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Welp, yesterday was fun. Saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens (you’ll get no spoilers from me!), and, oh, signed a little deal for some more Ray Electromatic Mysteries.


I’m chuffed to be joining the novella imprint with a new story for Ray and Ada! You can read the full announcement over at, but I’m pleased to say that Standard Hollywood Depravity will be out around September/October 2016.

Standard Hollywood Depravity — which takes its title, like Brisk Money, from something Raymond Chandler said in one of his letters – takes place between Made to Kill, the first book of the LA Trilogy (which is out now) and book 2, Killing is My Business. That volume isn’t out until January 2017, so Standard Hollywood Depravity will fill the gap next year. As with Brisk Money, which is sort-of a pseudo-prequel to the series, the novella will be a standalone story that might contain a few hints about what’s coming Ray and Ada’s way in book 2.


So, not a bad way to round off the year! Head over to for more info!

The MADE TO KILL trailer, Indie Next Pick, and US book tour!

Publishing is a weird business. When you start a project, the publication date can be just a distant point on the horizon. You can work on a book for months, even years, before handing it in to your editor, and then there is still a year or more of work ahead of you–editorial comments, copy edits, page proofs, cover discussions. The list goes on. You can live with a book for so long that it feels as familiar as an old friend.

And then, out of nowhere, the publication date is suddenly, amazingly, right there.

All of which is to say that Made to Kill, my new novel, is out in one week today – Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015.

O. M. G.

To mark the release, my US publisher, Tor, has created a book trailer!

I have to say, I can’t stop smiling at that. It’s absolutely pitch perfect. And, as you’ll see by the badge at the end, Made to Kill is an Indie Next Pick for December 2015!


This is a rare honour for a science fiction novel, and I’m utterly delighted. I’ll have more info on that when the full Indie Next list is published.

But wait, there’s more! With Made to Kill just a week away, I’m off on a US book tour! Here’s the schedule:

Ÿ— November 3rd, 2015: New York, NY

Launch party! WORD Presents: An Evening with Tor Books and Dark Circle Comics featuring Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig

Celebrating the launch of Adam Christopher’s Made to Kill and The Shield with Chuck Wendig

7:00pm, KGB Bar-Red Room, 85 E 4th Street, New York, NY

— November 4th, 2015: Saratoga Springs, NY

Tor 25th Anniversary Celebration

7:00pm, North shire Books, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY

— November 5th-8th, 2015: Saratoga Springs, NY

World Fantasy Convention (

— November 9th, 2015: Milford, NH

Happy Hour with Adam Christopher! Food and drinks for a great way to start the week!

5:30pm, The Toadstool Bookshop, 614 Nashua Street, Lorden Plaza, Milford, NH 03055

— November 10th, 2015: Cambridge, MA

With Max Gladstone!

6:00pm, Pandemonium Books and Games, 4 Pleasant Street, Cambridge, MA

— November 11th, 2015: Lexington, KY

7:00pm, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 161 Lexington Green Circle, Lexington, KY 40503

— November 12th, 2015: Richmond, VA

6:30pm, Fountain Books, 1312 E Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23219

— November 13th, 2015: Doylestown, PA

Geekadelphia Presents: An Evening with Tor Books and Dark Circle Comics featuring Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig

6:30pm, Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main Street, Doylestown, PA 18901

— November 14th, 2015: Chapel Hill, NC

With Mur Lafferty!

6:00pm, Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Phew! That’s quite a tour – two weeks on the road, which I’m going to try and blog each day, wi-fi permitting! I have no programming at WFC, but you will no doubt be able to find me in the bar. Meanwhile, there’s a cool poster for the NYC event:




























So if you’re somewhere along the tour route, it would be great to see you!

In the meantime, you can learn more about Made to Kill over at, where you can find an excerpt, more info on the story and characters, and also the free prequel novelette, Brisk Money. You can also subscribe to my new newsletter, which is coming soon, and which I think has one or two goodies lined up.

And finally, some pre-order links! Pre-orders are important for both the publisher and the author, so here are a few options:

Made to Kill is out in North America as a hardcover and ebook from Tor Books:

Buy Made to Kill at Amazon US
Buy Made to Kill at Barnes & Noble
Buy Made to Kill at Indiebound
Buy Made to Kill at the iBookstore US

…and in the UK as a paperback and ebook from Titan Books:

Buy Made to Kill at Amazon UK
Buy Made to Kill at Waterstones
Buy Made to Kill at WH Smith
Buy Made to Kill at Hive

There is also an audiobook coming from Macmillan audio–I’ll have links for that ASAP.

Right, back to work–and I’ll see some of you next week, I hope!

52 blogs of 2015 | #9 | BRISK MONEY at Publisher’s Weekly and the Hugo Award nomination deadline

The deadline for Hugo Award nominations is just hours away – 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time on Tuesday March 10, 2015 – so, those members of LonCon3, Sasquan, or MidAmeriCon II, make sure you have your ballot completed by then!

I have several bits and bobs of mine that are eligible (you can see the list here), but really the only thing I want to suggest is my novelette Brisk Money. This was published by last year, and… honestly, I love it. It’s fun, and it started a whole new series of novels for me, the first of which – Made to Kill – comes out in November 2015 from Tor in North America and Titan everywhere else. I’m immensely proud of that novel, and I can’t wait for folks to get their eyes on it.


In a happy coincidence, yesterday Brisk Money got a nice call-out in the Publisher’s Weekly starred review of the Some of the Best from 2014 anthology! Of the anthology as a whole, they said:

These uniformly excellent stories are all exactly as long as they need to be, and all the more powerful for it.

Brisk Money is, of course, entirely free to read. And you can do that… right here!


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.


Novelette/short story (depends on the award)


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 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 | #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 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…

Made to Kill

Will also did one of’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 or as part of the brilliant (and entirely free) anthology, Some of the Best from 2014.

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


Today sees the release of Some of the Best from, an anthology of 26 original stories – with original artwork! – from’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 The collection is available now at Amazon, with other online retailers loading it up shortly. It is also entirely, 100% free.

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 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 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…

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…

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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 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.


THE LA TRILOGY starts today with the prequel novelette, BRISK MONEY!

Today is the day! My new novelette, Brisk Money, is up at!


Written by Adam Christopher
Edited by Paul Stevens
Illustration by Gérard Dubois

Raymond Chandler famously hated science fiction, saying “They pay brisk money for this crap?” However, it has recently come to light that Chandler secretly wrote a series of stories and novels starring a robot detective. He then burnt all the manuscripts and went on writing his noir masterpieces. Unknown to Chandler, his housekeeper had managed to save some of these discarded manuscripts from the grate in his study, preserving the tales for future generations.

Brisk Money is a prequel to The LA Trilogy, a set of three novels starring Raymond Electromatic, a robot PI, which you can learn more about here. The first volume is due out in late 2015.

And you know what? I really like Brisk Money a lot. It’s a lot of fun, and I hope people really enjoy it! It’s also available from iBooks and Amazon (UK | US) – please feel free to leave a review there!

Titan Books to publish THE LA TRILOGY!

I’m pleased to announce that Titan will be publishing my forthcoming crime SF series, The LA Trilogy, as per yesterday’s roundup in Publisher’s Marketplace:

Adam Christopher’s THE LA TRILOGY, set in an alternative 1960s Los Angeles and starring a robot detective and his boss, pitched as inspired by Raymond Chandler’s parody of science fiction in a letter to his agent, to Natalie Laverick at Titan Books, by Stacia Decker at the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Yay! I’m so pleased to have landed this at Titan, who are also publishing the three books of The Spider Wars sequence, which started with The Burning Dark. Both series are published by Tor in the US.

The LA Trilogy has an interesting origin, which you can read about over at Although the first volume isn’t due to drop until September 2015, you won’t have to wait that long to meet its star, Raymond Electromatic. His origin story is told in Brisk Money, my next novelette, which is due to be published on July 23rd. I have shown off the nifty cover before, but hey, any excuse to do it again:


July 23
Written by Adam Christopher
Edited by Paul Stevens
Illustration by Gérard Dubois

Raymond Chandler famously hated science fiction, saying “They pay brisk money for this crap?” However, it has recently come to light that Chandler secretly wrote a series of stories and novels starring a robot detective. He then burnt all the manuscripts and went on writing his noir masterpieces. Unknown to Chandler, his housekeeper had managed to save some of these discarded manuscripts from the grate in his study, preserving the tales for future generations.

There’s an official press release doing the rounds, which you can read here.

And back to the editing!