John Jarrold’s Corner: William King & Curtis Jobling

17 Feb

Some more great news from John Jarrold that most of you have no doubt already seen, but I thought I’d repost it here for those who haven’t heard the news. 🙂

First up, William King has returned to Black Library! Here are the details:


William King has signed a major new deal with the Black Library, for a trilogy based on the high elf characters Tyrion and Teclis.

Twin brothers Tyrion and Teclis are the greatest heroes of an age, and their like will never be seen again. Prince Tyrion’s skill with a blade unmatched by any living swordsmen, whilst Teclis is the most powerful mage of his generation. Set over two hundred years before the current Warhammer timeline, the new trilogy tells an origin story of these two phenomenal champions.

Head of Black Library, George Mann, said of the deal: “I’m overjoyed to be welcoming Bill King back to the Black Library, particularly with such an exciting and auspicious series. Bill has a real flair for a good story and his writing really brings the Warhammer world to life. I know people are going to adore these books.”

William King was born in Stranraer, Scotland, and is one of Black Library’s best-selling authors, with sales in excess of half a million books. He started writing for Games Workshop in 1988, and later he worked in the design studio. His swords and sorcery series Gotrek & Felix and his Space Wolf novels have become a staple in the Black Library range. His short fiction has appeared in Interzone, Zenith, and a Year’s Best SF collection. He currently lives in Prague.

The deal was conducted with agent John Jarrold, and the first novel in the trilogy will be published in 2011.

Awesome stuff – I’ve still got plenty Black Library stuff to read, and I’m glad that the universe is continuously growing! 🙂

Check out more info about William here.

Next up, an intruiging-sounding YA series from Curtis Jobling:


Puffin are very excited to announce that we have acquired two fantasy novels in a new series entitled Wereworld by British author and artist Curtis Jobling. Shannon Park, Executive Editor at Puffin secured world rights for the series from the John Jarrold Literary Agency, for an undisclosed five-figure sum. The Wereworld novels are due for publication in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

WEREWORLD follows the story of fifteen-year-old Drew, a shepherd’s son, as he comes of age and discovers he’s the last of the long line of Werewolves, and rightful (yet reluctant) ruler of the land of Lyssia, where lycanthrope ‘Werelords’ reign. Before long he’s hurtling headlong into an epic journey of fantasy and horror, from one deadly encounter to the next, meeting exotic Werelords at every turn as he’s drawn inexorably towards his destiny.

‘When Curtis approached me with the first volume of this series, I could immediately see the strength of his imagination and invention,’ said John Jarrold. ‘Much respect to Shannon for seeing how wonderful the idea was and getting it through the system at Puffin, including giving editorial guidance even before she could formally present it in-house.’

Shannon Park says, ‘I am so thrilled to sign up this series, which blends themes of traditional fantasy and contemporary horror within an action-packed story. Werewolves are hot property right now, and this series has huge appeal for the 10+ fantasy market.’

Curtis Jobling designed the Bafta winning BOB THE BUILDER and is also the creator of FRANKENSTEIN’S CAT, the BBC’s hit children’s animation series based upon his book of the same name. In addition he has numerous shows in development with Disney, the BBC and others.

The first novels in the Wereworld series are due for publication in 2011 and 2012.

Sounds interesting, right? I’ll take a look at this when the first book is released and let you all know if the kids’ll enjoy it (I’m a big kid, after all). 🙂

That’s it for now. 🙂 I’ll be back tomorrow with my review of Joe Schreiber’s Star Wars EU debut, Death Troopers! Until then,



Posted by on February 17, 2010 in Announcements, John Jarrold's Corner


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2 responses to “John Jarrold’s Corner: William King & Curtis Jobling

  1. Curtis Jobling

    August 25, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Hey Dave

    Cheers for kind words – WEREWORLD is actually aimed at anyone who enjoys fantasy and scifi – although Penguin/Puffin have pinpointed its appeal to young adults. Let me know if you want to review it and I’ll speak with Puffin about sorting you out a review copy. And if you fancy an interview at any time, just give me a shout, be it re: publishing or animation work. Thanks again for the mention chum!


    • Dave-Brendon de Burgh

      August 25, 2010 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks again for visiting the site, Curtis! 🙂 I’m sure plenty of readers are looking forward to Wereworld and I have to say I’m one of them. 🙂


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