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The Dreamer’s Lament sees Lethbridge-Stewart team up once again with Harold Chorley, to investigate the case of a missing train. The trail leads to the Keynsham Triangle, and the year 1815. Together they are thrown into a story of body snatching, slavery and animals that refuse to stay dead.
It is written by newcomer to the range, Benjamin Burford-Jones, who previously wrote the children’s novel Beware of the Mirror Man for Candy Jar Books.
Range editor Andy Frankham-Allen says: “The Dreamer’s Lament started off as an unpublished Second Doctor Doctor Who novel that Ben wrote some years ago. Shaun (Russell, head of publishing) brought the story to me during the early days of the series, but it took me a while to get to it. I was impressed by the core story, and realised that an almost page-one rewrite would be needed, but there were enough key elements contained in the original story for me to see how it would fit Lethbridge-Stewart. The hardest part to work out was the time travel aspect.”
Ben, who now lives in Manchester, has had an extremely varied career that has ranged from clerical work, television production to puppet making. He was more than happy to rework the story, and collaborate with Andy in how to turn it into a Lethbridge-Stewart novel. Ben says: “When I was asked to adapt my unpublished book, how could I resist the challenge? It was an honour to add to the continuing adventures of Lethbridge-Stewart. Of course, I couldn’t resist setting the adventure in my home town of Keynsham.”
The cover art is by Martin Baines, doing his second piece of Lethbridge-Stewart work after last year’s Times Squared. Martin says: “I really wanted to do justice to such imaginative story. The mixture of voodoo and time travel, plus zombie animals makes this a story a gift for a cover artist. Coming from an advertising background I usually draw cute dogs and cats, so I found that the main focal point of the cover was a real test for me having to make them as horrific as possible.”
Ben has this to say about the cover: “When I first saw the wonderful artwork, I was over the moon. The cover sums up the story perfectly. It was almost as if Martin had read my mind.”
The Dreamer’s Lament has a foreword by Candy Jar’s Head of Publishing, Shaun Russell. He says: “I’ve known Ben for thirty-two years, after a chance meeting at a Bristol sci-fi shop. Alongside Doctor Who, Ben has always had an interest in all things zombie. He has even made his own zombie puppet. It seems quite natural for him to combine his two loves in this book.”
While visiting his mother, Lethbridge-Stewart is a little perturbed when Harold Chorley calls to ask for his help. A train has gone missing near Bristol, and Chorley is convinced it has something to do with the Keynsham Triangle, where over fifty people have vanished without trace since the early 1800s.
Elsewhere, Anne Travers is coming to terms with a loss in her family, and sets about preparing for a funeral. However, news reaches her that both Lethbridge-Stewart and Chorley have gone missing, and her help is required to find them. And, hopefully, solve the mystery of the Keynsham Triangle.
What connects the missing train to the Triangle, what has it got to do with a Wren from World War II, and just why does it appear that Lethbridge-Stewart and Chorley are in the village of Keynsham in 1815?
The answers lie in the Dreamer’s Lament, and a strange being called the Loa.
The Dreamer’s Lament is available for pre-order now, for £8.99 (+ p&p). You can pre-order it individually or as part of the discounted UK bundle for only £26.25 (including postage), saving £9.72, or an international bundle for only £45.00 (including postage), saving £5.97. Or, you can buy it as part of our yearly subscription offer. Order early to avoid disappointment.
Candy Jar is also launching its very first Candy Jar Summer Bumper Sale. Deals include:
• 2 for 1 on selected Lethbridge-Stewart novels
• 2 for £10 on selected Candy Jar titles
• Low-low discounts on selected other books
• Plus a couple of freebies available too!
For more information please visit: http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/bumpersummersale.html
The book also includes questions from the Target novels, Big Finish and BBC audio stories, comic strips and the Candy Jar Lethbridge-Stewart novels.
Mark Jones, author of the recent Lethbridge-Stewart free story United in Blood, says: “When Candy Jar asked me to compile The Lethbridge-Stewart Quiz Book I couldn’t wait to get started. The Brigadier is a character that meant a great deal to me and it gave me the chance to watch the UNIT stories over again.”
Like the classic Doctor Who Quiz Books of the 1980s, The Lethbridge-Stewart Quiz Book features over 750 questions on the UNIT era of Doctor Who and beyond. For instance:
- In the television story The Time Monster what was TOMTIT?
- Who is attempting to penetrate the Earth’s crust in Inferno?
- What relation is James Lethbridge-Stewart to the Brigadier?
- What does UNIT stand for?
Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar, is excited about the book. “I remember a trip to Lyme Regis as a boy where I found a copy of the first Doctor Who Quiz Book. For some reason my local WHSmith did not have this book so this made the discovery even more exciting. I don’t think my sister appreciated it though. Asking me questions about Doctor Who was not her idea of fun.”
Mark is revisiting this classic formula, with twelve separate sections dedicated to the adventures of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. He says: “Hopefully, there’s something for everyone and it’s a book that will provide hours of entertainment and a challenge to the old grey matter. It’s a book for dipping into whenever you feel like challenging yourself or your friends – hopefully without too many arguments.”
The Lethbridge-Stewart Quiz Book is currently only available from the Candy Jar website, for £8.99 (+ p&p). All pre-orders will receive a free PDF copy The HAVOC Files 1.
Night of the Intelligence is also released soon and can be ordered individually or as part of the discounted UK bundle (which includes the novels The Daughters of Earth by Sarah Groenewegen, The Dreamer’s Lament by Benjamin Burford-Jones) for only £26.25 (including postage), saving £9.72, or an international bundle for only £45.00 (including postage), saving £5.97. Or, you can buy it as part of our yearly subscription offer. Order early to avoid disappointment.
Candy Jar still has twenty copies of the novella bundles left. The Life of Evans has been posted out, but you can still pre-order The Flaming Soldier and Day of the Intelligence. Order now to avoid disappointment. Only available directly from Candy Jar Books at: http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/thelifeofevans.html
Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce the second free Lethbridge-Stewart short story of 2017.
Nick Walters is no stranger to the worlds of Doctor Who, having written for BBC Books in the 1990s, and penning two spin-off novels, one for the Bernice Summerfield series, and one for Lethbridge-Stewart back in 2015.
It was a hanging thread from Nick’s Lethbridge-Stewart novel that inspired The Runaway Bomb, as Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen explains: “At the end of Mutually Assured Domination, Lethbridge-Stewart considered two soldiers for the Fifth – both helped him fight the Dominators in that book – but we’ve not heard from them since. So, this short story shows us a little of how Lethbridge-Stewart recruits new troops for the Corps. Only one of the two will make the grade, and the winner has a guest spot in Night of the Intelligence, the novel for which this short story is the companion.”
Nick says: “Sergeant Bell and (especially) Corporal Stevens originally had bigger roles in Mutually Assured Domination, so I leapt at the chance of fleshing out the characters a bit more. Stevens is a bit of a loose cannon and quite an intimidating character, whilst Bell is quieter and more reserved, so the two make a good pairing. I wanted to put them in a combat situation to see what happens. Bell, especially, went through the wringer in Mutually Assured Domination, so this story, if you like, is his ‘reward’ for all that he suffered – being tied to that chair for hours on end couldn’t have been nice! As for the titular Bomb of the story, it is based on a fondly-remembered episode of The Six Million Dollar Man entitled Death Probe, which really captured my six-year-old imagination. Older readers (?) may remember this!”
The Runaway Bomb will be sent out free to everybody who purchases (includes any bundles or subscription featuring…) this month’s release, Night of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen.
Night of the Intelligence not only opens seires four of the range, but also begins the year-long celebration of the Great Intelligence and Professor Travers, characters who first appeared in Doctor Who on September 30 1967 in The Abominable Snowmen by Mervyn Haisman & Henry Lincoln. The celebration continues with a special anniverary bundle – all of which act as prequels to Night of the Intelligence. Buy Candy Jar’s three Great Intelligence novels (The Forgotten Son by Andy Frankham-Allen, Times Squared by Rick Cross, and Night of the Intelligence) and get The Schizoid Earth by David A McIntee for free. So that’s four books for the price of three!
Hannah Haisman, Executor of the Haisman Estate, says: “It’s been wonderful seeing the resurgence of respect for my grandfather’s creations in the last few years, and celebrating two of his greatest characters is a moment of pride for me. Grandad would adore what’s happening now, and especially the way Andy (Frankham-Allen) has tied his characters’ histories together. It’s a wonderful time to be a fan of the Great Intelligence and Professor Travers!”
Throughout 2017 a further three non-Lethbridge-Stewart titles featuring the Great Intelligence will be released. Shaun Russell, head of publishing, says: “We’re very proud to work alongside some great people during the celebration year, and look forward to sharing further titles and information with you as the year goes on. Great things are coming!”
The foreword is written by United in Blood’s Mark Jones. Mark Jones was co-creator of the Jon Pertwee and Patrick Troughton TV project Starwatch.
Night of the Intelligence is available for pre-order now, for £8.99 (+ p&p). You can pre-order it individually or as part of the discounted UK bundle for only £26.25 (including postage), saving £9.72, or an international bundle for only £37.00 (excluding postage), saving £5.97.
The Anniversary Intelligence bundle can be ordered now, for £26.25 (including postage), saving £21.71, or an international bundle for only £47.00 (excluding postage), saving £12.96.
The Daughters of Earth, due out late June, sees Lethbridge-Stewart’s fiancee, Sally, take a more central role in the story, in what will prove to be something of a game-changer for the series as a whole.
Sarah Groenewegen wrote the well-received Lethbridge-Stewart short story, The Lock-In in 2016, and this is her first novel. She previously wrote for the Doctor Who Short Trips collections, with stories like Virgin Lands, Hymn of the City and The Bushranger’s Story, is excited to be involved in such a pivotal moment in the Lethbridge-Stewart series.
She says: “I wanted to explore the reasons for why she signed up, her ideals of duty in the face of the adventures they all share. Her relationship with the Brigadier, especially now they work together. Then there’s her interest in a newly emerging women’s lib movement arguing for peaceful solutions to mankind’s many problems – the Daughters of Earth.”
Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says: “The relationship between Lethbridge-Stewart and Sally has been simmering away in the background of the series since the beginning, eleven novels in total. The Daughters of Earth has been set up very deliberately to put Sally in a position that makes her look at her position in the Corps in a very different way.”
Sarah – who was born in Sydney but now lives in London – feels that despite The Daughters of Earth being set in the early 1970s, the subject matter is still quite relevant and reflects what’s happening in the divisive politics of today.
She continues: “I had terrific fun creating a late-’60s peace movement led and run solely by women. While their politics are very much rooted in the start of women’s lib – the generation before the women of Greenham Common, and the grand-generation of the women now running the resistance against current right-wing authoritarianism – there are echoes of what’s happening now and how women organise. The intersections of class, race, outsiders versus those within the establishment – how prone they are to infiltration. I wrote the book during the US presidential elections, which kept being a touchstone to how far women have come to be treated as human beings with agency and a reminder as to how quickly reactionary politics can assert itself.”
The book includes a foreword by popular Doctor Who and Star Trek scribe, Una McCormack. She says: “Representation matters. Sarah knows this, but, more importantly, she lives this. In her professional life, her commitment to equality and diversity has earned her recognition from her peers, and a ‘gong’ (a BEM, no less – yes, Sydney Newman would be horrified). In her writing, fiction and non-fiction, and her involvement with fandom, she has voiced and made visible lives and experiences that are too often ignored or denied: women who game, dykes who dig Time Lords. Doctor Who (let’s face it) hasn’t always been great at representation (where is our female Doctor?).”
The cover has designed by Lethbridge-Stewart regular artist Adrian Salmon. Adrian says: “My initial idea was to confine all the various visual ideas within the overall shape of the Daughters of Earth’ house. However after submitting my rough it was brought to my attention that the ‘house style’ for the Lethbridge-Stewart main range is a circular motif, which I had inadvertently created with my cover for Mutually Assured Domination in 2015. How ironic! I dropped the house shape into a circle allowing parts to break out for visual punch.”
Sarah is really pleased with the cover and feels it beautifully illustrates her initial idea. She says: “I love the cover that Adrian Salmon has painted for my book. So striking and bold, but yet it gets the central conflict for Sally: has she chosen her military career wisely? Or is there another path?”
To celebrate Lethbridge-Stewart’s birthday, a romantic weekend is planned for him and Sally Wright in a remote cottage in the Scottish Highlands. Unfortunately for Sally, freak weather causes her to crash her car.
Lethbridge-Stewart, meanwhile, is in Cairngorm investigating UFO sightings with Anne Travers and Lieutenant Bishop. Elsewhere, the Daughters of Earth, a women-only peace movement, are making waves in the political world.
But just who is their enigmatic leader? And what links the Daughters with the events of Cairngorm and Sally’s accident?
The Daughters of Earth is available for pre-order now, for £8.99 (+ p&p). You can pre-order it individually or as part of the discounted UK bundle (which includes the novels Night of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen, and The Dreamer’s Lament by Benjamin Buford-Jones) for only £26.25 (including postage), saving £9.72, or an international bundle for only £45.00 (including postage), saving £5.97. Or, you can buy it as part of our yearly subscription offer. Order early to avoid disappointment.
Candy Jar still has thirty copies of the novella bundles left. The Life of Evans has been posted out, but you can still pre-order The Flaming Soldier and Day of the Intelligence. Order now to avoid disappointment. Only available directly from Candy Jar Books at: http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/thelifeofevans.html
The open pitch window closed on April 30th, and Candy Jar Books would like to thank everybody who submitted a short story idea.
There is a lot to get through, which will take range editor, Andy Frankham-Allen, some time. However, he promises he will respond to every pitch personally. This will take some weeks, though, so your patience is appreciated.
Thanks, again, to all who pitched.
People often asks what orders our stories come, mixing up both shorts, novellas and novels. Below is the chronological order as it stand currently.
- October 1935: The Abominable Snowmen by Mervyn Haisman & Henry Lincoln (script)
- October 1935: Creatures in the Cave/Times Squared by Rick Cross (short, prologue, epilogue)
- July 1937: The Bledoe Cadets and the Bald Man of Pengriffen by Tim Gambrell (short)
- September 1937-March 1938: The Forgotten Son by Andy Frankham-Allen (chapter eleven)
- April 1945-October 1961: Schädengeist’s First Love by Jonathan Cooper (short)
- Summer 1945: In His Kiss by Sue Hampton (short)
- Summer 1950: The Dominators by Norman Ashby (script)
- August 1968: Mind of Stone by Iain McLaughlin (interludes)
- February 1969: Ambush! by Andy Frankham-Allen (short)
- February 1969: The Web of Fear by Mervyn Haisman & Henry Lincoln (script)
- March 1969: The Forgotten Son by Andy Frankham-Allen (novel)
- April 1969: One Cold Step by Andy Frankham-Allen (short)
- April 1969: The Schizoid Earth by David A McIntee (novel)
- May 1969: The Cult of the Grinning Man by Tom Dexter (short)
- May 1969: Beast of Fang Rock by Andy Frankham-Allen (novel)
- May 1969: The Dogs of War by Andy Frankham-Allen (short)
- May-June 1969: Mutually Assured Domination by Nick Walters (novel)
- June 1969: The House of Giants by Rick Cross (short)
- July 1969: Moon Blink by Sadie Miller (prologue)
- July 1969: The Black Eggs of Khufu by Tom Dexter (short)
- July 1969: Moon Blink by Sadie Miller (novel)
- July 1969: The Band of Evil by Roger J Simmonds and Shaun Russell (short)
- August 1969: The Showstoppers by Jonathan Cooper (novel)
- September 1969: The Grandfather Infestation by John Peel (novel)
- September 1969: The Last Duty by Christopher Bryant (short)
- October 25-26, 1969: Times Squared by Rick Cross (novel)
- October 26-29, 1969: The Lost Skin by Andy Frankham-Allen (novella)
- October 31, 1969: Eve of the Fomorians by Robert Mammone (short)
- November 1969: The Wishing Bazaar by Sharon Bidwell (short)
- November 1969: Blood of Atlantis by Simon A Forward (novel)
- December 1969: Mind of Stone by Iain McLaughlin (novel)
- December 23-25, 1969: The Feast of Evans by Simon A Forward (short)
- December 24, 1969: The Fright Before Christmas by Tom Dexter (short)
- December 24-26, 1969: Together at Christmas by the Author Collective (short)
- December 26, 1969: Mind of Stone by Iain McLaughlin (epilogue)
- December 28, 1969: Slouching Towards Det-Sen/Night of the Intelligence by Shaun Collins/Andy Frankham-Allen (short/prologue)
- January 2, 1970: United in Blood by Mark Jones (short)
- January 17-20, 1970: Night of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen (novel)
- January 22, 1970: The Life of Evans by John Peel (chapter five)
- January 27, 1970: Night of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen (epilogue)
- February 1970: The Life of Evans by John Peel (chapter six)
- February 21-23, 25, 1970: The Daughters of Earth by Sarah Groenewegen (novel)
- March 4, 1970: A Very Private Haunting by Sharon Bidwell (prologue)
- March 8-22, 1970: The Dreamer’s Lament by Benjamin Burford-Jones (novel)
- March 26,1970: The Life of Evans by John Peel (chapter seven)
- April 1-5,1970: A Very Private Haunting by Sharon Bidwell (novel)
- April, 1970: The Life of Evans by John Peel (novella, framing story)
- May, 1970: The Flaming Soldier by Christopher Bryant (novella)
- June/July, 1970: The New Unusual by Adrian Sherlock (novel)
- July, 1970: The Playing Dead by Adrian Sherlock (short)
- August, 1970: The Man from Yesterday by Nick Walters (novel)
- 1974: Ashes of the Inferno by Andy Frankham-Allen (short)
- January 1, 1990: The Enfolded Time by Andy Frankham-Allen (short)
- September 2011: Lucy Wilson by Sue Hampton (short)
- September-December 2011: The Lock-In by Sarah Groenewegen (short)
Mark Jones was taught how to write a television script by Gerry Anderson, the legendary creator of Thunderbirds. Mark was also co-creator of the Jon Pertwee and Patrick Troughton TV project, Starwatch, and has written for the Guinness Encyclopaedia of Popular Music, as well as penning the bestselling book about the film and TV location, Aldbury – where the likes of The Dirty Dozen, The Avengers, Bridget Jones and Midsomer Murders have been filmed.
Mark said: “One of favourite TV shows was the ITV programme Shillingbury Tales, a series also filmed in Aldbury. As a location it has always been presented as an idyllic English village, but what if dark forces were at work behind the scenes? My story combines this rural peace with an underbelly of violence.”
Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen said: “I remember reading about Starwatch in Doctor Who Magazine a few years back. So when Mark started working with Candy Jar on a new project, we grilled him about this. During these conversations he pitched an idea for a short story: Shillingbury Tales meets The Tomorrow People, with a hint of Children of the Stones. I told him to go away and write it.”
Mark continued: “I wanted the story to feel as much like the early 1970s as possible. I’m old enough to remember how grim it was. In particular I remember how frightening football violence could be. This story transfers the fears of the terraces to a rural village and throws Lethbridge-Stewart into the mix.”
United in Blood is only available to readers who order the novellas bundle (comprising The Life of Evans, The Flaming Soldier and Day of the Intelligence).
Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar, said: “People who have ordered the bundle already will automatically get the free story, but I would advise those readers who plan to buy all three to do it as soon possible. We only have fifty bundles left and a handful of copies of the individual titles.”
The cover art is by Richard Young. He said: “I’ve really enjoyed the detailed work on the novellas, especially as the schedule has been slightly more relaxed. However, I have missed the fun of a tight schedule. And this one was certainly tight! Anyway, nothing brings out creativity better than a tight deadline. I put the artwork together in record time and I am rather pleased with it. It’s like A Clockwork Orange meets Jossey’s Giants.”
Blurb: New Year 1970 and Lethbridge-Stewart decides to visit an old school friend. In the village of Aldbury something strange is going on. An unexplained increase of violence spreads across the town, and Lethbridge-Stewart finds himself caught up in the middle of it. So much for a short New Year break!
Candy Jar is also pleased to announce that The HAVOC Files 2 & 3 have just been made available on Kindle for £4.99.
The Novellas Bundles are available directly from http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/thelifeofevans.html