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Carl Engle-Laird

A Thing Without a Name: Announcing The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht

I’m thrilled to announce the acquisition of The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht, a twisted, thrilling, fun-packed fantasia of mad violence, sick revenge, and dark chemistry. The Monster of Elendhaven is a dark fantasy, a twisted tale of revenge set in an original world as oily and real as Jack the Ripper’s London. After a thing with no name washes up on the docks, empty, alone, and unable to die, he becomes obsessed with a frail young man who can twist minds with magic. Together, they launch a plan so dark and cruel that readers will find themselves cheering for blood, and for these avengers to consummate their horrible passion for each other. But the pair are being hunted by officials from the south, intent on saving the world from the horrors mages can unleash.

This novella gripped me from the first word, and the cruel, sexy energy drew me under like a riptide. The Monster of Elendhaven was acquired through the Tor.com Publishing unsolicited submission process, and it is always a delight to discover an author as talented as Jennifer through the slush pile.

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Should We Save Earth, or Abandon it for the Stars? Announcing Ruthanna Emrys’ Next Novel The Fifth Power

After the joy of watching Ruthanna Emrys turn the Cthulhu Mythos on its head with her groundbreaking, Locus and Crawford Award finalist novels Winter Tide and Deep Roots, readers have been eager to know what’s next for the author. I’m excited to provide the answer. With her next novel The Fifth Power, Ruthanna Emrys will look forward t0 the near-future, to a time when humanity’s earnest efforts to reverse climate change come into conflict with the arrival of aliens in Chesapeake Bay, who insist that the only way to survive is to leave Earth’s fragile cradle behind and join them among the stars.

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Online Repossessions and Strong AI: Announcing Repo Virtual by Corey J. White

It’s a special pleasure to guide an author through multiple stages of their early career. Since I acquired Corey J. White’s first novella, Killing Gravity, I’ve had the joy of watching his craft develop from book to book. In November he’ll complete his Voidwitch Saga trilogy with Static Ruin, capping off the story of Mariam Xi, one of the most interesting and dangerous characters in space. And now I have the honor of announcing that Tor.com Publishing has acquired Corey J. White’s debut novel, Repo Virtual, a cyberpunk heist story that layers action across real and virtual realities in the hunt for the first true strong AI. Repo Virtual was acquired in a deal negotiated by Martha Millard of Sterling Lord Literistic.

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Molly Returns in Tade Thompson’s The Survival of Molly Southbourne

I’m proud to announce that Tor.com will be publishing a sequel to Tade Thompson’s The Murders of Molly Southbourne. A finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award, the British Science Fiction Award, and the Nommo Award, Thompson’s spine-chilling thriller introduced Molly Southbourne, a woman cursed to spawn murderous copies of herself any time she bleeds. The New York Times praised the novella as “A bold outpouring of flesh and crisis at once horrifying and familiar.” In the second chapter, The Survival of Molly Southbourne, we follow Molly on the run, hunted at every turn by unknown dangers that push her survival skills to their limit. This acquisition deal was negotiated by Alexander Cochran of C+W.

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Introducing In Our Own Worlds, a New eBook Bundle from Tor.com Publishing

I grew up not knowing I was starving.

All my life, I’ve found myself in fantasy. My earliest memories are of the Shire and the riddle game, the Lonely Mountain and the Fellowship’s desperate flight to Moria. I remember how my mind changed and grew when I read Rand al’Thor feed his unquiet thoughts to the Flame and the Void. As a teenager I read The House of the Scorpion to pieces, languishing in the injustice inherent in the life of a clone grown for his organs, taking solace that at least my life was not his. But for far too long, I was missing a piece of the puzzle.

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Enter the Ninth House: Announcing Tamsyn Muir’s Debut Trilogy

I’m thrilled to announce the acquisition of a debut novel trilogy from Tamsyn Muir. The Ninth House trilogy—Gideon the NinthHarrow the Ninth, and Alecto the Ninth—is an epic science fantasy that blends necromantic theory and thrilling swordplay with a wicked, sacrilegious sense of humor; a modern mix of Dune, Riddick, and Gormenghast.

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After the Tempest: Tor.com Publishing Acquires Katharine Duckett’s Miranda in Milan

I’m thrilled to announce that Tor.com Publishing has acquired Katharine Duckett’s debut novella Miranda in Milan, a haunting story that reimagines the consequences of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

After the tempest, after the reunion, after her father drowned his books, Miranda was meant to enter a brave new world. Naples awaited her, and Ferdinand, and a throne. Instead she finds herself in Milan, in her father’s castle, surrounded by hostile servants who treat her like a ghost. Whispers cling to her like spiderwebs, whispers that carry her dead mother’s name. And though he promised to give away his power, Milan is once again contorting around Prospero’s dark arts. With only Dorothea, her sole companion and confidant to aid her, Miranda must cut through the mystery and find the truth about her father, her mother, and herself.

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The Deadliest Woman in Space Returns in a Third Voidwitch Saga Novella by Corey J. White

Mariam “Mars” Xi made her explosive, violent debut earlier this summer in Killing Gravity, ripping apart space fleets and hordes of imperial shock troops as she stayed one step ahead of MEPHISTO. In 2018 she’ll return to reap the bitter rewards of her escape in the second Voidwitch Saga novella, Void Black Shadow. Now, I’m proud to announce that Tor.com Publishing has acquired a third Voidwitch novella from Corey J. White in a deal with his agent, Martha Millard of Sterling Lord Literistic.

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Black Helicopters Circle Overhead as Caitlín R. Kiernan’s Signalman Returns

The Signalman, the enigmatic character introduced in this year’s tour de force novella Agents of Dreamland is coming back!

Tor.com is proud to present two novellas from winner of multiple World Fantasy, Tiptree, Locus, Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild awards, Caitlín R. Kiernan, with a new edition of her tour de force World Fantasy Award nominee Black Helicopters, and an entirely new follow-up story.

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You Will Not Know Whether to Love or Fear These Books: Announcing 2 New Tensorate Novellas from JY Yang

On September 26th you’ll be able to get your first tastes of JY Yang’s Tensorate series with The Black Tides of Heaven and The Red Threads of Fortune, twin standalone novellas that each offer entry into a deep and fascinating series that the author described as “Dragon Age meets Jurassic World meets Star Wars meets Mad Max” in an interview with io9.

The first line you read introduces a former prophet responding to her squad through a quantum-entangled remote communication device…

While directing her pack of raptors to hunt a sky-spanning monster…

While seated atop another, larger raptor.

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Karen Memory Will Return in…Stone Mad, a New Novella by Elizabeth Bear

Tor.com Publishing is proud to announce that we will be publishing Stone Mad, a new novella by Elizabeth Bear in the steampunk world of Karen Memory. When last we saw Karen Memery (“like memory only spelt with an e”) she was managing a high quality bordello in steampunk Seattle and hunting down the threat behind a curious device that could take over anyone’s mind.

Author Elizabeth Bear explains what Karen will get up to next:

It’s so great to be working with Tor.com and channeling Karen again. This story has been bugging me since the end of 2015, and it was one of the ones where I had to keep coming back to it from different angles to get it to come out right. I was trying to write a caper, actually, but the characters were too smart for the plot so it went in a direction that really surprised me! I’m thrilled to show a little more of Karen’s world, and watch her get into ever more trouble.

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A New Novel Written Entirely in Verse: Announcing Jane Yolen’s Finding Baba Yaga

Tor.com Publishing is proud to announce that we will be publishing Jane Yolen’s next book Finding Baba Yaga, a verse novel exploring the legacy of the great, iconic, Russian fairy tale witch who lives in a house in the woods that walks about on chicken feet. Finding Baba Yaga was acquired for Tor.com Publishing by Senior Editor Susan Chang in a deal facilitated by Elizabeth Harding at Curtis Brown Ltd.

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Tor.com Acquires the Third Centenal Cycle Novel from Malka Older

Malka Older’s 2016 debut novel Infomocracy swept readers into a frighteningly relevant world of big ideas, global government, and sinister machinations, in what The Huffington Post called “one of the greatest literary debuts in recent history.” It was named one of the best books of 2016 by The Washington Post, The Verge, Flavorwire, Kirkus, and Book Riot. Malka Older will continue her groundbreaking Centenal Cycle in 2017 with Null States, in which predators rise at the edges of the powerful Information’s control, and we’re proud to announce that Tor.com Publishing has acquired a third novel to cap off this exciting trilogy.

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Devote Yourself to Cthulhu with Five Days of Winter Tide

While any editor with a lick of political sense will tell you they love EVERY book they have the honor to publish, today I’m going to admit to playing favorites. Winter Tide holds a special place in my heart, and I think over the course of this week you’ll begin to see why.

The first novel from debut author Ruthanna Emrys kicks off a new historical fantasy series, the Innsmouth Legacy, that could enrapture readers for years to come. It’s about Aphra Marsh, last survivor of the Innsmouth internment camps, working with the U.S. government that imprisoned her people to prevent a magical war with the USSR. It’s about the found family she wraps around herself in a world she no longer recognizes. It’s about survival in the face of annihilation, kindness under the shadow of cruelty, and love as an antidote to hatred.

I first met Aphra Marsh in 2013, when I found Ruthanna’s novelette “The Litany of Earth” in Tor.com’s slush pile. Hers is the first work of fiction I ever edited, and I’m terribly proud to share the first five chapters of Aphra Marsh’s next journey with all of you.

[Come and discover an amazing world…]

Tor.com Publishing Acquires Witchmark and a Sequel from C. L. Polk

Tor.com Publishing is proud to announce that we have acquired two novels from debut author C. L. Polk, Witchmark and an as-yet-untitled sequel. Witchmark is a fantasy novel about Miles Singer, a war doctor who fakes his death to work at a cash-strapped veteran’s hospital. When a fatally poisoned patient exposes the doctor’s secret healing powers, he must put his anonymity and freedom at risk to investigate his patient’s murder.

Witchmark and its sequel were acquired by consulting editor Justin Landon, in a deal with Caitlin McDonald at Donald Maass Literary Agency.

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