I'm a writer of comic books and fiction and this is my online portfolio. I write for children as well as adults, notably for Panini's bestselling Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic, but I'm probably best known for my work on legendary British sci-fi anthology 2000 AD, for whom I've contributed to classic strips including Judge Dredd and Robo-Hunter, as well as conceived and written two original series, Age Of The Wolf and Dandridge.
I also write prose fiction, including an acclaimed Judge Anderson series for Abaddon Books. Have a look around the Comics and Fiction sections for full details. But if you’d rather cut to the chase, see the Bibliography section for a comprehensive no-frills list of everything I’ve ever had published (everything I’d ever want to admit had published, anyway).
By the way, I'm a member of the Society of Authors and their associated Children's Writers & Illustrators Group, as well as the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers.
I'm an experienced subeditor and copywriter, but you won't find much about that here. Try my LinkedIn profile instead. I'm also a seasoned film journalist and critic with a well-received academic book about fantasy cinema under my belt.
If you're an editor or project manager interested in working with me or just want to make a professional query, then hop over to the Contact Me section and fire away.
Now go take a look around. I’ll be here if you want tea or anything…
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Judge Anderson: Rookie - The Abyss
The second in the acclaimed Judge Anderson: Rookie series from Abaddon Books. Available for pre-order on Amazon - out 11 December...
Psi Division, Quarterly Psyche Evaluation
Subject: Cassandra Anderson.
Date: 2100 AD
“I think I figured out what’s been keeping me awake at night, Doc. I made full eagle less than three months ago and I can say for sure there’s one thing the Academy can’t prepare you for, and that’s the level of full-on crazy this city can throw at you. What you see on the crime scenes is nothing compared to what I see in some people’s heads – delusions as real to them as rockrete is to us. The Academy taught us not to fall in, right? Don’t let the abyss gaze back at you and all that? It’s weird. I’m not scared of getting shot. I can tell if a perp’s gonna draw on me before he knows himself. I know exactly who’s waiting for me around every corner. There’s not much chance of anyone ever surprising me. Grud on a greenie, I can’t imagine what it’s like for street div walking into hell every day with just a Lawgiver and a prayer.
“With an edge like ours, it’s easy to feel like you’re invincible, right? That’s why the instructors keep telling you Resyk’s full of Psi’s who thought they were bulletproof. Heh! What they didn’t tell us is how many of us will end up in a kook cube by the time we’re 40. So here’s… Okay, here’s what scares me, alright? I’m scared that one day all those voices in the city are gonna get a little too loud, a little too many and a little too real. That there’re going to start crowding in until I can’t breathe, until I can’t tell what’s me and what’s them. I’m not scared this city will kill me, Doc. I’m scared that one day it might drive me crazy…”
Judge Anderson: The Abyss is an e-book novella available for pre-order on Amazon. Out 11 December, published by Abaddon Books.
Judge Anderson: Heartbreaker
Psi-Division's finest tackles a psychic psycho in the first story in the Judge Anderson: Rookie series by Abaddon Books...
“Heartbreaker never lets up on the gas -- The sense of urgency is palpable, and it keeps you hooked throughout. -- A bite-sized, read-it-in-a-day, drokking awesome novella -- a definite must-read!”
The Cult Den
Psi Judge Cassandra Anderson is on the trail of a telepathic killer who has been picking off victims via ‘Meet Market’, Mega-City One’s biggest – and trashiest – dating agency. Now she must go undercover and bring the murderer to justice before the citizens attending this week’s Valentine’s Parade find themselves smitten with something even deadlier than love.
Judge Anderson: Heartbreaker is available now on Amazon UK and Amazon US, the Apple iBook store, Kobo, Nook and the 2000 AD e-book store.
Bunch of stuff coming out soon, including a Judge Dredd strip for this year's Free Comic Book Day (May 7th) with art by none other than the legendary Eric Powell!
Just finished another strip for the 2016 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special as well as a very special and yet-to-be announced Judge Anderson strip...
Speaking of Anderson, I'm currently working on her third and final novella, which takes her out into the weird and wild frontier of the Cursed Earth...
COMICS OUT NOW!
Dandridge: Return of the Chap
Collecting the adventures of 2000 AD's best-dressed ghosthunter for the first time...
Dandridge is the much-loved supernatural adventure series created by me and artist Warren Pleece for 2000 AD. The series stars the dandy, bon vivant, man of affairs and sometime ghosthunter Doctor Spartacus Dandridge, who first appeared – and died – in our single-episode Past Imperfect story Antiquus Phantasma in 2000 AD #1631 (April 2009).
The series takes place in an alternate Britain in the early 1980s. A century before, the Victorian Spiritualists developed a method of turning ghosts into a viable fuel alternative. Bolstered by advances in ‘ecto-technology’, the British Empire has endured to the present day, although it has become a ghost of its former glories. Killed in 1905, the spirit of Doctor Dandridge has recently assumed material form, having acquired a magical jacket. Reunited with his mute manservant Shelley, Dandridge has pledged his services to his mysterious tailor Angela Blake, a fallen angel with motives of her own...
With art by Warren Pleece (Doctor Who) and Jon Davis-Hunt (Clean Room), this digital graphic novel collects all the Dandridge adventures for the first time, along with a host of extras including 'Behind The Thrills' interviews, gallery and other splendid nonsense. It's available direct from the 2000 AD webstore or the official 2000 AD app.
Age Of The Wolf
This 2000 AD graphic novel collects the epic saga of Rowan Morrigan, pagan sacrifice turned warrior-witch...
An urban fantasy saga in which werewolves have overrun the world, as a centuries-old prophecy creates a permanent full moon. Set amid the ruins of London, the series follows a woman named Rowan Morrigan, who fights to not only defy her destiny but also retain her humanity as a strange new world evolves around her.
Originally published in 2000 AD with art by fan-favourite Jon Davis-Hunt, the Age Of The Wolf graphic novel collects all three series in one complete volume with brand-new cover art by Davis-Hunt. You can view artwork and previews from the series by visiting the Age Of The Wolf homepage.
Age Of The Wolf is out now from all good book and comic book stores, the 2000 AD webshop, Amazon UK and Amazon US. It will also be available worldwide as a day-and-date digital graphic novel from the 2000 AD webshop, the 2000 AD iPad app, and on Kindle, Kobo and Nook.
POPULAR BLOG POSTS...
Why Psi-Judge Cassandra Anderson is way more than just Judge Dredd’s sidekick; she’s the heart and soul of 2000 AD...
Back in May, when I did a talk at the Bristol Comic Expo - namely My Future Shock Hell: Breaking Into 2000 AD (And What I Learned While Doing It) - I concluded with a promise that I'd post some thoughts on twist endings. Not only those that occur in 2000 AD's Future Shocks, but in pretty much every form of storytelling there is, from short stories to screenplays. So here's a quick bit of study on what twists are, how they work, and how you can identify the five different types...
I recently gave a talk at the Bristol Comic Expo 2014 about how I started writing for 2000 AD by pitching Future Shocks scripts. I've written up my notes as a blog, covering everything from submission tactics to coping with rejection and why there's really no such thing as 'breaking in'...
ALSO AVAILABLE NOW...
My comprehensive critical survey of fantasy cinema published in 2005 (available from Amazon).
This acclaimed anthology features my story 'Sharkcop 2: Feeding Frenzy' (available from Amazon).
Panini UK's bestselling children's comic based on the hit Nickelodeon show. Available across the UK and Europe.