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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! More events and more reviews! Details on the News & Events page.

Below is a recent extract from Chaz'z blog:

The New York Times says I'm lovely

M'wife says this was worth waiting for. *twitch*

This Sunday's New York Times Book Review is online now. Inter alia, there's a column by Terrence Rafferty on recent horror fiction. I am not sure why people think my novel Being Small is horror (it isn't horror, people; if you want horror, I will give you a fallen angel skinning you alive with his fingernails: I did that once), but never mind. I do not resile from other people's opinions, any more than I assert my own. And right now, I don't mind anything, because he really liked my book.

You can read the whole review here, and I urge you to do that; it's rude to do more than lift a money quote or two, so I won't. But he does say "Horror works best when it’s about things that are actually worth being afraid of. Like Siobhan Adcock, the English writer Chaz Brenchley, who tells a bizarre coming-of-age story in his lovely short novel BEING SMALL (Per Aspera; cloth, $19.99; paper, $9.99), knows how to give some heft and gravity to the anxieties of everyday life."

And he does say "Not much of a truly horrific nature happens in “Being Small” — Brenchley’s tone is quiet, contemplative — but it’s intensely dramatic, in the way adolescent problems tend to be, in teenagers’ inward eyes. “It might be war,” Michael announces, “where only the strong survive.” Brenchley makes this tooth-and-claw battle thrilling."

The New York Times, people. Terrence Rafferty. I can live with that. Oh, and you can buy the book via this page, or from your friendly neighbourhood bookstore.

Posted on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:26:05 GMT

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