the Goblins are Coming!news November 13, 2023
the long anticipated dystopian novel by
will be published in January 2024
2005 I emailed the first complete draft of a novella called the Goblins are
Coming! (which I had started writing 4 years before) to selected beta readers
in the UK, US and Australia.
They all said the same - make it longer -
we'd like to know what happens before, and what happens next.
busy in those days earning my living as the editor of the leading publication in
the solid state drive market - where my readers were at the forefront of a new
revolution in computer architecture. And in my spare time I had made personal
commitments to write some
In the past 22 years I've picked up and set aside this
novel (as it has now become) on several occasions - at major milestones in my
writing life - expanding scenes in the original novella and adding never before
shared new chapters.
When I embarked on my project to publish 7 books
at the beginning of 2023 - the Goblins are Coming! was #6 on my list. I've
lived with this story for a long time. I look forward to sharing it soon.
from the book cover ###
Before the last freezing of the
world the goblins ruled Earth, sky and seas. But goblin kind were few and
lonely. So they plucked the little humans from all the other creatures in
creation for companionship and gave them the gifts of speech and magic. And all
was well until some crazed humans asked difficult questions such as why were
they the pets and not the masters? Rebellion came and there was great
At the end of the first goblin-human wars it was clear that
now it was the age for humans. But humans did not want to trust goblins as
pets in their homes. So in recognition of all the gifts the goblins had given
and to enable a future reconciliation, human memory being so short, it was
agreed that the last surrendered goblins would be entombed in stasis for an age
by a trusted binding spell.
Humans forgot the goblins and lost
their knowledge of those times. Humans became animals again and then grew their
own magic with tech which flared with great brightness and was swiftly lost. Now
in these fallen times that spell, which held the ancient goblins fast, and
was stretched by deceit to much greater length than had been agreed at the truce
when they went into their sleeping has snapped.
The goblins are