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.

New Steampunk Horror From Telos Moonrise

Absinthe and Arsenic
Absinthe and Arsenic
Absinthe and Arsenic

Telos Publishing’s new Digital and POD imprint, Telos Moonrise, launches this September with two new titles guaranteed to thrill, excite and horrify! David J Howe and Stephen James Walker, Editorial Directors of Telos Publishing, have acquired world rights in a collection of Victorian-themed ghostly short horror stories, and in a trilogy of Steampunk novella-length adventures.

Raven Dane’s collection Absinthe & Arsenic is a varied and spooky selection of horror fiction. ‘I love ghost stories,’ said David J Howe, ‘and Raven manages to effortlessly capture the sense of the Victorian fascination for ghosts and spirits. Her tales chill and terrify while remaining rooted in an English sensibility of honour and propriety. I love her writing and imagination. These are fabulous stories in a classic tradition!’

‘I have known of Telos Publishing for many years as a well-respected bench mark for beautifully produced books created with dedication, professionalism and a passion for their subjects,’ said Dane. ‘I was therefore honoured and delighted to have my short story collection, Absinthe & Arsenic, accepted by the new Telos Moonrise imprint. It couldn’t be in safer hands!’

The first in a trilogy of Steampunk novellas, Dr Tripps’ Kaiju Cocktail, is by noted comedian and big-game hunter Kit Cox, whose alter ego Major Jack Union penned a guide to some of the fantastic creatures he has encountered on his expeditions around the world.

Telos’ Commissioning Editor Sam Stone said, ‘The minute I started to read Kit’s story I realised it would be perfect for Telos’ Steampunk imprint. Dr Tripps’ Kaiju Cocktail merges both the Steampunk and Dieselpunk genres and is an all round, satirical medley of fantasy fun. I was in awe of Kit’s imagination and creativity. We believe it will make an excellent addition to the line-up of new fiction being assembled for Telos Moonrise.’

When asked what influenced his novella Cox said, ‘I always loved the availability of Wells, Verne and Doyle to the Victorian and Edwardian public. Books we think as classical literature that all started as easily afforded and readable on the go magazines, such as the Strand.’ Cox went on to say how thrilled he was to have been signed by Telos: ‘Telos has a good pedigree of strong science fiction, horror and adventure that appeals to the schoolboy inside me. Keeping such greats as Doctor Who alive whilst others had placed it on the “to do” pile. Telos Moonrise expands on this by making real books available to buy for your shelf and hold in your hand but accepts the world of eBooks for the joy of reading on the go. A company run by authors, for authors, makes the reader realise that if the book is Telos Moonrise it will be a ripping yarn and you can dive straight in.’

Telos Moonrise is offering an attractive 60% eBook royalty to authors for books published in its Moonrise imprint, as well as the chance for readers to get physical copies as well. ‘We felt it was important to offer our authors the best deal we could,’ said David J Howe. ‘It’s always been one of our driving forces that Telos Publishing be turned to by readers for the quality of the books we publish, and by authors for the quality of the deals we offer.’

Both Absinthe & Arsenic and Dr Tripps’ Kaiju Cocktail will be launched at the annual Steampunk Asylum event which takes place in Lincoln in September.

For more information about Telos Publishing, then please visit www.telos.co.uk, and for Telos Moonrise, there is a dedicated site at www.telosmoonrise.com.

 

Steampunk Kat is no Pussy

Sam Stone

Sam Stone
Sam Stone, author of the Vampire Gene novels and Zombies at Tiffany’s, is consultant and editor for the imprint
Sam Stone‘s new novella, entitled Kat On A Hot Tin Airship, will be published in September 2013 now Stephen James Walker, Editorial Director of Telos Publishing in London, has acquired world rights to this new Steampunk/horror/dark fantasy novella.

The novella is a sequel to Sam’s 2012 novella Zombies At Tiffany’s, and sees the Victorian Steampunk heroine Kat Litefoot once more adventuring against creatures of the underworld. Stone said of the deal: “Like many of my readers, I fell in love with Kat the moment I put her on paper, and I wanted to see what she got up to after the great Zombie invasion of 1854. Telos are a fantastic publisher to work for, and I’m delighted that my new book will see print through them.”

Walker commented: “Sam Stone’s work always guarantees depth and quality in the writing, and I was delighted when she offered us Kat On A Hot Tin Airship! It combines her keen sense of humour and lightness of touch, with the psychological and effective horror for which she is known. Kat On A Hot Tin Airship will be snapped up by her legions of fans.”

Sam Stone’s first novel, Killing Kiss, won the silver award for Best Horror Novel in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year competition, and her subsequent novels and short stories have gained her much acclaim, including winning the British Fantasy Award. She holds an MA in Creative Writing and is a noted public speaker and lecturer. Sam’s website is at www.sam-stone.com, and Telos Publishing is at www.telos.co.uk.

The White Witch Returns

Damaris Hayman reprising her role as Miss Hawthorne from Doctor Who: The Daemons
Damaris Hayman reprising her role as Miss Hawthorne from Doctor Who: The Daemons

Reeltime Pictures are pleased to announce a new drama production for release on DVD to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.

White Witch of Devil’s End is a spin-off from the highly regarded Jon Pertwee Doctor Who story The Daemons and will star Damaris Hayman reprising her role as Miss Hawthorne.

At the grand age of 84 (in June this year), you’d expect Damaris would be happy to be enjoying retirement quietly in her Cheltenham home … but no! When approached by producer Keith Barnfather about the idea she jumped at the chance. “I shall retire, I think in my coffin! Miss Hawthorne was my all-time favourite role and I was enchanted by the thought of being her again for a little while.”

“I was amazed and delighted that, as an octogenarian, Damaris was prepared to take this on,” says Keith. “We had recently recorded an interview with her for our Myth Makers series profiling actors who had appeared in Doctor Who and I already knew she still had a hunger to act. But I really didn’t expect her to be so keen.”

Although eager to take the project on, Damaris knew she had to pace herself, so in an innovative move, director Anastasia Stylianou decided to film the drama in a “talking head” style – adding dramatic cutaway material to bring Damaris’s words to life!

Says Anastasia; “I knew it would be a challenge. We needed to film a 50 minute drama at least, so I decided to make an asset out of a limitation.”

Primary filming has already taken place at a cottage near Damaris’s home. The crew collected and returned Damaris each day – allowing her to return home each evening to recover and study the next day’s script!

“We used autocue to help Damaris,” says Keith. “It was an impossible task for any actor to learn so much dialogue. Damaris was a true professional and took to it instantly.”

With a planned release date of 31st October, which is appropriately also Halloween, Anastasia hopes to have the project completed for the 50th anniversary celebrations. “It’s just getting all the dramatic cutaway material ‘in the can’ that is crucial. The drama is really an anthology – a set of connecting stories about Olive’s life told, as it were, in her own words.”

When considering who to approach to write these stories which would exist within an overall theme, Keith immediately thought to contact old friend David J Howe at Telos Publishing. “I thought it would be fantastic to ask individual writers knowledgeable in the occult and magic to write each story and David, through Telos, knew so many of the best young talent in the country.”

“I was delighted when Keith got in touch,” says David Howe, “and immediately started to think of who might be a good fit for the project. Along with my partner, the award-winning author Sam Stone, we contacted several authors who we felt would be sympathetic to the material and were pleased to get them all on board for the project.”

“I took on the task of outlining the whole story,” says Sam Stone, “and then asked the writers to come up with ideas which fitted that framework. We needed to tell stories at different points in Olive Hawthorne’s life, and the writers rose to the challenge and delivered scripts which exceeded all my expectations. I then worked with them to refine the scripts into the completed screenplay.”

The writers involved in the project are, as well as David J Howe and Sam Stone, Raven Dane, Debbie Bennett, Jan Edwards and Suzanne J Barbieri, with a final script-polish from Big Finish writer Matt Fitton. All have brought a unique perspective on Olive’s life, and the end result is an anthology of tales which will surprise, entertain and hopefully move the viewer.

Does Damaris have any regrets about throwing herself into such a big commitment? “Definitely not! I was enchanted to work with Anastasia and Keith again, who are great friends anyway. After a lot of working together consulting over the scripts, I’d subsequently never enjoyed filming more – and I can’t wait now to see the final result.”

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PROVISIONAL RELEASE DATE: 31/10/2013

 

Moonrise Launches

Sam Stone
Sam Stone is consultant and editor for Telos Moonrise

Cult / niche book publisher Telos Publishing is delighted to announce the launch of Telos Moonrise, the new imprint of Telos, which will expand to cover a wider variety of fiction than Telos readers will currently expect. Telos Moonrise will embrace digital publishing but titles will also be available via print on demand paperbacks via Amazon.

‘We have always loved publishing fiction,’ explained Telos’ Publishing Director David J Howe, ‘and with technology now at a point where this can be achieved at a good enough quality, we’re delighted to be able to put the Telos name and standards behind a variety of new titles and projects, all of which we are excited and thrilled to be publishing. Expect some superb fiction from both new and established names in the range, which nicely complements Telos’ main stream of non-fiction publishing.’

Sam Stone, author of the Vampire Gene novels and Zombies at Tiffany’s, is consultant and editor for the imprint and she will be commissioning and looking for titles for the range. ‘I’m thrilled to be working with Telos on this,’ she said. ‘It’s very satisfying to be able to bring into print some evocative and enjoyable work from some excellent authors.’

 

  • The ranges covered by Telos Moonrise are:
  • ‘Steampunk Visions’: Explore alternate worlds, past, present and future in our exciting new Steampunk range. There will be action, adventure and, of course, superb gadgets.
  • ‘Criminal Pursuits’: Look into the darkest depths of the criminal mind and explore the darker side of humanity with our Crime and Thriller titles.
  • ‘Dark Endeavours’: Delve into the supernatural, urban and dark fantasy, or the darkest horror imaginable. Or simply explore fantasy realms and alternate worlds where anything can happen from myth and magic to sword-wielding warriors.
  • ‘Sinful Pleasures’: Brings sexual fantasies, love or simply unbridled lust, with good strong stories, believable characters and a large helping of erotica in all its forms.

 

Telos Moonrise launches with a ‘Dark Endeavours’ title in September 2013: Absinthe and Arsenic, a collection of dark, mysterious and comedic tales by award winning dark fantasy and steampunk author Raven Dane.
For more information about Telos Moonrise: www.telosmoonrise.com

The Rocky Horror Show at 40!

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STILL THE BEAST IS FEEDING by Rob Bagnall and Phil Barden

Stephen James Walker and David J Howe, editorial directors at Telos Publishing Ltd, have acquired world rights to a new book celebrating 40 years of the phenomenon that is The Rocky Horror Show.

STILL THE BEAST IS FEEDING is written by two stalwart fans of Richard O’Brien’s classic stage show, Rob Bagnall and Phil Barden, and the book promises to chronicle the extraordinary history, continued evolution and enduring legacy of this immortal tale of a sex-crazed transvestite scientist, extra-terrestrial subterfuge, corruption of the innocent and the creation of life. Incorporating a wealth of archival material, personal memories and new interviews with contributors and participants from every era of Rocky Horror history, the authors explore the show’s origins and influences; the creation of the original London stage production; the numerous national and international revivals; the making of the movie; and the fanatical fishnet following which continues to define the Rocky Horror experience.

‘The stage show is a theatrical phenomenon, and the movie adaptation a cult classic,’ commented Walker, ‘and we at Telos Publishing are proud to add this title to our roster. We are known for our books on cult television and film, and this seems like a logical subject for us to be covering.’

The book will be published in April 2013, tying in with the national tour of the show which is already underway.