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John Jarrold’s Corner: Author-News

Hey everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, I’ve taken some time from the Writing Course (which is going along splendidly, by the way – note the 5000+ words I’ve written) to share some news-bits I’ve received from John Jarrold. ๐Ÿ™‚

First up, Jasper Kent has redone his website, sprucing things up a bit as well as giving us a neat, spine-tingling intro; Thirteen Years Later, the sequel to the excellent Twelve (reviewed here) will be out shortly, so head on over and check out the revamped site. ๐Ÿ™‚ Twelve will be released on the 18th of March, and you can count on a review as soon as I’ve received a copy and read it! ๐Ÿ™‚

In other news, the colossus of Urban Fantasy, China Mieville, has read (and enjoyed) the second novel in Mark Charan Newton’s The Legends of the Red Sun series, City of Ruin; Awesome stuff, right? ๐Ÿ™‚ Check out the post on Mark’s blog to see what China said. ๐Ÿ™‚

And from Chris Beckett: his tale, Johnny’s New Job, will be published in Interzone‘s March 2010 issue (no. 227), but this is a short story with a difference – it was inspired by the events of a case of child abuse (horrific, I might add – and not for the faint of heart). Check out Chris’ website here; even though it was birthed by such a tragic case, the Johnny’s New Job is certain to be an excellent tale!

And finally, here’s the cover of Jaine Fenn‘s Guardian’s of Paradise, which will be available from Gollancz in September:

On a completely unrelated-to-John-Jarrold’s-clients note, the cover for Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings has been released, posted over at by Irene Gallo; recognize the style of the artwork? If you don’t, think of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. ๐Ÿ™‚ Make of point of heading over to read the post – Michael Whelan (oops, let the cat out of the bag there, didn’t I? :-)) takes us through the process of creating the cover, too!

That’s what I’ve got for you for the time being. ๐Ÿ™‚ Until next time,



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John Jarrold’s Corner: News! & Spotlight: Chris Evans & Light of Burning Shadows

John Jarrold’s Corner:

I have 3 lots have some great news from John Jarrold! ๐Ÿ™‚


Julie Crisp of Pan Macmillan in London has concluded a World Rights deal with John Jarrold, for two untitled horror novels by British author Adam L G Nevill, after a hard-fought auction. She set a floor, which she exercised at the end of the auction for a good five-figure sum. The under-bidder was Emma Coode of HarperCollins UK.

โ€˜Adam is one of horrorโ€™s rising stars,โ€™ said John Jarrold. โ€˜His first novel, BANQUET FOR THE DAMNED, received great praise. Having now read his next book and the synopsis of his third novel, I can say without doubt that heโ€™s going places, and sooner rather than later. Congratulations to Julie โ€“ and to all who took part in the auction. The enthusiasm with which this was met really makes me feel positive about horrorโ€™s re-birth after a period in the doldrums.โ€™

I’ve actually got a copy of Banquet for the Damned – should bloody well read it, right?! ๐Ÿ™‚ Good news all round!

Next up: A SF Short-Story Collection wins major recognition!

A science fiction collection from defunct indie publisher Elastic Press has won the 2009 Edge Hill Short Story Prize, beating collections from Faber, Vintage, Cape and Hamish Hamilton.

Elastic Press author Chris Beckett won for his collection The Turing Test. He was presented with ยฃ5,000 plus a specially commissioned painting by Liverpool artist Pete Clarke at a ceremony held by Edge Hill University at the Bluecoat Centre in Liverpool on Saturday (4th July). He also picked up the ยฃ1,000 Readers’ prize.

Anne Enright won the second prize, also worth ยฃ1,000, for her collection Yesterday’s Weather (Vintage).

Judge James Walton, journalist and chair of BBC Radio 4’s “The Write Stuff” said: “I suspect Chris Beckett winning the Edge Hill Prize will be seen as a surprise in the world of books. In fact, though, it was also a bit of surprise to the judges, none of whom knew they were science fiction fans beforehand.

“Yet, once the judging process started, it soon became clear that The Turing Test was the book that we’d all been impressed by, and enjoyed, the mostโ€”and one by one we admitted it.”

The Edge Hill Short Story Prize was launched by the university three years ago and is co-sponsored by Blackwell; it is the UK’s only award for a short story collection by a single author. This year’s shortlist also comprised: Country of the Grand by Gerard Donovan (Faber), The Atmospheric Railway by Shena Mackay (Cape) and The First Person and Other Stories by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton).

Elastic Press closed in November 2008, although it is still selling backlist, it is no longer accepting submissions.

Just goes to show that just because the fiction is speculative and fantastical doesn’t mean that it doesn’t get recognized! Let’s hope that the trend continues!

And finally, this great news:


John Jarrold has sold limited-edition rights in popCULT!, a novel by UK author David Barnett, to Chris Teague at Welsh publisher Pendragon Press. David is the Assistant Editor of the Bradford Telegraph and Argus newspaper, and has had two earlier novels published by Immanion Press, Hinterland and Angelglass. He also writes regular blogs for the Guardian books website.

popCULT! is a contemporary SF caper in which a struggling writer is drawn into the machinations of a motley group of underground art prankster rebels who harbour a strange and terrible secret beneath the streets of London.

David said, โ€˜popCULT! is one of my favourite works and Iโ€™m delighted that a press with the reputation of Pendragon has taken it on.โ€™

โ€˜David is both prolific and incredibly inventive,โ€™ said John Jarrold. โ€˜Iโ€™m expecting great things of him as his career progresses!โ€™

One thing is for sure – John Jarrold is working, working, working to give us more and more great reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next up, Book 2 in the series in coming out soon, and I’ve started reading Book 1 (among everything else I’m reading at the moment)… What am I talking about? Well, for starters, this man,


and this book,


๐Ÿ™‚ I will have back-to-back reviews for A Darkness Forged in Fire and Light of Burning Shadows, plus I will also be doing an interview with Chris and I will also be giving away copies of Book 2! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s some info on Chris; Chris Evans was born in Canada and now lives in New York City. As a military historian he has conducted battlefield tours of Europe, and was the historical consultant on a television documentary on the First World War. Heโ€™s earned degrees in English, Political Science, and a Masters in History. Chris is also an editor of history and current affairs/conflicts books including the highly successful Stackpole Military History Series. The Light of Burning Shadows: The Iron Elves Series, is his second novel.

What others have thought of A Darkness Forged in Fire:

“I’m always thrilled by seeing a new author press the boundaries of the conventions of fantasy. Chris Evans does just that–taking the broad sword and sorcery archetypes and placing them squarely in a new and exciting environment.” –R. A. Salvatore

“A gutsy fantasy set in a world of imperial greed and magical plotting, with an eye for the ordinary soldier’s plight that would have done Kipling proud.” — Karen Traviss, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Legacy of the Force and City of Pearl

“Fascinating…combining the best touches of fantasy and military storytelling.” –John Ringo, New York Times bestselling author of the Legacy of the Aldenata and The Council Wars series

“A thrilling epic from beginning to end, filled with wit, intrigue, and twists and turns reminiscent of Glen Cook’s The Black Company. A grand new entry in the field of fantasy masters!” –Richard A. Knaak, New York Times bestselling author in the Dragonlance, The Dragonrealm, World of Warcraft, and Diablo series

“A fantasy in which the gritty realities of war and politics are as important as the magic–and all are handled very well.” –David Drake, national bestselling author of the Lord of the Isles and Hammer’s Slammers series.

So now that you know what some pretty damn good authors thought of Book 1, check out this blurb for Book 2:

In the bestselling traditions of J.R.R. Tolkien, Terry Brooks, and Bernard Cornwell comes the second novel in the acclaimed Iron Elves epic fantasy series!

“They might be doomed, damned, and buggered for all eternity, but that didn’t mean they couldn’t sparkle like a diamond in the sun and grin like a skull in the moonlight on their way to oblivion.”
Musket and cannon, bow and arrow, and magic and diplomacy vie for supremacy once again in this second epic fantasy adventure from acclaimed author Chris Evans. As the human-dominated Calahrian Empire struggles to maintain its hold on power in the face of armed rebellion from within, the Iron Elves’ perilous quest to defeat the power-hungry elf witch, the Shadow Monarch, takes on greater urgency.

The Iron Elves, shunned by their own people for bearing the mark of the Shadow Monarch, and desperately wanting to forever erase this shame, became legendary for their prowess on the battlefield as the Calahrian Imperial Army’s elite shock troops. But when their commanding officer, Konowa Swift Dragon, murdered the Viceroy of Elfkyna, he was exiled, and these brave elves were banished to a remote desert outpost, doomed and leaderless, their honor in tatters.

Recalled to duty to reform his regiment from the dregs of the Imperial Army, Konowa thwarted the plans of the Shadow Monarch at the Battle of Luuguth Jor — ensuring that the fabled Red Star, a source of great natural energy, did not fall into Her hands. Now Konowa must cross storm-tossed seas to seek out the lost elves and the prophesied return of another Star somewhere in a desert wasteland roiling with mysterious power, infernos of swirling magic, and legends brought back to life in new and terrible ways.

And the fate of every living creature will come to depend on a small band of ragged and desperate soldiers, whose very loyalty to the Empire they have sworn to serve is no longer certain. When death is but a temporary condition, a terrifying question arises: who is the true ally — and fearsome enemy — in a growing conflict that threatens all?

Sounds good to me! ๐Ÿ™‚ Stay tuned for the up-coming giveaway, it’s gonna be big! ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, click through here to go to the Iron Elves website, and here to get a sneaky peek at the people behind what’ll be this Blog’s biggest giveaway to-date! ๐Ÿ™‚



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