Category: Books

Forbidden Planet loves Kenstibec

It is a wonderful thing when people really get into your mad, dystopian, future Britain vision, and Joe Gordon at Forbidden Planet has been a big Kenstibec fan since Barricade was published way back when. Here he gives a wonderful review to the third and final part, “Rig”, and the series as a whole. It made…




Barricade and Steeple are cheap as chips for a limited time!

That’s right, We’ve gone mad, MAD I tells ya, and discounted BARRICADE on Ebook for a limited time: that means you can pick up a book described as “Scintillating” (Financial Times) and “A bonafide barnstormer” (Tor.com) for less than that crappy cup of coffee you were thinking about purchasing. BARRICADE is part 1 in the Kenstibec series,…




Fatty in colour! (Thanks to the Beano)

I’ve posted sketches of Fatty before, but at the beginning of the month I had the unique opportunity to draw him on a large scale – and in colour – having joined fellow Gollanczist, Mark Stay, and the very beautiful Kit Cox at the MCM Comic Con to sign books. We were set up at a long table where we consumed sarnies,…




Four Stars for Rig!

Most Excellent Four Star Review for “Rig” (final book in the Kenstibec trilogy) from the Sun newspaper this week: “This series has a wry sense of humour but it’s only when you flip the final page you realise you’ve read a wake-up call to a species unknowingly orchestrating its own destruction. Disturbing, illuminating, and highly entertaining.” This…




It’s publication day!

Rig, part 3 in the Kenstibec series, if officially out in ebook and trade paperback today from Gollancz. to celebrate there’s been all sorts afoot, including this beautiful GIF, worked up by a friend at work. I’ve also been blogging over at gingernutsofhorror.com about Trump, Superyachts and Science Fiction, plus answering a few questions on the Gollancz blog…




Steeple: 4 stars and heaps of blogs

Steeple received a 4 stars review from The Sun in April, I’m thrilled to say. The review said: “The action is tense, the violence gruesome but compelling and the science fiction engaging. In other words, it’s every bit as good as its predecessor.” Boom! Meanwhile in March I put together a whole heap of articles for…




Rig cover reveal

Delighted to reveal the cover for the final part in the Kenstibec trilogy, Rig, which comes out 16 June, following on from Barricade and Steeple. It completes a gorgeous design theme from the good people at Black Sheep and I’m pleased as punch to see it completed. Here it is in all it glory… Keep…




Steeple named in Forbidden Planet “Best of 2015”

Thrilled to say that Steeple has been named by Joe Gordon as one of his picks of 2015, over at the Forbidden Planet International blog. Steeple, part 2 in the Kenstibec series and sequel to Barricade, is listed there alongside some brilliant comics, Darren Anderson’s remarkable Imaginary Cities and novels like Station Eleven. Truly distinguished…




Mad Max, Interviews, reviews, Travelodges and Cons

Just time to post a quick update after a pleasantly busy October. First, I don’t think I posted a link to my Gollancz Blog review of “Mad Max: Fury Road”. Read it here. Read my other movie reviews on thingaboutchickens here. Second, I was privileged in October to speak to Boo from Geek Syndicate – all…




This pleases me

To celebrate Halloween this year H has carved me a Steeple pumpkin! Returned to the flat to find her putting the finishing touches to this superb example of veg engineering. Think you’ll agree the execution is of such perfection even Kenstibec would approve. I married well indeed.