“They’re here … The boy. The boy watch the boy watch the dead people oh Lordy there’s so many … They’re coming for me now. We’re all going soon. All of us. Pastor Len warn them that the boy he’s not to…”
– The last words of Pamela May Donald (1961 – 2012)

Black Thursday. The day that will never be forgotten. The day that four passenger planes crash, at almost exactly the same moment, at four different points around the globe.

There are only four survivors. Three are children, who emerge from the wreckage seemingly unhurt. But they are not unchanged. The fourth is Pamela May Donald, who lives just long enough to record a voice message on her phone. A message that will change the world.

The message is a warning…

A trailer for The Three by Sarah Lotz has been released by UK publishers Hodder and Stoughton on the book’s website. The Three is the first half of a six-figure, two-book deal Lotz made with Hodder and Stoughton in 2012.

The TV rights to The Three and the sequel, Day Four, were acquired by London’s Company Pictures towards the end of last year.

Check out the official The Three website at http://www.thethreebook.com/

According to Broadcast, Company Pictures has optioned TV rights to Sarah Lotz’s novel The Three, with the intention of turning the novel and its sequel into an international mini-series.

Kate Sinclair – former UK Film Council and Film 4 book scout discovered the books for Company and will executive produce the series, with Lotz acting as a consultant.

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Pan Macmillan is thrilled to announce the acquisition of two S. L. Grey novels by Julie Crisp, Editorial Director, in a six-figure deal with agent Oli Munson, of AM Heath, after a hard-fought pre-Frankfurt auction.  Rights have already been sold in Germany, France and Holland.

A high concept thriller with overtones of Stephen King, Underground takes place in The Sanctum, a luxurious, self-sustaining survival condominium situated fifty feet underground in a remote location in rural Maine. It’s a plush bolt-hole for the rich and paranoid – a place where they can wait out the apocalypse in style.

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AfroSF-cover‘Home Affairs’ featured in AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers, edited by Ivor Hartmann and published 2012 by StoryTime.

AfroSF is the first ever anthology of Science Fiction by African writers only that was open to submissions from across Africa and abroad. It is comprised of original (previously unpublished) works only, from stellar established and upcoming African writers: Nnedi Okorafor, Sarah Lotz, Tendai Huchu, Cristy Zinn, Ashley Jacobs, Nick Wood, Tade Thompson, S.A. Partridge, Chinelo Onwualu, Uko Bendi Udo, Dave de Burgh, Biram Mboob, Sally-Ann Murray, Mandisi Nkomo, Liam Kruger, Chiagozie Fred Nwonwu, Joan De La Haye, Mia Arderne, Rafeeat Aliyu, Martin Stokes, Clifton Gachagua, and Efe Okogu.

‘If I Die, Kill my Cat’ featured in Magic, edited by Jonathon Oliver, publishedMagic Anthologyby Solaris, 2012

They gather in darkness, sharing ancient and arcane knowledge as they manipulate the very matter of reality itself. Spells and conjuration; legerdemain and prestidigitation – these are the mistresses and masters of the esoteric arts.

This amazing collection of new fiction has an extraordinary list of contributors, featuring an original short story from the international No. 1 bestseller Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveller’s Wife; alongside NYT bestseller Dan Abnett and more modern masters of the art: Christopher Fowler, Gemma Files, Alison Littlewood, Thana Niveau, Robert Shearman, Paul Meloy, Will Hill, Sarah Lotz, Storm Constantine, Lou Morgan, Sophia McDougall, Liz Williams, Gail Z. Martin and Steve Rasnic Tem.

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Sarah Lotz has accepted a pre-emptive six-figure offer from UK publishers Hodder and Stoughton for her novel The Three, as well as another book.
Lotz’s agent, Oliver Munson, submitted a partial manuscript to a group of editors ahead of the Frankfurt Book Fair and the deal was snapped up by Hodder and Stoughton less than a day later.

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Solaris Rising 1.5 -cover‘Charlotte’ is featured in Solaris Rising 1.5, edited by Ian Whates, published 2012 by Solaris’.

An elderly female farmer in South Africa feels vulnerable when her guard dog is poisoned. Fortunately her daughter has a replacement, albeit not a canine one…

 

StoriesofTheSmoke‘Inspector Bucket Investigates’ is featured in Stories of the Smoke, edited by Anne Perry, Jared Shurin, Jurassic London, 2012

Charles Dickens lived and breathed London in a way few authors ever have, before or since. In his fiction, his non-fiction, and even his own life, Dickens cast an extraordinary shadow over the city he so loved – so much so, indeed, that his name has become synonymous with a certain image of London. A London of terrible social inequality and matchless belief in the human potential; a London filled with the comic and the repulsive, the industrious and the feckless, the faithful and the faithless, the selfish and the selfless.

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Over the last decade South African genre fiction has been slowly making its presence known, but nothing could have prepared us for the impact that District 9 would have, both on how our product is viewed internationally, and more importantly how it is viewed here at home.

Add to that Lauren Beukes winning the Arthur C Clarke Award earlier this year for her second novel Zoo City and suddenly our genre stories are beginning to find audiences both at home and abroad..

Which brings me to SL Grey.

SL Grey’s debut novel, The Mall, has literally exploded onto the market, with critics all over the world almost unanimously praising it. Words commonly associated with The Mall tend towards “weird” “surreal” and “terrifying”, all of them fitting.

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African_Pens-Cover‘Pigeon Fancier’ is featured in African Pens 2011, winning stories selected by J M Coetzee, published by Jacana Media, 2011

SAPEN brings you a brand new anthology of writings from Africa, a collection that will give the reader insight into what African writers are experiencing and writing about in the new decade.

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