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Blood of Ambrose Nominated for World Fantasy Award

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 | Posted by John ONeill

thewolfageLocus Online reports that James Enge’s first novel Blood of Ambrose, part of his Morlock series, has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award for Best Novel of the Year.

The other nominees are The Red Tree by Caitlín R. Kiernan, China Miéville’s The City & The City, Finch by Jeff VanderMeer, and In Great Waters by Kit Whitfield.

Morlock first appeared in “Turn Up This Crooked Way” in Black Gate 8. Since then he’s returned to our pages a total of four times, most recently in the novella “Destroyer” in Black Gate 14. All the Black Gate stories, plus many others, were collected in This Crooked Way, the second volume in the series.

Howard Andrew Jones also published three Morlock tales in the late, lamented Flashing Swords e-zine. Morlock’s most recent appearance was in the new Eos anthology Swords and Dark Magic. You can learn more about the origin of Morlock in Howard’s lengthy Black Gate interview with Enge here.

The complete list of World Fantasy Award nominees is here.

In other Enge news, Publisher’s Weekly has given the third Morlock volume, the upcoming novel The Wolf Age, a starred review, saying:

Werewolves clash with legends in the harrowing and beautiful third novel (after 2009’s This Crooked Way) detailing the epic travels of enchanter Morlock Ambrosius. Following a string of bad luck, Morlock is incarcerated in the werewolf fortress of Vargulleion… Enge’s elegant prose perfectly captures Morlock’s terse and morbid nature, which thrives in the vicious, honorable werewolf nation. Numerous intimate, complicated, and contentious relationships provide depth and gravity to the grim tale, which will enthrall fans of the dark and sinister.

The Wolf Age will be published by Pyr in October.

Congratulations James — on both the boffo review, and the nomination!  They are richly deserved.

12 Comments »

  1. i own ‘this crooked way’ but i haven’t read it yet. here’s a reason to bump it up on the list. I’ll probably be picking this up in october along with Salvatore’s new drizzt novel..

    Comment by Glenn - August 24, 2010 10:00 pm

  2. This is tremendous news!

    I have often thought of writing an article about all the authors who had stories published in Black Gate long before they became novelists. There must be an awful lot of us by now.

    Sadly, I don’t think I’ll ever have the time to do the idea justice.

    Comment by peadarog - August 25, 2010 7:06 am

  3. Blood of Ambrose is next on my to-read list. I can’t wait.

    WTG, James!

    Comment by NewGuyDave - August 25, 2010 12:45 pm

  4. I. Just. Want. To. Read. Wolf. Age. Gah!

    Totally blogged about this today too. So exciting!

    Comment by C.S.E. Cooney - August 25, 2010 1:16 pm

  5. Flashing Swords is back. I shut it down for six months, reconsidered and brought it back.

    Comment by cussedness - August 25, 2010 5:13 pm

  6. So it is! Glad to see it. Will there be any future issues?

    – John

    Comment by John ONeill - August 25, 2010 5:25 pm

  7. We are planning to have the next issue out in early summer of next year. If is goes well, we will move to a twice a year schedule. Neve is a very good editor and I consider her a priceless find.

    Comment by cussedness - August 25, 2010 9:06 pm

  8. Sounds fantastic! Let us know when the next issue hits the airwaves, and we’ll be sure to feature it here.

    – John

    Comment by John ONeill - August 26, 2010 12:38 am

  9. Peadar,

    Making a list of all the authors who had stories published in Black Gate before they became novelists would be quite a list, indeed!

    The list would include Richard Parks, Harry Connolly, Devon Monk, ElizaBeth Gilligan, Ellen Klages, Cory Doctorow, Don Bassingthwaite, Judith Berman, Holly Phillips, James Enge, Jay Lake, Charles Coleman Finlay, Howard Andrews Jones, Jonathan L. Howard — and Peadar O Guilin!

    But who’s counting. :)

    John

    Comment by John ONeill - August 26, 2010 1:20 am

  10. […] Miéville.  Maybe I get extra credit for reading some of James Enge’s Morlock stories; his Blood of Ambrose is also a novel […]

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  11. […] will include The Wolf Age by our own James Enge, the sequel to his World Fantasy Award-nominated Blood of Ambrose, featuring his character Morlock the Maker.  I was also struck by Salute the Dark, the latest in […]

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  12. […] If you missed out on the news, Enge’s first novel, Blood of Ambrose (starring Morlock) was nominated for a World Fantasy Award. His third novel, The Wolf Age (starring Morlock) recently received a starred review in […]

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