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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)

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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…

 

The true story behind HANG WIRE…

Not dead, just editing.

And in the process of moving house, which means it was time to clear out the office cupboards at the weekend. And just look what I found…

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I’ve said before that my urban fantasy novel Hang Wire was based on a true story. And it is. Kinda. These are the last three fortunes I have left from the dozen or so that popped out of a weird fortune cookie one night in San Francisco in 2009.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t granted the powers of a murdered Chinese trickster god. But I did get a neat idea for a novel…

SFX magazine takeover, Kelly Braffet blurbs HANG WIRE, and the epic Forbidden Planet double book launch!

So this is a busy week.

Out today is issue 246 of SFX Magazine – inside of which you will find no fewer than three things either by, or related to… me!

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On page 108, Eddie Robson reviews The Burning Dark, awarding four stars and saying it is…

A skillful genre clash, using the furniture of military SF to stage a piece of psychological horror… what lingers at the end is the deeply uncanny quality of a haunted, abandoned space station, and a final sequence of revelations that pay off the tension handsomely.

All I can say it… wow! I love this review to bits!

If that whets your appetite, turn to page 116 for a two-page extract from the book, courtesy of Titan. The extract is an entire chapter, focussing on two of the marines stuck on the space station Coast City.

Following that, on page 118 is my second Book Club feature, this time on the Dragonlance classic, Dragons of Autumn Twilight.

Phew! Seriously, that must be some kind of record for SFX appearances.

I’m also delighted today to show off a new blurb for Hang Wire!

One of my favourite books of last year was Save Yourself, by literary wunderkind Kelly Braffet. Save Yourself is dark and beautiful, with a depth of character and elegance of prose that regular schmucks like myself can only dream of achieving.

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I was pleased as punch to make Kelly’s acquaintance via Twitter (man, three cheers for social media), and then just a little awestruck when she asked if she could read Hang Wire.

And she did, and this is what she said:

Adam Christopher’s Hang Wire reads like Erin Morgenstern via Tim Powers, but the dark, creepy heart that beats at its center is entirely its own. It’s good unclean fun, and so addictive.

And… wow. I’m speechless, and also very, very grateful to have received such wonderful praise from a writer such as Kelly. That blurbs joins Hang Wire‘s NPR review and starred Booklist review as some of the highlights of my writing career so far.

So if all of that tickles your fancy, come along to the Forbidden Planet Megastore at 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, on Thursday night (6th March) at 6pm for what promises to be an epic double launch of Hang Wire and The Burning Dark. I’ll be reading from both books, and the first 50 people in the door will get a Hang Wire fortune cookie (as seen in the book)! Hidden inside are four spot prizes, including a voucher for the Forbidden Planet store. There will also be jello shots! We were going to serve a wild strawberry liqueur – as seen in The Burning Dark – but it’s a little sweet and very sticky, so to make it safer for the store (sticky fingers on books is a bad idea), we’re making it into something a little easier to handle.

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As well as the regular paperback of Hang Wire, the limited edition, numbered hardcover – with gorgeous variant red cover by Kitschies Inky Tentacle winner Will Staehle – will be available for the first time. And not only that, this event will be your chance to grab The Burning Dark nearly three whole weeks before it goes on general sale anywhere in the world.

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Phew! I guess I’d better choose what to read then… see you tomorrow!

COLD WAR now available at Tor.com!

Slowly getting back into the blog after a couple of crazy weeks.

Yesterday, I made my Tor.com fiction debut with a novelette! Cold War, as I’ve mentioned before, is a standalone episode set in the same universe as my forthcoming dark space opera, The Burning Dark, and features an amazing illustration by Victor Mosquerra (seriously, you should see it in high res, it’s incredible).

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“Dropped on a frozen planet under suspicious circumstances, a group of marines struggles to discover the true objective of their mission.”

Cold War reminds me that The Burning Dark is – as of yesterday – just one month away from publication. Eep! The pre-order contest is still running too – all you need to do is send me your order receipt for The Burning Dark, or Hang Wire, or both, and you’ll go into the draw to win a pack of 13 signed books. More details can be found at this link.

And if you can make it to the Forbidden Planet megastore in London next Thursday (March 6th) at 6pm, you’ll be able to grab a copy of the UK Titan edition of The Burning Dark nearly three weeks before the official release! There will also be fancy drinks (wild strawberry liqueur, anyone?) and prizes hidden inside fortune cookies! Also on that night we’ll be launching the limited edition hardcover of Hang Wire, with variant colour cover! If you can’t make it, you’ll find order links for signed copies of The Burning Dark, Hang Wire, and the Hang Wire hardcover here.

SFX Magazine feature interview!

Off to London tomorrow for a couple of days, so there might not be much happening on the blog until next week.

But, a couple of things:

Issue 245 of SFX Magazine hit the newsstands today – turn to page 78 and you’ll find a feature interview with me!

Thanks to Mark Nelson for the snap:

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Tomorrow is the official UK release of Hang Wire, although it’s actually be out in most stores for the last week. Don’t forget that you can still enter the increasingly inaccurately named pre-order contest until April. All you need to do is buy Hang Wire and send me the receipt, and you could win a pack of thirteen signed books.

See you next week!

 

 

“A love letter to Weird America” – NPR reviews HANG WIRE

I figured this deserves a post all of its own, so here goes.

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This weekend, NPR gave Hang Wire a stellar review, in which they said:

Hang Wire is flush with the sort of geek-centric weirdness and galloping, whiz-bang pace that Christopher had previously only begun to master. In spite of so many moving parts, the result is a tightly wound, dynamic piece of genre-bending machinery. If that’s a metaphor for Christopher’s awestruck vision of melting-pot America, all’s the better.

NPR – National Public Radio – is, as the name suggests, the US’s public radio network. It’s home to many of my favourite radio shows and podcasts, including the essential This American Life, and it’s website is my go-to page for news and analysis.

And NPR liked my book. For a little while on Saturday and Sunday, I was even on the front page of npr.org.

All-in-all, that was a pretty good weekend.

The NPR review joins the starred review from Booklist, and the excellent review in SFX Magazine. And there’s more to come!

 

Those rare occasions when a Thursday turns out pretty good, plus some new HANG WIRE reviews

Oops, missed a blog post yesterday! To be honest, I was flat out busy, so it would have been a picture post of something random in my office anyway. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

Anyway, today was a good day. Lots of work done. Got two bits of amazing news which I can’t tell you about. Then unexpectedly got tickets to see my favourite band, The Cure, at the Royal Albert Hall next month (general sale is tomorrow, but I heard word of a pre-sale this morning and was online at just the right time), and then, to top it off, Lego announced they are doing a Ghostbusters set as part of their CUUSOO series (fan-created sets that are then voted on for appraisal and possible production by Lego).

So, all in all, it’s been a pretty amazing day.

Meanwhile, some more Hang Wire links in action:

Over at Mary Robinette Kowal’s My Favorite Bit, I give the lowdown on the book’s main villain, Joel Duvall.

The Book Plank review the book and says:

Hang Wire is a awesome read (and that’s understating it by far). From the first pages I was hooked.

There’s also a new interview with me up on that site.

At My Shelf Confessions, Tabitha says that Hang Wire is:

Fricka fracking blowing my mind good!

…which is my favourite review quote ever!

Megan at All Things Urban Fantasy says:

If Tim Powers wrote The Night Circus, the resulting novel would probably look a lot like Adam Christopher’s Hang Wire.

My Bookish Ways says:

Hang Wire is just pure fun. Yes, there are some dark doings here (something huge is awakening underground and gods are running around wearing human facades, and of course, murder), however, Adam Christopher manages to pull off the right amount of creepy (and some great action scenes) without ever getting toodark. Fans of quirky urban fantasy will devour this one.

And Popcorn Reads says:

Adam Christopher has brought his unique vision to his novel and I loved it. Hang Wire is pure murder mystery married to a dark, sinister urban fantasy, with both bordering on and possibly crossing over into horror in places. I get chills now just thinking about it.

See you tomorrow!

 

 

HANG WIRE is out in North America today! KERMIT-FLAIL!

Book four is out. I hope that you enjoy it, and if you do enjoy, please do put a review up online somewhere. Amazon. Goodreads. Barnes & Noble. Wherever you like. And if you do buy it – even if it’s straight off the shelf in your favourite store – don’t forget to enter my giant giveaway.

Thanks to everyone for their support! Hang Wire has been an interesting journey… and I  get to do it all again next week, when it comes out in the UK.

In the meantime, although I’m posted it a zillion times before, I haven’t posted THIS version before, and it seems appropriate to just leave this video here today.

Enjoy!

 

HANG WIRE is out in the US tomorrow!

The calm before the storm. Hang Wire, my fourth novel, is out in the US tomorrow.

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Ted is worried. He’s been sleepwalking, and his somnambulant travels appear to coincide with murders by the notorious Hang Wire Killer.

Meanwhile, the circus has come to town, but the Celtic dancers are taking their pagan act a little too seriously, the manager of the Olde Worlde Funfair has started talking to his vintage machines, and the new acrobat’s frequent absences are causing tension among the performers.

Out in the city there are other new arrivals – immortals searching for an ancient power – a primal evil which, if unopposed, could destroy the world.

So… what happened to January?

Books are weird things. I first talked about Hang Wire with Angry Robot back at the SFX Weekender in 2011. Empire State hadn’t even come out yet. I had a tonne of other stuff to do before I got to work on the book, so even after the contracts were signed, it was just an abstract thing in the distance.

And then I dug out the manuscript, and reworked it, and edited it, and did all the things that are required to get a book to submission. And then I did other things.

And then Hang Wire came back and went through more editorial work, and then copy edits, and somewhere along the line I was sent a selection of amazing covers by Will Staehle.

And then I moved on to other projects. And then a box of copies of Hang Wire arrived on my doorstep, and suddenly the book is out tomorrow.

It’s like this for every book. Getting published is a long process. Book production takes time. When you’re deep in the middle of project, you can’t imagine that it’ll ever really get out there into the wide world, and it does and you wonder where the time went. And in the meantime, you might have worked on a dozen other things, each requiring as much time and energy and focus as that book.

All of which is a roundabout way of me saying that my little book, Hang Wire, is out tomorrow, and…

… actually, I can’t wait. Sure, I’m anxious and fearful, and I hope that people like it. But I’m also amazed that tomorrow it’ll be out there and suddenly it doesn’t belong to me anymore. That’s actually a great feeling.

And I get to do this all again next week when Hang Wire hits the shelves in the UK. Good grief.

I’m gonna need a bigger mug of tea.

Also out tomorrow is my first monthly newsletter, which will feature a secret excerpt of something new, and a little giveaway just for subscribers. You can join the gang here. And don’t forget about my pre-order contest, details of which are here.

See you tomorrow for P-DAY! Meanwhile, you can read a new interview with me about Hang Wire, future projects, and favourite reads, over at My Bookish Ways.

 

To celebrate the release of HANG WIRE, win all 100 Angry Robot books at Tor.com!

Hang Wire is the 100th novel published by Angry Robot – by coincidence, Empire State was the 50th – and to mark the occasion, Angry Robot and Tor.com are giving away a USB stick containing all 100 novels published, plus some stuff that isn’t out yet.

Good golly. That’s a lot of books.

The contest is only open to people in North America (excluding Quebec), and to enter, you just need to add your comment to this post.

For those outside the giveaway area, Angry Robot are cooking something else up, so stay tuned!

There is also a Goodreads contest running, with ten copies of Hang Wire up for grabs. That one ends on January 28th, and you can enter here.

And… did I mention Hang Wire is out in the US in a 6 days? Oh boy. I’ve already seen one photo of stock arriving at Mysterious Galaxy in LA.

Eeep!