Friday Reads: Halloween Reads Edition

Halloween is very nearly here. To celebrate, we asked Team Gollancz to share their favourite Halloween Reads. Did your favourite read make our list? Gillian: My perfect Halloween read is Sarah Pinborough’s award-winning novella Beauty. A little dark, a little sexy and a lot of fun, it’s a superb retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story – and about revealing the monster hiding inside us all! Simon: It’s always Something Wicked This Ways Comes by Ray Bradbury for me. The book where Halloween came one week early one year. It’s Bradbury’s most consciously poetic work  but that doesn’t get in the…

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Dinner is coming . . . be prepared with Game of Scones

With Halloween upon us we thought we’d share a special teaser from Game of Scones, out now from our sister imprint Orion Books. Looking to impress your guests this Halloween with a Game of Thrones themed treat? Create your own Weirwood Tree-eats with this step-by-step recipe. Not one for baking? You can watch authors Sarah Pinborough, A.K. Benedict and Edward Cox compete in the first ever Iron Scone Challenge by creating their own Weirwood Cupcakes. And, because Halloween is all about the treats, follow us here, on Instagram, and comment on our Game of Scones giveaway for a chance to…

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THE TROUBLE WITH HIRING SKIPS a Short Story by Edward Cox

We’ve got a special treat for you this afternoon. Just in time for Halloween we’ve got a for a dark and creepy exclusive short story from Edward Cox. Make sure you read this story with all the lights on.   The Trouble with Hiring Skips Norman knew that hiring skips was a risky business. It was said that once the lease forms were signed, and a container was placed outside one’s home, a curious and ancient lore of nature was invoked. Mysteriously, magically, always during the cover of darkness, an old and tatty mattress was destined to appear in the…

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Happy Publication Day 29th October 2015!

We’d like to wish a very happy publication day to some of the incredible books we’ve published over the last few weeks. From epic action-adventure, to page-turning fantasy and apocalyptic classics we’ve got something for every reader this October. The Cathedral of Known Things by Edward Cox– Return to the world of the award-nominated The Relic Guild with this remarkable fantasy novel . . . Divided, hunted and short on resources, the surviving members of the Relic Guild are in real trouble. Their old enemy, the Genii, and their resurrected master have infiltrated Labrys Town and taken over the police…

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Blood Music

By Gareth Powell The other night, I watched Lucy, the 2014 film written and directed by Luc Besson. It starred Scarlett Johansson as the titular character: an American student coerced into becoming a drug mule, only to become something much stranger when her body starts absorbing the experimental substance carried in her stomach. In this way, the film bears a superficial similarity to the 2011 movie, Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper as a deadbeat writer whose life gets turned around when he ingests a tablet that unleashes his full inner potential. Both movies make use of the myth that human being…

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