Outcasts: The Game is the first book in a new YA fantasy series that sees bullied children gain superhuman abilities with some seriously disastrous results. The series sees David Grimstone, who has written many blog entries about bullying and depression, writing his first mass-market book with a contemporary setting. It’s a subject close to his heart, and a striking departure from the rest of his series fiction for Hodder, which has included fantasy works like The Illmoor Chronicles, historical action series like Gladiator Boy and the zombie comedy Undead Ed. Learn more.
Unsung Stories invites BFS members to the launch of The Arrival of Missives by Aliya Whiteley. To reflect the novel’s themes of rebirth and folk customs we are launching the book to coincide with the the beginning of summer – whether you call it May Day, Beltane or Walpurgisnacht, please join us at Blackwell’s Holborn on May 3 for the arrival of The Arrival of Missives. The evening will provide you with the opportunity to find out more about the book, Aliya and Unsung Stories. Aliya will be reading an extract from the novel, followed by a Q&A session. Drinks and refreshments will also be provided. Learn more.
Scottish fantasy author Neil Williamson’s new short story collection, Secret Language, will be published by NewCon Press in June 2016. Many of the sixteen stories in the collection were published in anthologies and magazines such as Interzone and Black Static, but the book also contains four original pieces written exclusively for the collection. Glasgow launch events include the Satellite 5 convention (May 28–29) and Waterstones, Argyle St (June 2). Learn more.
Shona Kinsella’s debut novel Ashael Rising is currently being crowd-funded through Unbound, the first crowd-funding publisher. The novel is a tale of a tribal wise-woman’s struggle against invaders from another world who extend their own lives by consuming the life force of everything around them. If funding is raised by 14 June 2016, the novel will be available in digital format between September and December 2016. Learn more.