New Column in the Washington Post

So it’s official… Silvia Moreno-Garcia and me are writing a new column on SFF for the Washington Post. The first column is already up online, as well as in today’s print edition.


I won’t lie, this is, of course, incredibly cool.


Venus in Bloom!

My new Japanese short story collection, published as part of the Hal-Con series of short books, is now available. You can get it from the Hal-Con site or at Japanese conventions, I think. As I type this, I have a box of some 100 copies of the thing to sign and send back to Japan… Which reminds me that whatever else books are, they’re heavy.


Venus In Bloom collects five of my stories, including an introduction and story notes. It is available as a slim paperback, illustrated by Masato Hisa, who was my fellow Guest of Honour at Hal-Con this year, and who also designs the monsters for the Japanese Power Rangers! Which is about as cool as it comes. (I also have one of his original pieces at home now, which I got at a secret room auction… err, don’t ask).

The book includes:

  • Venus in Bloom
  • Earthrise
  • Talking To Ghosts At The Edge of the World
  • Neom
  • Terminal

Candy nominated for the Fantastic Book Awards!

Delighted to discover that Candy is nominated for the Fantastic Book Awards! The awards are given by the Lancashire School Library Service. The annual awards are judged by thousands of children aged 9-11 from primary schools across Lancashire. FBA is designed to encourage pupils to read for pleasure and is run as a book club.

I’ve not had a nomination for a children’s book before! Which is very lovely.



New Three-Book Deal in UK

It’s in The Bookseller, so it must be true: my new novel, the epic-sized By Force Alone, has gone to publishers Head of Zeus in the UK, in a three-book deal. What these other two books might be, I have no idea! Haha. I am sure I will think of something. (He said, crying).

Anyway, By Force Alone (all 125,000 words of it!) is scheduled to come out in 2020 in hardcover – I think you can even pre-order it!

It’s an Arthurian novel, I guess, but hopefully not like any other Arthurian novel – as Nic Cheetham, my editor at HoZ, said, “There was only one way I was ever going to read another King Arthur novel, and that was if Lavie Tidhar wrote it.” I felt there was very little point tackling something that’s been around since old Geoff of Monmouth came up with the whole stupid thing back in the 12th century, unless you were going to seriously fuck with it. Think of it as the Trump & Brexit Arthur…

As part of my original pitch for the book went:

you know the story, so why am I telling you all this?

You know how it starts. You know how it all ends.

Uther, that shit, and how Igraine poisoned him. Mordred and the last battle. All that crap. It’s in Mallory. Look it up. All the murders and the blood and the warmth and nos-fucking-talgia of the original tales.

The Isle of Britain. That utter shithole Rome abandoned like a clogged sewer. Britain, where petty warlords squabbled in the mud.

Britain, where one king rose to bring peace and unite them all in chivalry and glory, to form a United Kingdom, to – bloody bloody blah blah.

So, it’s bigger than any of my other books – 125,000 words!! Did I mention that already? – and it combines historical fiction, fantasy, noir, politics – the usual. Maybe some kung fu. Possibly some aliens. You know the story. Arthur dies at the end. Who gives a shit.

It really was a lot of fun to write. It was a big, long, complicated process, and a big act of faith that there’d be a book at the end of it! Or that someone will publish it. I’m looking forward to sharing it next year!

It’s also lovely to be back publishing properly in the UK. I’ve turned down several offers in the past few years (crazy, I know!) looking for the right one. Head of Zeus have shown the right commitment and the enthusiasm to basically let me just get on with it, and there might be some other exciting possibilities on that front too. So I’m very pleased!

As for anyone curious about a US edition – yes, there will be one. Details on that will have to wait for a little while longer, though… Sorry! And, well, some more exciting book news, too. Let’s just say next year will be busy. 🙂

CWA Dagger Award Nomination

My story “Bag Man”, from The Outcast Hours, ed. by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin (Solaris), is on the shortlist for the 2019 Crime Writers Association Short Story Dagger!

The Daggers are huge, and this was a complete surprise! This is my first nomination for a crime fiction award, and a rare nomination for short fiction, so it’s a double hooray! I really don’t expect to win, but it’s lovely just being nominated.

Here’s the short story shortlist:

  • Strangers in a Pub by Martin Edwards in Ten Year Stretch, edited by Martin Edwards and Adrian Muller
  • Death Becomes Her by Syd Moore in The Strange Casebook by Syd Moore
  • The Dummies’ Guide to Serial Killing by Danuta Reah in The Dummies’ Guide to Serial Killing and other Fantastic Female Fables
  • I Detest Mozart by Teresa Solana in The First Historic Serial Killers by Teresa Solana
  • Bag Man by Lavie Tidhar in The Outcast Hours, edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin