Tag Archives: The Vagrant

The Hammer and the Goat

Revised 1Is out today! It's set parallel to events in The Vagrant and though you don’t have to, it’s best enjoyed if you’ve read the novel first. Expect more demons, half-breeds, some of humanity’s worst, some weirdness, some action, and of course, a very bad tempered goat.

You can get it from:


The David Gemmell Awards Ceremony 2016

I love this picture! (Photo by Annie Czajkowski)

I love this picture! (Photo by Annie Czajkowski)

The ceremony was held at Fantasycon on Saturday 24th September. This isn't a post about Fantasycon but I will say that it was a good convention, and that the redcloaks were as hard working and fabulous as ever.

I have to admit, that when I went to the ceremony, I was really nervous! In fact, I'd been getting nervous for at least an hour or two before.



The ceremony began with Phil Lunt reading from David Gemmell's Legend. Readings can be tough at the best of times but I can only imagine the pressure that Phil must have felt that night. But I have to say he did an EXCELLENT job. While I was listening to him, it suddenly struck me how much impact David Gemmell has had on other writers. I'd watched a panel last year where I'd heard people like Ian Whates and Ed Cox speak to his qualities as a writer but also as an inspiration. And when Phil was reading, I could hear some of the rhythm and mood of Druss in Steve Aryan's Battlemage and the character of Vargus.

I'd always known that Gemmell was important, but in that moment I was suddenly aware of the very real ripples of his influence impacting on a new generation of writers.


There was something very human and humbling about the ceremony. It was personal. Stan and Anne Nicholls were there as friends as much as organisers. And Andy Remic gave a hilarious recounting of his fan letters to David Gemmell and the replies he got. Frances Hardinge was brilliant as ever, and her delight at getting to wield an axe in public was something to behold.

I'm not sure she's going to hand it over without a fight.

Natasha Bardon tries to collect the axe for Mark Lawrence but I'm not sure Frances is going to hand it over without a fight… (Photo by Peter Coleborn)

It was cool getting my award given to me by Scott Lynch too! He gave a great speech about the joys of being a debut, and it was clear that David Gemmell himself had been a strong supporter of new writers. For my part I mostly shook Scott's hand, said thank you repeatedly, and grinned at everybody.

So, at the risk of being unBritish about this, it was an incredible night! I've never won anything before*, and the reaction from the room when The Vagrant was announced is something I'll never forget.


(Photo by Peter Coleborn)

Thanks to everyone who voted, you are wonderful!

Big congrats to Mark Lawrence for winning the Legend, and Jason Chan** for winning the Ravenheart too!


*Not on my own, anyway.

**I hadn't realised he'd worked on Mass Effect 3 and Dragon Age too! Check out the site.

Fantasycon by the sea

I'm going to be attending Fantasycon this year. If you're going, feel free to say hi! You can find me in the following places:

Friday 23rd September

It's a kind of magic
3.00pm – 4.00pm. Royal Ballroom (Royal Hotel) – Magic in fantasy fiction. Do you need it all and how do you use it well?

Getting Unstuck Masterclass
5.00pm – 6.00pm. Room 108 (Grand Hotel) – This is for writers already engaged in a project. All are welcome. It doesn't matter if you are at page 1 or 100, if you are new writer or have been published for years. You present the problem and I try to solve it so you can get back to work!
Sign up at registration (max 15).

Saturday 24th September

Gemmell Award Ceremony
7.00pm – 9.00pm. Royal Ballroom (Royal Hotel). The Vagrant is up for a Morningstar along with five other top books. One way or the other, there will be drinking!

Sunday 25th September

Fantasycon/BFA Awards Banquet
12.30pm – 3.00 Royal Ballroom (Royal Hotel). The Vagrant is up for a best newcomer award here too, and in great company. I've never had so much to lose on one weekend before!

Competition time!

If you’re going to Fantasycon and want to win a signed copy of The Vagrant or The Malice all you have to do is attend any of the programme items above and ask me the question: “Am I the First?” If you’re the first person to ask me that, you win. Simple!*

*Bonus points if you do it in the questions section of my panel.

The Hammer and the Goat, Stockholm, and Tulák!

Revised 1

Look who's back!


My first short story set in the world of THE VAGRANT, is now available for pre-order! It follows The Hammer that Walks and the goat on an adventure set parallel to events in THE VAGRANT, and is best read after you've finished that. The cover is by the ever awesome Jaime Jones.




I'll be going to Stockholm this month with the fabulous Francesca Haig. We'll be attending the Big Book Bananza on the 12th September and doing a panel and signing event at 6pm on the 13th September at the Science Fiction Bokhandeln (I'm told the store is amazing btw). I'm really looking forward to it.




The Czech versions of THE VAGRANT have arrived from Host and they're looking really cool! I especially like the swishy spot uv on the cover and the blue tint they've given it. If there are any Czech readers in the UK who would be interested in getting a copy, drop me a line.

August Things: 2016 Edition

Nine Worlds

I'll be at Nine Worlds on the Saturday 13th August doing the following panels:
Making and breaking a hero (10.00)
The end of the world and why we love it (17.00)

I'll also be doing a signing with Emma from 1.30-2.15, doing an interview and may even fly by the bar. Hopefully see some of you there!


I'll be reading at Super Relaxed Fantasy Club on the 30th August, along with the fabulous A.K. Benedict and Sarah Pinborough (also fabulous). It's at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road and starts (in a very relaxed way) at 6.30.

Voting for the Gemmell's ends 19th August!

So, just in case I forgot to mention it: THE VAGRANT has been shortlisted for a Morningstar award. 😀 😀 😀 Big thanks for everyone that voted for it at the longlist stage. If you'd like it to win, please go and vote. It's free and takes two clicks.

The link is here.

Tea and Jeopardy

We've had a couple of fabulous guests on recently. First off is Tea and Jeopardy 56 with Anna Mazzola, author of THE UNSEEING (which has been getting the most AMAZING reviews btw). Who comes to talk historical crime, the law, and the answer to the eternal question of tomato sauce or brown sauce.

Then there's Tea and Jeopardy 57 with Jason Arnopp, author of THE LAST DAYS OF JACK SPARKS (which is currently listed for a Not The Booker prize). Conversations include: metal bands, favourite music, VHS tapes and the distinct aroma of medieval sanitation.

The Gemmell Long Lists are up and I'm on them!

Specifically, The Vagrant is eligible for the Morningstar award for best debut and the Ravenheart for best cover art (by the wonderful Jaime Jones).

There's also the mighty Legend award which is well worth a look and has a lot of impressive titles on it this year.

Voting is easy and free, and you can vote once in each category. Simply go to The Gemmell Award's website and click away.

Voting closes on 24th of June and the shortlists go up on Friday the 8th of July.

Exciting times!


The Vagrant is out in the US!

The Vagrant is now out in the US! *throws confetti*

Tor.com have just done a giveaway, and Barnes & Noble have put up a lovely review as well!

I've also returned to the wonderful Grim Tidings Podcast to talk books, goats and games, and if you're quick, there's a chance to win a copy of The Vagrant there too (US only)!

*throws more confetti*

The Malice: Update (Pre-ordering & Launch)


Cover by Jaime Jones. Love it!

The Malice is coming out in Hardback and ebook on the 19th of May! To celebrate I'll be having a launch event at Waterstones Covent Garden where I'll be interviewed by Emma. There will also be drinks and nibbles, including The Malice cupcakes! I will of course be signing books, and I've been working on a new doodle…

Tickets cost £3 and you can book here. Please come!


I'm quite fond of the back too.

I'm quite fond of the back too.

My books, just hanging out together.

My books hanging out together. 😀

For those of you unable to come, the book is available for pre-order from Amazon and Waterstones, Forbidden Planet, and Goldsboro are doing another limited edition run as well! 





And if you're thinking that you've not yet read The Vagrant, there's never been a better time. It's currently on offer as part of the Kindle Spring Sale, yours for only £2.99!

Fun times!


Sci-Fi Weekender – Where I'll be and how to win books (if you're going too)

SFW7_Last_day_passesBlimey, it’s the Sci-Fi weekender this week. It’s my first time there and I’m really hoping that I’ll get a chance to meet Brian Blessed. If you’re going too, read on for details of what I’m doing and a chance to win books!





Friday 18th March.

11.00am Meet and Greet (Owner’s Lounge)

12.00pm Q&A with Reading (Starbucks/Author zone)

1.30pm Dystopia – As good as it used to be? (Starbucks/Author Zone)

4.30 Writing the Inhuman: Demons/Monsters/Mages (Starbucks/Author Zone)

Saturday 19th March

11.00am Meet and Greet (Owner’s Lounge)

12.30pm When Does Horror Become Fantasy? (Main Void)

1.30pm Psychological Versus Visceral  (Starbucks/Author Zone)

3.15pm Publishing Today – Getting You Work Out there. (Starbucks/Author Zone)

5.30pm Just a Minute*. (Main Void)


Competition time!

If you’re going to the Sci-Fi Weekender and want to win a signed copy of The Vagrant or Landfall all you have to do is attend any of the programme items above and ask me the question: “Am I the First?” If you’re the first person to ask me that, you win. Simple!**


*I've not done this before so quite nervous. And I'm sure nothing bad will come of the fact that I'm competing against Emma…

**Bonus points if you do it in the questions section of any of my panels/items.

The Vagrant paperback & other updates!

It's already in Waterstones Western-super-Mare (photo by Keith Ramsey)

It's already in Waterstones Western-super-Mare! (photo by Keith Ramsey)

The Vagrant paperback is out today and to celebrate I've got a guest post over at the Harper Voyager blog!

Thanks to those of you who have been sharing pictures of it out in the wild. I will never ever, ever get bored of seeing it on display tables.

If you're based in the US, I'm afraid it doesn't hit bookstores there until the 10th May but it is coming, I promise!

If you're keen to get stuck in, there's a sample of the book on the Harper Voyager blog right now!


And in Waterstones Orchard Square, Sheffield! (Photo by Andrew Angel)


And looking very cool in Swindon! Thanks Vicki! 😀 (Photo by Adrian Faulkner)

For those of you who are waiting for the sequel, THE MALICE will be coming out in hardback on the 19th May and we should be seeing a cover reveal very, very soon. SPOILER: Jaime Jones has produced another work of beauty and I can't wait for you to see it!

And for those of you who are super keen,   at the time of writing this I'm about two thirds of the way through drafting THE SEVEN (which will be coming out in 2017) and I'll have more news about some short stories set between the books in the not too distant future.

Exciting times!