On November 1st 1916, 900 men disappeared from the battlefields of the
Somme. This is their story.
When Thomas ‘Only’ Atkins signed up to fight for King and Country, half the boys he grew up with ended up fighting alongside him. The 13th Battalion of the Pennine Fusiliers were a ‘Pal’s Brigade,’ a whole town transposed to the Somme together to the Front’s relentless need to warm bodies. They also disappeared from the face of the Earth on the 1st November, along with nearly half a mile of mud and trenches, a Sopwith and a tank.
Finding themselves on a terrifying alien world, Tommy and his mates have to contend with man-eating plants, ravening beasts and the eerie, insectile Chatts – to say nothing of a sinister, arcane threat from within their own ranks...
Pat Kelleher’s iconic series for Abaddon Books brought to life the familiar monochrome images of the Flanders trenches, transporting them to a vivid Technicolor alien world that brought back the spirit of early-twentieth-century pulp SF, a “death world” that would have made Edgar Rice Burroughs proud, with insectoid aggressors, savage humans and plants and animals alike that kill with shocking ease.
No Man’s World presents all three novels from this series – Black Hand Gang, The Ironclad Prophecy and The Alleyman – along with a new introduction from the author
and exclusive, never-before-seen extra content.
With the impending 100 year anniversary of the battle coming next year there has never been a better time to discover this fantastic series; oftn beautiful and poignant Kelleher’s aptitude for world building and dialogue mean the unique worlds he has blended here jump from the page.
About the author
Pat Kelleher is a freelance writer. He has written for magazines, animation, radio and computer games. He served his tie writing a wide variety of TV licensed characters, across a bewildering array of media. He has several non-fiction books to his credit and his educational strips and stories for the RSPB currently form the mainstay of their youth publications, a collection of which has recently been published by Bloomsbury Publishing as The RSPB Bumper Book of Wildlife Stories. His No Man’s World series of pulp sci-fi novels; Black Hand Gang, The Ironclad Prophecy and The Alleyman are published by Abaddon Books, along with his Gods and Monsters e-novella, Drag Hunt. Somehow he has steadfastly managed to avoid all those careers and part-time jobs.