We’er All OfF to SuNy SPaNE…

…ElviVa EsPAnA! 

HeLo SofFtlinGs, the GoBBlinS of CloVenstOne heRe.  SoRry wee havs noTt bloGged for a longg tIme,  wee havs beEn busy doin a DIFFIKULT POO.

AnnywAy, here wee iz, to letT you kNo thatT GOBLINNS havs been pubBlisshed in suny SPANE, which is a skware countRy stUck on to tHe side of FRANCE. It is famUrse for GondoLas, BLue Fighting, and the Eiffefel TOWER, aNd nOw the soFftlinGs whoO livEs thEr caN reAd GOBBLINS tOo.  LoOk at thIs FaTNAstiCk coVer by Monica ArmiñO

WeE doN’t whY shE havs put thOse soFftlinGs on itt whEn she could haVs bEen draWing hanDsom GOBbLINS, butT sHe havs doNe a LoVelTY paWtrate of KInG KnOBBlER On the BACK so wee wil LetT her oFf.

WeE hOpes yoO enjoYS the StoRy, SpAnish sofFtlinGs. Wee haVs notT redd it oursElfvs becos fraNkly weE could noTt be BOVVERED, buTt wee havs hErd iTt is VERRY GOoD.

And in OTHER NOOWS, thEr is a noo GoBBliNS burk cOmin out in tHe UK tOo!  ITt is calLed GObBLIN KWEST an itT wil be puBlishisHed in JOON. LoOk: itT is YELLO.

2013 – the Year of the Seawigs

Sarah McIntyre & friend at the Edinburgh Festival

Almost the end of another year, and, looking back, it feels as if it’s been a fairly productive one. I spent last January writing short stories which are both available in anthologies now – The Roots of Evil for the Dr Who 50th Anniversary anthology, and We Know Where We’re Goin for The End of the Road. And in March the Goblins of Clovenstone returned for Goblins vs Dwarves, which wasn’t a book I’d intended to write (I thought Goblins was a stand alone when I was working on it) but which turned out to be enjoyable to do, and better than its predecessor, I think.

But from then on it was the Year of the Seawigs. Oliver and the Seawigs was another book I never planned to write, but it turned out that working with Sarah McIntyre is the best decision I ever made, and certainly …Seawigs is the most fun I’ve ever had writing, and the publicity campaign has been amazing. I never imagined that I’d end up as one half of a double act after all those years of solo writing. And I certainly never imagined that I’d be performing sea monkey singalongs on the Golden Hinde next to a six-foot-tall illustrator in a six-foot-tall wig, or that our book would be advertised on the London underground, but look…

Photo: Blast
Photo: Stuart Pyle

Photo: Lauren O’Farrell

So in the coming year I shall be writing the third Reeve and McIntyre Adventure (Sarah is already hard at work on final artwork for the second, Cakes in Space, which will be out next September).  In April the third Goblins book will be published – it’s called Goblin Quest, and I dare say the goblins will be taking over this blog to let you know all the details nearer the time. And I shall also be returning to illustration, for a new series by Kjartan Poskitt called Borgon the Axeboy (who may or not be a relation of our old friend Urgum the Axeman).

Anyway, if you’ve been reading my stuff in 2013 (or even if you’ve just been reading this blog) thank you!

And if you’re still feeling festive, or if you’ve read Oliver and the Seawigs and are wondering what became of Stacey de Lacey and his army of Sea Monkeys, here’s a short story which we posted on Sarah’s blog while I was away in Ireland before Christmas.

And here’s a lovely SONG, recorded for posteriority at Daunt’s Books by the wonderful Candy Gourlay.


Goblins in the U.S.A.

Yay! We is goingg ter TAkE AMErICA BY STorM just like tHe BEATLEs. That burk corLed GOBLINnS is out now in the U.S, with an all-new cover. 
Framnkly we dus notT undersTtand itt, whOo is the laDy wivth the sworD ment to bee? And iz thoze othver fiNgs supPosed ter be GOBLINGS? Evryone who haz red GOBLInNS knoWS that weE is actUlally devlilishly handsome and tuoghf, we duz nott look like thatT bUnch of weierdoes. Butt that is the Americnans for yOu they also likE DownTon Abbie an thinK HersheY Bars tasTe like Choclolate. Who is wee to argoo?
AnyWay, iff yoo is an American GoBblins iz nott a bad burk an maKes verry goOd BUMWIPE. (We haz nott red it ourselves we iz wating fer the MOOVIE).
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