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August 25, 2020

It’s One Minute to Midnight

One Minute to Midnight is out now. This is the conclusion to the trio of 2020 Four Horsemen Universe (4HU) novels that kicked off with Endless Night and carried through The Dark Before the Light. When I say conclusion, it’s certainly that. Everything I’ve written in 4HU leads to this point. After three years, six stories, and about half a million words, I hope you’ll forgive me if I choke back a tear as I say goodbye… (… and then immediately start thinking about what happens next. Can’t help it. Maybe some of my ‘Midnight Sun’ characters will carry over to whatever follows? I hope to write more in this universe before too long.) Here are the links for anyone wanting to wade straight into the book. amazon.com | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com.au | amazon.ca | amazon.it (Hello to my Italian […]
February 14, 2020

Endless Night has fallen*

“All hands, this is the captain. Battle stations! Battle stations! Midnight Sun will execute Plan Mechanix. I repeat, Plan Mechanix. May the gods have mercy upon our enemy’s souls and make our yacks bloat with combat bonuses.” This year, a popular alternative and complement to Valentine’s Day is Endless Night Day, with the release of my latest novel. The quote from the book at the top of this post pretty much sums the book up. For the price of admission (which is free under Kindle Unlimited, BTW) you get ancient artifacts, shady dealings, high-gee boardings, hidden underwater cities, and the reincarnation of a real ancestor of mine who went by the name of Obadiah Jex. I hope y’all like it. To be honest, it’s going to be a bit awkward with the publisher if not, because I’m most of the […]
June 18, 2019

Will anyone get off Rho-Torkis alive?

Chimera Company faces impossible odds in the burning city of Bresca-Brevae. Will anyone make it through? Well… I guess the fact that I’m about to finish writing Season 2 over the next few days kind of gives the game away. But not everyone makes it through Season 1. You have to keep reading through to Issue #8 to find out, and that’s the issue that came out today. I’ve loved doing these weekly serials. There’s more coming soon (late summer), but it’s not quite over yet for this current burst of everything Chimera Company. If you’ve joined the Legion, then I’ll be doing an end of season round of Legion Bulletins with background details on the Muryani Expansion that drops a few hints about later seasons (and some red herrings to keep you guessing). And then I’ll be sharing the […]
March 13, 2021

The spy who came in from the void…

Operation Redeal is out now for Kindle and paperback. If cool space ships, ancient space stations, even more Dyson rings, and interstellar shenanigans are your thing, then I think you’ll enjoy it. While not strictly necessary, it’s even more fun if you’ve read The Fall of Rho-Torkis first. For anyone who read the 2019 serials, Operation Redeal is made up partially of material from the old season 2 and partially brand new adventure. Here are some links for the new book. amazon.com | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com.au | amazon.ca | amazon.de I’m happy to report that I’m a further ahead in my writing than this new release. I expect to finish the first draft of book 5 next week, a novel that should come out in June. Beyond the first five Chimera novels, I have various plans for the rest of […]
February 13, 2021

On Second Chances

[This article first appeared in the Legion Bulletin, the essential Legionary journal.] I hit 51 years of age earlier this week. I’ve learned a few things over those years. Not many, admittedly, but a few. One of them is that life rarely gives you second chances. And on those rare occasions when it does, your best response is to seize this precious opportunity with all six limbs (as the Jotuns are wont to say). The scarcity of second chances is particularly true in the world of creative arts and entertainment. We’ve all seen TV shows cancelled just as they’re getting interesting, the book trilogies that never made it past Book 1 because the publisher pulled the plug, the game that never came out because its producer folded. For the vast majority, there are no second chances. Happily, there have always […]
February 6, 2021

New release: The Fall of Rho-Torkis

And we’re off! The first book in the re-launch of Chimera Company is now available. I’m very proud of it. The pithy summary: I used the following as my touchstones when dreaming up Chimera Company. The sense of adventure and the lived-in aesthetics of the first three Star Wars movies. The sense of a galaxy split into factions of Warhammer 40,000. Plus some of the sense of the weird. And the excitement I felt as a kid when 2000AD comic dropped through my letterbox. (I know most of you don’t know much about 2000AD, so just take it from me that it was a mind-blowing thrill ride) I blended those together and was off to the races. I still am. I’ll be back to writing the fifth novel next week. For those of you who read the old Chimera Company […]
February 3, 2021

Chimera Company relaunches. Taylor speaks out!

Take the sense of adventure from Star Wars, add the I’m-not-sure-I’d-actually-want-to-live-there dystopia of Warhammer 40k, and stir in a lot of fun. That’s how I see Chimera Company. It launched as a serial in 2019, which seemed to put a lot of people off. Theogony Books from Chris Kennedy Publishing is relaunching the series as novels starting Feb 5th. That’s this Friday. That’s super grand news for me because I’m so in love with this series that I don’t want it to die young. There will be five novels being released by the summer. If you’ve read Season 1 of Chimera Company already, then you need to be aware that The Fall of Rho-Torkis is the same as the old Season 1. After the first book, there are changes. But we’ll get to that in subsequent posts. For now, please […]
September 30, 2020

I’ve taken most of Chimera Company off sale

The switch to Theogony Books is underway. Currently the only Chimera Company books on sale are the paperback editions of the omnibuses and the Season 2 eBook boxed set. They will be removed presently. Hopefully every has had plenty of notice in advance. If you’re actively enjoying Chimera Company and are stuck because the the next read isn’t available, do get in touch. It’s a temporary thing until the Theogony releases come out. I don’t have dates yet, but expect some very soon. I plan to finish the first draft of book4 next week. Expect to see inside Nyluga-Ree’s palace, go boating on a methane lake, see Phantom put through her paces in some desperate space combat, and learn the secret of the Broken Worlds. If you want to hear me talk about Chimera Company — and 4HU for that […]
June 19, 2020

The Dark Before the Light – out today.

The latest novel in my ‘Midnight’ sequence of Four Horsemen Universe stories is out today, June 19th. This carries on the action from Endless Night and takes us throughout the Spine Nebula in the fight against Endless Night and their (sometimes) allies. I’ve been co-writing the follow-on novel, One Minute to Midnight, with Chris Kennedy, and we’re just a few days away from completing that. I think I’ll need to go lie down in a darkened room once it’s all over, because it’s climactic stuff! (But only for a few minutes because I’m already working on the next installment for Chimera Company). Here are some more dates: I hope you’re safe and well and these tales of adventure hit the spot for you. 🙂
April 27, 2020

Human Legion box sets are all available now

Greetings from Human Legion Lockdown HQ Being briefly in between projects, and temporarily not fit enough to write new stories (I think I had the Corona-bug – I was certainly in self-isolation for a couple of weeks), I finished off the second and final Human Legion boxed set, which several people had been bugging me to finish off. Just in time, as it turns out, because I’ve now started work on my fourth Four Horsemen Universe novel. As with the first boxed set, I added author notes and collected some short stories. Most of these were originally published in the Legion Bulletin a few years ago, but I tweaked all the stories and redid the notes. I can tell from my Amazon sales dashboard that most people who read my books are doing so through Kindle Unlimited. If that’s you, […]