A genre-defying page turner that fuses thriller and speculative fiction with dark fantasy in a hidden world in the heart of Cold War Europe.
Europe. 1963. And the true Cold War is fought on the borders of this world, at the edges of the light.
When the assassination of a traitor trading with the enemy goes terribly wrong, British Intelligence agent Christopher Winter must flee London. In a tense alliance with a lethal, mysterious woman named Karina Lazarov, he's caught in a quest for hidden knowledge from centuries before, an occult secret written in the language of fire. A secret that will give supremacy to the nation that possesses it.
Racing against the Russians, the chase takes them from the demon-haunted Hungarian border to treasure-laden tunnels beneath Berlin, from an impossible house in Vienna to a bomb-blasted ruin in Bavaria where something unholy waits, born of the power of white fire and black glass...
It's a world of treachery, blood and magic. A world at war in the dark.
2010 Hugo Award Winners
And the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (presented by Dell Magazines): Seanan McGuire
Helen Lowe is a poet and a new fantasy writer, whose debut book, Thornspell, was published in 2008. She lives in New Zealand. She's currently writing a fantasy series called The Wall of Night (the first book of this series will be published soon).
Thornspell won the Sir Julius Vogel Award 2009 for Best Novel (Young Adult) and was a Storylines Childrens' Literature Trust Notable Book 2009.
Helen Lowe's official website can be found here.
The official Thornspell website can be found here.
A REVIEW OF HELEN LOWE'S THORNSPELL
The World Fantasy Awards ballot for works in 2009 has been announced. The awards will be presented in Columbus OH, October 28-31, 2010. Nominees are:
Brendan Connell's Unpleasant Tales was published in April 2010 by Eibonvale Press, which is a small press run by a writer, artist and reader who loves books. Eibonvale Press publishes horror, magic realism, slipstream and surreal fiction.
Here's Risingshadow.net's review of Brendan's Connell's Unpleasant Tales.
A REVIEW OF BRENDAN CONNELL'S UNPLEASANT TALES
Chimaera Publications, publishers of Aurealis magazine and SpecFaction NSW are delighted to announce that the 2010 Aurealis Awards are now open to entries.
The Aurealis Awards, Australia's premier awards for Speculative Fiction, are for works of speculative fiction written by an Australian citizen, or permanent resident, and published for the first time between 1 November 2009 and 31 December 2010. This is an extension to the previous cut off to allow more time for entries.
The Awards’ founder, Dirk Strasser says, “With twelve categories ranging from Best Horror Short Story to Best Fantasy Novel, Young Adult Fiction and Children’s Picture Book, these awards truly cover the variety of literary works within the Speculative Fiction genre.”
“This is the first time the awards have been hosted by Sydney and we are confident that SpecFaction NSW Inc will maintain the high standard of excellence the Speculative Fiction community have come to expect,” Dirk added.
Entries close on Friday 31 December 2010. Finalists will be announced in late March 2011 and winners announced at a special presentation evening in Sydney in late April or early May 2011. For more information on the awards and to register your entry, go to the Aurealis Awards website at www.aurealisawards.com.