From the dark hills of America to detective stories from the dawn of time, the cutting edge publisher of science-fiction, horror and fantasy, Solaris, has bolstered its Spring 2014 schedule with intriguing acquisitions from two exceptional talents.
Blood KinÂ by Steve Rasnic Tem will be published in March 2014 and follows last yearâ€™s critically-acclaimed novel for Solaris,Â Deadfall Hotel.
Set in the southern Appalachians of the US, alternating between the 1930s and the present day,Â Blood KinÂ is a dark Southern Gothic vision of ghosts, witchcraft, secret powers, snake-handling, Kudzu, Melungeons, and the Great Depression. Michael Gibson returns home following a suicide attempt and now takes care of his sickly grandmother. In a field not far from the Gibson family home lies an iron-bound crate within a small shack buried four feet deep under kudzu vine. Michael somehow understands that hidden inside that crate is potentially his own death, his grandmother’s death, and perhaps the deaths of everyone in the valley if he does not understand her story well enough.
Editor-in-chief of Solaris, Jonathan Oliver, said: â€œSteveâ€™sÂ Deadfall HotelÂ was one the highlights of 2012 for Solaris: a moving, powerful and haunting horror novel.Â Blood Kin, likewise, promises to be something extraordinary. Steve walks in the traditions of such great writers as Ray Bradbury, Theodore Sturgeon and Flannery Oâ€™Connor, while enriching the field with his own unique take on genre.â€
Talus and the Frozen KingÂ by Graham Edwards will be published in April next year and tells the story of Talus â€“ the worldâ€™s first detective.
A dead warrior king frozen in winter ice. Six grieving sons, each with his own reason to kill. Two weary travellers caught up in a web of suspicion and deceit. In a distant time long before our own, wandering bard Talus and his companion Bran journey to the island realm of Creyak, where the king has been murdered. From clues scattered among the islandâ€™s mysterious barrows and stone circles, they begin their search for his killer. Creyak is place of secrets and spirits, mystery and myth. It will take a clever man indeed to unravel the truth. The kind of man this ancient world has not seen before.
Jon said: â€œGrahamâ€™s novel is a murder mystery like no other. A richly evoked past draws you into this unusual thriller and the characters of Talus and Bran have to be one of the most entertaining crime-fighting duos ever. A startlingly innovative book and a corking good read!â€