Hal Duncan

Hal Duncan

in The United Kingdom
January 01, 1971


Hal Duncan is the author of Vellum, which was a finalist for both the William H. Crawford Award and the Locus Award for Best First Novel. He is a member of the Glasgow SF Writers’ Circle. He lives in the West End of Glasgow.

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Praise for VELLUM:

"Overwhelming in its complexity, sumptuous in its recitation, this is a truly monumental work."

-- The Good Book Guide

What you have been taught, lover of the sublime, is a lie that made you live a lie...

In the 21st century, a scalpel slices bible pages, passages spliced to restore lost truth. In the days of King Herod, the messias rises, calling to black sheep: walk Read more of this blog post »
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Vellum (The Book of All Hou...

3.30 avg rating — 1,673 ratings — published 2005 — 24 editions
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Ink (The Book of All Hours,...

3.84 avg rating — 576 ratings — published 2007 — 19 editions
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Escape from Hell!

3.58 avg rating — 248 ratings — published 2008 — 6 editions
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Songs for the Devil and Death

4.04 avg rating — 23 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions
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4.37 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 2013 — 2 editions
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Scruffians! Stories of Bett...

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Sybil's Garage No. 7

4.53 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 2010 — 3 editions
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An A-Z of the Fantastic City

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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Rhapsody: Notes on Strange ...

3.73 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 2014 — 3 editions
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The Boy Who Loved Death

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Vellum Ink
The Book of All Hours (2 books)
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“But the bigots always see those whom they hate as morally corrupt, as if they confuse their own aesthetics of disgust and fear with actual ethical critique, rationalizing their emotional response, and enforcing their moral certainties with passion, establishing them-selves, subtly or brutally, as arbiters of reason.”
Hal Duncan, Vellum

“A ship with two of every animal in the world, my friend? That would have to be a very large ship indeed. Is that how you would save a world? A bull and a cow, a sheep and a ram, and so on? The people who wrote your Torah, my friend, must have had poor livestock if they raised their herds from only one dam and one sire, breeding sisters with their brothers, any herdsman knows that this does not produce a healthy flock.

No, my friend to save the world you save the knowledge of that world, the knowledge that there were bulls and cows in it, that there were sheep and rams in it, that there were men and women who lived and died. If your world is to be destroyed, all you can save my friend, is the knowledge of it, to restore what you once had, to mourn what can never be restored.”
Hal Duncan, Ink

“We are our own worst enemies. How banal and trite that sounds, but [...] have come to believe that all the greatest truths are trite and banal, when spoken aloud in their simplest and most honest terms. Perhaps they can only be imparted in the Cant, in a language which writes itself onto your heart so that you understand not just the words but all the shattering ramifications of of a sentence which, when heard without true understanding, seems quite risibly simplistic.
We are our own worst enemies.
People die.”
Hal Duncan, Ink


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