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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: News of signings for Being Small and Bitter Waters! A starred review! Details on the News & Events page.

Below is a recent extract from Chaz'z blog:

...and a Table of (mal)Contents

Foxes have holes, the birds of the air have their nests; in anthologies and collections both, short stories get to snuggle up in a Table of Contents.

It's become quite a thing, to announce the ToC of an upcoming antho in one's blog, if one has a story in it. I'm not sure that the ToC of a single-author collection has quite the same impact, because you don't get that pleasure of running your eye down the list to see what other authors have reported in; but even so, I guess it's still a thing. So herebelow, please find the ToC of my collection, Bitter Waters, forthcoming from Lethe Press in earliest November. The cover's by Elizabeth Leggett, and the collection was edited by m'wife Karen Williams, with input from m'publisher Steve Berman. Geoff Ryman wrote the intro, and Publishers Weekly said some nice things about the book; everything else is my own responsibility.

The Book You Hold In Your Hands (even if it's on a screen): Introduction by Geoff Ryman
Another Chart of the Silences
Junk Male
The Pillow-Boy of General Shu
In The Night Street Baths
The Insolence of Candles Against the Night’s Dying
Parting Shots
Up The Airy Mountain
The Light of Other Eyes
The Cupboard of Cold Things
True North
Hothouse Flowers: or The Discreet Boys of Dr Barnabus
One For Every Year He’s Away, She Said
Keep The Aspidochelone Floating
‘Tis Pity He’s Ashore
The Boat of Not Belonging

That's a mix of full-on fantasies and ghost stories, with a couple of real-world mysteries mixed in. Or if you count another way there's half a dozen Quin stories, all four (so far) of the Sailor Martin stories, another glimpse of Skip, a couple of stories that look to novels elsewhere and really not many stand-alones. I don't do much that honestly stands alone, though any of these can be read by themselves; all the oceans are the same damn ocean in the end, and everything's connected. If you want to count another way, this is a very queer collection indeed.

You could pre-order it here, if Amazon is your thing.

Posted on Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:06:14 GMT

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