Friday, October 31, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Where the magic happens
The 'To Read' Pile
In there you've got Tomes of the Dead: Anno Mortis by Rebecca Levene, Bitterwood by James Maxey, Horus Heresy: Fulgrim by Graham McNeill, The Witches and the Grinnygog by Dorothy Edwards, The Death Ship of Dartmouth by Michael Jecks, The Mythago Cycle (books 1 & 2) by Robert Holdstock, The Killing Ground by Graham McNeill, Nation by Terry Pratchett and Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell.
My current distraction is Titanicus by Dan Abnett, a tale of mighty war engines battling over the fate of a forge world in the far-flung future war-consumed universe of Warhammer 40,000.
Any suggestions from the books listed above as to what I should read next?
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Dawn of War II - say 'Hello!' to the Tyranids
For my sample I have to write a car review, a short quiz and produce a Top Gear-related activity. I have chosen to use the following classic Top Gear moments to help me write my sample.
The Aston Martin DBS
The Bugatti Veyron vs the Eurofighter Typhoon
The Daihatsu Terios Fox-Hunt
I'll let you know how I get on - and whether I get the gig - at a later date (when I know myself). In the mean time you might be interested to know that Top Gear Live comes to London next weekend!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Age of Reckoning
What is Myrrh Anyway? hits the streets
Warhammer 40K Giveaway!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Behind the Scenes: Howl of the Werewolf - the Werebat
Okay? Got that?
WARNING - SPOILERS!
Well, on your head be it...
In the Tower of Maun, in the cursed land of Lupravia, the hero of Howl of the Werewolf is likely to run into a Werebat. I was thrilled with Martin McKenna's rendition of this particular monster which I have reproduced for you here.
Of course, in a book about were-creatures, I was looking to include all sorts of variations on a familiar theme. Bats and vampires go together like toast and butter, so a werebat seemed like a suitable addition to the storyline.
While I was imaging this particular scene, I inevitably found the image of Dracula as bat-monster from Bram Stoker's Dracula coming to the fore in my mind. However, there was also another influence - that of the Man-Bat from Batman.
In the DC Universe, Dr. Kirk Langstrom is a scientist specializing in the study of bats. He develops an extract which is intended to give humans the bat's sonar sense and tests the formula on himself - of course - because he is becoming deaf. While it works, it has a horrific side-effect, transforming him into a hideous humanoid bat-like monster.
In case you were wondering, the Man-Bat's latest incarnation appears in the next Lego Batman: The Video Game.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
The Queen gets Googled!
By the way, did you know that where a million is 10 to the power 6 (1 followed by 6 noughts), a 'googol' is actually 10 to the power 100? Now that's a lot of noughts!
My Myrrh Moo MiniCards
Monday, October 13, 2008
21 and counting...
In between I have written everything from Sonic the Hedgehog and Doctor Who books for children to factual books for adults. The entire list reads something like this.
1. Spellbreaker (1993)
2. Knights of Doom (1994)
3. Curse of the Mummy (1995)
4. Theme Park Panic (1995)
5. Stormin' Sonic (1996)
6. Go Gos Are Go Go! (1997)
7. The Dead and the Damned (2002)
8. Crusade for Armageddon (2003)
9. Magestorm (2004)
10. Iron Hands (2004)
11. Necromancer (2005)
12. Conquest of Armageddon (2005)
13. Bloodbones (2006)
14. Unnatural History (2007)
15. Howl of the Werewolf (2007)
16. Leviathan Rising (2008)
17. The Horror of Howling Hill (2008)
18. Match Wits with the Kids: A Little Learning for All the Family (2008)
19. Go, Go Crazy For Those Bones (2008)
20. What is Myrrh Anyway? (2008)
21. Human Nature (2008)
Next up is...
22. Evolution Expects (2009)
... and there are more to come after that.
Expect the unexpected
And it's not only me who's been getting ready for the next alternative history Victorian-esque action thriller; ace Abaddon cover artist Mark Harrison has as well. He's produced four cover roughs for the next book Evolution Expects (out April 2009), featuring three very different characters from the book.