Abaddon is delighted to announce both a new author and a new series, in the form of Colin Sinclair’s new novella Midnight In The Garden Centre Of Good And Evil, the first story to be set in the Invaders From Beyond world.
Colin came to Abaddon’s attention during the publisher’s 2015 Open Submissions Month, and his idea for a world that turns the tropes of the alien invasion genre on its head (while telling a few jokes in the process) immediately caught the eye of commissioning editor David Thomas Moore.
The new novella represents the first story set in the Invaders From Beyond world, with both Colin and Abaddon keen to fully explore the storytelling possibilities of poking fun at little green men.
Invaders From Beyond: Midnight In The Garden Centre Of Good And Evil is out now.
Colin Sinclair said:
"I'm still in the pinching-myself-is-this-real stage of being a published author with Abaddon. I am overwhelmed with the immense good fortune of (a) deciding against writing about Nazi Zombies! and also (b) having been plucked from the endless legions of talented hopefuls to join the Abaddon stable. Or family. Or cult. It wasn't clear. I signed something. There was chanting. I may have misunderstood what they meant when they said they wanted fresh blood...”
Abaddon Commissioning Editor David Thomas Moore said:
“I wasn’t expecting this one. When I went into the Open Submissions folder looking for a new world to open up, I was thinking someone would grab me with something very strange: werewolf military SF, say, or stone age fairies. Colin’s pitch – a comic take on a super-traditional genre – was the last thing I had in mind, but it grabbed me. Garden Centre... is subversive and fun, a generation-X take on the alien invasion genre: Clerks meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”
Invaders From Beyond!
They’re coming for us! Little grey men, little green women, pod people, tripods, shape-shifting blobs and man-eating plants; they’re in our neighbourhoods, under our beds, invading our minds. It could be your shopkeeper, your boss, your best friend. It could be you...
The mid-twentieth-century ‘alien invasion’ genre of film and fiction, inspired at least as much by Cold War paranoia as by the imagination-firing space race, is a crucial part of our cultural DNA, a hokey, cliché-ridden, daft and undeniably fun slice of genre history. Invaders From Beyond! hopes to capture that fun. A new series of standalone novels (in the vein of the ever-popular Tomes of the Dead), Invaders From Beyond! picks up the conventions of this beloved genre, from Invasion of the Body Snatchers via The Thing, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and V to Mars Attacks!, and pokes holes in the plots, pokes fun at the clichés and pokes the readers in their eye(stalk)s.
Invaders From Beyond: Midnight in the Garden Centre of Good and Evil by Colin Sinclair
Miller, fresh from too many pampered years at university, has just managed to lose a PhD, a girlfriend, and her father’s car in one magnificent bender. With parents now committed to a regime of find-your-own-way tough love, he’s fallen off the fast track to success, and finds himself working in a shabby garden centre on the edge of nowhere. The staff are a collection of dropouts and oddballs, the boss is very shady, and Miller’s not sure half the stuff they sell is legal.
Still, he’s learning to get on with things and make do, finding a brand new path through life, but... an alien invasion disguised as a bright and shiny big-box store from out of town? That really isn’t helping.
If Miller wants to protect his job and save the world, he’s going to have to dig deep and get his hands dirty.
Invaders From Beyond: Midnight in the Garden Centre of Good and Evil. will be an e-first publication
Release date: 24 September 2015
Colin Sinclair is a writer and roleplaying game creator from Northern Ireland. He's written a lot over the years but most of it is boxed up and buried deep where it can't cause trouble. When he's not forced to work in a dull office job he's writing or reading, and when he's not doing that he's baking bread and thinking "I should be writing". His house has been described as "a library with some beds in it". He lives with his wife, some children, probably a cat.