Tuesday, August 31, 2010

In the news

After a few problems that Liz Williams had with her series of novels, of which I become aware due to Aidan post on his A Dribble of Ink and covered also on Liz Williamsown blog, Detective Inspector Chen found a new home. I am very happy to see that the new home is Morrigan Books, a small publishing house that shows real signs of growth, that offered me a few interesting readings since its beginnings and with which I had a wonderful collaboration. So far Liz Williams published four novels in her Detective Inspector Chen series, “Snake Agent” in 2005, “The Demon and the City” in 2006, “Precious Dragon” in 2007 and “The Shadow Pavilion” in 2009, that will be followed as Morrigan Books states in its website by “Iron Kahn”, due to be released in December this year, and “Morningstar”, scheduled for 2011. As the same article informs the covers will be designed by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, a talented artist with whom I had the pleasure to make an interview in my Fantasy Art posts.

A while back I spotlighted a new anthology that promises to be very interesting, “The End of the Line” edited by Jonathan Oliver. “The End of the Line” is a collection of horror stories set in the underground and is due to be released in November this year by Solaris Books. Thanks to the editor, Jonathan Oliver, now we have the final line-up of his anthology, one that like the concept of the collection looks really interesting:

“Introduction” by Jonathan Oliver
“Bullroarer” by Paul Meloy
“The Girl in The Glass” by John L. Probert
“The Lure” by Nicholas Royle
“23:46 Mordren (via Bank)” by Rebecca Levene
“End of The Line” by Jasper Bark
“The Sons of The City” by Simon Bestwick
“The Roses That Bloom Underground” by Al Ewing
“Exit Sounds” by Conrad Williams
“Funny Things” by Pat Cadigan
“On All London Underground Lines” by Adam L.G. Nevill
“Fallen Boys” by Mark Morris
“In The Colosseum” by Stephen Volk
“The Rounds” by Ramsey Campbell
“Missed Connection” by Michael Marshall Smith
“Siding 13” by James Lovegrove
“Diving Deep” by Gary McMahon
“Crazy Train” by Natasha Rhodes
“All Dead Years” by Joel Lane
“Down” by Christopher Fowler

The Black Library announces a new download-only fiction magazine that will be available through their website. Hammer and Bolter will feature brand new short fiction, advance previews of forthcoming novels and occasionally interviews and other features, all from the vast Warhammer universe. The monthly issues of Hammer and Bolter will be priced at £2.50, but the first issue will be free. More information about the debut issue can be found on The Black Library’s blog.


In September Tor UK will release Alden Bell’s “The Reapers Are the Angels”, a novel that sounds to be captivating and that already gathers praise. In September I will also have a review of Alden Bell’s “The Reapers Are the Angels”, but until then I found a trailer for the book that it is very well made and adds to my excitement regarding “The Reapers Are the Angels”. Therefore the right premises of Alden Bell’s novel are set for me.

God is a slick god. Temple knows. She knows because of all the crackerjack miracles still to be seen on this ruined globe...
Older than her years and completely alone, Temple is just trying to live one day at a time in a post-apocalyptic world, where the undead roam endlessly, and the remnant of mankind who have survived, at times, seem to retain little humanity themselves.
This is the world she was born into. Temple has known nothing else. Her journey takes her to far-flung places, to people struggling to maintain some semblance of civilization – and to those who have created a new world order for themselves.
When she comes across the helpless Maury, she attempts to set one thing right, if she can just get him back to his family in Texas then maybe it will bring redemption for some of the terrible things she's done in her past. Because Temple has had to fight to survive, has done things that she's not proud of and, along the road, she’s made enemies.
Now one vengeful man is determined that, in a world gone mad, killing her is the one thing that makes sense…

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