Thursday, 30 October 2014

Steampunk Thursday: MCM London Comicon

I attended the MCM London Comicon at the weekend, with fellow Steampunk authors Kit Cox and Jema 'Miss Emilly Ladybird' Hewitt.

Raring to go!

It was the usual mix of giant Pac-Men, Manga and Anime characters (that are totally lost on me), zombie-hunting commandos, and PVC fetishism... Sorry! I mean dressing up as Harley Quinn from the Batman franchise.

That's a whole lot of villainy right there!

I was there selling my Pax Britannia novels, but there was also some interest in YOU ARE THE HERO from some of the older attendees, shall we say. It's also always nice to bump into old friends as well, such as Spindles and his crew, and film-maker Martin Gooch.

Spindles, Miss Spindles, film-maker Martin Gooch, and Mrs Spindles.

I also met a young man who's already had his first book published! Well done, Richie!

You can see a few of my photos from the weekend here, but you'll find more of them here.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks

As part of the inaugural Kilburn Literary Festival, I shall be giving a talk about the history of Fighting Fantasy gamebooks and how YOU ARE THE HERO came to be.

The talk will take place on Sunday 2 November, from 2.00-3.30pm, at the North London Tavern.

The event has been arranged by legendary FF commissioning editor Geraldine Cooke and tickets are available from here.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

SFX #254

The latest  issue of SFX is rather a special one for me, as it turns out.

I've known my Book Club piece on Ted Hughes' The Iron Man was going to be in there for a while.

I also had an inkling that a write-up of Fighting Fantasy Fest 2014 might appear as part of Event Horizon.

However, I had no idea that friend of Fighting Fantasy, and this blog, Group Editor-in-Chief Dave Bradley, would have this on his bio bit this month...

Friday, 24 October 2014


It's Gamebook Friday once again, or #GamebookFriday, as I like to call it on Twitter now. In my gamebook-related news this week, YOU ARE THE HERO has been reviewed in SciFiNow Magazine...

And I shall be giving a talk about how YOU ARE THE HERO came to be at the Kilburn Literary Festival on Sunday 2 November. For more details, and tickets, follow this link.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Thought for the Day

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”

Friday, 17 October 2014

Gamebook Friday: YOU ARE THE HERO - 30 years, 30 chapters, 30 5-star reviews

YOU ARE THE HERO - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks, has been out for almost six weeks now, and continues to collect pleasing reviews. The latest is from the Amazing Stories review site:

"You Are The Hero is an exceptional achievement in its complete coverage of Fighting Fantasy, covering almost everything that has appeared under the brand name, including computer games, board games, mooted film projects and publicity campaigns. It’s an essential reference book for fans of the series whilst also packed with nostalgia value for those of us who grew up with the books."

To read the rest of the review, follow this link.

30 years, 30 chapters, 30 5-star reviews