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East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai


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Another (great) review for Bloodwood

The central group of The Raiders of Bloodwood are a lovely bunch though, and the fact that they’re mostly just normal people makes their interactions and their journey the real highlight of the story. The small moments when they’re travelling together, telling stories around the campfire at night, or helping each other down a steep hill without falling down, make for some of the best moments. Mana gives you a chance to get to know them, to see them as regular people so that you come to like them and care about them; and so that you begin to worry about them when their lives come into danger.

UK based blogger Amy Walker posted a beautiful, in-depth review of The Raiders of Bloodwood – and she really liked it!
And I an particularly happy that Amy actually appreciated my choice of characters and the way I wrote them. I might start to think that I am actually really good.

You can find the complete review on the Trans-Scribe Blog.


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The (paperback) Raiders are out in the US

The paperback edition of my latest novel, The Raiders of Bloodwood, is out in paperback format in the US from Aconyte Books – and you can order it from Amazon, or from your local friendly bookstore, if you are so inclined.

In Europe we’ll get the paperback only in September, but if you are in the States (or get your books from Amazon.com), now you can get a physical copy of my book.
The ebook edition is already available worldwide.


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And the first review is in…

The Raiders of Bloodwood hits the digital shelves next week (the paperback will be out in September), and already the book received a rave review on Goodreads – five stars and all.
This is the power of the ARCs.

Mana’s storytelling is wonderful, they create both tension and suspense in equal measures to engage and keep us hooked. The characters while not all my favourites were all likeable in their own ways and had some interesting arcs throughout. I was personally biased to Brix but anyone who knows me probably saw that coming.

You can find the whole thing here.

And yes, I always knew Brixida ‘Brix’ Lovell was a winner.

What I did not know – nor could I imagine, or hope for – was that one day my work would be compared to Dragonlance – quite a compliment, for a gaming-related novel.

In the next few days, if anyone’s interested, I’ll do a number of posts on the book, the characters, my experiences writing it and all that.

In the meanwhile, we wait for the other ARC reviews to drop.
There will be negative reviews – it can’t be avoided, because we cannot please everyone, and the only perfection is in the talk of those that talk about it, but don’t do it.
But we’ll see the bad reviews when they come.
Right now, I am quite happy.


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The 2022 Scribe Awards nominees are in

… and it looks like I’m one of them.

The Scribe Awards are assigned every year by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, in a number of categories including novels, short stories, audio-drama, etc.
Past winners include the likes of Alan Dean Foster, Max Allan Collins and Guillermo del Toro, among many others.

The list of the 2022 nominees has just been published, and here’s the “Short Story” section…

Short Story
Arkham Horror The Devourer Below: “All My Friends Are Monsters” by Davide Mana
Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda – “Bon Temps” by Harlan James
School of X: “Kid Omega Faces the Music” by Neil Kleid
Voices of Varuna: “Distress Signals” by Jean Rabe
Voices of Varuna: “Stepping Stones” by Marsheila Rockwell

I am extremely proud of having made the shortlist, and I wish all the candidates, in all the categories, the best of luck.
Here you find the complete listing.
The winners will be announced during the next San Diego Comicon.
Let’s wait and see…


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Sherlock Holmes, Thomas Carnacki and friends

Just a quick post to share the news that two stories of mine are out in two volumes edited by John Linwood Grant for Belanger Books.

The haunting of Fox Lanes is one of the 18 stories in The Book of Carnacki the Ghost Finder, a collection of Carnacki apocrypha.

And in the third volume of the (at the moment) four-volume series Sherlock Holmes & the Occult Detectives, I bring back occult detective and adventuress miss Valerie Trelawney (as seen in The case of the Manchester Mummies) for a second outing in The adventure of the Stealer of Souls. Who would have imagined that a character I invented when I was in high school would appear in two stories published internationally forty years later!

Incidentally, thanks to Belanger Books, I have so far written stories about Holmes, Carnacki and colonel Sebastian Moran. Not bad, if I do say so myself.


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The Devourer discounted

Short public service announcement: because it’s the month of May, and because this is my birthday month, you can get The Devourer Below, the lovecraftian horror collection which includes my short story All my friends are monsters, with a massive 60% discount on DriveThruFiction.

Just follow this link.