AND COMING UP NEXT: WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OCTOBER?

10 September 2013

By Julie Crisp

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So someone has finally switched off summer, the nights are drawing in and it's getting positively chilly (and wet) but fear not. We have plenty to keep you entertained with some very exciting releases coming up, not least a month of chills and thrills in that spookiest of months, October.

First up we have Adam Nevill's House of Small Shadows publishing October 10th, a terrifying read and an exploration of madness, dreams and nightmares in the Red House. If you want a truly chilling novel then this one is for you:

They watch you as you sleep…

The Red House: home to the damaged genius of the late M. H. Mason, master taxidermist and puppeteer, where he lived and created his most disturbing works. The building and its treasure trove of antiques is long forgotten, but the time has come for his creations to rise from the darkness . . .

Catherine Howard can’t believe her luck when she’s invited to value the contents of the house. When she first sees the elaborate displays of posed, costumed and preserved animals and the macabre puppets, she’s both thrilled and terrified. It’s an opportunity to die for.

But the Red House has secrets, secrets as dreadful and dark as those from Catherine’s own past. At night the building comes alive with noises and movements: footsteps, and the fleeting glimpses of small shadows on the stairs. And soon the barriers between reality, sanity and nightmare begin to collapse . . .

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You can see just some of the great reviews for the man who has N - evil - l in the middle of his name here.

When not growing vegetables, drinking whisky and getting married , Mark Charan Newton writes books. Pretty damned good books as well! The first novel in his new series, Drakenfeld, is something of a departure from his previous series Legends of the Red Sun:

I am Lucan Drakenfeld, second son of Calludian, Officer of the Sun Chamber and peace keeper. Although sometimes it seems I am the only person who wishes to keep it . . .

The monarchies of the Royal Vispasian Union have been bound together for two hundred years by laws maintained and enforced by the powerful Sun Chamber. As a result, nations have flourished but corruption, deprivation and murder will always find a way to thrive . . .   

Receiving news of his father’s death Sun Chamber Officer Lucan Drakenfeld is recalled home to the ancient city of Tryum and rapidly embroiled in a mystifying case. The King’s sister has been found brutally murdered – her beaten and bloody body discovered in a locked temple. With rumours of dark spirits and political assassination, Drakenfeld has his work cut out for him trying to separate superstition from certainty. His determination to find the killer quickly makes him a target as the underworld gangs of Tryum focus on this new threat to their power.  

Embarking on the biggest and most complex investigation of his career, Drakenfeld soon realises the evidence is leading him towards a motive that could ultimately bring darkness to the whole continent. The fate of the nations is in his hands.

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Just as much for crime or historical readers as fantasy fans, this ticks a lot of boxes and should appeal to both old fans and new. Out October 10th.

Also publishing the same day we have part one of the final novel in the storyline arc of The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga. Just in time for the beginning of season four of the TV series on October 13th. I cannot wait! And don't have to because I've had a sneaky preview of what's happening to the characters in the book. Ahem... ;-)

Based on the award-winning comic book series and blockbuster television show. This novel follows the rise and fall of the most popular characters in the series.

The governor and über-villain Phillip Blake has come a long way. Having journeyed from humble beginnings into the dark heart of the zombie apocalypse, he has become the self-proclaimed leader of the small town of Woodbury. But the residents (those who survive) will live to regret the day Blake, darkened their doors. For the Governor runs a twisted, violent dictatorship within the town’s ever-tightening barricades. Those that manage to breach those defences find only misery within, and a man who is just as terrifying as the zombie menace outside.

The Governor’s complex story continues in a tour de force of action and horror. Iconic characters from the comic book, including Rick, Michonne and Glenn, make their entrance onto this nightmarish stage. And fans of The Walking Dead will see these characters in a whole new light.

And here's the UK cover!

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So in October we so far have a bit of murder, restless spirits and zombies. That should keep you going for a little while! We also have the reissue of Adrian Tchaikovsky's Heirs of the Blade - have you read this epic fantasy series yet? The last one is due to be published next year so it's a good time to start reading! And the third novel in William Horwood's fantasy series, Hyddenworld, Harvest. The last book in the series, Winter is publishing in . . . you guessed it, December!

And then at the end of October Team Tor will be heading en masse to Brighton for World Fantasy Con. There will be the Tor cottage, Tor authors, single malt whisky, panels and a lot of dancing. See you there!