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The Devils Cover(s)

It’s now less than a year until the release of The Devils, and I am delighted to reveal its cover(s). In the US:

And in the UK:

Art is by book-cover graphics sorcerer Will Staehle. Both will no doubt be adorned by various foils, glitters, touches and finishes, and in the UK at least it looks very likely there will be more than one special edition with a variant cover of some sort. More on that as and when I have further details.

Should you wish to preorder your copy of this genre-redefining masterwork ahead of its publication in May 2025 (in hardcover, e-book and audio), you can follow this territory sensitive link to your book merchant of choice. To whet your salivating appetites, here’s the latest version of the UK copy:

Europe stares into the abyss.

Plague and famine stalk the land, monsters lurk in every shadow and greedy princes care for nothing but their own ambitions. Only one thing is certain: the elves will come again, and they will eat everyone.

Sometimes, the darkest paths lead towards the light. Paths on which the righteous will not dare to tread…

And so, buried beneath the sacred splendour of the Celestial Palace, is the secret Chapel of the Holy Expediency. For its congregation of convicted monsters there are no sins that have not been committed, no lines that will not be crossed, and no mission that cannot be turned into a disastrous bloodbath.

Now the hapless Brother Diaz must somehow bind the worst of the worst to a higher cause: to put a thief on the throne of Troy, and unite the sundered church against the coming apocalypse.

When you’re headed through hell, you need the devils on your side.

And here’s the latest version of the US copy, along with the lovely thoughts of the supremely talented Taz Muir who clearly has amazing taste in books…


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Progress Report April ’24

Last time I announced that The Devils was basically finished, this time I’ll announce that it’s even more basically finished, the copy edit having been done and sent back. US and UK cover art is now pretty much finalised, more about that when it’s appropriate, and we’re currently working on some exciting internal art. In fact the book’s so […]

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Progress Report February ’24

A day late and a dollar short on this one, for which I blame February and its inadequate number of days. A disappointing month, even in a leap year. But the work continues . . . The Devils is basically finished, line edit done, and its copy edit should be coming back shortly – generally […]

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2023 In Review

My God, can it truly be that another year has flashed past? Happy Birthday to me! 49 today, 17 years since I was first published and god damn it if I’m not still a fresh new voice in this genre. This time last year I was hoping for better times ahead following twelve months of […]

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Progress Report October ’23

Happy Halloween! Hard to believe we’re almost at the end of 2023. Ooooh, they go faster every year, though, don’t they, things aren’t what they used to be when I were a lad etc. The WGA strike is at an end, which is great, and even greater, it seems from most reports that the writers… […]

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Progress Report August ’23

Time ticks away… The current WGA strike is now well over a hundred days long – longer than the last one – which has of course brought all writing work on any US-based film and tv to a screeching halt. The writers have now been joined on strike by the actors, which really has killed […]

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Progress Report June ’23

The big news over the last couple of months is that there’s a film adaptation of Best Served Cold in the works. Not much more I can say at this stage. It’s in the casting and scouting phase and the script has been revised and rewritten about a million times. Doubtless it will need to […]

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Best Served Cold – on Film

Pleased to say news just dropped over at Deadline Hollywood of a potential forthcoming film of Best Served Cold. I’d love to say a lot more about it, but for the time being I can’t say much that’s not in that article. The headlines: It’s set up at Skydance. I wrote the script. Tim Miller […]

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Progress Report April ’23

A busy bank holiday weekend followed by a rush to get a contract signed has meant that I’m just a couple o’ days late for my April progress report, so here it is at the very start of May… The good news is I’ve finished a draft of the last part of The Devils and […]

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Progress Report November ’22

I blink and it’s been 5 months since I did a progress report, god damn it, so HERE IS ONE. I’ve finally finished part 3 of The Devils, and sent it off to my editors. We shall see how they respond. Hated it while I was writing it, which isn’t entirely unusual, but somehow always […]

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