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52 blogs of 2015 | #4 | Award eligibility

Yep, it’s that time of year again. Various awards are open for nomination, including the Hugos and the Nebulas, the BFS and BSFAs, etc, and I’ve already been surprised and quite delighted to find The Burning Dark is on the preliminary ballot of the Bram Stoker Awards (go, little book, go!).

So here’s my list of stuff of mine from 2014 that is eligible for nomination, should anyone wish to do so.

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Novelette/short story (depends on the award)

Art

I can also remind folk that Brisk Money–the prequel of sorts to my forthcoming novel Made to Kill–can also be found in Some of the Best from Tor.com 2014 anthology. And I must say, I do like that story quite a lot, and I do believe the artwork that accompanies it by Gerard Dubois is a genuine bona fide oil painting…

 

52 blogs of 2015 | #3 | ELEMENTARY launch event and Sherlock Holmes signing! (London, February 28, 2015)

In case you missed it, I’m writing the official tie-in novels for the CBS TV show Elementary. In fact, no sooner had the announcement gone out than my author copies arrived! And they look fabulous! This book is a bit of a triple-first: my first crime/mystery novel, my first licensed tie-in novel, and my first novel in the neat mass market paperback format:

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And… I think I like it!

Elementary: The Ghost Line is out in the US on Tuesday, February 24th, and in the UK on Thursday, February 26th. You can pre-order the book from your favourite bookstore, or one of these handy links:

Elementary: The Ghost Line at Amazon.com
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Amazon.co.uk
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Barnes & Noble
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Indiebound (for your local US bookstore)
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Waterstones
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Hive (for your local UK bookstore)
Elementary: The Ghost Line at iBooks (US)
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Forbidden Planet

To help send this little beauty off into the world, Forbidden Planet is having a big old Sherlock Holmes signing at their London megastore on Saturday, February 28th. The event runs 12–1pm, and I’ll be signing copies of The Ghost Line alongside fellow Holmes scribes James Lovegrove, George Mann, and Vaughn Entwistle.

Should be a fun afternoon! Do come along and say hello if you are around and about. I’ll post the event page once Forbidden Planet have it up in their events diary.

 

52 blogs of 2015 | #2 | And that secret novel is…

Y’know, the thing about publishing is that it’s complicated and colossal and things take a long time, which means that you often have to sit on news for aeons because you have to wait for a whole heap of stuff to happen. This is business as usual. And I’m sure this drives every author crazy–me included!

Which makes me very pleased and very relieved and very very excited to be able to, finally, after months (seriously, this is the longest I’ve ever sat on book news ever), talk about that secret project I’ve been working on. I’ve talked about it online, calling it the secret novel, not because I love teasing you with vague details, but because I’m really pretty gosh-darned tickled pink to be involved with this and I’ve been utterly beside myself with anticipation.

So. Here it is!


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A summons to a body found riddled with bullets in a Hell’s Kitchen apartment marks the start of a new case for consulting detectives Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson. The victim is a subway train driver with a hidden stash of money and a strange Colombian connection, but why would someone kill him and leave a fortune behind?

The search for the truth will lead the sleuths deep into the hidden underground tunnels beneath New York City, where answers—and more bodies—may well await them…


I’m writing the official Elementary tie-in novels! The first one, The Ghost Line, is out in early 2015 – February 24th in the US, February 27th in the UK.

In fact, you can pre-order the book with these handy links!

Elementary: The Ghost Line at Amazon.com
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Amazon.co.uk
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Barnes & Noble
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Indiebound (for your local US bookstore)
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Waterstones
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Hive (for your local UK bookstore)
Elementary: The Ghost Line at iBooks (US)
Elementary: The Ghost Line at Forbidden Planet

I love Elementary. Love it. And I love Sherlock Holmes. More importantly, I love Elementary‘s take on Holmes – it’s one of my favourite shows, and writing these books is a dream and the most fun ever. And never in a million years did I ever think I’d have a book cover with Lucy Liu on it.

I mean, seriously. Lucy Liu? Getouttatown.

And if you want a little taster of this new Elementary adventure, head over to Criminal Element right now for an exclusive excerpt!

52 Blogs of 2015 | #1 | MADE TO KILL cover reveal

A new year and I’m starting to get obsessed about the number 52. I’m not sure this is entirely healthy, but maybe DC Comics were onto something. Anyway, this year I’m going to read 52 books and 52 graphic novels/comic trade collections, watch 52 movies I haven’t seen before, and try and post 52 blogs a year. Which means each is going to be numbered, most will probably appear on Friday, and they start… today!

And what a doozy this one is. I have several books out this year (which I’ll cover next week!), not to mention my first regular monthly comic book starts up in April. The final (so far, anyway) book release of the year will be the first volume in The LA Trilogy, which drops in November.

Yesterday, not only did Tor.com reveal the title of that book to be Made to Kill, but they showed off the jaw-dropping cover by the remarkable Will Staehle, who has–I’m rather amazed to say–done the covers for all of my novels.

And this one? This one might be my favourite. Click to enlarge and feast your eyes…

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Will also did one of Tor.com’s famous pop quiz interviews, which you can read here. Appropriate, given that The LA Trilogy was born out of the pop quiz I did last year.

Made to Kill is out in November from Tor (North America) and Titan (everywhere else). More info–including pre-order links–will be up as soon as I have them.

In the meantime, if you want to read the origin story of Ray, our leading mechanical man, you can check out the novella Brisk Money at Tor.com or as part of the brilliant (and entirely free) anthology, Some of the Best from Tor.com 2014.

See you next week… hopefully with another announcement I’ve been dying to make…

Now available: SOME OF THE BEST FROM TOR.COM

Today sees the release of Some of the Best from Tor.com, an anthology of 26 original stories – with original artwork! – from Tor.com’s class of 2014 fiction. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m pretty delighted to have my novelette Brisk Money included, in what really is an astounding collection. I mean, just look at the contents:

You can read more about it at Tor.com. The collection is available now at Amazon, with other online retailers loading it up shortly. It is also entirely, 100% free.

Kicking off 2015 with THE SHIELD

Helloooooooo 2015! You look great. Seriously, I love what you’ve done with the place.

I don’t really make New Year Resolutions, as they tend to drift away after a short while even with the best of intentions, but I do like making lists and plans and giving myself challenges for the year ahead. One of those challenges is to blog here more often. So that starts today, and it starts with the reveal of Robert Hack’s Grindhouse-inspired variant cover for The Shield #1:

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Robert Hack is the artist on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which I recommend you check out. You can find Robert on Twitter and you can see his variant covers for The Fox and Black Hood over at ComicBookResources.com.

I’ve also put this up on Adam and Chuck Make Comics – which I promise (eep!) to try and keep updated, at least on a weekly basis.

Exciting December round-up of pretty great stuff!

The year is almost over. I still have tonnes to do! And… I haven’t blogged much, because BUSY.

But there’s some cool stuff happening, and I’ll have plenty to talk about soon — when I’m allowed to talk about it! — so in the meantime here’s a collection of link to some neat things me and my friends are doing:

  • The Burning Dark gets a nice mention in the Tor.com reviewer’s round-up of 2014! Huzzah!
  • Brisk Money, the novelette prequel to the forthcoming LA Trilogy, has been included in this year’s Best of Tor.com short fiction! This anthology of selected stories from the site will be out in January, and it’s absolutely 100% free! I’m delighted to be included in it this year — I kinda love Brisk Money, and this is one thing to tick off the writerly bucket list.
  • Free Comic Book Day 2015 is scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd, and Dark Circle Comics will be a part of it with a special preview sampler, featuring The Fox, Black Hood, and The Shield. And… that’s another bucket list item checked! I’ll also be doing a FCBD event, details of which I’ll post closer to the time.
  • Speaking of The Shield, co-writer Chuck Wendig and I recently spoke to Women Write About Comics about the book.
  • And just yesterday, Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater did a Reddit AMA and answered questions about all corners of the Archie universe… including Dark Circle. He revealed that The Shield #1 is due for April 2015, and I popped in to say I’d be at the San Diego Comic Con International in July!
  • My friend Paul Cornell has started his annual 12 Blogs of Christmas, something I look forward to reading every year. His post about Fortean photographs stirs a part of my brain that was terrified as a child by Arthur C. Clarke’s World of Strange Powers, and he’s also broken the news that his first collection of short fiction is coming next year from NewCon Press. I’m looking forward to that!
  • And if you’re not listening to Emma Newman‘s Tea and Jeopardy Advent Calendar 2014, then you need to rectify the situation. This daily mini-podcast has become a highlight for me, and if they don’t win the Hugo Award for Best Fancast in 2015 then I shall be very cross.
  • Finally today, one of my favourite bands, The Bird and the Bee, have released their Christmas tunes online for free — their version of The 12 Days of Christmas (with a new chord progression at each verse repetition) is well worth a listen.

And that’s it for now. See you soon for some news…

Ninja SHIELD poster signing at Thought Bubble!

The Thought Bubble comic con is happening this weekend in Leeds, England, and I’ll be there on the Saturday as a regular attendee. I’ve been going to this con for years now, and it’s a firm favourite of mine. The guest list is pretty spectacular.

Among those over from the US is Kelly Fitzpatrick, colourist extraordinaire who is working on the Dark Circle books, including The Shield. Kelly will be stationed at table 18 in the New Dock Hall.

And if you go and see her, or find me wandering around the con, say hello and pick up a free double-sided Dark Circle Comics poster, signed by me and Kelly!

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Supplies are limited! See you on Saturday!

THE SHIELD round-up!

As you might know, I’m co-writing The Shield with Chuck Wendig for Dark Circle Comics, the superhero imprint of Archie Comics. The Shield is one of three core books forming the relaunch, and will be joined by Black Hood and The Fox in early 2015.

Let’s not mince words. This is pretty gosh darned amazing.

There’s going to be lots of info coming soon, and maybe some stuff to show off. But in the meantime I’m compiling a list of links to interviews, features, news and podcasts. This list isn’t comprehensive, as we got a heck of a lot of coverage, but I’ll periodically update everything via the COMICS link at the top of my website.

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David Williams announced as artist on The Shield.

The Riverdale Podcast presents audio from the Dark Circle Comics panel from New York Comic Con.

Bleeding Cool coverage of the Dark Circle Comics panel.

Dark Circle editor Alex Segura talks to the Riverdale Podcast

…and to the Word Balloon podcast.

Archie Co-CEO Jon Goldwater drops some Dark Circle hints.

CBR TV interview with Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Robert Hack talk Sabrina, Afterlife, and Dark Circle.

Black Hood writer Duane Swiercyznski talks to Comic Book Resources.

CBR coverage of the Dark Circle relaunch (1)

CBR coverage of the relaunch (2)

Alex’s launch interview with CBR…

…and a later interview with more info.

Salon.com feature – How Archie went from dull to daring.

Enter the Dark Circle with 13th Dimension.

Also, in addition to David Williams’s art above, check out the launch poster by the amazing Francesco Francavilla.

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More to come!

 

 

The state of the writer, autumn 2014 edition

Phew. Not dead, just working. And maybe pining for the fjords just a little.

So, WorldCon (and Nine Worlds and Fantasy in the Court) happened about a million years ago and was Fun Times and included highlights such as seeing my book cover on a cake…

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…then meeting David Tennant…

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…before escorting Gail Carriger to the Hugo Award ceremony…

©2014 John O'Halloran johno@tyedye.org(photograph ©2014 John O’Halloran, used with permission)

And with convention season a distant memory, it’s time to take stock of what I’m actually working on at the moment:

  • Writing the first book in The LA Trilogy, about a robot “detective” in 1960s Hollywood. I say “detective” because… well, you need to go read the prequel novelette, Brisk Money, which is up on Tor.com. The events of book 1 – which has a title, albeit one I shall keep to myself a little longer – follow from this, indirectly, and will be out in September 2015.
  • Copyediting The Machine Awakes, the second book in the Spider Wars sequence, following on from The Burning Dark. It’s not a direct sequel, but what happened in the first book certainly had repercussions. The Machine Awakes will be out in April 2015.
  • Writing The Shield with my co-conspirator Chuck Wendig. While everything is swathed in secrecy at the moment, I think we should be able to give you some more info and even show a little artwork very soon. And in the meantime, you can find us at our shared comics tumblr, Adam And Chuck Make Comics.
  • Editing the big secret novel. I’ve been dropping hints about this for about three months and it still hasn’t been announced, but hot dang, I’m looking forward to being able to talk about this book. It even has a secret cover. More on that when I’m allowed to spill the beans.
  • I’ve also got a comic short on the boil – this is something of a long-term project with a good artist friend of mine. Alas, nothing I can talk about yet. Again.

All of which is keeping me pretty busy, but in a rather exciting kind of way. I’m off to London tomorrow for two days of meetings, but I’ll be back later in the week to post more info on some of the above projects.