Monday, October 15, 2018


October is a banner month for some neat re-releases from my back-catalog in the grimdark worlds of Warhammer!

Two titles are hitting in short order, one that features a story of the Adepta Sororitas - the zealous Sisters of Battle - and another from the Horus Heresy era, a tale of the traitorous Death Guard.

Back in 2011, I wrote my second Sororitas novel Hammer & Anvil, and now the Warhammer Legends partwork series is releasing it in a spiffy new hardcover edition, on sale in all good bookstores on the 17th of this month.  

The Sisters of Battle are the Emperor's most devout worshippers, fierce warriors preaching the purity of the Imperium and scourging their enemies with bolter and flamer. 

On a distant world, the Ecclesiarchy outpost of Sanctuary 101, was wiped out by an implacable foe - the fearless, soulless necrons. Now, a mission of the Sisterhood has returned to reconsecrate the site - but the metallic nightmares still lurk in the darkness, guarding a secret that has lain dormant for millennia. 
A vicious battle will be fought - one that can only end in the total destruction of the unrelenting xenos, or the annihilation of the proud Sororitas.

To visit the Warhammer Legends site, click Here or go Here to order individual copies of the partwork hardcovers; if digital is more your speed, you can still pick up the eBook edition right Here.

Later this month - the 20th to be exact - you'll be able to pick up a copy of Heralds of the Siege, a new Horus Heresy short fiction collections, featuring content by me, Gav Thorpe, Chris Wraight, John French, Guy Haley, Nick Kyme, Rob Sanders and Anthony Reynolds.

A galaxy burns and brother turns on brother as the conflict brought about by a beloved son’s betrayal reaches its fateful end. 
The Warmaster Horus has triumphed. His massive fleet at last nears Terra and the patriarchal Throne of his hated father. 
Many have fallen to bring this moment about, their tales are the ashes upon which the Heresy was born and prospered. 
Others have played their own small parts, drops in an ocean of war and blood. 
None of it matters. 
Terra looks to the skies as it raises its defences. Armies muster, heroes raise their swords, citizens cower. 
The war is coming. And nothing can stop it.

My contribution to this hefty tome is "Exocytosis", a story featuring the Death Guard and the character of Calas Typhon, which set him up for his appearance in my upcoming Horus Heresy novel The Buried Dagger (due in Spring of 2019). "Exocytosis" originally appeared in the 2016 Black Library Advent Calendar series and this marks its first dead-tree edition.

Click Here for more details on The Horus Heresy: Heralds of the Siege.

And as a bonus cover reveal for this blog, check out this amazing art from Johan Grenier for the new collected edition of all my Warhammer 40,000 Blood Angels stories - The Complete Rafen Omnibus...

This collection features all the stories and novels in and around Rafen's epic narrative - The Fury, Deus Encarmine, Blood Debt, Deus Sanguinius, Redeemed, Red Fury, Black Tide, Bloodline and Reflection in Blood. The book will be available in January 2019, but for more details click Here.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Space Hulk Tactics strikes!

A few months back, I mentioned that I'd been doing some scriptwriting work on a new Warhammer 40,000 videogame - and this week Space Hulk Tactics deep-strikes its way on to Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC platforms for all players...

Space Hulk Tactics is a turn-based strategy game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, pitting squads of Space Marine Terminators against swarms of alien Genestealers aboard a massive amalgamation of abandoned starships - the gargantuan Space Hulk known as The Forsaken Doom...

Based on the classic Games Workshop boardgame, Space Hulk Tactics lets you pick between these two factions in full campaigns, solo vs. AI, or via competitive online play. 

The game has two narrative campaigns (scripted by me), one from the point of view of the venerable Blood Angels chapter and one casting players in the role of the rapacious alien Genestealers. 

Here's a link to a developer blog I wrote about the storylines. 

A "card" system enhances the turn-based strategy gameplay, ensuring no two games are ever the same and giving you many more tactical options on every turn. There's also a versatile map editing tool, so games can create and upload their own scenarios. 

Check out the official Space Hulk Tactics website right Here, for more details, along with ordering details. The game is released on 9th October, but pre-orders will get bonus custom content.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

NOMAD is out now in North America!

Today the first of my ongoing series of action thrillers is officially released in North America, in it's US hardcover edition from Tor/Forge! I'm excited to introduce ex-MI6 officer turned freelancer Marc Dane to a whole new audience with the launch of Nomad... 


New York Times bestselling author James Swallow begins his espionage thriller series with Nomad, featuring a British desk jockey intelligence operative turned active agent.

Marc Dane is a MI6 field agent at home behind a computer screen, one step away from the action. But when a brutal attack on his team leaves Dane the only survivor—and with the shocking knowledge that there are traitors inside MI6—he's forced into the front line.

Matters spiral out of control when the evidence points toward Dane as the perpetrator of the attack. Accused of betraying his country, he must race against time to clear his name. With nowhere to turn to for help and no one left to trust, Marc is forced to rely on the elusive Rubicon group and their operative Lucy Keyes. Ex US Army, Lucy also knows what it's like to be an outsider, and she's got the skills that Dane needs.

A terrorist attack is coming, one bigger and more deadly than has ever been seen before. With the eyes of the security establishment elsewhere, only Keyes and Dane can stop the attack before it's too late.

North America is a fierce, dedicated market for thriller fiction and the home of some of my favorite authors in the genre! It's my great hope that Marc Dane can stand toe-to-toe with the likes of Jason Bourne, Mitch Rapp, Thea Paris, Evan Smoak and all the other great US thriller heroes! 

To read the first chapter, click Here to visit Tor/Forge's Criminal Element site.

Praise for Nomad:
In Marc Dane, James Swallow has created a wonderfully unlikely hero who can outfox the best of the best. A pulse-pounding thriller of the highest order.”— Ward Larsen, USA Today bestselling author of Cutting Edge

Ian Fleming meets John LeCarre in James Swallow's Nomad: vivid and gritty with nonstop action, in which nothing is as it seems.” —David Hagberg

Unputdownable. A must-read.” —Wilbur Smith

Very enjoyable.” —The Guardian

Exciting.” —The Sun

Right on the money, bang up to date, Nomad is a scorching romp. A killer of a thriller.”— Jon Wise, Weekend Sport

A debut spy thriller from a veteran author who delivers his (...) enjoyable narrative at a frenzied pace, with plenty of narrow escapes for reluctant hero Dane.” —Jon Coates, Daily Express

Ferociously paced thriller, a high-concept tale of the solitary hero on the run, bristling with technology and frequently erupting into lethal violence.” —Declan Burke, The Irish Times

Followers of Jason Bourne or those who are familiar with I Am Pilgrim and / or Homeland will agree that this book is a rattling good yarn. Well written with plenty of cliffhangers and thoroughly enjoyable.” —Woman's Way

This is edge of the seat stuff that is terrifyingly real in places and pushes the boundaries of reality in others, not unlike most high-action thrillers. If you're a fan of the novels of Lee Child, Frederik Forsyth and Chris Ryan or you can't wait for the new Bond film and love the TV series 24, then this is for you.” —Closer Magazine

Nomad is out now in hardcover, eBook, digital audio and CD audio editions on-line and in all good bookstores; full details are Here, or you can order a copy direct from via this link.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Who Dares Wins

A couple of years back, I had the opportunity to write for one of the most iconic British comic-book heroes every created - the square-jawed, stiff-upper-lipped Dan Dare, astronaut, pilot and all-around top chap... 

Here's a link to the blog post about that I wrote back in 2016, which covers a lot of the high points about Dan and his dramatic return to radio adventures.

This month, Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures has been picked up by BBC Radio 4 Extra for broadcast, and the series will be ongoing over the next few weeks - each episode will be broken into two parts, airing on Sunday evening and early Monday morning. 

My story - The Red Moon Mystery - is up on the BBC iPlayer's listen again service (free to use, but requires a sign-up).

Click Here for Part One; Part Two will be available Here from the weekend, or you can tune in live on Sunday 26th at 6:00pm BST or Midnight for the repeat.

If you're interesting in picking up the complete series on CD, visit Big Finish's website right Here for more details on the full saga!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Warhammer Fest Europe

It's been a while since my last Games Workshop/Black Library event, so I'm looking forward to appearing at Warhammer Fest Europe 2018 in Düsseldorf this weekend. It'll be great to visit Germany again; last time was to take part in Games Day in Cologne, and the welcome I got from the fans over there was fantastic.


WFE 2018 is taking place on Saturday August 18th and Sunday August 19th at the Maritim Hotel in Düsseldorf, and it's going to be a big one, with a ton of stuff going one for fans of the worlds of Warhammer and the Horus Heresy.

I'm appearing on the Saturday to represent the Black Library - First off, I'll be signing books from Midday to 1:00pm, and then straight after from 1:00pm-2:00pm I'll be talking about my forthcoming Horus Heresy novel The Buried Dagger, the fate of the Knights Errant and the Doom of the Death Guard. 

Then from 3:00pm-4:00pm I'll join BL Germany's head of translation Tobias Roesner to talk more about our books, before a final signing session from 4:00pm. The signing will be a short one, as I have to dash off to catch my flight home...

M'colleague David Guymer will be there to fly the flag on the Sunday, so be sure to check out his talks and signings as well.

Along with me and David, there will be folks from the Forge World, Citadel, White Dwarf, Army Painter and ‘Eavy Metal Teams, plus the usual Golden Demon painting competition, displays, workshops, demo games and a whole load of tournaments

Full details of the other seminars taking place can be found Here.

The main event is 10.00am to 6.00pm on Saturday and 10.00am to 4.00pm on Sunday - for more details, tickets and the like, click Here.

And for or those of you who can't make it along, there will be a live blog covering the event at the Warhammer Community site Here.

Bis bald!