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.”