Willful Child (2014)

Willful Child (2014)

Bantam Press (UK)
Willful Child (2014)

Tor Books (US)

From the New York Times Bestselling author Steven Erikson comes a new science fiction novel of devil-may-care, near calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through the infinite vastness of interstellar space.

These are the voyages of the starship A.S.F. Willful Child. Its ongoing mission: to seek out strange new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliterate new life-forms, to boldly blow the…

And so we join the not-terribly-bright but exceedingly cock-sure Captain Hadrian Sawback and his motley crew on board the Starship Willful Child for a series of devil-may-care, near-calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through ‘the infinite vastness of interstellar space.’

The New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Malazan Book of the Fallen sequence has taken his lifelong passion for Star Trek and transformed it into a smart, inventive, and hugely entertaining spoof on the whole mankind-exploring-space-for-the-good-of-all-species-but-trashing-stuff-with-a-lot-of-high-tech-gadgets-along-the-way, overblown adventure. The result is an SF novel that deftly parodies the genre while also paying fond homage to it.

Bantam Press (UK)   •  London (2014)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 978-0-5930-7307-0

Tor Books (US)  •  New York (2014)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 978-0-7653-7489-9


The Devil Delivered and Other Tales (2012)

The Devil Delivered and Other Tales (2012)

Tor Books (US)

Steven Erikson has carved a name for himself among the pantheon of great fantasy writers. But his
masterful storytelling and prose style go beyond the awe-inspiring Malazan world.
This three novella collection is comprised of the three separately published PS Publishing titles:

  • The Devil Delivered (2005)
  • Fishin’ With Grandma Matchie (2005)
  • Revolvo (2008)

In The Devil Delivered and Other Tales,
Erikson tells three different, but captivating stories:

“The Devil Delivered” tells a story set within the near future, where the land owned by the great Lakota Nation blisters beneath an ozone hole the size of the Great Plains. As the natural world falls victim to its wrath, and scientists scramble to understand it, a lone anthropologist wanders the deadlands, recording observations that threaten to bring the entire world to its knees.

“Revolvo” takes place in an alternate Earth where evolution took an interesting turn and the arts scene is ruled by technocrats who thrive in a secret, nepotistic society of granting agencies, bursaries, and peer-review boards, all designed to permit self-proclaimed artists to survive without an audience.

“Fishin’ with Grandma Matchie” is told in the voice a nine-year-old boy, writing the story of his summer vacation. What starts as a typical recount of a trip to see Grandma quickly becomes a stunning fantastical journey into imagination and perception in the wild world that Grandma Matchie inhabits.

Tor Books (US)  •  New York (2012)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 978-0-7653-3002-4

Tor Books (US)  •  New York (2012)  •  trade paper  •  ISBN: 978-0-7653-3003-1

This River Awakens (2012)

This River Awakens (2012)

Bantam Press (UK)

In the spring of 1971, Owen Brand and his family move to the riverside town of Middlecross in a renewed attempt to escape poverty. For twelve-year-old Owen, it’s the opportunity for a new life and an end to his family’s isolation and he quickly falls in with a gang of three local boys and forms a strong bond with Jennifer, the rebellious daughter of a violent, alcoholic father. As summer brings release from school, two figures preside over the boys’ activities: Walter Gribbs, a benign old watchman at the yacht club, and Hogdson Fisk, a vindictive farmer tormented by his past. Then the boys stumble on a body washed up on the riverbank—a discovery whose reverberations will result, as the year comes full circle, in a cataclysm that envelops them all…

Re-published in a revised hardback edition for the first time, Steven Erikson first novel, This River Awakens (1998), is a lyrical, tender and disturbing portrayal of a rite of passage that is both harsh and revelatory.

Bantam Press (UK)  •  London (2012)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 978-0-593067-77-0

Bantam Press (UK)  •  London (2012)  •  trade paper  •  ISBN: 978-0-593067-78-9

When She’s Gone (2004)

When She's Gone (2004)

Great Plains Publications (Canada)

Mark is a young Winnipeg goalie whose life unfolds between hockey periods. He idolizes his older brother Jack, a tattooed Adonis with perfection in his blood, and together they idolize the Winnipeg Jets. After the team abandons Winnipeg, the disillusioned brothers leave Canada More…for England so that Mark can try out for the minor-league Cardiff Devils.

One last word of warning: this is an adult novel. There are some graphic sex scenes that no-one under eighteen should read. The author has no wish to be castigated for corrupting young minds, etc.

Now you can read this novel. It is available for download (see links below) in a variety of formats:

PDF (Abobe Reader)


EPUB (Open eBook Standard)


AWZ (Kindle)


DOC (Word)


PDB (eReader)


TXT (Text)


Great Plains Publications (Canada)  •  Winnipeg (2004)  •  paperback  •  ISBN: 1-894283-53-8


Revolvo (2008)

Revolvo (2008)

PS Publishing (UK)

In the fictitious country of Canada the arts scene is ruled by technocrats who thrive in a secret, nepotistic society of granting agencies, bursaries, awards and peer review boards, all designed to permit self-proclaimed artists to survive without an audience.

In Revolvo, self-proclaimed “hack genre writer” Steven Erikson provides a daring expose of creative skullduggery in the wilds of a country suffering an interminable identity crisis. The names of plenty of real people have been changed and all specific details of the setting have been messed with, so if anyone guesses a certain prairie city in the middle Canada, where the author used to live, well, you’d be plain wrong. Besides, it was a long time ago and his memory is not so good.

PS Publishing (UK)  •  Hornsea (2008)  •  jacketed hard cover  •  ISBN: 978-1906301736

PS Publishing (UK)  •  Hornsea (2008)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 978-1906301729

This Rich Evil Sound (2007)

This Rich Evil Sound (2007) first appears in the Spring 2007 issue of Postscripts (issue 10) which was edited by Peter Crowther and Nick Gevers. The table of contents is:

Postscripts Magazine, Issue 10 (Spring 2007);

PS Publishing (UK)
  • Guest Editorial by Stephen Jones
  • The Handover by Michael Marshall Smith
  • Night Falls, Again by Michael Marshall Smith
  • One Two Three by Michael Marshall Smith
  • And a Place for Everythingby Michael Marshall Smith
  • Old Flame by Michael Marshall Smith
  • A London Story (non-fiction) by Michael Marshall Smith
  • REMtemps™ by Michael Marshall Smith
  • The Intruders (novel excerpt)by Michael Marshall Smith
  • Dinner at Baldassaros by Lucius Shepard
  • Age of Sorrowsby Nancy Kilpatrick
  • In Fetu by James Cooper
  • Hearing Aidby Rick Hautala
  • Rainy Day People by T.M. Wright
  • If You See Me, Say Hello by Thomas Tessier
  • The Luxury of Harm by Chris Fowler
  • D-Lebby Allen Ashley
  • Closet Dreams by Lisa Tuttle
  • Summers Lease by Chaz Brenchley
  • Call Waiting by P.D. Cacek
  • This Rich Evil Sound by Steven Erikson
  • Mud Skinby Paul Jessup
  • Distress Call by Connie Willis
  • Between the Cold Moon and the Earthby Peter Atkins
  • The Last Testament of Seamus Todd by Graham Joyce
  • Eels by Stephen Gallagher
  • Thumbprint by Joe Hill
  • Graduation Afternoonby Stephen King
  • Who Dies Best by Stephen Volk
  • Peep by Ramsey Campbell
  • Discovering Ghosts by Tim Lebbon
  • Nothing Prepares Youby Mark Morris


PS Publishing (UK)  •  Hornsea (2007)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 978-1-905834-81-5

PS Publishing (UK)  •  Hornsea (2007)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 978-1-905834-92-1

Quashie Trapp Blacklight (2007)

Quashie Trapp Blacklight (2007) first appears in an anthology titled The Solaris Book of New Fantasy which is edited by George Mann and is published by Solaris. The table of contents is:

The Solaris Book of New Fantasy (2007)

Solaris (UK)
  • Introduction by George Mann
  • Who Slays the Gyant, Wounds the Beast by Mark Chadbourn
  • Reins of Destiny by Janny Wurts
  • Tornado of Sparks by James Maxey
  • Grander Than the Sea by Tim Pratt
  • The Prince of End Times by Hal Duncan
  • King Tales by Jeff VanderMeer
  • In Between Dreams by Christopher Barzak
  • And Such Small Deer by Chris Roberson
  • The Wizard’s Coming by Juliet E. McKenna
  • Shell Game by Mike Resnick
  • The Song Her Heart Sang by Steven Savile
  • A Man Falls by Jay Lake
  • O Caritas by Conrad Williams
  • Lt. Privet’s Love Song by Scott Thomas
  • Chinandega by Lucius Shepard
  • Quashie Trapp Blacklight by Steven Erikson


Solaris (UK)  •  London (2007)  •  paperback  •  ISBN: 978-1-84416-523-0

Fishin’ With Grandma Matchie (2005)

Fishin' With Grandma Matchie (2005)

PS Publishing (UK)

So they’re telling me I need to talk about what I talked about in all these pages which had my bestest cover ever with green crayon and blue crayon because they’re the only ones Glora Feeb hasn’t eaten yet and bits of bark and moss and a dragonfly water beetle which is what they are before they crawl out and unwrap their wings, but it’s only the shell because the dragonflies climb out through a hole in the beetle’s back and then they dry up, which is what I’m going to do when I dry up too, climb out through the hole, I mean. And that’s what was on the cover using LePage’s glue, the white stuff that tastes like toothpaste without the mint or chili pepper if it’s my sister’s toothpaste when she’s not looking because she’s too busy staring at her new phone all the time, probably because it doesn’t work, it’s got no cord! But that cover’s gone I don’t know where maybe to the Smithsonian and I’d tied strings through the holes to keep all those pages in order, especially since I forgot to number them, only it’s not real string it’s five lb test monofilament fishing line that says 8 lb on the box but it’s old and Grandma Matchie says fishing line that’s old doesn’t weigh as much as when it’s new, not that I can tell the difference can you? Besides it’s not like pages weigh a lot or fight back much. Anyway the pages I’m supposed to talk about got numbers now because grown-ups are obsessed with putting things in order but I’m not good at taking orders which is where all the trouble started so I’ll stop now. the end.

PS Publishing (UK)  •  Hornsea (2005)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 1-904619-12-6

PS Publishing (UK)  •  Hornsea (2005)  •  trade paperback  •  ISBN: 1-904619-13-4

The Devil Delivered (2005)

The Devil Delivered (2005)

PS Publishing (UK)

Mind the Hole. In a world of ozone depletion, toxic deadzones, internicine brew-ups and lifeless oceans, nothing has changed. Or so it seems, but in the break-away Lakota Nation, in the heart of a land blistered beneath an ozone hole the size of the Great Plains of North America, something is happening.

Tracked by a growing global audience of online subversives and electronic muckers, a lone anthropologist wanders the deadlands, recording observations that threaten to bring the world’s powers to their knees.

Past and future; restless ghosts and rogue corporations; rad-shielded cities and unprotected peripheral populations; all now face each other, across a chasm once wide but growing ever narrower.

Mother Earth is poisoned beyond any hope of resuscitation. Humanity beyond any hope of redemption — but one last lesson of life awaits…

When Nature starts losing the game, Nature changes the rules. We’ve turned paradise into Hell, and in Hell, the Devil Delivers…

PS Publishing (UK)  •  Hornsea (2005)  •  hard cover  •  ISBN: 1-904619-15-0

PS Publishing (UK)  •  Hornsea (2005)  •  trade paperback  •  ISBN: 1-904619-14-2