Hello Chi-town!

As well as being the home city of the fantasic CM Punk, Chicago hosted US Games Day 2011 this past weekend. I know, I was there. Alongside me were fellow authors Mike Lee and C. L. Werner, as well as writer/ editor Nick Kyme, with supporting appreances from salesman Vince, marketing dude Andy Smillie (now also an author) and head honcho George Mann (who is a writer too…).

We pretty much spent the day signing books and chatting to fans, with a seminar in the morning to explain to the enthusiastic crowd what our plans were for the future, and why BBQ was our favourite sauce of inspiration. We were ably assisted/ stalked by Commissar Ploss of The Founding Fields and fiction boards of Heresy Online.

There was quite the hubbub about the BL stand, with 50 copies of Nick’s limited edition novella Promethean Sun available on the day, and pre-release goodies such as Salvation’s Reach, Sons of Ellyrion, The Madness Within, and Nagash Immortal by Mike. To ensure I had a busy day, my latest offering Path of the Seer was also on sale, and a good many I signed too. (For those who want a sneak peak, there is an extract on the BL site.)

Thanks to everybody who came for a chat, or just to get a book signed. We were busy throughout the day, demonstrating the continuing popularity of Black Library’s output, and it was great to see so many people and talk to many of them. I also managed to slip in a couple of interviews for podcasty types, as did my fellow writers, so expect to hear about them in the coming days.

Jaw-dropping moment of the trip

When Mike Lee ordered dessert at our Friday night meal, he was warned that the helpings were generous. None of us expected this:

A big piece a' pie

That is 4 lbs of chocolate mousse sweetness (1.8 kilos for our metric friends). It made even my birthday streudel look pitiful.

Many apples died for this dessert

Other highlights of the trip included George being attacked by the most complete skeleton of a T. Rex in the world.

"I think it's seen George..."

And the furriest giant spider I have ever encountered. It’s like My Little Shelob.

"Get away from that maggot, you filth!"

All-in-all, a great trip to a great show. Next on the signing agenda is the Nova Open at the end of the month. See you there!

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  1. Thank you for coming out to Chicago and singing some books. I’m glad you had a good trip. And I’m looking forward to reading Path of the Seer and Crown of the Conqueror.


  2. Glad you had a good time mate. 🙂 For those who are interested, head on over to http://www.youtube.com/user/commissarploss for a video version of the Black Library Q&A session for that weekend.

    For the record, i had a great time chatting with you all. i hope your site seeing trip was grand. 🙂 the Field Museum is a great place i get accosted for pictures in there quite often. people must think i’m an exhibit or something… strange…

    I’ll be sure to keep in touch, mate. 🙂



  3. I’m glad you enjoyed the city of my birth. Thank you for signing my books. Actually since you wrote them, and I bought them. It’s really our books. 😉

    I was like a star struck school girl, you bring the WAR/WAR 40k Universe to life, and I was speechless when I met you guys. .

    Thank’s again.


  4. Read the Seer extract, well done! I like how you’ve described a small part of how the Eldar seers can perceive psychically, as well as how they separate a tripartite of themselves to do so – the Farseer kept referring to Thirianna in the third person within the Circuit.

    I don’t kn


    • Sorry, hit “publish” accidentally. I meant to write:

      I don’t kn


      • Arrghh!!

        I don’t know if you’re an anime fan, but the way you described the warp spiders running joyfully through Thirianna’s thoughts reminded me of the Tachikomas in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Look them up if you wish; they’re good fun and you may see what I saw in my mind’s eye…

        Aha! Written without publishing accidentally!


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