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Andrey V Chernikov at Eksmo has acquired Russian rights to fantasy novel CHASING GRAVES by award-winning self-published author Ben Galley.  The agent was John Jarrold.


CHASING GRAVES is the first in a series set in an Egyptian-themed fantasy world where ghosts are bound as slaves for the rich, and being murdered is just the start of your problems. Chasing Graves is perfect for fans of grimdark, and dark fantasy mixed with razor wit.

Meet Caltro Basalt. He’s a master locksmith, a selfish bastard, and as of his first night in Araxes, stone cold dead.

They call it the City of Countless Souls, the colossal jewel of the Arctian Empire, and all it takes to be its ruler is to own more ghosts than any other. For in Araxes, the dead do not rest in peace in the afterlife, but live on as slaves for the rich.

While Caltro struggles to survive, those around him strive for the emperor’s throne in Araxes’ cutthroat game of power. The dead gods whisper from corpses, a soulstealer seeks to make a name for himself with the help of an ancient cult, a princess plots to purge the emperor from his armoured Sanctuary, and a murderer drags a body across the desert, intent on reaching Araxes no matter the cost.

Only one thing is certain in Araxes: death is just the beginning.


“To say that the concept of Chasing Graves is grimdark would be an understatement… The world building is fantastic and reminiscent of Michael Moorcock’s Elric series.”

– Grimdark Magazine

“Galley has created a fascinating world that feels rife with stories… its history is rich with detail and there’s so many avenues to be explored.”

– Adam Weller, Fantasy Book Review

“An excellent first book in a series that I will absolutely keep on reading. Exceptional writing, great characters.”

– Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld

• January 19th, 2022 • Posted in News


Carla Sacrato at Faro Editorial has acquired Brazilian rights to award-winning self-published fantasy novel NEVER DIE by Rob J Hayes for their new fantasy imprint. The agent was John Jarrold.

NEVER DIE is the winner of the Booknest 2019 award for Best Self Published Fantasy Novel.

Samurai, shinigami, vengeful spirits, and an impossible quest.

Itami Cho has earned the name Whispering Blade. She is a Shintei warrior, sworn to the path of oaths and honour. But keeping her oaths has always been more difficult than taking them. When Flaming Fist and his bandits attack the city of Kaishi, Itami swears one last oath: she will protect the city and its people at any cost.

Ein has spent his life dreaming of being a hero, and now the God of Death has given him a chance. The Reaper has set him an impossible quest: an eight-year-old boy sent to stop an immortal Emperor.

NEVER DIE is a stand alone set in the world of Mortal Techniques. It’s a wuxia adventure filled with samurai, shinigami, heroes, and vengeful spirits

• January 13th, 2022 • Posted in News


I’m delighted to announce that Jeremy Szal’s highly-praised SF debut STORMBLOOD will be available from Gollancz in the US and Canada from November 2.

It can be pre-ordered from these retailers


Barnes & Noble – supporting local booksellers





STORMBLOOD is a high stakes adrenaline filled adventure featuring two estranged brothers suddenly on opposite ends of an addict’s war. And it’s real damn good ― Nick Martell, author of THE KINGDOM OF LIARS

A captivating military sci-fi debut. Stormblood tells a splendid story about two brothers divided by war that is full of comradeship, actions, and conflict ― Novel Notions

A magnificent and explosive adrenaline-fest . . . Szal’s debut is an absolute must read for fans of gritty, action-packed, detective and military SF ― Grimdark Magazine

Stormblood feels like a superb combination of the actions in Red Rising Saga and the world-building of Mass Effect. Exciting, thought-provoking, and full of incredibly intense moments. Military sci-fi readers would be treating themselves well by putting Stormblood on their radar ― Novel Notions

This frenetic, grisly sucker-punch of a book manages to be everything you could want from sci-fi, while also carving out its own niche with a rusty slingshiv. ― Fantasy Book Review

Szal’s world is an insane, twisted place, and STORMBLOOD is one of the best scifi stories you’ll ever read ― Rob Boffard

Razor sharp and vicious, Stormblood is an adrenaline-driven vision of a dark future. Highly recommended! ― Michael R. Fletcher

Vakov Fukasawa is a former soldier, addicted to the biotech inside his own body that makes him constantly crave for action. And there is plenty of action in this fast moving novel, but not at the expense of ideas, or of humanity, or of vivid descriptions of Szal’s carefully imagined war-torn galaxy ― Chris Beckett

An intriguing mix of rich worldbuilding, meaty twists and ballistic ultraviolence ― SFX


And a reminder that the sequel, BLINDSPACE, will be published in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and in the EU on  November 25 2021.

It’s coming in Canada on  January 18 2022. It can be pre-ordered from these retailers:



A US publication date will follow.

• October 6th, 2021 • Posted in News


Gary Gibson’s latest independently published science fiction novel ECHOGENESIS has proved to be a hit with readers since its publication in early August. For some weeks now it has trended close to the top of multiple ebook categories on Amazon UK, vying neck to neck with the likes of industry successes Adrian Tchaikovsky and Cixin Liu. Sales continue to be strong and upwards-trending.

John Jarrold said: “As I discussed with Gary, despite having written numerous successful SF novels for a major UK SF publisher, Echogenesis was unexpectedly turned down. Following a lack of enthusiasm from major imprints in both London and New York he decided to explore independent publishing. With one hundred ratings and reviews on Amazon UK so far, the novel has found a home with a readership that clearly rates it extremely positively.”
This echoes the experiences of other previously traditionally published and even award-winning authors who have found a new home in the world of independent publishing.

• September 29th, 2021 • Posted in News


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