"Psi-Division! Zip it, creep!"
Following the success of the Judge Dredd: Year One series (written variously by Michael Carroll, Matt Smith and Al Ewing), which essayed Dredd’s first year on the streets of Mega-City One, I pitched the idea of giving psychic law-enforcer Judge Anderson the same treatment.
I was keen to give Anderson the chance to stand on her own and really showcase the strength of her personality, her distinctive optimism and sense of humour, which makes her such a perfect foil to Dredd’s dourness in the comics.
One of my all-time favourite characters from the 2000 AD pantheon, Judge Anderson was both a dream and a nightmare to write. As a character, she’s among the richest in the Dreddverse. Her telepathic gift grants her a uniquely compassionate perspective on the city she is charged with protecting, and on the brutality of the Justice Department she has committed to serve. Writing her adventures in fiction allows far greater scope to explore her pathology than a weekly/monthly comic strip would allow, offering the chance to show how she processes the terrible world around her, the effect that has on her, and just how heroic and resilient she must be just to stay alive and sane. All that’s great, but as a psychic who can hear every secret lurking in the heads of all the other characters, she also has the potential to destroy every scene she walks into, which made plotting her adventures especially tricky.
I wrote a trilogy of novellas about the young Judge Anderson, which first appeared in the form of digital-only novellas. These are currently due to be collected in June 2017 for an omnibus print edition.
Judge Anderson: Heartbreaker
Abaddon Books, October 2014
Psychic Judge Anderson is on the trail of a telepathic killer who has been picking off victims via ‘Meet Market’, Mega-City One’s biggest – and trashiest – dating agency. Now she must go undercover and bring the murderer to justice before the citizens attending this week’s Valentine’s Parade find themselves smitten with something even deadlier than love.
Judge Anderson: Heartbreaker is available as an ebook
from Amazon UK, Amazon US, iTunes and the
Judge Anderson: The Abyss
Abaddon Books, December 2015
Anderson has been sent to the most notorious criminal facility in Mega-City One to interrogate terrorist leader Moriah Blake. But when Blake’s followers take over the entire block, Judge Anderson must pass herself off as one of the inmates, trying to preserve both her life and her sanity as she tries to extract from Blake the location of the bomb she has planted somewhere in the city.
Judge Anderson: The Abyss is available as an ebook
from Amazon UK, Amazon US, iTunes and the
Judge Anderson: A Dream of the Nevertime
Abaddon Books, early 2017
Cassandra Anderson has reached her first anniversary as a Psi-Judge, helping to protect the citizens of Mega-City One from all manner of supernatural terrors. She’s faced psychic psychos, terrorist crazies, even brought herself back from the brink of madness. Cassandra Anderson is a rookie no more! But having seen first-hand the brutality of the Justice Department, she’s beginning to question her commitment to the system of which she is now a part.
Her fears are realised when she contracts what appears to be a deadly psychic virus, and must explore the weirdest reaches of the Cursed Earth in search of a cure. Racing against time before her mind is consumed, Anderson must face mutants, mystics and all the strangeness the Cursed Earth can throw at her as she wrestles weird forces that will dictate her destiny.
Judge Anderson: A Dream of the Nevertime is due for publication early 2017.
Judge Anderson: Year One
Abaddon Books, June 2017
The untold story behind Mega-City One's most famous Psi-Judge as she undergoes her first year on the street.
This print edition omnibus collects all three Judge Anderson novellas, Heartbreaker, The Abyss and A Dream of the Nevertime.
Judge Anderson: Year One is due for publication June 2017 and will be available from Amazon US, Amazon UK, and Waterstones.
Judge Anderson: Too Much Information
Judge Dredd Megazine 361, July 2015 (short story)
Haunted libraries are nothing new, but a haunted library in Mega-City One is something else! Psychic Judge Anderson must get inside the head of an obsessive new threat to the city's bookworms.
PRAISE FOR HEARTBREAKER
“Never lets up on the gas... The sense of urgency is palpable, and it keeps you hooked throughout... A bite-sized, read-it-in-a-day, drokking awesome novella... a definite must-read!”