Sam Stone Concludes Her Jinx Trilogy

Jinx Bound Sam Stone

Sam Stone, author of The Vampire Gene series and Zombies At Tiffany’s concludes here series of Jinx novels, following Jinx Town and Jinx Magic with Jinx Bound.

The Jinx series is quoted as being War of the Worlds meets Lord of the Rings via Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. So you know there is a lot going on.

One-time secondary school teacher Jasmine Regis is now Empress of the alien Jinx – but her husband, the powerfully erotic Emperor Arven, is trapped on the Eleventh Moon and unable to return to their home planet Emin, while in his absence a group of ruthless conspirators plot to usurp his throne.

With the help of the Jinx mage Kale, Jas must somehow find a way to rescue her husband, thwart the conspirators and help her human friends to escape the dying Earth, which has fallen into the grip of a vile military tyranny.

Jinx Bound is a powerful tale of alien magic, military corruption, human nature and the will to survive.

The final book in an acclaimed trilogy of high-impact science-fiction horror novels. With a cover image by award-winning science-fiction and fantasy artist Jim Burns.

 

Jinx Bound is available to order direct from the publisher Telos

Big fecking Orks Vs. Nuns with Guns?

Sorry I just ripped this title from Danie Ware’s tweet as she is the awesome wordsmith with her first Warhammer 40K novel.

Danie – who you may know from the Ecko series of novels, Ecko Rising, Ecko Burning and Ecko Endgame – has written Mercy for Black Library, the publisher of Games Workshop tie in novels.

Synopsis

Sister Superior Augusta of the Order of the Bloody Rose has been called to a planet in the far reaches of the Imperium, a world where no Imperial foot has stepped in thousands of year, save a missionary sent to bring the Emperor’s light to the natives. On the world is a cathedral, ancient and run down – but with an icon at its heart, a warrior-woman with a bloodied rose on her chest. Is this a symbol that Saint Mina, founder of the Order, once walked on this world? Augusta is determined to find out…

The ebook is available directly through Black Library here.

It Looks So Beautiful! Ian Livingstone’s Freeway Fighter: The Graphic Novel

One of my favourite game books Freeway Fighter, penned by living legend Ian Livingstone, which was adapted into a comic book series thanks to writer Andi Ewington and Titan Comics.

Now Available in Trade Paperback from Forbidden Planet

This is a new post-apocalyptic road-trip series based on the world famous Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, which will be roaring into comic stores in the spring of 2017.

Critically acclaimed writer Andi Ewington (Just Cause 3, The Six) teams up with original creator Ian Livingstone and artist Simon Coleby for FREEWAY FIGHTER – a furious, three-part road trip like no other – with colours by Len O’Grady and lettering by Jim Campbell.

Fans of the original Fighting Fantasy gamebook will also be pleased to learn that the comic features a dedication to Kevin Bulmer, the book’s original, distinctive interior artist.

An unknown virus has wiped out over 85% of the world’s human population. Former I-400 Driver Bella De La Rosa is one of the 15% – living every day as if it were her last. Now, eighteen months after the collapse of civilization, faced with a new world order where violence and chaos rule the Freeway, she must hone her racing skills and survive any way she can!

We spoil you here is a small but very impressive gallery of pages and teaser art for the comic

Freeway Fighter Comic Launch Video

Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny Comic Books Coming in 2018

Special 5-Week Event Comic Book Series Inspired by the Popular Animated Shorts

Fans who took their first step into a larger world with Star Wars Adventures are destined to love Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny. IDW Publishing and Lucasfilm are excited to collaborate on a new series further exploring the comic book adventures of Star Wars for all ages— Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny is a weekly comic book series that will star such popular Star Wars heroines as Leia, Rey, Padmé, Ahsoka, and Hera along with the newest stars from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rose and Paige.

Just as exciting are the talented creators who will be bringing these beloved characters’ stories to life, including an impressive roster of female writers from across the galaxy: Delilah S. Dawson, Elsa Charretier, Beth Revis, Jody Houser, and Devin Grayson.

Art and covers will be provided by Elsa Charretier, Arianna Florean, Eva Widermann, Valentina Pinto, and Nicoletta Baldari. Charretier will also contribute five interconnected variant covers, which combine to create an iconic Forces of Destiny image. Collectible animation cell variant covers will be available from your retailer, as will a super-rare variant by Annie Wu.

“The Forces of Destiny initiative has won over fans with its inspiring tales about these iconic heroes,” says Senior Editor Denton J. Tipton. “IDW Publishing couldn’t be more excited to be part of the celebration of these beloved characters.”

May the Force(s) be with you this January when Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny arrives weekly!

Charlie Higson To Write Fighting Fantasy Game Book The Gates of Death

Charlie Higson

Charlie Higson
Charlie Higson
Charlie Higson is a writer / actor / comedian with a very diverse career. From writer/cast member of THE FAST SHOW with Paul Whitehouse, through high drama roles in Broadchurch and author of the Young Bond novels this is one talented man.

It has been revealed that Charlie Higson is writing a new gamebook in the bestselling Fighting Fantasy series for April 2018 The Gates of Death. Along with the co-creators of Fighting Fantasy, Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, Charlie shared the news with excited fans of the books at Fighting Fantasy Fest at the University of West London.

This year saw the the 35th anniversary of the series’ first publication and publisher Scholastic UK started reissuing Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone’s classic series of adventure gamebooks, along with a new gamebook by lan Livingstone, The Port of Peril.

Charlie Higson’s Fighting Fantasy adventure will be set in the iconic Fighting Fantasy world – while bringing his own brand of fiendish, pacy plotting and spine-chilling monsters into play. His book will publish in April 2018 alongside five more classic backlist titles from Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. These will be: Creature of Havoc, Deathtrap Dungeon, Appointment with F.E.A.R, Island of the Lizard King, and Sorcery!.

The deal for world rights was struck between Lauren Fortune, Editorial Director at Scholastic UK and Alexandra Cann Representation on behalf of Charlie Higson and Philippa Milnes-Smith at Lucas Alexander Whitley on behalf of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. Fighting Fantasy is a trademark owned by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone and used with permission.

Charlie Higson says:

“I’ve always been a huge fan of fantasy and gaming so when I first came across the Fighting Fantasy books back in the day I just had to check them out. Even though I was probably a little older than the average reader I thought they were great fun. In fact I thought they were genius. So it’s a huge honour now to be asked to write an adventure of my own and help introduce these amazing books to a new generation of readers.”

Fighting Fantasy co-creators Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone said:

“We are extremely proud of the world of Fighting Fantasy that we created 35 years ago, and which endures so well today. We’re very excited to see what the amazing imagination of bestselling author Charlie Higson will bring to the world. Charlie is a big fan of the series, and we know he will delight existing fans and his own readers with his first Fighting Fantasy book. We’re thrilled to have him on board!”

New Doctor Who Tie-In Novelisation From Telos Publishing

Doctor Who White Witch Special Cover F

Doctor Who White Witch Special Cover F
White Witch
Telos Publishing is pleased to announce that this November they will be publishing the official Tie-In Novelisation to the new Doctor Who Spin-off Drama WHITE WITCH OF DEVIL’S END, being released on DVD by Koch Media.

The original Drama follows events in the life of Olive Hawthorne, the White Witch of Devil’s End from the 1971 Doctor Who adventure ‘The Daemons’. Six authors have supplied the tales, and they are being presented by Telos in two different paperback editions:

First is a limited edition A Format paperback, designed to look like the old Target Novelisations. Art by Andrew-Mark Thompson
Second is a B format paperback, with cover to match the DVD release.

Details about the release follow:

Olive Hawthorne is the sole guardian of the sleepy village of Devil’s End. She protects the world from the incursion of demons, vampires, aliens and all manner of otherworldly creatures. But she is getting old … and they keep coming …

This is the story of Olive’s life. From her earliest days, through teenage years, middle age, and now old age. Tales of her adventures with monsters and evil … forever battling against the forces of darkness … and forever seeking to keep the world safe.

Written by Suzanne Barbieri, Debbie Bennett, Raven Dane, Jan Edwards, David J Howe and Sam Stone, and edited by Sam Stone, The Dæmons of Devil’s End is the story of one woman’s exciting and emotional life.

With a Foreword by by actress Damaris Hayman and an Afterword by producer/director Keith Barnfather.

The Dæmons of Devil’s End is based on, and expands upon, the Reeltime Pictures drama production White Witch of Devil’s End released on DVD by Koch Media and available from www.timetraveltv.com. It also spins off from the 1971 BBC Doctor Who adventure ‘The Dæmons’. All characters are used with permission of the relevant rights owners. This book has not been licensed or approved by the BBC or any of its affiliates.

The book also features a special ‘Dossier’ section compiled by Andrew-Mark looking at some of the artefacts held in the UNIT vaults relating to the strange events that have happened in Devil’s End through the years.

Fighting Fantasy Update.

This week saw the 35th Anniversary releases of the Fighting Fantasy (FF) series of books. To celebrate this anniversary Publisher Scholastic have taken on the licence and not only re-published 5 classic Fighting Fantasy books they have also published the first new FF book from series co creator Ian Livingstone since Blood Of The Zombies 5 years ago.

For those who don’t know, The Fighting Fantasy series of books was launched in 1982 by the publication of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, written by Games Workshop founders Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson. The books launched the ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ style game book, where the readers can make decisions for the main protagonist during the course of reading the book and influence the events and outcome.

The initial run of the books lasted from 1982 until 1995 with a massive 59 titles, a relaunch in 2002 saw another 30+ titles a mixture of new editions of classic books and completly new adventures.

So now with new publisher on board and new title The Port Of Peril now available to buy, we also have second volume of the Fighting Fantasy, You Are The Hero, successfully funded on Kicksarter what is next.

The Fill List of August 2017 35th Anniversary Fighting Fantasy releases from Scholastic

  • The Warlock of Firetop Mountain
  • City of Thieves
  • House of Hell
  • The Port of Peril
  • Forest of Doom

All available from AMAZON or your friendly local book shop.If you are lucky you may be able to pick up signed copies from Forbidden Planet.

Fighting Fantasy Fest 2

Well first there is Fighting Fantasy Fest 2 which is held in London on the 2nd February (full details and tickets)

Guests of Honour Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone who will be giving a talk, and signing books, on the day.
Fighting Fantasy Fest 2 will also feature other talks, gaming sessions, comics, signings, a Fighting Fantasy exhibition, traders, a cosplay competition, and numerous other special guests.
Food and drink will be available on the day from an onsite cafe and bar.
Price of entry includes a collectable programme and autograph book.

Sonic The Hedgehog Comics Coming From IDW

Today SEGA® revealed that Sonic the Hedgehog™ and his friends have joined forces with IDW Publishing, the leading publisher of licensed comic books, to begin a thrilling new chapter in the Blue Blur’s adventures in 2018.

Creative teams are currently being formed, and a publishing plan is now underway with more details to come at a later date. Writers and artists will be bringing their considerable talents to the comic book world of Sonic.

“We’ve been speaking with beloved Sonic fan-favorite creators and new creators alike, and are excited to be able to spread specifics about our plans for the comic in the near future,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer.

“We are ecstatic about this partnership with IDW,” said Ivo Gerscovich, Chief Brand Officer for Sonic the Hedgehog. “We know they’ll serve as a good home for the new adventures of Sonic, his friends, and foes.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters Crossover

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters  Comic Book Crossover Sequel
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters
Comic Book Crossover Sequel
Crossover Sequel Coming

The Pop Culture Juggernauts Re-team for a 5-Week Crossover Series This November

San Diego (July 20, 2017) — This November, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Ghostbusters reunite for an inter-dimensional comic book adventure (and probably a large pizza!) in the upcoming weekly crossover event series from IDW Publishing.

Our story begins when an old adversary traps the Turtles in a ghost dimension, as old adversaries are wont to do. However, all hope is not lost for our Heroes in Half-Shell, as New York City’s resident experts on all things spooky quickly answer the call.

The dream writing team of Erik Burnham (Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe) and Tom Waltz (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, editor for Ghostbusters) are back to tackle scripting duties and will be joined by lead Ghostbusters artist Dan Schoening, whose animated art style has come to define the look of the Ghostbusters comics. An array of multi-talented artists with Turtles credentials are also getting in on the mass hysteria including Pablo Tunica (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe), Tadd Galusha (TMNT: Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything), Mark Torres (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and C.P. Wilson III (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters).

“When Erik and I first broached the idea of joining the TMNT with the Ghostbusters way back when, it felt like a wonderfully impossible dream,” said co-writer Tom Waltz. “Well, that dream came true with the first volume in a big way, and now I’m absolutely ecstatic to have the opportunity to once again help bring my two favorite quartets together for another massive comic book crossover event! And, like the first go-around, the events in this story directly flow out of and affect the storylines in both ongoing series.”

“I had such a blast working on the first crossover with Tom, and in the years since, we’ve talked about what we might do if we ever got a crack at a sequel,” said co-writer Erik Burnham. “When the opportunity came up, we didn’t even use a single one of those plans! Instead, we grabbed villains from both universes and mixed them together to form the foundation of a fun story that furthers the ongoing stories of both the Turtles and the Ghostbusters. Even better, we get some more one-on-one scenes, allowing their complementary personalities to shine and we’re beyond excited to share!”

When last the Turtles and the original ‘Busters crossed streams in 2014, the Turtles got stuck in the Ghostbusters dimension… along with a brand-new, all-powerful, all-crazy ghost from centuries past! It was met with enthusiasm from both fans and critics with IGN declaring the mash-up of proton packs and ninjutsu “hugely entertaining.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters 2 #1 hits stores Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Fighting Fantasy Reprints and News Of The Brand’s Future

FF2017 MASTER YELLOWBefore gaming gripped the imagination of children worldwide, Fighting Fantasy was the bestselling fantasy brand that made the reader the hero of every story. In its 35th anniversary year, Scholastic UK is proud to announce the acquisition of Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson’s classic series of adventure gamebooks which will be republished, repackaged and reignited for a new generation. Furthermore, Scholastic UK will publish a brand-new gamebook for 8+ readers by Ian Livingstone, The Port of Peril, into the series and future titles are planned.

Almost 20 million copies of Fighting Fantasy have sold worldwide in 32 languages and the series has a legion of high-profile fans, including Charlie Higson, who says: “Before there were video games, before kids could get lost in the labyrinth that is the Internet, before The Lord Of The Rings films, Game of Thrones and the reboot of Doctor Who turned everyone onto fantasy and sci-fi, there were the Fighting Fantasy books. A new way of telling stories and in many ways the birth of modern gaming, these books captured the imagination of a generation of kids – and locked them in the Deathtrap Dungeons. It’s great to think that a new generation of kids are going to be similarly captivated.”

World Rights for the original series and new book were acquired by Lauren Fortune, Editorial Director at Scholastic UK, from Philippa Milnes-Smith at Lucas Alexander Whitley Agency.

With appeal for fans of high-octane fantasy brands from Percy Jackson to Assassin’s Creed, Fighting Fantasy gamebooks also spark ever-more important skills of problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity. Scholastic UK’s launch campaign will be focussed on reaching new readers whilst also celebrating the 35th anniversary with the passionate existing fan base.

Ian Livingstone says: “Fighting Fantasy has survived the test of time, and I’m thrilled that Scholastic are reimagining our gamebook series for a new generation of fans. Starting with five classic titles, including The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, I hope readers will have enough SKILL and STAMINA to survive the challenges of The Port of Peril, my brand-new adventure.”

Steve Jackson says: “It was 35 years ago that the first Fighting Fantasy gamebook appeared in UK bookshops and readers became heroes as they explored the caverns of Firetop Mountain. And now, after all those years, it is particularly exciting for FF to be embarking on a new publishing partnership with Scholastic, the world’s largest children’s books publisher. May their Stamina never Fail!”

Lauren Fortune says: “A whole generation of children grew up reading the Fighting Fantasy series in the 1980s and 1990s, often reluctant readers for whom this was an important gateway into books. There is so much here to appeal to today’s young readers: the best monsters, the chance to create your own pathway through the story, the empowering, compelling set-up that in the Fighting Fantasy world, YOU are the hero. As a huge fan of these books from childhood, I couldn’t be prouder to be republishing them this year.”

In August 2017, Scholastic UK will publish The Port of Peril, the new gamebook by Ian Livingstone, along with five classic titles, including The Warlock of Firetop Mountain. A further tranche of titles will publish in spring 2018.

Fighting Fantasy Companion Vol 2 Funds on Kickstarter in Under 24 Hours

Fighting Fantasy You Are The Hero Vol2 Kickstarter

The follow up to Jonathan Green’s 2014 You Are The Hero has just completed funding on Kickstarter within 24 hours.

You Are The Hero celebrates the Fighting Fantasy game book and the culture around them. Approaching the 35th anniversary this new volume covers the more recent developments in the Fighting Fantasy brand. These include the Graphic Novel interpretations of Steve Jasckson’s Trolltooth Wars and Ian Livingstone’s Freeway Fighter (available from Forbidden Planet).

Another twelve chapters of new content planned and would like to be able to fill the book with as much original artwork from the series as possible. Legendary fantasy artist Chris Achilleos – who painted the covers of Out of the Pit, Titan – The Fighting Fantasy World, Space Assassin, Temple of Terror, Armies of Death, and the novel The Trolltooth Wars – has agreed to produce the cover art for YOU ARE THE HERO Part 2

You can check out the Kickstarter page here will full details.
You can check out Jonathan Green‘s back catalogue of work on Amazon here.

You can check out other Fighting Fantasy titles on Amazon here.

Fighting Fantasy You Are The Hero Vol2 Kickstarter
Fighting Fantasy You Are The Hero Vol2 Kickstarter

Sharkpunk 2 Comes To Kickstarter!

Sharkpunk 2 Kickstarter

SHARKPUNK 2 is the sequel to 2015’s SHARKPUNK, an anthology of killer shark stories by a host of genre talent, and published by Snowbooks. SHARKPUNK 2 features brand new SF, F and WTF? stories from the likes of James Lovegrove, Gavin Smith, Gav Thorpe, Guy Haley, Michael Carroll, Jonathan Oliver, and many more.

The inspiration behind the original SHARKPUNK was such classic shark movies as Jaws, Deep Blue Sea and The Reef – as well as such B-movie delights as Sharknado, Sharktopus and Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus – and SHARKPUNK 2 contains more of the same.

SHARKPUNK 2 will also feature a brand new, original Sky Sharks story, set within the same universe as the forthcoming movie, directed by Marc Fehse, which was also funded via Kickstarter.
The book’s editor is Jonathan Green, who is most well known as an author of adventure gamebooks and steampunk novels, and whose previous anthologies – SHARKPUNK, GAME OVER and Shakespeare Vs Cthulhu – have won both critical and popular acclaim.

The Kickstarter to fund production of SHARKPUNK 2 launches on Saturday 28 th January 2017 at 12:00pm GMT (7:00am in New York, 11:00pm in Melbourne) and features a number of exclusives rewards. Included among these are signed Sky Sharks postcards, signed books, and the chance to have your name appear in print. There are also a number of reduced price rewards which will only be available during the Kickstarter’s first week, to encourage early backing.

Sharkpunk 2 Kickstarter
Sharkpunk 2 Kickstarter