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East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai


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A cover reveal

The cover for the forthcoming Arkham Horror anthology, Secrets in Scarlet, was posted online yesterday.

I like the cover a lot, but OK, I am biased.

The volume will be out next autumn, but it can already be pre-ordered, and it features my Shanghai-set story, City of Waking Dreams.


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A big summer reads bundle

Humble Bundle teamed up with Aconyte Books (my publisher!) to offer a big bundle of gaming-related fiction – horror from the Arkham Horror universe, fantasy from both The Descent and Legend of Five Rings, science fiction from Twilight Imperium and many others.

22 books for less than 20 bucks, and part of the money goes to Worldreader, a charity helping children getting into reading.
The books are in pdf and epub format, DRM-free.
It’s an excellent value for money offer, and you do some good too.

The bundle includes The Devourer Below, the Arkham Horror collection that features my short story All my friends are monster, currently a finalist in the Scribe Awards.

Check it out, if you feel like. The offer is open for 20 days starting today.


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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.