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26 May 2015 @ 10:52 am
It's the UK Games Expo event in Birmingham this weekend, the largest convention of its kind in the country, and I'm going to be along as a guest, as well as giving my dice a workout...

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UK Games Expo takes place at the NEC Hilton Metropole, just across from Birmingham International train station, and there's a full weekend going on of tabletop gaming, seminars, tournaments and more.

I'l be along to sign and sell my books; you should be able to find me (when not spending ££ in the dealers room or gaming at the free tables in the evening) with the New Writers UK team at Stand K35 in the King's Annex -  so come along and say hello!

Click on the banner to learn more about the event...

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Back in the late 80's, the wastelands of a shattered America were haunted by the roar of engines and the rattle of gunfire across the asphalt; Dark Future was a cyberpunk post-apocalyse vehicle combat board game from Games Workshop that enjoyed a cult following, spawning a series of novels including Jade Dragon written by me. And now, Dark Future is back from the dead...



Auroch Digital are following in the footsteps of their earlier hit boardgame-to-videogame Chainsaw Warrior with Dark Future: Blood Red States, and I'm in the gunner seat working on the storyline.

Check out exclusive coverage over at Game Debate for more info Here and Here - and don't forget your road safety rules: Mirror, Signal, Massacre.

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19 May 2015 @ 10:51 am

I'm very pleased to announce that the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (IAMTW) have put forth their nominations list for the 2015 Scribe Awards, and my 24 novel Deadline has made the cut as a nominee for the Best Original Novel - General category!

As the press release states:
Acknowledging excellence in this very competitive field, IAMTW’s Scribe Awards honor licensed works that tie in with other media such as television, movies, gaming, or comic books. They include original works set in established universes, and adaptations of stories that have appeared in other formats and cross all genres. Tie-in works run the gamut from westerns to mysteries to procedurals, from science fiction to fantasy to horror, from action and adventure to superheroes.

This is my third time in the mix for the Scribes - I was nominated for Best Originial Novel - Speculative for my Warhammer 40,000 novel Faith & Fire back in 2007, and later won that category in 2009 for my Star Trek: Terok Nor novel Day of the Vipers, but this the first time I've been in the General category and I'm alongside a group of talented folks and veterans of the industry; I'm very proud to be there!

To check out the full list of nominees, click Here.
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The cover art for my next Star Trek: Titan novel Sight Unseen is has been officially released...


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Another day, another podcast - and here's me joining my pal Adam Rosser from BBC Radio 5 Live and Eurogamer's Christian Donlan to talk about videogames, specifically Hammerfall Publishing's new Warhammer 40,000 chess-strategy-action title Regicide - now available via Steam Early Access - on the newest episode of Game On.


Click Here to download the episode.

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I was invited on to chat with the folks from Forge The Narrative this week - an in-depth podcast show about the worlds of Warhammer 40,000 and the Horus Heresy - and you can check out what I had to say on Episode 95 of the show right Here from the 49 mins mark...

The audio from my end gets a little choppy in places (which is either a result of my sucky internet connection or interference from the warp) but stick with it, as we have some great discusssions on the Blood Angels, the Heresy and more. Thanks to Paul Murphy and Chris Morgan for being great hosts!

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07 May 2015 @ 02:12 pm
*Cue the 20th Century Fox fanfare*

So, for those of you who couldn't read the Aurabesh in the last blog post, here's the thing: I am writing Star Wars.

Some specifics - no, I haven't been tapped to pen a script for one of the spin-off Anthology movies as some folks suggested (but hey, Lucasfilm? *makes "call-me" gesture*); no, I'm not writing a Star Wars novel (yet), although that remains firmly at the top of my nerd bucket list, ten years on and still hoping; and no, technically this isn't my first work in the GFFA, because back in the day I wrote dozens of articles for Star Wars Magazine, Star Wars Insider, Star Wars Gamer and The Star Wars Fact Files... But it is my first time writing an original narrative for characters from that mythos.


And the first you will see of that work is Twilight of the Republic, the launch playset that will be released with Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars – the newest iteration of the blockbuster ‘toys-to-life’ videogame series. Featuring the heroes, villains and locations of the saga, gamers will be able to cross the stars on a high-stakes mission to expose a deadly threat to the Galactic Republic...

Set at the height of the Clone Wars, between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, the plotline of Twilight of the Republic follows the Jedi as they fight to discover who is behind the rise of a new army of Battle Droids that threatens the stability of the galaxy; the characters of Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano are packed with the playset, and players can also pick up Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Darth Maul as seperate figures.


Disney Infinity 3.0 is also going to feature Rise of the Empire, a 'classic trilogy' Star Wars playset (featuring Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and Darth Vader as playable characters). There will also be a Force Awakens playset, as well as new Marvel Universe and Disney Originals content for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Inside Out and more.

To say that I'm enthused about being part of this is a bit of an understatement - in a "that's no moon" kind of way.

Here I am, a 40-something geek born and bred in the Star Wars generation, who still remembers that moment of awe at the Dominion Theatre in 1978, as the Star Destroyer thundered over my young head. That nearly four decades later, I am once again metaphorically caught in the wake of that engine roar, is just too damn cool.

I have had an absolute blast working with the talented crews at Ninja Theory and Disney Interactive on Twilight of the Republic, and together we've built something that is not just neat figures and virtual toyboxes  - it's a true Star Wars story that I hope will play out like a lost episode of The Clone Wars series, with all the action and thrills, fun and high adventure of the best of the saga. Young and old alike, I hope you'll come and play.

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05 May 2015 @ 05:37 pm
If you're keeping an eye on the internet today, you may have seen this reveal of a cool new thing...

I am pleased to say one of the people who made that cool thing happen is me! Together with a team of very talented folks, I've been working on it for over a year, and rest assured I'll be talking about it in a lot more detail in the days ahead.

But for now, finally, officially, I get to say:

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As part of the ongoing plan to re-release the entire Horus Heresy saga in glorious doorstop-sized hardbacks, Black Library have rolled around to bringing my Blood Angels adventure Fear To Tread into the 'Collector's Edition' format.

Like the other books in the hardcover series, this new version of Fear To Tread comes with a author's afterword written by me and a bunch of new internal art by Wayne England to join Neil Roberts's awesome death-metal cover, and the book will be on sale very soon...

Since the earliest days of the Great Crusade, Sanguinius – angelic primarch of the IX Legion – was ever among the closest and most loyal of Horus’s brothers.

But the Blood Angels have long kept their true nature hidden from the rest of the Imperium, and when the Warmaster hints that the key to their salvation may lie in the ruins of a conquered world, the sons of Sanguinius race to claim it.

Now, as the revelation of their betrayal dawns and the traitors’ hand is revealed, the Blood Angels must face all the warp-spawned armies of Chaos, as well their own personal daemons, upon the blasted plains of Signus Prime...


To visit the Black Library website and pre-order a copy of the Fear To Tread collector's edition in either dead-tree or digital form, Click Here.

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Nemesis is a novel that will forever have a special place in my heart; first and foremost, because it was the first thing I wrote that ever made it to proper "bestseller" status, breaking on to the New York Times book chart in August of 2010; but also because it's one of the most experimental novels in the Horus Heresy series and a work that represented a genuine challenge for me.

Set against the backdrop of a galactic insurrection, Nemesis a mix of black ops action-thriller and serial killer murder mystery, and it remains the most off-tempo of the books I've written for Black Library - and now if you so please, you can sit back and listen to just under fifteen hours of plot and counter-plot in this new unabridged audiobook version read by Jonathan Keeble.

After the horrors of Istvaan V, Horus declares outright war against the Imperium. In the shadows of the Emperor's Palace, powerful figures convene.

Their plan is to send a team of assassins to execute the arch-traitor Horus and end the war for the galaxy of mankind before it's even begun.

But what they cannot know is that another assassin is abroad already, with his sights firmly set on killing the Emperor.


To visit the Black Library website, listen to an extract and get a digital copy of Nemesis, Click Here.

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