Cover Reveal: Embers of War

Coming from Titan Books in February 2018…

(Cover by Julia Lloyd)

Competiton Time

In my August email newsletter, I’ll be runnning a competetition to win a MP3 CD of the BSFA Award-winning Ack-Ack Macaque. If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning, and subscribe to my monthly newsletter, simply sign-up using the form below.

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The truth is, although writing is a full-time career, it doesn’t pay like one. It’s not reliable when you have bills to pay and kids to feed. So, in order to keep making my art, I’m trying what many other creatives are doing right now, and asking my audience for a little help.

If you’ve enjoyed my books or short stories, my Twitter feed, one of my public performances, or any of the articles on this site, please consider helping me continue to write. You can do it in one of two ways:

1) If you’d like to buy me a cup of coffee, you can make a one-off donation of any amount at

2) Alternatively, if you’d like to make a regular contribution in return for some exclusive patron-only content (including deleted scenes, special blog posts, early cover reveals, etc.) you might consider supporting me on from as little as $1 per month.

I hate to ask, but every little helps right now. And hopefully, one day in the not too distant future, I’ll be able to delete these sites because I won’t need them any more.

#1 bestselling author of monkey erotica

I had a bit of a surprise today. For some reason, Amazon has Ack-Ack Macaque: The Complete Trilogy listed under the category ‘Erotic Action & Adventure’, and it’s currently sitting at the #1 spot!

As far as I’m aware, there is zero sexiness in the book. Which means some erotica fans are in for a bit of a surprise!

Ack-Ack Macaque Omnibus!

Ack-Ack Macaque: The Complete Trilogy

Solaris Books has just announced the forthcoming publication of Ack-Ack Macaque: The Complete Trilogy.

This new omnibus will collect together the novels Ack-Ack Macaque, Hive Monkey, and Macaque Attack – plus a brand new final chapter detailing the monkey’s ultimate fate!

The book will be published in December, which makes it an ideal Christmas present for anyone with a love of twisty thrillers, fast-paced action and unforgettable characters.

Pre-order now from Amazon:

North Manchester FM interview

I was recently interviewed by Hannah Kate for her book programme on North Manchester FM. The interview lasts around 2 hours and is one of the most in-depth radio interviews I’ve done so far. If you have some time, you can listen to it here:

Keeper Of The Dice

Over on Patreon, I’ve shared the first chapter of an unfinished novel. But, unlike most of what I share on that site, you don’t have to be a supporter to read it. I set the visibility to public to give non-supporters a taste of the kind of content I’m sharing, in the hope maybe they’ll sign up.

Have a read of it here. I think you’ll like it.


I’m giving away a signed paperback copy of my new short story collection, ENTROPIC ANGEL, which features twenty stories drawn from the past twelve years of my career, plus an introduction from the Nebula Award-winning author, Aliette de Bodard.

This competition is open to Patreon supporters and subscribers to my email newsletter, and means you could get your hands on a copy of the book a week or so before it’s officially launched by NewCon Press!

To enter, all you have to do is:

1). Support me on Patreon and/or subscribe to my email newsletter

2). Message me (via Patreon or email) with the answer to the following question:

The first short story I sold to Interzone appeared in the magazine in February 2006. But what was the title?

The closing date for entries is Friday 7th April. On that date, I will put all the correct answers in a hat and randomly select a winner.

Good luck!

Hint: If you don’t know the answer, you might be able to find a clue here.

New Short Fiction Collection Available for Preorder

Exciting news! You can now preorder my new short fiction collection in paperback or limited-edition signed hardback.

(Those hardbacks are going to go like hot cakes, so be quick if you want one!)

Find out more, and preorder direct from the publisher: Click here.

Video: FantasyCon Reading

If you missed my reading at FantasyCon this weekend, you can watch the whole thing on the video below, courtesy of Neil Beynon, who filmed it on his phone. I am standing in front of a packed audience (it really was standing room only), reading a couple of chapters from my forthcoming novel, Embers Of War.