Here you can find details for all of James Lovegrove’s published books, most recent first.


Sherlock Holmes: The Stuff Of Nightmares

A spate of bombings has hit London, causing untold damage and loss of life.  Meanwhile a strangely garbed figure has been spied haunting the rooftops and grimy back alleys of the capital.  

Sherlock Holmes believes this strange masked man may hold the key to the attacks.  He moves with the extraordinary agility of a latter-day Spring-Heeled Jack.  He possesses weaponry and armour of unprecedented sophistication.  He is known only by the name of Baron Cauchemar, and he appears to be a scourge of crime and villainy.  But is he all that he seems?  Holmes and his faithful companion Dr Watson are about to embark on one of their strangest and most exhilarating adventures yet.

 

 

 

 


Age Of Shiva

The sixth Pantheon novel is due out any day now, so here’s the wonderful cover by Jake Murray and also an extract, the first chapter.  

It’s a story about the Hindu gods, obviously, but also about comicbook superheroes, demons and nuclear brinkmanship.

Why don’t I just quote the cover blurb?

Zachary Bramwell, better known as the comics artist Zak Zap, is pushing forty and wondering why his life isn’t as exciting as the lives of the superheroes he draws.  Then he’s shanghaied by black-suited goons and flown to Mount Meru, a vast complex built atop an island in the Maldives.  There, Zak meets a trio of billionaire businessmen who put him to work designing costumes for a team of godlike super-powered beings based on the ten avatars of Vishnu from Hindu mythology.

The Tev Avatars battle demons and aliens and seem to be the saviours of a world teetering on collapse.  But their presence is itself a harbinger of the apocalypse.  The Vedic “fourth age” of civilisation, Kali Yuga, is coming to an end, and Zak has a ringside seat for the final, all-out war that threatens the destruction of Earth.

 


Age Of Godpunk

Here are three Pantheon novellas which were each originally released to accompany the publication of another Pantheon book.  Age Of Anansi came out at the same time as Age Of Aztec, Age Of Satan at the same time as Age Of Voodoo, and Age Of Gaia at the same time as this very collection.

These are very different takes on the gods-versus-men theme of the series.  Rather than being military SF, they’re more urban fantasy, character studies of people under pressure from their own beliefs.  Although they were written separately, one per year between 2011 and 2013, they have a pleasing unity, I think, and sit well together.

Anansi is about lies and tricks and telling stories, which is essentially a form of lying and trickery.

Satan is about believing the worst in ourselves and other people, and struggling to change that viewpoint and see the good.

Gaia is about environmentalism and pollution, and explores how abuse of our ecosphere is tantamount to abuse of one another.

 

 

 


Sherlock Holmes — The Stuff Of Nightmares

Writing this one was a dream come true.  I’ve always wanted to create my own Sherlock Holmes stories, ever since I read the originals when I was around 10 or 11.  I’d been enjoying Titan’s reprints of old and not so old Holmes pastiches, and when the imprint started commissioning new ones, I elbowed my way to the front of the queue and demanded the chance to join in.

The result is this, The Stuff Of Nightmares, a Holmes tale which features all the detection, mystery solving and clue chasing you could hope for (and expect), along with pea-soupers, London cobbles and recurring characters such as Mycroft, Inspector Lestrade, Mrs Hudson and the Baker Street Irregulars.

On top of that, there’s a steampunk-superhero element in the shape of Baron Cauchemar, an enigmatic armoured figure who’s bringing justice, of a sort, to the lawless East End.  He’s like a Victorian mixture of Batman and Iron Man, and his methods and Holmes’s clash significantly.

There are also bomb-wielding terrorists.  Did I neglect to mention those?

It’s an action-packed adventure with the very future of the British Empire at stake.

 

 

 


Age Of Voodoo

The fifth Pantheon novel is an action-adventure tale set in the Caribbean which gives quite a considerable nod to James Bond, specifically to Live And Let Die.

Lex Dove is a British wetwork specialist who thinks he’s managed to retire from the game and find contentment.  But then he gets a call, and an offer he can’t refuse.  He’s asked to join forces with a team of US special forces whose stock in trade is supernatural missions.  The objective: an underground bunker on a remote atoll where secret experiments have been conducted.  Something has gone very wrong there, and it’s up to Lex and the Americans to resolve it.

But a countdown has begun, and the mission becomes a deadly race against time…

Naturally the voodoo loa feature prominently in this one, and what self-respecting voodoo novel wouldn’t have zombies — more properly zuvembies — in it?

 


Redlaw: Red Eye

 The sequel to Redlaw is finally here.  This one sees our vampire-policing hero, now working freelance after events in the first novel, travel to the east coast of America.  There, he finds himself in the thick of the worst winter in living memory and also at the mercy of Father Tchaikovsky, a vampire shtriga in priest’s clothing.  But this isn’t the only enemy he has to face.  A team of specially enhanced black-ops soldiers are gunning for him, and all that Redlaw has to combat them with are his Cindermaker, his waning faith, and his wits.

Oh, and a wannabe journalist called Tina “Tick” Checkley, whose ambitions may well get in the way of her morals.

It was fun transplanting the very British John Redlaw into a (to him) alien environment and seeing how he fared there.  In the book, I’ve depicted the United States from an outsider’s perspective; it’s all very new and unusual to our hero.  I also drew on my memories of all the times I’ve been to America, not least a few days I once spent in New York during the coldest, most bone-chillingly inhospitable weather I have ever experienced.

For a free sample section, click this bit.

 

 


Age Of Aztec

Number 4 in the Pantheon series is the bloodthirstiest of the lot.  The Aztec Empire has spread out from Mesoamerica, unchecked (in this alternate timeline) by the Spanish Conquistadors and their missionaries and smallpox-laced blankets.  One man stands in defiance of a world-spanning theocracy that rules through terror and constant human sacrifice: a masked vigilante who kills members of the priesthood.  A police detective is tasked with hunting him down, and the price of failure is too terrible to contemplate.

This one was a ball to write.  Basically, my thinking was, What if you’re the only hero in town, and the rest of the world regards you as a villain?  Or, to put it another way, what if Batman was a radical freedom fighter?  The Aztecs were crazy-violent in every aspect of life, and the idea of writing a story based around their barbaric practices — killing countless hundreds of victims in the name of their gods — was too tempting to resist.  I used as many Aztec-related themes as I could in the book, including Aztec-style weaponry, and of course their gods feature prominently… though I daren’t say how, so as not to spoil the surprise.

Here’s the first chapter.

 

 


Redlaw

So here’s Redlaw, what I fully expect to be the first in a series of novels about a former policeman turned vampire wrangler.  I really set out with this one to create a streamlined, plot-driven tale that doesn’t hang around and gets what needs to be done done in super-quick time.  No messing about, no half measures, uncompromising — a bit like John Redlaw himself.

The setting is present-day Britain, where an influx of vampire immigrants from the east is causing civil unrest and political headaches.  The vampires, known euphemistically as “Sunless”, have been corralled and caged in inner-city areas, and the job of keeping them under control has fallen to an agency called SHADE, a band of men and women dedicated to preserving peace — or at least non-aggression — between humankind and vampirekind.

This isn’t just a tale of the fanged undead, however.  I’ve written it as a satire of contemporary politics and business culture.  Not all bloodsuckers shun the sun and drain your veins…

Click here for a preview of the first chapter.


The Age Of Odin

So here we go, third and (probably) final in the Age Of… series, which I’ve taken to calling the Pantheon Triptych.  It’s out, available, on sale from all good bookshops and online retail sites.  Buy, buy, buy!

Like its predecessors, this is a headlong, full-blooded military-SF adventure.  With gods.  In this case it’s the Norse pantheon, depicted in a way that I doubt anyone has seen before.  They’re humane, brutal, funny, dysfunctional, even mad.  There are also frost giants, huge exotic war machines, and a female President of the United States who may bear a resemblance to a certain Republican firebrand who’s currently striking fear into the hearts of sane people everywhere.  There’s even power armour, though it’s anything but high-tech.

Click here for an extract, the first chapter of the novel.  Warning: contains swearing (frequent, strong) and mild drug references.  Plus a car crash.  And lots of snow.  And mention of Jeremy Clarkson.


The Age Of Zeus

When Solaris asked what I wanted to do next for them after The Age Of Ra, I straight away said two more Age Of (Fill In Name Of Heathen God Here) books.  Zeus is a flat-out action-adventure effort.  There’s power armour, monsters galore, violence, intrigue, deception, betrayal, violence, Australian swearing, punning porn movie titles … did I mention violence? 

Click here to read an extract, the prologue of the novel. 

Reviews:  

  • “This mix of mythology and science fiction isn’t a natural one at first glance, but Lovegrove pulls it off with aplomb.  A good, enjoyable romp with plenty of bang for its buck. The prose is solid … and there is a smattering of humour to keep things bubbling along.  A fun read that doesn’t get bogged down with technology or lengthy paragraphs of exposition” Total Sci-Fi
  • “A barking mad fusion of Andy McNab and Ray Harryhausen … a rollicking page-turner, crammed with violence, lurid plot twists and mythic monster-battling adventure.  The plot moves like a bullet … energetic and entertaining stuff” SFX
  • “What kept me reading was the characters. I cared what happened to them and some surprising people got killed, especially early on. I even felt sorry for the Minotaur. It is this characterisation that is the book’s strength … One of those books that I have no regrets about reading … A fine book, a thumping good read and well worth the money.” The Hub
  • “The second book of the Pantheon trilogy sees the Greek gods imposing their hegemony on contemporary Earth, bringing stability and peace but also wreaking terrible revenge on those who oppose their rule. Samantha Akehurst, an ex-cop with a tragic past, and 10 others with their own reasons to hate the regime of the gods, are brought together by billionaire weapons tycoon Regis Landesman to kill the gods and their monsters. Nothing, however, is quite as it seems, and this huge novel, almost 700 pages long, expertly unpicks the motivations of both Landesman and the gods. It’s a compulsive, breakneck read by a master of the craft, with stunning action sequences and acute character observations. This is the kind of complex, action-oriented SF Dan Brown would write if Dan Brown could write.” The Guardian
  • “The technology of the armored suits, weapons and related paraphernalia is extremely well done too and counterpoints very well with the Olympians’ powers and their creatures’ abilities which all are described in a scientific way despite the seeming supernatural involved in them.  And the action is just unbelievably good, keeping the reader on his/her edge of the seat so to speak; the monster hunts and later the direct fights with the Gods are the highlights of the book, while the humor and the jibes balance the tension well – though the explicit titles of mythporn movies that are used as cover against the all-seeing Argus who is now the “global moderator” of the world are not for the easily offended.” Fantasy Book Critic
  • The Age of Zeus is fun, entertaining and endlessly explosive. It is a fantasy in the sense that it is a daydream let loose on paper. Very readable and very enjoyable.” Pornokitsch
  • FIVE STARS! A brilliant combination of modern warfare and Greek mythology. Though the synopsis has the sound of Fantasy, believe me when I say this is Science Fiction. One must read the entire story to fully understand my meaning. Author James Lovegrove’s writing style is intense. His plot is creative, impressive, and could almost be called noble – no matter which side of the battle line the reader may mentally stand on. Lovegrove is on his way to greatness.” Huntress Reviews

The Age Of Ra

The Age Of Ra by James LovegroveGeorge Mann of Solaris Books rang me up and asked if I’d like to do an alternate-history novel for them. Naturally I said yes, not least because I’d been hearing nothing but good reports about Solaris since the imprint’s inception (and you won’t hear anything but good reports from me either).

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The Clouded World series (as Jay Amory)

The Wingless Boy by Jay AmoryIn 2004 my editor at Gollancz, Simon Spanton, suggested I have a crack at a Young Adult series and, moreover, that I base it on my tale “Wings”. He said the world of “Wings” was crying out to be built upon and expanded, and naturally I disagreed and hummed and hahhed and said I didn’t think it would work, the story was a closed loop, I couldn’t extract any more mileage from it. And then I started thinking about it, and realised it could work, and might work pretty well, and next thing I knew, I was writing a novel called The Fledging Of Az Gabrielson.

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Dead Brigade

Dead Brigade by James LovegroveI love a good zombie movie, me, and I’ve long been harbouring thoughts of writing a story in that genre. So when Barrington Stoke told me they were starting a new line, Most Wanted, for Reluctant Readers who aren’t teens (i.e. adults), I thought I’d have a bash at giving them a tale about the shambling undead.

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Kill Swap

Kill Swap by James LovegroveThe idea for Kill Swap came to me, as the author’s note in the book states, when I was lying awake at four o’clock one morning.

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Cold Keep

Cold Keep by James LovegroveCold Keep came about largely because I wanted to write a story with a tough, resourceful young female protagonist and because the title, which popped into my head one morning, was just too good not to have a tale attached to it.

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Provender Gleed

Provender Gleed by James LovegroveThe initial inspiration for the novel came to me while my wife and I were on our ‘third honeymoon’, a three-week trip to the US.

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Ant God

Ant God by James LovegroveThis is the third of my Barrington Stoke books for Reluctant Readers. The concept is a Big Idea which I’ve had kicking around in my head for a while, about the nature of divinity and the corresponding relationship between human beings and lesser creatures.

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Worldstorm

Worldstorm by James Lovegrove - hardback ed.Worldstorm is a big fantasy novel, something I could never have envisaged myself writing, but then never say never when it comes to envisaging your own future. The setting is a world much like ours was about two centuries ago but with one crucial difference: everyone in it is born with some form of super power, latent till the onset of puberty.

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Gig

Gig by James LovegroveThe idea for Gig came to me, as ideas sometimes do, while I was out on a run.

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The House of Lazarus

The House of Lazarus by James LovegroveMy second book for Barrington Stoke rewrites the short story which first appeared in the Destination: Unknown anthology (see the ‘short stories’ page for details).

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Untied Kingdom

Untied Kingdom by James LovegroveThe book is set in a near-future England which has been ostracised by the rest of the world following widespread civil disorder and the collapse of government. People are surviving, despite the frequent missile attacks launched by the so-called International Community which are intended to improve the situation but only make it worse. A semblance of societal order remains, not least in one small southern town called Downbourne, where the book’s hero, Fen Morris, a schoolteacher, lives with his wife Moira.

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Imagined Slights

Imagined Slights by James LovegroveMy first published short story, ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed’, came second in a competition held by the late FEAR magazine. The prize was a signed, slip-cased, illustrated, limited-edition copy of Douglas E. Winter’s horror anthology Prime Evil.

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Wings (aka Adenydd)

Wings by James LovegroveWings is an adaptation of a story which appears in the aforementioned Imagined Slights, rewritten for what are known as “reluctant readers”, which means readers in their early teens with a lower-than-average reading age.

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The Foreigners

The Foreigners by James LovegroveAn alien race who have chosen Earth as a tourist destination, the Foreigners are tall, golden-robed, elegant and unknowable. Their arrival has brought peace and stability to the planet, and no one wants to see this peace and stability maintained more than Jack Parry, a captain with the Foreign Policy Police.

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The Hand That Feeds (with Peter Crowther)

The Hand That Feeds by James Lovegrove and Peter CrowtherThe Hand That Feeds came about when Pete (Crowther) asked me if I wanted to revive the old collaborative team and write a story with him for a White Wolf anthology based on one of that company’s magic games.

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How The Other Half Lives

How The Other Half Lives by James LovegroveWilliam Ian North is an absurdly successful moneymaker. His nigh-unimaginable wealth gives him the ability to found and topple governments, ruin nations, even start wars. But down in the cellar of his mansion lies the secret of his success and it’s a close-to-home secret in more ways that one. It’s also a surprisingly nasty secret, and nastily surprising.

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The Web : Computopia

The Web: Computopia by James LovegroveCollected with five other stories (by Maggie Furey, Stephen Baxter, Ken MacLeod, Pat Cadigan and Eric Brown) set in the same universe, in Web 2028.

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Guardians : Krilov Continuum & Guardians : Berserker

Guardians: the Krilov Continuum by James LovegroveThe Guardians was pure work-for-hire. The basic concept was dreamed up by one of the higher-ups at Orion Books – a one-line idea about two races of aliens waging war on Earth – which I then developed and fleshed out, adding characters, history and basically everything else.

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Escardy Gap (with Peter Crowther)

A short-story collaboration that ended up five hundred pages long, Escardy Gap was pure fun from start to finish.

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Days

Days by James LovegroveAfter a big ship, why not a big shop?

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The Hope

The Hope by James LovegroveThe Hope is a vast ocean liner, five miles long and two miles wide and one mile high, which lurches through the waves on a voyage to nowhere, carrying a million passengers in her rusting belly.

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