Down Egypt Way.

To celebrate opening the doors on my new Patreon page over at, I’ve excepted one of the first posts.

“Here’s one of the more fun traditions you get in a Spanish city – rather than building Guys for bonfire night (an obvious no-no) like the UK does – each street makes a beautiful paper mache statue, which is then burnt after a week of highly kinetic fireworks and carousing.

This is our street’s effort, prior to the match being applied. It always breaks my heart to see them going up in smoke. 
The junior Queen and King of the Fair – each street has one – are allowed to break off a piece and keep it, though, before the inferno.
I’ll try and post a photo of the bonfire, if I can stay up that late without falling asleep in a drunken stupor … as is my wont.”


I am an author of various fantasy, science fiction, crime and other genre books from Gollancz, Hachette and HarperCollins. Some day I hope to grow up and be an astronaut. Exploring Mars would be nice.

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