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God’s Last Breath: Launch and Events

Well, friends.  The time has finally come to put an end to something consuming my life.

God’s Last Breaththe final book in the Bring Down Heaven trilogy will launch next month.  It will be a good and fine thing to see off and I am happy it is growing legs.  Sure, I’ll miss the good times we had together, this trilogy and I: the asshole goat, the curry, the giant, man-eating spiders that drive an economy.

But we’re going to close it out in grand style.

If you’re in Arizona, come to the launch party!  We’ll be doing an event at The Poisoned Pen bookstore in Downtown Scottsdale on Saturday, December 16th at 2:00 PM!  Also available will be copies of the Brave Chef Brianna collection!

Please do stop by and say hello!

If you’re not there, though, I’ll be doing an AMA for the fine people of r/fantasy on Thursday, December 14th!


Dragon*Con 2017!


Remember when we used this blog for announcing things other than appearances at conventions?  I don’t!  And neither do you!  This is the way it’s always been!  Forever!

Anyway…it looks like your friend, Ol’ Sam Sykes, will be at Dragon*Con this year (you have to put the asterisk in or you go to jail).  And if you’re going to be there, too, he’d like to see you.  You can find him at one of the many fine panels or signings below:


What is High Fantasy: Ol’ Sam Sykes is gonna tell you all about elfs and dwarfs and wizards and such. Maybe spin a few lies, a few tales.  Possibly have a stein of mead.

1:00 PM, Room L401-403-Marriott

Buy My Book: Ol’ Sam Sykes couldn’t possibly tell you what they want him on this panel for.

5:30 PM, Room Embassy EF-Hyatt

Comedy in Fantasy: Ol’ Sam Sykes is gonna tell you a couple of jokes about elfs and dwarfs.  Definitely steins of mead involved probably.

7:00 PM, Room Embassy EF-Hyatt


Signing at Badali Jewelry: This will be my only signing, I think, so if you’ve got a book that needs signed, you can either leave it at the booth for me to get to (make sure to include your name) or swing by!

2:00 PM, Booth 2422 & 2424 on Second Floor of the Exhibit Hall


Fantasy Graphic Novels: We’ll be talking about the transition from fantasy novels to the comics page!  Let’s all see if we can’t get along!

10:00 AM, Room Embassy EF-Hyatt

Delphic Oracle: Fantasy authors are going to tell a story by using one word at a time!  There is no possible way that this can go wrong at all!

1:00 PM, Room Embassy EF-Hyatt

Sexy Fantasy: I’m actually really interested in this one.  I’ve written about sex in fantasy a lot, as you’d know if this blog weren’t only about announcing where I’d be, so I look forward to hearing what other authors have to say on the subject.

10:00 PM, Room Embassy EF-Hyatt


Folklore Roots of the Monsters of Fantasy: Fantasy monsters!  Trolls!  Ogres!  Old wives’ tales!  Except told by someone who is not an old wife!  Come on by!

10:00 AM, Room Chastain 1-2-Westin

And that’s it!

I hope to see you there!  And if I don’t, I hope you’re ready to see me haunting you in your nightmares because that’s where I’m coming next!


Ol’ Sam Sykes


San Diego Comicon 2017!


Will you be at San Diego Comicon this year?  ME, TOO.  Are you excited to be a part of a gigantic pop culture event?  ME, TOO.  Are you curious where I’ll be during said pop culture event?  ME, TOO.  Are you terrified of the increasingly close proximity to the unending void that encroaches upon us daily?  ME, TOO.

But only one of those things I can actually do something about!

Please find below my schedule for San Diego Comicon!


I won’t be doing any signings at the Hachette Booth this year, but we have a super secret announcement for super secret fans of Sam Sykes.  If you super secretly make your way to the Hachette Booth (that’s booth #1116) and super secretly whisper the password: “Buy my book” to the people working on the Orbit side, they will give you a free comic prelude to The City Stained Red, signed by me, for your collection!

Or, if you’re interested, you can get a physical copy of one of my books.  BUT YOU MUST CHOOSE ONE OR THE OTHER.  NOT BOTH, YOU GREEDY BABY.


11:00-11:50 AM: Signing

BOOM! Studios Booth #2229

Come on by the Boom! Studios booth and get yourself some signed copies of Brave Chef Brianna!  The story is complete so now you can get the WHOLE DANG THING!

1:30-2:30 PM: Panel: Sixty Seconds With SFF Authors

Horton Grand Theater (on Balboa Ave)

Join me, Paul Cornell and various other people who smell nice to play a little game called “Just a Minute,” where we must speak with decisive, unhesitant authority on various nerd subjects.  It’s probably a super serious panel for super serious people.  I should be a great fit, right?  Glad we agree.

7:30-8:30 PM: Panel: 10 Years of Adam Warren’s EMPOWERED

Room 4

I was actually super astonished when Adam Warren, creator of the amazing sexy superhero comic, EMPOWERED, reached out to me to sit on his panel.  I’ve always been a big fan, but I’ll also be a big contributor to this discussion about body image, finding one’s place in the world, comics and, hopefully, butts.

9:30 PM-1:30 AM: Drunk in An Alley

An Alley

Do not disturb.


10:00 AM-9:00 PM: Following You Around Like An Animal


Beginning promptly at 10:00 AM, I will begin following you at a respectful distance in a jeep.  Wearing a button-down shirt and cargo shorts, I will quietly whisper my awe as I pause and snap photos of you standing in line, eating a taco and generally living life well.  With the help of a safari guide, I will not engage or disturb, as per the rules, but I will treasure these memories forever.


12:00-1:00 PM: Signing

Badali Jewelry Booth #532

Come on by the Badali Jewelry booth, purveyors of fine metalworks, and get yourself a signed book!  Stop by!  Chat!  Buy a book!  Buy jewelry!  Never leave!

6:00-6:50 PM: Signing

BOOM! Studios Booth #2229

I’ll be signing more copies of Brave Chef Brianna and complaining, loudly, that no one respects me.  Please stop by and bring me a taco!


10:00 AM-9:00 PM: Hiding In Your Luggage

Your Suitcase

I need a place to stay, man.  Help me out.  Just check me in customs and let me come live with you.  They won’t say anything, it’s cool.


Remember to go to the HACHETTE BOOTH #1116 and tell them to BUY MY BOOK to get yourself a FREE-ASS BOOK OR COMIC MY GOD.  DO IT.  DO IT, YOU PIECES OF STANK.

Phoenix Comicon and Beyond!


I bet you’re expecting some fun stuff, eh?  Maybe some huge announcements or deep musings on the nature of life?  Or maybe just a lovely piece of artwork?

Well, too bad, dummy.  It’s even better than that!


Once again, yours truly has been invited to cause a little mayhem and talk a little about books.  I hope you’ll come and visit me!  And, if you do, here’s my schedule to help you better stalk hunt find me.


As is tradition, the Poisoned Pen is once again hosting dozens of authors who come into town for Phoenix Comicon.  This year, it’s being held at the Scottsdale Hilton to accommodate the sheer numbers of awesome that have come into town!  Come visit me, Jim Butcher, VE Schwab, Aprilynne Pike, Brian McClellan, Myke Cole and more!

Do it or I’ll hunt you in the night!


WOULD YOU RATHER: 1:30 PM, North 126AB

Once again, for some reason Phoenix Comicon is allowing us to play a very childish game and embarrass each other and you can be there to see it.  Come see me host the dumbest game ever with Elizabeth Bear, Scott Lynch, Katie Salidas, Brian McClellan and Aprilynne Pike!

BETWEEN THE CACTI: Sam Sykes, Scott Lynch, Myke Cole and Wesley Chu: 3:00 PM, North 125 AB

A completely unscripted, unmoderated discussion between four excellent authors and one ghost.  We’ll cover everything from fun fantasy to whether Myke Cole can drink out of a toilet.  Come visit!

SIGNING: 6:00 PM Exhibitor Hall (Changing Hands Bookstore)


Get Me Out of Here!: 12:00 PM, North 126C

Me and a number of other authors will be answering cross-genre questions and the audience will be deciding how well our answers hold up!  The first one to lose gets hit in the face with a brick (maybe).  Come see who it’ll be!

Apocalypse Now?: 1:30 PM, North 126C

For absolutely no reason at all in the year 2017, people tend to be thinking about the end of the world a lot.  Crazy, right?  Me, Myke Cole, Jason Hough, Dan Wells, Alexandra Oliva and Sherrilyn Kenyon will be discussing our favorite apocalypse scenarios and whether or not there’s a story afterward.

SIGNING: 3:00 PM Exhibitor Hall (Changing Hands Bookstore)


Writing Rogues II: 10:30 AM, North 126AB

This was one of my very favorite panels we ever did and this year, I have the honor of moderating it.  Together with Jim Butcher, Bradley Beaulieu, Victoria Schwab, Brian McClellan, Wesley Chu and more, we’ll be discussing what effectively makes a character that operates outside the law or even the confines of the story.

Fantasy Draft II: 12:00 PM, North 126AB

I’ll be hosting this year’s fantasy draft league.  Bradley Beaulieu, Brent Weeks, Scott Lynch and Brian McClellan will each be charged with putting together a team of cleric, thief, fighter and wizard from literature and pop culture.  Victoria Schwab and Terry Brooks, our honorable judges, will decide which one has the best.  I’ve got $10 large on McClellan.

SIGNING: 3:00 PM, Exhibitor Hall (Changing Hands Bookstore)

Author Batsu with Sam Sykes: 4:30 PM, North 125AB.

It’s that time again.  Time for glory.  Time for pain.  Time for authors to line up and perform a task and be severely punished with hot salsa, should they fail to do so.  This year, we welcome returning competitors Myke Cole, Aprilynne Pike, Pierce Brown and Scott Sigler, as well as newcomers Wesley Chu and Brent Weeks.  Let’s see who survives this year!


SIGNING: 1:00 PM, Exhibitor Hall (Badali Jewelry Booth #1696)

Not Another F’ing Worldbuilding Panel: 3:00 PM, North 126C

HOW DOES THIS KEEP HAPPENING!?  We’ll talk about building worlds.  Maybe one of us will be drunk?  One of us should be drunk.  Come by and see who!

And that’s it!

If you’re by, come visit us!  If you’re not, you’ll regret it!  Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, maybe not when I’m banging down your door to get into your house, but soon!  And for the rest of your life!

Happy Comiconing, everyone!

Salt Lake City Comicon!

What are you doing Labor Day weekend?  Probably spending time with your family, reflecting on the virtues of honest work and considering your place in the world.  Like a nerd.

As for me?  I’ll be at Salt Lake City Comicon!  September 1-3!

And if you’re smart, you’ll be there, too!  And if you’re smart, but also seeking an element of danger, you’ll find me around the con!

Here’s my schedule:


Magic: Writing and Roleplaying Authentic Magic-Users and Shamans

Room 253A, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

What is an authentic magic-user?  Are you often accused of being a magic-poser?  This panel is for you as we delve into ways to make your magic pixie business seem like real magic pixie business and not just a shallow mockery of one.

Everything I Need to Know About Life, I Learned from Supervillains

Room 255B, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

This one resonates with me.  Not least because I, too, often dress up like a clown and terrorize men and women who dress up like bats.


Magical Beasts and How to Create Them

Room 150G, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

I’m actually super keen to do this one.  Monsters are my forte and I’ve been hungry to discuss them for awhile now.

Signing at Shadow Mountain Booth 1807

Booth 1807, 1:00 PM

I’ll be signing copies of The City Stained Red, The Mortal Tally, An Affinity for Steel and whatever else your little heart might desire!


Signing: Badali Jewelry Booth 731

Booth 731, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Badali Jewelry has been amazing to me and I am thrilled that they asked me to do a signing at their booth.  If you’re interested in their City Stained Red collection, we’ll also be selling a few limited copies of my books there.

Build-a-Story: Professional Authors Create a Story from Scratch

Room 253A, 1:00 PM – 2:oo PM

I promise I won’t swear more than 30% of the panel.

Signing at Shadow Mountain Booth 1807

Come by and get a book signed!  Or, if you’ve already got a book signed, come by and let me sign your face!  Sign your children!  SIGN YOUR FUTURE!

And that’ll be it!

I hope to see you guys there!  And if I don’t, I hope to see you in your dreams when I haunt you for not buying my book!

San Diego Comicon Schedule!


In a mere two weeks, I will be participating in San Diego Comicon 2016!

My schedule is as follows!


Drunk in A Gutter (All Day, In a Gutter Somewhere): Join me and whoever else happens to join me as I pass out in a pile of my own human misery, passersby looking upon me weeping softly into a half-empty bottle of Asahi, too full of pity to call the police.  Signings to follow.




Signing (11:00 AM, Hachette Booth, Booth #1116): Come join me in a book signing!  We’ll be giving away copies of An Affinity For Steel!  Huge books that will look GOOD on your shelf and maybe make it collapse!  It’ll be so great, you’ll actually start crying!


Signing (11:00 AM, Badali Jewelry Booth, Booth #532): MORE book signings with the good people at Badali Jewelry!  Not only that, but we’ll be unveiling a NEW piece of jewelry based on The City Stained Red!  Come and join us!  Get a book signed!  Be merry!


Following You Home (Whenever You Leave, Your House): You thought it was over, didn’t you?  Well, you shouldn’t have sworn that blood oath back on Wednesday!  You’ll be joining me as I appear in the rear view mirror of your car, chasing after you with speed that you wouldn’t think a man of my size could achieve!  Or maybe I’ll be appear on the wing of your plane home, inching ever closer to the window.  Or perhaps I’ll just come out from under your bed at night.

Of course, if you come to one of my signings, we can forget this whole thing ever happened.

Be there or be square!

Phoenix Comicon and Elevengeddon!

Storm clouds gather.  The land grows dark and dry as the bones from a freshly-picked corpse.  In the night, a child cries out and no one is sure why.

But I know…


That’s right, once again, my favorite con of the year, my home con, is right around the corner.  The weekend of June 2-5 is reserved for all manner of literary debauchery, panelist hijinx and more habanero salsa that can safely be consumed by man.

And if you’re reading this site, you doubtlessly want to know where you can find me.  WELL, YOU’RE IN LUCK, BUDDY, BECAUSE I’LL TELL YOU.

As always, you can find any of the schedules of any of the presenting authors herebut there are some events you might not know about!  My appearances are as follows…

Wednesday, June 1

ELEVENGEDDONPoisoned Pen Bookstore, 7 PM

With the endless generosity and patience of Kevin Hearne as our guide, we authors have coalesced into a shitshow of monumental proportions.  Almost two dozen authors will be gathering at the Poisoned Pen bookstore at 7 PM to sign everything you could ever want.  Copies of my books will be there, as well as others’.  If you can’t make it to the con, it’s a great time to stop by!

Thursday, June 2

Would You Rather: North 128B, 4:30 PM

Because we are children and Phoenix Comicon is too forgiving, we are allowed to play this dumb game.  Come watch us.

Friday, June 3

Adventuring Parties: Still Cool?  North 129A, 12:00 PM

Man, if they aren’t, I am fucked.

-Is This a Kissing Book?  North 129A, 1:30 PM

Relationships!  Romance!  Smooching!  Are they necessary in epic fantasies?  Are they even desirable?  Again, if they aren’t, I am fucked.

-Would You Lie to Me?  North 128B, 6:00 PM

Jason M. Hough brings his own brand of game show to Phoenix Comicon!  We authors try to separate fact from fiction as we lie gratuitously toward each other in the hopes of humiliating each other on stage!

Saturday, June 4

-Motherflippin’ Wizards: North 129A, 10:30 AM

Not content to merely discuss magic systems, we’re here to figure out what happens when magic impacts the character!

-Glowy Swords: Magical McGuffins: North 129A, 1:30 PM

Magic swords, talking swords, glowy swords, perhaps even a ring or two.  We’re gonna talk about the magic bullshit that makes fantasy stories go ’round!

-Author Batsu with Sam Sykes: North 129A, 4:30 PM

Once again, welcoming a Phoenix Comicon tradition, me and a few idiots are going to try to make each other laugh and force BRUTAL PUNISHMENT on one another!

Sunday, June 5

-Worst Panel In the World: North 128A, 1:30 PM

Come shoot the shiz with us as we welcome a hangover panel to talk about the terrible things we have learned during this convention.

-Embarrassing Author Con Stories: North 128B, 4:30 PM

The grim survivors of the con gather to discuss their weirdest, awkward and most embarrassing stories they were either a part of or caused.



If you’ve read this far, your reward for doing so will be the realization that there will be an EXTREMELY LIMITED number of copies of An Affinity for Steel, The Aeons’ Gate omnibus, available for purchase at Phoenix Comicon!

Simply locate the Worldbuilders’ booth and shell out $20 and those copies are YOURS.  These aren’t on sale for a few days, but you’ll get your chance to get them early and signed if you swing by!  Holy smokes!

And that’s it!

I better see you there!  OR ELSE!

Emerald City Comicon!


That’s right, from April 7th through April 10th, I’ll be hanging around, doing thangs and generally being a total jerk!  YOU SHOULD COME SAY HELLO!

Here’s where I’ll be:

ORBIT BOOKS PANEL: Friday, April 8th.  2:45-3:45 PM.  

Room W603

Come hang out with me, Seanan McGuire, Brent Weeks and Gail Carriger as we talk about all things Orbit books!  Do you like books?  Do you like my books?  Do you like someone else’s books who is at Orbit?  Come.  YOU BETTER COME.  YOU BETTER SAY HELLO.

Signing: Friday, April 8th.  4:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Signing Area

I will sign your books right after this panel!  HOLY CRAP, HOW LUCKY CAN YOU GET?

BADALI JEWELRY SIGNING: Friday, April 8th.  4:30 PM to 5:30 PM.

Booth #111

So, the time on this is a little janky, because it turns out I accidentally can’t schedule things worth a DAMN.  But please follow my twitter and I’ll be posting frequent updates as to my location and time!

WORLDBUILDERS CHARITY EVENT: Saturday, April 9th.  7:00 PM.

Room 2AB.  Convention Center.

Come play games and raise money for charity with me and a bunch of other awful authors!  Sponsored by Heifer International, you can do a good deed and come fucking LOSE YOUR GODDAMN SHIT WHILE PLAYING BOARD GAMES, HOLY CRAP.  BUY TICKETS HERE.  GO NOW.  GO.

And if you can’t find me at one of these places, I’ll be posting my location frequently on twitter, because I am easy to stalk and make bad decisions!


WonderCon & Mysterious Galaxy Signings!


We’re a little over a week out from the release of The Mortal Tally!  If you liked The City Stained Red (and presumably you did, if you’re at this blog), then you’re probably as excited as I am for the release of this book!  Maybe even more excited since you don’t know who dies!


…er, forget I said that.

Anyway, as zero hour approaches, let’s talk about some cool stuff that’s happening!

If you’re going to be in Los Angeles for WonderConThursday 24th through Sunday 27th, you’ve got a deal of a god damn lifetime going on!

My appearances are, as follows:

Panel: Getting to the Point

Getting to the Point—SF/F authors Carrie Vaughn (The Kitty Norville series), Peter Clines (The Fold and the Ex-Heroes series), Arwen Elys Dayton (The Seeker Series), Sam Sykes (Aeon’s Gate Trilogy & Bring Down Heaven’s Gate series), and Brian Staveley (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series) discuss the pointy strategic bits of weapons and battle tactics as their characters battle for causes from the mundane to the sublime. Moderated by Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy. 

Los Angeles Convention Center.  Room 151.  Friday, March 25th.  12:00 PM to 1:oo PM.  Signing to follow!

Signing: Badali Jewelry Booth #1103

More details here!

I’ll be signing copies of my book, any book, you show up with!  You need a ticket, but the ticket is FREE!

In addition, I will have a very limited number of copies of The Mortal Tally to giveaway.  It’ll be a first come, first serve situation, so HUSTLE THERE!

Booth #1103.  Saturday, March 26th.  3:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

And then…the big one…the super important date…


That’s right!  I’ll be at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego next Tuesday to sign copies of The Mortal Tally!  (Preorder link included so that you can take advantage of this coolness!)

Mysterious Galaxy have been steadfast supporters of mine for a long time and I’m super pleased to be able to see my newest book released into the wild under the loving care of their fancy-ass bookstore.

There will be books!  There will be sass!  There might even be some fancy authors you weren’t expecting to see there!  Holy crap!  I hope you’ll come by and see us!

March Appearances!


February is almost over!  Your opportunities to buy discount chocolate hearts before they’re melted down and reformed into discount chocolate bunnies is quickly closing!  But do not fear.  There is no cause for alarm.

Because you’ve got Sam Sykes.

That’s right.  It turns out March is going to be a busy-ass month for your favorite author who can also beat up one of every bear*, and I’d like to let you know what’s going down in the coming days!

MARCH 3rd, 7:00 PM: Signing at The Poisoned Pen!

I’ll be interviewing Rae Carson and V.E. Schwab at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale!  In addition, I will also be signing books.  I will be putting my signature in the book and then you will be forcing the book into your eyeballs.  This is how the digestive process works, as far as words go.

Both of these very talented authors are a joy to interview and I dearly hope you guys will come by to see them and maybe me.

MARCH 12th – 13th: Tucson Festival of Books!

The Tucson Festival of Books is a literary festival that’s near and dear to me.  Seeing such a wonderful festival in my home state promoting literacy, authors and a love of books and seeing it so well-attended…it fills me with determination!

Here’s my schedule!

Saturday 12th, 4:00 PM : Tough Guys of SF/F

Sunday 13th, 11:30 AM: Generations of Sword and Sorcery

Sunday 13th, 4:00 PM: My Hero Can Beat Up Your Hero


This will be my first time at WonderCon, but it will not be the first time I have roamed the streets of Los Angeles, shirtless and drunk and screaming at police!  You don’t have to come for that latter bit, but you should come see me there:

Friday, 12:oo PM – 1:00PM: Getting to the Point – Discussing the Strategic Bits of Weapons and Where to Stick the Pointy End

Saturday, 3:00 PM: Book Signing at Badali Jewelry Booth!  I’ll be signing copies of The City Stained Red, and whatever else you might have for me to sign that doesn’t bite, burn or sting, at the Badali Jewelry Company booth!  Badali Jewelry is a company I am very proud to say has launched a line of The City Stained Red-inspired jewelry!  Pick one up while you’re there, why don’t you!

MARCH 29th, 7:30 PM: THE MORTAL TALLY Launch and Book Signing at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, San Diego!

This is it!  Culminating in all of this, The Mortal Tally will finally launch!  Please don’t forget to preorder it, if you’d like to take advantage of our fabulous giveaway!

And at 7:30 PM, I will be doing a book signing event at The Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego!  If you are there, please consider stopping by!  I will doubtlessly not yet be drunk and we will have such a great time, I literally won’t be able to stand it!

See you there! 08-B

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