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Introducing Den Patrick and Andrew James

[Update: You can whet your appetite by downloading one of Den's short stories, "The Shock of the New", for free until 7 July.]

GollanczDen PatrickDen Patrick, Pandemonium author, gentleman, geek, brilliant Dungeon Master, vampire wrangler, great friend and snake-hipped lord of the dance, has signed a three book deal with Gollancz.

Den will be composing fantasy war manuals: tactics and traditions for Orcs, Elves and Dwarves. But, as Gollancz honcho Simon Spanton points out, these aren't "dry.... There is a world here, there’s a history, there’s bloody battles (told from three very different and competing perspectives) and there is a huge amount of fun." 

From Pandemonium, Pornokitsch, RPGs and nights in the pub, we know the strength and depth of Den's incredible imagination and story-telling abilities. This is great news for a great guy - and spectacular news for fantasy readers. (Clear some reading time for August 2013.)

Den's also lured in Andrew James to make the project pretty. Andrew's an acclaimed editor, artist and class act. You can see some of his work on his Tumblr account. And beg him for a t-shirt.