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Chaz Brenchley

Chaz Brenchley has been making a living as a writer since he was eighteen. He is the author of nine thrillers, most recently Shelter and two fantasy series, The Books of Outremer and Selling Water by the River. As Daniel Fox he has published a Chinese-based fantasy series, beginning with Dragon in Chains, as Ben Macallan, an urban fantasy, Desdæmona.

A British Fantasy Award winner, he has also published books for children and more than 500 short stories in various genres. His time as crimewriter-in-residence on a sculpture project in Sunderland resulted in the collection Blood Waters. His first play, A Cold Coming, was performed and then toured in 2007. He is a prizewinning ex-poet, and has been writer in residence at the University of Northumbria. He was Northern Writer of the Year 2000.

Chaz has recently married and moved from Newcastle to California, with two squabbling cats and a famous teddy bear.

News: Starry eyed: Bitter Waters reviewed - and shortlisted! New interview! Details on the News & Events page.

Below is a recent extract from Chaz'z blog:


So now it can be told, hurrah: my novelette "The Astrakhan, the Homburg and the Red Red Coal" has been bought by Seanan McGuire for QUEERS DESTROY SCIENCE FICTION, the queer-created special issue of Lightspeed. I am beyond happy about this.

This is the Oscar-Wilde-on-Mars story I may have spoken of before, one of those lightning-bolt notions - if Mars were a province of the British Empire, of course Oscar would have gone there, after Reading Gaol, before Paris could destroy him utterly - that happily found a way to work itself into a proper narrative. It's about names and meanings and identity, and a gay subculture in a colonial outpost, and the interface of authority with what's alien.

This is the second of the Mars Imperial stories (the first, "The Burial of Sir John Mawe at Cassini", first appeared in Subterranean Online, and will be reprinted in Gardner Dozois' YEAR'S BEST SF). There will be more. And then, of course, there's the novel. Kipling on Mars. Just do us all a favour, and don't ask about that?

Posted on Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:47:13 GMT

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