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Join Howard Andrew Jones on Ask Me Anything on Reddit

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 | Posted by John ONeill

Howard Andrew Jones and his attack chickenBlack Gate Managing Editor Howard Andrew Jones has put out the word that he’ll be on Reddit tomorrow:

Hope you’ll join me at Reddit Thursday for a live interview, part of their Ask Me Anything series. You can ask me anything you’re curious about regarding this whole fantasy writing gig, so I hope you’ll drop by, and help spread the word!

Howard joined /r/Fantasy for an Ask Me Anything event a year ago, shortly after the release of his first novel, The Desert of Souls, where he was asked “How do you handle portrayals of sexism and racism when writing historical fantasy?”, “What RPGs do you play?”, and “How do you feel about piracy of your books?”

Click here for the official link.

No word on whether or not the chicken will be there.


  1. Given the combination of expression and gesture in that photo, I always imagined the chicken was destined to be a blood sacrifice for some sort of dire sorcery.

    Comment by Sarah Avery - January 30, 2013 11:48 pm

  2. My understanding is it’s a highly-trained attack chicken.

    There’s a definite air of mystery about it as, to my knowledge, no one who has ever encountered the attack chicken has lived to tell of it.

    Comment by John ONeill - January 31, 2013 11:09 am

  3. I was doing my best “Bond villain with savage attack animal” impression that I could. Note the ring of power, and my mind control look, as though I’m sending forth the leader of my flock of killer roosters.

    The sad thing is that this rooster was actually very gentle (owing to my daughter’s constant handling of him when he was young). Most rooster’s aren’t. He apparently put up quite a fight when the foxes finally got him, judging from the carnage.

    Comment by Managing Editor Howard Andrew Jones - January 31, 2013 1:12 pm

  4. > He apparently put up quite a fight when the foxes finally got him, judging from the carnage.

    Tragic!! I’m sure he acquitted himself well, but we’ll miss him. The life of an attack chicken is a short one.

    Funny you should mention the mind control look. It’s dangerous to capture that kind of thing on film. I had to look out of the corner of my eye the whole time I was editing this post; otherwise the only thing I could type was, “Yes, Master.”

    Comment by John ONeill - January 31, 2013 2:08 pm

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