Some very exciting news. Candy Jar Books publish a very strong range of novels and short stories based on the characters surrounding Alistair Gordon Lethbridge Stewart, one of the fan favourites of the Doctor Who tv series.
Recently, the editor of the line accepted a story line proposal I made to him. That story, Eve of the Fomorians, will see publication in time for Halloween. Press release is as follows:
Candy Jar Books have announced their latest e-book in the Lethbridge-Stewart range for Halloween, free to anybody pre-ordering the next main book in the range, Times Squared:
Eve of the Fomorians
Written by Robert Mammone
Cover by Paul Cooke
All Hallows’ Eve, 1969. En route back to Edinburgh, Anne Travers, William Bishop and Samson Ware come across a deserted village in the Scottish countryside. A village that is rotten to the core.
Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen, says:
I was already familiar with Rob’s work, so when he emailed us out of the blue asking if we would consider him for our Short Story Incentive scheme, I was very willing to give him a shot. And he just happened to enquire as we were about to seek out a story for Halloween.
Robert Mammone says:
Once I knew it was going to be set around Halloween, I knew I wanted to do a Quatermass inspired story, with definite horrific elements, sourced back to a scientific explanation/basis.
Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar, says:
There is something very John Wyndham about the story, which I know Andy especially appreciates, as do a lot of our readers.
This story is set shortly after Times Squared: Andy says:
Although you can easily read it without having read Times Squared, as it features Anne, Bishop and Samson who are not in that novel. Although it references Times Squared, it does so in a way that will not spoil that novel one bit. It also has a nice callback to the first novel of this year, Moon Blink. All that said, it is very deliberately written to be read on its own, with your feet up, candles lit and the rain lashing against the window.
Times Squared can be pre-ordered from the Candy Jar website.
The limited edition print-collection The HAVOC Files is now available to read on Kindle.
So, if you pre-order Time Squared, the next book in the range, you get my 10,000 word story as a freebie. That’s a bargain, folks!
As I said before, really pleased to be given a chance to write for this range. Those of us who gloried in the return of The Web of Fear just over three years ago, were pleased that the high praise that missing story had over the years was justified. The characters and events in that serial form the basis for the Lethbridge Stewart range and form the basis of my short story.
It’s horror themed, which is apt given its being released in time for Halloween. IAnything more and I’ll spoil it, but I am very proud of it.
Many thanks to Candy Jar for publishing it. Thanks to Paul Cooke for his splendidly spooky cover and special thanks to range editor Andy Frankham-Allen for his great work in improving the story. Thanks, guys!