(born 1971-) - Ayrshire
“A scribbler of strange fictions and shouty verse, swearing like a sailor, smoking like a lum, I'm a Scotsman and a citizen of New Sodom. Which is everywhere.”
Hal Duncan’s twitter profile description of himself cannot but create an instant interest in this science fiction and fantasy writer.
Originally from a small town in Ayrshire, Duncan moved to Glasgow for university and remained after graduation. He worked as a computer programmer until 2005 before dedicating himself full time to writing.
He has written a range of fiction from novels to poetry including Escape From Hell!, Ink, and Vellum. His first novel, Vellum, has been translated into several languages and was nominated for the British Fantasy Award. He does not, however, confine himself to simple books. He has given spoken presentations of his work and been nominated for prizes for his exceptional blogging. In 2010 his musical, Nowhere Town, that he defines a "punk rock opera" and a "gay punk Orpheus” premiered in Chicago. He made the libretto available for free download on his website and promotes other work in this way alongside selling items for a fee.
In September 2011 Duncan took part in, and won, the ‘Literary Death match’ in Edinburgh. This year, he is a judge for the British Fantasy Awards.
Learn more about, and get into the world of Hal Duncan on his website and by following him on Twitter.
- Add to BasketEscape From Hell!
- Paperback - MonkeyBrain
A hitman, a hooker, a homosexual kid, and a hobo suicide make the ultimate prison break - escape from Hell itself! But when news of their attempted escape gets out, the souls of the damned are transformed into a rioting mob, and all Hell truly does break loose.
- Add to BasketVellum
- Paperback - Pan
It's 2017 and the End Days are coming, with beings that were once human gathering to fight in one last great war for control of the Vellum - the vast realm of eternity on which our world is just a scratch.