Nicola Vincent-Abnett

Nicola Vincent-Abnett
"Savant" for Solaris, Wild's End, Further Associates of Sherlock Holms, more Wild's End

Thursday 13 December 2012

Publication Day

I’m rather delighted to announce that my short story, “The Third Wise Man”, is being published today as part of the Black Library’s Advent Calendar. It’s awfully nice to be at the mid-point of the event. The husband had the first story on the first of the month, and it would have been lovely to have had my story published on my birthday, on Christmas Eve, but obviously they’re saving that slot for one of the big guns, maybe the wonderful Graham McNeil?

The story is short... It’s very short... It’s flash fiction, after all, so I’m not going to give anything away, but I hope that some of you will pop over here and take a look at the blurb, and maybe even download it and read it. You never know, you might enjoy it. What I will say is that I’m hoping to do quite a lot of writing for the Black Library in the near future.

Most of the collaborations that I’ve worked on with the husband for the Black Library, including “Gilead’s Curse”, which is available in the spring, have been set on the Warhammer World, but I also wrote a short story called “Cell” for the Sabbat Worlds Anthology in 2011, so I have dipped a toe into the Warhammer 40K universe, and I enjoyed it so much that I’ve decided it’s time to write more in the 41st millennium.

The husband has invited me into the Daniverse, which is what the guys at Black Library Towers call his little corner of the 40K universe, and he and I are already working on plots for two possible books. 

We’ll be revisiting popular characters, we’ll be butting up against current campaigns, and we’ll be plotting an awful lot of shooty-death-kill-in-space, which, of course, is the technical term for what we do.

It’s always fun to work with the husband. It’s always fun to work for the Black Library. It’s an extraordinary privilege to have an eager audience for work that I love to do, and it’s a whole lot of fun to play in one of the most extraordinary toyboxes in tie-in fiction.

It’s going to be a busy year, but, rest assured, once those plots are approved, I’ll be right back here to let you all know what comes next.


  1. congratulations! and looking forward to more shooty-death-kill-in-space from you ;)

  2. Congratulations, it sounds like a great year ahead! But I'm still holding out for Kat and the other project.

  3. Nik,

    I'm a new reader of your blog. I've just read your short story The Third Wise Man on the train from Ipswich to Norwich with a nice, crisp Beck's Vier and I have to say, in the words of my little nephew Sam, "It was Awesome!". As soon as I read it I decided I had to message Lady Vincent and let her know how enjoyable I found it. And then I hear you're going to be co-authoring with him-indoors on a new Iron Snakes novel!!! This is great stuff.

    I have to say, your short in Sabbat Worlds was my favourite. And the advent calendar short blends seamlessly with the husband's style.

    And I am doubly excited as you are a regular blogger! I've just added you to my favourites.

    I have one questions for you. With inspiration from Twilight, are you Team Ravenor or Team Eisenhorn? I tried getting a conversation going on Dan's blog about whose team people were on, but only Will Wright replied. I said Team Ravenor fans could make themselves known by wearing Little Tree Air Fresheners and Team Eisenhorn fans could make themselves known by wearing Keanu Reaves face masks. I always thought I was a Ravenor fan, but Perihelion got me rather confused. Thorn does have an air of romanticism about him these days. He's got Harlon, but then Gideon's got Kara and my favourite, Patience.

    Anyway, I can't wait for the new Iron Snakes novel and I'm definitely gona get the two Gilead books when they come out.

    Have a great Christmas, or Muss-muss, as Sam says.


  4. Thanks Tom,

    As to the question of my allegiance: I am Alizabeth Bequin!

  5. That answer made me smile :)