Patrick is currently publishing occasional short essays and chapters of “A Town Called Nowhere” every Friday.

A Town Called Nowhere is an epic American fantasy about a silver boom town that is ripped from eastern Arizona circa 1888 and dropped into a (mostly) traditional fantasy setting. With very few (and some very good) exceptions, fantasy novels are all European fantasies. Elves, Dwarves, Ring, WWI masquerading as an Evil Wizard. This novel is a Western AND Fantasy. All crammed into together to see which one prevails. Cowboys vs. Wizards. Ranchers vs. cultists. Gunslingers vs. Barbarians. The Age of Steam vs. Godkings and their slave armies.

Yeah, it’s nuts, but it’s really fun. The first chapter is here:

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Nowhere Ch 1 - A Man Goes on a Journey
Listen now (13 min) | The team had been hitched to the wagon before dawn, but Virgil still hadn’t left. As Laura Miller folded and sorted the new fabrics for display, she could see the stout draft horses through the front window of the store. They stood, patient as time itself, in the first light of the day…
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Why subscribe?

If we could hang out once a month, and you would be happy to a buy me a drink because we had a great time and interesting conversation, you should subscribe.

You should subscribe because “A Town Called Nowhere” is something like a slow-moving RPG. The writing of this is work is alive and highly participatory. If you want to come play, subscribers get more attention, special, behind-the scenes posts and, sooner or later, live hangouts online.

In addition, if you become a paid subscriber,  you’ll get my entire back catalog of books in ebook and audiobook format. Including the complete How to Succeed in Evil series. “Edwin Windsor and Associates try to help their SuperVillain clients be more profitable, but run into no end of trouble because their clients are insane megalomaniacs.”

What People Say About Patrick’s writing:

I love the story. Brilliant and entertaining and fun. I can’t say enough good things about this work.


McLean has a witty turn of mind. Needs to quit his day job and become the next Pratchett.


Normally funny books make me chuckle and that's about it. This book is the first book since 'Good Omens' to make me laugh so hard that I lost my place and then prevented me from reading further by putting tears in my eyes. 


This is truly creative storytelling.

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How to Succeed in Evil (Sold over 10,000 copies, 53,000+ podiobooks download, 4.5 stars on Amazon))

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  • The Mighty Manligator

  • Brainitar

  • Edwin Windsor

  • A Consultation with A Vampire

  • How to Succeed in Evil

  • Hostile Takeover

Beowulf and the Dragon

Anovella that retells the classic tale told from the perspective of Wiglaf, Beowulf’s squire.

The Merchant Adventurer 

An artful, satire of dungeon crawls and cRPG's, the Merchant Adventurer is part Princess Bride, part Dungeon Pawn Stars and a rollicking good read. Here’s what one Amazon reviewer said: 

This is my most favorite audio book. I have listened to it at least 10 times in the past year. The hero is funny, relatable, and has a noble heart buried under layers of snark. I wish the author had written more books with this character. The author also did the reading for the book and he did an excellent job with the voices. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good adventure wrapped in a sarcastic sense of humor.

The Complete Seanachai Episodes

130+ pieces of short fiction and essays from the award-winning Seanachai Podcast from way back in 2005. It’s a gig of high-quality audio content in delicious, bite-sized chunks. 

The Lucky Dime (4.4 stars)

A companion novella to The Soak, which I can’t give away for free, because it’s traditionally published. This is a period crime piece, a loving homage to Richard Stark. Sure, it’s funny, but it’s definitely got an edge. Here’s how one reviewer described it:

Oh, geez... the writer of the How to Succeed in Evil books has channeled his Inner Tarantino. McLean has written a crime thriller. It is outside his known milieu, but he just nails the genre. I couldn't put this one down and can hardly wait for the sequel.


An audio-only novella that I think has two of the best chapters I’ve ever written. It’s not available anywhere else. 

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