This news was originally posted over at Realms & Galaxies: Celebrating SFF on the 5th of November 2009.
Pan Macmillan imprint Tor UK has signed a two book deal for titles by novelist Joshua Gaylord, written under the pseudonym Alden Bell.
Senior commissioning editor Julie Crisp bought UK and Commonwealth rights, including Australia and New Zealand , from Angharad Kowal, British rights director at Writers House UK .
The first title in the deal, The Reapers are The Angels, is due to be published in August 2010. Kowal called the book a “dark, literary zombie novel”. The second book in the deal is yet to be titled and does not yet have a publication date finalised. Bell previously wrote Hummingbirds under his real name, which was published by Harper in October this year.
Kowal said: ‘It’s rare to find an author such as Josh who can effortlessly switch from writing about an Upper-East Side prep school in Hummingbirds to what’s been described as, “Steinbeck but with ‘meatskins’” in The Reapers Are The Angels, and still manage to engage the reader equally by always going back to the characters’ humanity. I’m extremely pleased to find a home for Josh’s other passion, literary fantasy, with Julie at Tor.’
Now, I’m becoming a huge fan of zombie fiction, and this promises to be an incredible read! A Literary zombie novel? I’m all in! 🙂 And for those of you who don’t know, Julie Crisp is Mark C Newton’s editor – awesome editor, awesome writers. 🙂
Aussie author Kylie Chan’s Dark Heavens trilogy is “packed with Chinese mythology, kick-ass action and sexual tension” (As If Magazine). Already a major success Down Under through HarperCollins’ Voyager imprint, the trilogy has proven a hit with fans and critics alike. Published worldwide by Angry Robot from April 2010, the trilogy is a must-have for all fans of urban fantasy, and there’s not a misunderstood vampire in sight!
The Dark Heavens Trilogy
Handsome young Hong Kong businessman John Chen employs Emma, a naïve young nanny, to care for his daughter. When she falls in love with her employer, however, Emma discovers he is being hunted by a powerful race of ancient demons, dragons and gods – and they all want him dead. Emma will soon discover it is she who has the power to save them all…
Kylie Chan married a Hong Kong national in a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony and lived in Hong Kong for many years. She now lives in Queensland with her two children. White Tiger was her first novel, and she is already well under way writing her second trilogy.
Book 1: White Tiger April 2010 (UK) May 2010 (US/Canada)
Book 2: Red Phoenix April 2010 (UK) June 2010 (US/Canada)
Book 3: Blue Dragon April 2010 (UK) July 2010 (US/Canada)
Sounds good – Urban Fantasy in a new flavour! 🙂
And as one last side-note, here’s the cover art for Jo Graham’s third novel, Stealing Fire:
Awesome stuff, huh? 🙂 I cannot wait for this – really looking forward to seeing how Jo writes the world that witnessed Alexander the Great! 🙂 For full cover, check out this post over at Orbit. 🙂