her salon, the smartest in Harare, Zimbabwe, until the enigmatic Dumisani appears. Losing many of her best customers to this good-looking, smooth-talking young man, Vimbai fears for her job, vital if she’s to provide for her young child. But in a remarkable reversal the two becomes allies, Dumi renting a room from Vimbai, then inviting her to a family wedding, where to her surprise, he introduces her to his rich parents as his ‘girlfriend’. Soon they are running their own Harare salon, attracting the wealthiest and most powerful clients in the city. But disaster is near, as Vimbai soon uncovers Dumi’s secret, a discovery that will result in brutality and tragedy, testing their relationship to the very limit.

The Hairdresser of Harare is a stylish, funny and sophisticated first-hand account of life today in Zimbabwe’s capital city, confounding stereotypes and challenging injustice with equal fearlessness. This is an upbeat, charming, but at times heart-breaking, story of friendship, prejudice and forgiveness from the heart of contemporary Africa.

I've almost finished this one and I heartily recomended it.