The Escapement Publication Day!

Well, it’s been delayed a year due to a global pandemic, only to his the paper shortages / delivery issues / still got a global pandemic thing going, but it’s out! The Escapement, published today by Tachyon in paperback and e-book.

Click here for the publisher’s web site for some purchase links if you like.

UK copies should arrive soon, and Forbidden Planet will have a specially signed run with an exclusive art print. And PS Publishing will be doing the usual collectors edition, so stay tuned for that one!

You can read an excerpt on

I talk about the book on John Scalzi’s The Big Idea

I also talk to Paul Semel about it

A boy lies in a hospital bed, and a desperate father escapes into a fantastical world to search for a cure. For everything is possible on the Escapement, a world inhabited by clowns, where clocks melt on the sand and terrifying giant statues roam the plains. Into that world rides the Stranger, desperately searching for a mythical flower with the power to heal.

But the flower lies beyond the Mountains of Darkness, far away, and time is running out as the Stranger journeys deeper and deeper into the secret heart of the Escapement – where an eternal war rages between the primal forces that rule there.

In The Escapement, World Fantasy Award winner Lavie Tidhar creates a magical, surrealist masterpiece as only he can, filled with wonder, mystery and adventure.


“To say The Escapement is unique sells it way short. It’s part weird western and part quest; half dream and half epic adventure tale set in a memorable Daliesque landscape. Tidhar lets his imagination run wild in this vivid book, all told in spare, beautiful prose.”
—Richard Kadrey, bestselling author of the Sandman Slim series

“Lavie Tidhar is a voice to be reckoned with. With The Escapement, he fearlessly crests the wave of the New New Weird with a wild, decadent hybrid of The Dark Tower and Carnivale. A vivid beach read, if the beach was made of greasepaint and gunpowder.”
—Catherynne M. Valente, author of Deathless

“Can we just all admit now that Lavie Tidhar’s a genius? He’s written another brilliant book—a beautiful fever dream that somehow manages to be laugh-out-loud funny, psychedelically weird, and deeply moving.”
—Daryl Gregory, award-winning author of Spoonbenders

The Return of Judge Dee!

The third Judge Dee vampire mystery is out today!

Judge Dee and the Poisoner of Montmarte is available for free on!

Judge Dee returns to solve a new case involving a Parisian party gone wrong. But this time? Everyone in attendance is a suspect, including the judge himself.

You can read the previous Judge Dee stories at Tor:

I recently completed the sixth Judge Dee Mystery, and the fourth is due online at Tor in 2022. The amazing art is again by Red Nose Studio. Needless to say, these are terrific fun to write! My thanks to editor Jonathan Strahan for taking a chance on them and pushing me into writing more – they seem to get even sillier and more fun as I go!

Candy Mafia!

The Candy Mafia came out in paperback in the US on Wednesday! You can get it on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, or all good bookshops.

To celebrate, I made a mobile game!

CANDY MAFIA TAP ‘N POP is now available on the Play Store!


Candy falls from the sky!

Tap ‘n pop to gain points – and beat your own high score!

A quick and fun casual game for when you’re waiting for the bus – or at the candy store!

A tasty confectionery tie-in game to the novel THE CANDY MAFIA by award-winning author Lavie Tidhar

Get the book, get the game, and get yourself some candy!

The Escapement Mobile Game – Now In Open Beta!

The Escapement is coming out next month from Tachyon, and I’ve been busy making a small mobile game to go alongside it (under my Candy Arcade label). The Escapement (game) is a surrealist side-scrollin’ shoot-em-up, and you can now download and try the game on the Play Store!

It’s been really fun to make (and play!). You ride across the Escapement collecting objects, shooting gunmen, avoiding ghosts and earning tokens to keep playing… So far with the beta I noticed one (hopefully rare) bug, and some other things to fix/add before the official release next month… In the meantime, I hope you give it a try and will welcome notes!

I have about 3 other games in various stages of development right now (learning new stuff with each one I try to make), so might be able to release one more before the end of the year. In the meantime – The Escapement mobile game!

“Judge Dee” nominated for Eugie Award

“Judge Dee and the Limits of the Law”, the first of my Judge Dee series of tongue-in-cheek vampire mystery stories (published online at is nominated for the 2021 Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction.

I never met Eugie in person, but we hung out in the same sort of online writer spaces back in the olden days, and she was poised to become a major voice before she died, far too young, in 2014. We shared a table of contents on at least a couple of things. The award was set to commemorate her work, and I’m genuinely touched to be on the list.

The nominees:

The Lunacy Commission Out Now!

My latest collection, The Lunacy Commission, is out today in e-book and paperback. After I finished writing A Man Lies Dreaming I discovered I couldn’t quite let go of Wolf, as awful as he was. Over the past few years I dipped into his early adventures, set in the years 1937-1938, before the events of the novel itself. These were published – one in Apex Magazine, a couple in Maxim Jakubowski’s crime anthologies – but I wanted to put them together in a more permanent home. I doubt there will be anymore.

The new collection has an introduction by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. The cover is by Sarah Anne Langton (matching the latest US edition of A Man Lies Dreaming in a fun parody of old Penguin Classics – “make it a Nazi Penguin”, I said, though we didn’t take it quite that far in the end). It contains one original story, “The Lunacy Commission” of the title, and a historical afterword setting some of the events and characters in context. You can get it here:

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Red Christmas
  • The Lunacy Commission
  • Killing Kiss
  • A Wonderful Time
  • The Spear of Destiny
  • Historical Afterword

New Appointment: Visiting Professor and Writer in Residence at Richmond

It’s official (here’s a short announcement) – I will be a Visiting Professor and Writer in Residence at Richmond, The American International University in London. I look forward to engaging with the university!

(For any Ted Lasso fans out there – yes, it’s that Richmond).

I taught Richmond’s undergraduate British Fantasy Fiction course several times in the past (a steep learning curve! And what led me to eventually write By Force Alone and The Hood) and have been involved in setting up the brand-new MA In Film: Science Fiction and Fantasy, which will run from this year. Depending on demand, I may also run a Creative Writing undergraduate course at some point.

This is a mostly honorific position, so I’m still mostly going to be, you know, writing books and stuff. If you’re after a Masters degree, though, do check out the new MA! It promises to be very cool, and is jointly accredited in the US and UK.

Also, you’re welcome to call me “Professor” if you like. I don’t mind! Honest.