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“Read lots! Then read more! Then write the book you want to read yourself.”

Bernard Cornwell, 2014.

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Redblade: A BL shorts review.

A very kind review of my first pro-published work!

The Tentacled Tribunal

Redblade is one of the Black Library’s new short story ebooks, telling the tale of the former Blood Claw Drenn, and his clashes with authority during a campaign against orks amongst the floating lightning refineries of the gas giant Theron.*
As with much of Black Library’s fair, this story is not really forgiving to newcomers to the Warhammer 40,000 universe; you better know what a Howling Griffon and an auspex is going in, and whilst we do get some interesting tidbits of information about Fenris from MacNiven, we do not get much in the way of introduction to the 40K elements, and nor would I expect there to be on this product, targeting Space Wolf and ork collectors specifically.
My favourite aspect of this story is really the setting and backdrop to the action. MacNiven is given a chance to show us some unorthodox and spectacular scenery, and he delivers…

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My First Pro-Paid Short Story Hits the E-Shelves


I’ve already ranted at length about how I was recently picked up to write a short story for everyone’s favourite wargaming scifi and fantasy company, Games Workshop. Well, on Monday said story actually hit the e-shelves. Yes, Deathwatch 4: Redblade is now available for your purchasing consideration, and there’s a free extract to download if you’re not sure!

It was an honour to get to write about both the Deathwatch and the Space Wolves, factions with truly vast fan bases and canon background that started all the way back to the 70s. Even better, I was asked on Monday whether I’d like to write a second piece of short fiction for Black Library. Naturally I jumped at the chance. Once again, everything related to the project is pretty much top secret, but you’ll hopefully be seeing me making another literary appearance by Christmas time!


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