My first novel will be out in a month, pre-orders accepted now!

I don’t know why I haven’t been talking about this more. I worked on this book for years. And now it’s going to be the first book release by the newly formed Combustion Books, a collective-run fiction publisher I’m part of.

This is my first novel and I’m proud as hell of it. It will be released on June 17th, 2011.

It’s available for pre-order from AK Press: What Lies Beneath The Clock Tower.

Descend into the depths of the undercity and embroil yourself in the political struggles of colonialist gnomes and indigenous goblins. Fly in air balloons, drink mysterious and pleasant cocktails, smoke opium with the dregs of gnomish society. Or dream and speak of liberation for all the races. Fall in love and abscond into the caverns. It’s up to you, because this is an adventure of your own choosing. From the founder of SteamPunk Magazine and editor of our very own Mythmakers & Lawbreakers comes this interactive novel of danger, drugs, and revolution.

“If you make your way through to the end, you’ll discover that Killjoy’s not just spinning a shaggy-dog story—there’s a surprising amount of heart and adventure to be had if you’re bold enough to choose the path of heroism.”
Cory Doctorow, author of For The Win

“In What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower, the estimable Margaret Killjoy takes a story-form usually associated with younger readers and infuses it with decadence and absinthe along with delirious and dissolute fantasy. If you’re choosing your own adventure, I strongly recommend you make it this one.”
Alan Moore, author of Watchmen

“A highly imaginative, energetic debut that’s subversive and intelligent.”
Jeff VanderMeer, author of Shriek: An Afterword

“As I aspire to be a drunken and feckless adventurer myself, I felt great kinship with Our Hero Gregory. Well done sir, well done indeed!”
—Jake von Slatt, proprietor of

2 thoughts on “My first novel will be out in a month, pre-orders accepted now!”

  1. Ooo congratulations. This sounds awesome! I haven’t read an interactive book in ages, but I love that concept. Even more so when it sounds as wonderful as this. Gnome politics, how could it not be great? :)

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