Friday 27 August 2010

Hammer and Bolter (a.k.a. Inferno! reborn)

Many moons ago I used to write for Black Library's bi-monthly anthology magazine Inferno! It was a great publication, showcasing new talent, publishing new stories connected with established characters, one-off comic strips and prequels (or sometimes extended epilogues) to new novels.

I contributed some thirteen short stories to the mag during its all-too-short seven year existence, mainly concerning the Kislevite mercenary Torben Badenov and the Necromundan bounty hunter Nathan Creed*, and I dreamt of the day when a whole edition would be given over to one of my creations (as had happened with Dan Abnett's Gaunt's Ghosts and Graham McNeill's Ultramarine Uriel Ventris). When it ceased publication, it was a sad day indeed...

So it is very exciting to be able to share the news with you now that Inferno! is being reincarnated, this time as a new download-only short fiction magazine called Hammer and Bolter. The logo looks like this:

I've known about this for a while now but, as duly requested, have kept it under my hat. But now the information is in the public domain I can plug away to my heart's content. There's not actually anything of mine in the new mag - at least not yet - but if it's anything like Inferno! used to be, I urge you now to subscribe. And it only costs £2.50 a month. That's less than a pint where I come from!

So, watch this space...

* Somebody once complained that I was so vain as to name Nathan Creed after myself, the similarities with the name Jonathan Green being so obvious. Well obvious to all but me at the time. The Creed part of the name came from James Herbert's novel of the same name and I just thought the name Nathan sounded quite cool at the time. Perhaps it was a subconscious referencing of my own name, but it certainly wasn't a conscious one.

Thursday 12 August 2010

Impending radio silence

Tomorrow we're moving house. In fact we've been moving house for about the last week but tomorrow is D-day which also means no Internet access for the foreseeable.

So, I'll see you on the other side some time and, in the meantime, here's a great post from the guys (or more specifically gal) at Abaddon about The Ulysses Quicksilver Omnibus coming this autumn.

Tuesday 10 August 2010

Howl of the Werewolf and Victories of the Space Marines

I'm very pleased to reveal the cover for the new edition of Howl of the Werewolf, coming next month from Wizard Books.

As with the other titles in the new FF format, Howl of the Werewolf includes three pre-generated characters. So prepare to meet Johann Ironarm, Wolfrik of Pritzbad and Sabine
Greypelt this September.

And while we're at it, here's the cover for the Black Library's Victories of the Space Marines...

'Featuring a brand new Grey Knights story by Ben Counter, plus James Swallow, Gav Thorpe, C. L. Werner and more...'

... and the 'more' includes a contribution from me, about a squad of Imperial Fists answering a distress call from an isolated ice-locked world. Victories of the Space Marines will be published April 2011.

Monday 9 August 2010

A couple of reviews...

First up is a review of Pax Britannia: Blood Royal, over at Total Sci-Fi Online. I particularly liked this bit...

"...once Quicksilver and his friends get into combat, the action sequences are told with a directorial eye."

And then there's one of Pax Britannia: Leviathan Rising, over at Pornokitsch, which includes such choice comments as...

"Most importantly, Leviathan Rising, above everything else, is fun. Deliriously so. Every page is infected with a wonderful sense of joy."


"Being over-the-top is commonplace, but being genuinely entertaining is rare - the difference between telling a dirty joke and being Bill Hicks... the author deftly combines punchy dialogue with lurid description; painting a wonderful, exotic world and then populating it with sharp heroes, sinister villains and horrendous beasties."

Curse of the Mummy (original Puffin edition) and others for sale!

Don't miss the chance of a lifetime! There's only a few hours to go on my Ebay offer, by which you could own an original Jonathan Green publication signed by the author.

As well as the hard-to-come-by original Fighting Fantasy edition of Curse of the Mummy, there are so a couple of Sonic the Hedgehog gamebooks available and Pax Britannia books too!

So follow this link now and get bidding - before it's too late!

Thursday 5 August 2010

Pye Parr's Perilous Pax Britannia Picture Preparations

Simon Parr has updated his blog recently with some images of proposed cover ideas for The Ulysses Quicksilver Omnibus that is out later this year.

You can find out more about the design process and see what might have been (along with the current 'final' design) here.

Wednesday 4 August 2010

Pax Britannia Podcast

Just a reminder (via the Abaddon Books page) that the latest Abaddon/Solaris podcast is now available from iTunes.

It features Jon Oliver, Al Ewing and myself talking about all things steampunk...

Signed by the author

Family Green are on the move. As of a week on Friday, we're moving out of the house that we have lived in for the last half a decade - which means packing. And it's amazing how much stuff you can accumulate in five years.

So it's goodbye to all this...

And this - my writing shelf...

And I find myself needing to off load myself of a large number of books. And this is where you come in.

You can own an original, first edition copy of the Jonathan Green book of your choice (pretty much) and it will, of course, be signed by the author.

So, follow this link to my Ebay page - but don't hang around, the items are only up for 5 days!