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dave-in-hat2This is the website for David Barnett, author of Hinterland, Angelglass, popCULT! and the forthcoming trilogy featuring Gideon Smith from Tor (US).

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23 December 2011: Top author and all-round good bloke Paul Magrs has done his top ten books of 2011… and popCULT! is in there. Paul says: “a blend of Lovecraft, Philip K Dick and the Carry On movies. Blissful messing with genres”.

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22 December 2011: I was asked by the lovely people who run the Letters You Never Sent podcast on NTS radio to write a letter to the year 2060. I did, and I sound dreadful, like a 1930s miner performing an uncomfortable funeral reading. But there are some other great things on it, including an interview with Steve Aylett. Go here (scroll down past the big photo)

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21 December 2011: There’s a new section on the website entitled Christmas Stories (under the Shorts tab on the navigation bar) – three free festive shorts, previously sent out as chapbooks to friends and family.

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  20 December 2011: Thanks to Charles Graham at my hometown newspaper  the Wigan Evening Post for this great write-up about the Tor deal. If you click on the thumbnail it should open up into a readable size.

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5 December 2011: I am delighted to announced that my agent John Jarrold has negotiated with Tor US a three-book deal for me. The books will be a steampunk series featuring the hero Gideon Smith. Full release here.

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August 16 2011: A couple of nice reviews for popCULT!: Paul Magrs writes on his blog “It’s like anthony Burgess teaming up with the Mighty Boosh to write a science fiction thriller. it’s got that hectic, action-packed madness and excitement to it – but it’s also got things to say about pop culture and how we participate in it – and how it participates in us. It’s like Revenge of the Mass Unconscious.” While Neil Williamson says: “the novel is rich in both humour and pop culture references”.

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3 June 2011: Review of popCULT! in the DAILY MAIL.

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31 May 2011: At the Guardian: Is science fiction sexist?

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12 May 2011: Delighted to announce that my agent John Jarrold has struck a deal with the publishing company Ueberreuter to publish a German-language edition of Angelglass. Full release on the news page or at John Jarrold’s website.

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11 May 2011: Marking ten years since the death of Douglas Adams at the Guardian.

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07 May 2011: Brilliant review for popCULT! at the Guardian. “Barnett entertains and instructs in equal measure and spins a wonderful absurdist thriller-cum-social commentary”

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29 April 2011: Discussing whether books would be better retitled with more literal descriptions at the Guardian.

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24 April 2011: As part of his bid to review a short story every day for a year, Scott Pack has taken a look at The End of the World Show.

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20 April 2011: Final version of wraparound popCULT! cover unveiled at Pendragon Press website.

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April 18 2011: Discussing Game of Thrones at the Guardian.

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March 15 2011: Discussing Charles Yu’s How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe over at the spiffing Salon Futura

Also, on genre vs lit-fic at The Guardian.

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February 9 2011: Top genre website SF Crowsnest has published its Hyper Hundred list of top SF/F book reviewed in 2010 – and Angelglass is in at number 27. Thanks to everyone who voted.

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February 8 2011: Discussing the re-issued Bored of the Rings at the Guardian.

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February 3 2011: popCULT! pre-order price war! (ish).

Pendragon Press – £9 free delivery

Book Depository – £7.49 free delivery

Amazon – £9.99 free delivery

Have you chosen sides yet?

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February 3 2011: The latest manuscript has had its shoes polished, its collar adjusted, checked its flies are done up and is now being sent off into the world by my agent with a pat on the bottom and a “Go get ’em, tiger!”.

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January 15 2011: Amazon now has popCULT! for pre-order here. It’s still cheaper at the Pendragon Press website at the mo, though, with free delivery thrown in. Not sure how long for.

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January 12 2011: Exclusive extract from popCULT! available now here on the Pendragon Press website.

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January 11 2011: Delighted to see that popCULT! is now available for pre-order on the Pendragon Press website. And at just £9 as well. book should be out in April.

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December 8 2010: Discussing ad characters’ literary ambitions over at the Guardian. Warning: contains meerkats.

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October 28 2010: In praise of Paul Magrs’s Brenda and Effie books over at the Guardian.

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October 20 2010: popCULT! will now be published by Pendragon Press around Easter rather than in December this year. Possible launch at Eastercon 2011.

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September 23 2010: At the Guardian: On the trail of the Three Investigators

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September 20 2010: Some reviews of The Mammoth Book of Apocalyptic SF, featuring my story THE END OF THE WORLD SHOW up on the Press page

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August 19 2010: Introducing… The Wankh Awards

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June 30 2010: At the Guardian – Thomas Carnacki, king of the supernatural detectives

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June 25 2010: Farewell Frank Sidebottom

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June 23 2010: Genre vs Literary, or how important is a story in fiction – debate at The Guardian

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April 7 2010: Czech edition of Angelglass, (Andelske Zrcadlo), translated by Zuzana Vydova and with cover art by Marek Fiser, out today from Prague-based publisher Polaris.

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March 22 2010: Check out the excellent Marek Fiser artwork for the cover of the Czech translation edition of Angelglass in the cover gallery.

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February 17 2010: Sneaky peak of the cover for popCULT! available here

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February 12 2010: Murky Depths issue 11, featuring The Story of Andrew Haddock (Part II) is available now from here

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January 15 2010: ebooks in a variety of formats are now available for Hinterland and Angelglass at Smashwords

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January 9 2010: First review in for The Janus House and Other Two-Faced Tales… and it’s an excellent one from The Guardian, courtesy of Eric Brown.

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December 31 2009: Thanks to Fantasy Book Critic for including Angelglass in their top reads of 2009.

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December 22 2009: Draft 2010 publishing schedule up.

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December 21 2009: Discussing The Box of Delights over at the Guardian

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November 2 2009: Issue 102 of Hub Magazine is online now, with a new Department for Extra-Usual Affairs story by me in it.

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October 31 2009: Halloween special! In Praise of Whitby

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Discussing Jack Kerouac over at the Guardian.

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Where to find the Wild Things – latest Guardian blog

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New Guardian blog: Adult content warning: Beware fairy stories

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At the Guardian: Sexism in horror novels: The real monsters aren’t the ones you think.

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According to the Polaris website, the Czech edition of Angelglass is scheduled for an October release. There’s even a link to the first chapter in translation on there. If you read Czech.

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Great review for Angelglass at Fantasy Book Critic blog

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Latest Guardian book blog: “What’s wrong with being a hack?”

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Delighted to announce that popCULT! has been placed by my agent John Jarrold with Pendragon Press: more info on the news page.

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Some news on TWO new projects imminent… more as soon as I can say.

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If you go to the novels page you’ll see that there are now wordclouds courtesy of wordle.net for all novels… just so you can see what you’re getting into…

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April 21 2009: I’m not sure if contracts have been fully exchanged yet, but given that Czech publisher Polaris is listing it on their site, it seems a good time to say that the publishing house in question is going to release a Czech language edition of Angelglass, which is particularly gratifying as the novel is, of course, set in Prague. More details as I get them. (Scroll down the page on the above link and you’ll see me sandwiched between Neal Asher and Neil Gaiman).

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Thanks to everyone who came along to the panel SF as Protest Literature on the Saturday afternoon at Eastercon… and thanks especially for not heckling! Though with a panel including Jon Courtenay Grimwood, John Clute, David Lloyd and Gareth L Powell, moderating wasn’t exactly an onerous task…

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I will be appearing on a panel on the Saturday evening at Eastercon in Bradford on April 11.

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The Story of Andrew Haddock Part 2 set to be included in issue nine of Murky Depths.

May 12 2011: Press release from John Jarrold Literary Agency:

German deal for David Barnett’s ANGELGLASS

Bernd Stratthaus at Ueberreuter has acquired German rights in ANGELGLASS by David Barnett from Barbara Schrettle of Thomas Schlueck GmbH, representing the John Jarrold Literary Agency. The book was published in the UK in 2007 by Immanion Press, and has received wonderful reviews:

‘A man awakes in a ditch in contemporary Prague with no memory of his past, his identity a blank. He is taken in by a group of eco-activists who name him Poutnik, Czech for wanderer. In 1584, a man awakes in a ditch in Prague, is admitted into the court of Rudolph II and given the name Poutnik … The story shuttles between modern-day Prague as the activists gear up to disrupt the forthcoming N15 summit of oil-producers, and the court of Emperor Rudolph, where a wonderfully drawn cast of characters, real and fictional, scheme for power. The melding of the two compelling story-lines is effortlessly handled, and the breathless denouement draws together story, characters and theme in a seamless whole. Who is Poutnik, and what is his role in both sets of events? Barnett provides the answers in a novel that is both moving and profoundly truthful. Angelglass is stunning.’ – The Guardian

‘Both touching and haunting, at its heart ANGELGLASS is a thoughtful novel about what truly makes us happy, and what makes life worth living.’ – SFX

‘ANGELGLASS is David Barnett’s love letter to Prague…and a rather good novel to boot.’ – Death Ray

‘I have to say that the ending blew me away, crowning this powerful novel. …. Just great stuff and another novel that should be widely read and appreciated.’ – Fantasy Book Critic

David’s latest novel, popCULT, has just been published by Pendragon in the UK.

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December 22 2009: The publishing schedule for 2010 looks something like this at the moment:

January: THE JANUS HOUSE AND OTHER TWO-FACED TALES, Immanion Press

February: THE STORY OF ANDREW HADDOCK PART II, comic story in Murky Depths issue 11

First quarter: Czech translation edition of ANGELGLASS, Polaris

May: THE END OF THE WORLD SHOW in The Mammoth Book of Apocalyptic SF from Constable & Robinson

December: popCULT! from Pendragon Press

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August 19 2009: Thanks to Liviu at Fantasy Book Critic for this great new review of Angelglass

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July 4 2009: popCULT! to independent publisher Pendragon Press:

John Jarrold has sold limited-edition rights in popCULT!, a novel by UK author David Barnett, to Chris Teague at Welsh publisher Pendragon Press. David is the Assistant Editor of the Bradford Telegraph and Argus newspaper, and has had two earlier novels published by Immanion Press, Hinterland and Angelglass. He also writes regular blogs for the Guardian books website.

popCULT! is a contemporary SF caper in which a struggling writer is drawn into the machinations of a motley group of underground art prankster rebels who harbour a strange and terrible secret beneath the streets of London.

David said, ‘popCULT! is one of my favourite works and I’m delighted that a press with the reputation of Pendragon has taken it on.’

‘David is both prolific and incredibly inventive,’ said John Jarrold. ‘I’m expecting great things of him as his career progresses!’

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May 9 2009: If you go to the novels page you’ll see that there are now wordclouds courtesy of wordle.net for all novels… just so you can see what you’re getting into…

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Apr 21 2009: I’m not sure if contracts have been fully exchanged yet, but given that Czech publisher Polaris is listing it on their site, it seems a good time to say that the publishing house in question is going to release a Czech language edition of Angelglass, which is particularly gratifying as the novel is, of course, set in Prague. More details as I get them. (Scroll down the page on the above link and you’ll see me sandwiched between Neal Asher and Neil Gaiman).

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Mar 20 2009: I will be moderating a panel on the Saturday evening of Eastercon, the SF convention coming to Bradford, West Yorkshire, next month. More details available when the full programme is released.

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Feb 3 2009: It now looks like  the comic The Story of Andrew Haddock Part 2 (don’t worry, you haven’t missed part 1!) will be placed in issue 9 of the quarterly graphic fiction anthology Murky Depths. Check back here and at the Graphic fiction section of the website for further updates.

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Feb 2 2009: This is now the new website for David Barnett. I’ll be endeavouring to have the old website domain moved to this one.