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The Hatching

January 28, 2016 - 7:38 pm No Comments

I am blogging to share the news that Gollancz have acquired the rights to the relentless, attention-grabbing thriller The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone (published July 2016).

With engaging characters and non-stop action, the TV and film rights to The Hatching have already been acquired by Joel Silver (producer of The Matrix) at auction before the book has even been published. The rights to the book have been sold in nine territories and seven languages: USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Brazil, Italy, Latin American and North American Spanish, and Japan.

Best compared to Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park and Max Brooks’s World War Z, Ezekiel Boone’s The Hatching is a brilliantly addictive novel following a cast of diverse characters from around the globe who are pulled together into a desperate fight against an ancient species.

Newcon Press Merry Christmas

December 11, 2015 - 5:26 am No Comments

Dear All

A message from NewCon Press this Silly Season.

Weaver of Wondrous Words.

I’d just like to draw your attention to the fact that, ahem… NewCon Press has a brand new website:

To celebrate the site’s launch, I’m unveiling special offers on a whole raft of titles. Since this is Christmas, a fantastic time of year, the more fantasy-orientated of NewCon’s titles are being discounted for a limited time only — from now until December 20th… Sort of NewCon’s very own 12 Days of Christmas. There are heavy discounts on some older titles, but several of the latest releases are also included, in the spirit of the season.

(If you click on ‘Books’ at the top of the site, you’ll see a ‘Special Offers’ option, where all titles that feature in the offer are.

Thank you, and for those I don’t see in the meantime…

Merry Christmas!! (in a purely non-faith specific have a fabulous time sort of way…)



War of the Worlds is back

December 2, 2015 - 12:05 pm No Comments

Gollancz are delighted to share the news that they’re publishing a sequel to one of the most famous and influential SF books ever – The War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells. Massacre of Mankind is written by the multi-award-winning co-author of The Long Earth novels with Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter.


First published in 1897,The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells has been both popular (having never gone out of print) and influential, spawning half a dozen feature films, radio dramas, a record album, various comic book adaptations, and a television series.

In Stephen Baxter’s terrifying sequel, set in late 1920s London, the Martians return, and the war begins again. But the aliens do not repeat the mistakes of their last invasion. They know how they lost last time. They target Britain first, since we resisted them last time. The massacre of mankind has begun.

Steve Baxter said: “HG Wells is the daddy of modern SF. He drew on deep traditions, for instance of scientific horror dating back to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) and fantastic voyages such as Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels (1726). And he had important near-contemporaries such as Jules Verne. But Wells did more than any other writer to shape the form and themes of modern science fiction, and indeed through his wider work exerted a profound influence on the history of the twentieth century. Now it’s an honour for me to celebrate his enduring imaginative legacy, more than a hundred and fifty years after his birth.”

The Massacre of Mankind will be published in hardback, £20, and eBook, £19.99, on the 19th January 2017.

Please find more information attached. It would be excellent if you could help us share the news on your blogs and social media channels.

All the best,


Sophie Calder
Publicity Manager
The Orion Publishing Group

The Fireman Joe Hill

November 3, 2015 - 12:15 pm No Comments

i was priveleged to meet Joe Hill at #Fantasycon2015 and to be on a panel with him about surviving the end of the world and post apocalyptic fiction. On that panel, he talked about The Fireman

Gollancz will be releasing this highly anticipated title on 17th May 2016.

Joe Hill has already earned a reputation as one of the foremost horror writers in the world – his second novel, Horns, was made into a major film starring Daniel Radcliffe in 2014 – but The Fireman marks a remarkable new direction for the bestselling author. With the epic scope of The Passage and the emotional impact of The Road, The Fireman is a gripping end-of-the-world thriller.

Set in a world overtaken by an incurable runaway pathogen that causes death by spontaneous combustion, the story follows school nurse Harper, who is determined to live long enough to deliver her baby. But when all it takes is a spark to start a deadly blaze, she’s going to need some help from the mysterious fireman.

At #Fantasycon2015 Iicked up a signed sampler, and I have to say, Im excited by this book.

Check out the trailer at

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Sophie Calder
Publicity Manager
The Orion Publishing Group

Joanne Harris Fairy Tales

October 14, 2015 - 12:51 pm No Comments

Gollancz has acquired world rights to publish a collection of dark, captivating fairy tales from Whitbread-shortlisted author, Joanne Harris. The multi-million-copy bestselling writer habitually delights her 25, 000 followers on Twitter with serialised short stories shared with the hashtag #storytime. Honeycomb is the first beautifully illustrated volume of Joanne Harris’s captivating and brilliantly imaginative #storytime tales.

Joanne Harris writes: “I started writing my #storytime tales four years ago, live on Twitter, as an exercise in different storytelling narratives. Since then, some of them have become songs, a stage show – even a couple of mini-operas – and now I’m delighted to be able to collaborate with Charles Vess – an artist I’ve admired for years – to make them into a book; an illustrated collection of new fairy stories with a dark, traditional feel – for people of all ages.”

Joanne Harris’s first adult epic fantasy novel The Gospel of Loki was published by Gollancz in February 2014. It was exceptionally well received and sold over 25,000 copies. The bestselling author of fifteen novels has already published two successful collections of short fiction, Jigs and Reels and A Cat, A Hat And A Piece Of String, and is a great advocate for the power of the short story.

Honeycomb will be beautifully illustrated throughout, with line drawings and full-colour plate sections by Charles Vess, the award-winning artist who illustrated Stardust by Neil Gaiman and The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Suzanne Clarke.

Charles Vess adds: “I’ve been reading Joanne’s work since the publication of Chocolat and Blackberry Wine. I’m more than excited by the opportunity this project gives me to transform her words into pen and ink marks and washes of colour onto the printed page.”

The novel will be published in hardback and e-book on the 21st September 2017.

Praise for The Gospel of Loki

“lively and fun” The Sunday Times

“retells the sagas …in all their wintry, saucy, grandiose, melancholy glory” The Financial Times

“Wickedly imaginative” Glamour

“hilarious” Good Housekeeping

“Witty and magical” Vogue

Sophie Calder
Publicity Manager
The Orion Publishing Group