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Israeli Rights Deal for Ramsey Campbell’s GRIN OF THE DARK

John Jarrold has sold Israeli rights in horror novel THE GRIN OF THE DARK by Ramsey Campbell to Am Oved.


Once upon a time Tubby Thackeray’s silent comedies were hailed as the equal of Chaplin’s and Keaton’s, but now his name has been deleted from the history of the cinema. Some of his music-hall performances before he went to Hollywood were riotously controversial, and his last film was never released – but why have his entire career and all his films vanished from the record?


Simon Lester is a film critic thrown out of a job by a lawsuit against the magazine he helped to found. When he’s commissioned to write a book about Thackeray and restore the comedian’s reputation, it seems as if his own career is saved. His research takes him from Los Angeles to Amsterdam, from dusty archives to a hardcore movie studio. But his research leads to something far older than the cinema, something that has taken a new and even more dangerous shape…


Over his illustrious career, Ramsey has received outstanding reviews:


“Good horror writers are quite rare, and Campbell is better than just good” (Stephen King)


“Easily the best horror writer working in Britain today” (Time Out)


“An intelligently and fleetingly hilarious little gem that will leave you grinning” (SFX)


He has won innumerable awards and is the only living horror writer to appear in the Oxford Companion to English Literature.



• June 18th, 2015 • Posted in News

Turkish Rights Deal for THE RITUAL by Adam Nevill

Georgina Le Grice, Senior Rights Manager at Pan Macmillan UK, has sold Turkish rights in THE RITUAL by UK novelist Adam Nevill to Pegasus, who have also published APARTMENT 16.


THE RITUAL has been successfully published in the UK, US and elsewhere and has received outstanding reviews:


“This novel grabs from the very first page, refuses to be laid aside, and carries the hapless reader, exhausted and wrung out, to the very last sentence.” THE GUARDIAN


“Nevill makes the natural world deeply menacing, using the power of suggestion rather than explicit images to create a growing claustrophobic feeling as the difficult journey to return to some semblance of civilization embeds the quartet only further in the grasp of primal evil.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY


“The Ritual by Adam Nevill is a mind-twisting journey into the dark backwoods of terror. Deeply disturbing and absolutely riveting.” –Jonathan Maberry, NY Times Bestselling author of DEAD OF NIGHT and THE KING OF PLAGUES


World rights in this and all six of Adam’s other novels were acquired by Macmillan from  agent John Jarrold.


• June 18th, 2015 • Posted in News

Three-Book World Rights Deal for Debut Fantasy Novelist

Anna Jackson, Senior Editor at Orbit UK, has acquired World Rights in a three-book contemporary fantasy series by UK novelist James Bennett for a major five-figure sum.  The agent is John Jarrold, and the first book, provisionally titled Ascent of Embers, will be scheduled for the second half of 2016. The sequels will follow over the next eighteen months.


This contemporary fantasy series features the last few remaining creatures from myth and legend hiding among us in human form. But the delicate balance between their world and ours is disturbed when a centuries-old rivalry resurfaces.


Acquiring editor Jackson said, ‘This highly imaginative and massively entertaining story grabbed our attention and wouldn’t let go. Fast-paced and action-packed, it explores what happens when the realms of classic myth and the real world collide. Our hero Ben Garston is one that the reader can’t help but root for, and fans of Ben Aaronovitch and Jim Butcher are sure to be enthralled. We can’t wait to unleash this story upon the world!’


James Bennett is a British writer of fantasy and horror. Born in Loughborough and raised in Sussex, South Africa and Cornwall, his travels have furnished him with a love of different cultures, history and mythology. He’s had several short stories published internationally in the independent press, his latest ‘Broken Bridges’ in Fox Spirit’s European Monsters anthology earning a feature in Starburst magazine. James Bennett currently lives in West Wales.


Feel free to join him on Twitter: @wytcheboy


He said: ‘I’m delighted that my first major series has been acquired by one of the world’s leading publishers of SF and Fantasy.  I’m sure it’s the beginning of an exciting ride!’



• June 5th, 2015 • Posted in News

UK Deal for Curtis Jobling’s MAX HELSING Series



Orchard Books are proud to announce the acquisition of Max Helsing and the Thirteenth Curse by acclaimed author, Curtis Jobling. Jessica Clarke, editorial director, bought UK and Commonwealth rights for two titles in the series from Kim Ryan at Penguin Random House US. Publication is set for summer 2016.



Max Helsing and the Thirteenth Curse is a riotous action-adventure series introducing Max Helsing, the descendent of the original vampire-killer, as he battles modern-day monsters in between schoolwork and monster-slaying training.


Homework by day… Monster-hunting by night.


Descended from a long line of monster hunters, Max Helsing does a pretty good job of being an eighth grader by day and keeping his town safe from demons, ghouls, and the occasional mummy by night.  That is, until he turns thirteen and discovers he’s been cursed by an ancient vampire who wants him dead – at any cost. To save the world – and his life – Max must rely on his wise-cracking best friend, cantankerous mentor, computer genius neighbor, and brand-new puppy. He’ll need all their help and more to break the Thirteenth Curse!


Quote from Jessica Clarke “We’re so thrilled that Orchard will be the home of Max Helsing – a monster hunter with more fight than Alex Rider and more wise-cracking quips than Percy Jackson. I’ve long been a fan of Curtis’s YA novels, so it’s such a privilege to be working with him on this fantastic new series that I know middle-grade readers will love.”


Quote from Curtis Jobling: “I’m delighted that Max Helsing and the Thirteenth Curse is being published by Orchard, where my career as an author began (Frankenstein’s Cat was published by Orchard’s sister publishing house, Hodder, in 2001). Max Helsing is a monster mash in the purest sense of the phrase, blending my favourite genres – horror, fantasy and action. I’m certainly thrilled to be putting the gore into Orchard!”


Quote from Kendra Levin, US Publisher: “From the moment Curtis first pitched me the Max Helsing series, I knew we had to publish it.  This series showcases everything Curtis has become known for: fantastical creatures, high-octane action, and a great sense of humor.  We’re so delighted to be publishing Max Helsing!”



About Curtis Jobling:

Curtis Jobling ( and is the author of the acclaimed Wereworld series, published by Puffin. He’s also known for being the designer of the BAFTA-winning BBC show Bob the Builder and for his Hodder-published picture book, Frankenstein’s Cat.


Curtis is based in Cheshire and visits up to 90 schools a year promoting his books – as well as being a regular on the festival circuit, speaking at Hay, Bath and Edinburgh. He is very active on Twitter (2.6K followers) and Facebook.


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For further information, please contact Victoria Rontaler, Acting Head of Publicity for Hachette Children’s Books

on 020 7053 6606 or


About Orchard Books: Orchard Books is an imprint of Hachette Children’s Books, part of one of the UK’s largest trade publishing group. The four children’s imprints, which also includes Hodder Children’s Books, offer an unequalled range of titles, and between them publish many of the most respected books in children’s and Young Adult publishing, including David Almond, Robert Muchamore, Teri Terry and New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter. @orchardbooks


• June 3rd, 2015 • Posted in News

Six-Figure Deal for Fantasy Novelist John Gwynne


Pan Macmillan is delighted to report the acquisition of a new epic fantasy series by John Gwynne. Senior Commissioning editor Bella Pagan bought World rights from agent John Jarrold, in a six-figure deal in pounds sterling.


This new standalone trilogy will be set in the same stirring Celtic-inspired world as John’s first quartet, the Faithful and the Fallen. Here, the Banished Lands now seem at peace. However, guardians appointed to enforce it have their own agenda, and mankind will suffer. One central character, Rae, is part-guardian and part-human. And if she can prevail through conflict, crisis and adventure, she may hold the key to humanity’s ultimate freedom.

John Gwynne’s debut novel, Malice, won the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut. And on the new deal, Gwynne said: ‘I’m absolutely overjoyed that Pan Macmillan will be publishing a new trilogy set in the Banished Lands. I’ve loved working with the team and it’s both wonderful and exciting news to hear their enthusiasm about expanding this world. Ideas have been worming their way into my head for quite some time now and my fingertips are itching to get typing on this new series’


Pagan shared her enthusiasm, saying:  ‘I couldn’t be happier about this new deal. John has proved he can write heart-pounding, character-driven adventures of the most immersive form, and his next works will be just as thrilling. Readers everywhere – prepare to be enthralled!’


Bestselling author Conn Iggulden had high praise for Malice: ‘Influenced by Gemmell’s  Rigante and George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones – two good strands of DNA. Great characters and plot – it gets faster and more fascinating by the page . . . Hell of a debut.  Highly recommended’


Pan Macmillan will be publishing the new books from Autumn 2017, following John Gwynne’s current series. His next book, Ruin, will be published in July this year.

Publicity contact: Sam Eades
Tel. +44 (0)20 7014 6182 / Email:



• May 13th, 2015 • Posted in News