Friday 29 January 2010

The Podcast is Here!

Hi all,

Slightly delayed, but The Abaddon & Solaris Books Pocast is here! Point your iTunes to this link, or search "Abaddon" (or "Solaris") in the "Search Store" box at the top-right corner of iTunes, to download what is already being called* the most influential podcast of 2010.

Thrill as the editors and staff at Abaddon Books and Solaris Books - two of the fastest-rising stars of Fantasy, SF and Horror publishing - have a lovely cup of tea. Wonder as we chat about our books, other people's books, the state of the industry, and whatever random crap pops into our heads. Er... Glow as we ruthlessly grill special guest authors, listen to readings, and hear convention reports and special announcements.

The first podcast, The Abaddon & Solaris Books Podcast #1: Evil Fish Demons!, featuring the roguishly-charming, ruggedly handsome and debonair David Moore and Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Oliver - author of our current release Twilight of Kerberos: The Call of Kerberos - is available now. This is literally the most important thing that has ever happened; missing it will make the rest of your piteously wasted life a hollow, wretched sham.

Did I go over the top just now? I'm never sure where to pitch these things. Never mind.

Download it. Listen to it. Let us know what you think.




*by my mum.

  • Not on iTunes, and have sworn to end your life rather than download a single Apple application? Here to help! Just point your RSS client here to download the feed without putting a penny in Steve Jobs' pocket. Keep an eye on the blog for updates, in case we change the host or something crazy like that.
  • Bewildered by the term "RSS" and unsure what all this means? No problem, ignorant Luddite! Just follow the exact same link, click on the link to the mp3 of the episode you wish to hear, and you can listen right on your browser! Everyone's a winner!

Thursday 28 January 2010


So... would you believe that the iTunes page tells you they review each new podcast before it goes live, but not how long it takes?

I mean, surely they have people for this, yeah? Steve Jobs, I'm looking at you...

We sent it in first thing this morning, hoping that we could proudly announce it had gone live sometime in the afternoon, but not a sniff so far. Hopefully it will go live before we go home, but if not, we're sorry we got your hopes up, and we hope you enjoy it tomorrow!

Watch this space...

Wednesday 27 January 2010

An Announcement

MORE exciting than today's release of the new Apple tablet!!*

Tomorrow, we will release the very first Abaddon and Solaris Books Podcast! iPods at the ready, folks!

The first installment, EVIL FISH DEMONS!, features news on upcoming books, our thoughts on life and general nonsense, David Moore being a cheeky bugger, and an interview and reading from Jon Oliver, author of Twilight of Kerberos: The Call of Kerberos and Editor-in-Chief of Abaddon and Solaris.

*Abaddon Books can neither confirm nor deny rumours that Steve Jobs, reduced to tears by the fear that our podcast release would eclipse the release of his Tablet, begged us to delay our podcast until tomorrow. Thanks for the flowers, chocolates and escort girls, Steve.


Monday 25 January 2010

Off to Press!

Hey all,

Just to let you know Rebecca Levene's Cold Warriors has been sent off to press.

It should be coming out in the spring.



Pornokitsch interview Scott Andrews Part 2.

I nearly forgot! Here's the second part of that pornokitsch interview with Scott Andrews.

Part One and Part Two.

In the second part of the interview he talks about his new book, Children's Crusade, which is the third part of the School's Out saga. He also chats about crossovers between Afterblight characters, and writing for the Highlander series.

Children's Crusade will be out on May 19th, and is already available for pre-order from amazon books. Here's a shiny, shiny cover for you.

(I may have a slight crush on Tariq. Look at that big smile!)


Friday 22 January 2010

Well, duh...

Okay, obviously I shouldn't blog critically about authors, because, if nothing else, most of them read this.

Hi, guys. :)

But I love authors who tell me that people have two eyes. Or two legs.

"She looked at me, love in her two brown eyes..."

Not looking at anyone in particular, because most of you do it once in a while, so don't sweat it.

But, you know, we know how many eyes people have.


Thursday 21 January 2010


The first ever Abaddon and Solaris Books podcast is being recorded by David Moore and Jonathan Oliver right now!


Monday 18 January 2010

Call of Kerberos!

Hey all,

I'm now holding a copy of Twilight of Kerberos: The Call of Kerberos in my hot little hands. Not actually at this moment, of course; I'm typing. I'd have to type one-handed, and that would be awkward. Look, why am I even explaining myself to you? It's a figure of speech. Don't judge me.

Anyway, it's even now winging its way through the tortuous labyrinth that is the contemporary distribution system, and will be hitting the shelves in a week or so, so all you Kerberos fans dying to get your hands on the next book can take a measured breath. Not long yet.

Our busy little eBook elves are frantically adapting it to electronic format as well, so it should be available in our Mobipocket shop at the same time as it hits the shelves! Vive le Revolution Electronique!

Kick ass.


Join Abaddon at the SFX Weekender!

Hi all,

As you probably know, Jon Oliver, Paul Kane and I are heading to the SFX Weekender in February, along with some of our wonderful colleagues, artists and writers at 2000AD. It should be an absolute blast, and I hope to see some of you there.

And now's your chance! 2000AD has 150 four-person day-passes for the whole weekend to give away. All you need to do is sort out somewhere to stay yourself.

Full details are here.

If you can't get onto Facebook, the quick version is: call 08700 11 00 34 (national rates apply) in the next two days and quote "2ADWIN." You'll be entered into a random prize draw.

Go on, call them. Do it now. See you there.


Thursday 14 January 2010

Pornokitsch interviews Scott Andrews

Pornokitsch have interviewed our very own Scott Andrews, who chats with them about a number of things including writing about violence, why kids are all vicious little buggers, and his father, the folk singer.

Part One of the interview is here.

If you like what you see, - Pornokitsch also interviewed Rebecca Levene a few days ago - I'm urged to ask you to vote for them as 'one of the bestest review sites ever' over here.

Wednesday 13 January 2010

Hello Again!

Did you miss me? Don't be coy, I know you did.

No, you did.

No, really. You're upsetting me now.

Okay, now I'm blushing. No need to overdo it. Sheesh.

So, yes, we've been well busy in the Abaddon slave pits, being whipped and beaten by our terrible masters, trying to catch up on a variety of backlogs. Still lots to do, but I'm going to try and make sure I keep you guys up to date and don't neglect you for so long again. Many thanks for Jenni for posting an update while I was being rubbish.

Not masses of news on the Abaddon front at the moment (but keep an eye on Solaris, which is keeping us very busy as well), as we're too busy getting two whole new series up and running. In case you're blind or don't actually have a computer (and are reading this on a print-out that someone else made of the blog and then discarded in the alleyway where you curl up under a pathetic heap of trash each night for a few hours' restless, terrified slumber), they're The Infernal Game (starting with Cold Warriors) and No Man's World (starting with Black Hand Gang). We are, needless to say, very excited about them.

In the immediate term, remember that Jon Oliver, Paul Kane and I will be at the SFXWeekender in the beginning of February, which will be awesome. So if you're coming, be sure and hunt us out.

And that's it for nonce (it means "for the time being" as well as "paedophile"; look it up).

I'll write another rant soonish. It may be about zombies, but I make no promises.


Friday 8 January 2010

Pornokitsch interviews Rebecca Levene

Happy New Year from all at Abaddon Books!

Hope you enjoyed our Very Abaddon Christmas (and, if you missed it, scroll back through the blog because it was stonkin' great), and that you all had a great holiday.

Here's a treat for the new year - the fantastic folks at Pornokitsch have posted an interview with our very own Rebecca Levene, click here to read Part One and Part Two. ere's an excerpt:-

What can you tell us about Cold Warriors (2010 release)? Occult spies chasing down apocalyptic artifacts... it sounds fantastic.

Cold Warriors is the first in a new series created and written by me for Abaddon, called The Infernal Game. It’s coming out in May next year, and it’s best described as a cross between The Bourne Identity and The Omen. Here’s the blurb:

‘You died 20 years ago. Welcome back.’

At the peak of the Cold War, the British secret service formed the Hermetic Division, an agency charged with using supernatural means to defend the nation. Its primary mission: to find the mysterious Ragnarok artefacts, said to have the power to end the world.

Tomas Len was the Hermetic Division’s most senior agent, until he volunteered to take part in a dangerous voodoo ceremony. Morgan Hewitt is a young assassin who has an unnatural affinity for death, which strikes everyone he cares about.

Together, they’re sent on the trail of a corrupt Russian oligarch rumoured to be selling one of the Ragnarok artefacts. The journey will take them across Europe and into the darkest reaches of the occult. And it will uncover the terrible secret that has shaped both their lives…