Now that we’re well and truly into the new year (and thus we’ve no reason to keep accidentally putting “2011” on things anymore), it’s time to let you all know what’s coming in the next twelve months! Things have been quietly plotted in secret until now, so they’re being let out into the yard to run about in the fresh air for a little bit. Have a look at them before they get dragged back into the basement for some more advanced adjustments.
All of the titles are novels, and in the case of the first and last ones, they are the author’s first ‘long-form narrative’. Hooray!
There’s absolutely no artwork available, and isn’t that a pity? Try to be patient.
Likewise, pre-orders will begin once we’re closer to the date, with each title’s eBook edition being made available just as soon as the text is finalized and the files are back from the hard-working slave labour.
- In conjunction with the British Fantasy Society’s FantasyCon 2012 in Brighton (September 27 – 30):
- John Llewellyn Probert: The House of a Thousand Screams (title not final)
- John Travis: The Designated Coconut (Benji Spriteman #2)
- In conjunction with the World Fantasy Association’s World FantasyCon in Toronto (November 1 – 3):
- Mark Leslie Lefebvre: I, Death
- In conjunction with… um… because it’s nearly Spring Equinox, St. David’s Day / Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant (March 1st):
- Mark H. Williams: Sleepless Knights
In order to whet your appetite, here’s some text about the individual titles. You’ll also notice that the second and fourth in the lists below are very-much Wales-oriented, thus in keeping with my never-ending accidental association with the country and its people. I swear this is not by design; but it just keeps happening, so why try to fight it?
The Designated Coconut (Benji Spriteman #2), by John Travis, author of The Terror and the Tortoiseshell; Autumn 2012
As the first in the series was an homage to the noire thrillers, so we have the second Benji Spriteman tale similar to the classic English Mystery of roughly the same era.
During the visit of the two famous mystery-writing sisters, a death occurs, leading to a complicated series of events. How did the safe in the locked room get stolen? Who was behind the poisoning? Is someone at the resort’s hotel involved, and is it the beer-guzzling band-leader? What do the mole-men have to do with it?
The House of a Thousand Screams (working title), by John Llewellyn Probert, author of Wicked Delights; Autumn 2012
The very first novel from John Llewellyn Probert provides a mystery of ghosties, ghoulies, long‑legged beasties, and thing that go ‘bump’ in the night, starring Mr Massene Henderson and Miss Samantha Jephcott; the most un‑likely team of paranormal investigators you’ve somehow lived your life without… until now!
Henderson and Jephcott head to the wilderness of Northern Wales to investigate a house constructed from the bits of haunted buildings and filled with devices of death, all constructed on a foundation of a ‘stone circle’. Designed to be the most haunted house in Britain, the original owner hasn’t been heard from since the mid-1950s, and the new one wants to know if he’s got the real thing or not. What lies in wait for the two detectives and the four people who are there to help in the research, and will anyone survive to claim the fees for their labours?
I, Death, by Mark Leslie Lefebvre; Winter 2012
The terrifying story of a young man coming to terms with a death curse.
By writing an on-line journal, Peter O’Mallick hopes to deal with his emotional turmoil at being dumped by his former girlfriend. While the blog helps, it also attracts cyber stalker Bryan Brecht, who coerces Peter into doing things which should never be done…
Sleepless Knights, by Mark H. Williams; Spring 2013
It’s not easy being the man behind the myth.
Sir Lucas is butler to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table; the person who managed every epic legend behind the scenes. He’s the one who made sure each quest happened in the right place at the right time, and that everyone involved had comfortable accommodation for the weekend. The man whose average working day involved fighting dragons, defeating witches, banishing demons, and ensuring the Royal pot of tea never crossed the thin line separating ‘brewed’ from ‘stewed’. What’s more, 1,500 years after that golden age, he’s still doing it: here in modern Britain, right under our noses…
Through ten working days in the life of Sir Lucas the Butler, discover what really went on at Camelot. The story behind Lancelot’s affair with Guinevere. The truth about the quest for the Grail. And find out what happens one fateful day in June, when King Arthur and six of his knights are revealed as living among us. A revelation that brings about the return of Merlin and the end of the World, uncovering secrets from the past which King Arthur would rather stay buried, and forcing Lucas to confront the truth about his own unique and peculiar destiny. A destiny he will do anything to avoid, even if it means sacrificing the love of his life in the service of his master.
In short, the kind of crisis only the ultimate butler can resolve.