June 2016

PANIC! has landed!

My debut poetry collection, PANIC!, is available now! You can buy it direct from the publisher, Burning Eye Books, or from me as a person at a gig (say for example this evening, the 8th of June, at Raise the Bar in Bristol, supporting no less than Buddy Wakefield ABOUT WHICH I AM MEGA EXCITED). There are also other options but financially it is much better if you buy it from Burning Eye or from me, thanking you in advance.

The world is a confusing, terrifying, exciting, sexy, smelly place that makes simultaneously more and less sense the more time you spend in it. This collection of poems, poem-shaped rants, rant-shaped monologues, whimsical asides, imagined conversations, mutated anecdotes and existentially terrified howls at the moon is about as pure a manifestation of Stef Mo’s relationship with the world as you could hope to experience, short of piloting a miniaturised submarine directly into his brain. This, incidentally, will be the delivery mechanism for his second collection, except he’ll be in the submarine and it’ll be your brain.”

It’s tall.


 

March 2016

Ace of Spiders is here!

The LONG-AWAITED (by some people I think) sequel to Bitter Sixteen has landed! Ace of Spiders is now available from pretty much everywhere on the Internet where you’d buy a book, and will also be available from some bookshops you can walk into as well. I would advise reading the first one first if you haven’t yet.

I did that! - 1


 

Ace of Spiders drops in a week!

Greetings fleshbags. What news have I. Ace of Spiders, the second installment of my Bitter Sixteen Trilogy, drops into the physical realm in one week’s time. You can pre-order it from here. Or from here. Or here. Or even from here (but the others are better). Or you can come along to my launch at Forbidden Planet’s Bristol Megastore at 6pm on Friday the 18th of March and buy it there. And have a cake of some kind. Here’s what it looks like:

2) Ace of Spiders

Ooh! There’s exciting. Here is some blurbage while we’re at it:

Stanly is frustrated. Having set himself up as London’s protector, he’s finding that the everyday practicalities of superheroism are challenging at best, and downright tedious at worst. So it’s almost a relief when an attempt is made on his life and Stanly finds himself rushing headlong into a twisted adventure, with enemies new and old coming out of the woodwork. However, even with his friends and his ever-increasing power behind him, he may have bitten off more than he can chew this time. The monsters are coming… and nothing will ever be the same…

Ooooh! There’s exciting too isn’t it! And as if that wasn’t enough exciting, the first book, Bitter Sixteen, is also to reappear with a brand new delicious delightful cover. It looks like this:

1) Bitter Sixteen

Ooh, it’s all too much so it is.


 

Christmas 2015

Operation Three Wise Men

Downloadable short story!

Merry Christmas everyone! To celebrate the arrival of space Jesus (or however you choose to mark the turning of the winter clock), help yourselves to this FREE downloadable short story set in the Bitter Sixteen universe and starring everyone’s favourite wise-cracking beagle Daryl. You can get a Kindle-friendly version here or an ePub version here! And did I mention that it’s free? ‘Cos it totally is. Enjoy! And also enjoy the end of the year. It’s been another bizarre one for humankind. But never mind, maybe next year will… um.. yeah, anyway, FREE STORY.

Operation Three Wise Men cover


 

December 2015

A new cover… and a new book!

SO. Bitter Sixteen (which would make a lovely Christmas gift for your geekily inclined child or friend, don’t you think?) is to be reissued next year with a brand new cover! I think it’s rather swish. Have a look (click to embiggen):

1) Bitter Sixteen

Not only that, but the sequel, Ace of Spiders, is now available to pre-order from Waterstones, Amazon and the like. The cover and a (hopefully) tantalising description are below…
2) Ace of Spiders

Stanly is frustrated. Having set himself up as London’s protector, he’s finding that the everyday practicalities of superheroism are challenging at best, and downright tedious at worst. So it’s almost a relief when an attempt is made on his life and Stanly finds himself rushing headlong into a twisted adventure, with enemies new and old coming out of the woodwork. However, even with his friends and his ever-increasing power behind him, he may have bitten off more than he can chew this time. The monsters are coming and nothing will ever be the same…”

Exciting! Well, it is for me anyway…


 

September 2015

Review, blog tour, YA Shot

Very chuffed to see this really generous five-star review of Bitter Sixteen by Kate at If These Books Could Talk: “Mohamed’s turn of phrase throughout ‘Bitter Sixteen’ is sublime, whether it’s the natural flowing conversations, Stanly’s argumentative internal monologues, or the wonderful geek references (a novel that manages to squeeze in Buffy and Kevin Smith’s Dogma will always get a ‘yes’ from me) you never feel like you’re wading through superfluous narrative. There’s no need for padding here and his confidence as an author clearly shines through.” You can read the whole review here. I will also be doing a Q&A with Kate later this month as part of the YA Shot blog tour – YA Shot is a one-day YA and MG event in London on the 28th of October, and I will be appearing on a panel with Lu Hersey (whose debut Deep Water came out earlier this year and is ace) and Liz de Jager (whose book Banished is on my TBR pile!). You can buy tickets here, if you so wish (and you should)!

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April 2015

Children’s Book of the Week – The Times

I know it’s getting a bit self-congratulatory and tacky posting every review I come across – although if you know anything about writers you’ll know we need CONSTANT VALIDATION that we’re not wasting our lives – but I sort of had to post this one…

B16 - Times - 25Apr review P18 web