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Mexico in Motion by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

To celebrate the upcoming publication of her vivid, wildly imaginative historical fantasy, Gods of Jade and Shadow (out 23rd July), Silvia Moreno-Garcia discusses 1920s post-revolution Mexico, which forms the background of the novel and Casiopea’s journey.   In the 1920s, Mexico was coming out of a decade-long Revolution. The nation was eager to put the previous […]

What I’ve Learned About Vikings

Now on his fifth novel, Council (published 16 May 2019), Snorri Kristjansson is no stranger to the world of Vikings. From sweeping epics to taut mysteries, his novels have enthralled us time and time again with their rich detail, fast-paced action and engaging humour. So there’s no one better to give us a little sneak […]

Writing fantasy with one eye on the Newsfeed by David Hair

  The third book of my epic fantasy series The Sunsurge Quartet – entitled Hearts of Ice – comes out in March 2019, and I’ve just finished drafting the fourth book. As the series has progressed its political content has caused my publisher to ask for a blog about its politics: here’s that blog. The […]

10 Things the Women of The Shattered Kingdoms Aren’t

  To celebrate the publication of Strife’s Bane, the final instalment of The Shattered Kingdoms series, in paperback, Evie Manieri takes us through ten things the women of the Shatter Kingdoms most certainly are not. One day, the debate about what makes a Strong Female Character will cease. I know I’m an optimist, but I think […]

Revisiting the Past

  My wife Kerry and I lived in India 2006-2010, in New Delhi. In 2007, I had my first novel accepted for publication (The Bone Tiki, a YA fantasy set in New Zealand, by HarperCollins New Zealand), and that encouraged me to look for more writing inspiration. As a Kiwi living in Asia for the […]

On Thanksgiving by Christopher Golden

On Thanksgiving, there’s historically been an emphasis on the earliest days of the U.S., and a meal shared by European settlers and Native Americans. While that narrative and the way it’s presented has become more than a little problematic, I still embrace the idea that we ought to have at least one day a year […]

Halloween Memories – Tom Fletcher

Tom Fletcher, author of The Leaping, The Thing on the Shore and Idle Hands gives us his take on Halloween – from memories, to popular culture, to it’s important in his own work. Halloween. The first thing that comes to mind is apple bobbing – trying to eat apples as they floated in a bucket of water, no hands […]

The Burning House

Quercus author Neil Spring on predicting a mystery yet to happen, and his new novel The Burning House. Although Halloween is time of ghoulish festivity and fun for many, that isn’t necessarily true for the inhabitants of far-flung hamlet of Foyers, which nestles in the wooded shores of Loch Ness. For hundreds of years, locals here […]

A Murder of Crows

Alison Littlewood, author of The Crow Garden and The Hidden People, give us her take on the folklore behind the crow and its influences on The Crow Garden. For Halloween, I thought I’d share some of the folklore and legends about crows that I came across in writing The Crow Garden. There are many stories told of these beautiful birds, […]

Blood and Death Became My Refuge

Blood and Death Became My Refuge Mats Strandberg, author of Blood Cruise, on losing a parent, grief and the power of writing. My mother died a few weeks after I had finished the first draft of Blood Cruise. All things considered, we had a good last couple of days while she was in the hospital. We […]

Growing Up: Peter McLean

To celebrate the upcoming publication of his grimdark fantasy novel, Priest of Bones, Peter McLean on growing up, gangsters and Tomas Piety, a crime lord like no other. I was a bit wild when I was a lad. From the late eighties through to the mid nineties, I was what you might call a bit of a naughty […]

The Gaia Chronicles: A Soul Journey

To celebrate the publication of Stained Light, the thrilling conclusion to The Gaia Chronicles, author Naomi Foyle has written up the origin story of her series – from the core ideas behind her work to a very exciting plan to adapt the story for the stage. Stained Light is out 6 September, available here. The Gaia Chronicles began, for […]

Naomi Foyle’s Top Five Reading Recommendations

The much acclaimed author of The Gaia Chronicles, Naomi Foyle, very kindly shares with us her top five reading recommendations – just in case your TBR pile wasn’t quite big enough already . . .   Tea from an Empty Cup by Pat Cadigan (1998). A cyberpunk classic, the title a Zen metaphor for Artificial […]

Inside the world of Foundryside, with Robert Jackson Bennett

In honour of the upcoming publication of his new book Foundryside, the first in the Founders Trilogy, available 23 August, Robert Jackson Bennett offers an insight into the development of the novel’s magic system and world.   One of the problems I had with magic as a young reader was that it was never clear how […]

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