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August 22, 2016

I’m delighted to say that this week, on Thursday 25th August to be precise, at 7pm, it’s time for An Evening With Paul Cornell!

An Evening With Poster

There’s a website that offers you a discount on the next True Believers’ comic convention with every ticket, and there’s also a Facebook event page.

If you can make it to Gloucester, do come along.  I’m looking forward to getting into everything I’ve done, everything that’s on the horizon, signing whatever you want to bring and giving out some freebies.  It’s great to see local geek groups like these putting together single author events outside the big cities.  It’s also very flattering, so I intend to work hugely for those who come along.  See you there, I hope!

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Published on August 22, 2016 04:00 • 86 views

August 15, 2016

The Kickstarter for Year Three of Uncanny Magazine is in full swing, and going brilliantly.  With less than two days to go (at the time of writing), now is the best possible time to buy a subscription.  I’ve got a story in this year’s run (in #13), entitled ‘Don’t You Worry, You Aliens’, and as a bonus when the funds reached a certain level, Uncanny have released the following video of the start of the story being read by Sophie Aldred, who herself has an article forthcoming in the magazine.  I think she does a brilliant job.

In other news, if you’re near Swindon in Wiltshire, I’ll be doing a signing at The Incredible Comic Shop, in the Brunel Arcade there, on September 3rd at 11am. Lovely to support such a cool local shop.

I’ve done an interview with The Nerdist about writing previous incarnations of The Doctor.

And, speaking of podcasts, the audio version of myself and Martyn Waites appearing at BristolCon Fringe is up now. A good time and some good chat.

One last nudge: if you’re in shouting distance of Gloucester on Thursday 25th, do come along to An Evening with Paul Cornell.  It’s going to be great.  Cheers.

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Published on August 15, 2016 04:36 • 72 views

August 8, 2016

I’ll be going along to the Nine Worlds Geekfest in London just on this coming Friday (12th August), but I’ve managed to pack in three events on that day.  At 1.30pm, I’ll be talking about ‘Doctor Who’s return to comics’ in Reims.  At 6.45pm I’ll be playing Lee Harris’ fast-composition game show Ready Steady Flash in, aptly enough, Bouzy.  And at 8.30pm myself and Laurie Penny will be taking turns to deliver short talks on the general theme of horror in comics in ‘Fear in a Handful of Pages’ in Epernay.  (I’ll be talking about those most modern of mythical creatures the Greys, and their relation to Saucer State.)  The Nine Worlds website also has me down to do another panel, but I’m not actually going to be on it.

In other news, Uncanny Magazine’s year three Kickstarter has reached its second stretch goal, thus releasing into the world this mini interview with me.

And,in news which has now been blissfully widely reported, and which we Wild Cards Collective members have been keeping under our hats, George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards is to be a TV series! Melinda Snodgrass, co-editor of the book series, is to be Executive Producer, and we’re all very excited.

Wild Cards 1

I hope to see some of you at Nine Worlds, and I’m sorry it’s such a fleeting visit.

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Published on August 08, 2016 09:03 • 34 views

August 3, 2016

The exclamation marks are merited, I think.

First off, just for today (August 3rd), the ebook of London Falling, my first Shadow Police novel, is the UK Amazon Kindle Daily Deal, at just over a pound!  Check it out here.

And on September 13th, Who Killed Sherlock Holmes?, the third book in the series, will be released as an Audible audiobook, read once again, thank goodness, by the narrator of the two previous Shadow Police books, Damian Lynch.  I’m very pleased we got there.  Thanks for your patience, everyone who’s been asking about that.  I’ll provide a link nearer the time.

London Falling, UK ebook

I’m now featured on the Guest Page of the Thought Bubble convention, with so many cool folk, and just look at that handsome avatar!

And remember, it’s only a few weeks now until An Evening With Paul Cornell, on Thursday, 25th August. I’m so pleased the True Believers team could make this happen.

Back to the keyboard I go!  Thanks, everyone!

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Published on August 03, 2016 04:07 • 45 views

July 26, 2016

I return from a packed and wonderful San Diego Comic Con with some excellent news that we were finally able to announce at that event: Saucer Country is coming back!

Saucer State promo

Saucer State, the continuation of, sequel to, and completion of, the former Vertigo series from myself and Ryan Kelly will be coming to IDW Comics in 2017!  Before that, the lovely folk of IDW will be republishing the original in a deluxe edition!

The story of Arcadia Alvarado, former alien abductee (possibly) will continue now that she’s President of the United States, with all the political intrigue and UFO mythology you’ve come to expect.  And we’re creating a new starting point so that new readers can absolutely start here.  Here’s the news story as it broke at Newsarama, and for a piece at Comicosity, IDW’s Chris Ryall came up with the idea of reporting the facts using a 1970s UFO report form!

It’s been a long, hard road to get to this point, but it’s a great pleasure to be able to satisfy all those people who’ve kept asking if it was coming back.  More news as it can be released, but in the meantime, thanks for keeping the faith.

Speaking of Comic Con, the Fantasy Mixology panel I was on with a bunch of great authors (Kevin Hearne, Richard Kadrey, Paul Krueger, Drew Magary and Mary Robinette Kowal, and moderated by Petra Mayer) talking about fiction and cocktails, has already appeared on video, so you can see all of it…

And here I am at the Tor booth, signing a huge giveaway of Witches of Lychford!

Paul at Tor booth.

It was an amazing few days as ever, packed with panels, signings and exciting meetings. It was my pleasure to attend the Baker Street Babes’ Sherlocked event and share a panel about Titan’s roster of Torchwood and Doctor Who comics with the great John and Carole Barrowman (so much fun to watch, and generous to the rest of us). I caught up with so many friends, too, and put in my share of late nights. Mind you, my luggage didn’t arrive until six hours before I checked out of my hotel, so I was clothing myself on the run and borrowing power supply chords from mates. But it’s a mark of how supportive and warm I find this event to be that I didn’t find that much of a problem. People love saying Comic Con is on the way out, but it seems to me to be as healthy, fun and useful as ever.

In other news, An Evening With Paul Cornell draws ever closer, and the True Believers guys have come up with a new poster to publicise it…

An Evening With Poster

There’s a new episode (#14) of my podcast The Cornell Collective, now out, featuring comic writer Nick Abadzis, TV writer and novelist Melinda Snodgrass and novelist Mark Tompkins.  It’s one of our best, I think.

I’ve got a story coming up in the third year run of Uncanny Magazine, and they’re now very close to their Kickstarter goal, so it’s the perfect time to subscribe. were kind enough to include Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? in their feature ‘Five Books about Holmesian Horror’.

Bernice Summerfield herself, Lisa Bowerman, is appearing in a new production of J.B.Priestley’s The Roundabout, at the Park Theatre in London from 24th August. Do go along and support her.

And speaking of Doctor Who, the good people at Gollancz have given the ebook of The Discontinuity Guide a lovely new cover.

Phew, it’s good to be back home, especially to see Tom again after five days away, but I have to get immediately back to work.  Thanks for your support of Saucer Country, now I just have to write it!

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Published on July 26, 2016 04:04 • 74 views

July 12, 2016

I’ve got two events in two weekends approaching.  First up, this coming Saturday (16th July) is Derby’s Edge Lit, where I’ll be appearing on two panels.  At 3pm, ‘The Others: What is the continuing draw of the supernatural in fiction?’ with Paul Kane, VH Leslie, Maria Lewis, Johnny Mains and Ali Shaw and at 5pm ‘Criminal Minds: Why is Crime Creeping Its Way Into Genre Fiction?’ with Maria Lewis, Sarah Pinborough and Conrad Williams.  Should be a great day out.

Then, from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th July, it’s the big one, San Diego Comic Con!  I’ll be appearing at several events there:

Thursday 21st, 3pm-4pm: Fantasy Mixology: The Perfect Literary Cocktail, Horton Grand Theatre.

While the average happy hour involves a bit of gin, rum, or vodka, these authors mix things up with witches, demons, giants, ghosts, Celtic gods, and other magical beings.  Top-shelf authors Paul Cornell (Witches of Lychford), Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles), Richard Kadrey (Perdition Score), Paul Krueger (Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge), Drew Magary (The Hike), and Mary Robinette Kowal (Ghost Talkers and The Glamourist series) discuss the ingredients that go into making your favourite fantasy cocktails.  Moderated by Petra Mayer from NPR.

Thursday 21st, 5pm-6pm: Signing: Paul Cornell and Mary Robinette Kowal, Autograph Area (Under the Sails) – AA 07.

Friday 22nd, Noon: In-Booth Signing: Paul Cornell, Tor Booth #2707. (I might be a few minutes late.  Sprinting over from a meeting.)

Friday 22nd, 4pm: IDW Publishing: The Main Event, Room 4.

Come experience the latest from IDW! Artists Gabriel Rodriguez and David Messina, writers Christos Gage, Arvind Ethan David and Paul Cornell, editor Sarah Gaydos, and some surprise guests detail current plans, awesome futuristic plans, and much more.  Co-moderated by the two-headed monster that is Dirk Wood and Chris Ryall!  Prizes, announcements, and Q&A.  (And yes, you may well ask what I’m doing there.  All will be revealed.)

Saturday 23rd, 1pm: Signing: Paul Cornell, Titan Booth #5537.

Saturday 23rd, 3.30pm: Doctor Who and Torchwood Comics, Room 5AB. 

John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman give you the inside secrets of their brand new Torchwood comic, which debuts at the show.  Get your fix of all things Whovian from writers Cavan Scott, George Mann, Rob Williams, and Paul Cornell and Doctor Who editor Andrew James, who reveal upcoming plans for Titan’s Doctor Who comics and take you behind the scenes of Titan’s stand-alone SDCC Doctor Who comic, created especially for the show!  Exclusive sneak peeks at upcoming art from the cavalcade of amazing global talents!  Each audience member will receive a free comic.

Titan Who SDCC 2016

You can read more on their individual announcement pages about what Titan Comics and Publishing are up to at the event.  And more details of all the above are available as always on my Appearances page.

In other news, I very much enjoyed the incredibly talented Melissa F. Olson’s piece on London Falling in’s That Was Awesome! series.  But then, I would!

And it’s been announced that I’m going to be popping along to the Nine Worlds Geekfest this year, but only on the Friday afternoon.

But in many ways the most important thing I have to announce today is that I have a story (‘The Last Doctor’) in A Target for Tommy, a forthcoming anthology of stories in aid of beloved children’s author Tommy Donbavand, who’s been fighting cancer, and has gotten so ill that he hasn’t been able to work.  The stories revolve around a Doctor Who theme, Tommy being a Who writer and fan, and there are a ton of great creators involved.  Do take a look at the pre-order page and buy a copy, and also check out Tommy’s Patreon page.  You couldn’t help out a nicer chap.

A target for Tommy.

Okay, I hope to see some of you soon!  A long summer ahead, but worth it!

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Published on July 12, 2016 08:24 • 35 views

July 6, 2016

I’m still jetlagged, having just got back from another incredible CONvergence. This year, after one incredible night of big beat fan dancing, Chuck Tingle and karaoke, I stumbled over to a picture window around 4am to see the dawn and thought ‘I’ll just keep going’, and had a bellini for breakfast, and hence… the jetlag from hell.

If you drop down this Facebook page for a few posts, you’ll find video of me reading from Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? at the convention.  I’ll link to more videos, of panels and such, as they appear.

This Saturday, 9th July, doing my bit for Doctor Who Comics Day 2016, I’ll be signing at London’s Gosh! Comics between 11am and Noon.

Gosh signing

I hope to be rather more bouncy by that point.

While I was away, the latest edition (#13) of my podcast, The Cornell Collective, came out, featuring novelist Joe Abercrombie, comicker Marguerite Bennett and TV and prose fantasist Stephen Volk.  It’s a good one, I think, in that we go quite deep.

As part of Comicosity’s Make Comics Week, I contributed to several guest blogs of theirs, on the subjects of The Business, Con Survival, My Office and Surviving Deadlines.  These are nice collections of advice from a whole bunch of pros, suitable for anyone trying to break into comics.

And finally, artist Andrew Skilleter now has prints for sale of various of his Doctor Who New Adventures covers, including Timewyrm: Revelation.

I will now return to slowly acclimatising, and hope to see some of you on Saturday.  Cheers.

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Published on July 06, 2016 04:11 • 26 views

June 22, 2016

Next Tuesday (28th June), I’m delighted to be a guest at this month’ meeting of the Super Relaxed Fantasy Club, alongside Laura Lam and Sara Jayne Townsend.  I’ll be reading from Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? and perhaps The Lost Child of Lychford if there’s time.  There’s a Facebook event page here.  I’m looking forward to joining in with what, by all accounts, is a joyful event.

Super Relaxed Fantasy Club

In other news, I’ve done a couple more interviews about the Doctor Who: The Third Doctor series I’m writing for Titan, one at Newsarama, and one on a special edition of the Doctor Who: The Writers’ Room podcast.

And here’s a competition where you can win the audiobook of ‘Scream of the Shalka’.

The latest edition of Record Collector printed a lovely review of This Damned Band, as did ICV2.

I’m dreading the aftermath of the Referendum tomorrow.  I’d say for God’s sake vote Remain, but whichever way you go, be decent to each other after.  I’m on four one-a-day antihistamines every day at the moment, and honestly you don’t want to cross me when I may now possess, in the dullest super hero origin possible, the Power Cosmic.  Still, interesting solstice dreams ahoy!

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Published on June 22, 2016 03:21 • 55 views

June 13, 2016

I’ll be helping out on Doctor Who Comics Day 2016 with a signing at London’s Gosh Comics, on July 9th, from 11am to noon. They’ve set up a Facebook event page, and you can find all the details on their website.

DW Comics Day 2016

Meanwhile, there’s a trailer for my Warcraft movie prequel comic, Bonds of Brotherhood, which is out now!  Lovely!

You can tell Summer’s here, because everything is happening at once!

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Published on June 13, 2016 06:58 • 29 views

June 9, 2016

My Warcraft movie prequel graphic novel, Bonds of Brotherhood, is out now, in your comic stores and digitally, and you can see five pages of preview art here at The Beat!

Warcraft page

Meanwhile, I’ve done an interview with The Nerdist about my forthcoming Doctor Who: The Third Doctor comic, with art by Chris Jones.

And Publishing has revealed their autumn line-up, with The Lost Child of Lychford featured prominently!

Do remember, by the way, if you’re in the Gloucestershire area, to come along to the charity quiz night I’m hosting in Fairford on Saturday 18th June.

Okay, back to the word mill I go!

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Published on June 09, 2016 02:11 • 26 views