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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




Daisy Lyle



Daisy Lyle is a British writer based in Normandy, though she spends a great deal of time in Devon. She is a technical translator and former aerospace engineer. For the past fifteen years she has written a fiction blog called Darkling Tales (, where she reviews both recent supernatural fiction and lesser-known weird tale authors of the past.


Her debut novel is THE VIRIDIAN MODE.  Zenobia Waite was an Edwardian fairy painter who once vanished for several days and always refused to reveal her whereabouts during that time. Now jobbing New Age biographer Jay is on her trail, grudgingly assisted by Liz, a dishevelled, catty Goth who is also Zenobia’s last surviving relative. But what is the strange radio device they unearth in the wild gardens of Laurelshayes, the Waite family estate? And who, or what, was Zenobia using it to communicate with? Perhaps the answer lies in a portfolio of paintings for an unpublished children’s book, hinting at a green and secret world of beauty and terror ruled by the sinister Bramble King.


THE VIRIDIAN MODE seeks to blend the sensuous pagan fantasy of Elizabeth Hand’s fiction with Caitlin R. Kiernan’s explorations of alternative sexuality, belonging and transformation, combined with the accessible style and innovative use of folklore found in Phil Rickman’s Merrily Watkins novels.


John Jarrold said: “Sometimes I look at the first page of a six-chapter submission when it arrives. In this case I did that and didn’t stop reading until I’d finished. And I asked Daisy to send the entire book straight away. Her voice is immediate and easy, witty without straining for effect. The story and characters live, and there are wonderfully disturbing aspects throughout the book. It’s such a pleasure to read, and now Daisy and I will be working on it editorially before it is submitted to major publishers.’


John Jarrold: e-mail:  phone: 01797 227426.


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Daisy Lyle

• October 14th, 2019 • Posted in News


Emily Byron at Orbit UK has acquired world rights in a third Black Iron Legacy novel by Gareth Hanrahan.

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, will be published in January 2020.

The agent was John Jarrold.


THE GUTTER PRAYER has been one of the most-lauded fantasy debuts of the year. Author quotes and reviews 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 Miéville 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)

A grotesque weirdness reminiscent of novels like China Miéville’s PERDIDO STREET STATION (SFX)

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)





• September 17th, 2019 • Posted in News


lizzy priest


Francesca Tristan Barbini of Luna Press Publishing has acquired World English rights in three further volumes of the Troutespond series of YA novels by young novelist Elizabeth Priest. The agent was John Jarrold.

Luna have published the first three books in the series – Concrete Faery, The Changeling’s Choice and Midsummer Dance – since November 2018.

The Troutespond Series is a work of Young Adult fantasy, working on the premise that if the supernatural did exist, inquisitive teenagers would be the first to notice and absolutely the worst people ever to interact with it.

“I was delighted to do this deal on the same day that Midsummer Dance was published,” said John Jarrold. “I’ve been very impressed with Luna’s enthusiasm and dedication. This is a wonderful series, mixing thrills, humour and darkness.  Congratulations to Lizzy Priest!”

Francesca Tristan Barbini said: “I am particularly proud of her achievement, as I met Elizabeth at Eastercon in Bradford, back in 2013. Even then she was a determined young writer. For me, to see her hard work come to life in such an exciting way is truly a joy. Concrete Faery was a marvellous debut, The Changeling’s Choice marked a truly fun and filled Launch party at Eastercon 2019, and today, Midsummer Dance, arrives just in time for the Edinburgh International Book Festival and Dublin Worldcon 2019.

“I am thrilled to work once again with both Lizzy and John Jarrold. Bede Rogerson is also returning to continue the stunning work on Lizzy’s covers. Concrete Faery won him his first Shortlist for the BSFA Awards!”

Praise for Concrete Faery:

5* “What a funny, fresh and humorous take on teenager and magic! It had a very Terry Pratchett feel about it, thanks to the main characters’ quick wit.” Amazon

5* “I loved it. Its quirky and it reminded me of Terry Pratchett. If only because the sentences were such a joy to behold, the jokes were sharp and the elfs were nasty.” Goodreads

4* “Just like “The Hobbit”, but with 400% more women, so “Concrete Faery” clearly wins.” Goodreads




• July 17th, 2019 • Posted in News