Schedule Update September 10th

A quick update on forthcoming titles…

  • The Short Story Collection – out now! (Please allow 28 days, especially overseas customers.)
  • The Laughing Gnome: Scary Monsters by Simon A Forward – out now! (Please allow 28 days, especially overseas customers.)
  • The HAVOC Files reprint – out now! (Please allow 28 days, especially overseas customers.)
  • The Laughing Gnome: Fear of the Web by Alyson Leeds – Delayed, estimated release now early- to mid-October.
  • Lineage – due for release late-September to mid-October 2018
  • The Laughing Gnome: The Danger Men by Nick Walters – due for release at the end of October 2018
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Schedule Update August 30th

A quick update on forthcoming titles…

  • The Short Story Collection – out now!
  • The Laughing Gnome: Scary Monsters by Simon A Forward – shipping next week!
  • The Laughing Gnome: Fear of the Web by Alyson Leeds – on schedule for the end of September 2018
  • Lineage – due for release late-September 2018
  • The Laughing Gnome: The Danger Men by Nick Walters – due for release at the end of October 2018
  • Fifty Years of the Brigadier – scheduled for release during October 2018

The Laughing Gnome Book Two – Pre-Order!

Candy Jar Books is proud to announce book two in its anniversary series of Lethbridge-Stewart novels, The Laughing Gnome: Fear of the Web.

Following on from The Laughing Gnome: Scary Monsters, book two sees the focus shift to Dame Anne Bishop (nee Travers) as she finds herself dragged back in time from 2011 to a pivotal moment in history – February 1969, and the events of the Doctor Who serial, The Web of Fear!

Fear of the Web is written by first-time novelist, Alyson Leeds, who contributed a short story to 2017’s The HAVOC Files 4.

Alyson explains being called on to contribute: “I was quite stunned to be asked if I would write a book as part of the upcoming 50th Anniversary series. It was both an exciting and fairly intimidating prospect, having never written a novel before, but I knew it was an opportunity I didn’t want to pass up. The scenario that Andy gave me was too interesting to refuse.”

Range Editor, Andy Frankham-Allen, explains: “Alyson’s short story needed very little work, and since then I’ve called upon her military knowledge for other books, so it was an easy call to invite her to join the line-up for The Laughing Gnome. For someone who’s done little professional prose writing, she turns in a very solid piece of work, which is every editor’s dream. As we are celebrating fifty years of the Brigadier, it was forgone conclusion that we would go back to the beginning, his first appearance in Doctor WhoThe Web of Fear, as written by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln. Like all the authors for this range, I gave Alyson the basic premise; put Dame Anne into the missing two weeks mentioned in The Web of Fear –  during a small briefing scene between Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart, Captain Knight and the Doctor – and finally show just what did happen when the mist started spreading across London, and add to that the idea that Dame Anne will be faced with the notion that she could, theoretically, changed things to ensure her father is never possessed by the Great Intelligence! Alyson jumped at the chance, and soon had an outline ready to go.”

Alyson talks about her approach to developing the idea: “The London Event, indeed The Web of Fear, was the making of Lethbridge-Stewart, but was never just his story. There’s an awful lot that goes on off camera there; the slow advance of the mist and Web, the escalation of the crisis, and the total evacuation of London – no mean feat! Introducing an older, experienced Anne who has known both joy and loss over the years into that scenario presented some interesting questions. After everything she’s been through with HAVOC, you would think Anne would know better than to try and change the past; but when faced with the chance to save a loved one from a truly horrible fate, who’s to say to what lengths she might go? It also presented a chance to explore a little further the relationship between the Travers family and the Silversteins. I always felt bad for Mr Silverstein, getting bumped off simply for being unlucky enough to own the Yeti, and revisiting this point in time allowed me to touch on the repercussions that his death would have on those closest to him.”

The cover is by Martin Baines, whose work was previously featured on the covers of 2016’s Times Squared, and 2017’s The Dreamer’s Lament. Martin says: “The Web of Fear is rightly regarded one of the gems of Doctor Who in the ’60s.  It’s brilliantly written and well directed and has aged very well.  When Candy Jar asked me to illustrate a cover depicting another story set during the same period I was really thrilled, especially when they asked me to show London deserted and covered in web (which was not seen in the original story but mentioned). It took a number of roughs to do justice to the idea, but when I saw some images of London in smog I knew the direction to take.”

Blurb:

Dame Anne Bishop learned a long time ago that for every fixed point in time, this a fracture point, an event that is susceptible to catastrophic changes in the timeline. And when she is catapulted back in time, she discovers first hand that February 1969 is one such point.

Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart is on manoeuvres with the Scots Guards in Libya. Only, he’s about to receive a call from his old commanding officer, Colonel Spencer Pemberton. A call that will drag him to London, and set him on a direct course for destiny! 

The London Event, the trap set for the Doctor by the Great Intelligence, changed the course of human history, and for Anne Travers it set into place a series of events that would see the death of her father barely a year later.

 Now, waking up in the body of a woman she barely knows, Dame Anne is faced with the idea that perhaps she can change things – not enough to damage the timeline, but enough to save her father.

 Future and past are set to collide, which could have irrevocable consequences for the timeline…

 NB: IF YOU HAVE A SUBSCRIPTION THE LAUGHING GNOME SERIES IS COVERED BY THIS.

The Laughing Gnome: Fear of the Web is available for pre-order now for £8.99 (+ p&p). The book is released at the end of September.

http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/fearoftheweb.html

Title Updates 7 August

A quick update on forthcoming titles…

  • The Lost Skin by Andy Frankham-Allen – out now!
  • Lucy Wilson Mysteries: The Curse of the Mirror Clowns by Chris Lynch – exclusive Candy Jar Store version is out now!
  • The Short Story Collection – due back from the printers any day now
  • The Laughing Gnome: Scary Monsters by Simon A Forward – will be at the printers shortly, and is on schedule for the end of August 2018
  • Lineage – due for release August/September 2018
  • The Laughing Gnome: Fear of the Web by Alyson Leeds – on schedule for the end of September 2018
  • The Laughing Gnome: The Danger Men by Nick Walters – due for release at the end of October 2018
  • Fifty Years of the Brigadier – scheduled for release during October 2018

 

New Non-fiction Brigadier Book Announced

 

Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce the latest addition to their Lethbridge-Stewart range of titles, and the first non-fiction instalment in the character’s expanding universe, The Brigadier: Fifty Years of Lethbridge Stewart.

Since acquiring the rights to the character of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart in 2014, as well as other iconic Doctor Who figures such as the Great Intelligence, Candy Jar has published over twenty works of fiction in the Lethbridge-Stewart series, with more titles already in the works. Given the enthusiastic response of Doctor Who fans the world over, it would be fair to say that the series has met a long unfulfilled demand.

Head of Publishing, Shaun Russell, says: “The Brig is one of Doctor Who’s most beloved characters, yet over the years, he became increasingly sidelined in theDoctor Who universe. We thought the character had a lot of untapped potential, so we took a punt and started exploring his origins, with the aim of telling the story of what he was up to in the years between his introduction toWho in The Web of Fear, and the formation of UNIT in The Invasion. From the feedback we’ve received from the fans, it seems this was a story they were waiting to be told.”

But as all fans of Doctor Who know, the story is just the start of the appeal; the legions of fan forums, Meet-up Groups, or a brief glance at social media in the wake of new episodes, attest to the fact that unpicking storylines – why did this character do that? What are the implications of this? How does X relate to Y? – is half the fun.

Andy Frankham-Allen, range editor of the Lethbridge-Stewart range, says: “Fan speculation, theories and fiction, is what kept Doctor Who alive in the sixteen years it was off television. And the engagement of the fans is still what makes the series special; Doctor Who isn’t just a show, it’s a community, and it’s a community that loves nothing more than to explore the Doctor Who universe together. We take our role as the custodians of the Brigadier seriously; that’s why our stories revel in the continuity of the show. But we thought there was still one thing missing from our range, and that was something exploring just who the Brigadier is. Over the years, and across the TV show, miscellaneous book series, comics, audio dramas, and our own range of titles, he’s got a lot done. We thought a book that collected his continuity into one place, that explored his motivations, his effect on the universe, and his relationship with other pivotal figures, was something that the fans would love. This has never been done, and it’s long overdue. But we couldn’t just explore our own range; we had to look at the character as a whole.”

Accordingly one of the centrepieces of the book is a collation of the Brig’s television adventures over the years, establishing the definitive chronology of the character for the first time. Put together by Simon A Forward, a Doctor Who writer for over two decades, the piece takes its place alongside a raft of pieces by established Doctor Who names, not least an exclusive interview with John Levene, who played the Brig’s long-time sidekick John Benton, giving a rare behind the scenes look at the experience of shooting Doctor Who’s golden era.

Other contributors include Darran Jordan, Philip Clarke, and a host of names still to be announced. Between them, they explore topics including the Doctor’s relationship with the Brig (and vice versa), the life of Nicholas Courtney (through thirteen objects of personal significance), as well as tackling the thorny question of whether or not the Brigadier counts as an official companion. With a comprehensive approach encompassing all BBC, Big Finish and Candy Jar media, the book looks set to become the definitive reference for this staple of the Doctor Who universe for years to come.

The Brigadier: Fifty Years of Lethbridge-Stewart is only available to pre-order from Candy Jar. 

It is a limited edition release. Order HERE

 

The HAVOC Files Reprinted Limited Edition

Originally published early 2016, The HAVOC Files sold out rather quickly and has since become something of a high demand product, reaching silly prices on eBay. As a result, Candy Jars Books has decided to reprint the collection for a limited run (only FIFTY copies).

Order the new copy HERE.

The first half of 1969, was a busy time for Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart. Not only did he encounter the Great Intelligence more than once, and the Dominators and Quarks, he visited an alternative reality, and encountered ghosts on Fang Rock. But that was only the start!

Did you hear about his transfer from Libya? Or the mysterious Cult of the Grinning Man? What about the alien spheres at Christmas? Then perhaps the bunker under London?

If not, then this book is for you. A collection of short stories, previously only available as digital downloads. Includes a brand new, never-before-published, story that deals with the dating issue which plagued much of Lethbridge-Stewart’s time in Doctor Who.

A collection of short stories from the classic era of Doctor Who, starring Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart, based on the characters and concepts created by
Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln.
 

Includes:

The Enfolded Time’ by Andy Frankham-Allen
Ambush!’ by Andy Frankham-Allen
Legacies’ by Norma Ashley
One Cold Step’ by Andy Frankham-Allen
The Cult of the Grinning Man’ by Tom Dexter
The Dogs of War’ by Andy Frankham-Allen
The Fright Before Christmas’ by Tom Dexter

Kate Lethbridge-Stewart returns!

Candy Jar Books is very pleased to announce a new addition to the forthcoming ‘Lineage’ anthology. Fully approved by Reeltime Pictures, Kate Lethbridge-Stewart is set to reunite with her legendary father!

The story is called Of the Future and is written by range editor Andy Frankham-Allen.

“It’s a great to finally make this happen. Keith, Marc and I have been in discussion for a while now about bringing Kate into the LSverse, and what initially began as a cameo in another Lineage story, has evolved into something much bigger. Of the Future is just the start, and takes us right back to the moment that tore Kate and her father apart, setting up the situation we found them in, in Marc Platt’s Downtime. Marc, who created Kate for Downtime in 1995, with Mervyn Haisman’s approval, is very happy with the story I’ve put together, which is good enough for me.”

Lineage is due out in the summer, but can be pre-ordered now:

http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/lineage.html

Lineage line-up:

  • Prologue: The Soothsayer by Richard Dinnick
  • The Bone Merchants by Andrew Allen
  • As the Son Falls by Wink Taylor
  • What’s Past is Prologue by David A McIntee
  • The War Romance by Harry Draper
  • The Note by Andy Frankham-Allen
  • Inheritance by Gareth Madgwick
  • Of the Future by Andy Frankham-Allen
  • Acceptance, and then Understanding by Andy Frankham-Allen
  • The Arcade of Doom by Chris Lynch
  • Epilogue: The Soothsayer by Richard Dinnick