As ever, there’s an element of hard work, guess work and luck involved in planning out the future, but what I can tell you about the next 12 months is that there’s a lot of new stuff coming.
According to timelines popping up in Amazon and other online venues Sign of Glaaki is going to close out 2013, being released right around Christmas with an official 23rd of December release date, which I suspect means it’ll make it into stores in the first week of January 2114.
Monk was still sitting in the chair they had left him in, but his eyes weren’t pennies in wishing wells now; they were glazed and incapable of focusing on anything. There was an open film canister at his feet and he clutched a reel of film to his chest like it was the most precious thing in the entire world. His whole body trembled violently, gripped by tremors that verged on seizures, and his mouth opened and closed again and again though he seemed to have little control over it or the word that he kept repeating over and over and over again. Just one word. It took Wheatley a moment to distinguish the syllables and differentiate the word from the rolling clack clack clack of sound:
Glaaki Glaaki Glaaki.
Clack clack clack…
He had heard that sound—that word—before. Realization sent a cold shiver down the ladder of his spine one bone at a time…
The Sign of Glaaki is an all-new novel set in the Arkham Horror universe. Written with my partner in crime, Steve Lockley, The Sign of Glaaki is our first massmarket collaboration. It pits history’s most esteemed escape artist, Harry Houdini, and his friend, bestselling novelist, Dennis Wheatley, against ancient evil in the small New England town of Dunwich.
When an actress is brutally murdered on the set of a high-profile horror film, the list of suspects seems endless. After all, the movie’s ambitious young director has assembled an unsavory cast of circus folk and misfits, any one of whom might have committed the vile act. But when other bodies begin to appear, someone – or something – far more sinister than a mere murderer is clearly at work. Now, it’s up to Houdini, Wheatley, and a cast of characters from the beloved Arkham Horror board game to discover the truth!
But Glaaki is far from my only release of the year, hot on the heals of it comes my debut as Alex Archer, Grendel’s Curse, which is set in my native Sweden. A sword of legend in the hands of an extremist…
Skalunda Barrow, Sweden, has long been rumored to be the final resting place of the legendary Nordic hero Beowulf. And there’s something of Beowulf’s that charismatic and zealous right-wing politician Karl Thorssen wants very badly. Intent on getting his hands on the mythical sword Nægling, Sweden’s golden-boy politico puts together a team to excavate the barrow. A team that American archaeologist Annja Creed manages to finagle her way onto. She wouldn’t miss this possible discovery for anything.
With Nægling at his side, Thorssen could be invincible…a Nordic King Arthur. What his followers don’t know—and Annja is beginning to suspect—is just how far Thorssen will go to achieve his rabid amibitions. When Thorssen marks Annja for death, she quickly realizes that this is much more than a political game. And the only way to survive is to match Thorssen’s sword with her own.
Grendel’s Curse debuts in May 2014. My second Alex Archer novel, The Treasures of Britain, featuring the legendary matter of Britain will follow towards the end of the year.
If that wasn’t enough, proof that I have no life would be the release of a brand new YA science fiction novel, 2084, by Cambridge University Press around August time. There’s lots that makes 2084 special, not least being as it’s the first original fiction published by CUP since King Henry VIII gave it the royal charter over 500 years ago. 2084 is part of the Raspberry Pi initiative, and will have an interactive website for Coding Club puzzles that tie into the novel so as Cal Jones finds out just how dangerous the man who brought peace to Britain after the second Civil War really is readers will be able to pit their wits against all sorts of problems and puzzles matching Cal’s adventures. We don’t have cover art yet, but as soon as we do, I’ll have the reveal right here.
In terms of original novels there are a couple of big ones on the horizon, not least of which is the long awaited sequel to Silver, Gold, which has taken a lot of twists and turns to get this far but is on the way now… as well as Crucible, which covers the origins of the team…and Immortal, another science fiction novel, which I’d probably describe as a cross between The Road and The Walking Dead, will debut this year as well.
Fans of the Jack Stone stories Northern Fire and Northern Grit aren’t being ignored, either. Northern Soul, the first full length Jack Stone novel is debuting early in the new year. It’s Jack’s most ambitious case to date, by far, involving old scores and the search for a 1960s cabaret singer, Sindy Nightingale. This one will be the first paperback release for Jack as well, making it doubly special for us.
And for readers of the Albert ‘Prodigy’ Johnson collaboration H.N.I.C., which was Library Journal pick of the month for African American literature in July of this year, there’s a special treat, a full length novel, Ritual, coming from Akashic towards the end of 2014, again written with Prodigy, the lead singer of the legendary hip-hop band Mobb Deep. This one’s all about Prodigy’s fascination with the Illuminati and secret societies. Word is I’ll also be adapting H.N.I.C. for the big screen.
The final offering of the year is a Crusades based novel for Paradox Games in their Crusader Kings line, which I’ve just signed up to write.
So, yes, 2014 promises to be one very busy year with a lot of new stuff hitting the streets.