Alt. History Posters #1: Oswald Mosley

Oswald Mosley (1896-1980) was the leader of the British Union of Fascists. In our reality he was mostly ineffectual, and spent the majority of the Second World War incarcerated in Holloway Prison.

In A Man Lies Dreaming Mosley’s BUF has gained power and he is running for Prime Minister in 1939. Set in the lead up to the elections, I wanted to go for a suitably chilling election poster for Mosley, but everything we came up with just looked… too real. Eventually my agent made the (in hindsight, obvious) suggestion for the caption… which makes the whole thing suddenly that much more chilling.

This is one of two pieces done as concept art for A Man Lies Dreaming by Sarah Anne Langdon.

Mosley Poster

On the corner with Dean Street I saw a group of blackshirts standing together in a dark mob, eyeing the passers-by with sullen hostility. On a wall I saw a placard for Mosley’s election campaign. Oswald’s handsome British face stared out at me with its dapper moustache and ironic smile. I saluted him, crisply. Then I went into the Hofgarten.

Black Gods Kiss

Black Gods Kiss

My long-delayed companion collection to 2012′s British Fantasy Award winning novella, Gorel & The Pot-Bellied God, is published this month (I know, right? Books are like buses, you wait ages and then two come along at once!).

The superbly pulpy cover is by my regular PS artist, Pedro Marques!

This collects 5 long stories, including a new novella, “Kur-a-len”. The full table of contents is:

  • Black Gods Kiss
  • Buried Eyes
  • Kur-a-len
  • The Dead Leaves
  • White Queen

And here’s the blurb!

His name was Gorel of Goliris and he was a gunslinger and an addict, touched by the Black Kiss. Gorel wanted nothing more than to return to his home, the greatest empire the World had ever known, from which he was banished by sorcery as a child. But wherever he went, trouble doggedly followed, and death preceded his steps . . .

In Black Gods Kiss Lavie Tidhar returns to the vivid world of his 2012 British Fantasy Award winning novella, Gorel & The Pot-Bellied God. It collects 5 long adventures set before and after the events of Pot-Bellied God, and includes a brand-new novella, “Kur-a-Len”.

In these pages you will find thrilling tales of guns and sorcery, filled with ghosts, mercenaries, necromancers and gods – not to mention sex, and death!

Currently you can pre-order the regular hardcover edition, off to print next week. A signed limited edition of 100 copies will also be available, as well as (I think), e-book editions etc.

PS are also offering a very limited time deal on all my other titles with them, including Osama, Martian Sands, Cloud Permutations and, of course, Gorel & The Pot-Bellied God.

First review’s in!

A Man Lies Dreaming was picked as Book of the Month over at LoveReading, by legendary author/editor Maxim Jakubowsi:

A fascinating walk along a literary tightrope that never rings a wrong note, this is outstanding and moving stuff, whether you are seeking crime, SF or just a great novel!