Ginger Nuts of Horror
This is great news, a brand new book from Gary McMahon. McMahon is one of the finest horror writers of our times. Dark gritty and full of humanity his stories make us look at the dark heart of human nature. Launching in September at FantasyCon this is a must buy. The book will be published by Newcon Press, stay tuned for the pre-order links.
A strange suicide plague grips the city of London, tearing apart the fabric of society. To escape this madness, a small group of strangers must journey north in search of safety.
Everyone and everything must eventually come to an End, but in this case it happens quicker and with more savager than anyone could ever have imagined.
When chaos reigns and things start to fall apart, The End might be closer than you think... and sometimes The End is really the beginning of something much worse...
Praise for Gary McMahon
"Gary McMahon's horror is heartfelt, his characters flawed and desperate..."
- Tim Lebbon
"He's one of the darkest- which is to say brightest - new stars in the firmament of horror fiction."
"Gary McMahon seems intent on taking readers through the looking glass and tearing down the walls between the living and the dead. He creates dark, hallucinatory images that burn in your brain forever"
- Christopher Fowler
"His work combines spare, elegant writing with an acute sense of their growing desperation felt by those having to deal with the crime and crumbling infrastructure of our urban centers. Illuminating these themes with with a visionary's sense of the supernatural..."
- Steve Rasnic Tem
Julie Crisp, at Tor UK has pre-empted World English Language rights for False Hearts and an untitled novel by Laura Lam from Juliet Mushens at The Agency Group in a six figure deal.
Julie Crisp, Editorial Director at Pan Macmillan said: ‘I was completely hooked from the first page by Laura’s writing. To me it was like reading Hunger Games meets Blade Runner meets The Shining Girls. Thrilling, addictive and completely page-turning. Laura’s an amazing storyteller and I’m thrilled to be working with her and Juliet on this exciting novel’
About False Hearts
Raised in Mana’s Hearth, a retreat that’s closed off from the rest of society; denied access to technology or modern medicine, twin sisters Taema and Tila dream of a life beyond the walls of the compound. When their lives are threatened they finally manage escape to San Francisco and a life that’s beyond anything they could have imagined.
Ten years later, Tila returns to the twins’ home in the city, terrified and covered in blood, just before the Police arrive and arrest her for murder - the first homicide by a civilian in decades. Taema is given a proposition: go undercover as her sister and perhaps save her twin’s life. For the police believe that Tila was involved with the Ratel, a powerful crime syndicate. But during her investigation she discovers disturbing links between the twins’ past and their present. Once unable to keep anything from each other, the sisters now discover the true cost of secrets.
Juliet Mushens from The Agency Group said
'False Hearts is an adrenaline-fuelled thriller, packed full of twists and turns with a compelling heroine at its heart. Laura is very talented and I am thrilled that Pan Macmillan will be her publisher.'
‘This year has been a roller coaster, and this is definitely one of the highest highs. I loved writing False Hearts so much and I think Macmillan will do such a wonderful job introducing the world to Taema and Tila. This is a dream come true.’
Laura Lam was raised near San Francisco, California, by two former Haight-Ashbury hippies. Both of them encouraged her to finger-paint to her heart’s desire, colour outside of the lines, and consider the library a second home. This led to an overabundance of daydreams.
She relocated to Scotland to be with her husband, whom she met on the internet when he insulted her taste in books. She almost blocked him but is glad she didn’t. At times she misses the sunshine.
Macmillan will publish False Hearts in January 2016
The Horror Writers Association has just announced that self published authors are now eligible to become full members of the association.
Personally I think this is a great move, an organisation that prides itself on helping emerging authors should allow a wider scope for membership. However before the dust has settled there is already rumblings in the ether from some well established authors who thinks this is a good idea.
I thought we had got past this outdated notion of there being Gatekeepers standing watch over the genre, deciding who made it and who didn't. Come on guys spread the love, don't be scared that someone might steal your thunder. Remember good will always find a way out. Just because you are published by a proper publisher in no way means your writing is any better. Christ a huge amount of Leisure titles were terrible.
So what's your opinion, I'd really like to know. Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
“You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path.”