String City – Coming Soon

"String City" by Graham Edwards - draft cover. Illustration by Vince Haig.

January 24, 2019 – put the date in your diary. Why? Because it’s the publication date of my new novel, String City. Huzzah!

Yes, I know, it’s months away, but the darn thing’s just popped up on Amazon, which means you can preorder it right now. Or, at the very least, admire the first draft cover design, which features a rather gorgeous illustration by the deeply talented Vince Haig. Can’t wait to see the finished thing in all its glory.

If you want to know what the book’s about, you’re in luck. My splendid publisher, Solaris Books, has prepared this tantalising blurb:

String City is a hard-boiled, interdimensional detective romp of high suspense and action. China Mieville meets Dashiell Hammett.

In an interdimensional city full of gods, living concepts and weirder things, a gumshoe – a “stringwalker,” who can travel between realities – is hired to investigate an explosion at a casino. He ends up on a frantic chase to track down and retrieve an unimaginable power source, while staying one step ahead of the ancient Greek Titans, an interdimensional spider god and the mysterious creature known as the Fool. If he fails, all things – in all realities – could be destroyed.

Just another day in String City.

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know a little bit about the strange metropolis of String City already. It first appeared in my series of novelettes known collectively as The String City Mysteries, which chronicle some of my dimension-hopping detective’s earliest cases. If you’ve never read those original stories, don’t worry. The novel stands alone.

I’ll have lots more to say about String City over the coming months. Stay tuned.

Humble Bundle With Added Horror

Humble Book Bundle - Night Shade Books

Humble Bundle is selling a great selection of ebooks from Night Shade Books. For just $1.00, you get to download six digital titles including Best Horror of the Year Volume 1, edited by Ellen Datlow, which includes my Nebula Award-nominated novelette Girl in Pieces. Pay $8.00 to boost your booty to 13 books, and for $15 you can round it up to a massive haul of 20 books! All the books are DRM-free and available in multiple e-reader formats.

Those prices are minimum amounts, by the way. If you want to, you can pay more. Why would you do that? Well, for every book sold, Humble Bundle will make a donation to this month’s chosen charity. If you want to choose your own charity, you can do that too. At these prices, and with the added bonus that you’re donating to a good cause, it’s the perfect way to sample a batch of fiction that might otherwise pass you by. Who knows? Maybe you’ll stumble on a new favourite author.

The Night Shade Books collection is available at Humble Bundle until 14 November 2017.

A Kingdom Rises This Month

Crown of Three - A Kingdom Rises

It’s always a good day when a new author’s comp drops into my mailbox. Here’s the latest: A Kingdom Rises, the final instalment of my fantasy trilogy for middle grade readers, with yours truly writing under the pseudonym J.D. Rinehart. It’s out in hardback on May 30, 2017, so if you haven’t read the first two volumes now is the perfect time to catch up.

Here’s the blurb from the inside jacket cover:

An ancient prophecy says that when three stars appear in the sky, triplets will take the throne and peace will come to the land. The stars have appeared, and the triplets are Gulph, Tarlan and Elodie. But the prophecy has failed.

Tarlan saw Gulph die during a final confrontation with their undead father. Gulph fell from a burning tower, and there’s no way he could have survived … even with Gulph’s special abilities.

As for his sister, Elodie, Tarlan is convinced that she’s a traitor who betrayed the rebellion and her family just so she could have the throne to herself.

With nothing left to believe in, Tarlan is abandoning both the cause and his pack of wild animals and is heading north.

But appearances can be deceiving. And in a world of magic and deceit, mistaking lies for truth can be deadly.

Amazing Stories Reviews Dragoncharm

Dragoncharm Special Edition Ebook by Graham Edwards

Amazing Stories has posted a review of my novel Dragoncharm, recently reissued as a special edition ebook.

As well as sharing some insightful thoughts on the challenges of writing from the point of view of non-human characters, reviewer Ira Nayman also has some nice things to say about the book:

Edwards’ masterstroke is showing how both sides succumb to charismatic, demagogic leaders who set them down the path to war. The charmed are led by a dragon whose lust for power over others is palpable, while the natural are led by a dragon whose sanity is questionable … Dragoncharm is at its most insightful when it portrays the ways such leaders play upon the ignorance and fear of the populations they lead … If read as a fable rather than a work of epic fantasy, Dragoncharm succeeds brilliantly.

You can read the complete review here at the Amazing Stories website.

Dragoncharm Ebook Summer Sale

Dragoncharm Special Edition Ebook by Graham Edwards

Summer is not traditionally a time for dragons. Come to think of it, neither are spring, autumn or winter. Oh well, that just goes to prove that ANY time is the right time to order your copy of the new Dragoncharm ebook.

Mind you, the summer of 2016 is a particularly good time to snap up this special edition of my dragon-saturated fantasy novel. Right now, it’s available to download from Amazon UK for just 99p. If you’re in the US, it’s a snip at a mere $1.31.

Remember, the low prices hold only until 8 August, 2016, so get in there quick.

Dragoncharm Ebook Now Available

Dragoncharm Special Edition Ebook by Graham Edwards

Twenty-one years after its first publication in 1995, my first novel, Dragoncharm, is now available as a special edition ebook. Hot damn!

Why a special edition? Well, in preparing Dragoncharm for republication, I’ve taken the opportunity to revise the text. If you’re new to the story, you won’t care about that – you’ll just want to get on and read it.

If you’re a fan of the original – don’t worry. This is the same story it always was. All I’ve done is cut out a little unecessary padding and smooth out a few rough edges. Rest assured that all your favourite dragon characters are still there, doing exactly what they did before.

Interested? Here’s the blurb:

Before man, there was magic. And where there was magic, there were dragons.

The world is turning. The faeries are dying. Fortune, a humble dragon of the new, natural order, joins his fire-breathing friend Cumber on an epic quest to challenge the force that is drawing enchantment out of the world. As the tyrant Wraith attacks the ancient stronghold of Covamere, Fortune’s growing band seeks to bring together the divided races of natural and charmed, for only if dragons are united can the world be made to turn true.

This special edition of the original 1995 novel features revised text and a new introduction by the author. Return to the days before man walked the earth, when the skies were filled with dragons …

You can buy Dragoncharm online at Amazon sites around the world. To read, all you’ll need is a Kindle, or Kindle reader software for your device of choice. If you enjoy it, please (a) leave a review on the site you bought it from (b) tell your friends and (c) let me know.

Story extracts

WebsiteThis is less a blog post in its own right, more a bit of site maintenance. I’ve just posted some brief extracts from my published short stories on this blog. Check them out using the Stories menu drop-down, or go straight to the relevant page using the links below. A few of the stories are available to read in their entirety online –  with these extracts you can at least get a taste of the others.

>Close Enemies – new novel published

>Yes, I’ve got a new novel out on the streets. It’s called Close Enemies, and it’s the sequel to my earlier crime thriller Runaway Minister. Like the first book, I wrote it in collaboration with Working Partners Two, under the pseudonym Nick Curtis.

There’s a bit of a saga behind the publication of Close Enemies. It was originally due to be published by Black Star Crime, like its predecessor. Unfortunately, the Black Star Crime imprint folded after just a few editions, so that was that. Luckily for fans of Charlie Paddon and Alex Chappell, Dales Large Print have just picked up the next book in the series.

You can buy Close Enemies online – a quick search should turn it up – but be aware it’s in large print, so it may take up a little more space on your bookshelf! For more information, and a synopsis, visit the page I’ve set up on my official website here.

>The Case for Detecstasy

>Just published – the Summer 2010 edition of Mystery Readers Journal. This special Paranormal Mysteries edition includes an essay by yours truly all about writing fantasy detective fiction. The essay’s called The Case for Detecstasy and you can read it right now: just click here to visit the MRJ site and download the PDF.

>More Best Horror

>You can’t keep a good anthology down. David Marshall’s posted a fine review of The Best Horror of the Year Volume 1 on his blog. Best of all (for me at least), he’s got this to say about my story Girl in Pieces featured in the collection:

“Then comes my favourite. “Girl in Pieces” by Graham Edwards tramples over every genre boundary it can think of, then makes up another and tramples that down as well. It’s a mesmerising piece of writing in which a PI in a multidimensional physical world can do deals with deities for their magic while following through on a golem client wrongly accused of murder.”

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