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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: Being Small now available! A starred review for Bitter Waters! Details on the News & Events page.

Below is a recent extract from Chaz'z blog:

Publishers Weekly. Review. With a star on it.

Publishing is an odd business. Here I am with a new book so freshly out I don't even have a physical copy myself yet - and the most exciting thing in the inbox is about another book, three months down the road. Which Publishers Weekly has just reviewed, as they do, way ahead of time for the benefit of libraries and bookstores, who should be sharpening their ordering-pencils as we speak: for lo, PW stuck a star on it.

This is kind of a big deal, recognition-wise: especially for a book from a small press, as this is. (Bill Schafer of Subterranean sent it to me, lovely man that he is, though this is not one of his own stable; it comes from Lethe Press. Or will do.)

Anyway: pull quotes. Brenchley charts the treacheries of the sea and the human heart in this haunting collection ... Deceptively light, allusive titles (“Junk Male,” “ ’Tis Pity He’s Ashore,” “Villainelle”) give away little of their stories’ knotty emotional depth. The discursive, sharply detailed style permits a remarkable control of tone ... This clever and subtle collection...

Or you can just read the whole thing here. You should probably go and do that, rather than listen to me babbling about stars'n'stuff. I haven't even had coffee yet.

(But you could pre-order the book here on, should you want to. Starred review!)

Posted on Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:37:32 GMT

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