Notes from genre author Stephen Palmer

Tommy Catkins Guardian review

Reviewed yesterday in Guardian Books. “Stephen Palmer likes to ring the changes…” Yes. He does.

Tommy cover only 19 June

A Tommy Catkins Walk

As I’ve said in various interviews, going for a walk at the end of a day, or after an intense few hours writing a chapter, is for me a vital part of life. (Many HSPs use this technique to recharge their batteries after a day at work or after socialising.) When I wrote Tommy Catkins during my winter holiday 2016-17 I went for the same walk at the end of each day, which I named my Tommy Catkins walk. I live in the North Shropshire plains, where there are many marshy or waterlogged regions – to the north of where I live is the nationally significant Whixall Mosses, a site renowned for rare or otherwise unusual bog plants.

The town at the edge of which I live is situated in the middle of a drained marsh, and so there are many waterlogged areas around it, even now, in the middle of a drought. So for today’s post I’ve taken a few photographs of places that inspired the geography, and the plant and animal life of the island upon which Tommy finds himself…

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Four Influences

A new short article is now up at SFF World, describing four influential books in my life. Special thanks to Mark Yon for setting this up.


Tommy Catkins 1st review

First review just in; captures the novel perfectly.

‘This isn’t a comfortable read. It’s a haunting and deeply uneasy book that won’t offer you tidy solutions. If you’re looking for uncomplicated escapism, this isn’t it, but it is a book that can speak in some unsettling ways to that urge for escapism.’

Tommy cover only 19 June

New interview at SFF Chronicles

Here’s a new interview with me at SFF Chronicles, focusing on the new novel Tommy Catkins. 



Tommy Catkins out today

Published today!

Available here in the UK, elsewhere online (google Tommy Catkins), and at all the usual international ebook stores.

Special thanks to Miriam, Keith Brooke, Gary Dalkin, Mark Yon, Shellie Horst, Linda van Mil, Jerry Kranitz, Brian Turner and Teresa Edgerton.

Tommy cover only 19 June

Guest author at Asylum

I will be a guest author at the Asylum steampunk festival in Lincoln, 24th – 27th August. I’ll be appearing on the Saturday & Sunday, and featuring:

1. Q&A – automata & associated considerations, including the nature of consciousness, which is a field of specialism for me (approx 1 hour).

2. Q&A – relationships between fantasy and history (approx 1 hour).

3. Workshop – how to write a novel, with particular reference to steampunk. This will be a freeform workshop allowing participants to bring what they wish to the session (approx 1 hour).



Tommy Catkins full cover art

This is the full artwork for the new novel:-

Tommy screen 19 June

Tommy Catkins cover reveal

This is the cover design for Tommy Catkins, due out from Infinity Plus on 26th July.

Tommy cover only 19 June

Tommy Catkins cover reveal 15th July

I’ll be revealing the cover artwork for my upcoming novel Tommy Catkins, published on July 26th by Infinity Plus Books, next Sunday.