David B. Coe

Author of Fantasy Novels and the Occasional Short Story

News and Events

THIEFTAKER, by D.B. Jackson (Jacket art by Chris McGrath)THIEVES' QUARRY, by D.B. Jackson (Jacket art by Chris McGrath)February 2013: Yeah, it's been way too long since the last update. There's a reason for that, and it's time to address it on this website. David is now writing under two names: David B. Coe, of course, and also D.B. Jackson. As D.B. Jackson he is writing historical urban fantasy (also known as Tricorn Punk!), putting to use his background in history, as well as his continued love of fantasy. The first D.B. Jackson book, Thieftaker, book I of the Thieftaker Chronicles, came out last summer, and the second volume, Thieves' Quarry, will be released on July 2 of this year. The books are set in pre-Revolutionary Boston, and combine history, fantasy, and mystery. They're terrific fun. You should really check them out. You should also check the Author Appearances page to see where David/D.B. will be appearing this year. And keep checking back, because there will be many more appearances scheduled, as well as a blog tour.

February 2012: David is pleased to announce that he has been invited to be Literary Guest of Honor at two upcoming conventions. The first is Con*Stellation, in Huntsville, Alabama in October of this year; the second is Marscon, in Williamsburg, Virginia, in January of 2013. For more details, please check his appearance page.

January 2012: David's appearance schedule has just been updated for the new year. It's a bit sparse right now, but he will be adding dates throughout the year, so check back!

November 29, 2011: The paperback edition of The Dark-Eyes' War, the third and final volume of Blood of the Southlands, is out and available for purchase!! Buy it here. Or here. Or here. Or even here.

The Dark-Eyes' War, by David B. Coe, book III of Blood of the Southlands (Jacket art by Romas Kukalis)

Dragon's Lure, edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhailEPIC E-Book AwardSeptember 2011: A couple of news items to report. First is that the paperback edition of The Dark-Eyes' War, the third and final volume of Blood of the Southlands, is set for release on November 29 and can be pre-ordered here. Second, Dragon's Lure, the dragon-themed anthology featuring short stories from a number of authors, including David's "The Dragon Muse," has been named a finalist for an Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition (EPIC) E-Book Award!

August 24, 2011: David's programming schedule for Dragon*Con is now posted on his Facebook page. Here is the link. It should be a great weekend!

July 12, 2011: How to Write Magical Words: A Writer's Companion, the How-to-Write book published by David and his fellow bloggers at Magical Words, is now available in Kindle format and Nook format, which is kind of cool. Find it here or here. Also, David has added several appearances to his 2011 schedule, including his Guest of Honor appearance at JordanCon in Atlanta in April, his appearance at DragonCon in September, and his stint as instructor at the South Carolina Writer's Workshop Annual Conference in October.

How To Write Magical Words:  A Writer's Companion, Edited by Edmund Schubert, cover photograph by David B. Coe

December 6, 2010: Following up on yesterday's update, How To Write Magical Words: A Writer's Companion has gotten its first cover blurb. And it's a good one:

"This is the best idea for a writing book that I've ever seen. It's like sitting in a room full of professional writers, and after each one delivers a riff on one aspect of writing, the others weigh in to buttress, amplify, refine, or add to what was said. It's an extended conversation with writers who know what they're talking about - and what matters in writing fiction that really communicates with readers." -- Orson Scott Card.

December 5, 2010: How To Write Magical Words: A Writer's Companion, is now available for preorder!! This book has been a long time in the making and the writers of the Magical Words blogsite -- Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, A.J. Hartley, C.E. Murphy, Stuart Jaffe, the book's editor, Edmund Schubert, and David -- couldn't be prouder of the finished product. Like the site itself, the book is dedicated to discussions of the craft and business of writing. It includes one hundred essays on everything from writing dialog to finding an agent, from worldbuilding to convention etiquette. It is published by BellaRosa Books and is available for $18.00, including shipping. The Magical Words crew hopes that you'll enjoy it. Oh, and that cool photo on the book jacket? That's one of David's, taken in New Zealand's Milford Sound.

Rules of Ascension, by David B. Coe (Book I of Winds of the Forelands, jacket art by Gary Ruddell)Seeds of Betrayal, by David B. Coe (Book II of Winds of the Forelands, jacket art by Gary Ruddell)Bonds of Vengeance by David B. Coe (Book III of Winds of the Forelands, jacket art by Romas Kukalis)Shapers of Darkness by David B. Coe (Book IV of Winds of the Forelands, jacket art by Romas Kukalis)Weavers of War by David B. Coe (Book V of Winds of the Forelands, jacket art by Romas Kukalis)

September 1, 2010: As many of you are aware, Seeds of Betrayal, the second book in David's Winds of the Forelands quintet, briefly went out of print this summer. David heard from many of you who suddenly could not get your hands on a new copy of the paperback edition of the book, and was able to go to his agent and editor and talk to them about getting the book back in print. David is happy to say that Tor has gone back to press with the book and that people at MPS (the distribution arm of MacMillan) say the book should be available within the next few days. So if you're interested in reading the Forelands series -- or rereading it! -- this is a great time to put in your orders! And thanks to all of you for your support and help with this.

Summer 2010: Hope this finds all of you well and enjoying the summer. A few announcements. David will be a presenter at the Tennessee Antiquarian Book Fair on July 18th, in Cowan, Tennessee. His talk will be on "Character and Conflict Development in Fantasy." He will also be signing books. More details are available here.

ROBIN HOOD, by David B. Coe, a novelization of the major motion picture directed by Ridley Scott

Robin Hood corrections! Yes, that's right. Not everything in the book came out just the way it was supposed to, which is not entirely surprising given the frenzied editing that took place near the end of the process. On p. 85, in the second paragraph, please ignore the reference to Godfrey. The sentence should read: "This was good land, their ride thus far had been uneventful, but Robin sensed that they were being followed, hunted." And on page 88 in the second full paragraph, please simply ignore the sentence that mentions Godfrey. Thank you!

There's a new review of The Dark Eyes' War at Fantasy Book Critic. Check it out!

David is now on Facebook. Please friend him here.

Robin Hood is out and available for purchase in all bookstores! David's novelization of the movie directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, has just been released. It is published by Tor Books. The movie will be released by NBC/Universal on May 14, 2010.

Art for "The Dragon Muse"Dragon's Lure, edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhailDavid's first ever dragon story, "The Dragon Muse," will be released in the upcoming anthology, Dragon's Lure, edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail and published by Dark Quest Books. Here are the jacket art for the anthology, and the illustration for David's story. The anthology will be launched at Balticon on May 30th (David will not be able to attend) and will be available for purchase thereafter.

David has just added another event to his Appearances page. He will be signing books, including the new Robin Hood release, at the Barnes and Noble in Chattanooga, Tennessee on May 8 from 2:00-5:00 pm. Come by the store and say hello!

David can now announce that he will be the Literary Guest of Honor at Con-Version, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on the weekend of October 15-17, 2010. If you're in the area, stop by and say hello!

The Dark-Eyes' War, book III of Blood of the Southlands (Jacket art by Romas Kukalis)The Horsemen's Gambit, book II of Blood of the Southlands (Jacket art by Romas Kukalis)The hardcover edition of The Dark-Eyes' War is now out and available from all booksellers!! Woot! Also, the paperback edition of The Horsemen's Gambit, the second book in David's Blood of the Southlands trilogy, is now out and also available from all booksellers!

Sample chapters of the book are already up here, and the winner of this month's contest will win a free, signed copy! And for those of you in the area, David will be signing copies of his books at the University of the South Bookstore in Sewanee, Tennessee on February 26th. Come on up the mountain and meet the author!

Happy New Year! David has completed work on the Robin Hood movie novelization (for the Ridley Scott production of Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett due to be released in May 2010) that he was writing over the holidays. He is now preparing for the February 2010 release of The Dark-Eyes' War, the third and final volume in his Blood of the Southlands trilogy. February will also see the paperback re-release of The Horsemen's Gambit, book II in Blood of the Southlands. And to mark the occasion, David will be giving away a signed copy of The Dark-Eyes' War to the winner of this month's contest! So check it out here!

David has recently begun work on the novelization for the new Ridley Scott/Russell Crowe "Robin Hood" movie that will be hitting theaters in May 2010. The book, as yet untitled, should be out from Tor/Forge just in advance of the movie's release.

The Dark-Eyes' War, book III in David's critically acclaimed Blood of the Southlands trilogy will be released in February 2010. But you can read the first three chapters of the book right here, right now!

The Dark-Eyes' War (Book III of Blood of the Southlands, jacket art by Romas Kukalis)

David has just added an event to his Appearances calendar. On October 28th, as part of the kickoff for World Fantasy Convention in San Jose, California, David will be joining several other authors for a group signing at Borderlands Books in San Francisco. So if you're in the area, or plan to be, come to Borderlands, meet David and the other authors, and get some books signed!And still another interview with David has just been posted, this one at examiner.com's Speculative Fiction page. Hope you enjoy it.

The Sorcerers' Plague (Book I of Blood of the Southlands, jacket art by Romas Kukalis)The Horsemen's Gambit (Book II of Blood of the Southlands, jacket art by Romas Kukalis)Another Fall update: An interview/article about David has just gone up at this site. Check it out!

Fall update: The article mentioned in the update immediately below is now online at the InterGalactic Medicine Show website, where David is this month's guest columnist. The article is called "Speculating on Fiction's Name." Please visit the IGMS site and enjoy the article.

Fall 2009: Another season has gone by and David is in between projects now. He has recently proof-read the galleys for The Dark-Eyes' War, the third and final book in Blood of the Southlands, which will be released in February 2010. This is just about the last stage of the production process; it won't be long until The Dark-Eyes' War is out. The paperback edition of The Horsemen's Gambit will also be out in February, so this is a great time to start reading the series, which begins with The Sorcerers' Plague. David has also completed work on two other books this summer, as well as an article for Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show that should be up soon, and a couple of short stories. There is a new contest up that you should definitely check out. And David is getting excited about his upcoming appearance at World Fantasy Convention in San Jose California at the end of October.

David has recently posted "Cassie's Story" on this site. This story first appeared in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show a year ago. You can now read it for free here. Enjoy!

Oh, yeah! Please note the new link to Magical Words, the group blog on the craft and business of writing that David maintains with fellow fantasy authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, and C.E. Murphy. It's in the menu on the left.

May 2009: David is feeling very comfortable with his new iMac now, thank you very much. He had a great time at RavenCon in Virginia and is looking forward to ConCarolinas at the end of this month. He will also be signing books at the Barnes and Noble in Pineville, North Carolina on May 28, the night before ConCarolinas begins. For more on his upcoming appearances, check out this page. The Horsemen's Gambit, the second book in David's Blood of the Southlands trilogy, has been out for a while, as has the paperback edition of The Sorcerers' Plague, book I in the series. If you haven't yet started Blood of the Southlands, this is a great time to give the series a try. Want to sample the books first? Read sample chapters here! And if you have started the series, and if you're enjoying it, please tell a friend about it! Finally, there is a new contest up -- a really cool one this time. Check it out here!

April 2009: David is in the process of learning how to use his new iMac, which is both fun and frustrating. In another week or two, when the transition to the new platform is complete, he has no doubt that he'll love his new toy. Later this month David will be attending RavenCon in Richmond, Virginia. Next month he'll be at ConCarolinas.

In the lead up to the release of The Horsemen's Gambit, David posted a new interview to this site. In it David discusses the new book, the Blood of the Southlands trilogy, and his writing process. Please check out the new interview here. And enjoy the new book!

Happy New Year! Publisher's Weekly has just reviewed The Horsemen's Gambit, book II of Blood of the Southlands, calling it "intense and appealing" and saying other nice things about it. To see more of the review, click here.

Holiday 2008 Update: First off, there's a new contest up, so check it out and see if you can win a new signed book! Second, MagicalWords.net, the blog David maintains with fellow fantasy authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, and C.E. Murphy has made it into the top 5% of all URLs in terms of popularity. Come see what all the fuss is about!

The first review of The Horsemen's Gambit, book II of Blood of the Southlands, is out, and it's a good one! Romantic Times has given it 4 1/2 stars, saying of the book, "[Coe] absolutely nails the plot and sequencing. This book is the best yet in the series." Read more of the entire review here.

The third volume of Blood of the Southlands is finished and has been turned in! The book is still probably a year from publication, but at least it's on its way! Just as exciting, the book now has a title!! It will be called The Dark-Eye's War.

Go here to find out a bit more about the work of one of David's friends, Gail Martin, and join in the book promotion she's doing with David and other writers.

David recently gave an interview with Travis Heermann, of The Write Line, who he met at WorldCon in Denver. That interview is now up and can be found here. Check it out, and enjoy!

Fall 2008 Update: This website has been updated and now includes pages for David's next release, The Horsemen's Gambit, book II of Blood of the Southlands. Read sample chapters from the book here.

Late summer, and David is back from WorldCon in Denver, where he had a great time. He has just finished the third and final volume of his Blood of the Southlands trilogy, and he's beginning to make preparations for the January 2009 release of The Horsemen's Gambit, book II in the series and the sequel to The Sorcerers' Plague.

LibertyCon in Chattanooga, where David was a special guest, was a huge success and great fun. One thing to come out of it was a podcast of a panel David did with Toni Weisskopf, of Baen Books, and the con's literary guest of honor, Harry Turtledove. The panel on future trends in publishing was moderated by Stephen Euin Cobb, host of "The Future and You," and a podcast of the panel can be found here on Stephen's site.

Happy Summer, everyone! July 4th is right around the corner, and this seemed like a good time for an update on current goings on. David has a new short story out in the summer issue of Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. It's called "Cassie's Story, and it's a bit of a departure from his usual work. Hope you enjoy it. On Wednesday July 2 David blogged with his agent, Lucienne Diver at her blogsite. They batted around issues relating to the agent-author relationship and how it works, how to make the most of it, etc. Check it out!

In addition to the 2008 highlights mentioned below, David has also sold two short stories so far this year. One, called "Cassie's Story," will be appearing in the summer issue of Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. The other, "The Lost Children," will be published in Black Gate Magazine later this year. More details as they become available.

An interview David did a few years back has resurfaced on the web. The book credits are outdated, but otherwise it's a pretty good interview. Click here.

Weavers of War (Book V of Winds of the Forelands, jacket art by Romas Kukalis)2008 has been a great year so far. The Sorcerers' Plague, book I of Blood of the Southlands was released in December '07 (read sample chapters), and has been selling well. January saw the paperback re-release of Weavers of War (sample chapters), the fifth and final book of Winds of the Forelands. David has already appeared at Chattacon, RavenCon, the Virginia Festival of the Book, and at ConCarolinas, where he was a Special Guest. In July, he will be a Special Guest at LibertyCon in Chattanooga, Tennessee. For a complete listing of David's scheduled appearances please check here.

David has added two new conventions to his Appearances page -- WorldCon in Denver, August 6-10, and World Fantasy Convention in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, October 30-November 2.

David has yet another blog to tell you about: this one is a group effort with fellow fantasy writers Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, and C. E. Murphy. Together they have recently started a group blog devoted to writing issues. It's called "Magical Words." Come take a look, leave them a comment; let them know what you think. Oh, and those cool photos cycling through the title banner? Those are David's.

As always David is posting to his blogs at Wordpress.com and LiveJournal.com, answering questions on his author forum, and posting to his Amazon Direct blog. He is also a member of SFNovelists.com, an online community of science fiction and fantasy writers, where he will be blogging occasionally.

The Sorcerers' Plague, book I of Blood of the Southlands, is now out and available for purchase! Click here to read more about the book and the great reviews it's received so far. You can read sample chapters from the book here.

David's friend Stephen Leigh, a fine fantasy and science fiction writer who also publishes as S.L Farrell and Matthew Farrell, has interviewed David for his weblog. You can find the interview here.

Library Journal has reviewed The Sorcerers' Plague, saying, "Coe weaves another saga of high drama and personal heroism that should please fans of epic fantasy." Yay! Another good review to go with the ones from Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, and Romantic Times. Read them all here.

David is now a part of SFNovelists.com, an online community dedicated to writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Check out the SFNovelists site, read our group blog, and find out more about our group and our authors!

Reviews are starting to come in for The Sorcerers' Plague, book I of Blood of the Southlands, which will be released in December 2007. Publisher's Weekly and Booklist both loved it, and Romantic Times gave it four stars (which means that they loved it, too). More reviews should be coming in the next few weeks.

What else is new? Well, this site is new, for one thing. It has been totally recreated! All right, not totally. Some material was taken from the old site. But there's far more to this new version than just a new color scheme. There are now links to David's Author Forum (no longer functinal -- 5/10) and his brand new Blog. You can now find sample chapters from David's upcoming release, The Sorcerers' Plague, book I of Blood of the Southlands. You can read David's short story, "The Christmas Count" here (previously it was only available at the SciFiction archive).

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Weavers of War (Book V of Winds of the Forelands, Jacket art by Romas Kukalis)

Weavers of War is now out and available! Order it today from Amazon.com! There's also a new contest up! Check it out!

Rules of Ascension (Book I of Winds of the Forelands, Jacket art by Gary Ruddell)Seeds of Betrayal (Book II of Winds of the Forelands, Jacket art by Gary Ruddell)February 2007 witnessed the release of two books from the Winds of the Forelands series. The paperback edition of Shapers of Darkness, book IV of Winds of the Forelands, and the hardcover edition of Weavers of War, the fifth and final volume of the series are both now available from online sellers and in bookstores. Sample chapters of both books (in fact, of every book David has published) can be found on this website. To buy Shapers of Darkness, Weavers of War, or any other Winds of the Forelands book from Amazon.com, just click here.

Shapers of Darkness (Book IV of Winds of the Forelands, Jacket art by Romas Kukalis)Bonds of Vengeance (Book III of Winds of the Forelands, Jacket art by Romas Kukalis)For those of you into podcasts, you can check out a new interview with David on the environment, policy, and the future of our planet at "The Future and You," Stephen Euin Cobb's award-winning site.

David and his family have recently returned from a year in Australia. It was a fabulous, adventure-filled year during which they traveled all over the Land Down Under and twice visited New Zealand. Along the way they made many new friends, ate great food, drank some lovely wines, and saw some truly spectacular landscapes.

Rules of Ascension and its critically acclaimed sequels, Seeds of Betrayal, Bonds of Vengeance, Shapers of Darkness, and Weavers of War, are all available in paperback. Feel free to buy them now! Children of Amarid, The Outlanders, and Eagle-Sage, the three volumes of David's award-winning LonTobyn Chronicle, are also available in paperback. Sample chapters from all of these books can be found here.

David's most recent short story, "The Christmas Count," (which is also his first science fiction story) can now be found on this site. It is also archived at Sci Fiction, the SciFi Channel's fiction site. This site is no longer buying new fiction, which is a shame, because it published some fine stories during Ellen Datlow's tenure as editor. The archives will be maintained, however, so visit the site and read some of the excellent stories Ellen found for us.

For those of you interested in reading an interview with David, please visit the Gryphonwood Press website. This site also has reviews of David's LonTobyn Chronicle (Children of Amarid, The Outlanders, and Eagle-Sage).

For those of you interested in the history of the Forelands, check out David's short story, "Night of Two Moons," which first appeared in the Summer 2002 issue of Black Gate magazine.

Black Gate Magazine (Summer 2002, Cover art by Charles Keegan)

David recently added a "Links" page to this site. There you can find links to the web sites of some of his friends, favorite writers, and others. He will soon be updating his "Appearances" page to reflect his travel plans for 2009.