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    —Jackie Cantor, Diana's first editor

P.S. Where the Short Pieces Are (aka Chronology of the novellas and short stories)


“Lord John and the Hellfire Club” (short story—14,000 words) – originally published in the anthology PAST POISONS, edited by Maxim Jakubowski. Also published in the collection titled LORD JOHN AND THE HAND OF DEVILS. This story _precedes_ the novel LORD JOHN AND THE PRIVATE MATTER.

“Lord John and the Succubus” (novella – it’s around 25-30,000 words) – originally published in the anthology LEGENDS II, edited by Robert Silverberg. Also published in the collection titled LORD JOHN AND THE HAND OF DEVILS. This story _follows_ the novel LORD JOHN AND THE PRIVATE MATTER, and comes _before_ the novel LORD JOHN AND THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE.

“Lord John and the Haunted Soldier” (novella – 25-30,000 words) Written for and available _only in_ the collection titled LORD JOHN AND THE HAND OF DEVILS. This story _follows_ the novel LORD JOHN AND THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE.

LORD JOHN AND THE HAND OF DEVILS is a _collection_ of three stories/novellas: “Hellfire Club,” “Succubus,” and “Haunted Soldier. It is available in hardcover, trade paperback, and mass-market paperback, and in an ebook version. (The Poisoned Pen bookstore can provide _any_ of my books in _any_ format, autographed/inscribed, and will ship anywhere in the world. www.poisonedpen.com .)

“The Custom of the Army” (novella – 28,000 words) Written for (and so far available only in) the anthology WARRIORS (NB: The paperback edition of this book was published in three volumes; “The Custom of the Army” is in the third volume, “WARRIORS 3”), edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. This story _follows_ “Lord John and the Haunted Soldier,” and _precedes_ the novel THE SCOTTISH PRISONER.

“A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows” (short story – approx. 18,000 words) originally published in the anthology SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, October 2010. Now available in hardcover and mass-market paperback. This story deals with Roger MacKenzie’s parents, Jerry and Dolly, during WWII.

THE SCOTTISH PRISONER (novel – 150,000 words). Published in US and Canada by Random House (and Random House Canada), available in hardcover and ebook versions. Will soon be released in trade paperback. Published in the UK by Orion; available in hardcover and trade paperback (and, I hope, ebook, but don’t know for sure). This book _follows_ “The Custom of the Army”, _precedes_ “Lord John and the Plague of Zombies,” and is a _hybrid novel_, using both Jamie Fraser and Lord John Grey as main characters.

“Lord John and the Plague of Zombies” (novella – about 24,000 words) originally published in anthology titled DOWN THESE STRANGE STREETS, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. This story _follows_ THE SCOTTISH PRISONER, chronologically.

“The Space Between” (novella – about 40,000 words), to be published in an anthology titled THE MAD SCIENTIST’S GUIDE TO WORLD DOMINATION, edited by John Joseph Adams. It will be published by Tor, presumably later in 2012, but there is no pub date set yet. This story concerns Michael Murray (Ian’s elder brother), Joan MacKimmie (Marsali’s younger sister), the Comte St. Germain (naturally he’s not dead, what are you thinking?), Mother Hildegarde, and a few other people. Jamie and Claire are there in spirit.

“Virgins” (short story (theoretically) – no idea how long it is, because I’m still writing it). To be published in the anthology DANGEROUS WOMEN, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. No pub date, but quite possibly later in 2012. This one is about Jamie (aged nineteen) and his friend Ian (aged twenty) as young mercenaries in France.

Yes, eventually some of these pieces will very likely be published as e-shorts, collected into a single volume, or both. When they are, I’ll tell you; stay tuned!

P.S. That green book up there is the Dutch edition of THE SCOTTISH PRISONER

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  1. Hi Diana,

    I have just spent the last three and a half months reading your Outlander series. I am now going through withdrawals. I think I have to look around and see what else I must do in my life besides read.

    It will be hard to wake up and not wonder what is going to happen to Jamie and Claire today.

    Thank god it is almost spring and I can go outside and dig in the dirt.

    ‘Til the next one……………..Thanks.

    • Hello Martha,

      I empathize with your ‘Outlander’ withdrawals.

      There is a cure!

      Start reading them from the beginning again, straight away!

      You will be amazed at how marvellous and re-readable the series is, the second and third and …… time.

      Or perhaps, start again with the audio versions. I often listen to my ‘Outlander’ audios whilst driving, doing housework, after lights out when my husband is snoring……

      You could even combine digging in the garden with listening to the series.

      I do read other authors but none hold a candle to Diana’s genius.

      Welcome to D.G. Anonymous!

      Warmest regards

  2. Dear Diana,

    Thank you very much for the chronology, I had been mixing some of these up with each other, so this is very helpful.
    Yesterday, I read your excerpt on Facebook (loved it!!!) and wanted to attract your attention to a detail: in 18th century France, the spelling would most definitely have been “Philippe” and not “Phillipe”. Even in modern France, I’ve never met a Phillipe (and it’s one of the most common male first names in my generation). There are quite a few in Quebec, though…
    Sorry for being a nitpicker. :)

  3. Hi Diana -

    I recently purchased Songs of Love and Death – specifically for your contribution, although I did enjoy most of the other stories as well. I have to say that the ending haunts me and I’m wondering if the scene on the stairs was inspired by true events?

    Also (maybe another commenter can help me here) it is noted at the end of “A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows” that we can find more about the men who rescued Jerry in “Echo in the Bone” and although I’ve read it twice I can’t remember coming across this scene. Can someone please point me to the general point in the novel?

    One last thing. I’ve been enjoying the Outlander casting polls you have running on Facebook and I’m curious if you have ever been surprised by any of the fan picks? And by that I mean either surprised at how well they have chosen, or surprised by how shockingly they are wrong!

    Have a great day!

    • Dear Rayleen–

      Oh, I just roll my eyes and try not to look, when it comes to the casting discussions. In re Jerry and the two men–there’s not a scene, _per se_ about that in ECHO, but an implication: to wit, we know that Roger and Buck went back through the stones to find Jeremiah. And they did. [g]

      Bethnal Green Tube station _did_ collapse when bombed during the war, though I didn’t know that until I began doing the research for “Leaf.” But Roger had said earlier (I think in FIERY CROSS) that his mother died in the bombing of a Tube station, and he described her then as having saved his life by throwing him off the stairs before the roof fell in.


  4. Hi Diana,

    I read The Scottish Prisoner because Jamie was in it. Loved it. Then I read The Brotherhood of the Blade because I’d been told that Jamie was in it. Loved it. Then, I went on to read the novellas as well not because of Jamie, but now because of John. I got to know John and his family in Prisoner and Brotherhood and, if I loved him before because of his goodness to Jamie and his family, I now love him in his own right and look forward to reading books about John because they’re about John .

    I still have a couple of Lord John stories to read (Zombies and another one – don’t remember right now) and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m sure that when I re-read the series (you know we can’t stop doing that) I’m sure I’ll look at John with greater insight and understanding. Love these folk. Thank you.


  5. Balzac called his work the Human Comedy, but Diana Gabaldon does it even better. Every type of character, every type of love, every type of experience appears in her books. Jamie and Claire’s love story is so rewarding because they live their marriage vows– for better or for worse, indeed!
    These books are also a fascinating introduction to history, not just because they are brilliantly written but also because they are brilliantly researched, with the minute, telling detail that makes them real.(The recipe for making candles was spot on, according to an aunt)
    What a gift you have, Diana! I am in awe of your powers of storytelling. And immensely grateful…

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