The Complete Double Dead by Chuck Wendig cover art and synopsis

The Complete Double Dead by Chuck Wendig will be published on February 9, 2016 by Abaddon Books


In February 2016 Abaddon will publish two of Chuck Wendig’s earliest works, the vampire-in-zombieland comedy horror Double Dead and the follow up novella Double Dead: Bad Blood, together for the first time in The Complete Double Dead.

With a brand new cover by Joey Hi-Fi and a bonus Tomes Of The Dead novella by Mark Clapham, this is an unmissable slice of full-tilt horror with extra added funnies, from before the time Chuck was one of the most talked about names in genre.

As an added bonus – as if all that glorious Wendig writing wasn’t enough – we’ve also included Dead Stop by Mark Clapham in The Complete Double Dead, giving readers even more undead carnage to sink their teeth into. Delicious!

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After You Die by Eva Dolan cover art and synopsis

After You Die by Eva Dolan will be published on January 3, 2016 by Harvill Secker


Dawn Prentice was already known to the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit.

The previous summer she had logged a number of calls detailing the harassment she and her severely disabled teenage daughter were undergoing. Now she is dead – stabbed to death whilst Holly Prentice has been left to starve upstairs. DS Ferreira, only recently back serving on the force after being severely injured in the line of duty, had met with Dawn that summer. Was she negligent in not taking Dawn’s accusations more seriously? Did the murderer even know that Holly was helpless upstairs while her mother bled to death?

Whilst Ferreira battles her demons, determined to prove she’s up to the frontline, DI Zigic is drawn into conflict with an official seemingly resolved to hide the truth about one of his main suspects. Can either officer unpick the truth about mother and daughter, and bring their killer to justice?

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A New Open Door Period at Angry Robot

The Open Door period at Angry Robot will last from 1 December 15 to 31 January 2016.


More detailed notes are coming soon. For now, the message is simple:

- The next Angry Robot Open Door opens December 1st 2015
- It will close on January 31st 2016
- It will be open to full-length science fiction and fantasy novels
- We want to buy and publish the best of these books on the Angry Robot list
- Angry Robot have found a notable clutch of fabulous writers from Open Door in past – this time, it could be you.

More details here

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Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama will be published on March 3, 2016 by Quercus Books



For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter's kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again.

For the fourteen years that followed, the Japanese public listened to the police's apologies. They would never forget the botched investigation that became known as 'Six Four'. They would never forgive the authorities their failure.

For one week in late 2002, the press officer attached to the police department in question confronted an anomaly in the case. He could never imagine what he would uncover. He would never have looked if he'd known what he would find.

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Tickets to a Gollancz Festival 2015 day for aspiring writers go on sale


Gollancz is delighted to share two substantial updates regarding The Gollancz Festival. Firstly, the full schedule of events, including the topics for discussion and selection of panellists, at the events in Manchester, 16 October, and London, 17 October, is now available at

Secondly, Gollancz is launching an additional Waterstones Piccadilly-based event for at aspiring writers on Sunday 18 October, from 12 until 3pm!

Tickets to The Gollancz Festival 2015 at London Piccadilly sold out in an astonishing three weeks. Subsequently Gollancz received a number of messages and tweets from disappointed genre fiction fans who missed out on purchasing tickets. Many of them are part of writing groups or identified themselves as aspiring authors. Inspired by their messages, Gollancz have decided to launch ‘The Gollancz Festival for Writers’ from 12 until 3pm on Sunday 18 October, tickets priced at £8 (£6 for Waterstones card holders). The event is aimed at aspiring writers and anyone looking for an insight into an author’s process. It will include talks from Ben Aaronvitch, Joe Abercrombie, Joanne Harris and Joe Hill, as well as a panel of talented debut authors discussing ‘the trials and tribulations of their first year in print’. Please see the full programme and buy tickets here.

Publishing Director, Gillian Redfearn said: ‘Gollancz has always encouraged new writers so I’m thrilled that we’re able to offer a bespoke event focused on helping them to build their craft. We’ve developed a programme of practical and inspiring talks from genre-leading authors, and debut novelists, as well as industry-leading agents and editors’.

A small number of tickets for the Manchester Gollancz Festival from 16 October 6 – 9pm, are still available for £8. Please book now to avoid disappointment. At Waterstones Deansgate, there will be two rooms featuring 3 hours of action-packed programming. In both rooms attendees will see the same brilliant line-up featuring more than 20 authors with headline names including Ben Aaronovitch, Joe Abercrombie, Joanne Harris, Brandon Sanderson and, in a new addition to the bill, Joe Hill. You can book tickets at

Tickets to The Gollancz Festival, London Piccadilly, 17 October from 2–7pm, are now sold out, but for those who have purchased tickets the programme is now available. While those haven’t been able to buy tickets are welcome to join us on Sunday 18 October at ‘The Gollancz Festival for Writers’ or at Gollancz Festival events at the Prince Charles Cinema.

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The Sea Hates A Coward by Nate Crowley cover art and synopsis

The Sea Hates A Coward by Nate Crowley will be published on October 9, 2015 by Abaddon Books


Schneider Wrack was never a dissident. But since he’s serving the sentence anyway, he may as well become one.

Because in the city, the sentence for sedition is death. Death, and then reanimation, before being shipped out to Ocean to work until you fall apart – or something gets you. There’s always a need for fresh bodies in Ocean. In the 70 years the city has been under siege, it’s been the only place to get food, and so the whaling barges work night and day to haul in enough meat to keep three million people from the edge of starvation. Human labour isn’t an option – Ocean’s too big, too cruel, too full of monsters – so it’s the dead that man the whaleboats. They’re meant to be mindless, empty vessels, but the procedure isn’t perfect. Schneider has woken up months into his sentence, trapped in a living hell of meat and brine, and he’s not happy.

It’s going to take a lot to stir the workforce into revolt; few of them have all their original limbs, and fewer still can remember their own names. But you’ve got to do what you can with what you’ve got.

It’s time to bring hell back to the city.

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Introducing Pushkin Vertigo - First four titles available now

Pushkin Vertigo is the hotly-anticipated new crime imprint from Pushkin Press, a treasure-trove of classics from all around the world. With highly recognisable, stunning jackets, the books in the Pushkin Vertigo collection are tour-de-force thrillers by masters from the 1920s to the 1970s. Readers will discover timeless, iconic works from countries including France, Spain, Austria, Japan and Italy.

The first four titles in the series are published now with two more books coming in November and many more to follow throughout 2016 and beyond. Pushkin Vertigo will publish 8-12 titles annually from 2016 on.

The first four titles, out now:

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The Bricks that Built the Houses by Kate Tempest cover art and synopsis

The Bricks that Built the Houses by Kate Tempest will be published on April 7, 2016 by Bloomsbury Circus


Young Londoners Becky, Harry and Leon are escaping the city in a fourth-hand Ford Cortina with a suitcase full of stolen money. Taking us back in time - and into the heart of London - The Bricks that Built the Houses explores a cross-section of contemporary urban life with a powerful moral microscope, giving us intimate stories of hidden lives, and showing us that good intentions don't always lead to the right decisions.

Leading us into the homes and hearts of ordinary people, their families and their communities, Kate Tempest exposes moments of beauty, disappointment, ambition and failure. Wise but never cynical, driven by empathy and ethics, The Bricks that Built the Houses questions how we live with and love one another.

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Before the Feast by Sasa Stanisic cover art and synopsis

Before the Feast by Sasa Stanisic will be published on October 22, 2015 by Pushkin Press


It's the night before the feast in the village of Furstenfelde (population: an odd number). The village is asleep. Except for the ferryman - he's dead. And Mrs Kranz, the night-blind painter, who wants to depict her village for the first time at night. A bell-ringer and his apprentice want to ring the bells - the only problem is that the bells have gone. A vixen is looking for eggs for her young, and Mr Schramm is discovering more reasons to quit life than smoking. Someone has opened the doors to the Village Archive, but what drives the sleepless out of their houses is not that which was stolen, but that which has escaped. Old stories, myths and fairy tales are wandering about the streets with the people.
They come together in a novel about a long night, a mosaic of village life, in which the long-established and newcomers, the dead and the living, craftsmen, pensioners and noble robbers in football shirts bump into each other. They all want to bring something to a close, in this night before the feast.

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Down Station by Simon Morden cover art and synopsis

Down Station by Simon Morden will be published on February 18, 2016 by Gollancz


A small group of commuters and tube workers witness a fiery apocalypse overtaking London. They make their escape through a service tunnel. Reaching a door they step through...and find themselves on a wild shore backed by cliffs and rolling grassland. The way back is blocked. Making their way inland they meet a man dressed in a wolf's cloak and with wolves by his side. He speaks English and has heard of a place called London - other people have arrived here down the ages - all escaping from a London that is burning. None of them have returned. Except one - who travels between the two worlds at will. The group begin a quest to find this one survivor; the one who holds the key to their return and to the safety of London.

And as they travel this world, meeting mythical and legendary creatures,split between North and South by a mighty river and bordered by The White City and The Crystal Palace they realise they are in a world defined by all the London's there have ever been. Reminiscent of Michael Moorcock and Julian May this is a grand and sweeping science fantasy built on the ideas, the legends, the memories of every London there has ever been.

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