Harbour by John Ajvide Lindqvist

“It was a beautiful winter’s day. Anders, his wife and their feisty six-year-old, Maja, set out across the ice of the Swedish archipelago to visit the lighthouse on Gavasten. There was no one around, so they let her go on ahead. And she disappeared, seemingly into thin air, and was never found. Two years later, Anders is a broken alcoholic, his life ruined. He returns to the archipelago, the home of his childhood and his family. But all he finds are Maja’s toys and through the haze of memory, loss and alcohol, he realizes that someone — or something — is trying to communicate with him.” Harbour by John Ajvide Lindqvist is out later this month (‘7.99 on Quercus Books). Lindqvist is Guest of Homour at this year’s British Fantasy Convention.
 
Currently available: The Thing on the Shore by Tom Fletcher “takes place in a call-centre in Whitehaven, just a short hop from Sellafield along Cumbria’s grim western coastline. When Artemis Black (from The Leaping) is assigned to manage the centre on behalf of a mysterious multinational corporation called Interext, the isolation and remoteness of the place encourage him to implement a decidedly unhinged personal project, installing what purports to be cutting-edge AI technology, with a real, ‘human’ voice, on the automated answering systems. As a result of Artemis’ actions, one of his employees becomes aware of an intangible landscape inside the labyrinthine systems of the call-centre — a landscape in which he can feel some kind of otherworldly consciousness stirring.” The Thing on the Shore is also published by Quercus ( ‘7.99).
“It was a beautiful winter’s day. Anders, his wife and their feisty six-year-old, Maja, set out across the ice of the Swedish archipelago to visit the lighthouse on Gavasten. There was no one around, so they let her go on ahead. And she disappeared, seemingly into thin air, and was never found. Two years later, Anders is a broken alcoholic, his life ruined. He returns to the archipelago, the home of his childhood and his family. But all he finds are Maja’s toys and through the haze of memory, loss and alcohol, he realizes that someone — or something — is trying to communicate with him.” Harbour by John Ajvide Lindqvist is out later this month (‘7.99 on Quercus Books). Lindqvist is Guest of Homour at this year’s British Fantasy Convention.
 
Currently available: The Thing on the Shore by Tom Fletcher “takes place in a call-centre in Whitehaven, just a short hop from Sellafield along Cumbria’s grim western coastline. When Artemis Black (from The Leaping) is assigned to manage the centre on behalf of a mysterious multinational corporation called Interext, the isolation and remoteness of the place encourage him to implement a decidedly unhinged personal project, installing what purports to be cutting-edge AI technology, with a real, ‘human’ voice, on the automated answering systems. As a result of Artemis’ actions, one of his employees becomes aware of an intangible landscape inside the labyrinthine systems of the call-centre — a landscape in which he can feel some kind of otherworldly consciousness stirring.” The Thing on the Shore is also published by Quercus ( ‘7.99).