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Solaris Acquire Debut Horror Novel by Paul Meloy

Jonathan Oliver, commissioning editor of Solaris Books, has acquired  debut genre novel The Night Clock by Paul Meloy. The agent was John Jarrold, and the deal was for UK/US rights.

Paul has a long history in short fiction, including the British Fantasy Award-winning story Black Static (a name later used for the successor to The Third Alternative genre magazine), and his collection ISLINGTON CROCODILES  was published in 2008.

Over several years and a number of stories Paul has created the world of the Quays – sideways from our own reality – with its dream lives and strange horrific inhabitants: human, sub-human and alien. A world of dark evil and a few who understand the horror and fight against the encroaching miasma. Here, at novel length, he explores that world more fully than ever…


“I’ve been reading Paul’s short fiction for a number of years and when we acquired Solaris back in 2009 he was one of the first authors we asked to send us a novel when he was ready.” Jonathan Oliver said. “The wait has been well worth it. The Night Clock is a beautiful, grotesque and honest work of fantasy. It’s quite unlike anything I’ve read – a book with a gorgeous soul, rich prose and a story that will draw you into the world of dreams and madness, showing you how our fantasies and nightmares can be profound acts of creation.”

• April 15th, 2014 • Posted in News

Darren J Guest story to be published by Shenandoah

Delighted to share this news from agency client Darren J Guest:

I’m absolutely thrilled to share the news that my Southern Gothic short story The Pig Farmer’s Burden is going to be published by none other than Shenandoah Magazine.  For those of you (Brits) who are not familiar with the publication, Shenandoah is the Literary Review published by Washington and Lee University in Virginia.  It was founded in 1950 by a group of faculty members and undergraduates, among them a certain Tom Wolfe, and names National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winners among its list of contributors, names such as Dylan Thomas, W. H. Auden, James Merrill, Ezra Pound, William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor, and more recently, Joyce Carol Oates, Rita Dove, and Claudia Emerson.

To have my work published in such a prestigious journal along with these titans of the literary world naturally fills me with an immense amount of pride, and as career moments go (if indeed I can call it a career at this early stage), will always remain one of the very brightest highlights.   


The Pig Farmer’s Burden won’t be appearing until October, but if you head over there now you can check out some of the wonderful stories already published in Shenandoah, for free.




• March 28th, 2014 • Posted in News

Dramatic Audio Deal for David Barnett’s Steampunk Trilogy

GraphicAudio will be producing dramatic audio editions (abridged audio with a full cast, sound effects, and music) of David Barnett’s Gideon Smith steampunk trilogy, having acquired rights from Tor US.  They have previously acquired rights to Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy. 

Claire Eddy, Senior Editor at Tor Books in New York, acquired World English Language rights deal for the books in 2011. The agent was John Jarrold.  The first book, GIDEON SMITH AND THE MECHANICAL GIRL, was released by Tor (and by Snowbooks in the UK) in September 2013 to good sales and reviews.  The sequel, GIDEON SMITH AND THE BRASS DRAGON, will follow in September 2014.

David Barnett is an author and award-winning journalist. He was born in Wigan in 1970 and has worked in regional newspapers since he was 19 years old. He is currently Assistant Editor (Content) at the Telegraph & Argus in Bradford, West Yorkshire, following a 24 year career in newspapers, predominantly as a writer/editorial manager for regional newspapers but which has also included work for publications as diverse as the Daily Star and the Guardian Online. He is the author of three published novels, HINTERLAND (2005) and ANGELGLASS (2007 – described by the Guardian as “stunning”), both published by Immanion Press, and popCULT! (2011), Pendragon Press. In 2009 Immanion Press brought out a collection comprising a novella and 13 short stories, THE JANUS HOUSE AND OTHER TWO-FACED TALES. He is married to Claire, also an award-winning journalist, and they have two children, Charlie and Alice. 


• March 28th, 2014 • Posted in News


Tokyo Sogensha Co., Ltd. have acquired Japanese rights in SF novel ACK-ACK MACAQUE by Gareth L Powell from Corinne Shioji of The English Agency (Japan) Ltd in Tokyo, representing the John Jarrold Literary Agency. The book was published in the UK and US by Solaris in 2012, and has been highly praised:

‘Powell primes an explosive narrative with brilliant cliffhangers’ –The Guardian

‘More fun than a barrel of steampunk monkeys … It’s an over-the-top, verbally caffeinated adventure story with smart, nasty ideas and plenty of pulp. What makes it truly special is Ack-Ack, the action hero who can cut through any strategy session or infodump’ –Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

‘Any book that makes me grin like a buffoon whenever I crack it open is a definite winner. Full of great characters, fast moving plot and lashings of first-rate action, I can t recommend this highly enough’  –The Eloquent Page


ACK-ACK MACAQUE has been shortlisted for the British SF Award for Best Novel, which will be announced over the Easter weekend. The sequel, HIVE MONKEY, was published in 2013.  A third volume will follow early in 2015.

• March 19th, 2014 • Posted in News

Adam Nevill Film Option – THE RITUAL

Imaginarium Studios have optioned Adam Nevill’s horror novel THE RITUAL.  The highly praised novel was published in the U.K. in 2011 by Macmillan UK and in the U.S. by St Martin’s Press in 2012.  The novel is a contemporary horror tale that follows four men hiking in the northern European forests and the hellish things they discover there. 


The deal was brokered by the Gotham Group in Los Angeles, representing the John Jarrold Literary Agency. Imaginarium Studios is jointly-run by Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish.  Imaginarium also recently secured film rights for Samantha Shannon’s novel The Bone Season, along with rights to a new adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.



• March 4th, 2014 • Posted in News