Totally Tor & John Jarrold’s Corner: News!

17 Nov

So, other than being attacked by a snake on the way home this afternoon (read this post to get the story behind that!), I’ve got some news for you from Irene Gallo and John Jarrold. 🙂

First up, Adam Nevill has got himself another 2-book deal!



Julie Crisp, Editorial Director of Pan Macmillan in London, has concluded a World Rights deal for two further horror novels by British author Adam Nevill with agent John Jarrold, for a very good five-figure sum.

Adam Nevill’s novel APARTMENT 16 was published very successfully by Pan in May this year, reprinting three times and spending many weeks as’s bestselling horror title, and THE RITUAL will follow in 2011. The two new books are, as yet, untitled. They will be published by Macmillan in 2012 and 2013.

Adam Nevill said: “Since my early contact with books, no other kind of fiction has captivated me, or transported me, in the same way as supernatural horror. Many years ago, the idea of contributing to this great field of the weird tale became a dream. To interpret my influences and to add something fresh, became my main purpose as a writer. The dream has been realised; the purpose continues. It’s genuinely a wondrous thing to receive another opportunity to create original works of disquiet, that will be given flight by the engines of a major publisher.”

Julie Crisp said: “Pan Macmillan has a tradition of publishing great British horror and so we’re thrilled to be working with Adam on his next two books. APARTMENT 16 and THE RITUAL were both terrifying and exciting adventures into the macabre and I can’t wait to see what nightmare scenarios he comes up with next to chill his readers.”


Awesome news for Adam and Horror fans! 🙂 I’ve still got to get his work read and will hopefully get there soon. 🙂

Next up, some news from Irene Gallo regarding the going’s on over at


First up, today us story day on and the latest story is written by Kij Johnson, titled ‘Ponies”; here’s a sneak peek for you, as well as the story-artwork (by Chris Buzelli):


The invitation card has a Western theme. Along its margins, cartoon girls in cowboy hats chase a herd of wild Ponies. The Ponies are no taller than the girls, bright as butterflies, fat, with short round-tipped unicorn horns and small fluffy wings. At the bottom of the card, newly caught Ponies mill about in a corral. The girls have lassoed a pink-and-white Pony. Its eyes and mouth are surprised round Os. There is an exclamation mark over its head.

The little girls are cutting off its horn with curved knives. Its wings are already removed, part of a pile beside the corral.

You and your Pony ___[and Sunny’s name is handwritten here, in puffy letters]___ are invited to a cutting-out party with TheOtherGirls! If we like you, and if your Pony does okay, we’ll let you hang out with us.

Sunny says, “I can’t wait to have friends!” She reads over Barbara’s shoulder, rose-scented breath woofling through Barbara’s hair. They are in the backyard next to Sunny’s pink stable.

Barbara says, “Do you know what you want to keep?”

Sunny’s tiny wings are a blur as she hops into the air, loops, and then hovers, legs curled under her. “Oh, being able to talk, absolutely! Flying is great, but talking is way better!” She drops to the grass. “I don’t know why any Pony would keep her horn! It’s not like it does anything!”


It’s Kij’s second story for Tor – the first, The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles, can be found and enjoyed here.

There’s also an Index Page available now for Jo Walton‘s ‘Revisiting the Hugo’s’ series, which can be found here, and Jo’s got a novel coming out soon, Among Others. I was one of the lucky bloggers chosen to receive a copy, so I’ll be reviewing it, too. 🙂 Here’s the cover for you:’s also got a holiday story coming up (their 2nd Annual story), and this story will be coming from Michael Swanwick and Eileen Gunn; I’ll have the details for you when I receive them. 🙂

Until then,

Stay away from snakes and Be EPIC!

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