Telos publishing is pleased to announce that a new collection of vampire tales, and a detective novel, have been signed from author Tanith Lee. The collection brings together much of Tanith’s published vampire short fiction, and includes several original stories as well. Talking about the deal, Tanith said: ‘Aside from the fine reputation of Telos, I’m delighted to work with Sam Stone, who I’ve known for some years – a fascinating writer and fun companion. It’s also great to get a huge Lee vampire collection between covers – not to mention seeing my 1990’s (and only so far) detective novel, Death of the Day coming back into print. I love the detective genre, especially such stars as Ruth Rendell and Ian Rankin. I look forward to a new outlet for Death of the Day.’
David J Howe, Editorial Director of Telos, said: ‘I have been hugely impressed with Tanith’s work over the years. She is an author of rare power and vision, and to have some of her great short stories collected together in a special edition by Telos is something we are very proud of. In 2009 she was awarded the honour of Grand Master by the Horror Writers Association, and never has such an accolade been more deserved.’
The deal was agreed between Tanith and Stephen James Walker from Telos Publishing, and the collection and detective novel are currently planned to be published in April 2015.
Stephen James Walker, Editorial Director of Telos Publishing in London, has acquired world rights in a new zombie novella by Sam Stone. The novella, entitled Zombies at Tiffany’s, will be published in September 2012.
Sam is the award-winning author of four vampire novels collectively called “The Vampire Gene” published successfully by The House of Murky Depths. A fifth title in her series, Silent Sand, is due to be published in the autumn. She said, of this deal:
“It’s great to be back working with Telos again after the superb job they did with my horror collection Zombies in New York and Other Bloody Jottings last year. The new novella is riffing on the famous Audrey Hepburn/Blake Edwards film and the novella by Truman Capote, but it’s not the same as either. I enjoy playing with the genres, and this time we have a steampunk Victorian adventure. With zombies. In the famous Tiffany’s store in New York. It’s a lot of fun, and I even have a Jewish zombie wandering around who can only eat Kosher brains that’s a nod to the character of Shagal the Inn Keeper, brilliantly played by Alfie Bass in the Polanski film The Fearless Vampire Killers.”
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.
A painstakingly researched love letter to a much mourned series, Mark B Oliver’s book takes the reader through every possible avenue of merchandising around Blake’s 7. From officially sanctioned products to unofficial releases, even abandoned concepts get an airing here.
Every entry is accompanied by a cover or pack shot, which very quickly evokes nostalgic memories if you are of a certain age. I certainly wish I’d hung on to my complete set of Blake’s 7 Magazines all those years ago. It’s a shame the budget can’t stretch to some inner page shots of the magazines and annuals, but if you want to see those, that’s what collectors’ fairs and Ebay are for.
You certainly have to feel sorry for Marvel who signed the deal for the official Magazine just as the final season of B7 was going into production, though as Oliver notes, the question is how they kept it going for 23 issues after that. This book might benefit a little more from Oliver’s personality, but I assume he has set out to deliver a carefully compiled, objective guide.
Appendices with contributors such as Chris Boucher and Trevor Hoyle do add extra colour and interest for the reader, and the tales of unrealised merchandising are truly fascinating, especially Kevin Davies’ planned multi-track video documentary, which was apparently filmed but never released. The campaign to see that starts here.
In 1978, Blake’s 7, a new science fiction show, debuted on BBC television, and viewers became enthralled by the adventures of Blake, Avon, Jenna, Vila, Gan and Cally, aided by the computer Zen, as they battled against the might of the Federation, represented by the villainous Servalan and her right hand man, Travis. Merchandise followed, and here, for the first time, Mark B Oliver presents a collector’s guide to everything produced in relation to the show, and several items which never made it to the shops.
The book documents the background to the merchandise, detailing the highs and lows, and explores the history of Blake’s 7 merchandise from it’s very beginning. Included are full colour photographs of just about every item, plus interviews with some of those involved in the production of the ranges.
Blake’s 7: The Merchandise Guide is both a fascinating tour through the many ways that Blake’s 7 has been presented in merchandise and an entertaining guide to the world of Blake’s 7 collecting. The book covers Blake’s 7 merchandise around the world, including items released in America, Australia and Argentina, as well as the many UK-produced items.
192pp approx. A5 paperback book. Illustrated in full colour throughout.
ISBN 978-1-84583-059-5 (pb)
Paperback rrp ?19.99
The long-awaited third update volume to the DAVID HOWE’S TRANSCENDENTAL TOYBOX has now finally arrived and it’s a stonker! The book was delayed due to the sheer amount of work needed to pull something like 1500 items together over the 4 year period that the volume covers, and then to get it all laid out with photographs and information, plus some additional interviews and articles which will hopefully be of interest to readers.
The final book has come in at 448 pages and so is a massive tome, and it’s also in full colour throughout!
David J Howe and Arnold T Blumberg present the definitive collector’s guide to Doctor Who merchandise. From the rare and obscure to the commonplace and disposable, every facet of Doctor Who’s penetration into the marketplace is detailed.
This volume documents all the items released over 2006 and 2009, when Doctor Who cemented its position as one of the top-rated drama series in the UK, and the merchandising went into overdrive. More items were produced and released in this period than at any other point in the series’ history. Also contained within is a feature on the development of the Doctor Who Pinball, an interview with the man behind the pop group Mankind, and an interview with WETA on their range of collectibles. Howe’s Transcendental Toybox is both a fascinating tour through the many ways that Doctor Who has been presented in merchandise and an entertaining guide to the world of Doctor Who collecting.
Telos is very pleased and proud to have recently signed up a new collection of original horror and dark fantasy fiction from the acclaimed and award-winning author Sam Stone.? Sam made an enormous impact with her trilogy of Vampire novels, collectively known as the Vampire Gene series (which are available from our friends at Murky Depths), and we just know that this debut collection is going to blow people away.? There is even film interest already in some of the tales – and that’s before the book has even been published.
ZOMBIES IN NEW YORK AND OTHER BLOODY JOTTINGS is an amazing read. Something is sapping the energy of the usually robust dancers of the Moulin Rouge ? Jack the Ripper?s crimes are investigated by a vampire ? zombies roam the streets of New York ? Clowns die in mysteriously humorous ways … Welcome to the poetic and horrific world of Sam Stone, where a vampire becomes obsessed with a centuries-old werewolf, and Angels are stalking the undead. Walk through the haunting world of the Toymaker and be hypnotised by the Siren’s Song. Fourteen stories of horror and passion and six mythological and erotic poems from the pen of the new Queen of Vampire fiction. Chick-slash has never been so entertaining!
Published in February 2011 and being launched at the big LA Doctor Who event, Gallifrey One, ZOMBIES IN NEW YORK will boast a cover by multiple-award winning artist Vincent Chong, and features internal illustrations from the blood-soaked pen of Russell Morgan.
‘I wanted to do a collection to experiment with genres and styles,’ says Sam. ‘As well as my interest in horror fiction, I also love crime fiction, particularly psychological thrillers, and writing a collection of short stories gave me the opportunity to broaden my horizons in terms of the content, style and even voice that I used.’
Sam is known for her vampire series, The Vampire Gene, and the collection contains several stories which link in with that. ‘When I was writing Futile Flame, the second in the trilogy, my femme fatale, the vampire Lucrezia Borgia, was such an intriguing character that at the time I wanted to write much more about her history. There is a period of time within that book of approximately 200 years, where we don’t really know what she got up to. So the stories began as my exploration of those missing years. I have Lucrezia taking on the nom de plume of Lucy Collins, and working as a blood specialist – an ideal job for a vampire! – and with the police of all ages, solving crimes and getting involved in mysteries.’
The collection also contains some of Sam’s horror poetry. ‘They’re more erotic and mythological than horror, and the ones that I wanted to include in the collection, are those I’m most proud of as they each tell a little story of their own. I tried to encapsulate feelings, character, themes and a plot into a concise piece of writing in each case. I hope that readers enjoy them.’
The collection covers all bases from zombies to vampires, sirens to angels and just about everything in between. ‘I was trying to be diverse,’ smiles Sam. ‘There’s even a ghost story in there, as well as, of course, creepy clowns! But in every case I tried to bring a new and unique slant to the writing. I was aiming at being eclectic and I hope I’ve achieved that. There are several that I am really proud of, and some which I hope will truly shock readers!’
Copies of ZOMBIES IN NEW YORK AND OTHER BLOODY JOTTINGS can be pre-ordered from Telos.
Published February 2011
?12.99 B format paperback edition
By Sam Stone
Cover by Vincent Chong
Internal Illustrations by Russell Morgan
Congratulations to Telos Publishing and David J Howe for the win. Their full statment follows.
TELOS WINS BRITISH FANTASY AWARD
Telos Publishing scooped the British Fantasy Award for Best Small Press at an Awards ceremony held at the annual FantasyCon event in Nottingham at the weekend.
Telos’ Publishing Director David J Howe was on hand to receive the Award. ‘We had never won this award, despite having been nominated and shortlisted before, and so at the ceremony, I was obviously hopeful, but with a selection of amazing independent presses in the shortlist, it was not obvious at all who had won,’ he explained.
‘The Award is sponsored by the very wonderful PS Publishing and so PS Owners Pete and Nicky Crowther took to the stage to announce the Award. They went through all the candidates, generously praising each for their achievements and the quality of what they did … and then the announcement.
‘When I heard ‘Telos Publishing’ … it didn’t sink in. I heard it. I couldn’t quite believe it … and then I welled up with tears. Oh goodness me! So I got from my seat and up onto the stage … accepted the Award, nearly knocking it to the floor in my blurry clumsiness … and then I tried to say some words. Those who know me will know that I am rarely lost for words, but I was … and confronted by all my friends in the BFS in a packed room, I kind of lost it. In a mass of emotion and blubbering, I managed to thank the most important people … and then headed back to my seat as I couldn’t say any more. A proper ‘Paltrow’ moment. Thank you to everyone who voted for Telos. It means a lot, especially in the year of our tenth anniversary.’