Giving away free stories is something of a tradition of mine, especially when it comes to the holidays. Last Halloween, for instance, I gave away a little snippet called “The d’Erlette Configuration”, a Royal Occultist story which owed a small tip of the hat to a certain film series. This Halloween, I decided to follow the same format, and pit the Royal Occultist against another favorite movie monster of mine–the murderous, ambulatory brain. (more…)
This year my work for Black Library took a slight detour off the well-trodden paths of Warhammer Fantasy and onto the oil-stained highways of Warhammer 40,000. While I’ve written a number of stories set in the grim darkness of the far future, I’ve come back to the white armored Space Marines of the White Scars Chapter more than once. Granted this was mostly due to opportunity, but opportunity breeds affection. (more…)
It’s the countdown to both Halloween and the release of The Adventures of the Royal Occultist #2: The Jade Suit of Death, and to celebrate, starting today until All Hallows Eve, the first Royal Occultist novel, The Whitechapel Demon, is available as a free download for the Kindle! And speaking as the author, it’d make my month if we could get Whitechapel Demon to climb the Amazon rankings as high as it can go. So grab your copy today, and please share, retweet and spread the word so that others can do the same!
This has happened a few times, but it never fails to give me a little thrill every time I see that a story of mine is being plumbed for crossovers for the Crossover Universe books. This time around, it’s last year’s The New Adventures of Jim Anthony, Super-Detective: The Death’s Head Cloud that’s getting the treatment. You can find the whole write-up at the Crossover Universe blog. (more…)
Chris Wraight’s The Fall of Altdorf, the next volume in the End Times series, is now available for preorder, and to celebrate I decided to put together a third (unofficial) End Times mixtape, this time centering on one of its main characters, Big Daddy Fangs himself, Vlad von Carstein. You can find the previous two (unofficial) mixtapes, ‘The Nine Tracks of Nagash’ and ‘The Baddest Man (Un)Alive’ here and here, respectively.
Vlad, like Mannfred and Arkhan, is a character I have a tremendous amount of affection for, though for different reasons. Mannfred is pragmatic, and Arkhan is cynical, but Vlad is an optimist. He’s a king without a kingdom, a husband without a wife, and a man without allies, but for him, those are merely problems he hasn’t solved yet.
After all, once you’ve conquered death, everything else is easy. (more…)
The Royal Occultist: Haunted Holidays will be the first of what will hopefully be a series of inexpensive PDF collections, each containing five themed Royal Occultist stories–four reprints, and one all new, never before seen story written specifically for the collection.
As the name suggests, the first collection will have a holiday theme. Future collections will include Fiendish Encounters, Ghostly Occurrences, and Eldritch Artifacts. Read on, to see the stunning MD Jackson cover for Haunted Holidays, and the table of contents. (more…)