Blood Type now out in paperback.

Blood Type: an Anthology of Vampire SF on the Cutting Edge is now out in paperback. It’s edited by Robert S Wilson, published by Nightscape Press and will benefit The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. I have a story in it, along with many other wonderful writers, including William F Nolan, Mike Resnick and Peter Watts.

I’m pleased to have done my little bit to help this charity. Cystic Fibrosis is a nasty disease with a huge impact on the lives of people who have it. When I worked in medical research – we studied the absorption of drugs in patients with malabsorption syndromes – there were some CF patients in the study. At the lab we tracked the changes in bacterial flora and antibiotic resistance of respiratory infections in our local group of CF patients, which was complicated and challenging work. It’s a hereditary disease – we had several sets of siblings. It was heartbreaking when we had a patient die, but it wasn’t all bad news. One of our local CF patients is the longest surviving recipient of a triple transplant – heart, lungs and liver. His own heart was transplanted into another man, who he got to meet – that must have been a very weird experience!

Blood Type is a big book and well worth just over a tenner, with free postage in the UK. It’s also available on Amazon US and Createspace.

Blood Type: Vampire SF – the trailer

Here’s a link to the trailer for Blood Type: An Anthology of Vampire SF from Nightscape Press. I think it’s pretty cool and it’s great to be included on such a wonderful list of writers. I’ve been reading some of the stories, and the quality is very high. I enjoyed ‘The Undying’, William F Nolan’s contribution, which has the longest run-on sentence I’ve ever seen in print – and as a slap in the eye for all those creative writing gurus who’d like to outlaw such things, the effect is beautiful and poetic. I really liked Amelia Mangan’s ‘The Souls of Stars’  too, but I’m only seven stories in, so I haven’t picked a favourite yet.

The anthology will benefit The Cystic Fibrosis Trust, so if you’re looking for something to put on your shiny new Kindle (or other e-reading device) this Xmas, please consider it. A print edition is due in January 2014.

World Fantasy Con 2013

I’ll be in Brighton this weekend, pretending to be a writer. I’m doing my first public reading on Saturday and I’m getting really twitchy about it. Still, it can’t be as scary as having a major op and not expecting to survive the anaesthetic, right? I got through that, so I expect I’ll manage a reading, even if I’m not very good. I’ll be reading a short extract from my story from the SF vampire anthology, Blood Type, along with two other contributors, William F Nolan and Jason V Brock.

Bit concerned about this convention. The progress reports have been somewhat unfriendly and high-handed, so I’m not expecting the event to be as much fun as the last two Fantasycons. And as for the all-woman fantasy panel, Broads with Swords – seriously? I really thought they’d re-name that one. They say that to test if something is insulting, substitute different words, so let’s try that. Pricks with Sticks? Berks with Dirks? Huns with Guns? Yep, I think we have a result, and it ain’t polite. I won’t be going to that one, not because I don’t approve of or want to support having more women on panels, but because the title is so insulting.

So, have a happy Hallowe’en, and enjoy the various firework events that will probably happen over this weekend. Catch you later.

Edited to add that Blood Type is now available as a Kindle edition from Amazon US and UK.