News Roundup – reprints, readings and a short story sale

Martin Owton’s short story ‘The Mist Beyond The Circle’- originally published in Black Gate magazine – has been reprinted in Aphelion Webzine. The story can be read here.

Gary Couzens’ short story ‘Little Black Number’ has been accepted by editor Terry Grimwood, and will be appearing in Wordland 6: Black Is The New Black. This is Gary’s 52nd story sale!

And Helen Callaghan’s upcoming novel ‘Dear Amy’ has appeared in The Bookseller as a key title ahead of the Frankfurt Book Fair. Helen will also be reading at the Millennium Library in Norwich as part of their ‘Crime Scene’ event. Other authors attending include Andrew Hook, Margaret Callow, Geraldine Evans and Charlie Flowers. The event takes place on Tuesday 13th October at 5.45pm and more information can be found here.

New novel from Sara Jayne Townsend and the British Fantasy Awards

The Kindle edition of Sara Jayne Townsend’s new horror novel, ‘The Whispering Death’, is now available for purchase. The print version is soon to follow.

coverDeath comes to us all; life is the name of the game and everyone has a role to play.

When a group of live action role-players perform a ritual as part of a game, they unwittingly unleash an ancient evil that tears their world apart. The reanimated corpse of a long-dead magic user, corrupted by powerful dark magic, offers a promise of unlimited power, but at a terrible price. Having helped open this Pandora’s box, Mark and Elizabeth must race against time to close it again – before it’s too late.

This scary, at times touching, horror novel by Sara Jayne Townsend is a must read for all horror and gore fans.

And two T-Party members have been nominated for British Fantasy Awards. Gaie Sebold is a nominee in the “Best Short Story” category for ‘A Change of Heart‘. And Laura Mauro is also a “Best Short Story” nominee with ‘Ptichka’, as well as being nominated in the “Best Newcomer” category.

Novel publication for Martin Owton and short stories from Rosanne Rabinowitz

Martin Owton’s contemporary fantasy novel – working title ‘Shadows’ – has been picked up by Telos publishing for their Moonrise line. The release date is tentatively pencilled in for next summer. From the author’s blog:

Shadows’ is set in Southampton and the New Forest where I come from and features a half-faerie Southampton University chemistry student – so nothing like me!

And Rosanne Rabinowitz has two short stories coming soon: ‘Meat, Motion and Light’ will appear in ‘The Outsiders‘, from Crystal Lake Publishing, due out on 8th May. Another short story ‘The Lady In The Yard’ will be published in ‘Soliloquy for Pan’ (Egaeus Press) at the end of May.

big news for Helen Callaghan

Dear Amy, a psychological thriller by Helen Callaghan, about a Cambridge schoolteacher and agony aunt who starts to receive letters from a girl supposedly murdered twenty years ago, has been bought by editor Emad Akhtar at Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin Random House. UK and Commonwealth rights were sold by Judith Murray at Greene and Heaton after auction as part of a two book deal. The novel has also been sold in the US and Germany.

Dear Amy is expected to appear in Spring 2016 in the UK.

A truck full of news

It’s been a busy few months for the T-Party.


“Jews vs Aliens” is due out on 19th March and features Rosanne Rabinowitz’s story “The Matter Of Meroz” – the book is available for pre-order on Amazon. The fabulous cover art can be seen above.

Will Mitchell was interviewed by Huffington Post – topics discussed include space travel, self-replicating machines and his SF novel “Creations”:

The book is set in the year 2040, with lunar colonization well underway, and companies vying to find ways of exploiting the moon’s minerals. One of those companies picks up where NASA’s real-world research left off, and sets its sights on self-replicating machines.

The question posed by Creations is this: what if it went wrong? What if this exponentially growing swarm of autonomous machines stopped doing what their human controllers wanted? What if evolution took over, the familiar process of natural selection, ensuring that those machines which are best at surviving and reproducing, not necessarily the ones most useful to us, go on to create the next generation? What would that mean for the human race?punkpunk

Gary Couzens’ short story “Noon in Krakow” has been published in Wordland 5, and “Spinning Fast” in punkPunk!, an anthology of stories inspired by punk. His short story collection “Out Stack and Other Places” is due out from Midnight Street Publications in the next couple of months. The table of contents is as follows:

Out Stack (first published in Midnight Street #1 in 2004, 6100 words)
Electricity (BFS Journal #11, 2014, 4800 words)
Splinters (Midnight Street #13, 2009, 3600 words)
The Missing Man (Crimewave #7, 2003, 7800 words)
Because (Wordland 4: Whited Sepulchres, 2014, 2700 words)
Noon in Kraków (Wordland 5: True Love, 2015, 2100 words)
After the Party (Journeys into Darkness, 2014, 2300 words)
Jubilee Summer (Subterfuge, 2008, 4200 words)
Daddy’s Girls (Midnight Street #6, 2006, 3600 words)
Beside the Sea (original to collection, 6300 words)
Cold (original to collection, 3700 words)
Meetings with Leo (Cafe Ole: Too Hot to Handle, 2005, 3000 words)
The Girl on the Station Platform (original to collection, 2300 words)
Essential Chemistry [by Martin Owton & Gary Couzens] (Midnight Street #14, 2010, 9500 words)
Dog’s Life (original to collection, 5000 words)
Treffpunkt (Moon Shots @, 2014, 3100 words)
Spinning Fast (punkPunk!, 2015, 4100 words)
Mourning Becomes Me (original to collection, 35,400 words)

And Sara Townsend’s horror novel “Suffer The Children” is to be re-released by MuseItUp Publishing in 2016