From the Press Release...
Stephen James Walker and David J Howe, Editorial Directors of Telos
Publishing have acquired world rights in a new fantasy novel
by bestselling author Robert Rankin. The novel, entitled The
published in 2014.
'We're absolutely delighted to welcome Robert Rankin to Telos
Publishing,' said Howe. 'I have admired and been a fan of his work for
many years, and we intend to bring Telos' commitment to quality and
enthusiasm for good writing to bear, and to make the release of The
Abominable Showman one of the most talked-about fantasy books of
The novel concerns the celebration of Queen Victoria's 90th year on the
throne - and is set on a vast steampunk space liner in the year 1927.
'The book embodies all that is loved and celebrated about Rob's
writing,' said Howe. 'It has a magnificent sense of the absurd,
combined with characters which leap off the page. Rob's fans are in for
a real treat!'
'I was delighted when we agreed that Telos Publishing would take this
novel,' explained Rankin. 'I have long been an admirer of their
catalogue of authors and books, and the enthusiasm and excitement that
they bring to the publishing process. It's something of an honour to
join them in this adventure, with a novel of which I am very proud, and
had a great deal of fun writing.'
I'm a little bit behind with my Robert Rankin reading (ok, a lot) but it's always good to hear that a new book is on the way. Interesting choice of publisher as well, I thought Rankin was pretty well ensconced with Gollancz... I'm hoping that Rankin will also continue the trend of designing his own covers; I guess we'll find out in 2014...