Mr Rod Duncan

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Address: Room CL0.15A De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: Ext. 7439




Personal profile

Rod Duncan writes alternate history novels, contemporary crime novels, feature film screenplays, poetry, radio drama, short stories and non-fiction. He is also a photographer. His novels have been shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award, the John Creasey Dagger and the East Midlands Book award. He won the Leicestershire Book of the Year Award in 2018.

Publications and outputs

The Fugitive and the Vanishing Man 2020 Penguin Random House / Angry Robot Books

The Outlaw and the Upstart King 2019 Penguin Random House / Angry Robot Books

The Queen of All Crows 2018 Penguin Random House / Angry Robot Books

The Custodian of Marvels 2016 Angry Robot Books

Unseemly Science 2015 Angry Robot Books

The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter 2014 Angry Robot Books

The Mentalist 2007 Five Leaves Publications

Burnout 2005 Simon & Schuster

Breakbeat 2004 Simon & Schuster

Backlash 2003 Simon & Schuster

The Servant The General and Armageddon  1998 George Ronald Ltd.

Research interests/expertise

Worldbuilding in fiction. Narrative drive in fiction. The novel as a contribution to discourse. Neurodivergence and the creative process. 

Areas of teaching

Creative Writing

Courses taught

On the undergraduate Creative Writing BA, Rod teaches Professional Writing Skills. On the Creative Writing MA he contributes to the Case Study / Negotiated Module and Writing Ecosystems.

Honours and awards

  • Philip K Dick Award finalist 2014.
  • East Midlands Book Award shortlist 2014.
  • John Creasey Dagger finalist 2003.
  • Leicestershire Book of the Year winner 2018.


Rod's creative practice is centred around novel writing, but encompasses other forms. He enjoys artistic collaboration and usually has several narrative projects ongoing.

Consultancy work

Creative writing mentoring and structural editing.