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Oct 10 2013 11:00am

Balfour and Meriwether in The Incident of the Harrowmoor Dogs (Excerpt)

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Balfour and Meriwether Daniel Abraham Check out Balfour and Meriwether in the Incident of the Harrowmoor Dogs, the first novella-length work in the Balfour and Meriwether stories by author Daniel Abraham. Available October 31st from Subterranean Press.

When a private envoy of the queen and member of Lord Carmichael's discreet service goes missing, Balfour and Meriwether are asked to look into the affair.  They will find a labyrinth of dreams, horrors risen from hell, prophecy, sexual perversion, and an abandoned farmhouse on the moors outside Harrowmoor Sanitarium.  The earth itself will bare its secrets and the Empire itself will tremble in the face of the hidden dangers they discover, but the greatest peril is the one they have brought with them...

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Jan 16 2013 10:00am
Original Story

When We Were Heroes

George R. R. Martin’s Wild Cards multi-author shared-world universe has been thrilling readers for over 25 years. Now, in addition to overseeing the ongoing publication of new Wild Cards books (like 2011’s Fort Freak), Martin is also commissioning and editing new Wild Cards stories for publication on!

Daniel Abraham’s “When We Were Heroes” is an affecting examination of celebrity, privacy, and the different ways people deal with notoriety and fame—problems not made easier when what you’re famous for are superpowers that even you don’t fully understand.

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Jun 8 2011 5:12pm

Wild Cards Author Q&A: Daniel Abraham

Q. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your experience with Wild Cards.

A. I started off as a Wild Cards fan when the first book came out. I remember being especially blown away by Walter’s story “Witness”. The series got pretty dark for a while there, and when George invited me to come play, I had the idea that I wanted to champion the light comic Wild Cards story, which in practice meant my first story had a gang war, an abused hooker fleeing for her life from professional killers, and a recovering alcoholic priest. But, y’know, funny.

Q. Tell us about the inspiration for your story for Inside Straight.

A. When we were all talking about re-launching the series, I told George that I thought the first words of the new book had to be “Who the fuck was Jetboy?” The idea being that the new books were new. Anyone could come in and read them without having touched the earlier volumes.

Well, he took me at my word, and so I pretty much had the start before I had anything else.

I got the interstitial story, with means I was blessedly free of having to worry about things like a character arc or a plot. My job was to be the mortar between the bricks. I had an idea for a character that was essentially plucky comic relief and the impulse to make him as contemporary and recognizable as possible. Then as the book took shape, I got to do the connecting vignettes. It was a lot of fun.

Q. What do you think gives theWild Cards universe the kind of longevity that it’s had?

A. Wild Cardshas a lot going for it. As a culture, superheroes are our mythic figures. Comic books are where our shared imagination gets to run riot without the kind of smug post-modern irony we use to apologize for being excited. Wild Cards gets to dig into that, but it also answers the ways that comic book heroes ring hollow. It’s a world where people can walk through walls and fly and deflect bullets, and it’s also a place with a lot of deeply injured, deeply flawed, recognizable human beings. At its best, Wild Cards speaks to both those things at once.


Jan 27 2010 12:58pm

Playing With Others: Writing With a Partner or Two (or Three)

(Note: this is the second in a series of posts about collaboration. There’s a little introductory bit on the first one. If you’re into that kind of thing, by all means check it out there.)

So. Yeah. Co-writing novels.

Not counting the Illuminatus!-inspired adventure novel about public-private key encryption and oppressive MIBs my best friend and I noodled around with in high school (and really, it’s more dignified for all of us not to count that one), I’ve collaborated on three full-length novel projects with other people. Two of them worked out (more or less). One didn’t.

One small caveat before we start:  This kind of thing has as much to do with who you’re working with as how you’re working. The stuff that worked for me may not work for you and whoever you’re writing with.  On the other hand, I’m pretty sure the ways I went wrong will effectively hose anyone.

[Let’s get the failure out of the way first.]

Jan 18 2010 10:31am

Playing With Others: Shared Worlds

Before I wrote stories for a living, I had a list of misapprehensions about as long as my arm. Like “if you sell a book, you can quit your day job.” Or “the really hard part is writing the book.” I’m getting over my naivete, but it’s like alcoholism: an ongoing process of recovery.

One of the longest standing illusions was that writing was an essentially solitary job. The author sits in her high castle, consults with the muse, a couple first readers, and that’s about it. Turns out, not even close. At least not for me.

The fine folks here at have allowed me to come in and do this little guest blogging gig, and when I started thinking about what sorts of things I’d want to chew over with all y’all, I kept coming back to issues of collaboration. So, with your collective permission, I’m going to hold forth on and off for a few weeks here about different kinds of collaboration and how they’ve worked out (or failed to work out) for me.

Some of this is gonna be a little embarrassing.

I’ve done a lot of work with other people—co-authoring books and short stories, doing comic books, critique groups, working with editors and agents—but I’d like to start off by telling stories and gossiping about the biggest, messiest, strangest collaborative project I’ve ever been part of.

Let me tell you about Wild Cards.

[What the let’s-call-it-heck is Wild Cards?]