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Horror

Halloween Memories – Tom Fletcher

Tom Fletcher, author of The Leaping, The Thing on the Shore and Idle Hands gives us his take on Halloween – from memories, to popular culture, to it’s important in his own work. Halloween. The first thing that comes to mind is apple bobbing – trying to eat apples as they floated in a bucket of water, no hands […]

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The Burning House

Quercus author Neil Spring on predicting a mystery yet to happen, and his new novel The Burning House. Although Halloween is time of ghoulish festivity and fun for many, that isn’t necessarily true for the inhabitants of far-flung hamlet of Foyers, which nestles in the wooded shores of Loch Ness. For hundreds of years, locals here […]

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Blood and Death Became My Refuge

Blood and Death Became My Refuge Mats Strandberg, author of Blood Cruise, on losing a parent, grief and the power of writing. My mother died a few weeks after I had finished the first draft of Blood Cruise. All things considered, we had a good last couple of days while she was in the hospital. We […]

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Cover Reveal: Skitter

We’re delighted to reveal the spidery goodness that is the cover for SKITTER, the second book in Ezekiel Boone’s tale of the world overrun by flesh-eating eight-legged monstrosities. THE HATCHING was terrifying – but there are more spiders coming, and the world is not prepared… Warning – not for arachnophobes. SKITTER will be available in […]

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Welcome to the #SummerOfReckoning . . .

Summer has finally arrived. With the weather hotting up, its time to talk about . . . the end of the world. We’ve teamed up with our sister imprints Orion and W&N to bring you the ultimate list of summer apocalypse reads, our #SummerofReckoning. Give in to the Doomsday prepper in you and get yourself […]

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Related Categories: Events, Horror, Science Fiction

A Halloween treat from Daphne du Maurier – read ‘The Doll’

This month we published two of Daphne du Maurier‘s best-loved and most spine-tingling short story collections as Virago Modern Classics designer hardbacks. Both The Birds and Don’t Look Now come with covers by award-winning textiles designer Neisha Crosland – find out more about them on the gorgeous Selvedge blog. Du Maurier is the queen of […]

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Related Categories: Author Post, Virago News

My Awful Experiences During the Making of Fallen Soldiers: A Guest Post by Gavin G. Smith

We are delighted to welcome Gavin G. Smith back to the Gollancz Blog. Gavin G. Smith is the author of many brilliant SF books, most recently A Quantum Mythology. But this is not a blog post about Gavin G. Smith author, this is a blog post about Gavin G. Smith zombie.  My Awful Experiences During […]

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Related Categories: Films, Gavin G. Smith

Queen of the Dark Things

Happy Monday, Gollancz Blog readers! We’re delighted to start the week off with the perfect spring read, Queen of the Dark Things. Sequel to last years first Gollancz Geeks title, Dreams and Shadows, this is a book that we just can’t stop talking about here at Gollancz Towers. It’s given more than a few of […]

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Related Categories: C.Robert Cargill, Extract, Fantasy

Finding the Crime in Horror

As part of a double blog with The Murder Room, a wandering traveler from our Orion Fiction list, Andrew Pyper looks to his new paperback, The Demonologist, and asks…  What’s the difference between writing crime and horror? Trick question.  There’s no difference in the writing on a molecular level – they are stories, and thus employ […]

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Related Categories: Author Post, Horror

Happy Halloween from Christmasland

It’s Halloween, which means it’s officially long past time to start getting ready for Christmas. Don’t believe me, the Christmas lights are already lit here in Covent Garden, just outside Gollancz Towers. If this doesn’t fill you with horror (and believe me it terrifies me!) and a little bit of dread then we’ve got the […]

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Joe Hill reads from NOS4R2

9780575130678 (1)Gollancz is delighted to be able to bring you an exclusive video of Joe Hill reading from the prologue of NOS4R2 our book of the month.

We advise watching this video before dark. We advise being prepared to lose sleep over this extract. Well, I did! I’d like to believe I don’t scare too easily.

If you are feeling brave enough to watch the entire trailer then we’ve got another treat for you! We have 10 copies of NOS4R2 to give away to 10 lucky people. To enter to win a copy watch the video below and email us at competitions@orionbooks.co.uk with the subject line: NOS4R2 and the answer to this question:

What is the name of Ellen’s son?

Competition closes on the 28th May 2013 at 11.59pm.

Good luck!

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Read this book with the lights on: NOS4R2

9780575130678 (1)Our May book of the month is NOS4R2. This book is terrifying. Don’t believe us. . . let Gillian Redfearn tell you a little more about it.

Some books are too scary to read even with the lights on. Some are too scary to read even when you’re surrounded by people in the middle of the day.

This book gave me nightmares.

This book still makes me shiver when I see a Rolls Royce.

This book will under your skin, into your mind, and once it’s there it will never leave.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

And whatever you do, don’t get in the car . . .

We did warn you. It’s a very good thing that the days are getting longer, because you’ll need all the daylight you can get to read this book. Next week we’ll be bringing you a very special extract read by Joe Hill himself.

See you then!

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Related Categories: Books of the month, Horror, Joe Hill

A Special Guest Post from Darren Shan

Gollancz is pleased to bring you a special guest post from Darren Shan to celebrate the publication of his brand new adult novel Lady of the Shades. Lady of the Shades is out now from our sister imprint, Orion.  I love noir. I first came to it through the classic old black and white films, and […]

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A Modern Day Fairy Tale, by Graham Joyce

Some Kind Of Fairy Tale has been optioned by a Hollywood studio so we asked Graham what it was like to sell to the film industry. This is what he told us. Once upon a timely time a fine young fellow sat upon a large toadstool and wrote himself a story, he did. And no […]

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Whispers Under Ground – First Chapter extract

I was neither born nor bred in London. But I’ve lived and worked here for longer than I have anywhere else – 26 years now. If I’m anything, I’m a Londoner. My children are born and bred Londoners and I am envious of them growing up in one of the world’s greatest cities. But born […]

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