British science fiction
He created the following series:
As well as some stand-alone books:
- Drinking Midnight Wine
- Shadows Fall
This writer provides examples of:
- Angels, Devils and Squid
- Author Appeal: Expect a love of The Sixties to crop up in any modern fantasy series he writes.
- Batman Cold Open: All three of the modern fantasy works have employed this.
- Battle Couple:
- Canon Welding: He's managed to tie in almost all of his own personal property without even resorting to parallel dimensions (though those do exist in his works).
- Catch Phrase: In all three of his urban fantasy series, he uses variations on "Needs must, when the devil drives" and "Suddenly and messily." And when we say variations on the first one, we mean he's gotten pretty damn creative. Also, he loves to have his characters to use their over-the-top reputations to intimidate their foes.
- blank always lies; unless the truth hurts more.
- Why this is hell, nor am I out of it.
- Ah, the old jokes are the best.
- But then, you would say that, wouldn't you.
- There's some shit with which I will not put up.
- "[something possibly negative]," they said, not unkindly.
- Deus ex Machina: Frequent and unashamed.
- Eldritch Abomination: He absolutely loves them. Even more, he loves having his heroes bitch-slap them and laugh in their faces.
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Up to Eleven
- Rule of Cool: Done in all of his works
- Shout-Out: Several references to the works of M. R. James turn up in his novels.
- The World Is Always Doomed