Wednesday, 21 October 2015

FantasyCon2015 – Where To Find Me

I'll be attending FantasyCon 2015 this year up in Nottingham.

Here are the panels I'm on and where to find me:

Room: Conference Theatre
Friday 8.00pm Doing ‘It’ Right: Love, Romance & Sexy Times
Why are we often so reticent about love in genre fiction? Conversely sex seems to be everywhere, often done badly. How do we show love in a better light and balance plot tension with sexual tension? Warning: adult references (& childish innuendo)
  • the perfect sex scene: making up making out/making love
  • a matter of taste: where are the ‘no-go’ areas?
  • is love undervalued as a character motivation?
  • how can our characters express their feelings without mawkishness?
  • diversity and sexuality in genre fiction: what works and what doesn’t?
  • are ‘romance’ and ‘conflict’ mutually exclusive terms?
  • finding the right words: choosing appropriate vernacular
Moderator: Den Patrick
Panellists: Hal Duncan, Cassandra Khaw, Kim Lakin-Smith, Foz Meadows

Room: Conference Theatre
Saturday 4.00pm Here Be Dragons: How Can Epic Fantasy Reinvent Itself?
The success of Game of Thrones has thrown a spotlight on epic fantasy, but what does it reveal–a genre of originality or one that is becoming a parody of itself? Our panel of warriors, wizards, paladins and thieves considers the tropes of the genre:
  • 50 shades of grim: darker, grittier, grimmer, longer. . .always?
  • the young hero, the older mentor, the evil wizard, the rogueish sidekick: archetypes or stereotypes?
  • what is diversity bringing to this sub-genre?
How ‘epic’ can fantasy get before it eats itself?
Moderator: Gillian Redfearn
Panellists: Bradley Beaulieu, Den Patrick, Brandon Sanderson, Marc Turner, Jen Williams

Room: Suite 2
Saturday 7.00pm Super Relaxed Fantasy Club
till 9.00pm. A FantasyCon special edition of the monthly genre-fic social gathering, featuring the usual blend of readings, author Q&A and drinks. Hosted by Den Patrick and Jen Williams. Guest authors: Kim Lakin-Smith, Adrian Tchaikovsky

I hope to see some of you there. Please grab me if you want any books signed, don’t be shy.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Gollancz Fest 2015

They say a picture says a thousand words, although I'm pretty sure they didn't mean promotional posters when they said it. Here's what I'm doing for the much anticipated Gollancz Fest at Waterstones Piccadilly and the Prince Charles Cinema.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015


I've been horribly remiss in mentioning this book.

Jonathan Green approached me to write something for his forthcoming anthology a while ago and, as ever with these things, I was delighted to be asked.

I duly wrote the story, which was loosely inspired by the Russian Federation taking driving licenses away from Gay and Trans people. What next I thought? What happens now in a country like Russia where you're not allowed to be different? And then I took it to an extreme because short stories don't give you much screen time to build things up.

Blood in the Water, my story for Sharkpunk, was the result, and it's the weirdest thing I've ever written (or the weirdest thing I've written in print, anyway).

Sharkpunk also features stories from Jonathan Oliver, David Lee Stone, Ian Whates, David Tallerman, Kim Lakin-Smith, CL Werner, Laurel Sills, Gary McMahon, Al Ewing and Sarah Peploe.

The obligatory link to Amazon can be found HERE

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Flash Fiction - Red Sun

We spent so long living in the shadow of the end times that we failed to notice the light growing dim. By the time darkness had descended it was too late to fight against it.

We were all experts of the apocalypse, or so we thought. We had spent decades conjuring visions of the future on the silver screen: countless hours of zombies stalking the living; road warriors driving lost highways; aliens obliterating every major city; monsters emerging from the sea. We mythologized our extinction, reveled in the myriad forms of our own destruction, telling cautionary tales yet returning to our hum-drum lives no wiser than before.

There was no single event, no point in time one could reference, no great singular scourge of humanity. Ours was a sevenfold collapse, a dying breath decades in the making. Not the immense terror of Revelations, rather an entropy that tugged at the loose threads of reality. Our disordered lives unravelled, societies came apart at the seams, our world ripped along worn creases.

It was the taste of cracked lips when water became more precious than gold. You could hear it in the wheezing cough of every vehicle, thirsting for petrol or diesel. You could measure it at the height of summer, and in the deep chill of winter. Even the light changed, a ruddy hue bleeding through every pane of glass. And as the world changed, so did the people. Tolerance, already long out of fashion, was now a gaudy affectation belonging to the past. Distrust was the new currency, the more you had the longer you lived. And greater than all these things, guilt. A profound sorrow lingered, that we had done so little to prevent our predicament, paid lip service to the gods of renewal, damned the graces that sustained us.

Those not mad with grief could agree on one thing: we did not need zombies, had no use for aliens. The greatest monsters at the end of the world were ourselves.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

The Boy Who Wrote Blog Posts

I wrote some pieces to celebrate the launch of The Boy who Wept Blood recently. I'm gathering them together for my own amusement. I figure I've written them so I may as well curate the links.

I wrote for Sci Fi Now magazine on class in Fantasy and The Erebus Sequence.

Meanwhile, I put forward why we need more diversity in genre (and indeed, everywhere), over at We Love This Book.

I witter on in my usual scattershot style at the Gollancz blog and the fine folk of Forbidden Planet put me to the question. And what questions they were.

The first batch of reviews have also been published.

The Eloquent Page says 'Patrick firmly establishes his well-deserved place as part of new breed of UK based fantasy authors.' (No pressure for book three then)

Over the Effing Rainbow declares that 'Maybe February is early days for saying this, but to hell with it. I just found one of my favourite fantasy books of 2015.'

And as if that wasn't high praise enough, Upcoming4Me says 'It is all that a sequel should be – it is bigger, bolder and cleverer. Readers who like their fantasy intelligent and historical shouldn't miss this one.

I couldn't have hoped for a warmer reception in the week following publication and I'm grateful to all the reviewers who took the time to read The Boy who Wept Blood.