Month: October 2017
The first book (and two subsequent releases) are limited editions, with only 400 copies planned. The New Unusual includes a revised ‘exclusive’ version of The Playing Dead short story. All three limited edition books will only be available to purchase from the Candy Jar Books webstore, and will NOT be made commercially available.
The New Unusual sees Anne Travers and the team investigate strange goings-on at hippy dream-ins, which sends them to Australia.
Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says: “Adrian first came to my attention via John Peel, and when Shaun and I discussed the idea of sending the team to Australia, it seemed common sense to have an Australian write the novel.”
Adrian Sherlock says: “That was an idea I warmed to immediately, having always wanted to see Australia more connected with world of science fiction. Australia’s an amazing country, with many exotic and fascinating wonders, so it was a lot of fun to include them in the narrative.”
Continuing a trend started in Beast of Fang Rock and continued in Moon Blink and Night of the Intelligence, The New Unusual takes a look at another aspect of the hippy movement of the late-‘60s, early-‘70s.
Adrian continues: “The New Unusual takes its title from a favourite line of dialogue spoken by the Doctor in the opening episode of the Doctor Who serial, The Mind of Evil. He states that the purpose of the Brigadier’s team is to investigate new and unusual menaces. When Andy first gave me the chance to pitch an idea for the novel, I knew I had to tap into the spirit of the times and that meant a fad or a craze, something the kids were into. Furthermore, I knew there had to be a hint of the mind-bending surrealism of the time, which reflected some of the experimentation with drugs such as LSD. But it had to have an explanation that was right for the world of Lethbridge-Stewart, something unearthly and threatening.”
Once again Anne Travers takes centre stage for the first half of this novel. Shaun Russell, head of publishing, explains: “Anne continues to be a popular character, easily strong enough to lead a book on her own. When planning these books out we like to keep a balance between our two lead characters, and this year we’ve already had two Brig-centric novels and one Anne. This marks Anne’s second major plotline this year, as she continues to deal with the fallout of her father’s death and what effect it has on her place in the world.”
On writing for Anne, Adrian Sherlock says: “I had the idea that Anne knows there is a menace and becomes increasingly determined to uncover it. But in any good story, the main characters encounter opposition when they pursue their goals. It seemed to me that Anne might do what she has to do to succeed, overcoming opposition, yet feeling increasingly that she is unhappy with herself. A crisis comes when any one of us betrays our own values in order to achieve an end. I was fascinated by the notion that she might not like who she is becoming, if she goes too far and leads her friends into too much peril.
And with Lethbridge-Stewart, the story offered a good opportunity to present him as a man in total contrast to the youth of the time and their willingness to seek that which is ‘new and unusual’. I knew that he had to go beyond simple soldiering and face real threats and the possibility of his own death. I knew he had to see himself, to learn a little something about himself, in this adventure into the unknown.”
It’s the early 1970s, a time of change, a time of turmoil, a time of surrealism, LSD and the Age of Aquarius, a time of fads, Moon landings and wars, and the young people of the world are seeking something new – and unusual!
For Anne Travers, an encounter with a so-called ‘dream egg’ is just the beginning of a long nightmare. Her scientific curiosity aroused, Anne begins to probe the secret underground scene known as ‘dream-ins’, where students and others meet to get involved with a new craze and, perhaps, something far more alien to human experience.
And for Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, who finds himself drawn into Anne’s investigations, this probe will lead him and the Fifth Operational Corps to the wilderness of the Australian Outback, to a little opal mining town called Coober Pedy and a search for answers.
The striking cover art, featuring Anne Travers and Bill Bishop is full hippy get-up, is by Adrian Salmon, who says: “I knew my wife would kill me if I didn’t draw the cover. She’s a tough Aussie gal and when I found out The New Unusual was set in Australia, I asked to be the artist to bring Old Tom, Anne and Bill in all their grooviness to life!”
The New Unusual is a limited edition of 400 copies, which includes a revised version of The Playing Dead short story. It is only available from the Candy Jar Books webstore 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.
The Kindle version of The New Unusual will be made available shortly after.
Also, it’s the final week to get your preview copy of The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Avatars of the Intelligence. The book will not be made commercially available until March 2018.
The New Counter-Measures follows a team of investigators looking into unexplained events in the UK. The team was first introduced in the 1988 Doctor Who serial Remembrance of the Daleks by Ben Aaronovitch. The team has been referenced several times in the Lethbridge-Stewart books, with Ian Gilmore, the military man in the team, appearing in the short story, The Dogs of War.
Andy Frankham-Allen says: “I’m no stranger to the team, Gilmore in particular, having written for him once before. I’ve watched Remembrance of the Daleks more times than I count, and listened to the majority of the Counter-Measures series, so it was a great pleasure to write for these characters properly. Finding their voices was scarily easy, even Sir Toby, who was created especially for the series.”
Producer David Richardson tells us what it was like to bring back the Yeti: “We were delighted to reach agreement with the Haisman Estate to use the Yeti in our productions, with the hope to make a special production to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their first appearance in Doctor Who, in 1967’s The Abominable Snowmen. This time it’s not the Brigadier and his troops facing the Great Intelligence, but the crack team of Counter-Measures – but once again the Yeti are on the loose in Central London, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.”
On bringing the Great Intelligence to Big Finish, Andy says: “I had literally just finished writing Night of the Intelligence when the call came asking me to come up with a story for The New Counter-Measures. Time was an issue, and David was keen we echo the tone of The Web of Fear. Knowing I had only a limited cast enabled me to keep the story smaller and, hopefully, more immediate than I would with my novels. Having created the official backstory of the Intelligence for the Haisman Estate, it was important to me to incorporate some that history into the story.”
Along with the Great Intelligence, Professor Travers makes his Big Finish debut. Which, due to the fact that the actor who originated the character passed away in 2001, meant recasting was a necessity.
David continues: “I was very keen to cast Tim Bentinck as Travers – Tim is a terrific actor, and I knew he would pay great homage to the late, great Jack Watling. In fact, he’s spent recent weeks watching the DVD of The Web of Fear, getting under the skin of this iconic character.”
Script editor, John Dorney, told us more, “It’s amazing to think that the Yeti only appeared in two Doctor Who serials on tv (well, three if you count The Five Doctors), and for decades only two of their episodes could even be seen – and yet they’ve always held a special place in the heart of fandom. The first Doctor Who novelisation I ever bought was The Abominable Snowmen, so it’s an honour to help bring them back to the worlds of Doctor Who!”
You can pre-order this release, out in December 2017, at £30 on CD or £25 on download.
You can now buy The Dogs of War, which sees Counter-Measures’ Ian Gilmore team up with the Brigadier, on Amazon Kindle for only £1.29.
The New Counter-Measures series two:
1. The Splintered Man by Roland Moore
When a Spanish scientist kills himself in an explosion at a secret test facility, Counter-Measures are called in to salvage anything they can from the wreckage. But someone else is stalking the scene – and they’re determined that whatever is lost will stay lost.
2. The Ship of the Sleepwalkers by Christopher Hatherall
The Counter-Measures team wake on a luxury cruise, with no knowledge of how and when they got onboard. Who has brought them here, and why?
3. My Enemy’s Enemy by Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky
Glamorous international arms dealer, Lady Suzanne Clare, has come to town and is offering herself into the hands of Counter-Measures. But can their former nemesis ever really be trusted?
4. Time of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen
A strange voice is interrupting TV broadcasts across the capital, and bear like creatures are raiding factories, stealing equipment and killing guards. An old enemy of London has returned. And there’s only one team that can stop it.
Written By: Roland Moore, Christopher Hatherall, Robert Khan, Tom Salinsky, Andy Frankham-Allen
Directed By: Ken Bentley
Simon Williams (Group Captain Gilmore), Pamela Salem (Rachel Jensen), Karen Gledhill (Allison Williams), Hugh Ross (Sir Toby Kinsella), Tim Bentinck (Professor Edward Travers), Tam Williams (Doctor Javier Santos), Dan Starkey (Doctor Henry Cording), Beatriz Romilly (Mariana Lopez), Cory English (Ted Hunter), Caroline Harker (Dr Jayne Smythe), Carolyn Seymour (Lady Suzanne Clare), Leighton Pugh (Bernard/ Freddie), Lisa Diveney (Doctor Norma Vine), Tim Bentinck (Professor Edward Travers/ The Great Intelligence), Charlie Anson (Reece Goff/ Jacob)
Other parts played by members of the cast.
Producer: David Richardson
Script Editor: John Dorney
Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
Creative Director of the Haisman Literary Estate: Andy Frankham-Allen
Brand New Short Story
Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar Books, said: “Having grown up listening to BBC Radio, I’ve been waiting to hear what they had planned for the 50th anniversary of Radio 1. It seemed like a fantastic opportunity to celebrate a British institution that has had such an impact over the years. When Mark suggested that he’d like to write a short story to mark the event, I thought that combining his core idea with the Lethbridge-Stewart range was a no-brainer.”
The BBC One Roadshow is in town, but Lethbridge-Stewart isn’t one for leisure. A rogue analyst has discovered the threat of an alien invasion encoded in the lyrics of pop hits. With the festivities beginning, and fifty-thousand revellers in attendance, the Brigadier must get to the bottom of the mystery before musical mayhem is unleashed.
You can buy ’48 Crash on Amazon Kindle priced £1.29.
A PDF version of ’48 Crash will also be available to customers who purchase The Flaming Soldier from the Candy Jar website. It will be sent out later this week.
All of the fourth series is now on Kindle for £4.99 each; Night of the Intelligence by Andy Frankham-Allen, The Daughters of Earth by Sarah Groenewegen, and The Dreamer’s Lament by Benjamin Burford-Jones.
Added to that, ten short stories from the first three volumes of The HAVOC Files are now available as individual titles on Kindle, all for £1.29. The titles are: The Fright Before Christmas by Tom Dexter, The Lock-In by Sarah Groenewegen, The Cult of the Grinning Man by Tom Dexter, The Wishing Bazaar by Sharon Bidwell, In His Kiss by Sue Hampton, The Band of Evil by Roger J Hammond & Shaun Russell, The Black Eggs of Khufu by Tom Dexter, The Playing Dead by Adrian Sherlock, Eve of the Fomorians by Robert Mammone, and The Dogs of War by Andy Frankham-Allen.
Shaun continues: “The celebratory release of ’48 Crash aligns with our Kindle release of the individual short stories featured in our limited edition HAVOC Files one through three. Each short story will now be available to download from Amazon Kindle individually for £1.29. Customers who previously missed the PDF e-books will be able to read each story in isolation without having to commit to the whole load. This is something we’ve been asked for many times. You ask, we do!”
It is also possible to pre-order a preview copy of the new Lethbridge-Stewart spin-off, The Lucy Wilson Mysteries, announced last month. The book is due to be released widely in early 2018, but limited copies are available now via the Candy Jar website: http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/bumpersummersale.html .
Candy Jar Books is also offering an exciting new opportunity for aspiring writers. Launched at the Candy Jar Book Festival in Cardiff this year, the Candy Jar Lethbridge-Stewart Short Story Competition invites writers to submit a short story based on the Doctor Who character Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. More details about how to submit can be found at the Candy Jar Books Festival website here: