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Okay, I was tagged last week in The Next Big Thing. Thus, here are my own tags passing on the flaming baton, four absolutely fabulous authors who I very much recommend, and their subsequent TNBG posts…… Enjoy!!

Ian Graham –

Stan Nicholls –

Richard Ford –

Ian Watson –


Alt.Fiction 2010.

Had a great time at the convention; Alt.Fiction 2010 had a really laid back, chilled out atmosphere, and was full of great people and old friends. Highlights of the day for me were performing a reading from VAMPIRE WARLORDS on the Angry Robot Reading panel along with Gav Thorpe, Ian Whates and Mike Shevdon; we had some fun banter there!!

Then there was Robert Shearman’s story of “Oy, mate!” which garnered much comedy (but needs to be heard, rather than read). And by far the best moment and utter pinnacle of comedic uproar was Tim Lebbon and Stephen Volk being, well, “tits” – that is, using their bent-over baldness to emulate breasts for a deviant photo opportunity. I haven’t laughed so hard since Gary McMahon fell asleep in his beer,  Lee Harris wore his cowboy hat (at a coquettish angle, it might be said), Jenni Hill emerged from the “blok” and Ian Watson smashed his neighbour’s windows and was arrested for vandalism (true).

The curry was good, the beer plentiful, and it was great catching up with Marco Bossman, Del and Kim Lakin-Smith, Ian Whates, Liam Sharp (and missus), Simon Marshall-Jones, Guy Adams, Ian Sales, Gavin Smith, many many others!! and, of course, the one and the only Mr Gary McMahon, who fell asleep in his beer. Did I mention he fell asleep in his beer? Well, Gary fell asleep in his beer. Thanks to everyone for such a great con 🙂

Yes, it was a great con (despite missing my own reading thanks to Lee Harris and his rubber mask fetish/ had to be rearranged for Sunday- video to follow), and met many great people including Ian Watson, Gail Z. Martin, Ian Graham, Stephane Marsan, Simon R. Green, Mark Newton (with his ASDA jumper, bless), Sharon Reamer and the usual Angry Robot and Solaris crews. Below are some photos, and I have some video footage which I’ll YouTube in the next week, which shows a panel discussing Heroic Fantasy post-Gemmell, and liccle old me doing a reading from Kell’s Legend. Oh, and I found out I was currently HarperCollins No2 best-selling fantasy author this month, outselling even the great Raymond Feist!! Wowsers. Anyway, bring on Eastercon!!

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