Friday 25 September 2020

Gamebook Friday: European Day of Languages

Friday 25 September is the European Day of Languages, which is rather apt because I have had some news recently about some of the foreign language editions of my ACE Gamebooks.

Alice au Pays des Cauchemars - the French language edition of Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland, published by Éditions Alkonost - is being distributed in game stores by Novalis, a subsidiary of Asmodée, which means that it is now on the shelves of almost every RPG store in France!

Alice au pays des cauchemars on sale in an RPG store in France.

Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland is now available in English, Czech, Germany, French, Spanish (Argentina), Portuguese (Brazil), with the Italian edition on its way some time next year*.

It's also World Dream Day and the end of National Mushroom Month, which are also a perfect fit for Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland, which features both dreams and mushrooms.

Kev Crossley's illustration of the Caterpillar atop its toadstool.

I also received copies of the Czech language edition of The Wicked Wizard of Oz from Mytago Publishing this week. Now just called Oz, it is a lovely little hardback with good quality paper stock and black endpapers.

The English edition of The Wicked Wizard of Oz next to the Czech edition, Oz, for size comparison.

And to finish on, Chameleon Comix recently posted this image on Twitter...

That's right, 'TWAS - The Krampus Night Before Christmas will be out in Hungarian before Christmas 2021. 

If you are a publisher who would like to publish the ACE Gamebooks series in your country, drop me a line at

* I hope. It was supposed to have been released this spring, but COVID but the kybosh on that plan.

Wednesday 23 September 2020

Tie-in Tuesday: Forever Autumn

Today, Tuesday 22nd September, is the autumn equinox.

There are a couple of short story anthologies coming out this autumn, featuring tales by Yours Truly.

Uprising: A Necromunda Anthology is released on 1st October.

My story, Paradise, sees a gang of Orlocks looking for a lost dome, rumoured to be an oasis of fresh water and clean air; a veritable... paradise. But the Dust Dogs aren't the only ones searching for it...

Paradise is the first piece of Necromundan fiction I have had published since 2003.

Judge Fear's Big Day Out and Other Stories is a collection of prose tales that first appeared in the monthly Judge Dredd Megazine and the anthology comic 2000AD.

The 'Other Stories' include four of mine, that first saw print a few years ago. If you missed them at the time, look out for Judge Fear's Big Day Out and Other Stories when it is published on 12th November.

Friday 18 September 2020

Gamebook Friday: NEVERLAND - Here Be Pirates!

Tomorrow, Saturday 19th September, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so today seemed like the perfect occasion to plug my pirate-themed ACE Gamebook NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters!

In fact, I have a flash sale on. You can buy a signed copy direct from me, with playable character bookmarks included, for £10. And if you live in the UK, postage is free!

NEVERLAND - Here Be Monsters!
900 section gamebook
Signed by the author
4 playable character bookmarks

Post and packing

Think you know Peter Pan? Think again!

Monday 14 September 2020

Thought for the Day

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”
~ William Faulkner, author

Wednesday 9 September 2020

National Teddy Bear Day

Held annually on 9th September, National Teddy Bear Day honours the history of one of childhood's favorite toys.

In 1902, American President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear cub while out hunting in Mississippi. The incident made national news, with Clifford Berryman publishing a cartoon of the event in the Washington Post on 16th November 1902, and the caricature became an instant classic.

The Berryman cartoon of Teddy Roosevelt and the cub inspired New York store owner Morris Michtom. He created a new toy and even had a name in mind. Michtom wrote to President Roosevelt to ask permission to name the new toy a 'Teddy Bear'.

Naturally, the Teddy Bear is one of the PCs in the forthcoming 'TWAS - The Roleplaying Game Before Christmas, and has the Special Abilities Charm, Fearsome and Strength. All it wants is to keep its child-owner safe from harm. The faithful, big-hearted bear can do this by giving the child a comforting cuddle, when required, or by fighting off those who would threaten its beloved owner, in a frenzy of flailing claws.

To find out more about 'TWAS - The Roleplaying Game Before Christmas, an RPG based on last year's ACE Gamebooks release 'TWAS - The Krampus Night Before Christmas, follow this link.

Tuesday 8 September 2020

Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland LIVE!

After a very successful four week run, playing through Beowulf Beastslayer, tonight Ken Boyter of The Bottled Imp Fellowship is going to commence a live readthrough of the original ACE Gamebook, Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland.

So why not join Mad Hatter Ken from 7:00pm BST on Facebook, and if you have yet to pick up a copy of Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland, you can do so here.

Monday 7 September 2020

Thought for the Day

"Social media gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community... but now they have the same right to speak as a Nobel Prize winner. It's the invasion of the idiots."
~ Umberto Eco, author

Wednesday 2 September 2020

Warhammer Wednesday: Uprising - A Necromunda Anthology

I love New Book Day. And the latest New Book Day was yesterday, when these arrived.

It is seventeen years since Necromunda Underhive appeared in 2003, which featured the last pieces of Necromunda fiction I have had published to date. And now Uprising: A Necromunda Anthology features my latest short story for the Black Library.

Paradise, sees a gang of Orlocks looking for a lost dome. It is rumoured to be an oasis of fresh water and clean air, a veritable... paradise. But the Dust Dogs aren't the only ones searching for it...

Uprising: A Necromunda Anthology is released on 1st October.