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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 audible! Details on the News & Events page.

Below is a recent extract from Chaz'z blog:

Seasonal round-up (awards edition)

Or you could go and listen to the Blues Brothers' cover of "Rawhide" instead; but it has been suggested that I might forgo my erstwhile reluctance and post a you-could-vote-for-me summary of certain works of mine that appeared this year and would qualify for numerous awardy things.

So allow me to draw your attention to the following:

Being Small - sometimes referred to as a novella, by official and historical nomination rules, this counts as a novel for award purposes. It earned itself an utterly charming review in the New York Times, if you want to scroll down to find it.

Bitter Waters is my first short story collection in twenty years, so it had a deep well to draw from. Criteria included "queer" and "spec-fic"; it speaks to my private obsessions that most of the stories in the bucket came up damp, one way or another. The book had starred reviews in both Publishers Weekly and Kirkus, among other happy notices.

"The Burial of Sir John Mawe at Cassini" is probably my favourite story of the year, and turns out to have been one of Gardner Dozois' as well; he picked it for his forthcoming Year's Best antho.

- So now you have all the artefacts you need, to assemble a splendid slate of awards nominations. Or else you have an earworm, to see you through the coming season. Either way, it's all good.

Posted on Wed, 24 Dec 2014 21:26:47 GMT

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