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 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
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)
Some very exciting news. Candy Jar Books publish a very strong range of novels and short stories based on the characters surrounding Alistair Gordon Lethbridge Stewart, one of the fan favourites of the Doctor Who tv series.
Recently, the editor of the line accepted a story line proposal I made to him. That story, Eve of the Fomorians, will see publication in time for Halloween. Press release is as follows:
Candy Jar Books have announced their latest e-book in the Lethbridge-Stewart range for Halloween, free to anybody pre-ordering the next main book in the range, Times Squared:
Written by Robert Mammone
Cover by Paul Cooke
All Hallows’ Eve, 1969. En route back to Edinburgh, Anne Travers, William Bishop and Samson Ware come across a deserted village in the Scottish countryside. A village that is rotten to the core.
Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen, says:
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A few thoughts on Beast of Fang Rock from blogger Mark Trap One.
Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne Travers head to Fang Rock when some students see an apparent spaceship crash at the lighthouse.
“The Rock has become a tourist attraction?!”
Since the Doctor and Leela’s 1902 visit to the island in Horror of Fang Rock, the location has gained notoriety as the most haunted lighthouse in the British Isles. At the opening of Andy Frankham-Allen’s second Lethbridge-Stewart novel, Fang Rock has been opened to the public. Visitors can witness the disembodied voices and ghostly forms of those characters present during the Fourth Doctor’s adventure. The characters whose actions are replayed aboard the lighthouse are familiar enough to Doctor Who fans; and the way that visitors to Fang Rock can witness these scenes, but not record them, is rather like the experience of being a viewer in the pre-VCR days.
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It’s Christmas Eve eve, and for the folks at Candy Jar Books it is the end of their first year of Lethbridge-Stewart novels. Range editor Andy Frankham-Allen says, “It’s been a triumphant year, indeed for me it’s been an even longer time, but we finally finished our first year of books to resounding applause. I want to take a moment to thank all the readers who have embraced us, and those who were less certain but took a punt anyway. Without you all this series would have died way back in February, but you kept the faith through the long gap between book one and two, and it paid off. For us all. So, as a thank you, we’ve very happy to offer you all this little Christmas tale free. A gift from us to you.”
Hayley Cox, Senior Publishing Coordinator at Candy Jar Books, said: “Lethbridge-Stewart has had a great 2015. We were pleasantly surprised by all the positive feedback we received, and felt that we should give something back to the fans for the holidays. This story is just for them.”
Candy Jar Books launched the fully licensed Lethbridge-Stewart series in February 2015, with Andy Frankham-Allen’s The Forgotten Son kicking off the venture in style. Three more titles were subsequently released; each met with high praise from fans and the press.
Sadie Miller, daughter of Elisabeth Sladen and Brian Miller, is set to return to the worlds of Doctor Who with her debut novel, Moon Blink. Sadie’s book headlines the 2016 series of Lethbridge-Stewart novels, and is published in the spring, followed by The Showstoppers by Jonathan Cooper and The Grandfather Infestation by John Peel. A further three novels will be released in the autumn.
The usual discounted pre-order bundles will be on offer from Candy Jar, with a new subscription deal for those wishing to get six books for the price of five! The Lethbridge-Stewart series of books can now be pre-ordered from Candy Jar Books, where you can also download their free short story, The Fright Before Christmas.
Dominex Industries have issued their own press release… direct from June 1969!
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Dominex are co-operating fully with the police in the investigation into the mysterious and unfortunate disappearances in the vicinity of their moorland base.
And rumours that we are secretly and illegally constructing weapons of mass domination are, we assure you, completely without foundation.
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