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Chris and Tim Stamper have joined the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

Brothers Tim and Chris Stamper are British entrepreneurs who founded the video game companies Ultimate Play the Game and Rare, with 150 published titles to their credit and over 100 million units sales.  They first worked together on arcade conversion kits, which were licensed to companies around the world, but later became developers and publishers for the ZX Spectrum home computer in the early 1980s. Chris programmed the games, while Tim designed the graphics. They found success as Ultimate with games including Jetpac and Knight Lore. After reverse engineering the Nintendo Entertainment System and deciding to shift their focus to console development, the brothers founded Rare in the mid-1980s. They became Nintendo’s first major Western developer. Over the next two decades, Rare enjoyed a close relationship with Nintendo and developed multiple major titles for the company, including Donkey Kong Country and GoldenEye 007. Their original concept Battletoads was expanded into an animated cartoon Thanksgiving Special syndicated for US Television and the Perfect Dark franchise spawned two novels and comic books. Microsoft acquired Rare in 2002, and the brothers left the company in 2007. Whilst under the Stamper Brothers creative direction, Rare won 5 BAFTA and 8 Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Awards. After spending several years out of the public eye, the brothers were acknowledged as Developer Legends at the 2015 Develop Awards.

They are now working on a multi-faceted project, One Step Left, which will include novels, games and visual media. 

John Jarrold will be discussing the publishing aspects of this project with major publishers in London and New York.

“This is the widest-ranging and most exciting project with which I’ve ever been involved,” said John Jarrold. “I’ve had long conversations with Chris and Tim, and the first novel is complete, undergoing editing now before I touch base formally with publishers. Its world, one step left of our own, is fascinating – both dark and humorous, and the novel’s characters are wonderfully rich and varied. Chris and Tim’s long background in video games gives them a real world-building brilliance.”

“One Step Left is our most wonderful creation, our best work to date. We can’t wait to share it with you,” said the brothers, reaching out to their many fans. 

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• March 30th, 2020 • Posted in News


I am so delighted for agency clients Gareth Hanrahan and Rob Hayes who have won, respectively, Best Debut Novel and Best Self Published Novel in the Booknest Fantasy Awards!



• March 25th, 2020 • Posted in News


Anniina Vuori and Andy Hine at Little Brown Book Group’s Rights department have sold Spanish rights to THE GUTTER PRAYER and two sequels to Trini Vergara Ediciones, a new publishing house based in Argentina and Madrid, and Brazilian rights in all three books to Novo Fronteira.

THE GUTTER PRAYER is the first volume of The Black Iron Legacy and was published by Orbit in the UK and US in January 2019. Cari is a drifter whose past and future are stranger than she can know. Rat is a Ghoul, whose people haunt the city’s underworld. Spar is a Stone Man, subject to a terrible plague that can only have one end. Used as bait by the Thieves Guild, their actions lead to a possible Armageddon in the city of Guerdon – which is as strange and wonderful as any fantasy city. These are only a few of the arcane and brilliantly-conceived beings you’ll meet here. The sequel, THE SHADOW SAINT is published in January 2020

Author quotes and reviews for THE GETTER PRAYER have been magnificent:

A ground breaking and extraordinary novel . . . Hanrahan has an astonishing imagination (Peter McLean, author of PRIEST OF BONES)

The Gutter Prayer is captivating and complex. Guerdon is a city that seethes with history, horror, and hidden secrets, and Hanrahan’s assured style is reminiscent of China Mieville in the best way possible (Nicholas Eames, author of KINGS OF THE WYLD)

An absolutely stunning debut. Insanely inventive and deeply twisted. I loved it! Highly recommended (Michael R. Fletcher, author of BEYOND REDEMPTION)

Utterly brilliant . . . Excellent, edgy, absorbing writing, an intelligently woven story that throws the unexpected at you with almost the turn of every page, I think Gareth Hanrahan is a total genius (LIZ LOVES BOOKS)

The perfect marriage of grimdark and epic fantasy . . . an impressive debut . . . Boldly ambitious and innovative in equal measure, Hanrahan’s daring entry into the genre is guaranteed to captivate and enthral (BIBLIOSANCTUM)

Employing an enviable skill with both plotting and prose, Gareth Hanrahan has in The Gutter Prayer woven an intricate and finely crafted web of compelling characters navigating a city rich in dark and original wonders. I await the sequel with the keenest anticipation. (Anthony Ryan, author of BLOOD SONG)

Mind-blowingly stellar in every respect; full of seductive creativity, marvelously intelligent, innovative, and frankly revolutionary. This dark and enchanting debut contained no shortage of alluring madness and wondrous imagination that manifests itself gloriously within the pages. Fantasy readers, be wise and buy this book, because there’s simply nothing like it . . . I envision that The Gutter Prayer will not only win many readers’ hearts but also win multiple fantasy awards in the near future. Yes, it was THAT good. Read it. Thank me later (NOVEL NOTIONS)

A gripping tale that meshes beautifully with its fascinating, darkly inventive setting (James Islington, author of THE SHADOW OF WHAT WAS LOST)

With living candles, ancient ghouls, broken gods and more, The Gutter Prayer brims with cool and often twisted ideas (Peter Newman, author of THE VAGRANT)

Hanrahan’s highly anticipated fantasy debut is a real breath of fresh air . . . The Gutter Prayer features a skilfully crafted world, with masterful drama, expert dialogue, brilliant characters and an ending I did not see coming . . . A book that every fantasy fan should read (FANTASY BOOK REVIEW)


And already for THE SHADOW SAINT:

Hanrahan crafts a mind-blowingly complex world governed by capricious deities who actively alter reality. Series fans and new readers alike will delight entering this strange, immersive universe (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)

I’ve no idea how many books are planned in this series, but I want it to go on forever. If you like the sound of a crazy epic fantasy series with a bunch of psychopathic and narcissistic gods, a whole slew of original ideas, and a city which seems allergic to peace and quiet… The Black Iron Legacy series might be for you. The Shadow Saint is a brilliant book, and I can’t wait for the next one. (THE FANTASY INN)






• January 8th, 2020 • Posted in News


Ian Whates at NewCon Press has acquired non-exclusive World English Language hardback rights in The Devil’s Road, a novella by Gary Gibson, for publication in March 2020. The agent was John Jarrold.

Gary Gibson has characterised this novella as PACIFIC RIM meets FAST AND FURIOUS in a tale of GUNS, CARS and KAIJU.

Nobody has taken part in the Devil’s Run annual road race as often as Dutch McGuire and lived to tell the tale. The racecourse circumnavigates the post-apocalyptic ruins of Teijouan, and with a choice between being eaten by the monstrous Kaiju that prowl the island’s devastated cities or murdered by her fellow racers, the odds against surviving another Run, let alone winning it, are slim.

Dutch doesn’t care about the odds nearly so much as she cares about getting back behind the wheel of her beloved Ford Falcon—except for one problem: she’s spent the last five years incarcerated in a high-security prison for her part in a heist.

So when a crooked billionaire offers to put her back in the race on condition she uses it as cover for a secret retrieval operation, she can’t refuse.

Can Dutch survive assassins, monsters, and psychopathic drivers long enough to complete her mission as well as take part in the race—or is this the year death finally catches up with her in a blazing tangle of wreckage?

Gary Gibson is the author of thirteen books, the first ten of which were published by Pan MacMillan in the UK. Of these, he’s perhaps best known for The Shoal Sequence: in order, Stealing Light, Nova War, Empire of Light, and most recently, Marauder.
Doomsday Game and Survival Game are sequels to Extinction Game, which received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. A novella, Ghost Frequencies, was published by NewCon Press in 2018, as was his first collection of short stories, Scienceville and Other Lost Worlds.



• October 17th, 2019 • Posted in News


William Schafer at Subterranean Press has acquired US limited-edition rights in THE BEST OF CHAZ BRENCHLEY, for publication in 2021. The agent was John Jarrold.

Chaz Brenchley has been making a living as a writer since he was eighteen. He is the author of over five hundred short stories, nine thrillers, most recently Shelter and two fantasy series, The Books of Outremer and Selling Water by the River. As Daniel Fox he has published a Chinese-based fantasy series, beginning with Dragon in Chains, as Ben Macallan, an urban fantasy, Desdæmona, and a sequel.


A British Fantasy Award winner, he has also published books for children and more than 500 short stories in various genres. His time as crimewriter-in-residence on a sculpture project in Sunderland resulted in the collection Blood Waters. His first play, A Cold Coming, was performed and then toured in 2007. He is a prizewinning ex-poet, and has been writer in residence at the University of Northumbria. He was Northern Writer of the Year 2000.


Chaz spent his childhood in Oxford, his adulthood in Newcastle, and now lives in California with his wife Karen, two squabbling cats, a turtle and a famous teddy bear.


“I’ve known Chaz, and loved his writing, for thirty years,” said John Jarrold.  “I could not be more delighted with this deal for his outstanding and hugely varied short fiction.”




• October 17th, 2019 • Posted in News