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WIZARD’S TOWER ACQUIRE BOOKS OF OUTREMER FANTASY SERIES BY CHAZ BRENCHLEY

Cheryl Morgan, publisher of Wizard’s Tower Press, has acquired World English and ebook rights to the epic fantasy Books of Outremer series by Chaz Brenchley.  The agent was John Jarrold.

This classic series was first published in the 1990s.  Wizard’s Tower will be publishing them in six volumes, beginning in early 2022 with Devil in the Dust.

Once upon a time, a band of believers set out to win control of the holy places for the faithful. It was a long and dangerous journey, and at the end of it they found people whose ways of life were utterly strange to them, who had skills and built cities they could never have imagined. There were miracles, too, and objects of unearthly power, for those who believed. Yet somehow they managed to carve out a group of little kingdoms of the faithful, and to hold on to them for generation after generation. And they called them Outremer, the Land beyond the Sea.

Is this a true story? There are two answers. One is, yes, it is a true story, and you can read about the Crusader Kingdoms in the history books: a good place to start is Sir Steven Runciman’s three-volume A History of the Crusades.

The other answer is, yes, of course it’s a true story, and Chaz Brenchley invented it. The Books of Outremer tells the story of the struggle to control the land of Outremer – not only the war between the invaders and the native peoples, but also the factional struggles within each side, not to mention the magical beings who have their own mysterious reasons for intervening. And most of all, it is the story of a group of individuals, brought together by these public events, but trying to live their own private lives regardless.

The story opens in in the stronghold of Roq de Rançon, in the north of Outremer, where Marron comes as a novice in the military order of Ransomers, where Julianne comes to meet the Elessan baron she must marry, where Jemel comes as a member of an attacking army and where Elisande comes, but won’t say why…

 

Cheryl Morgan said: “I read the Outremer series in 2004. At the time, Crusader imagery was regularly utilised in support of the war in Iraq, and depiction of queer relationships in fantasy was still a rarity. Consequently the series was a breath of fresh air in a world just starting to go mad. I’m delighted to be able to bring these books back to the reading public.”

“This is a wonderful fantasy series,” said John Jarrold. “And I have thought so for many years, because I was the original commissioning editor for Random House UK in the 1990s!”

 

• September 8th, 2021 • Posted in News

FLAME TREE PRESS ACQUIRE WORLD ENGLISH RIGHTS IN RAMSEY CAMPBELL’S NEW NOVEL FELLSTONES

Don D’Auria of Flame Tree Press has acquired World English rights in FELLSTONES, the new novel by doyen of horror writers, Ramsey Campbell. The agent was John Jarrold.

Fellstones takes its name from the seven mysterious objects that have stood on the village green for as long as anyone can remember. It’s where Paul Dunstan lived in his youth, having been adopted by the Staveley family after his parents died in an accident for which he still blames himself. The way the Staveleys tried to shape him to their purposes made him move away and change his name when he grew up. Why were they so obsessed with his musical abilities and a strange song he seemed to have made up as a child?

Were there other reasons he felt driven to hide from them? He’ll remember soon, because their daughter Adele has tracked him down. Perhaps they want to see him again now that they’re growing old, but they’re anxious to involve him in the village festival as well, an event that seems designed to revive ancient magic. By the time he discovers the cosmic source of the Fellstones he may be trapped in the village, and there are other dark truths he’ll discover, and memories he needs to confront. The Fellstones dream, but they’re about to waken.

Flame Tree have published Ramsey’s most recent novels, THE WISE FRIEND and SOMEBODY’S VOICE, as well as a number of his backlist titles. They are also publishing his brilliant Three Births of Daoloth trilogy, THE SEARCHING DEAD (February 2021), BORN TO THE DARK (September 2021) and THE WAY OF THE WORM (March 2022).

Ramsey Campbell is the only living horror writer to appear in the Oxford Companion to English Literature. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Liverpool John Moores University in 2015.
Film-maker, screenwriter, producer and novelist Guillermo del Toro has tweeted about Ramsey Campbell: “An absolute master of modern horror. And a damn fine writer at that.”

 

• August 6th, 2021 • Posted in News

NEWCON PRESS ACQUIRE AN SF NOVELLA BY STEWART HOTSTON

Ian Whates, publisher of NewCon Press, has acquired World English Rights in Entropy of Loss, a novella by SF writer Stewart Hotston. The agent was John Jarrold.

Sarah Shannon and her wife, Rhona Fisher are in the hospice where Rhona is staying after losing a gruelling fight with cancer. Sarah is unable to come to terms with Rhona’s impending death. Work calls – it is Akshai, Sarah’s team mate – and Sarah uses the call as an excuse to leave since their ground-breaking simulations of blackholes have gone wrong. Sarah is eager to get her teeth into the problem.

When they correct the errors the system abandons the simulations, spitting out mathematically significant numbers and demanding a response. When they answer, the system transforms their keyboard into a lichen-like material.

A brilliant story of loss, and First Contact.

Publisher Ian Whates says, “Stewart Hotston is a gifted writer who manages to combine entertaining storytelling with intelligent science fiction. Entropy of Loss is everything I would expect from Stewart – a gripping, thought-provoking novella, and one that we’re excited to be publishing

• July 8th, 2021 • Posted in News

2020 CLARKE AWARD SHORTLISTED AUTHOR R B KELLY JOINS JJLA

 

RB Kelly Headshot
The Arthur C Clarke Award-shortlisted author RB Kelly had joined the John Jarrold Literary Agency. Her debut novel, Edge of Heaven, has just been shortlisted for this year’s Arthur C Clarke Award and is published by NewCon Press. The sequel will be published in 2022. Her short fiction has appeared in a variety of publications, including Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and Aurealis, and has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. Her new novel is All The Stars of Summer:

Fresh off the interplanetary InterRail, the sun-kissed, semi-aquatic world of Vel feels like paradise to eighteen-year-old Stella. With its blossom-drenched streets and laid-back party atmosphere, it seems like the perfect place to work out where she wants adult life to take her. But she’s about to discover that some things really are too good to be true. An unsettling incident on her first day prompts questions that Stella can’t ignore, and will lead her and her found family of fellow travellers down a dangerous path. Vel may be paradise, but there are dark secrets in its history that certain people will kill to protect. Stella’s going to have to make a choice: is she prepared to stand up for her ideals at any cost? Even if that cost is her life?
Rachael Kelly has a PhD in film theory and her first published book was doctoral thesis – Mark Antony And Popular Culture, published by IB Tauris in 2014.

She co-runs an organisation called CinePunked, which aims to bridge the gap between film fandom and film theory. She was awarded an Artists Career Enhancement Scheme award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to support the writing of her second novel (the follow up to Edge of Heaven) and was mentored in that writing by the brilliant SF writer Ian McDonald.

Her short story Pineapples Are Not The Only Bromeliad is in The Best of British Science Fiction 2020, which is due to be released later this month.

RB Kelly is a member of Women Aloud NI, which aims to raise the profile of women writers from Northern Ireland; Otherworlds NI, which aims to do the same for speculative fiction writers from Northern Ireland; and the Society of Authors.

John Jarrold said: ‘I’d already read and loved Edge of Heaven – and I was delighted when Rachael got in touch. She is simply an outstanding writer. Her new novel, All the Stars of Summer, is remarkable – deeply hilarious and dark by turn, with a wonderfully-engaging narrative voice, a fascinating cast of varied alien races, and the different aspects brought together seamlessly. I’m working editorially with Rachael, before submitting to major publishers.’

• July 7th, 2021 • Posted in News

DMR BOOKS DEAL FOR RAMSEY CAMPBELL DARK FANTASY COLLECTION

Dave Ritzlin of DMR Books has acquired non-exclusive reprint rights to the dark swords and sorcery collection FAR AWAY AND NEVER by Ramsey Campbell. The agent was John Jarrold. This edition will also include and extra story – A Madness From the Vaults. The book is due for publication in the autumn of 2021.

Ramsey Campbell is the doyen of horror novelists. He is the only living horror writer to appear in the Oxford Companion to English Literature. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Liverpool John Moores University in 2015.

Film-maker, screenwriter, producer and novelist Guillermo del Toro has tweeted about Ramsey Campbell: “An absolute master of modern horror. And a damn fine writer at that.”

DMR has previously reprinted collections by Poul Anderson, Henry Kuttner, Tanith Lee, Manly Wade Wellman and others.

• May 24th, 2021 • Posted in News