The Orcs Domain

Following the success of my Orcs: First Blood trilogy, which has sold around a million copies worldwide to date, I’m currently writing a sequel trilogy entitled Orcs: Bad Blood.  The first volume of the new trilogy, Weapons of Magical Destruction, is due for UK publication by Gollancz in Autumn 2008.  At time of writing I don’t have a finished cover, but over on the right is a provisional version (which for convenience uses the title of the first volume of the original trilogy). 

Orcs: Bad Blood is published in Germany by Heyne.  The first volume, with a title that roughly translates as Blood Revenge, appeared in December 2007 and reprinted in January 2008. 

Here’s the cover:


Gollancz Autumn 2008


German edition.
Heyne'
Cover art: Thomas von Kummant

The cover for the
Dutch edition,
to be published by
Luitingh-Sijthoff.

The French editions will be published by Bragelonne, and there are going to be American editions from Orbit and Italian editions from Mondadori; publication dates to be announced.

The working title for the second volume of Orcs: Bad Blood is Army of Shadows

THE FIRST TRILOGY

Orcs: First Blood was originally published in the UK in trade paperback editions by Gollancz in 1999/2000.  Here are the first edition covers:

February 1999

October 1999

November 2000

Cover art: Chris Baker (“Fangorn”)

Chris Baker’s cover art for Bodyguard of Lightning and  Legion of Thunder.

In August 2004 the trade and mass-market paperback editions of the First Blood trilogy were superseded by an omnibus edition, which as of March 2008 had been reprinted ten times:


Orc helm by Scott Maple/Kropserkel

Excepts from the first Orcs trilogy can be read here

When the trilogy was originally published, a promotional brochure was produced for the retail book trade, containing Chris Baker’s depictions of the principal characters …

Stryke

Coilla

   

Jup

Alfray

   
 

Haskeer

We also produced a coaster in the form of an orcs’ shield, and bottles of “Orcs Black Ale”.

 

FOREIGN EDITIONS

AMERICA

       Publisher: Orbit US

 

BULGARIA

Publisher: Bard Publishing House

 

CHINA

Bodyguard of Lightning

Legion of Thunder 

Warriors of the Tempest

Publisher: Orient Publishing Centre


Chinese promotional poster

 

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

Publisher: Fantom Print
Cover art: Jan Patrik Krasn

     

Jan Patrik Krasny’s cover artwork

All images © Jan Patrik Krasny

 

GERMANY

Trade paperback omnibus
Publisher: Piper

Mass market paperback omnibus
Publisher: Piper

 

Trade paperback
Publisher: Heyne 

Trade paperback
Publisher: Heyne 

 

 

HOLLAND

Publisher: Luitingh-Sijthoff

 

 

 

Dutch sampler

Promotional

Omnibus edition

 

FRANCE

Publisher: Bragelonne
Cover art: Didier Graffet

Here are some preparatory sketches Didier made for the covers

All images © Didier Graffet

French omnibus edition Bragelonne / Art: Didier Graffet

 

ITALY

Publisher: Mondadori

 

Italian omnibus edition

 

POLAND

Publisher: Amber/Merlin

 

RUSSIA

Publisher: Eksmo              

Russian omnibus

Russian omnibus  (second edition)

 

SPAIN

Publisher: Timun Mas

Due to some quirk, Timun Mas published only the first volume of the trilogy, in May 2000.  But another Spanish publisher, EDHASA, will be issuing the entire trilogy on a date to be announced.

AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION BOOK CLUB

The SFBC published the trilogy as individual volumes, then, in November 2002, issued this omnibus edition:

 

THE TAKING

I’ve always intended writing a series of Orcs short stories based on the characters in the trilogies.  So far, I’ve managed only one - The Taking.  It originally appeared in the anthology Swords Against the Millennium, edited by Mike Chinn (Alchemy Press/Saladoth Productions; September 2000). 

The Taking was short-listed for the 2001 British Fantasy Award, and has since been reprinted in a number of magazines and anthologies worldwide (see Bibliography for full listing).   These include …

December 2001 issue

Bragelonne, 2005

(Legion of Immortals)
Fantom Print, 2007