I’m back from the jungles of Rajasthan, and more on that later. First though, a couple of writing blogs to catch you up with news you may have missed.
To many of you, this first one isn’t news at all, especially if you’ve taken a moment to ‘like’ the World’s Collider book page over on Facebook. Had you had done that, you’d already know that this apocalyptic novel in many voices (one of them mine) parted ways with the intended publisher Open Casket Press a few weeks ago. Although the crew at Open Casket were supportive of the book, and are owed a big thanks for helping to get it off the ground, the more the book developed, the less good the fit seemed. An amicable split was arranged, and World’s Collider went off in search of a new partner.
I’m pleased to say that, after talks with a couple of publishers, the book has been snatched up by Nightscape Press. They’re a brand new publisher, with enormous amounts of energy – much of which is already being thrown behind the book. No publication date has been set yet, beyond the fact that it will appear this year, but expect to hear a lot more from them. If you’re going to the World Horror Convention in Salt Lake City this year, keep your eyes peeled for Nightscape, who will be armed with all sorts of promotional goodies.
It’s exciting to be in on the ground floor with a new publisher, and flattering that they’ve such faith in World’s Collider that they’re going to make it their inaugural title. Hopefully, a marriage made in hell, in the best possible way.
I’ve seen some of the artwork for the book too, and it made me very happy. I’m not allowed to show you any of it, or they’ll send the spoiler police round to get me. As soon as I can though, I will. Meantime, here’s the book blurb:
“The Collision is the worst disaster in human history. So far…
In the near future, an experiment at the Large Hadron Collider causes an enormous explosion, known as the Collision. The blast flattens a huge chunk of central Europe and punches a massive hole in the Earth’s surface. Over the next decade, unspeakable horrors pour from the rift: vicious creatures with a taste for human flesh, a terrible scream that drives all who hear it insane, a phantom entity that feeds on fear and paranoia, and a nightmare train from the pits of hell, to name but a few. This onslaught of terror causes the collapse of civilization and threatens to wipe humanity from the planet.
World’s Collider is a unique concept in short fiction, where all eighteen original stories are part of a common narrative, recounting the disaster and its aftermath. A true novel by many voices, including Steven Savile, James Moran, Aaron Rosenberg, Trent Zelazny, Jonathan Green, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Kelly Hale, Richard Wright, and a host of new talent.
Fifty million people died in the Collision. They were the lucky ones…“
More when I have it…