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Terrific Kirkus review for Adam Nevill’s HOUSE OF SMALL SHADOWS!




• June 12th, 2014 • Posted in News

Terrific SF Thriller!

Look out for this terrific SF thriller by BSFA award-winning novelist Chris Evans and Roy Kettle!

• June 7th, 2014 • Posted in News

Gaie Sebold Steampunk Sequel Commissioned by Solaris

Jonathan Oliver, commissioning editor of Solaris Books, has commissioned SPARROW FALLING, a sequel to steampunk novel SHANGHAI SPARROW by Gaie Sebold.  The novel will be delivered in December 2014, for a summer 2015 publication. The agent was John Jarrold, and the deal was for UK/US rights.

Between the activities of her school for young ladies and her connections with the Folk, Eveline Duchen is somewhat busy. She finds herself between a rock and a hard place when she is recognised as being a wanted felon and her friend Lin is put into peril by the leader of the Chinese Folk, the Dragon.  She must use her native cunning and ingenuity as never before to find a way out…

Some early reviews for SHANGHAI SPARROW:

“I’ve hardly read any steampunk, but if they’re all like this, I think I need to change that, fast.” DRUNKEN DRAGON REVIEWS

“Jumping between Victorian England and a fantastical China with Fae thrown in for good measure. Result: an entertaining plot, a feisty, determined heroine and a good blending of fantasy and social history; all in all a great read and one I’ll be very likely to re-read too.” TERRYTALK

“…a rip-roarin’ rollickin’ adventure that had me flying through the pages. In fact, two chapters from the end, I actually put the book down, and started reading something else. Because I didn’t want it to end. I so did not want to come back to the book to find out what happened, because I couldn’t bear the thought of finishing it.” TANGLED BOOKMARKS

• May 22nd, 2014 • Posted in News

Curtis Jobling HAUNT Trailer

A great trailer for Curtis Jobling’s new supernatural children’s novel HAUNT, published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Books in the UK on June 5!

• May 21st, 2014 • Posted in News

New World Rights Deal for Curtis Jobling

Kendra Levin, senior editor at Viking Children’s Books in New York, has acquired world rights to the first two volumes of Curtis Jobling’s new supernatural thriller series for middle-grade children, MAX HELSING: MONSTER HUNTER, from agent John Jarrold.  The advance was a high five-figure sum in US dollars and the first book will be published in 2015.

On first impression Max Helsing looks like a slacker kid – tatty bomber jacket, hoodie hanging out, threadbare jeans and a grubby pair of sneakers.  With his backpack slung over his shoulder you might see any number of twelve year-old kids just like him in malls and comic shops across the country.  Only take a look in that backpack for a moment – no schoolbooks here.  Instead there are vials of potions, holy water, sprigs of wolfsbane and a lucky rabbit’s foot.  There are spell scrolls and ancient maps, totems and warding symbols, gizmos and gadgets.  Okay, okay, so there IS a laptop too, but that’s nestled between a rare copy of Vile’s Grimoire and Urgo’s Pocketbook of Essential Cantrips.

Curtis Jobling said: ‘Max Helsing: Monster Hunter has been a story I’ve wanted to tell for years. Marrying classic ‘Creature Feature’ horror characters, cryptozoological mysteries and good old fashioned ghosts, ghouls and goblins, Max’s world is a melting pot of all things monstrous. He’s a slacker kid who faces each horror with unflappable verve and wit; he’s Peter Venkman for a new generation. I’m absolutely delighted to be following on from the success of Wereworld with Penguin on a thrilling new series!’


Curtis Jobling designed the Bafta winning BOB THE BUILDER and is also the creator of FRANKENSTEIN’S CAT, the BBC’s hit children’s animation series based upon his book of the same name. His latest animated creation, RAA RAA THE NOISY LION, can be seen on CBeebies presently. Puffin UK and Viking US have published all six volumes of his WEREWORLD children’s’ fantasy series and he also has a new series of spooky novels for children, HAUNT, coming in 2014 and 2015. In addition he has numerous shows in development with Disney, the BBC and others. 

• May 14th, 2014 • Posted in News