The Tor Blog: 2015

 

What a year! We've hosted so many great articles, interviews, cover reveals and extracts in 2015, that we thought we'd gather up just a few of our favourites below in case you missed them the first time round. 

A very Happy New Year to one and all!

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The late, great James Herbert was memorialised with the James Herbert Award for Horror, and the announcement of the shortlist in January was met with delight by authors, agents and horror fans alike. The Troop by Nick Cutter was eventually crowned the winner but there's something on the shortlist for everyone, whether you're partial to a ghost story or a gruesome slice of Body Horror. 

 

Adrian Tchaikovsky brought us a fascinating piece in February on the Art of Epic War, exploring the ethics of combat in a Fantasy world.

 

March saw our very own Louise Buckley telling us her Top 10 Novels Featuring Time Travel, with some superb choices that ran from heart-breaking YA to serial killer thrillers.

 

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The Arthur C. Clarke award-winner and all-round genre legend Jeff Noon answered our questions in a brilliant interview about how he writes, to celebrate the 20th anniversary re-release of his celebrated novel Vurt in April.

 

Self-published superstar and Tor author Amanda Hocking dropped by in May with a guest post on what happened five years after her meteoric Amazon Kindle breakthrough. 

 

Our excitement for Zen Cho's Sorcerer to the Crown reached fever pitch in June, when we released the first visual of the beautiful cover.

 

In a hot July, the Tor team rounded up their favourite Summer Reads.

 

Brian Staveley kicked off a brand new feature for the blog in AugustMy Kinda Scene - sharing his love of Clint Eastwood's hardbitten alcoholic gunslinger in the gritty modern Western Unforgiven.

 

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Certified SF superstar Peter F. Hamilton treated 10 lucky competition winners to a night out at the Wychwood Brewery in Oxfordshire in September.


October had frights abound as two of our authors staged a Tor blog takeover. Lucy Hounsom told us her Top 3 Literary Deaths and Genevieve Cogman penned a gruesomely amusing retelling of the The Gashlycrumb Tinies.


Susan Dennard's Truthwitch has been causing a buzz on social and beyond, and November saw the release of the official trailer for the book. 


December brought together five of our top Fantasy authors to ask the ultimate question: Why Write Fantasy?